Travel e-Scapes: May 18, 2018

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: DC

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

TODAY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$49
Greenville, Jacksonville, Nashville, New Orleans, Orlando
$79 Baltimore, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Richmond, St. Louis, Tampa, Washington DC-Dulles or Reagan and W. Palm Beach
$99 Austin, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis, NYC-LaGuardia, San Antonio
$149 Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Phoenix, San Diego
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel through October 31 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays only
Valid on nonstop service + two free checked bags and no change fees!
No 4th of July or Labor Day weekend blackout dates!
Purchase today, May 18 at Southwest Airlines


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Spirit Airlines News
The ultra-low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines is expected to install Wi-Fi on its entire fleet by summer 2019. The airline said that by 2021, speeds will be faster when it will be using a new satellite. Travelers will pay an average of $6.50 to use the service on board, but prices could vary based on route and demand, Spirit said.

Frontier Airlines does not offer Wi-Fi, which it includes on its website as one of the reasons it is able to keep fares so low.
Are you considering a trip with the budget airline Spirit? Airfarewatchdog has a list of things you should know before you book!

Viking Ship Tour
The world’s largest Viking ship, Draken Harald HÃ¥rfagre, heads to the east coast this summer.
In 2016, the Draken successfully crossed the North Atlantic Ocean, recreating one of the most epic, mythical explorations of all time in the wake of the Viking Explorer, Leif Ericsson. The North American tour will consist of 16 stopovers across the U.S. East Coast states of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia and South Carolina from June through October. Exact dates TBA.
Guests can take guided deck tours and interact with the crew that will share their personal experiences of the thrill, fear, and exhilaration felt from having relived one of the world’s most mythological sea voyages ‘ the first transatlantic crossing and the Viking discovery of the New World, more than a thousand years ago.
After initially setting sail from Haugesund, the ship traveled via the Shetland Islands, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, before its arrival to Newfoundland and to the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes, followed by New York City. The ship arrived in Mystic Seaport where she has been docked since the conclusion of Expedition 2016.
The crew on board Draken is a team of 35 people; men and women from all over the world, representing a diverse mix of age, gender, nationality, and background. The Draken is now inviting members of the public to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity by applying for professional and volunteer crew positions.

Hotel Incentives
Register with Wyndham Hotels to earn up to one free night at any of the brands 9,000+ hotels. Book two qualifying stays by June 30 and complete both stays by July 1 to receive 15,000 bonus Wyndham Rewards points – worth a one-night free stay. Wyndham brands include Microtel, Baymont Inn & Suites, Days Inn, Hawthorn Suites, La Quinta Inns & Suites, Ramada, Travelodge, Wingate and more.
Stay at a Loews Hotel through September 30 and choose from one of four reward options: late check-out, a daily $50 hotel credit, daily in-room movie and premium plus Wi-Fi or a local reward that changes based on the location of your stay.
Stay two or more consecutive nights at a Radisson Hotel and receive a $25 Amazon or Starbucks gift card. Stays must be booked by May 31 for stays through September 3.


SPECIAL DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS

Airfare offers – ones with a ticket-by date – and deals with our suggestion to HURRY! can expire at any time.  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:
$111 Cincinnati
Valid midweek from June 12 through November 7
A Saturday night stay required
Valid on Delta, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$226 Grand Rapids, Michigan, or $113 each way
Valid north August 1-30; September 2-29
Valid south July 2-31; August 1-29 and September 2-29
Valid on United via Chicago or DC

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$288 Portland, Oregon, or $144 each way
Valid west June 9-19; August 6-30; September 1-29
Valid east June 4-20; July 4; August 6-29; September 1-26; October 1-31 and November 2
Valid on American via Dallas or Chicago

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$294 Cozumel, Mexico, or $141 south, $153 north
Valid June 3-26; July 3-31; August 2-14
Valid on American via Dallas

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$705-$740 Cologne, Germany
Depart September 2-December 4
Finish trips on or before December 17
$712 Berlin, Germany
Depart September 18-November 28 or January 6-March 25
Finish trips on or before April 9
$807 Milan, Italy
Depart August 1-December 7 or January 8-April 3
Finish trips on or before April 13
Valid on Turkish Airlines via Istanbul
Purchase by May 31

How do you find these great airfare deals? Visit Clark’s Atlanta Travel Tips page for a step-by-step search and booking guide.

NOTE: Carry-on bag, checked bags, advance seat selection and onboard food/drink often add to base economy airfares. Kayak offers the most up-to-date Fees Chart for all domestic and international airlines.


HOTELS, RESORTS & MORE

Charleston #1 Hotel
The 4-star Vendue Hotel has a great location in Charleston’s historic French Quarter, curated art collection and popular rooftop views. Stay most Sundays-Thursdays through August 30 for $169 a night, including an upgrade, a $25 daily credit to use at the Rooftop bar, or the new restaurant, Revival, opening in mid-June. Other perks include a glass of champagne upon arrival, daily continental breakfast, afternoon wine reception, milk and cookies in the evening and complimentary bicycle rentals. Valet parking is $25 per night.
No two rooms are the same. Traditional guest rooms feature Egyptian cotton sheets, while some rooms feature four-poster beds, rustic hardwood floors, and original exposed brick walls. Signature rooms are decorated with reproduced antique furniture, while the Premiere rooms offer more space and have great views of the city.
The hotel is a five-minute walk to City Market and central to downtown’s shopping, dining and sightseeing.
Start the reservation process at Travelzoo.

Waterfront Alexandria
Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria is the city’s newest boutique hotel located on the shores of one of the busiest ports in early America – an enclave of colonial and historic waterfront architecture. Between Old Town’s iconic cobblestones to the north and the Potomac’s storied river banks to the east, the hotel nods to Alexandria’s colonial past, founded in 1749. Alexandria is located just minutes from the Smithsonian museums, monuments, and memorials on the National Mall.
Onsite is a fitness center and the Hummingbird Bar + Kitchen.
The Set Sail package is offered on stays through September 28. Included is a private, two-hour sailing lesson at Mariner Sailing School at the nearby Belle Haven Marina and local wine and oysters on the half shell at the hotel’s Hummingbird Restaurant.
Rates from $379, including a $25 transportation credit to the marina or valet parking and a maritime-themed welcome amenity.


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


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