Travel e-Scapes: September 3, 2015



Travel e-Scapes: September 3, 2015

HURRY!  One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$49 New York-LaGuardia
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday
Complete travel on or before December 16
Blackout dates: September 3, 4, 7, 8; November 19-December 1
Valid on American(+Fees $), nonstop
Choose from 6 daily nonstop flights
Purchase today, September 3


Helpful New App
FLIO is a brand new, and easy-to-use iOS app that directly connects you to official free airport WiFi in seconds.  FLIO also provides exclusive airport dining and shopping discounts, arrival/departure times, transportation options from the airport and other useful tidbits such as where to find charging stations and airline VIP clubs. They even offer hacks, like how to use Uber from an airport. FLIO’s WiFi options should number up to 200 airports by late fall, along with an Android version. 

Lufthansa Adds Surcharges
Book a Lufthansa ticket via a GDS and you’ll be paying 16 euro more!  The newly initiated ticket surcharge on GDS bookings (Global Distribution System is a computer reservation system operation that books and sells tickets for multiple airlines through travel agents and travel companies) also applies on GDS purchases made for travel on Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Swiss International Airlines. The 16 euro Distribution Cost Charge will not be added to any tickets bought via the websites of the individual carriers. Another way to avoid the surcharge is by booking directly at Lufthansa – or – through one of its codeshare partners such as United Airlines.


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:
$82 Denver
$83 Phoenix
$112 Oakland or Orange County-Santa Ana
$160 Spokane
$162 Reno-Tahoe
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Complete travel on or before December 16
Valid on American(+Fees $) via Chicago, Dallas-Ft. Worth or Phoenix

HURRY!  Round-trip from Atlanta:
$227 San Jose, California
$279 Grand Rapids
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Complete travel on or before December 16
Valid on American(+Fees $) via Chicago, Dallas-Ft. Worth or Phoenix

HURRY!  Round-trip from Atlanta:
$282 Portland, Oregon
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Complete travel on or before December 16
Blackout dates: November 26-28
Valid on Delta(+Fees $), nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$330 Grand Junction
Start travel on or after January 4
Complete travel on or before February 11
Add $10 per direction for Thursday-Saturday to Colorado and/or Saturday-Monday returns
No minimum stay required; 30 days max
Purchase by September 27
Valid on Delta(+Fees $) via Salt Lake City
Note: Family-friendly Powderhorn Ski Resort is 40 miles east of Grand Junction Colorado; 69 miles from the Utah border and 233 miles west of Denver

HURRY!  Round-trip from Atlanta:
$950 Zurich, Switzerland
Depart October 25-December 15 or December 24-March 17, 2016
Add just $10 per direction for Thursday-Saturday departures and/or Friday-Sunday returns
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to six months
Valid on British Airways(+Fees $) via London
Stopovers not permitted


Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your ticket!
+Fees $$$ = Carry-on Bags: $10-$75; Checked Bags: $15-$100; Seats: $3-$199; additional fees vary by carrier
+Fees $ = Checked Bags: $24-$125; Select/Preferred Seats: $9-$99


Fall Lodging-and-Lifestyle Package
The Antlers at Vail, located on the banks of Gore Creek, has teamed up with the pros at Fly Fishing Outfitters (the only Orvis-endorsed guide service in the valley) and the 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Co., a new Vail craft distillery and tasting room genuinely steeped in the Army infantry division’s uniquely Colorado past. Together they create a trifecta of only-in-Colorado fall adventure. All during Colorado’ most vibrant season, the ‘Flights & Flies’ two-night package includes:
A half-day guided wade trip in prime trout country from the Eagle River to the Roaring Fork with Fly Fishing Outfitters
Flies, waders, boots, rod and reel provided (guest must purchase Colorado fishing license)
Two vouchers to 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Co.’s tasting room for a flight of five of the distillery’s locally crafted spirits
A souvenir rocks glass
A $5 gift certificate good toward a merchandise purchase
Rates are $324 per adult (excludes tax) in a one-bedroom condo on stays through November 15.
With condominiums ranging from studio suites up to four-bedroom penthouses, every unit at the Antlers enjoys a fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, private balcony, daily maid service, and complimentary WiFi and parking. The Antlers is located just steps from restaurants, galleries, shops, free Vail town shuttle and the Lionshead Gondola. 

Last Summer Days at WDW Resort
Get down to Central Florida to enjoy rates from $129 at the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel — located in the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort and between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Magic Kingdom Park are nearby. The special $129 rate is valid on Thursday-Sunday arrivals through September 15. The rate does not include taxes, fees or Resort Service Package. Refer to code SUMWKND when booking.
The hotel offers a variety of amenities for each generation and activity level.  Guests can discover 17 world-class restaurants and lounges, sophisticated guest rooms with Westin Heavenly Beds and the luxurious (and newly renovated) Mandara Spa.  The hotel features five pools, two health clubs, tennis, nearby golf, complimentary transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, the extended park hours benefit, where each day, one of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks is open extra time for guests to enjoy select attractions (valid theme park admission and resort ID required) and Disney FastPass+ service, where guests can reserve up to 3 select theme park experiences up to 60 days in advance of their visit. 

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

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