Travel e-Scapes: April 29, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Hawaii

Travel e-Scapes: April 29, 2016

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$560 Maui, Hawaii
A 30-day advance purchase required
Depart through June 5; August 12-November 19 or November 24-December 17
Returns permitted by June 12 or August 18-November 27 or December 3-27
Add $28 per direction for Friday-Sunday travel
Valid on United via Denver
Stopovers permitted for an additional $56 per stop


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Big Ben’s Bells
It’s been over 40 years that the bells of London’s Big Ben fell silent. A 3-year $42 million renovation and maintenance project (slated to begin in early 2017) will again silence the bells for several months. Although clockmakers at the Palace of Westminster say the five bells will ring on special occasions, including New Year’s Eve.
The reno project includes repairs to the Elizabeth Tower, the addition of the tower’s first elevator and the first bathroom.
Tours of the Elizabeth Tower and Great Clock will be suspended during refurbishment, with the last tour taking place on December 16. The free tours are only available to UK residents through an application process.

Throughout renovations, non-UK visitors can still take tours of the Houses of Parliment.
The famous tower clock, located at the top of the 320-foot-high St. Stephen’s Tower, rang out over the Houses of Parliament in Westminster for the first time in 1859. 

How to Save Max Airfare Bucks
From George Hobica, founder of airfarewatchdog.com
You already know that there’s no ‘magic’ day or time of year to find the lowest possible airfares, right? But there are days to actually fly when it’s much cheaper. Find these specific days with a flexible travel date search and save 50-80%.

  • American, for example, automatically shows a week of fares whenever you search a destination. But other airlines go much deeper.
  • When you click on ‘Flexible Dates (Calendar View) at Delta and enter departure and return dates, you’ll see a whole month of fare possibilities (TIP: leave the nearby airports option at ‘0’ miles, or flexible search won’t work).
  • Frontier automatically shows a seven-day range of fares, but click on ‘Month View’ to see more dates.
  • Then there’s jetBlue, which for some reason hides its very useful flexible date search offering a full month of fare finds.
  • You already know that Southwest doesn’t list its fares on Expedia and the like, but their low fare calendar (also known as the ‘Southwest Shortcut’) is easy to find. Click on ‘Flexible dates’ from the home page and enter departure and arrival cities, then use the pull-down menu to search by month.
  • United also has an excellent flex date product. From the flight search page, click on ‘My dates are flexible,’ then the month of travel and the length of stay and then search. From there you can adjust the length of stay and month and refresh results.
  • Virgin America‘s latest site redesign now shows you a calendar view of fares over a one-month period. Unfortunately, most of these flexible date options don’t work with the airlines’ apps, so you’ll have to use their websites to find flexible date deals.

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! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$76 Miami
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this weekend!
Travel any available day of the week
Finish travel on or before June 8
Valid on American, nonstop​

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$136 New York-LaGuardia
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid on northbound flights operating between noon-1P Tuesday or Wednesday 
Valid on southbound flights operating between 1230-130P Tuesday or Wednesday
Travel in both directions is offered on flights operating between 6-7A on Saturday
Finish travel on or before June 8
Valid on Delta, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$768 Oslo, Norway or Stockholm, Sweden
$779 Bergen, Norway
$852 Copenhagen, Denmark
Travel any available day of the week
Depart on or after May 10
Complete travel on or before June 24
Valid on Scandinavian Airlines via Newark
Purchase by May 1 

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$874 Athens, Greece
Travel any available day of the week
Depart May 18-August 20
Stay one weekend or up to three months
Valid on Delta/KLM/Air France via New York-JFK and Paris
Stopovers not permitted
Purchase by June 15

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

Hilton Head Summers
The Sea Pines Resort offers two value-packed summer packages: 
Through September 9, the ‘Escape Vacation’ package starts from $153 per night for weekly stays in select homes and villas with a $100 resort credit (redeemable for golf, dining and activities), free golf for children 12 and younger on the Heron Point by Pete Dye course (with each paid adult round), and no charge for children 12 and younger on a 90-minute dolphin excursion cruise (with each paid adult).
Also included are one complimentary beach family portrait session, 10% off spa treatments at LeSpa of Sea Pines (does not include spa packages or products), complimentary access for two at the Harbour Town Lighthouse, and a choice of one complimentary Eco-Adventure or resort activity for two people or a visit to the Coastal Discovery Museum at Historic Honey Horn.
Available from May 28-September 6, the luxurious 60-room Inn & Club at Harbor Town ‘Summer Special’ starts at $285 per day (four-day minimum) and features a $50 resort credit and reduced golf rates. Included complimentary are daily transportation to the new, world-class Sea Pines Beach Club (with use of beach chairs, umbrellas, beach towels, and cooler of bottled water), valet parking, adult bikes (with reduced rates on children’s bikes), two hours of court time at The Sea Pines Racquet Club, and full access to the Inn’s luxurious pool.
Both offers above feature unlimited use of the resort’s fitness center and free WiFi.
Situated on the southernmost tip of Hilton Head Island, this Lowcountry destination features five miles of unspoiled beaches, 21 clay tennis courts, 14 miles of bike and walking trails, horseback riding, Eco-Adventures, water sports, and the 605-acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve filled with wildflowers, wetlands and more than 130 species of birds. 
One of the crown jewels in the world of golf, The Sea Pines Resort is home to Pete Dye’s classic Harbour Town Golf Links (home of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage) Heron Point by Pete Dye and the Ocean Course.

NYC Promo
‘The Tax Is On Us’ deal at the Westin New York Grand Central offers a 15% reduction off of flexible rates on weekends now through December 31 when stays are booked by May 17 (lodging taxes in NYC are approximately 15%). Per night rates from $179. Refer to rate plan TAXBRK when booking online.
A separate promotion offers a 40% savings on the second consecutive night of stay (Thursday, Friday or Saturday arrival required). Refer toBetter Tomorrows or promo code ZB4.
Located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, the Westin New York Grand Central opened in October 2012 after a $75 million transformation and features a modern design with signature Westin amenities.


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


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