Travel e-Scapes: September 16, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: The West

Travel e-Scapes: September 16, 2016

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$339 Aspen*, Grand Junction, Steamboat Springs* or Vail*, Colorado
$353 Cody or Jackson Hole*, Wyoming and Sun Valley, Idaho
$367 Boise
$373 Reno-Tahoe*
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday
Add $40 per direction for other travel days
Stay at least one Saturday night
Finish travel on or before February 15
Blackout dates: September 30; October 16, 17, 20, 23; November 22, 23, 26-28; December 22, 23, 26; January 2-4, 7, 13
Valid on American, Delta, and United
Most destinations require one flight connection
*Seasonal nonstop on Delta
Purchase by September 28


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Stay 2, Get 1 Night Free & More
Book two nights, get the third night free at participating Sheraton/Starwood hotels & resorts in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East when you book and pay with your MasterCard. This promotion is valid only for MasterCard cardholders for bookings and stays made by December 31.

The MasterCard free night offer features:

  • Buy 2 nights, Receive 1 Free Night
  • Buy 3 Nights, Receive 1 Free Night
  • Buy 4 Nights, Receive 2 Free Nights

For example, a Superior room hillside view with a king bed at the Sheraton Lake Como Hotel, Italy is priced at 76€  per night (regularly 114€ ), after discount.
A Suite with a living area and a spacious private terrace is 189€, after discount (regularly 284€). 
Advance reservations are required with pre-payment using a MasterCard.
The offer is based on Starwood’s best available unrestricted retail rates.
Valid on stays at SPG, Starwood, Sheraton, Four Points, W, Aloft, Le Meridien, The Luxury Collection, Element, Westin, and St. Regis.
Book online at SPG, or call 1-877-782-0150. Refer to promo code M3D.
SPG Members save 5% more plus receive free WiFi.  Not a member? Join today
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A separate Limited Time Sale from Starwood Hotels offers big savings on bookings made by September 25 for September 29-April 30 stays.  
Sample Semi-Annual-Sale per night rates: 

  • SLS Las Vegas, $45-$75
  • Le Meridien New Orleans, $75-$98
  • Sheraton Grand Chicago, $94-$103
  • Sheraton Boston, $114-$133
  • The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square. $152-$179
  • W New York Times Square, $170-$185
  • Westin Moana Surfrider Waikiki, $239-$252
  • W Miami, $250-$290

Blackout dates may apply.  SPG Members save 5% more plus receive free WiFi.  Not a member? Join today

Standby on Southwest
Southwest Airlines offers a new perk for its elite frequent travelers.
The new benefit permits A-List and A-List Preferred Members free same-day standby options.
To qualify, travelers must see a Customer Service Agent (not available at kiosks) to make a flight change within two hours of the original scheduled departure. Travel must be between the same city pairs, and on the original date of travel.
On flights outside of the two-hour free same-day standby window, A-List and A-List Preferred Members will receive priority standby and will be required to pay the difference in fare if a seat becomes available.
A big catch if you’re traveling with a companion: The free same-day standby and priority standby option is not offered to non-A-List/non-A-List Preferred Members in the same reservation.
Southwest elite travelers also enjoy early boarding privileges, access to priority check-in and security lanes, a dedicated customer service phone line and points bonuses ranging from 25-100% for top-tier A-List Preferred members.
To accrue A-List status, you need to fly 25 one-way qualifying flights or earn 35,000 Tier Qualifying points per calendar year.  A-List Preferred status requires flying 50 one-way qualifying flights or earn 70,000 Tier Qualifying points per calendar year. 


SPECIAL DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS

Airfare offers – ones with a ticket-by date – and deals with our suggestion to ‘Hurry!’ can expire 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! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$173 Colorado Springs
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Monday-Thursday through August 12
Stay at least one Saturday night
No blackout dates
Valid on United via Denver or Houston

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$180 San Juan, Puerto Rico
A 14-day advance purchase required
Finish travel on or before December 8

Also valid on January 17-March 2 travel
Valid daily on American via Miami
One free stopover permitted
One-way travel permitted
Purchase by September 19

Holiday travel! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$355 Cancun
$402 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Valid daily from December 30
Finish travel on or before January 9
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by September 30

Free London Stopovers! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$730 Mumbai-Bombay, India
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week!
Valid daily on departures through December 10 or January 5-May 13
No blackout dates
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to a year
Valid on Virgin Atlantic via London
Two free stopovers permitted
Purchase by September 30

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$870 Frankfurt, Germany
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week!
Add $50 per direction for Thursday-Saturday outbound and/or Friday-Sunday returns
Depart by December 13 or December 24-April 6
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to six months
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by September 30

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 search tips.


SPECIAL RESORT OFFERS

Weekends in the Smokies
Venture Resorts, the largest cabin rental agency in the Smoky Mountains, has announced a special Last Minute Travel Deal
Guests can save 50% off all remaining cabins for the upcoming weekend, September 16-18 – and – September 23-25.
Venture Resorts’ 50% discount means that a one-bedroom cabin like the company’s ‘High Expectation’ cabin is available for as little as $100 per night, after discount. 
A two-bedroom cabin like the company’s ‘Serenity Now’ cabin can be available for just $160 per night, after discount (rents for $415 per night during October’s peak color weekends). Serenity Now amenities include a private hot tub, premium cable TV, a home theater with sofa seating, and a game room with a pool table and arcade games.  
Most cabins feature gourmet kitchens and outdoor fire pits.
A separate special – Buy 2 Nights Get 2 Nights Free – is valid on weekday stays through September 29.
Venture Resorts manages over 500 cabins within minutes of Great Smoky Mountain National Park and family-friendly attractions in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  

Sleeping with The King
The 450-room Guest House at Graceland in Memphis will launch its gala opening October 27 to 30.  
The hotel will reflect Elvis Presley’s style and features 20 specialty suites with designs supervised by Priscilla Presley.
The property will house a full-service restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, a themed sports restaurant and bar, a large outside pool and pool bar, and a 464-seat theater for live performances and movies. The hotel will provide shuttles to downtown Memphis and Beale Street.
Reservations are now accepted for November through June stays with nightly rates from $135.
Make plans now for Elvis Week 2017, the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ death.  


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


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