Travel e-Scapes: April 1, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Hong Kong, China

Travel e-Scapes: 04012016
Round-trip from Atlanta:
$409 Hong Kong
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week!
Add $35 per direction for Friday-Sunday travel
Depart by May 23 or August 15-December 9
No minimum stay required; stay up to one year
Valid on United via Chicago and/or San Francisco
Add $100 per stopover (optional)
Purchase today, April 1


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Cruise Tips Rising
Beginning May 1, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line will hike daily fees by more than 4% to $13.50 per person, per day for passengers staying in most cabins. Passengers in suites will pay $16.50 per person, per day.  This hike is the second following an 8% increase on June 1, 2015.
That means that a family of four will pay upward of $400 in automatic gratuities on a typical seven-night cruise.
Customers with existing reservations for a future sailing can lock in the current gratuity rates by pre-paying them before April 14.

Carnival adds $12 per person, per day in service charges. Holland America and Princess add $12.50 and $12.95, respectively. Norwegian Cruise Line matches Royal Caribbean’s fees.
Many cruise lines now build in gratuities to base cruise fares. Those lines include Azamara, Crystal, Seabourn, Regent, SeaDream and select river cruise lines such as Uniworld, Tauck, and Scenic Cruises.

Check In on Facebook
KLM is paving the way for global travelers with a new check-in option.
Starting today, passengers on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will be able to confirm a flight, check-in for travel, get boarding passes, make itinerary updates, and chat to customer service – all from the Facebook Messenger app.
To encourage users to try the service, people who use KLM on Messenger to receive a booking confirmation, check-in notifications, boarding pass or flight updates through April 20 will automatically be entered into a drawing for two KLM round-trip tickets to their destination of choice.
Facebook is also beta testing a virtual concierge named M, who will be able to book tickets and make travel plans. 


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:
$69 Orlando
$71 Ft. Myers or Tampa
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid on select departure times
Complete travel on or before May 31
Valid on Delta, nonstop

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$71 Sarasota, Florida
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid any available day of the week on southbound flights operating between 7A-3P or 8P-midnight; between 5-10A or after 130P
Valid on Delta, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$687 Dublin, Ireland
Travel any available day of the week
Depart April 27-October 17
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to a month
Valid on Air Canada via Toronto or United via Newark (rates can be slightly higher)
Stopovers not permitted
Purchase today, April 1
Compare to Delta’s peak summer fare of $1,280!

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$817 Venice
$820 Milan
$834 Rome
Travel is permitted any available day of the week
Depart on or after April 27 and through October 17
Stay at least one Saturday night
Purchase today, April 1
Valid on Air Canada via Toronto
Stopovers not permitted
United/Lufthansa match with rates $10-$30 higher

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$990 Frankfurt, Germany
Travel any available day of the week
Depart April 27-October 17
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to a month
Valid on Lufthansa, nonstop
Purchase today, April 1

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 RESORT & WHEELS DEALS

Dominican Republic Deal
Save 50% on stays at the 5-star, all-inclusive Sivory Punta Cana Boutique Hotel when staying from April 16 through August 31.
This adults-only award-winning resort offers all a la carte meals and drinks, and a $75 spa credit and a $100 credit for a dinner on the beach or in the resort’s wine cellar. If available, guests can enjoy early check-in and late check-out privileges.
The per night rate for two guests is $249. A minimum stay of three nights is required.
Reserve your stay by April 7. Start the booking process at Travelzoo

Drive Away a Deal
Score a one-way airfare deal to sunny Florida and drive a wheel deal back home. One-way ‘Drive Out’ rates from Budget start from $7.89 a day!
Just pick up your car at a participating Florida location and drop it off at a different participating location.
Get this deal on rentals through June 30. Use code BCD # D585900 to reserve.
Daily rates (with no drop fee to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson):
$7.89 Economy, Compact, Midsize, Standard and Full Size
$14.49 Convertible
$17.49 Intermediate SUV
$19.49 Standard SUV or Standard Elite SUV
$24.49 Minivan
Rates require a minimum 1 to maximum 14 consecutive day rental period.


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


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