Travel e-Scapes: August 2, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Denver

Travel e-Scapes: August 2, 2016

PLAN NOW! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$78 Denver
Valid Monday-Thursday starting on or after September 29
Final travel June 29, 2017
No blackout dates!
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Photo: Breckenridge Ski Resort, located a two-hour drive west of Denver-DIA


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

State Department Warning
The United States is advising its citizens to ‘reconsider travel to Turkey at this time’ following an attempted military coup and the imposition of a three- month state of emergency, and it has authorized the ‘voluntary departure’ of family members of staff at its embassy in Ankara and consulate in Istanbul. The travel warning sent by the U.S. Embassy Tuesday said the State Department is continuing to monitor the effect of the abortive coup and the state of emergency on the overall security situation in the country. Turkey has detained more than 13,000 people in the military, judiciary and other institutions in a purge in the wake of the July 15 attempted coup which killed about 290 people. 
The State Department issues a Travel Warning when the government wants you to consider very carefully whether you should go to a country at all. Examples of reasons for issuing a Travel Warning might include unstable government, civil war, ongoing intense crime or violence, or frequent terrorist attacks. Travelers must understand the risks of traveling to these places and to strongly consider not going to them at all. Travel Warnings remain in place until the situation changes; some have been in effect for years.

A State Department Travel Alert is for short-term events that might include an election season that is bound to have many strikes, demonstrations, or disturbances; a health alert like an outbreak of H1N1; or evidence of an elevated risk of terrorist attacks. When these short-term events are over, the Travel Alert is canceled.
Note: e-Scapes and Clark’s Travel Tips page will offer post airfare deals from Turkish Airlines (they are the cheapest to all corners of the globe). All Turkish routes require a flight connection in Istanbul with the option of a free stopover.  With this recent State Department warning, we side with safety and suggest skipping the city stay until the warning is lifted.

Lost Bag Bill
You wait patiently at the baggage carousel, but you finally realize that your luggage failed to make the trip with you.  You paid the airline to check the bag and now airlines, according to a new measure signed into law last month (lots of legalese in a PDF file), will be required to ‘promptly provide to a passenger an automated refund for any ancillary fees paid by the passenger for checked baggage’ if the bag is not delivered to the passenger within 12 hours of the arrival of a domestic flight and 15 hours of an international flight. To start the refund process, notify the airline of the lost or delayed luggage before departing the airport.


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:
$35 Orlando
$53 Austin or San Antonio
$73 Denver
$83 Phoenix
Not valid on Sunday
A 7-day advance purchase required
Complete travel on or before September 30
Valid on Frontier, nonstop
Purchase by August 3

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$550 Dublin, Ireland
Travel any available day of the week
Depart September 1-October 31
No minimum stay required
Valid on United/Aer Lingus via Chicago
Purchase by August 4

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$660 Kona, Hawaii or Lihue, Kauai
Valid Monday-Thursday, or add $25 per direction for weekend travel
Valid from January 9
Final travel is March 8
Offered on American or Delta (one connection required); United matches to Kauai
Purchase by August 10

Round-trip rates on Alaska Airlines via Seattle:
$685 Honolulu, Maui or Kona
Valid Monday-Thursday, or add $25 per direction for weekend travel
Valid from January 9
Final travel is March 8
One-way travel permitted
Stopovers of 24 hours or less permitted
Purchase by August 10

Round-trip from Atlanta to Iceland:
$719 Reykjavik
Valid to/from Baltimore on Spirit Airlines (4 hr 11 min layover; recheck of checked baggage required)
Valid from/to Reykjavik on WOWair (5 hr 45 min flight)
Return via BWI requires a 22-hour layover
Book at Kiwi.com
One personal onboard item permitted free (40 × 35 × 30 cm/5 kg) 
Add a checked bag of up to 18 kg for an additional $130.34
Compare to Delta’s round-trip rates from $1,215

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$896 Sydney, Australia
A 14-day advance purchase required
Add $40 per direction for Friday-Sunday travel
Depart by September 17 or November 1-30
No minimum stay required; stay up to one year
Valid on United via San Francisco
Purchase by August 9

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 purchased during the ticket 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 & DINING OFFERS

Family Time in DC
The Ritz-Carlton Washington DC offers a family-themed package on stays through December 31.
The Lions, Tigers & Bears…Oh My! package includes: 
Overnight Deluxe accommodations
Special Ritz Kids amenities includ VIK (Very Important Kid) check-in, a newsletter of kid’s activities, a special lion stuffed animal at turn down
Ritz Kids backpack filled with fun Zoo and Wizard of Oz themed activities and souvenirs
Smithsonian’s National Zoo Scavenger Hunt while visiting the Zoo’s lion, tiger, and giant panda bear cubs. 
Afterward, visit the National Museum of American History to see Dorothy’s famous ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz
Trio of Lion, Tiger and Panda Bear cupcakes
Full American breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children in the hotel’s restaurant or through in-room dining. 
Complimentary in-house movie (the 1939 classic Wizard of Oz, or any movie of choice)
Complimentary WiFi 
Overnight valet parking
Rates from $299$329 per night.
A 1.4-mile drive from The White House, this sophisticated hotel located on 22nd Street is also 2.7 miles from National Museum of Natural History. Guest rooms feature marble bathrooms and 400-thread-count bed linens. Club-level access provides entry to a lounge with complimentary food, drink, plus a dedicated concierge.  Culinary options include two restaurants offering American cuisine and a lounge bar. There’s also a high-end spa with an indoor pool and a fitness center with personal trainers.

Foodie Alert: Orlando
This fall, food lovers can experience deals at 90 of the most popular restaurants in Orlando – including 19 new program participants – during Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, sponsored by American Express.
From August 29 through October 2, guests can choose from these participating restaurants to enjoy three-course dinners for $33, averaging a savings of 33% per meal.
The program includes some of the hottest new arrivals to Orlando’s culinary scene, including chef-driven establishments in the new Disney Springs area as well as local favorites across town.
A full list of all participating restaurants, menus and OpenTable reservations are available at Orlando Magical Dining.


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


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