Travel e-Scapes: October 16, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: London, England

Travel e-Scapes: October 16, 2015

Round-trip from Atlanta::
$1,817 Business Class to London
Travel any available day of the week
Depart November 16-August 31
Stay at least one Saturday night
Valid on British Airways, nonstop
Purchase today, October 16 at BA online  
British Airways Club World offers a spacious seat, which converts into a fully flat bed
Memory foam headrest and quilted blanket
Luxury amenity kit with Elemis skincare products and accessories
Power supply for laptops and other electronic devices
Delicious food and drink options using fresh, local ingredients
Access to private lounges Spa treatments
Dedicated check-in desks and priority boarding 
Note: Standard Economy Class during peak summer travel averages $1,930!


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Don’t Pack That!
Heed this packing warning when preparing for your flight.
The FAA has a new do-not-pack warning regarding lithium batteries.
Spare and uninstalled lithium ion and lithium metal batteries must be carried in carry-on baggage only. When a carry-on bag is checked at the gate or at planeside, all spare lithium batteries must be removed from the bag and kept with the passenger in the aircraft cabin.

Lithium metal and spare rechargeable lithium ion batteries are used in personal electronics such as cameras, cell phones, laptop computers, tablets, watches, calculators, electric toothbrushes, etc.
The warning also includes external battery chargers (portable rechargers) containing a lithium ion battery.
These batteries ‘present a risk of both igniting and fueling fires in aircraft cargo/baggage compartments,’ the agency said.
Learn more regarding quantity and size of batteries at the FAAhttp://2

Spanish Steps Closed
Work began this week to restore Rome’s iconic Spanish Steps linking Piazza di Spagna to the church of Trinita dei Monti above. The 1.5-million-euro project is being financed by fashion house Bulgari.  Work is expected to finish in spring 2016.  The Spanish Steps are closed entirely to pedestrians, but starting December 7 one of the side ramps will be reopened during daytime hours to allow tourists and pilgrims to Rome for the special 2015/2016 Jubilee of Mercy


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:
$107 Burlington, Vermont
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before September 11
No blackout dates!
Valid on American via Philadelphia

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$744-$794 to London, Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle  
Travel any available day of the week
Depart October 20-March 23
No year-end blackout dates
Valid on Delta/KLM and American/British Airways, nonstop to London
Flight connections in New York-JFK or Amsterdam on Delta; via London on British Airways
United also matches with connections in Newark
Purchase today, October 16

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


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT DEALS

Accor Super Sale!
Save up to 40% on hotel and resort stays around the globe when you join Accor’s Le Club loyalty program (it’s free and quick to join) for November 1-April 30 stays. Stays include one breakfast.
But hurry — you must book before midnight, tonight, October 16.  
Accor represents over 3,000 properties from budget to posh.  Brands include:
Sofitel 
Pullman 
M Gallery 
Grand Mercure
Suite Novotel
Novotel 
Mercure
The Sebel
Adagio Access
Ibis Styles
Ibis
View this PDF file (73-pages!) for a list of all properties participating in the Accor Super Sale

Smoky Mountains Getaway
The big color show is about to begin in the Smoky Mountains. Enjoy a stay at the cosy, rustic Nantahala Village resort in Bryson City, North Carolina with savings of up to 50%.
Nightly rates of $99 (regular rate $190) are valid on stays through November 28 — even on weekends — in a Fireplace Suite or One-Bedroom Treehouse Cottage.
Rates during October of $179 a night are for a stay in a Two-Bedroom Treehouse Cottage. Also included during October stays ia a $25 food/beverage credit to the onsite Bistro (closed Sundays, Mondays).
A 5% resort fee is additional.
Guest suites feature desks and hot tubs (some with kitchens) and some larger units have a fireplace and kitchen. Start the booking process for this stay at Nantahala Village at Travelzoo.
Note: Limited availability on November 2, 7, 13, 14, 27.
Bryson City is a three-hour drive north of Atlanta. 


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


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