Travel e-Scapes: July 5, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Montana

Travel e-Scapes: July 5, 2016

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$93 Missoula MT
$116 Bozeman MT
Start travel on or after August 16 with final travel on January 3
Rates are valid westbound Tuesday-Saturday; Monday-Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday east
Service to/from MSO offered Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Service to/from BZN offered Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday
Valid on Frontier via Denver 
No blackout dates!
Learn more about Frontier’s optional THE WORKS which offers the ‘extras’ for more than 60% off the price of purchasing these options individually. The bundle must be booked at the time of initial ticket purchase.


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Best Places in the World
U.S. News & World Report, a nationally recognized publisher of consumer advice and information, just released its annual rankings of the Best Vacation Destinations.
To identify top vacation spots worldwide, U.S. News analyzed more than 250 destinations using a methodology that combines travelers’ opinions with expert analysis.
Best Places to Visit in the World: 

1. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
2. Paris
3. Bora Bora, French Polynesia  
Best Places to Visit in the USA:
1. Grand Canyon National Park
2. Maui, Hawaii
3. Yellowstone National Park
Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean:
1. British Virgin Islands
2. St. Lucia
3. U.S. Virgin Islands        
Best Places to Visit in Canada:
1. Vancouver, British Columbia
2. Toronto
3. Banff, Alberta

Disney Admission over the Years
According to Mouse Planet – Walt Disney World has raised its prices more than 40 times since the park first opened, but it has not slowed the flood of attendance.
Roughly, since WDW’s opening in 1971, the admission price has increased 2,900%, whereas the average inflation for other things from 1971 show only about a 392% change in cost.
In October 1971, an adult admission to the park for one day was $3.50 (plus additional cost for tickets to individual attractions) and $0.50 for all-day parking.
Even with the cost of ride tickets and food, the entire day might cost less than $20, which was still a sizeable price, but not un-doable.
To put that in better perspective, in 1971 a movie ticket cost $1.50, gas was $0.40 a gallon, a Malibu Barbie doll was about $2, and postage stamps were $0.08.
Basically, the cost of admission to the Magic Kingdom was the same cost as buying about three gallons of milk at the local grocery store.
Former CEO Michael Eisner felt that the cost for a one-day admission to a Disney theme park should be the same price as the cost of a ticket for a Broadway play. What would $100 have bought an adult at Walt Disney World in October 1971?
Guest had the option to buy the special ‘Vacation Kingdom’ package that included accommodations for three nights at either of the two WDW Resort hotels, four days of unlimited use of the WDW transportation system, four admissions to the Magic Kingdom, 28 Theme Park Adventure ticket coupons good for any of the attractions, and $30 worth of recreation coupons. (Total cost was Adult $90, Junior $36, and Child $35.50)
A three-day, two-night ‘Family Fun Vacation’ package with 21 attraction tickets and $18 worth of recreation coupons was also available at a lower rate. (Adult $61.50, Junior $25.00, and Child $23.50.)
Room rates at Disney’s Contemporary Resort ranged from $28 to $44 per night, with the rates at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort slightly less.
Magic Kingdom Admission in 1971: 
General Admission and Transportation: Adult $3.50, Junior $2.50 and Child $1
Seven Adventure Ticket Book: Adult $4.75, Junior $4.25, and Child $3.75
Eleven Adventure Ticket Book: Adult $5.75, Junior $5.25 ,and Child $4.75
Guided Tour: Adult or Junior $6.50 and Child $3.75
Parking: Fifty cents per day


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:
$63 Tampa
$69 Houston
$79 Minneapolis
$84 Detroit, Pittsburgh
$87 Baltimore, Washington DC
$89 Boston, Philadelphia
$95 Ft. Myers
$103 San Antonio
$109 Kansas City
Travel August 23 through December 17
Not valid Friday or Sunday and over these blackout dates: September 2, 5; November 22-23, 26-28
Travel to/from Florida is valid only Tuesday and Wednesday
Valid on nonstop Southwest flights (many more cities on sale)
Purchase by July 7

