Travel e-Scapes: June 21, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Canada

Travel e-Scapes: June 21, 2016

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$135 Calgary, Alberta
$149 Halifax, Nova Scotia
Travel is permitted any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before May 17, 2017
No blackout dates!
No advance purchase required to Nova Scotia — go as soon as this weekend
A 14-day advance required to Calgary
Valid on United via Newark to Halifax; Denver to Calgary
Photo: Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Tech Tips
How do you stay in touch with your travel companions when you’re far from home?
Consider goTenna, a device that comes in pairs and allow users to send secure text messages, talk or share their location — all without using loads of battery.
With two goTennas, the candy bar–sized devices let you communicate with a companion by cell phone even in places where there’s little or no reception. The device syncs with any iPhone or Android through Bluetooth and can transfer data up to several miles away.

goTenna works just as well in places when you don’t want to pay roaming charges.
Pairs of goTenna retail for $199. Get a $15 savings through today, June 21.  
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Shopping for a new cell phone service? T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan lets you stay in touch while overseas. Users enjoy unlimited data and texting at no extra plan cost in more than 140 countries worldwide. Flat-rate calls are just 20 cents a minute. The plan also permits in-flight text messages on planes that use GoGo Inflight Internet.

Two to Join TSA PreCheck
Two low-cost carriers, Frontier and Spirit Airlines, will finally join the ing TSA PreCheck program, which costs $85 for a five-year period.
Frontier said it will join the program in early August and Spirit in the fall.
Until they officially get onboard with PreCheck, passengers of the airline cannot use priority screening lines even if they have already enrolled.
The reason that both carriers are late to the game is due to the lack of integration of the airline reservation and the TSA system.
The upgrades are expected to be completed by July 31.


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! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$58 Washington DC-Dulles
Start travel on or after August 23
Complete travel on or before September 27
Valid on available daily flights, nonstop United

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$66 New York-LaGuardia
A 21-day advance purchase required
Complete travel on or before May 17, 2017
Valid on available daily flights, nonstop American
Blackout dates: October 16; November 27, 28; December 17, 22, 23, 26; January 2, 3; March 3, 5, 10, 12, 17-19, 23-26

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$154 Santa Fe, New Mexico
A 21-day advance purchase required
Complete travel on or before November 15
Valid on available daily flights, via Denver on United

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$460 San Jose, Costa Rica
$520 Liberia, Costa Rica
Start travel on or after September 4
Complete travel on or before December 15
One Saturday night stay required
No blackout dates
Valid on available daily flights, nonstop Delta
Purchase by June 28

TODAY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$664 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Depart August 21-October 31
One Saturday night stay required; three months max
Blackout dates to Atlanta: January 1-13
Valid on any scheduled day, via Toronto on Air Canada
Purchase today, 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

Take a Run at Residence Inns
Residence Inn by Marriott offers a new series of custom running routes that guests can access from each of Residence Inn’s more than 700 properties in nine countries.
Each Residence Inn offers a curated two-mile or longer running route for guests to use to thrive better on long stays. The routes are available through Under Armour’s MapMyFitness app; an easy-to-use fitness tracking application that can be downloaded on both iOS and Android devices.
For travelers with limited time to explore, some of the routes may provide the best views and sights of the area, including top tourist attractions and legendary landmarks. For example, guests traveling to New York City can enjoy the route from the Residence Inn by Marriott New York Manhattan World Trade, which takes runners past the new One World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum to the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in Battery Park.
The course from the recently opened Residence Inn Chicago Downtown/Loop takes guests to the Windy City’s central business district and through Millennium Park.
Designed for long stays (or overnight!), Residence Inn by Marriott offers spacious suites with separate living, working, and sleeping zones, fully functional kitchens, grocery delivery service, 24-hour markets and complimentary WiFi and breakfast. Residence Inn participates in the Marriott Rewards frequent guest program where members earn points toward vacations or frequent flyer mileage for dollars spent at any of the nearly 4,500 Marriott hotels worldwide. 

Save Big on Travelzoo Deals
Stay in the historic hotel where Milton wrote Paradise Lost from $102 per night (Superior category).
The grand B4 Astoria Firenze is located just steps to the Duomo in Florence, one of the world’s most beautiful and beloved cities.
This 4-star hotel occupies two former palaces: the Palazzo Arrighetti and the Palazzo Gaddi.
The super affordable rate includes daily breakfast and a bottle of wine on arrival.
Open and share the wine atop the rooftop terrace with wonderful city and Arno River views.
The hotel’s restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine and has a courtyard garden for al fresco meals.
Traditional-styled guest rooms are decorated with antiques and frescos. Higher priced Superior rooms are larger than Classic rooms. Discounts also offered on Superior Family rooms that accommodate a child aged 12 or under.
Both the rail and bus station are within a 5-minute walk — making day trips to surrounding Tuscan villages easy to do. The Uffizi Galleries and the Ponte Vecchio are a 15-minute walk and a 10-minute stroll to the Accademia (home of Michelangelo’s David).
Valid on select dates through December 31. Book by July 6. Start the reservation process at Travelzoo
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The Hilton Santa Fe Golf Resort & Spa in Santa Fe, New Mexico offers a sizzling deal of $99 per night on Sunday-Thursday arrivals through December 15. Stays also include WiFi (regularly $10 day) and a $20 food credit per night.
The hotel has seven restaurants, including the Iguana Café, which serves locally inspired meals three times a day.
Also included is $20 of casino play per stay on slot machines, table games and poker.
The resort is set at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and features three nine-hole golf courses, a putting green, driving range — and a full-service spa. Southwestern guest rooms are accented with carved wooden headboards and furnishings. Book by June 24. Start the booking process at Travelzoo


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


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