Travel e-Scapes: July 19, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Hong Kong, China

Travel e-Scapes: July 19, 2016

RARE! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$492 Hong Kong, China
$827 Sydney, Australia
$837 Melbourne, Australia
Add $20 per direction for Friday-Sunday travel
Depart September 1-December 9
No minimum stay required; one year max
Purchase by July 21
Valid on United via Chicago, Los Angeles or San Francisco
Add $100 per stopover


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Public WiFi
Here’s a question: Is using public WiFi a security risk?
Using a public source of wireless Internet can compromise your security under certain circumstances.  
The fact the network is open means someone with the right skills could compromise your security by snooping or planting malicious content on other machines attached to the same hub. 
That said, it will always be better for you if the location’s WiFi has beefed up security. A good indicator for that is if you need a password to get access.
But having a password doesn’t guarantee anything – which is why these tips can help keep your information safe during your public WiFi escapades:

  • Before you ever have to log into a public hotspot, make sure your device’s software is up to date and use any extra layers of security your online accounts might offer. This would be something like two-factor authentication or security questions.
  • Having a virtual private network, or VPN, on your devices is also a good idea if you know you’re going to be using public WiFi at any point in the future. 
  • But if you didn’t have the opportunity to plan that far ahead, go into your settings and try turning off file sharing. That can save you from unwanted connections.
  • When you’re looking for the right network to connect to, make sure you’re connecting to legitimate ones. So, not the one that says ‘free WiFi’ and doesn’t require a password. 
  • After you’re on a safe public WiFi source, pay attention to sites’ URLS. If you see ‘https’ or a lock icon, that means the site you’re visiting is more secure thanks to an encrypted line of communication between your browser and the website.
  • Be smart about the sites you browse while connected to public networks and DO NOT do any personal banking or enter credit card numbers on those connections.
  • When you’re done browsing, log out of the sites you signed in to so the next time you’re in the same area, your devices won’t automatically connect without your knowledge.

There are even more things you should never do on public WiFi

New Avis Mobile App
Avis Car Rental has re-engineered the entire process of renting a car. Through the new Avis Now features of its mobile app, Avis is allowing customers to control every detail of their rental. 
Travelers enrolled in Avis Preferred (complimentary membership), now have the power to do the following, and more, right from a smartphone:

  • Choose the exact car they want: View which cars are available in real-time. 
  • Exchange or upgrade a vehicle before arriving at the lot, or when on the lot. 
  • In the mood for a different color or a convertible instead? Simply swipe, tap and drive away.
  • Lock and unlock doors, or flash the headlights to help find the car. 
  • Confirm, cancel or extend a rental in the app. 
  • Return the car without assistance, with speed and simplicity.
  • Access an instant view of the rental agreement, confirm fuel or mileage and obtain assistance on demand. 

Avis Now can be used at more than 50 locations across the United States and available in select international markets soon.
Download the app for iOS and Android.


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:
$75 Scranton, Newburgh NY or NYC-LaGuardia
$92 Providence, RI
$136 Ontario or Orange County CA
$156 Palm Springs CA
$165 San Diego
$171 San Jose CA or Rochester NY
$192 Reno-Tahoe
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Depart August 23 and complete travel on or before December 20 or depart January 5 and finish trips on or before February 15
Blackout dates: September 2, 5; November 22, 23, 26-28
Valid on American via Charlotte, Philadelphia, Dallas-Ft. Worth or Phoenix
Purchase by July 21

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$149 New Haven CT
Depart August 23 and complete travel on or before December 20 or depart January 5 and finish trips on or before February 15
Blackout dates: September 2, 5; November 22, 23, 26-28
Valid on American via Philadelphia
Purchase by July 21

GOING…! Round-trip from Atlanta: 
$550 Dublin
$576 Shannon
$586 Cork
$640 Rome
$649 Manchester
$665 Warsaw
$667 Helsinki
$670 Malta (London airport change)
$672 Frankfurt (nonstop Delta, 
$673 London (nonstop on BA or Delta)
$678 Funchal (London airport change)
$686 Zurich
Many more destinations are included in this sale including cities in Scandinavia, Spain, France, Germany, and Italy 
Depart August 23-December 14 or January 9-March 31
Add $50 per direction for Thursday-Saturday outbound and/or Friday-Sunday returns
A 7-night minimum stay required
Return blackout dates: December 15-January 8
All routes are served via Chicago, Philadelphia or London on American/British Airways
United/Lufthansa matches to most cities
Stopovers not permitted
Purchase by July 19
NOTE: British Airways offers a $65 discount for AARP members on round-trip ticket purchases made at BritishAirways.com  Customer must be an AARP member or must travel with an AARP member to be eligible for this exclusive offer.  The discount does not apply to open jaw journey (only round-trip with same origin and destination permitted). All discounted fares will be highlighted with a red ‘Discount’. 
BOOKING TIPS: Don’t start an available seat search at a particular airline, but at Google.com/Flights or Momondo.com.  This will give you more flexible date options to land these discounts. 

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$804 Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Depart August 23-October 29
Add $50 per direction for Thursday-Saturday outbound and/or Friday-Sunday returns
Stay at least 7 nights or up to six months
Blackout dates: December 15-January 8
Valid on KLM via Amsterdam
Stopovers not permitted
Purchase by July 22

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

Save on Stays in NYC
Hotel Edison in Times Square invites guests to discover New York by offering up to 40% off stays through March 2017.
The hotel’s Get Lost In Discovery encourages families and friends to experience the city’s arts, culture, and history with a complimentary neighborhood walking tour. Hotel Edison’s central location allows easy access to Central Park, Broadway, Downtown, Penn Station, and Grand Central.
Guest rooms offer amenities such as Frette linens, C.O. Bigelow bath amenities, an iHome, LCD flat-screen TVs, along with access to the hotel’s fitness center and business center.  Every Tuesday and Friday in the lobby, the manager hosts a one-hour reception featuring music and small bites. The Rum House, featured in the movie Birdman, is Hotel Edison’s onsite lounge.
Nightly rates start from $119.

South Florida Savings
Celebrate summer at select Marriott hotels and resorts in Florida on stays through September 30.
Refer to promo code REG when booking these South Florida Sizzle specials: 
Boca Raton from $154: At Boca Center and minutes from the city’s renowned shopping, dining, golfing, and beautiful beaches.
Delray Beach from $176: Close to local Atlantic Avenue boutiques, outdoor restaurants and art galleries. White sand beaches, a spa and two pools.
Ft. Lauderdale from $219: Oceanfront luxury with easy access to the unique shops, galleries and one-of-a-kind dining on Las Olas Boulevard.
Pompano Beach from $189: Overlooking the water at Ft. Lauderdale with jet skiing, surfing, volleyball, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding right on site.
Hollywood from $172: Backing up to the famous Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, famous for exciting nightlife, live music, and seasonal festivals.
Key Largo from $220: Located an hour south of Miami, the waterfront resort is surrounded by 17 acres of lush landscaping overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.  
Miami from $109: From world-class casinos, museums, and shopping, this spicy city offers an adventure for every interest.
Singer Island from $264: Condo-style living meets resort luxuries, this sophisticated oceanfront resort minutes from premier shopping, dining, and entertainment.
West Palm Beach from $129: Make a splash at the resort-style pool, then hop on the complimentary shuttle to nearby attractions.


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


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