Travel e-Scapes: June 17, 2016

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 Travel e-Scapes: June 17, 2016

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$156 Boston, Cleveland, Tampa
$176 Detroit, Minneapolis
Depart today, June 17, on flights operating after 7P or on any available flight on Saturday, June 18
Returns permitted Sunday, June 19 or on flights operating from 11A-3P Monday, June 20 or 11A-midnight on Tuesday, June 21
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by June 18


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Big Alliance News
As of June 1, airline members of the Oneworld alliance are no longer required to check-in passengers flying with different airlines to their final destination when flight segments are ticketed separately — regardless if both airlines are Oneworld members (example: American Airlines to British Airways). The new change also applies to travelers that are ticketed to their final destination on the same airline (example: American to American) when flight segments are booked on two separate tickets.
Oneworld alliance member airlines:
Air Berlin
American Airlines
British Airways

Cathay Pacific
Finnair
Iberia
Japan Airlines
LAN
Malaysia Airlines
Qantas
Qatar Airways
Royal Jordanian
S7 Airlines
These recent changes to the interline rules are meant to encourage travelers to book the entire trip on one reservation. In a majority of cases, this means higher ticket prices — often as much as 70% higher when breaking airfares into two tickets.
For instance, American Airline’s eastern hub of Philadelphia offers some of the best airfares to Europe. And, American offers rates from $40 between ATL and PHL with frequent daily service. But pricing a ticket from Atlanta to let’s say Paris doesn’t price the same as booking two separate tickets (Ticket #1 ATL-PHL-ATL and Ticket #2 PHL- PAR-PHL).
On the day of departure, a delay out of ATL to catch that American Airlines/British Airways flight could result in a failed trip.
Here’s how that situation could play out: Your AA flight from ATL to Philadelphia is considerably delayed and you know you’ll not make the PHL-Paris flight in time. You may be required to purchase a new ticket (PHL-PAR) since you’ll be considered a no-show with a nonrefundable/nonchangeable ticket. Should you desire to continue your trip to Europe, you could be faced with buying a walk-up fare since your fare was not purchased on one reservation from point A-to-B, or ATL-PAR-ATL.
From Oneworld: Using separate tickets presents multiple problems in delivering the alliance’s through check-in/customer support promise. A schedule change or flight delay to the first outbound flight could prevent travelers from catching the onward flight booked separately with fare rules that prevent any changes or flexibility.
The headaches can pile up if checked bags are involved as the Oneworld airlines are no longer required to check a bag to the final destination when a traveler presents two separate tickets. This means that travelers must reclaim a checked bag on a lower level carousel, return upstairs to re-check it with the airline, print a new boarding pass — and re-enter through the TSA security lines. When returning from abroad, all passengers must claim baggage before passing through customs/immigration.
Both the Star Alliance and SkyTeam members allow each airline to decide on policy.
Here’s our advice: If you prefer to save money using a two-ticket method, allow several hours between flights at the time of booking. Better yet, travel to your gateway airport/city the day before to enjoy a bit of sightseeing.  
The #1 tip: Travel only with a carry-on bag. But, know that carry-on bag size and weight vary greatly from airline to airline. Check out Claimfights.co.uk‘s up-to-date list of current hand luggage sizes, weights and restrictions for most European airlines.   

Traveler’s Sweet Spot Survey
A new survey conducted by The Priceline Group found that more than 50% of Americans say travel improves their mood even more than exercising or shopping.
The survey found that romantic getaways top the list among men (38%) and women (34%).
And ditch the jokes about stressful weekends with the family – 33% of all respondents said family visits boost their mood the most, followed by trips with close friends (23%).
Four out of five Americans would rather take multiple, short getaways than one long vacation this year with 44% preferring 3-4 trips this year (10% 7 or more!).
The research found that 44% of Americans frequently regret not being able to go on more trips with the majority not booking travel due to costs.

Priceline.com has taken the mystery out of getting the most bang-for-your buck this season. The brand analyzed average daily hotel room rates (based on bookings made on Priceline.com in the past 365 days) to 10 popular destinations for June, July, and August, recommending the best month to get the best hotel deals (we know you can do better than these nightly rates!):
June: Anchorage, $171
Cape Cod, $141
Honolulu, $223
Los Angeles, $162
Miami, $134
Yellowstone/Bozeman, $169
July:
New York City, $201
San Francisco, $206
Washington DC, $138
August:
New Orleans, $134 


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!

