Travel e-Scapes: January 29, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: San Diego

Travel e-Scapes: 01292016

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$112 San Diego
A 7-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before March 12
Valid on American via Phoenix


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Snacks are Back?
Starting in February, United Airlines will offer free snacks in United Economy on thousands of daily flights within North America and Latin America. Customers on flights departing before 9:45 a.m. will receive a morning stroopwafel – a Dutch, caramel-filled waffle that pairs with coffee or tea.
Flights departing after 9:45 a.m. will offer packaged snacks, such as an Asian-style snack mix of rice crackers, sesame sticks and wasabi peas or a ranch mix of mini pretzel sticks, Cajun corn sticks and ranch soy nuts.
Passengers will still be able to order and purchase from United’s Choice Menu items.

February Florida Food Fest!
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is throwing one of the Gulf Coast’s favorite winter food event – the 27th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival, February 12-13. The Presidents Day weekend event takes over The Village of Baytowne Wharf and kicks off on Friday at Fat Tuesday with a delicious Baytowne Seafood Boil starting at 4P. On Saturday from 12-4P, guests will enjoy live Zydeco music from Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe, family activities and the best gumbo cook-off on the Gulf Coast.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 week of event, $30 on event day SandestinGumboFestival.com
Sandestin is making it easy to get away for the weekend with a variety of options and deals for individuals and families. Discounted packages are available with rates starting at only $89 per night (refer to code GUMBO). Other special deals include 30% off with the purchase of three or more nights (refer to code SAVE30).
The 2,400-acre Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort was named the #1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast with and 30 charming neighborhoods featuring more than 1,250 South Walton vacation rentals, condominiums, villas, town homes and hotel accommodations. The resort features more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a charming pedestrian village with events, shopping, dining and nightlife.
All of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort’s packages and accommodations come with a wide variety of recreational activities including complimentary bike rental, tennis court time, on-site tram service, and more.


SPECIAL DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS

Airfare offers – ones with a ticket-by date – and deals with our suggestion to ‘Hurry!’ can expire at anytime.   Heed Clark’s advice: Buy that great airfare deal – and then figure out a reason to go there! Eventually you’ll see the world at a fraction of the normal price!

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$63 Los Angeles
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday
Complete travel on or before May 3
Blackout dates: March 20, 20
Valid on American, nonstop
Purchase today, January 29

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$538 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands*
Travel any available day of the week
Start trips on or after June 1
Complete travel on or before September 18
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by February 2
This is part of a larger Caribbean and Latin American sale on Delta Air Lines

SUMMER SALE! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$1,014 Paris
Travel to Paris Sunday-Thursday; return Monday-Thursday
Depart May 17-August 22
Stay at least 7 nights or up to six months
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by February 3

*Special Note: When traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands, young children must provide proof of citizenship, although they are exempt from having to show a photo I.D. If your children are 17 or younger, they do not need to bring identification. Still, it’s advisable to carry a copy of their birth certificate or other identification to prove their age. If you are a single parent traveling with your child, you should also bring along a notarized letter from the child’s other parent stating that parent is aware of the trip.
Do I need to bring proof of nationality?
U.S. citizens are not required to have passports or proof of citizenship when entering the U.S. Virgin Islands from a U.S. airport. All arrivals to the U.S. Virgin Islands from foreign airports are required to show proof of citizenship and pass through customs. All persons leaving the U.S. Virgin Islands, whether American citizens or not, must be prepared to show proof of citizenship upon leaving the islands to return to the mainland.
Do I need a passport? Driver’s license alone sufficient? Birth certificate?
Accepted documents for Proof of Citizenship for Americans:
1. A passport issued under competent authority
2. An Alien Registration Card (this applies to United States of America permanent residents only)
3. A certified copy of a birth certificate and government issued photo identification like a driver’s license
4. A Certificate of Naturalization, issued by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service

NOTE: Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your flight! Additional charges now apply to budget and sale rates on most airlines for a carry-on bag, checked baggage and advance seat assignments. The least expensive fees are charged when these options are added during the flight booking process. Fees climb higher after flights are reserved and even higher when adding these options at airport check-in. Kayak offers the most up-to-date Fees Chart for all domestic and international airlines. 


SPECIAL TOUR DEALS

Book a Barbados Getaway
Gorgeous beaches, exhilarating watersports and lovely sunsets await you in Barbados. Book a Delta Vacations flight and hotel vacation and receive offers such as 50% off hotel rates at select properties. Experience all the pleasures that this sophisticated British island has to offer.
Here’s what’s included in a sample air and vacation package from Atlanta:
Round-trip air transportation on Delta, nonstop
Choice of accommodations for four nights
Hotel taxes
Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel
Luggage handling at select hotels
Assistance of a local representative while in destination
24/7 access to our Destination Help Center
Per person rates start from $796 for April 1-September 30 travel.
Hotel stays are based on the standard room type at these participating properties: Coconut Court Beach Hotel, The Crane Resort, The House Barbados and Turtle Beach Resort.
Vacations must be purchased by February 14 online at Delta Vacations

Bucket List: Safari
Experience Cape Town and Safari on a South Africa Sizzler package! Spend four leisurely nights at the Protea Hotel Sea Point followed by two nights on safari at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge in the ‘Malaria Free’ Pilanesberg National Park.
This 9 day / 8 night tour includes:
Round-trip economy air on South African Airways from New York-JFK or Washington DC-Dulles to Johannesburg
Connecting travel from Johannesburg to Cape Town and return to Johannesburg
Meals include six breakfasts and two dinners
Ground transfers
And, three scheduled safari drives in Pilanesberg National Park (3.5 hours in duration, but longer if there is a good sighting!)
Per person rates from New York or DC start from $1,999 for April 1-May 31 or August 11-September 30 departures.  Book your safari by February 8.  Refer to booking code: FlashSaleSizzler.  Or call, 855-359-7228.
Created some 1300 million years ago and situated in the crater of a long extinct volcano, the Pilanesberg National Park offers one of the most topographically diverse Reserves in South Africa with seven different habitats attracting over 360 species of bird and home to some 10,000 animals.
Worth noting is  South African Airways’s air-only rates from DC to Johannesburg of $836 round-trip on April 1-May 31 departures.  Travel is permitted daily without an advance purchase notice.  Service is nonstop.  Purchase air-only tickets by February 2.


Travel e-Scapes is brought to you by Clara Bosonetto, Team Clark Travel Editor. Follow Clara on Twitter.


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