Travel e-Scapes: April 26, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Europe (under $700!)

Travel e-Scapes: April 26, 2016

Take Two! Round-trip companion fares from Atlanta:
$1,240 ($620) Amsterdam
$1,247 ($624) Zurich
$1,257 ($628) Milan
$1,284 ($642) Rome
$1,307 ($653) Paris 
$1,326 ($663) Vienna
$1,347 ($674) Frankfurt (nonstop)
$1,352 ($676) Venice
$1,389 ($694) Berlin or Munich
$1,398 ($699) Nice
$1,485 ($742) London
Rates above are the all-in rate for TWO travelers (average per person rate)
Companions must be booked together (same Confirmation #)
A 3-day advance purchase required
Depart by May 25 – or – September 8-December 12 – or – January 9-March 15, 2017
Departures permitted Sunday-Wednesday; Monday-Thursday returns
Regular rates apply on other travel days
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to six months
Valid on Air Canada/United/Lufthansa
Routing includes one flight connection in Chicago, Newark, Washington DC, Toronto or Frankfurt
Stopovers not permitted
Purchase by April 27


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Best Time to Go…
The Hotwire Travel Inspiration Indicator is a new quarterly guide designed to provide insights on the best deals, what’s trending in travel, and how to make spontaneous travel moments attainable for everyone. Domestic travel continues to be the most popular form of vacationing and Hotwire wants to help you get the most out of their trip-taking dollar. 

Best cities to travel to for under $250 a night in April, May, and June:
April: Dallas – Temperatures hover around the 60s and 70s and the town offers tons of innovative dining experiences and memorable entertainment.
May: Phoenix, – Experience a famous desert sunset and enjoy the warm weather.
June: Miami, St. Augustine, and Key West – Find the least expensive lodging rates.
Family-Friendly:
Anaheim is four percent cheaper in April than any other month in spring.
Myrtle Beach in May is almost 30 percent more affordable than in June, a peak travel month for the city.
Honolulu is most affordable in April, with four-star rooms starting at $150 a night.
Orlando is unbeatable this time of year except during Spring Break. Visit in May to avoid the spring break and summer crowds.
Travel with friends, girl’s or guy’s weekend getaways:
If you can handle the heat, the best month to travel to Vegas during spring is in June, with prices almost 15 percent less than other spring months.
Phoenix can be less than $90 a night in the spring time. If you really enjoy the sunshine, travel in June for rooms as low as $65 a night.
Travel to Los Angeles in May finds lodging almost ten percent cheaper.
Rooms in Austin may be available for less than $150 a night in the spring.
Off the beaten path for great food, art, festivals, and culture:
Hotel rates in Portland, Oregon in the spring are lowest in April with rates under $150 a night.
Memphis is most affordable in April and June with rates (on average) under $100.
Stay in Nashville for under $150 all spring. Rooms in May are 13 percent lower than other spring months.
Long Beach, California is most affordable in April and May.
Stay in Asheville in May for $150 a night on average. Both Raleigh and Charlotte are around $100 all spring, and Hilton Head prices can even be found for as low as $165.
Long weekend trips in big cities:
April is the best month to travel to the ‘Windy City.’
Travel to New Orleans in June for an extra savings of 20 percent compared to the most popular travel month, April.
Denver is reasonable in April, with rooms that can be as low as $100 on average.
*All prices shown above are based on 3-5 star Hot Rate Hotel rates found in 2015 and are exclusive of taxes and fees.
Hotwire Hot Rates are different from retail hotel rates. With Hotwire’s Hot Rates you enter the date, location, and star rating – the exact hotel is shown only after booking. All bookings are final.


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:
$74 Phoenix
A 3-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Complete travel on or before June 8
Blackout dates: May 26, 27, 30, 31
Valid on Frontier, nonstop
Purchase by April 27

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$186 Phoenix
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid Wednesday, Saturday only on westbound flights operating between 530P-midnight; east before 630A or 330P-midnight
Complete travel on or before June 8
No Memorial Day blackout dates!
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by April 27

