Travel e-Scapes: April 8, 2016



Travel e-Scapes: April 8, 2016

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$78 Chicago-O’Hare
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Complete travel on or before June 29
Blackout dates: June 15, 19, 23, 24, 26
Valid on United, nonstop


New Market Site in Paris
The new futuristic Forum des Halles was officially inaugurated this week following six years of construction. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said the area, which she said was once an ‘architectural disaster’, will soon become the new beating heart of the City of Light.
Les Halles was shuttered in 1971 and its magnificent 1850s-era iron-and-glass structure dismantled (a part of which was exported to Japan and reassembled in Yokohama). Today the leaf-shaped Canopy aims to be a welcoming urban environment, blending retail shops with an acre of playgrounds for children, space for lawns and benches, a hip-hop center and recording studio, an auditorium, and a plethora of other cultural amenities.
It’s just one phase of a billion-euro overhaul of the commercial center currently known as the Forum des Halles, or more often just ‘Les Halles’.
Construction isn’t expected to be completed until 2018, with a metro-RER station, garden area, and pedestrian zones still to be finished.
Officials have documented many stages of the project on an official website.

Trump Breach?
The Trump Hotel Collection may have been the victim of a data security incident. There may have been unauthorized malware access to some of the computers that host front desk terminals and payment card terminals in restaurants, gift shops and other point-of-sale purchase locations at some hotels managed by the Trump Hotel Collection. For those customers that used credit or debit cards to make purchases during this time, malware may have affected payment card data including payment card account number, card expiration date and security code.
For the Las Vegas and Waikiki properties, cardholder first and last name may also have also been affected for transactions in restaurants, gift shops and other point-of-sale purchase points at those properties.
The Trump Hotel Collection is offering one year of complimentary fraud resolution and identity protection services from Experian to all customers of the Properties who used a payment card at the properties between May 19, 2014, and June 2, 2015.
If you stayed at one of the Properties during that time period, call 1-877-803-8586 for more information about eligibility and enrollment for the complimentary identity protection services.
Visit the Trump Hotel Collection for more information.


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:
$136 Seattle, Washington
A 7-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before May 25
Valid on American via Chicago

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta:
$173 Cancun, Mexico
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel daily on southbound flights operating between 930-1129A; north between 229-431P
Complete travel on or before March 5, 2017
No blackout dates!
Valid on Delta, nonstop

THIS WEEKEND! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$228 New York/Newark
$328 Denver
Depart on flights operating after 7P today, April 8 or any available flight on Saturday, April 9
Return the following Monday or Tuesday, April 11 or 12
Valid on United, nonstop 

THIS WEEKEND! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$296 Albuquerque, New Mexico
Depart on flights operating after 7P today, April 8 or any available flight on Saturday, April 9
Return on Sunday, April 10 or Monday, April 11 on flights operating between 11A-3P or Tuesday, April 12 on flights operating between 11A-midnight
Valid on Delta, nonstop 

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$890 Stockholm, Sweden or Oslo, Norway
Depart May 16-June 14
Add $35 per direction for Thursday-Saturday outbound and/or Friday-Sunday returns
Complete travel on or before June 19
Stay a Saturday night or up to six months
Valid on United/Lufthansa via Frankfurt
Stopovers not permitted
Purchase by April 19


Round-trip from Atlanta:
$967 Milan, Italy
Depart October 30-December 15
Add $30 per round-trip for May 13-August 22 departures
Add $35 per direction for Thursday-Saturday outbound and/or Friday-Sunday returns
Stay a Saturday night or up to a year
Valid on Delta/Virgin Atlantic via Manchester, England
Stopovers not permitted
Purchase by April 21

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. 


Day Break Hotels
Looking for a day room in a hotel before and/or after a European cruise? Maybe you have several hours before a connecting flight and need some shut-eye? Day rooms are also a smart way to utilize spa facilities at very fancy and expensive hotels that you wouldn’t otherwise spend the night at. offers hotel stays by the hour (2, 4, 6, or 8 hours) at 3- to 5-star elegant, trendy, cozy and boutique hotels in London and in major cities across Europe.
Saving can be upward of 85% off the published overnight rates. And new properties are continually being added.
Check out this YouTube video on this clever concept. 

New San Diego Digs
The new SpringHill Suites & Residence Inn San Diego Downtown Bayfront are the latest additions to the North Embarcadero area.
The hotel’s 253-suite SpringHill Suites and 147-suite Residence Inn properties (yes, two brands under one roof) offer easy access to local attractions including the U.S.S. Midway, San Diego Zoo, historic Gaslamp District, Seaport Village, and the San Diego International Airport.
Guests will enjoy spectacular bay and city skyline views, a 5th-floor outdoor swimming pool, a bayfront patio area, state of the art fitness center.
SpringHill Suites are larger than typical hotel rooms with separate living, working and sleeping spaces with deluxe linens and pillows, a pullout sofa bed and lounge chair.
The Residence Inn offers studio, one- and two-bedroom suites featuring a fully-equipped kitchen with a coffeemaker, microwave, and residential sized appliances. The hotel offers inviting public spaces to relax, a grocery delivery service, a 24-hour onsite food and beverage market.
SpringHill Suites and Residence Inn properties participate in the Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles. The program is free to join.
Introductory rates on Standard rooms (pre-paid, nonrefundable) start from $149, including complimentary daily breakfast and WiFi.  

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

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