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$102 Albany, Albuquerque, Buffalo, Charleston WV, El Paso, Grand Rapids, Omaha, Orange County-Santa Ana, Roanoke, Rochester, Sacramento, Tucson, Wichita
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Finish travel on or before May 14, 2017
No blackout dates! 
Valid on United via Chicago, Denver or Houston
Purchase by June 20

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$58 Washington DC-Dulles
$73 Grand Rapids
$140 Rapid City
$152 Traverse City, Michigan
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before September 27
Valid on United via Chicago

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$152 Bozeman, Montana
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid westbound Tuesday-Saturday; Monday-Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday east
Complete travel on or before October 25
Valid on Frontier via Denver
Stopovers of 14 hours or less permitted

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$144 Oakland
Valid Wednesday, Saturday only
Start travel on or after August 24
Complete travel on or before October 26
Blackout dates: September 1-6
Valid on American via Phoenix

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$158 Portland, Oregon
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday
Start travel on or after July 5
Complete travel on or before July 26
Valid on Alaska via Seattle
Purchase by June 20

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$356 San Juan, Puerto Rico
$370 Cancun
$404 Cabo San Lucas
$450 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
$465 Montego Bay
Start travel on or after August 23
Finish trips on or before December 13
No Thanksgiving blackout dates!
No minimum stay required
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by June 23

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$725 Dubai, UAE
Travel any available day of the week
Start travel on or after August 21
Finish trips on or before October 31
Stay one weekend or up to three months
Blackout dates: January 1-13 to ATL
Valid on United/Lufthansa via Frankfurt
Stopovers not permitted
Purchase by June 21

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 & RESORT OFFERS

Make it Montreal!
Get a third night stay at half-price on the Sweet Deal package from the Greater Montreal Tourism Bureau. A dozen hotels are participating and include a savings booklet, valued at $390, with two-for-one admission to many attractions, such as the Ecomuseum Zoo and Notre-Dame Basilica.
For example, a three- night stay at Chateau Versailles in downtown Montreal in mid-July starts at about $400, including tax – for a savings of $140.
This promotion is valid for stays through October 15. 

NYC Hotel Perks
Guests of Pod Hotels can enjoy a free customized walking tour that takes in the local scenes. The Streetwise tours are offered Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in Chinatown and the Lower East Side: Street Art & Immigrant Life, Brooklyn Heights/DUMBO/Brooklyn Bridge and High Line/Meatpacking – The Village. In addition, Pod Hotels offers evening tours on select weeknights in partnership with Comedy Central. Guests can sign up to attend The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore Stephen Colbert’s former studio – with VIP access and best available seating. Nightly rates at Pod 51 start from $85.
This budget hotel is a 4-minute walk from a subway and just over a mile from Times Square. Choose from six types of colorful sleeping pods (for 1-4 guests). Some have shared baths (with indicator use lights). Studios have a sitting area and a bathroom tub. Overall amenities include luggage storage, a rooftop cafe, a communal lounge with games and a bar, and an adjacent gastropub with foosball tables.
Amenities at Pod 39 (rates from $95) include a colorful communal playroom with Ping-Pong tables and a fireplace, a stylish rooftop lounge and seasonal bar, and a ground-floor restaurant. This budget hotel with snug guest rooms is located 6-minutes on foot from Grand Central Station and a 13-minute walk to the Empire State Building. 
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Guests of The Jane (rates from $99) can explore the iconic sights of Manhattan on complimentary Firmstrong Urban Beach Cruisers. The three-speed bikes feature signature double top tube frames and are equipped with a wooden crate to hold picnic goodies and flea market finds.
This century-old West Village landmark, built in 1908 as a sailors’ lodging, lies on the edge of the Meatpacking District nightlife hub, 6 blocks from the High Line park and a subway stop. Single and double rooms resemble cabins, with berth-like beds and bunks, plus shared bathrooms. Upgraded cabins have larger beds and private bathrooms. An onsite restaurant serves French-Moroccan fare and a popular brunch menu. The Victorian-style lobby bar is a hotspot. 


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


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