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 VACATION & RESORT OFFERS

Early Birds to Alaska
Alaska travel expert Scott McMurren shares the best early season discounts and deals to Alaska — from Denali to Homer: 
1. There are five Princess Lodges around the state and all offer deals during the month of May. The Denali Princess, near the park entrance, opens on May 13. The Mt. McKinley Princess, near Talkeetna, opens May 15. Both hotels are available at $99.95 per night. The Copper River Princess (near Copper Center on the Richardson Highway), the Kenai Princess (near Cooper Landing) and the Fairbanks Princess all are available for $119.95 starting in mid-May.
The real deal with Princess is the rail/hotel packages. Tour ’02A’ includes round-trip rail between Anchorage and Denali National Park and Preserve on Princess’ private rail cars. Then, the Princess bus will pick you up and you’ll stay at either the Denali Princess or at the McKinley Chalets (next door) for a two-night stay. That’s plenty of time to take the bus tour into the park, or take a raft trip on the Nenana River, or a helicopter tour! The cost is $385 per person, based on double occupancy. The trips and excursions are extra, of course. The first available date is May 21. Call 800-426-0500.
The other bargain is at the Mt. McKinley Princess. Take the train up to Talkeetna (you’ll ride in Princess’ rail cars). Then, take the bus for the 60-mile ride to the lodge. Then, check in for two nights and check out the ‘mother of all decks,’ which features a stunning view of Denali. The cost for the three-day/two-night package is $238 per person, double occupancy. 
2. Land’s End Resort. The drive from Anchorage to Homer is a great adventure. Land’s End has a great location at the end of the Homer Spit. I have seen whales right off the beach, as well as otters, eagles, seals and other critters. The popular ‘Getaway’ package ends on May 13.  A $139 per couple rate includes oceanview accommodations and dinner for two at the hotel’s restaurant.  Call 907-235-0400 for reservations.
3. Knik River Lodge. It’s just 54 miles from downtown Anchorage, but the lodge is worlds away from the city. The tidy cabins are nestled on a hillside overlooking the Knik River. Stay between May 8 and May 31 for $99. You’ll see some helicopters in the front yard to take you on a ride to the Knik Glacier. Ride the chopper for $299 per person for a 30-minute tour with glacier landing. There’s an extra charge if you weigh more than 200 pounds. Call 907-745-5002. 
4. Kennicott Glacier Lodge. Take the drive northeast from Anchorage through the Matanuska Valley. It’s a five-hour drive to Chitina. You can park at the airport and fly with Wrangell Mountain Air for the last 60 miles, or just take it slow and drive yourself. Keep it under 35 miles per hour on the Edgerton Highway. Once you arrive at McCarthy, there’s a parking lot with an attendant who can call the lodge to pick you up. Between May 28 and June 15, the lodge is offering ‘Forest View’ rooms in the main lodge for as little as $99 per night. The ‘Glacier View’ rooms are $169 per night. Stay a couple of nights and go hike on a glacier, or take a tour through the old mining town. Call 907-258-2350 for reservations. 
5. Between May 16 and 31, drive to Seward and take advantage of the ‘Super Saver’ package with Kenai Fjords Tours and the Seward Windsong Lodge. Your package includes overnight accommodations and a ticket on the 11:30 a.m. National Park Cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park. See the glaciers, watch for whales, puffins, eagles, sea lions, and seals. The cost is $189 per person, double occupancy. Call 877-777-4051 for reservations. 

Hot Deals in Arizona
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess offers the ‘Sunset Beach Early Bird’ offer, named for the new Sunset Beach hotel wing, pool and sandy beach that will debut on Memorial Day weekend. Discount rates from $127 are valid May 27-September 1. Rates in June and July average between $150 and $190 per night. Memorial Day weekend rates during the sale start at $225 per night. Refer to promo code PEBR. Book by April 30.
The all-suite Arizona Grand Resort located on the Phoenix-Tempe border is offering rates from $159 a night for a king room in May and June (excluding Memorial Day weekend). The offer includes a $30 daily breakfast credit, a $50 resort credit per stay and early check-in and late check-out (when available). The resort, best known for its sprawling Oasis Water Park, has the highest resort fees in greater Phoenix, at $49 plus tax per night. Book by April 30 through Travelzoo
Only on Monday, May 2, book rates from $79 a night at Hotel Valley Ho, a hip Scottsdale resort. ‘The Stay’ special is for room only.  The ‘Stay2Play’ package starts at $119 a night and includes a $50 daily resort credit, two welcome drinks, a high-speed internet upgrade and special arrival gift. Both offers are valid on May 3-September 30 stays. This hotel does not charge a resort fee!  


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


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