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$96 Charleston WV
$162 San Francisco
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week on United via Denver, Houston or Washington DC
Valid on trips completed on or before September 27
 
TODAY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$102 Orange County-Santa Ana, Buffalo
$125 Albuquerque, Sacramento, or Tucson
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week on United via Denver or Houston
Valid on trips completed on or before June 1, 2017
No blackout dates!
Purchase by July 5

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$842 Mumbai-Bombay, India
A 7-day advance purchase required
Depart by July 31 or August 26-October 31
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to a year
Valid on British Airway via London
Two free London stopovers permitted either to and/or from Mumbai
Purchase by July 15

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

The Caribbean Calls…
Divi Resorts is offering special 4th of July sale for vacations booked at one of six resorts spread across five islands in the Divi collection, plus a $40 resort credit.
Divi Resorts offer stylish accommodations for romantic getaways, indulgent vacations, or just as an affordable place for the family to unwind.
Most Divi Resorts are all-suite properties with accommodations ranging in size from studios to two-bedrooms, all with fully equipped kitchens, spacious living areas and private balconies or patios with ocean, pool, or garden views. Each resort is also full of extra amenities including freshwater pools with swim-up bars, on-site restaurants, tennis courts, kids’ activity clubs, water sports centers and indulgent spas.
Some Divi Resorts also offer convenient all-inclusive options for travelers wanting to take care of all their food and beverage costs in one package.
Children ages 12 and under stay and eat free at Divi.  Divi’s Treasures of the Caribbean Kids’ Club also provides a full day of fun, supervised outdoor activities for children.
Book these special resort rates (per night) through today, July 6 for August 1-December 20 travel: 
Aruba: 
Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort: $124 September, October; $136 August, November, December 
Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort: $153 September; $170 October, November, December; $175 August 22-December 20
St. Maarten: 
Divi Little Bay Beach Resort: $119 September-December; $136 August 13-December 20
Barbados: 
Divi Southwinds Beach Resort: $102 September, October; $111 November, December; $124 August
Bonaire: 
Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino: $119 August-December
Special rates for all-inclusive vacations, per person, per night, based on double occupancy:
Aruba: 
Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort: $170 
St. Maarten: 
Divi Little Bay Beach Resort: $164
Barbados: 
Divi Southwinds Beach Resort: $138 
St. Croix: 
Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Beach Resort & Casino: $143.40; July-October 15.  Kids 4 and under stay and eat free. Special discounts for children ages 5-17.
A four-night minimum stay is required at all properties under this promotion. 

Stay & Play Golf Package
Pursell Farms is a premier family farm resort available for retreats, golf getaways, and Orvis sporting clays. Pastoral views and Southern resort style are part of every leisure getaway. Deluxe accommodations blend understated elegance and cozy comforts.
Golfweek rated FarmLinks Golf Club at Pursell Farms its no. 1 all-access golf course in the state in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Gently sculpted out of scenic farmland that’s been in the Pursell Family for three generations, FarmLinks features a mix of dramatic elevation changes, pristine fairways and immaculate greens. FarmLinks was built in 2002 as ‘the world’s only research and demonstration golf course.’
With the ‘Man Cave Stay & Play’ special (great for gal getaways, too!) at FarmLinks, enjoy accommodations in a four- bedroom cabin with private putting green and chipping course. Perfect for groups of four to eight players. Choose from 18- or 36-hole options. Packages are valid on stays through October 31.
The 18 Hole Golf Package: 
Single Occupancy $344 per person, per night
Double Occupancy $231 per person, per night
Includes Deluxe cabin room accommodations overlooking the golf course, private putting green and chipping course, one 18-hole round of golf, cart, unlimited use of the practice facility and all-you-can-hit balls on the driving range. 
Pursell Farms (Traveler rated: Excellent at TripAdvisor) is located in Sylacauga, Alabama – about a 2.5-hour drive west of Atlanta.


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


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