Travel e-Scapes: March 7, 2017

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Barbados

Travel e-Scapes: 03072017

HURRY! Round-trip from Miami:
$197 Miami to Bridgetown, Barbados, or $77 south, $120 north
A 14-day advance purchase required 
Valid daily through February 1, 2018  on American, nonstop
No minimum stay required and no blackout dates
Note: Round-trip ATL-Miami-ATL fares average $98 for a total of $295 to Barbados


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Airport Pat-downs
A more ‘comprehensive’ procedure or a more involved pat-down of travelers by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will be implemented at domestic airports.
The pat-down does not involve any different areas of the body other than were screened in the previous standard procedure, but will be more thorough and may involve an officer making more intimate contact than before.
Passengers are typically patted down if they set off security scanners, are selected for more advanced screening or choose not to go through the body scanning technology commonplace at TSA checkpoints.
For more, visit the TSA

1/2 Price Universal

Get more bang for your buck with a half-price ticket offer at Universal Studios Florida Resort.
Customers purchasing tickets to Universal Orlando or Islands of Adventure are eligible for a deal which adds two days free to a two-day, Park-to-Park ticket.
To take advantage of the offer, all four days covered by the offer must be used within one week of the first visit and each day must be used by May 31.
The Park-to-Park tickets are also required to ride the popular Hogwarts Express, which connects the two theme parks via a train ride.
A four-day pass is $234.99 for adults and $224.99 ages 3-9. The ticket also includes seven days of admission to CityWalk live entertainment venues.
A separate four-day adventure promotion will allow guests to visit both Universal Orlando and Islands of Adventure on the same day, and it will afford the ticket holder access to the express ride queue line, which offers people a shorter wait time at participating attractions.
The Universal Express ride access tier tickets include two days free. Adult tickets are $359.99; $349.99 ages 3-9. Valid for use through May 31. 
Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay opens May 25. Made up of four immersive areas, Volcano Bay is an all-new water theme park with an island theme. Visitors will enter the park with a waterproof TapuTapu wearable wristband that allow guests to virtually wait in line for Volcano Bay’s dozens of unique attractions and discover various TapTu Play experiences throughout the park with just a simple tap.
Spanning 30 acres and featuring a variety of experiences ranging from daring to serene, Volcano Bay will feature a multi-directional wave pool with sandy beaches, a peaceful winding river, twisting multi-rider raft rides, speeding body slides that drop from the top of the volcano into the waters below and more.
The park is just steps away from Universal Orlando’s other world class theme parks. 


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!

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$84 Orlando, or $42 each way
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through May 24 on Spirit, nonstop
Blackout dates: April 14, 17
Purchase by March 10

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$88 Miami, or $44 each way
No advance purchase required
Valid Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday through May 24
Blackout dates: April 8, 9, 23; May 14, 21
Valid on American, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$98 Miami, or $49 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through August 13
Blackout dates: April 8, 9, 23; May 14, 21, 25, 26; June 25, 29, 30; July 9, 16, 30
Valid on American, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$132 Orlando, or $66 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily on southbound flights operating before 730A, 9-955A, noon-2P or 8P-midnight
Valid daily on northbound flights operating 5-9A, noon-230P or 7P-midnight
Finish trips on or before August 13
Blackout dates: April 12, 14, 17; May 25-27, 29; June 2-4
Valid on Delta, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$146 New York-LaGuardia, or $73 each way
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday through May 24
Blackout dates: April 17
Valid on American, nonstop
Purchase by March 10

HURRY! Round-trip from Miami:
$214 Miami to Aruba, or $90 south, $124 north
A 14-day advance purchase required 
Valid daily through February 1, 2018 on American, nonstop
No minimum stay required and no blackout dates
Note: Round-trip ATL-Miami-ATL fares average $98 for a total of $312 to Aruba

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$214 San Diego, or $107 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid daily on American through August 12
Blackout dates: April 8, 9, 23; May 14, 21, 25, 26; June 25, 29, 30; July 9, 16, 30

