Travel e-Scapes: March 29, 2016

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Travel e-Scapes: March 29, 2016

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$24 Memphis or St. Louis
$34 Milwaukee
$44 Cleveland
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Start travel on or after April 14
Complete travel on or before May 24 (May 23 Milwaukee)
Valid on Frontier, nonstop
Purchase by April 4


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Trip Insurance for Europe?
The recent terrorist attacks in Brussels have led to a Europe Travel Alert issued by the U.S. Department of State.  Squaremouth, a leading travel insurance comparison site, answers the most commonly asked questions about travel insurance coverage related to the travel alert for European countries, which account for three of the five most popular international destinations for its customers:
1. Can I cancel my trip because of the Europe Travel Alert?
Travel insurance will not cover you to cancel your trip because of the Europe Travel Alert unless you have Canceled For Any Reason coverage. Despite ‘potential risks’ of travel, a travel alert alone is not a covered reason to cancel a trip on standard travel insurance policies. Travelers departing for Europe in the next month who have Brussels on their itinerary may be able to cancel due to the Brussels terrorist attacks if they have a policy with Terrorism coverage. If they do not qualify for this coverage, travelers who have a policy with the Cancel For Any Reason upgrade can cancel for any reason, including fear of traveling due to a travel alert.

2. Can I cancel my trip if another terrorist attack occurs in Europe?
If your travel insurance policy includes Terrorism coverage, you may be able to cancel your trip if another terrorist attack occurs. However, you must meet the policy’s requirements to cancel for this reason. Typically, this means the attack must occur in or near a city on your itinerary within 7-30 days of your departure date. The attack must be declared a terrorist act by the U.S. Department of State. Some policies will not provide coverage if a previous attack has occurred within the past 30-90 days.
3. Does the Europe Travel Alert affect the availability of travel insurance?
The travel alert does not affect the availability of travel insurance coverage. Travelers can still purchase travel insurance for future trips to Europe, including cancellation policies with Terrorism coverage. While it is too late to purchase travel insurance coverage for any losses related to the March 22 terrorist attacks in Brussels, travelers can still buy policies with coverage for any future terrorist attacks that may occur in Europe.
4. What if I don’t want to travel to Europe because of the Europe Travel Alert?
Fear of traveling is not a covered reason to cancel a trip on standard travel insurance. Only the Cancel For Any Reason benefit would cover you to cancel because you are nervous about traveling to a destination with a travel alert. This allows you to cancel for a reason not otherwise covered within the policy, such as a travel alert and receive reimbursement of up to 75% of your trip cost. The Cancel For Any Reason upgrade also significantly increases the cost of the policy and has some restrictions.
Squaremouth has updated its Brussels Terrorist Attacks and Travel Insurance Information Center to include information about travel insurance coverage related to the European Travel Alert. This online resource is updated with official statements, answers to frequently asked questions, and current government travel alerts and notices related to the terrorist attacks in Belgium and the subsequent travel alert for Europe.
Squaremouth compares travel insurance products from virtually every major travel insurance provider in the United States using a comparison engine. Travelers can research and compare insurance products side-by-side. 


SPECIAL DOMESTIC 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:
$40 Atlantic City, New Jersey
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday
Add $8 for other travel days
Complete travel on or before May 11
Valid on Spirit, nonstop
Purchase by April 1

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$40 Dallas-Ft. Worth or New Orleans
A 7-day advance purchase required
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Complete travel on or before May 10
Valid on Spirit, nonstop
Purchase today, March 29

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$253 Anchorage, Alaska
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before May 23
Valid on United via Chicago
Purchase by April 1

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$280 Juneau or Ketchikan, Alaska
$300 Fairbanks, Alaska
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before May 23
Valid on Delta via Seattle
Purchase by April 1

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$336 Kona, Hawaii
A 30-day advance purchase required
Travel west Sunday-Wednesday; Monday-Thursday east
Complete travel on or before June 6
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. 


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT DEALS

New Asheville Digs
Hyatt Place Asheville/Downtown is officially open and features the Hyatt Place brand’s intuitive design, casual atmosphere and practical amenities, such as free WiFi (everywhere) and 24-hour food offerings. Hotel amenities include a rooftop bar and lounge, an indoor pool, a 24-hour gym and much more. Hyatt’s Odds & Ends program has forgotten items that guests can buy, borrow or enjoy for free.
The hotel is within walking distance to more than 200 locally-owned restaurants, breweries, shops and entertainment – and leisure attractions including the Biltmore Estate, Blue Ridge Parkway, Packs Square Highland Brewery and the University of North Carolina-Asheville.
Accommodations offer spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and downtown Asheville. Guests enjoy free breakfast in the Gallery Kitchen with hot items, fresh fruit, oatmeal, yogurt, cereal, and fresh-baked pastries. Room rates from $189 a night. 

Sunny Sawgrass Resort
The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa is best known as the home of the TPC Sawgrass golf tournament. The resort is offering up to a $300 resort credit on stays of three or more nights:
Stay three nights and receive a $100 credit
Stay five nights to receive a $200 credit
Stay seven nights for a $300 credit
Use your resort credit to indulge at the spa or experience unique offerings at one of the nine indoor and outdoor dining outlets. Valid on stays through June 28. Room rates from $159 to $349 a night. Refer to promo code SUM.
Recently renovated accommodations are located in two-story buildings clustered around a lagoon and this 65-acre resort also features four swimming pools. Guests have privileged access to iconic golf at the adjacent TPC Sawgrass and to the private Cabana Beach Club with dining overlooking the Atlantic. Both are reached with a quick, complimentary shuttle ride. 


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


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