Travel e-Scapes: August 30, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: The Caribbean from Miami

Travel e-Scapes: August 30, 2016

HURRY! One-way from Miami, each way:
$53 Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through September 30
One-way rates of $88 valid through July 23, 2017
Valid on American, nonstop

HURRY! One-way from Miami, each way:
$93 San Jose,  Costa Rica
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through December 5
Valid on American, nonstop

HURRY! One-way from Miami, each way:
$104 Bridgetown, Barbados
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through November 17
One-way rates of $126 valid through July 23, 2017
Valid on American, nonstop


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Airlines Passing Bad Info
The U.S. government has fined four of the country’s largest airlines for inaccurate information provided to passengers explaining compensation for those who are involuntarily bumped from flights or loss or damage to their baggage.  American Airlines was fined $45,000, United Airlines $35,000 and Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines $40,000 each.

While carrying out their airport inspections, DOT investigators found that airline agents at gates and ticket counters had outdated or inaccurate information.
The DOT requires each airline to give all passengers who are bumped involuntarily a written statement describing their rights and explaining how the carrier decides who gets on an oversold flight and who doesn’t. Those travelers who don’t get to fly are frequently entitled to denied boarding compensation in the form of a check or cash. The amount depends on the price of their ticket and the length of the delay:

  • If you are bumped involuntarily and the airline arranges substitute transportation that is scheduled to get you to your final destination (including later connections) within one hour of your original scheduled arrival time, there is no compensation.
  • If the airline arranges substitute transportation that is scheduled to arrive at your destination between one and two hours after your original arrival time (between one and four hours on international flights), the airline must pay you an amount equal to 200% of your one-way fare to your final destination that day, with a $675 maximum.
  • If the substitute transportation is scheduled to get you to your destination more than two hours later (four hours internationally), or if the airline does not make any substitute travel arrangements for you, the compensation doubles (400% of your one-way fare, $1,350 maximum).
  • If your ticket does not show a fare (for example, a frequent-flyer award ticket or a ticket issued by a consolidator), your denied boarding compensation is based on the lowest cash, check or credit card payment charged for a ticket in the same class of service (e.g., coach, first class) on that flight.
  • You always get to keep your original ticket and use it on another flight. If you choose to make your own arrangements, you can request an ‘involuntary refund’ for the ticket for the flight you were bumped from. The denied boarding compensation is essentially a payment for your inconvenience.
  • If you paid for optional services on your original flight (e.g., seat selection, checked baggage) and you did not receive those services on your substitute flight or were required to pay a second time, the airline that bumped you must refund those payments to you.

Like all rules, however, there are a few conditions and exceptions.  Check out the DOT’s Consumer Guide to Air Travel.  

Got Wanderlust?
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Step 1: Go to Concorde.io and start browsing at the Deals tab
Search Tips: Click on the bolded DEPART, ARRIVE for deals listed in alphabetical order (from ATL), or on the bolded PRICE or COST PER MILE to display rates from low-to-high.
Step 2: Narrow search by departure month – although Concorde’s focus is on last-minute travel.
Step 3: Set up an account and then sign into the Discover section to permit filters such as departure airport, departure dates and sortable by cost-per-mile.
Concorde’s developer, John Marbach, mirrors Clark’s goal for budget travelers: It is my belief that simply knowing about inexpensive travel opportunities may inspire people to unlock new life experiences in places that they had never previously considered. 

Hotel Credit Card Breach
Millennium Hotels & Resorts North America is warning customers that malware may have affected food and beverage point-of-sale (POS) systems at 14 of its locations from early March through mid-June 2016: 
The Lakefront Anchorage
The Bostonian Boston
Millennium Harvest House Boulder
Millennium Buffalo
Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago
Millennium Hotel Cincinnati
Millennium Hotel Durham
Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles
Millennium Hotel Minneapolis
Millennium Maxwell House Hotel Nashville
Millennium Broadway Hotel New York
ONE UN New York
The Premier Hotel New York
The McCormick Scottsdale
Former guests of affected Millennium properties should check payment card records and report dubious transactions to their card operators immediately – and take the advice from the card issuer on any further recommended security precautions to follow.


