Travel e-Scapes: August 24, 2018

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Ontario, Canada

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$267 Ottawa, Ontario
Depart September 29-December 15 with final travel by December 19
Air Canada; one flight connection
See more deals to Toronto, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador!


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Traveler’s Rest
Minute Suites has opened its second ATL location this week. This location features five private suites on Concourse T of the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Minute Suites are located post-security within the terminal and designed for relaxation, to nap, or work. Nap. Each suite has a daybed sofa, pillows, fresh blankets, HDTV and a desk and chair. The TV converts to a computer with access to the Internet and the airport’s flight tracking system. Laptop users can connect to the internet using free Wi-Fi, or guests can use the suite’s computer and wireless keyboard/mouse for Internet browsing.
Minute Suites are located in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Philadelphia and Charlotte.
Pricing starts at $42 for one hour (minimum) and $10.50 for 15-minute increments (first two hours).
Showers are available at the DFW and CLT locations.

Florida Red Tide
Red tide continues to cause concerns for people who have plans to vacation in Florida and are undecided if they should cancel their reservations.
Red tide is a naturally occurring phenomenon of a higher-than-normal concentration of a microscopic alga.
The Better Business Bureau, the BBB has received an increase in complaints filed against businesses offering vacation rentals and services in relation to the presence of red tide. Complaints filed by consumers allege issues with receiving refunds following cancellation and businesses not disclosing potential red tide issues which can directly impact personal health.
As a consumer, it’s important to know your rights. This begins with understanding the terms and conditions of your contract for a vacation rental or the refund policy for a hotel reservation.
Under Florida law, establishments are not required to issue refunds for prepaid reservations.
Communication with the business is key should you experience an issue with canceling. Talk with the management for the business in efforts to resolve your issues. Most businesses want to keep you as a customer and will work with you to find a reasonable solution.
For information about current conditions involving red tide, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has up to date information. A recent statement from FWC, “Presently, there is no practical and acceptable way to control or kill red tide blooms.”
Visit Florida also shares a number of links for travel safety information across the state.
Read today’s BBC story about Florida’s red tide.


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 (one-way permitted):
$138 Denver, or $69 each way
Depart October 9-December 18 or January 9-February 12
Return October 10-December 18 or January 15-February 12
Valid most Tuesdays, Wednesdays
Frontier, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$269 Toronto, Ontario
Depart September 23-December 14 with final travel by December 18
Delta, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$298 Turks & Caicos, or $110 south, $188 north
Travel south September 17-December 7 or January 8-April 9
Travel north September 14-December 19 or January 9-April 11
JetBlue; one flight connection

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$317 Montreal, Quebec
Depart September 15-November 10 with final travel by November 14
Delta, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$382 St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Depart September 7-October 27 with final travel by October 31
Air Canada; one flight connection

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Round-trip from Atlanta:
$449 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Depart November 6-30 or January 8-May 9
Final travel by May 15
Virgin Atlantic/Flybe; one flight connection

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$507 Zurich, Switzerland
Depart October 31-December 7 or January 10-March 23
Final travel by March 28
Virgin Atlantic/British Airways; one flight connection

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$832 Dar es Salaam / Depart September 12-December 11 or January 9-30 / Final travel February 14
$850 Johannesburg / Depart September 1-December 7 or December 28-May 14 / Final travel June 5
$883 Cape Town / Depart September 4-November 26 or January 7-March 19 / Final travel April 10
Lufthansa/United; one to three flight connections
Compare these to rates averaging $1,900 RT!

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

New in Miami
Catching a Caribbean flight from Miami? It’s always wise to spend a night in Miami when traveling on two separate airline tickets. And there’s a new all-suite property located less than a mile from Miami International Airport.
The 153-suite Staybridge Suites Miami International Airport, an IHG hotel in Miami opened this month with deluxe studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom accommodations, featuring fully equipped kitchens with separate living and sleeping areas. All suites include well-lit workstations with ergonomic seating, speaker phones, personal voicemail and complimentary local phone calls.
The new property offers complimentary daily breakfast buffet, evening receptions (3x week) onsite guest laundry and workout facilities, complimentary 24-hour business services center and convenience store stocked with snacks, sundries, beverages and easy-to-prepare meals.
This is the only Staybridge Suites that includes an on-site restaurant offering a la carte dinner, a comfortable lounge area with a full bar. patio with a fire pit and an outdoor pool area featuring a Juice Bar and adult beverages and snacks.
Rates from $96 a night.

Downtown PDX
Hotel Modera is a trendy boutique hotel in downtown Portland, Oregon. Embracing all things Portland, the hotel is making the city a must-visit destination this fall with fun and quirky packages, showing visitors the weird and wonderfully wacky city that it is!
This fall, travelers are invited to accommodate their stay with Hotel Modera’s Keep Portland Weird package, featuring a $150 Gift Certificate to Tiger Lily Tattoo and 2 tickets to the Freaky-but-True Pecularium & Museum. A two-night minimum stay required. Rates from $239.
Guests can use the package’s $50 Lyft Credit to explore Portland festivities this September such as:
September 1-3: Art in The Pearl, 100 booths of fine art as well as music, food
September 15: Australian Pink Floyd, choreographed laser/light show with 3D effects
September 28, 29: Juggling Festival and vaudeville extravaganza
More Portland events and festivals here.
Room only rates range from $118 to $152.
Near Portland State University and 2 blocks from a MAX light rail station, this hip, modern hotel is a 6-minute walk from Portland Art Museum and 2.7 miles from Portland Japanese Garden.
Contemporary rooms and suites feature downtown or inner courtyard views, marble bathrooms, plus minifridges. Suites add separate living areas with pull-out sofas.
There’s an Italian restaurant and a chic garden courtyard with fire pits. Guest receive complimentary passes to a nearby 24-Hour Fitness gym.


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


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