Travel e-Scapes: February 5, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Washington, DC

Travel e-Scapes: February 2, 2016

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$34 Washington DC-Dulles
7-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday only
Complete travel on or before March 9
Valid on Frontier, nonstop
Purchase by March 2
Learn about Frontier’s The WORKS, ways to save on flight ‘extras’


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Trains, Planes or Bus?
Planning your European vacation and how to get around once you arrive can take hours in front of a computer. But to the rescue: GoEuro — a mobile app and website that shows you how to travel from/to the smallest villages across 11 Western European countries with just one click from a wide array of air, rail, and bus options. Type in your departure and destination points and the website simultaneously searches and compares all rail, bus, auto and flight offerings. The algorithm lets you sort the possible options by the cheapest, quickest, and ‘smartest’ routes (convenience vs. expense). GoEuro doesn’t charge booking fees. The site will soon expand to destinations such as Ireland, Portugal, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe. 

Families Board Early
Starting February 15, United Airlines will allow families with children age two and under to board a flight before the rush of other passengers, including first class and elite members.  Since early 2012, United forced families to board with everybody else. 

The current U.S. airline family boarding policies are:

  • Alaska: Families with children under two can board at the beginning of the process, before first class and elite customers.
  • American: Families with children board before first class and elite members upon request only. The age is at the discretion of the gate agent.
  • Delta: Families with car seats or strollers can board before first class and elite members.
  • Frontier: Families with children age three and younger board after the airline’s elite members and those who have paid for extra legroom but before the rest of the plane.
  • Hawaiian: Families with children under the age of two can board before first class and elite members.
  • Jetblue: Families with children under the age of two board after elite members and passengers in premium seats, but before the rest of the plane.
  • Southwest: An adult traveling with a child age six or younger may board during Family Boarding which is after ‘A” group boarding and before ‘B” group.
  • Spirit: Families board after passengers who paid extra to board early and those who purchased space for a carry-on bag in the overhead bin.
  • Virgin America: Families with young children can board after first class passengers, those in the extra legroom seats, passengers who paid for early boarding, those with elite status and those with a Virgin America credit card. 

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!

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$104 Phoenix
Valid Wednesday, Saturday only
Add $20 each way for other travel days
Start travel on or after April 15
Complete travel on or before August 15
Valid on Frontier, nonstop
Learn about Frontier’s The WORKS, ways to save on flight ‘extras’

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$138 Seattle
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday only
Add $10 each way for other travel days
Start travel on or after March 1
Complete travel on or before April 26
Valid on Delta, nonstop on westbound operating flights between 9-130P or 9P-midnight; 10A-noon or 1030P-midnight east
Purchase by February 8

This weekend! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$228 Washington DC-Dulles or Newark
Depart on Friday, February 5 on flights operating after 7P or any available flight on Saturday, February 6
Return Febuary 8 or 9
Valid on United, nonstop
Purchase today, February 5 at United

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$316 Maui
$326 Kona
Add $50 per direction for Thursday-Saturday west and/or Friday-Sunday east
Start travel on or after April 15
Complete travel on or before June 2
Valid on Alaska via Seattle
Stops of 24 hours or less permitted
Purchase by February 8

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$404 Aspen, Steamboat Springs or Vail, Colorado
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Stay at least one Saturday night
Complete travel on or before March 28
Blackout dates: March 20, 28
Valid on Delta, nonstop – or American and United with one connection service
Purchase by February 16

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$1,418 Sydney, Australia
Travel west Sunday-Wednesday; Sunday-Thursday east
Add $45 per direction for other travel days
Depart through June 21; July 24-September 21 or November 1-30
A 7-night minimum stay required
Valid on Delta via Los Angeles
One free stopover permitted 
Purchase by February 10

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 & CRUISE DEALS

‘Skip the Line’ in Italy
More than 6.5 million tourists visited the Colosseum and the Roman Forum in 2015. As the peak season is just around the corner and the estimated wait time at popular sites like the Uffizi could be up to 3 hours, Select Italy offers its ‘Skip the Line’ tickets that guarantee a fast admission to the most popular sites. With more than 4,500 museums, Italy is the perfect destination for travelers interested in cultural and artistic heritage. At Select Italy, gather information about Italian museums, from planning tips to wait time, as well as to buy tickets (in USD) to both popular and off-the-beaten-path attractions.
Here a few examples of ‘Skip the Line’ tickets that guarantee admission at a reserved time and avoid the general ticket line:
Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, $31
Colosseum and Roman Forum, $23 (regularly $15.56)
Uffizi Gallery Florence, $19
Select Italy also assists in wedding and honeymoon trips, unique culinary classes, private guided services, transportation, hotel reservations, villa bookings and rail tickets on Trenitalia, Italy’s major train operator.

Two-for-One Cruises
Sail the Caribbean on the ultramodern MSC Divina and visit stunning Caribbean island destinations with special 2-for-1 rates on balcony staterooms.  Book select Caribbean 7- or 10-night cruises sailing between April 23, 2016 and March 25, 2017 for the savings.  Plus, kids 12 and under sail free on sailings departing between:
April 23 – May 28
August 27 – September 10 
October 8 – November 19
December 6 – December 16
February 4 – February 25, 2017 
Sample sailings include an 8 Day – 7 Night MSC DIVINA cruise from Miami on September 10,2016 and calling at St. Maarten, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.  Per person rates from $499.50.  Government fees and taxes are not included and average $120 per person.
Other sample prices of $614.50 apply on numerous 8 Day – 7 Night MSC DIVINA sailings to Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Mexico, Bahamas or on an itinerary to Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas.
Looking for more cruise deals, including last minute getaways?  Check out Travelzoo and sign up free with just your email to view available discounts on worldwide cruises and river cruises at VacationstoGo.com.


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


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