Travel e-Scapes: July 27, 2018



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HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$769 Melbourne

Depart October 23-November 13 with final travel by December 4
$778-$793 Sydney
Depart August 6-December 5 with final travel by December 27
Add $50 per direction for Friday-Sunday travel
Valid on American Airlines with a flight connection in Los Angeles


Basic Economy Fares
Extra fees exclusive of basic economy airfares is paying off big for the airlines, which raked in almost $60 billion in fees worldwide in 2017.
But American Airlines is the first carrier to make those gotchas a bit less punishing.
Starting on September 5, AA’s basic fare passengers will be allowed a carry-on bag in addition to a personal item like other Main Cabin fare passengers.
other basic economy restrictions still apply. For instance, without paying an additional fee, Basic Economy ticket holders cannot assign their seat until check-in 24 hours in advance of their flight. Also, tickets cannot be upgraded after purchase and same-day flight changes or standby options are not permitted.
Now let’s see how Delta and United respond to this?

In other airlines news, CEO Gary Kelly says Southwest Airlines will not fix what’s not broke. Namely, the two things that the airline is heralded for: two free checked bags and no cost ticket changes (although price differences may apply).
Southwest has an open boarding process yet passengers can pay from $15 each way to jump ahead in the boarding line. The maximum price for the priority boarding was increased this year. For example, the fee to pre-board a Chicago to Phoenix flight is $50.
There are still no updates on Southwest’s new flight service to Hawaii, but ticket sales are expected to get underway later this year or in early 2019.


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 (one-way permitted):
$58 Miami, or $29 each way
Valid Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays south
Valid Tuesdays, Thursdays north
Valid August 16-28 on Frontier, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$130 Nashville, or $65 each way
Valid midweek days from August 21-February 13
Rates average $73 other days
Valid on Delta, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$164 San Jose, California
Depart August 17-December 8 with final travel by December 12
Valid on United via Denver

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$276 Cabo San Lucas-Los Cabos, Mexico
Depart September 18-December 13 or December 30-May 18
Final travel by June 15
Some months have just one or two available seats at this rate!
Valid on United via Houston

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$405-$424 Dublin, Ireland
Valid Mondays-Wednesdays from September 17-December 5 or February 5, 6
Final travel by February 14
Valid on Air Canada via Toronto

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$425 Milan, Italy
Depart most days from September 17-October 16
Final travel by October 24
Valid on United via Newark


Round-trip from Atlanta:
$427 Zurich, Switzerland
Valid Mondays-Wednesdays from September 17-November 13 or March 6-May 1
Final travel May 14
Valid on United via Washington DC

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$460-$480 Juneau, Alaska
Depart August 19-31 and return August 22-29
Routing requires a flight connection in Seattle on Delta

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$468 Luxembourg
Depart September 17-May 9 with final travel by May 22
Valid on Virgin Atlantic/British Airways via London

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$508 Fairbanks, Alaska, or $254 each way
Valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays from August 14-November 7
Routing requires a flight connection in Seattle on Delta

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$524 Nice, France
Depart November 8-30 with final travel by December 8
Valid on Virgin Atlantic/British Airways via London

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$534 Rome
Valid Sundays-Wednesdays from September 17-December 12 or January 14-May 6
Final travel by May 14
Valid on United via Washington DC

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.


Make it Miami
Named one of the “World’s Best Resorts” by Travel + Leisure magazine, Turnberry Isle Miami is set amid tropical gardens and two golf courses. A part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, the premium resort also features the high-end three-story full-service Ame Spa.
Turnberry offers the âme-azing Summer” spa package with rates from $209 a night, including one daily 50-minute massage with any treatment. The package also includes a $50 daily resort credit and 20% percent off additional spa services.
Guest rooms with marble bathrooms have balconies with pool and/or golf course views. Upgraded rooms have living areas; suites add living rooms. Upgraded suites come with kitchens and whirlpool tubs.
A mall and beach shuttle is complimentary. Other amenities include a pair of 18-hole golf courses, outdoor pools and two chic restaurants and a poolside bar.
Miami visitors can book a la carte spa treatments from a collection of world-renowned luxury spas in Greater Miami and the Beaches during Miami Spa Month, running through August 31. Treatments start from $99. Along with Turnberry, other participating spas in Sunny Isles Beach include Aquanox Spa at Trump International Beach Resort, Acqualina Spa by ESPA at the Acqualina Resort & Spa and the Aveda Seven Seas Spa & Salon at Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort.
Visit Sunny Isles Beach Miami for ideas to plan your sunny escape.

St. Maarten Resorts Reopen
Sonesta’s two all-inclusive resorts on St. Maarten, which were both damaged during Hurricane Irma, are offering reopening discounts of up to 45%.
The adults-only Sonesta Ocean Point Resort is scheduled to reopen on November 15.
Set over Maho Bay and adjacent to Sonesta Maho Beach Resort (guests enjoy full access to both resorts), the all-suite resort is located on the westernmost point of the island. Highlights include three pools including the Edge pool with a zero entry cliffside beach, four bars and two restaurants including the signature Azul restaurant, fitness center, an open-air wellness area and private cabanas.
A two-night stay for two adults in early December starts at $913, including taxes for a savings of $747.
The family-friendly Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa will reopen on February 1.
The 10-acre beachfront resort is the largest, limitless, all-inclusive family-friendly resort on the island with limitless all-inclusive meals, drinks, Kids Club, Teen Zone and scheduled activity programs for all ages. Resort highlights include the oversized signature Oasis pool area with swim-up bar and separate kids pool with a mini aqua park; five restaurants and a pizzeria; five bars; fitness center and sports courts. Other amenities include the signature Serenity Spa and the gaming emporium Casino Royale.
A two-night stay (minimum) in early March starts at $732 for two guests for a savings of $488. Book the Stronger and Brand New promo by September 20 for travel through December 20, 2019. Refer to promo code PREOPENING.


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

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