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:
$48 Miami 
No advance purchase required
Valid daily through December 13
Blackout dates: November 26-28
Valid on American, nonstop

Think Thanksgiving! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$234 Quebec City, Quebec
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through December 16
Blackout dates: October 7-10
Purchase by September 7
Valid on Air Canada, American, Delta and United with one stop service
Travel at one-way rates of $117 permitted

Christmas & New Year’s Travel! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$492 Belize City, Belize
$566 Liberia, Costa Rica
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through March 31, 2017
No blackout dates!
Stay at least one Saturday night
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by September 2

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$649 Moscow
$798 Beijing, China (compare to American’s $1,048)
$848 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (compare to KLM’s $1,726)
$948 Bangkok, Thailand (compare to Korean’s $1,405)
$997 Cape Town, S. Africa (compare to Delta’s $1,455)
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week!
Valid daily on trips finished on or before May 15, 2017
Stay one weekend or up to 4 months
Blackout dates: December 9-27 outbound; December 30-January 18 returns
Valid on Turkish Airlines via Istanbul
Two free stopovers permitted
Purchase by September 2

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$726 Santiago, Chile
Valid daily starting on or after September 15 
Finish trips on or before November 24
No minimum stay required
Valid on American via Dallas-Ft. Worth
One free stopover permitted
Purchase by September 1

Christmas & New Year’s Travel! Round-trip from Atlanta to Italy:
$940-$960 to Bologna, Genoa, Milan, Naples, Pisa, or Venice
A 50-day advance purchase required (October 19 is the first permitted travel date)
Depart by April 6, 2017
Add $50 per direction for Thursday-Saturday outbound and/or Friday-Sunday returns
Stay at least 7 nights
Valid on American/British Airways; Air France/Delta/KLM; Air Canada/United/Lufthansa
Open jaw trips permitted (fly into one city and out of another)
Purchase by September 8

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$1,008 Paris
Depart October 29-December 12 or December 25-April 5
Add $35 per direction for Thursday-Saturday departures and/or Friday-Sunday returns
Stay at least one Saturday night
Valid on Virgin Atlantic via Manchester, England
One free stopover permitted
Purchase by September 21

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.
How do you find these great airfare deals? Visit Clark’s Atlanta Travel Tips page for easy to follow search steps.


SPECIAL RESORT OFFER

Riviera Maya
The newly renovated 5-star Barcelo Maya Beach Hotel sits on one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the Mexican Caribbean – stretching 1.2 miles and fronting a coral reef.
The all-inclusive resort features a fully-renovated pool and hot tub, a water park, a miniature golf course, a 24-hour Sports Bar, a Club Premium Lounge*, Beach Lobby Bar (with a smoking patio), the Beach Buffet Restaurant, and an a-la-carte Mexican restaurant Mexico Lindo.
All-inclusive perks include snacks, meals, and beverages 24/7 — and full access to all the restaurants, bars, pool and beach facilities at the Barcelo Maya Caribe Hotel, the best resort in Riviera Maya and two other Barcelo resorts: Barcelo Maya Colonial Hotel and Barcelo Maya Tropical Hotel.
Other resort facilities include 16 restaurants, a pool with an area for children, a fitness center, a mall, U-Spa, and a mini-club and the U-Kids Spa for young guests. Sport options include tennis, paddle tennis, basketball, snorkeling, kayaking, and windsurfing. In the evening, enjoy the Riviera Maya vibrant nightlife including live shows at Kukulcan Theater and the Jaguar Nightclub.
A special all-inclusive rate of $113 per person, per night includes: 
Round-trip transfers from/to the Cancun Airport
Meals and beverages at a choice of 16 restaurants
Activities including nightly shows and access to the mini kids club
A minimum of four nights is required in a Superior Room.
Valid from September 1-December 21.  Not offered September 16, 17; October 21-27.
*Benefits of Club Premium service includes a welcome gift, a VIP minibar, or a special spa and salon discount. Club Premium accommodations include the new Seafront Junior Suite and Seafront Suite rooms, the most exclusive among resorts in Riviera Maya.


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


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