Travel e-Scapes: June 10, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Maine

Travel e-Scapes: 06102016

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$204 Portland, Maine
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this weekend!
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before September 27
No blackout dates!
Valid on United via Newark or Washington DC


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

App through Immigration
U.S. citizens holding a valid U.S. passport (and Canadian citizens with a valid Canadian passport) can bypass the Customs & Immigration lines at several U.S. airports using a mobile passport on smartphones.
A free downloadable app for both Android and iPhone allows users to submit their travel and passport information electronically and generate a receipt to show to customs and immigration officials. The app was launched by Airside Mobile and Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) in partnerships with Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Current participating airports: Atlanta, Denver, Miami, Seattle, Chicago, Orlando and San Francisco.
In addition, the Apple app can be used at the San Jose, California airport (SJC).

The Google app also works at Dallas-Ft. Worth, Ft. Lauderdale, Newark, and New York-JFK.
Once the app is installed, here’s how it plays out upon arrival:
1. Install the app from Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.mobilepassport or the Apple App Store
2. Open the app and complete the ‘New Trip’ section steps to prepare the mobile doc to present. Choose your arrival airport and airline, take a selfie and answer the basic custom declaration questions.
3. Send off the app form to receive an electronic receipt with an Encrypted Quick Response (QR) code. The code expires four hours after issuance.
4. Skip the regular line and follow the signs for Mobile Passport Control.
5. Scan your receipt and show your passport to the U.S. CBP officer. 

Do You Need Rental Car Insurance?
With the summer travel season heating up, travelers will soon face a question they have little idea how to answer:
Would you like to purchase supplemental rental car insurance?
In order to help travelers give a money-saving response, CardHub today released its 2016 Credit Card Rental Car Insurance Study, which compares the coverage that we automatically receive from plastic.
Here are a few highlights from the report:
Best Issuer: Citi credit cards have the most favorable rental car insurance policies.
Avoid Renting: A truck, open-bed vehicle, exotic/antique car, large van or full-size SUV if you want credit-card coverage, as many cards exclude them.
Coverage Duration: Almost 40% of cards only cover domestic rentals for up to 15 days.
Country Exclusions: Only Citi and Discover cards provide global coverage. Ireland, Israel, and Jamaica are the most common exclusions among other issuers.
Check out: 8 Money-Saving Car Rental Tips.


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!

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$296 Vancouver, British Columbia
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before July 13
Valid on one connecting service on American, Delta or United
Purchase by June 16

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$340 Vancouver, British Columbia
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before May 5, 2017
Valid on one connecting service on Delta or United

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$624 Stockholm
$646 Copenhagen
Travel any available day of the week
Depart on or after September 28
Complete travel on or before March 25, 2017
No year-end holiday blackout dates!
Stay at least one Saturday night
Valid on SAS-Scandinavian/United via Newark or Washington DC

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$780 Lisbon
$895 Paris
Ouch! Add $100 per direction for Friday-Sunday outbound and/or Friday-Sunday returns (normally weekend supplements are $30-$35)
Depart July 4-August
A 7-night minimum stay required; six months max
Blackout dates: December 15-January 8
Other cities included in this sale include:
Amsterdam
Budapest
Copenhagen
Dublin
Milan
Nice
Oslo
Prague
Rome
Shannon
Stockholm
Venice
Vienna
Warsaw
Valid on United/Lufthansa via Chicago, Frankfurt, Newark, or Washington DC; Air Canada via Toronto
Stopovers not permitted
Purchase by June 14 (we recommend asap!)
Note: Additional cities such as London, Frankfurt, Zurich start from $880

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 HOTEL & RAIL OFFERS

Make it Maine
If it’s good enough for a U.S. president, your family will probably love it! That is, the charming New England town of Kennebunkport, ‘quintessential Maine’ according to Conde Nast Traveller.
This summer and fall, save 40% on stays at the family-owned Ocean Woods Resort with nightly rates from just $102, including continental breakfast ($129 CAD).
Valid on Sunday-Thursday arrivals through October 29.
Simply decorated guest rooms have two queen beds, complimentary WiFi, and in-room minifridge. Other resort amenities include complimentary beach chairs, towels and umbrellas (first-come, first-serve), a pool and hot tub, on-site restaurant and outdoor recreational games such as basketball, tether-ball, and shuffleboard.
The resort sits on 10 private acres tucked in an enclosed, lush forested area.
Historic downtown Kennebunkport and its charming boutiques, restaurants and art galleries are within a 10-minute drive. Maine’s famed Goose Rocks Beach, lauded by Frommer’s as ‘a good choice for those who like their crowds light and prefer beaches to beach scenes’ is a 10-minute walk from the resort.
Book a stay by June 22. Start the booking process at Travelzoo

Vancouver Stays=AMEX Gift Cards
Looking to visit Vancouver this Summer? Book a minimum two-night stay at beVancouver to receive a prepaid AmEx Gift Card of up to $175 to reward your booking – and – an additional $50 AMEX Gift Card for every subsequent night you stay.
A unique perk: The cards can be used to cover hotel costs, on-site restaurants, room service, spas, amenities or at surrounding restaurants and shops.
Participating properties:
$100 AmEx Gift Card:
Empire Landmark Hotel: All rooms furnished with private balconies
$125 AmEx Gift Card:
Days Inn Vancouver Downtown: A 5-minute walk from Canada Place
The Burrard: Retro-chic hotel complete with extras like free bike rentals and cocktails
$150 AmEx Gift Card:
Delta Vancouver Suites: All-suite property near Granville and Robson streets
The Listel Hotel: Robson Street hotel filled with contemporary works by notable artists
Vancouver Marriott Downtown: AAA 4-Diamond property steps from Coal Harbour
$175 AmEx Gift Card:
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver: Landmark 4-star hotel dubbed the Castle in the City
Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver: 5-star hotel connected to more than 100 shops in the Pacific Centre
A 5-day advance booking is required. Qualifying stays must be before or on August 31. Book stays by June 30 (bookings are made in Canadian dollars). Separate consecutive two-night bookings will not result in additional gift card rewards. 


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


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