Travel e-Scapes: July 8, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Weekend Getaways!

Travel e-Scapes: July 8, 2016

This weekend! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$176 Ft. Lauderdale
$178 Charleston, Cleveland, Pensacola
$196 Detroit
$198 Norfolk, St. Louis
Depart tonight, July 8 on flights operating after 7P or on any available flight on Saturday, July 9
Return Sunday, July 10, or on flights operating between 11A-3P Monday, July 11; or 11A-midnight Tuesday, July 12
Purchase by July 9
Valid on Delta Air Lines, nonstop


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

New Cruise Line Policy
Norwegian Cruise Line has made a major change to the company’s carry-on liquid policy effective on sailings starting July 15:
‘At Norwegian Cruise Line, the safety and security of our guests and crew is our top priority. To ensure a safe and enjoyable onboard environment for all, guests are prohibited from bringing any beverages – including liquor, beer and non-alcoholic drinks such as water, soda and juices – on board the company’s ships either as carry-on or checked luggage.’
The new policy was created to reduce passenger screening for quicker embarkation.

There are a few exceptions to the new policy: Wine (subject to a corkage fee) and purified or distilled water used for medical devices or infant formula.

TSA PreCheck Promotions
To help alleviate long TSA lines at the airport, Southwest Airline’s Rapid Rewards members can bypass the $85 TSA Pre-application fee with a redemption of 9,000 Rapid Rewards points. Those who take advantage of this offer will be mailed an authorization code for enrollment.
TSA PreCheck provides trusted travelers with an expedited and more efficient security screening process, and it’s available at many Southwest operated airports.
As a TSA PreCheck traveler you can save time and avoid removing the following items: 
Shoes
Laptops
3-1-1 liquids
Belts
Light jackets
The Southwest Airlines offer valid through August 22.
TSA PreCheck requires a personal interview at airport application centers.  
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Delta Air Lines now offers discounts (and some free) memberships in the CLEAR trusted traveler program — although CLEAR is not yet available at Hartsfield-Jackson ATL (click here for current locations). The $179 annual membership fee is waived for Diamond Medallion SkyMiles members; $79 for Platinum, Gold and Silver members; and $99 for other SkyMiles members. 

Questions for TSA? Tweet ’em
Travelers can now ask the TSA questions – and get answers – through Facebook Messenger.
In addition to the @AskTSA customer service account on Twitter, flyers now have two paths to connect with the TSA for real-time assistance.
The goal is to help clarify policy and procedures on topics such as security checkpoint wait lines to what is permissible to take through security checkpoints or in checked baggage.
One question that stumped the @AskTSA social media team was a question about whether a live fish could be brought through a security checkpoint. It turns out that you can bring a live fish through security, and there’s no limit on the liquid if the fish is alive.s


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!

TODAY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$38 Chicago-O’Hare: Valid Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday (not valid October 16)
$40 Philadelphia: Valid Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday (not valid October 16)
$43 Miami: Valid Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday (not valid September 2, 5, 6)
$58 New York-LaGuardia: Not valid Friday or Sunday (not valid September 1, 2, 5, 6)
$88 Phoenix: Valid Monday, Wednesday, Saturday (not valid September 1, 2, 5, 6)
$98 Los Angeles: Valid Tuesday, Thursday (not valid September 1, 2, 5, 6)
Start travel on or after August 23
Finish trips on or before November 16
Valid on American, nonstop
Purchase today, July 8

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$166 Ontario, California
Valid on any available day of the week starting on or after August 23
Final travel date is December 17
Blackout dates: September 2, 5; November 22, 23, 26-28
Valid on Delta via Salt Lake City

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$188 Cancun
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid on any available day of the week on southbound flights operating between 930A-1129A; north between 229P-431P
Complete travel on or before June 4, 2017
No blackout dates!
Valid on Delta, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$244 Oakland, California
Valid on any available day of the week starting on or after August 23
Final travel date is January 4, 2017
No blackout dates!
Valid on Delta via Salt Lake City

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$700 Athens, Greece
Travel any available day of the week
Depart August 21-October 31
Stay one weekend or up to three months
Valid on Delta via New York-JFK
Purchase by July 19

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

Virginia is for Families
The Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, Virginia’s only AAA Four Diamond Resort, offers the ‘Ultimate Family Fun’ package which saves a family of four about $1,000. Rates for the 3-night/4-day package for a family of four start from $125 per person, per night in a one-bedroom condo.
Here are all of the complimentary features of the ‘Ultimate Family Fun’ package: 
Three nights (minimum stay requirement) in a spacious, newly renovated one-, two- or three-bedroom condo with living room and kitchen (regular renovated guest rooms also available)
Daily breakfast  
Flex Tickets to Busch Gardens Williamsburg/Water Country USA valid for up to seven (7) consecutive days admission to these two parks
One-day tickets to Colonial Williamsburg

Shuttle service to and from Busch Gardens, Water Country and Colonial Williamsburg
Use of indoor and outdoor pools and fitness center
*Use of the non-motorized water sports including paddle boards and kayaks, bikes and fishing poles
Parking and WiFi
Court time at the Tennis Club after 11AM (racquet rental additional)
Discounted Plantation Course play ($30 per person after 2PM, includes green and cart fees)
*Maximum 1 hour/person/day use of marina activities and use of bikes
Valid for stays through September 5.
In 1969 Anheuser-Busch purchased 3,900 acres of James River land with plans to build a large brewery. As part of the land purchase agreement, Anheuser-Busch agreed to develop hundreds of those acres into what is now Kingsmill Resort.
This modern golf resort is 3.2 miles from Busch Gardens and 5.3 miles from Jamestown Beach Park. 

Drink Up Deals
The Hilton New Orleans Riverside is offering guests a 20% discount at some of the city’s top restaurants as part of the Taste of New Orleans package. Valid through September 15, nightly rates start from $184 per room.
The package includes one drink per person at the hotel’s speakeasy-style cocktail lounge and piano bar, Public Belt. Participating restaurants offering the 20% discount include August, Domenica, Luke, La Provence, Borgne, Johnny Sanchez, Willa Jean and Pizza Domenica.
Room only rates range from $104 to $129 a night.
Fitness and recreation amenities include a 90,000-square-foot Health Club, basketball, group fitness classes, racquetball, squash, tennis and two outdoor swimming pools. Hilton New Orleans Riverside is within walking distance to Bourbon Street, the French Quarter and Harrah’s Casino, as well as shopping, dining and countless other attractions. 
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The Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City launched the ‘Urban Bourbon’ package, valid for stays through December 31. Refer to package code  BRBON.
Priced from $254 per night, guests 21 and older will receive: 
One bottle of High West Prairie Bourbon, produced in Park City, Utah
A High West whiskey-infused dark chocolate bar from Millcreek Chocolate
A set of two bourbon tumblers
Homemade bourbon vanilla ice cream dessert delivered to the room from the hotel’s Bambara restaurant
A list of local Salt Lake City bourbon and whiskey hot spots
Late 2PM checkout
This hip boutique hotel, with eccentrically-styled accommodations, offers a yoga mat in every room, hosted evening wine reception and nightcap pairings with a sweet treat, complimentary morning lobby coffee and tea and luxury Atelier Bloem bath amenities.  On site is a 24-hour fitness center.  
Kimpton’s Karma Reward members (free to join) get a $10 Raid the Mini Bar credit, free WiFi, earn reward nights, and exclusive offers.
Guests can board the TRAX light rail just outside the Hotel Monaco’s front door to  get around quickly and inexpensively.  The TRAX’s green line runs from downtown to the SLC airport ($2.50 each way). 


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


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