Travel e-Scapes: February 2, 2018

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Nova Scotia

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

HURRY! Summer Vacay! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$257 Halifax, Nova Scotia, or $108 north, $149 south
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through December 25 – no blackout dates!
Valid on Delta or United with one flight connection
Tip: For better availability, purchase one-way tickets in each direction


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Canceled? Delayed?
Jamie Larounis, of The Forward Cabin, had a few smart suggestions to try the next time your flight is canceled or delayed. Keep in mind that U.S. airlines are not required to compensate passengers whose flights are delayed or canceled; only when you are bumped from a flight that is oversold. Nor do airlines reimburse travelers delayed due to bad weather.
Here’s Larounis’ top tip — Be prepared!
Know the next available flight to your destination. All 180 people on your plane will try to get on the next flight. If you’re willing to spend $99, sign up ahead for Expertflyer.com’s Pro Plan to be notified when a seat opens up on one of the next flights. Otherwise, copy flight schedules for your route and take a copy along with you.

Rather than rushing to the terminal customer service desk when a flight is delayed or canceled, make a beeline to an airline club/lounge. If you don’t belong to one for your flight, buy a day pass through Lounge Buddy. Airline clubs rarely have lines and they have the same capability to assist with rebooking another flight. Sometimes they’re more empowered than the agents and can bend the rules to get you on flights that look sold out.
Airline Twitter teams are empowered to rebook you without your having to get on the phone with the airline — usually within 20 or 30 minutes. So use social media vs. waiting in long lines.
Now a delay or cancel flying from a European Union country is different. An airline is forced to compensate passengers by law if you file a complaint and cite EU261 rule. Airlines typically provide compensation through vouchers or frequent flier miles.
Use the free site, Get Service – a service that scans your email box for your reservations and automatically applies for compensation for you if your flight is delayed or canceled. Service says it finds compensation with $600, on average, per year; it keeps 30% of the value of what it gets for you. Larounis got 100,000 frequent flier miles by Service scanning his account over a cancelation.
If you’re forced to stay overnight due to your flight woes, Larounis said, “go to a traveler’s aid booth or an information desk at the airport.” The booth will have discounted, negotiable rates at hotels for stranded travelers that “are far less than public rates.”

TSA Lines
TripIt is a free and useful travel app that helps travelers organize itineraries, have access to real-time flight tracking and tracks reward program points. But this week the app can tell a traveler which TSA security line is shortest and how long the wait time is in the line.
The service for TripIt Pro is $49 per year. Users will get alerts about security wait times as much as three hours ahead of departure. TripIt will also show users real-time status of security lines, through a line-monitoring system that’s accurate about 98-99% of the time. Sensors are installed in an airport using lidar – the same technology put in front of Mercedes-Benz vehicles to detect objects and stop the car or alert you. Those readings are cross-checked with scheduled departures, time of day, and other inputs. That info is fed into an algorithm that determines an estimated wait time.
So far, it’s only available at the international airports in Austin, Denver, Orlando, and Phoenix – but a large number of airports are said to be coming online this year.


SPECIAL DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS

Airfare offers – ones with a ticket-by date – and deals with our suggestion to HURRY! can expire at any time.  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!

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$130 Boston, or $65 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through September 4 on nonstop JetBlue
No blackout dates!

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$197 New York-LaGuardia, JFK or Newark airports
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through December 30 – no blackout dates!
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Tip: This fare permits flying into one airport and out of another

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$279 Orange County-Santa Ana*
$289 San Jose, California*
$353 Billings
$359 Portland, Oregon*
$364 Boise
$365 Seattle*
$368 Idaho Fallas, Bozeman, Jackson Hole
$378 Reno-Tahoe
$382 Spokane
$455 Helena
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday starting on or after April 10
Finish trips on or before May 16
A Saturday night stay required
Valid on Delta, *nonstop
Purchase by February 15

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$547 Quito, Ecuador
Valid daily starting on or after March 25 and through August 27 (no July availability)
Finish trips on or before September 4
A 7-night minimum stay required
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by August 4

How do you find these great airfare deals? Visit Clark’s Atlanta Travel Tips page for a step-by-step search and booking guide.

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 purchased during the ticket 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 HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

SoBe Special
The Gates Hotel South Beach, a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel on Collins Avenue in Miami offers the We Love Our Guests package for stays through June 30.
Guests can relax on the newly expanded pool deck with two complimentary cocktails, lounge on the beach with free towels, chairs and small cabanas, or explore the area by bicycle. The package also waives the resort fee. Mention UnlockSouthBeach at check-in for a surprise during the visit, such as breakfast vouchers for two or a bottle of champagne. Rates start from $219 a night, before the discount. Room only rates from $169.
Located in the heart of South Beach and across from the Atlantic, the hotel is steps from dining, nightlife, and entertainment hotspots. Some of the guest rooms have a balcony or patio. Resort amenities include an outdoor pool with a Jacuzzi, lobby bar, fitness center, and on-site restaurant.

Upscale in NYC
The Kimberly Hotel, located on East 50th Street in Manhattan offers breakfast for two, comp Wi-Fi, a welcome amenity, two bottles of water daily, two winter welcome cocktails in-room on in the bar, access to NYHRC gym, a late 3P check-out and a 10% discount at the on-site restaurants Bistango or Empire Steakhouse, a 10% Macy’s discount voucher and 15% for Bloomingdale’s.
Rates start from $259. Refer to the Washingtonian deal.
The hotel has an ideal location in midtown close to Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Radio City Music Hall, Grand Central Station, the theater district, and various restaurants. Head to the 30th-floor rooftop for magnificent views, evening cocktails and small plates, or for breakfast.
Guest rooms feature feather beds with Frette linens and down comforters.
Valid for stays through the end of 2018.


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


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