Travel e-Scapes: July 22, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Frontier Airlines destinations

Travel e-Scapes: July 22, 2016

TODAY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$33 Cincinnati, Orlando or Pittsburgh (not valid on Sundays)
$98 Salt Lake City (valid west Tuesday-Saturday; Monday-Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday east)
Start travel on or after August 16
Complete travel on or before November 16
Blackout dates: September 1, 2, 5
Valid on nonstop Frontier service
Service is not daily to all destinations (see notes)
Purchase today, July 22
This is part of a systemwide Frontier sale
Save on the ‘extras’ with Frontier’s THE WORKS


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Better Hotel Rates
Beginning July 20, Choice Hotels will officially enter the direct booking wars by offering its own exclusive rates for members of its loyalty program, Choice Privileges.
The rates will be available only on ChoiceHotels.com and the Choice mobile app. Choice Hotel member rates will be up to 7% lower than the best available rate found on other distribution channels such as online travel agencies like Booking.com and Expedia.

Choice is also offering a lowest-price guarantee, promising to match any lowest rate online at other sites and give a $50 Visa gift card.
Choice COO and president Pat Pacious said he believes this trend will only continue to grow among the major hotel companies.
Choice’s main U.S. brand competitors, all of whom are its partners in the hotel booking site, Room Key, have also embarked on their own campaigns urging consumers to book direct.
Another example is the Hilton brand’s campaign telling guests to Stop Clicking Around.
Take a look at Clark’s take on this recent move by hotel chains and why this could be great for your wallet

Windshield-Free Trips
If you’ve traveled along the East Coast of the U.S, you may have noticed road signs that designate a particular stretch of road or path as part of the East Coast Greenway. This mega-project aims to create a cohesive and safe bike route that traverses nearly the entire East Coast.
From Maine to Florida along a 2,500-mile traffic-free path, the route is being built around river trails and old railroads.
Since 1991, the East Coast Greenway project is still only 31% complete. An additional 200 miles will be added to its system by 2020. 


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:
$38 Chicago or Philadelphia
A 21-day advance purchase required
Rates are slightly higher for 14- and 7-day advance travel
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday through November 16 (not valid October 16)
Valid on American, nonstop

TODAY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$48 New York City-LaGuardia
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday starting on or after August 16
Rates are $63 each way for Monday, Thursday or Friday travel
Final travel is November 16 (not valid October 16)
Valid on nonstop American Airlines
Purchase by July 22

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$63 Washington DC-Reagan
A 14-day advance purchase required
Complete travel on or before October 12
Blackout dates: September 2, 5
Valid on available daily nonstop American Airlines flights

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$78 Los Angeles
A 14-day advance purchase required
Complete travel on or before August 30
Blackout dates: September 2, 5
Valid on Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday on nonstop American Airlines flights

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$286 Vancouver, British Columbia
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid on travel completed on or before June 18, 2017
Valid on available daily flights on United via Chicago
Saving Tip: Save 50% off regular rates at Rosselen Suites for travel starting in October.  The all-suites property is on the edge of Vancouver’s famed Stanley Park and within walking distance to English Bay and trendy West End shopping.  Travelzoo rates start from $89 for a one-bedroom suite.

TODAY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$560 Dublin
$637 Madrid*
$655 Amsterdam*
$689 Paris*
$720 London*
$725 Rome*
$738 Athens
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
American/British Airways, Delta/KLM/Air France and United/Lufthansa/Air Canada participating
* Nonstop Delta service (may not be daily)
Save more! British Airways offers a $65 discount for AARP members on round-trip ticket purchases.  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).  Not valid if booked through BA call center or with a travel agent or travel website.  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.
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

Deals at Room Mate Hotels
Room Mate Hotels, a Spanish hospitality group, surprises guests with unique spaces and designs – all at affordable prices.
This summer travelers can take advantage of the ‘3 + 1’ package at special rates.
Stay at a Room Mate property for three or more consecutive nights and receive a free night to redeem at any of Room Mate’s properties in the same continent. This is an opportunity to explore places such as Amsterdam, Milan, New York, Istanbul and Barcelona.
Room Mate Hotels offer superb city-center locations, free WiFi throughout the city via WiMate Total WiFi, and breakfast until noon. Guest are only able to redeem this offer through their HolidayMate who serves as a personal advisor and assists with choosing the best route for vacation.
Here are sample nightly rates on the ‘3 + 1’ package, valid on stays through August 21:
Flagship property Room Mate Oscar, Madrid: from €69
The new Room Mate Valeria, Malaga: €98 ($108)
Room Mate Aitana, Amsterdam: €134 ($148)
Room Mate Balfour, Miami Beach: €107 ($118) 
Additional Room Mate Hotels are located across Spain and in Milan Florence, Istanbul, Mexico, and New York City.

Save on Big City Attractions
Sail aboard a majestic 158-foot topsail schooner, the Clipper City, New York City’s largest tall ship through the early autumn. Manhattan by Sail offers a 90-minute ‘Daytime Statue Sail’ (Monday-Thursday) for $29 (regularly $44), including a $5 food, drink or merchandise credit. Advance reservations required. Valid on sailings through October 6.  Purchase the discount voucher only at Travelzoo
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See Washington, D.C.‘s most iconic landmarks via DC Trails‘ hop-on, hop-off bus tours.
Save 50% on 24- or 48-hour passes with a discount rate of $25 for a 2-Day unlimited pass, valid through April 25 (children ages 5-11, $15).
A 24-hour hop-on, hop-off bus tour for one adult is $20, $18 for children.
Travel by day or take the night tour which includes stops at the Capitol and White House for sunset photos.
Purchase discount vouchers only at Travelzoo


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


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