Travel e-Scapes: September 9, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Puerto Rico – No passport required!

Travel e-Scapes: September 9, 2016

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$212 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Valid Monday-Thursday only (regular rates apply on other days)
Complete travel on or before December 8
Purchase by September 19
Valid on American via Miami
One free stopover permitted
Purchase by September 19
One-way travel permitted
More than 20 hotels across Puerto Rico are offering an unprecedented Buy two nights, get two nights free deal for travel through mid-December

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$212 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Valid Monday-Thursday only (regular rates apply on other days)
Start travel on or after January 17
Complete travel on or before March 2
Purchase by September 19
Valid on American via Miami
One free stopover permitted
Purchase by September 19
One-way travel permitted


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

No Rooms Available
It doesn’t happen very often, but the hotel you need to be at or simply want to stay at is sold-out! Don’t give up.

A new site alerts you when rooms at a sold-out property open up — and the service is free.
Open Hotel Alert will either text or email you as soon as a room becomes available for your desired location and date. Next, click the link provided to reserve the room at Booking.com, the site’s affiliate partner.  
Is there a major convention in your destination city and there’s no room in the inn?  An alert can be set up for multiple hotels.
Another scenario: Let’s say you had to book a pricey suite, but prefer a standard room. Open Hotel Alert will also notify you when your desired choice of room type opens. One more way to use the site is to get a notification on available rooms when you’re wanting to redeem hotel points but your favorite resort is sold out.
The site has access to over 1 million properties.

It’s Passport Awareness Month
Is it time to renew that passport? Or maybe you’re getting ready to apply for a new passport?
Don’t let your passport application get held up for something as silly as a bad photo.
The U.S. State Department in 2015 received more than 200,000 unacceptable photos due to the portrait being too dark, too bright, shadowy, blurry, incorrect size, too close, too far away or printed on low-quality paper.
A proposed rule by the State Department (no official date has been announced) will soon reject photos of persons wearing eyeglasses. Oh, and don’t smile too big for the birdy. The State Department says yes, you can smile but it must be a natural, unexaggerated smile.
Follow the State Department guidelines to have a picture perfect passport.  
Visit the State Department for info on all passport topics, including how to renew and get a new passport — and passport FAQs


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:
$105 Ft. Myers, Florida
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily on nonstop Delta flights
Finish trips on or before August 5, 2017
No blackout dates

WEEKEND DEALS! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$114 Raleigh
$119 Ft. Myers, Greensboro, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, W. Palm Beach
$124 Charleston
$129 Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Lexington, Memphis, Oklahoma City, Richmond, Tulsa, Wichita
$134 Ft. Lauderdale, Little Rock
$139 Melbourne
$144 Detroit
$149 Buffalo
Start travel on or after 7P today, September 9
Return on flights operating between 11A-3P on Monday, September 12 or after 11A on Tuesday, September 13
Purchase in advance of travel at Delta Air Lines 

WOW! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$243 St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
$259 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Valid daily starting on or after November 1
Final travel February 28
Blackout dates: December 19-24, 26-28 south; December 26-January 5 north
Valid on American via Miami
One free stopover permitted
Purchase by September 14 (we suggest ASAP!)

HURRY! GO NOW! HOLIDAY TRIPS! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$740-$790 Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Rome, Zurich, Madrid, Barcelona, Venice, Milan, Munich, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseilles and more…
Go as soon as this week — no advance purchase notice required!
Travel daily through May 11
Stay one weekend or up to six months
Valid on American/British Airways via Philadelphia or London
Stopovers not permitted
No blackout dates!

Round-trip from Atlanta to Rome, Florence and Venice from $1,030 per person, based on double occupancy and including: 
Flight into Rome and out of Venice
Hotel for 3 nights in Rome
Train travel Rome to Florence
Hotel for 2 nights in Florence
Train travel Florence to Venice
Hotel for 2 nights in Venice
Daily breakfast (depending on desired hotel)
All air and hotel taxes
Dozens of hotel options are available in Rome, and sightseeing tours can also be added.
This offer is part of a year-round sale with daily departures available through 2016 and 2017.
Book by September 21 through Travelzoo 

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 steps.


SPECIAL RESORT OFFERS

Lowdown on Lowcountry
A new east coast resort has debuted, the AAA Five Diamond Montage Palmetto Bluff. The $100 million newly-expanded resort is set within the 20,000-acre Palmetto Bluff community, a historically rich centuries-old maritime forest surrounded by 32 miles of riverfront, nature trails, and a village center with river access and a canoe club.
The Inn includes coastal-inspired guest accommodations, a lively lobby lounge, six restaurants and Spa Montage, which features outdoor relaxation areas that include both hot tubs and cold plunge pools, eucalyptus steam rooms and redwood saunas.
On site are two new pools and lagoon-side dining. The new resort amenities include those existing in the community, including the May River Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, Palmetto Bluff Shooting Club, Wilson Landing Marina, Longfield Stables and the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy.
Rates starting from $299 per night, including water shuttle service to Hilton Head Island. 
Palmetto Bluff is situated in the Lowcountry of South Carolina between Charleston and Savannah, Georgia. 

New Digs in Jamaica
Jamaica’s newest boutique beach resort, Mangos Jamaica, opened its doors to guests earlier this summer to couples and friends looking for a real taste of natural Jamaica. This adult-only, all-inclusive, family–run property provides a personalized alternative to other large-scale resort choices.
This newly branded resort features a tennis court (and coach), a gym, a freeform swimming pool with swim-up bar, water slide and two hot tubs, beach cabanas, four restaurants and four bars serving premium brand drinks, wedding venues and wedding coordinator, a games room, gift shop, spa, tour/activity desk and free WiFi throughout. Spa services are available at an additional charge.
Spacious Jamaican-style guest rooms are arranged inlow-risee, wooden buildings with either a pool, beach or tropical garden view, and feature a king bed, balcony and in-room stocked mini-bar.
Barbecue, grilled Jamaican dishes to Italian and beachside a la carte dining is offered among four restaurants and four bar choices.
Book a stay of three or more nights during September or October for 15% savings and complimentary round-trip airport transfers.
Rates from $250 a night.
Mangos is located on the Northwest Coast of Jamaica in the village of Coopers Pen, Trelawny, the resort is a 30-minute drive from Montego Bay and less than an hour to Ocho Rios. 


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


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