Travel e-Scapes: August 28, 2018

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Utah

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$98 Salt Lake City, or $49 each way
Travel west September 7-28; October 12-31; November 7, 14; December 4, 11; January 15, 22 29
Fly east September 7-26; October 3-31; November 7; December 4, 11
Frontier, nonstop
Check out Utah’s Scenic Byways throughout the state.


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Italy’s Hat Trick
A GoEuro/Italo promotion is back with one-way rail travel between Rome, Florence and Venice for under $12, a more than 50% savings. Rates are non-refundable and non-changeable.
Italo’s economy class service offers leather seats, complimentary Wi-Fi and no luggage fees! Rather than hassle from the airport to town, train travel puts you right in the city center!
One-way routes are direct on high-speed trains.
Book by August 31 for October 17-December 8 travel at either Italo or GoEuro.

Airline & Travel News (it’ll cost you!)
Southwest Airlines will increase its EarlyBird Check-In fees for select flights starting August 29.

Previously the carrier charged $15 for any nonstop flight but now will be $15, $20, or $25 per flight, depending on availability and route.
EarlyBird Check-In doesn’t guarantee an A boarding position but improves your seat selection options to help you get your favorite seat. The service automatically checks in a passenger and assigns a boarding position within 36 hours of your flight’s departure, or 12 hours before general boarding positions become available.
The only way to guarantee an A boarding pass outside those groups is to pay the Upgraded Boarding fee at the gate which can be as much as $50 one-way. Other ways are to purchase a Business Select fare or have status in the Rapid Rewards frequent-flier program.
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JetBlue will raise checked baggage fees to $30 for the first piece and $40 for a second piece, up from $35. See all increases on their website.
Expect legacy airlines to quickly match the increase!
Southwest Airlines still allows two checked bags free. Spirit and Frontier charge $50 for the first bag; $40 for a second.
Use this packing trick to avoid a checked bag fee!
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Ready to sign-up for TSA PreCheck? Save yourself a trip to the airport! An enrollment center to sign up for the trusted traveler program is now open at a Staples in Marietta at 2535 Dallas Highway.
Another PreCheck enrollment center will open at Staples in Alpharetta on September 7, located at 945 N Point Dr.
Travelers with PreCheck can scoot through expedited screening lines with wait times of under five minutes. Keep your shoes on, laptops and liquids in your bag as you proceed through security.
The cost of $85 to enroll is good for five years.


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):
$98 Denver, or $49 each way
Valid Saturdays only each way from September 8-29
Frontier, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$168 Denver
Depart September 4, 10, 11; November 6
Final travel November 7
United, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$384-$412 St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Depart September 11-October 16
Final travel October 25
Air Canada; one flight connection

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$424 Barcelona, Spain
Depart January 21-29; February 4, 5
Final travel February 12
American/British Airways; one flight connection

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$446 Milan, Italy
Depart January 21-29; February 5; March 25, 26; April 3-24
Final travel May 10
American/BA; Delta/Air France; one flight connection

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$460 Amsterdam
Depart October 29-November 26; December 27-March 2 or April 10-May 2
Final travel May 14
Virgin Atlantic/Flybe; one flight connection

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$462 Kona, Hawaii
Depart August 28-September 28
Final travel September 28
Final travel September 30
Delta or United; one flight connection

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$467 Luxembourg City
Depart October 29-November 24
Final travel December 10
Virgin Atlantic/British Airways; one flight connection

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$474 Kauai, Hawaii
Depart August 28-September 26
Final travel September 28
American or Delta; one flight connection

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$498 Geneva, Switzerland
Depart October 29-November 7 or January 13-March 10
Final travel March 28
Virgin Atlantic/British Airways; one flight connection

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$506 Zurich
Depart October 29-November 30; January 8-March 5 or April 23-30
Final travel May 16
Virgin Atlantic/British Airways; one flight connection

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$512-$564 Maui, Hawaii
Depart August 28-September 26
Final travel September 28
American or United; one flight connection
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Deals from other U.S. airports:

Round-trip on Singapore Airlines:
$575 Los Angeles to Tokyo
$575 San Francisco to Hong Kong
$650 Los Angeles to Singapore
$675 San Francisco or Houston to Singapore
$675 NYC-JFK to Frankfurt
$690 Los Angeles to Bali
$700 NYC-JFK to Singapore
Travel October 1-August 31, 2019
Book by September 13
Save an additional 5% when booking on the SIA mobile app

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

Newfoundland/Labrador
The fall months of September and October are an idyllic time to visit Newfoundland and Labrador with vibrantly colored backdrops, cooler weather, and plenty of adventures and traditional festivities to explore.
On the Bonavista Peninsula (3.5-hour drive from St. John’s), boutique inns such as Fisher’s Loft Inn in Port Rexton offer October rates starting at $125 CAD per night with a minimum two-night stay. October rates start at $120 CAD per night at the Russelltown Inn in Bonavista.
Bonavista Adventure Tours offers outdoor adventures through October including historical walking, boating and hiking tours, as well as foraging and beach boil ups. Often referred to as a “mug-up,” Newfoundland boil-ups are a local favorite tradition where groups of friends and family gather on the beach for tea and cooking over the open fire. The Forage & Beach Boil Up excursion starts with foraging for natural ingredients such as berries, plants, and seafood to be cooked during the boil-up. Priced at $120 CAD per person, the four-hour experience also includes samples of salt fish, lobster, cod, mussels and moose.
From September 1-October 28, Artisan Inn and Vacation Homes in Trinity (3-hour drive from St. John’s) offers a three-night Hike and Dine package. The package Included is a three-night stay in an Artisan Inn room or vacation home, daily continental breakfast, two dinners and a set of maps of seven local trails for self-guided hikes. Packages start at $137 CAD per night, per person.
The Hike Discovery Trail Network on the Bonavista Peninsula of Eastern Newfoundland offers a stunning coastal trail system filled with sea cliffs and barrens.
The East Coast Trail network links together 32 historic communities from Portugal Cove, to Cape St. Francis, to Cappahayden with 186 miles of world-class hiking. Pick along the trails while passing lighthouses, abandoned settlements, sea stacks, and deep fjords.

Save at Seaside
Homeowner’s Collection, one of Seaside, Florida’s top vacation rental agencies, has announced a special Fall Colors promotion. Book a 3-night stay between now and November 7 and receive one additional night – free.
Visit the Homeowner’s Collection website to see rates for all available cottages. The Fall Colors promotion cannot be booked online and is only available by calling the Homeowner’s Collection at 855.411.1557 ext. 1.
All Homeowner’s Collection properties are located directly in Seaside, a family-friendly beach community that feels like a step back to a simpler time. Visitors to Seaside can easily walk to local boutiques, art galleries and restaurants, and children can ride bicycles to the local ice cream shop. Seaside features the largest private beach access along Florida’s famous Highway 30A.
This fall the town of Seaside will be hosting its annual Labor Day Weekend Concert, the 9th annual Halloweener Derby, and 28th Annual Seeing Red Wine Festival.
Seaside also features its weekly Farmers Market and Central Square Cinema open-air movies.


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


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