Travel e-Scapes: May 25, 2018



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HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$404 Kona, Hawaii, or $202 each way
Depart August 9-30
Return August 15-30
$404 Kauai, or $202 each way
Depart August 14-29
Return August 23 only
Valid on American via Dallas, Phoenix or Los Angeles


Free Theme Park Tickets
Military veterans, retirees and their families can get into Busch Gardens or SeaWorld for free today through July 4 through the Waves of Honor program.
Under the “Waves of Honor” deal, veterans and retirees and up to three dependents will get free admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego or and Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
Since SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment started the Waves of Honor program in 2005, more than 9 million active military, veterans and their families have visited the parks for free.

New Pet Policies
Following a series of pet deaths and shipping mishaps, United Airlines has issued revised policies for its PetSafe animal transportation program, which will now only carry cats and dogs in the carrier’s cargo hold and ban certain breeds entirely.
Under the new rules, which go into effect June 18, more than 25 breeds of short-nosed cats and dogs are banned from the cargo hold. That includes Chow Chows, bulldogs, mastiffs, pugs, and Pekingese; as well as cat breeds including Burmese, exotic short-hair, Himalayan, and Persian.
The airline will no longer accept reservations to ship any animals to or from airports in Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Phoenix, and Tucson now through September 30.
The new rules also place limits on the number of connecting cities a shipped pet may be routed through, discontinues a program that sold or provided crates for pets at airport facilities, and limits the height of crates to 30 inches. Reservations for a pet’s travel on United can now be made up to 30 days in advance of travel, but reservations must now be made at least five days before the day of travel, whether the animal is traveling on the same flight as its owner or not.
United will begin accepting reservations June 18 for pets traveling on the same flight as their owner (or guardian) beginning July 9. Reservations for pets traveling alone on or after July 30 will not begin to be accepted until July 16.
United issued revised policies for in-cabin pets and will now require passengers to check-in with an airline representative to get a yellow tag for the pet’s kennel that will alert cabin crew of the pet’s presence.
The airline has also tightened the rules for emotional support and psychiatric service animals traveling in the cabin.
Get up to date on new service animal policies at American Airlines.
PetTravel is a useful website with tips and advice on traveling with pets and includes airline pet policies for over 160 worldwide airlines – and info on pet passports, pet-friendly hotels and more.


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 (one-way permitted):
$128 New Orleans, or $64 each way
Depart August 21-October 3
Valid on Delta, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$174 New York-JFK, or $87 each way
Valid Tuesday or Wednesday
Travel north July 10-October 17
Travel south August 14-October 16
Valid on JetBlue, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$178 Denver, or $89 each way
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Depart July 4-November 14
Valid on Frontier, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$197 Newark
Valid Saturdays from June 16-30; Tuesdays and Saturdays July-October 30
Finish trips on or before November 3
Valid on United, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$243 Buffalo / Depart June 15-October 27
$243 Rochester / Depart June 15-November 7
$243 Syracuse / Depart June 23-October 27
Valid on Delta, nonstop


Round-trip from Atlanta:
$373 Cancun
Depart August 21-October 27
Finish trips on or before October 31
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by May 31

Deals from other U.S. gateway airports:

Round-trip from Miami:
$212 Miami to Belize, or $69 south, $143 north
Depart August 21-October 31
Valid on American, nonstop
Purchase by May 31

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

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 purchased during the ticket 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.


Sizzling Summer Deals
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa will be family central with poolside games and DJs, lazy river, water slide, FlowRider surf simulator and, on Saturdays, a “Big Chill” theme with a 300-pound ice-cube drop into the pool and chill stations featuring mini-spa treatments, frozen treats and arts and crafts. The resort is walking distance from Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter shopping and shuttles are available. Rates from $159 a night, including a $50 dining credit. Refer to package code BIGDINE.
The stately Arizona Biltmore will host themed pool parties, history tour happy hours, poolside music and games, glow in the dark corn hole, jumbo Jenga, selfie stations, beer dinners and wine tastings. An all-inclusive package, from $254 a night, includes breakfast, lunch and dinner for two, self-parking, a 20% spa savings and waived resort fee of $28. Room-only rates from $159 a night.
JW Marriott Camelback Inn (the favorite hotel of Marriott’s chairman, Bill Marriott), is located at the base of Mummy Moutain and features a collection of casitas in the middle of Scottsdale. Lincoln, a JW Steakhouse is now open — and don’t miss the spa or sunset drinks on the patio outside Rita’s Kitchen. The resort has a fitness center and a free golf course shuttle. The Casitas and Ritas package starts at $179, including a $50 resort credit and two margaritas per night. Refer to rate code ES7.

Puerto Rico Summer
Sailing the Caribbean from San Juan? Enjoy pre- or post nights or an island vacation with these special offers:
The Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino offers rates from $229 a night, including a daily $25 credit. A 3-night minimum stay required.
Rates from $239 a night at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino through the end of August.
The “Turn Up Your Weekend” package at the hip La Concha in Condado include a 15% discount on drinks at the Lobby Bar with rates from $224.
Discounts on tours come with the “Summer Experience” at Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort with nightly rates of $219 through the end of August.
The family-friendly Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort offer rates from $169 on stays of three nights through September. Included is a $50 resort credit for the spa, on the golf course or at the restaurants.

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

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