Travel e-Scapes: April 12, 2016

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HIGHLIGHT DEAL OF THE DAY: Portland, Oregon

Travel e-Scapes: April 12, 2016

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$107 Portland, Oregon
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before June 15
Valid on United via Chicago 
Photo: Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area 


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Airfare Rule Change
American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines (the “Big Three”) may have recently coordinated on a complicated and comprehensive scheme to change airfare rules that have the effect of driving up the price of an airline ticket on unsuspecting consumers by as much as a factor of seven.
The policy change bars customary multi-city ticketing using the lowest available fare on each segment. Instead, the new policy combines the highest refundable fares available on each segment and returns a round-trip single price that is substantially higher than if a consumer purchased separate one-way fares.
Leisure travelers, who have been “trained” to always buy the more affordably priced round-trip ticket, will be caught unprepared.

As an example, a two-city domestic U.S. trip researched today returned a coach fare of $1,200 for travel from Jacksonville to Los Angeles (rental car to San Francisco), returning from San Francisco to Jacksonville. If priced as two one-way tickets the fare is $400.
While a travel agent will be cognizant of the policy change, the threshold problem is that most consumers, especially the majority who are infrequent travelers, will not be aware and will pay dearly when booking online at an airline website.
The Business Travel Coalition asked the U.S. Department of Justice to add this industry development to its ongoing investigation into collusive airline agreements.
Source: eTurbo News  
Postscript: There’s really no need to panic about this new money-grabbing scheme. To avoid paying higher airfare rates, book simple round-trip tickets in and out of the same airport, or book individual one-way tickets.
One of the best ways to check round-trip fares vs. one-way rates is with a visit to Google.com/Flights.
1.) Enter your origin and destination cities.
2.) Click inside the departure date box and calendars (two consecutive months) appear with rates for each date of travel.
3.) Advance the months of the year with a click on the arrow at the right of your screen.
4.) Once you found the airfare of your liking, click on that date to complete either a one-way or round-trip itinerary.
You won’t be able to book a ticket at Google Flights, but you’ll be directed to the appropriate airline’s website to complete the reservation.
Another cool function at Google Flights is to enter your departure city along with your desired dates — but leave the destination airport black. You’ll see a map with cities and airfares. Click and drag the map to see rates worldwide.
There are notable airlines missing from this matrix including Allegiant, Spirit, and Southwest.

Southwest Airlines Increase
Southwest Airlines has increased the fee it charges for early boarding.  The airline’s EarlyBird Check-In option is now $15 per person each way, up from $12.50 – a 20% increase.  Ticketed passengers are a given a boarding position in three groups (A, B or C) at online or airport check-in 24 hours prior to flight departure.  Travelers paying the optional EarlyBird fee are automatically assigned a boarding position beginning 36 hours before the flight.  

New Cinque Terre Rail 
Cinque Terre is growing at a fast pace and, in order to accommodate visitors, Italian officials are trying to devise a plan that will eliminate congestion at rail stations and on centuries-old footpaths that are feeling the wear and tear of exponentially increasing visitor traffic.
Cruise ships calling in the area are overwhelming the region with visitors that go to see the five charming villages that cling to the cliffs of the Italian coastline.
Some of the major risks officials are dealing with are the 2.5 million visitors endangering the area’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the safety of the narrow paths that connect each city.
In an effort to maintain and preserve its unique heritage, the Cinque Terre Express has launched with the goal of separating tourists from daily commuters in the region and to eliminate some of the congestion on the railway and at railway stations.
There are 44 trains scheduled per day, arriving every half hour connecting Levanto and La Spezia. Stops include each of the five villages: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.
The new service is operated by Trenitalia Regionale and runs throughout the tourist season, or until November 1.
Tickets are about $5


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!

GO NOW! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$134 Bermuda
No advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before June 22
Valid on Air Canada via Toronto
Stopovers not permitted
Purchase by April 19

GO NOW! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$457 Turks & Caicos Islands
$464 Liberia, Costa Rica
No advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before July 31
Blackout dates: May 19-23
A 5-night minimum stay required
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by April 15

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$875 Buenos Aires, Argentina
A 7-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Stay at least one Saturday night 
Complete travel on or before July 31
Valid on American via Miami
One free stopover permitted
Purchase by April 18

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 DISNEY & HOTEL OFFERS

Disney World Resort Deals
Ready to put the winter behind you? Then what better way than a visit to the Sunshine State? As they say in Florida, ‘When you need it bad, we’ve got it good…’  
Take advantage of the special ‘Spring into the Magic’ rates that are being offered by the seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels for stays through June 30.
Featuring an ideal location in the Walt Disney World Resort, these seven Official Walt Disney World Hotels are within an easy walk to Disney Springs featuring nearly 30 food and beverage outlets and restaurants, and shopping and entertainment venues. 
The seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels also provide shuttle transportation every 30 minutes to all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks, two water parks, and to the Disney Springs area, which is home to La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil featuring two new acts in 2016.
Per night ‘Spring into the Magic’ rates:
B Resort & Spa – rates from $99
Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel – rates from $69
Buena Vista Palace – rates from $99
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton – Orlando Lake Buena Vista — rates from $119
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – rates from $119
Holiday Inn located in the Walt Disney World Resort – rates from $99
Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista – rates from $77 
Rates do not include resort services fees, parking, or taxes.
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Walt Disney World also offers the Awaken Summer promotion with a limited number of rooms available at 30% off on most nights from May 30 through August 25. The 30% applies to stays at select Deluxe Villa Resort Hotels.  Save 20% on stays at select Moderate and Value Resort Hotels.  
Upgrade to a package with a minimum purchase of a 2-Day Magic Your Way ticket, and receive a special MagicBand (per person) included in the same package. This one-of-a-kind band will activate a special sound and lighting feature at select touch points throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.
Book stays through June 10.
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Ongoing & upcoming Disney World events & new attractions:
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – through May 30
2016 Garden Rocks Concert Series – weekends through May 30 at Epcot. 
Entertainment scheduled for the 2016 Garden Rocks Concert Series includes Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone; The Guess Who; Blood, Sweat and Tears starring Bo Bice; Bad Company starring Brian Howe; Georgia Satellites; Gin Blossoms; Darlene Love; Night Ranger; and The Spinners.
Inspired by Florida’s charming waterfront towns, historic architecture and natural beauty, Disney Springs features four distinct outdoor neighborhoods, with a high-quality, diverse mix of retailers, entertainment, upscale restaurants, and casual dining options. 
Also recently opened is Exposition Park, the home to four Disney-owned food trucks, with offerings from each of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks. Plus, there is a new five-level parking garage with 4,000 spaces, and the new Village Causeway which provides guests another path of travel through the area. Plus, a pedestrian bridge from the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels to the Disney Springs area has opened.

Big NYC Offer
Mark your calendar for this great sale! A 24-hour sale from Triumph Hotels will take place starting at midnight on April 26 to midnight on April 27. Discounts of up to 40% off will be offered for stays between May 1 and March 31, 2017.  Blackout dates apply. 
Seven unique hotels are participating in the Seize Your Summer‘ sale:
Iroquois New York
Hotel Chandler
Hotel Belleclaire
The Evelyn
Cosmopolitan Hotel TriBeCa
Washington Jefferson Hotel
Hotel Edison
Sign up to receive a reminder email when the offer launches. By signing up, you’ll also be entered to win an exclusive Eataly picnic basket perfect for an afternoon in Central Park! 


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


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