Travel e-Scapes: September 20, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Dublin, Ireland

Travel e-Scapes: 09202016

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$690 Dublin, Ireland
Valid daily on November 1-March 31 departures
No minimum stay required and no blackout dates!
Valid on Aer Lingus via Chicago
Purchase by September 21


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Europe Bound?
Europcar has launched its new £1 one-way rental offer dubbed ‘OneWay’, which is available exclusively online via Europcar websites.
OneWay is available in France and Italy for 1 euro as well as in the UK for £1 and will be rolled out soon in other European countries.
The offer provides customers with access to the newest models on the Europcar fleet for one-way trips lasting 24 to 72 hours, including the standard protection package. Find out which routes are available by visiting Europcar. An interactive map shows at a glance the cities where routes begin. Click on one of those cities and all the available routes are displayed together with dates. 

3D Hotel Experience

Guests now have an immersive 360 degree look into all of Best Western Hotels & Resorts in North American.
Take a virtual reality tour of nearly 2,000 properties with guided 3D video of the hotels including narration and music. Each video ranges in length from 50 seconds to 2 minutes. Access the videos from Best Western’s YouTube channel – Bestwesterntv

Hey, Early Risers!
The Empire State Building now offers the Sunrise Experience – an unprecedented opportunity to watch the sunrise over New York City from ESB’s world-famous 86th floor Observatory.
See, hear and feel the city that never sleeps wake up with unobstructed, 360-degree open-air views in the heart of NYC.
No more than 100 tickets will be sold per sunrise.
State Grill and Bar (rated 4.5 on Yelp and TripAdvisor), located in the lobby of the Empire State Building, will offer the ‘Empire State Building Sunrise Breakfast,’ available exclusively to visitors who wake up before dawn. The new offering allows ticket holders to add on a prix fixe breakfast option ($25) while purchasing passes for the Sunrise Experience.
The Sunrise Experience is initially only available from October 1 through November 20, and is priced at $100 per person. Guests are permitted access to the 86th floor Observatory approximately 30 minutes before the sunrise time.  


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!

One-way from Chattanooga, each way:
$129 Chattanooga to Toronto, Ontario
A 30-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through August 15
Routing is via Atlanta on Delta
Note: Don’t even think about skipping the CHA-ATL segment.  Miss it and all remaining flight segments will be cancelled with no rebooking options.

Round-trip from Atlanta:
Panorama of China 20 Day Journey including Beijing, Xi’an, Three Gorges Yangtze River Cruise, Shanghai, Guilin, Macau, Hong Kong & more
$2,199 per person, based on double occupancy includes: 
Round-trip international flights from/to Atlanta
Intra-China transportation (air, cruise, coach, high-speed train)
4-night Yangtze River cruise in veranda stateroom on deluxe ship
5-star hotel accommodation throughout
48 meals in total (18 breakfasts, 16 lunches and 14 dinners)
Visit 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
All visits and admission fees including entertainment shows
Service charge for all tour guides, bus driver and hotel porter fees (except Hong Kong)
English speaking guide;
Airline taxes and fuel surcharges
Visit Sinorama Holidays for bookings and more info

Psst! Delta has filed planned operational schedule to Havana in Cuba, scheduled to begin on December 1.   Reservation is expected to open soon.
There are 12 eligible categories for approved travel to Cuba.  These can be for humanitarian projects, religious or educational activities, professional research and participating in an athletic event or making a public performance, like playing an instrument in a concert.  
CheapAir.com offers some useful tips for those wishing to travel to Cuba without a tour group.

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 and booking tips.


SPECIAL RESORT OFFERS

Barbados Birthday
Barbados is turning 50 this year! November 30 marks the 50th anniversary of its independence from the United Kingdom.
Divi Resorts is offering special discounted rates at its Barbados resort, Divi Southwinds Beach Resort, in honor of the festivities taking place across the island:
From $102 per night for garden view suites
From $119 per night for pool view suites
From $256 per night for two-bedroom suites
From $160 per person, per night for all-inclusive packages
Book by November 1.
Divi Southwinds is an all-suite property with fully equipped kitchens and generous resort amenities such as an on-site spa and complimentary kids’ club.
The young nation is hosting dozens of events showcasing its unique traditions and history in the weeks leading up to the big day.
The resort makes for a perfectly location home base during these celebrations, as it is located in the heart of the St. Lawrence Gap, where some of the best entertainment and dining options on Barbados can be found.
The island’s 50th Anniversary of Independence Parade will be held at 8A on November 30. This will be an enhanced military parade with plenty of spectacle, with foreign troops from other friendly nations. 
Airfare Tip: Book round-trip Atlanta-Miami-Atlanta tickets for as low as $86.  Then book one-way Miami-Barbados-Miami round-trip tickets ($75 south; $118 north). Combine the two rates for a total of $279 ATL-Barbados-ATL.  Compare to Delta’s $636 round-trip on nonstop Saturday-only service.  

Philly Package
Experience a fab location near top Philly attractions and adventure on a budget at the Courtyard Philadelphia South at The Navy Yard. With historic hotspots such as Independence Hall and world-class museums including the state-of-the-art Franklin Institute within easy reach, there is something for everyone to enjoy in the City of Brotherly Love.
The south Philadelphia hotel offers Philly Music Scene and Sports Fan packages, including $25 dining credits to The Bistro for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
On site is a 24-hour fitness center.
Rates start from $149 per night on stays through July 31. Refer to promo code XY0 for the Philly Music Scene promotion or SPO for the Sports Fan package.


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


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