Travel e-Scapes: March 4, 2016


Special Note: Previously published airfares to Australian have expired.  Sorry for any heartbreak.

Travel e-Scapes: March 4, 2016

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$673 Kona, Hawaii
Start travel on or after April 26
Complete travel on or before June 6
Valid Sunday-Wednesday west; Monday-Thursday east
Regular rates apply on other travel days
Valid on Alaska Airlines via Seattle


It’s Cherry Blossom Time!
The organizers of the National Cherry Blossom Festival have announced the peak bloom dates for the blossoms in Washington D.C. — it’s March 31 to April 3.
One of this year’s signature events, the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival, has to move off Pennsylvania Avenue NW this year and for the foreseeable future due to construction surrounding the Trump International Hotel (in the Old Post Office Pavilion at 12th and Penn; expected open date is September). The festival will be held on April 16 (10:30A-6P) at M Street and New Jersey Avenue SE. Tickets from $8.
That same date, April 16, is also the day of the National Cherry Blossom Parade on Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets NW (10A-noon). Tickets start at $20.

Preferred Airlines at Airfarewatchdog
Airfarewatchdog, an inclusive source of airfare deals, now offers a customized fare alert tool for fliers. The site provides airfare deals both on the site and as part of a free email alert service that now lets subscribers see fares only on airlines they prefer to fly.
Airfarewatchdog founder George said, ‘…the ability to create email filters by specific airline has been lacking until now. Many consumers simply refuse to fly on certain airlines or are loyal not just to an alliance, but to a specific airline. This new feature on Airfarewatchdog caters to these preferences.’
Airfarewatchdog shows fares on every airline departing from the U.S. and Canada, including Southwest. And until now, no major app or airfare email service has allowed consumers to avoid airlines that they prefer not to fly when subscribing to fare alerts.
Sign up free to receive airfare notifications/changes at Emailed and tweeted alerts are the most effective way to catch an unadvertised airfare bargain, especially since there is no ‘magic’ time of day or day of the week to buy the cheapest airfares.

Gathering of Nations
The world’s largest gathering of Native American and indigenous people takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 28-30.
The 33rd Annual Gathering of Nations, considered the most prominent Native American powwow in the world, will host tens of thousands of people and more than 700 tribes from throughout the United States, Canada, and around the world.
The three-day event will include more than 3,000 traditional Native American dancers and 50 drum groups competing, and more than 800 Native American artisans, craftsmen, and traders displaying and selling their work. In addition, more than 30 contemporary indigenous music groups will be performing a wide variety of musical genres. Vendors in the Native Food Court will offer guests a large selection of food choices ranging between southwestern-style cuisine and traditional Native American fare.
General admission tickets cost $18 per day or $36 for a two-day pass. VIP Club Level tickets are available for $65 (at the door).
Fans of the Gathering of Nations can now listen to the event on iHeartRadio.


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!

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$159 Detroit
$180 Charleston SC
$190 Boston, Hartford, Nashville, Manchester NH, Portland ME
$199 Colorado Springs
$226 Newark
$330 Palm Springs CA (via Salt Lake City)
Travel any available day of the week
Start travel on or after April 1
Complete travel on or before May 25
Valid on Delta, nonstop unless noted otherwise
Purchase by March 9

HURRY!  One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$170 Santa Fe, New Mexico
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Complete travel on or before May 25
Blackout dates: May 1, 12, 13, 15, 16, 19, 20
Valid on American via Dallas-Ft. Worth

HURRY!  Round-trip from Atlanta:
$258 Ontario CA
$262 San Jose CA
$270 Orange County-Santa Ana CA
$307 Portland OR
$320 Sacramento CA
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Stay at least one Saturday night
Blackout dates: May 1, 12, 13, 15, 16, 19, 20
Valid on American via Dallas-Ft. Worth or Los Angeles

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$326 Quito, Ecuador
A 7-day advance purchase requried
Travel any available day of the week
Depart by March 27; March 31-May 31 or September 1-December 31
No minimum stay required (one-way travel permitted)
Valid on Delta, nonstop


HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$673 Kona, Hawaii
Start travel on or after April 26
Complete travel on or before June 6
Valid Sunday-Wednesday west; Monday-Thursday east
Regular rates apply on other travel days
Valid on Alaska Airlines via Seattle

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.


Rail Savings in Europe
Rail Europe is offering discounts on European rail travel. Save 20% on first-class Eurostar tickets and on France and Germany rail passes. For example, the price of a three-day, second-class France rail pass that may be used anytime within a one-month period is now $165 per adult, a savings of $40.  Bookings of a France Rail Pass made through March 31 will be eligible for the 20% off discount. Offer is available for first and second class Adult, Saver, Youth Child, and Senior Passes.
See more of Germany for less: Enjoy 20% savings when you book the 7 days consecutive or 7 days within one-month German Rail Pass Promo. Book by March 30 for travel through May 31.
Visiting just one European country? Consider the purchase of a Eurail One Country Pass. Choose from popular countries like Italy and Spain and use regional and high-speed trains to move from one beautiful city center to the next. Other one country passes are offered in Croatia, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, and Scandinavia.

Save Big to Croatia
Gate 1 Travel, in association with Travelzoo, offers deep discounts to beautiful, unspoiled Croatia.
A per person rate of $1,739 (based on double occupancy) includes the following:

  • Round-trip travel from Atlanta to Venice, Italy (based on November 20 travel on KLM via Amsterdam)
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights First Class accommodations
  • 2 nights Opatija
  • 1 night Split
  • 3 nights Dubrovnik
  • 1 night Zagreb
  • 2 nights Bled
  • All transfers
  • Hotel porterage
  • 13 meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager
  • Services of local guides in Split, Dubrovnik, and Zagreb
  • Entrance fees

Here’s a glimpse of the 11-day/9-night itinerary:
Arrive in Venice and transfer to the delightful seaside town of Opatija, filled with rich history, picturesque surroundings, and gorgeous beaches. Stop in Zadar for a brief tour of the ancient city en route to Split, where you’ll view the Roman remains of the 4th century Palace of Diocletian, the Roman Peristyle, the unusual Cathedral of St. Dominus and the Temple of Jupiter.
Continue to Dubrovnik and enjoy a walking tour of ‘Old Dubrovnik’ highlighting sites such as Rector’s Palace, the monumental Sponza Palace, Orlando’s Tower, the Dominican Monastery and Franciscan Monastery. With time at leisure, perhaps visit the Maritime Museum in St. John’s Castle or join the optional full-day tour to Montenegro, the ‘Jewel of the Mediterranean’.
Travel inland through wooded mountains and lush vegetation to tour Croatia’s capital city of Zagreb, before arriving in Bled, a gorgeous Alpine resort town situated in the heart of the Julian Alps. Enjoy a tour of the 11th century Bled Castle, then embark on a city tour of nearby Ljubljana, the charming capital of Slovenia. Return to Bled to spend the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps by visiting tiny Bled Island, site of a 9th-century Christian church.
Book by March 11 and refer to promotional code TZAFCS240.  start the booking process at Travelzoo.

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

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