TODAY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$224 Orange County-Santa Ana CA, or $112 each way
$234 Tucson, or $117 each way
$244 Portland OR, Reno-Tahoe, Sacramento or San Jose, or $122 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Finish trips on or before August 12
Blackout dates: April 8, 9, 23; May 14, 21, 25, 26; June 25, 29, 30; July 9, 16, 30
Valid daily on American via Dallas, Phoenix or Los Angeles
Purchase today, March 7

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$232 New York-LaGuardia, or $116 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through February 1, 2018
Blackout dates: April 8, 9, 23; May 14, 21, 25, 26; June 25, 29, 30; July 9, 16, 30; September 17; November 17, 26, 27; December 22, 26; January 1
Valid on American, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Miami:
$287 Miami to Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week
Valid daily through June 25 on American, nonstop
No minimum stay required
Note: Round-trip ATL-Miami-ATL fares average $98 for a total of $385 to Curacao

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$310 Toronto, Ontario, or $147 north, $163 south
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week
Valid daily through May 31 on Delta via Detroit
Purchase by March 8

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. 

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


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

North Michigan
The Northern Michigan lake shore of Sleeping Bear Dunes has recently been recognized by National Geographic as one of the 21 best beaches on Earth. Sleeping Bear Point – part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on the northwest coast of the Lower Peninsula – was named one of the 21 top beaches on Earth by National Geographic, particularly as a prime destination for dune walkers.  The park spreads 35 miles along the shoreline in Michigan’s northwestern Lower Peninsula.
‘Pure freshwater and 450-foot bluffs mean eyes-open swimming and vast views over Lake Michigan,’ wrote Kimberley Lovato of National Geographic. ‘Walk from the former Sleeping Bear Point Coast Guard Station, now a maritime museum, or along the Sleeping Bear Point Trail over low-lying dunes to the beach. In the distance look for North and South Manitou Islands, prime spots for hiking and camping.’
The area was named the most beautiful place in America in 2011 by ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ and has over the years become a national tourist attraction, drawing a record 1.5 million people in 2015.  
The Homestead is a woodland resort on the beaches of Lake Michigan located six miles from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Housed within 4 distinct lodges, the rooms are country-chic and some have fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and private decks. Suites add kitchenettes. Individually styled condos and townhouses are also available.
There are 4 onsite dining options, including a sports bar, plus a spa and salon, a fitness center, two pools, and sports facilities ranging from tennis and winter sports to golf. There’s also a kids’ camp and a family entertainment program.
The Family Fun package includes accommodations at The Homestead’s Fiddler’s Pond, a Mountaineer breakfast each morning and a Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore park pass at rates from $35.75 per person, per night, based on a family of four. Available May through October.
Lodging only rates vary by location, view, season and interior quality (Grand, Class or Simple). Choose from The Inn with guest rooms to two-level, two- bedroom suites; the Stony Brook Lodge with one- and two-bedroom suites; suites at Little Belle; Fiddler’s Pond to one- to five-bedroom homes and condos.   

New London Hotel
The cavernous 708-room Holiday Inn London-Kensington recently opened in the heart of west London. It’s one of the largest Holiday Inns in Europe.
The hotel features the Boulevard restaurant, a lounge bar, and a gym (free access) and spa. Use of the 60-foot swimming pool, with steam room and whirlpool tub costs £10 a day to use (about $12).
The dining, bar and communal areas sprawl across the ground floor.
The property has a family focus due to Holiday Inn’s policy that children under 12 stay and eat for free (maximum four per group).
Room only rates start from £99 (about $120 for a very small room!). Larger superior rooms from $165.
Consider starting the morning with a more affordable breakfast (hotel breakfast is £20, or about $25) at one of the many nearby cafes.
The High Street Kensington tube is a two-minute walk. The recently relocated Design Museum with its cafe, gift shop and Parabola bar/restaurant is less than 10 minutes’ walk away, while Hyde Park, Kensington Palace and the Royal Albert Hall are close. South Kensington and its world-class museum-laden streets is a 20-minute walk or short bus journey away, and the West End is a 20-minute tube ride.  


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


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