Travel e-Scapes: July 20, 2018

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Ireland

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$440 Cork
Depart September 29-May 9 with final travel by June 7
$450 Sligo
Depart October 5-May 4 with final travel by June 2
$457 Dublin
Depart September 20-May 4 with final travel by June 2
$498 Knock
Depart select dates from August 4-May 9 with final travel by June 7
Valid Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays with more frequent returns
Book on Virgin Atlantic/Aer Lingus via London
Some flights may require a change of airports in Manchester or from Heathrow to Gatwick


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Billion Dollar Flight Route
The Official Airline Guide (OAG) has recently released the list of commercial flights earning the most revenue worldwide during a period from April 2017-March 2018.
Top 10 revenue-earning flights around the globe and how many dollars (rounded) each brought in over the course of a year:
British Airways New York JFK to London Heathrow: $1.04 billion
Qantas Airways Melbourne to Sydney, $855 million

Emirates London Heathrow to Dubai, $819 million
Singapore Airlines London Heathrow to Singapore, $710 million
American Airlines Los Angeles LAX to New York JFK, $698 million
United Airlines San Francisco to Newark, $688 million
Cathay Pacific Airways Hong Kong to London Heathrow, $632 million
Qatar Airways London Heathrow to Doha, $553 million
Air Canada Vancouver to Toronto Pearson, $552 million
Singapore Airlines Sydney to Singapore, $544 million
The flight in the #1 spot is British Airways’ flagship service between its hub at London Heathrow and New York JFK. The airline flies an average of 15 daily non-stops in either direction between the two airports.
For more on this story, visit Forbes.

Pay with Miles
What is Delta’s Pay With Miles? It’s an exclusive payment option benefit for card members who have the Gold and/or Platinum Delta SkyMiles or Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express. This benefit allows card members to use miles to discount the price of tickets, starting at just 5,000 miles. Regardless of the ticket price, a card member can reduce the cost of their ticket by $50 for every 5,000 miles. For example, redeeming 10,000 of your miles takes $100 off your fare, 15,000 miles takes $150 off, 20,000 miles takes $200 off, etc.
Pay with Miles tickets are eligible to earn Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) and Medallion Qualifying Segments (MQSs) where standard award tickets are not.
The separate Miles + Cash benefit gives more flexibility by taking dollars off of the price of a Delta ticket by allowing you to use miles when you don’t have quite enough to cover the full ticket.
Not yet a Delta Air Lines/AMEX card member? Find a card for your needs here.


DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS

Airfare offers – ones with or without a ticket-by date can expire at any time.  Heed Clark’s advice: Buy that great airfare deal right now – and then figure out a reason to go there! Eventually, you’ll see the world at a fraction of the normal price!

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$208-$216 Grand Rapids, Michigan
Depart select dates from July 27-February 26 with final travel by March 26
Valid on United via Chicago

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$228 Santa Fe, New Mexico, or $114 each way
Depart select dates from August 18-February 12
Valid on American via Phoenix

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$384-$414 Lihue, Kauai, or $192-$207 each way
Depart August 7-December 7 with final travel by December 19
$384-$452 Kona, Hawaii, or $192-$226 each way
Depart select dates from August 2-November 12 with final travel by December 11
Book one-way tickets on American and United
Routing is via Los Angeles, Dallas, Phoenix, Denver or San Francisco

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$494 Paris
Depart select dates from October 8; November 13; December 24-January 8
Final travel by June 14
Valid on American/British Airways via Philadelphia or London

How do you find these great deals? Visit Clark’s Travel Tips page for a step-by-step search and booking guide.

NOTE: Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your flight! Kayak offers the most up-to-date Fees Chart for all domestic and international airlines.


HOTELS, RESORTS & MORE

Boston + The Cape
Set among bars, restaurants and galleries in the Seaport district, the trendy Yotel Boston is across from a bus stop, 7 minutes’ walk from the Institute of Contemporary Art, and an 8-minute walk from the Boston Harbor waterfront.
Tiny guest “cabins” (152 to 487 square feet) feature a space-saving adjustable smart bed (converts into a bed or sofa) and a technowall which features an embedded smart TV that can stream music from smartphones and other devices. It also has a color wheel tool for adjusting the cabin’s mood lighting-purple lights are the standard and can be switched to different hues and brightness levels.
Upgraded rooms have minifridges, pull-out sofas, floor-to-ceiling windows and/or views of the city. Suites come with living areas and coffeemakers. Room service is available.
A slick rooftop restaurant/bar features a terrace with city views. Other features include a modern bar/lounge serving weekend brunch and a 24-hour fitness room.
Yotel Boston offers a summertime package pairing a stay at the hotel with an excursion to Provincetown, Massachusetts on the outer Cape. Valid on stays through September 30, the Beantown to PTown package is priced from $299 per night, double, and includes a day trip to Provincetown with round-trip transfers for two on Boston Harbor Cruise’s Fast Ferry (90-minute cruise) and a $25 food and beverage credit for the rooftop Sky Lounge. Rates from $299 a night.
A 10-day advance booking required and a two-night minimum stay.

Vacay Close to Home
A Walk in the Woods celebrates 20 years of guiding visitors through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Everyone is invited to the Walk in the Woods celebration on August 5 from 2-6 p.m. at the Historic Elkmont section of the park. The public is welcome to join in commemorating 20 years of success with a guided history tour, door prizes, live music by a local bluegrass band, gourmet appetizers, wine and beer. A silent auction will be held benefiting the Discover Life Project and the Appalachian Bear Rescue.
Launched in 1998, A Walk in the Woods has also been awarded the prestigious REI Adventure Top Guide Award, A TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence.
A Walk in the Woods purchased 90 acres of a pristine land surrounded by Great Smoky Mountains National Park land and built an eco-camp for the REI Signature Camps.
More than two dozen guides lead visitors on nature walks, hiking tours, backpacking and driving tours throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and surrounding natural areas. You’ll learn about the natural and human history of the Smokies in a fun way. You’ll hear Cherokee lore and maybe an Appalachian tall tale. You’ll learn what the Native Americans and settlers did for food and medicine before there were grocery stores and pharmacies. You might even sample a tasty mountain treat. Every guided walk is geared towards enjoying the journey at a pleasant pace.
Sample pricing for a four-hour or half-day hike starts from $54 per person, including snacks. A 20% discount is offered for kids under 18; 10% for Seniors and a 10% discount for parties of 4 or more.
The tour company offers a variety of curated, nature-based experiences, from day hikes to multi-day backpacking adventures for groups and individuals of any age and skill level, including seniors, schools, scouts, individuals and families.
For general trip planning to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, check out Visit My Smokies.

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


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