Travel e-Scapes: October 18, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Buffalo, New York

Travel e-Scapes: 10182016

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way travel permitted):
$226 Buffalo, New York, or $113 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through September 14, 2017
No blackout dates
Valid on United via Chicago or Newark
The drive time from Buffalo to Niagara Falls is about 30 minutes and under two hours to Toronto


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

There’s an App For That…
Travel planning procrastinators can save up to 60% on things to do in top cities. The Whym app offers travelers last-minute deals on popular activities like guided tours of the Colosseum in Rome, U.S. city passes, Parisian wine tastings, Nevada desert sunset horseback rides, and admission to all types of museums. Each city’s curated list is handpicked to accommodate a variety of travel interests.
For instance, a Landmarks Bike Tour (Big Ben, Parliament…) is priced at about $28 vs. $36; a Grand Canyon National Park VIP Tour for $163 instead of $199, and a Go San Francisco Card (which gets you into 30 top attractions, plus discounts on dining and shopping) for $49 instead of $60.

Choose a city, scroll through options in the area, select how many tickets you need and the time, and then pay for your tickets, which are stored in My Purchases.
Whym suggests attractions in London, Barcelona, Paris, San Francisco, Rome, Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, New York, and Amsterdam.
Available at Google Play and iTunes.  

Check That Passport
Have you dug out your passport lately to check the expiration date? If it’s less than a year before expiration, consider a renewal soon. A new app will help streamline the process (or you can DIY with multiple errand runs).
Itseasy.com is U.S. government-registered passport and visa expediting company with a user-friendly app for iPhone and iPad (Android version is coming soon) that lets you renew your passport, take photos, fulfill visa requirements, and use the emergency info button in the event that you lose your passport or visa while abroad.
ItsEasy charges a $29.95 for passport renewal services, in addition to the Department of State’s passport fee, which includes a trackable priority United States Postal Service shipping label, passport photos, all of the forms, and order status updates.
Using it to take passport photos is easy: Snap your picture, and it will be reviewed and approved by ItsEasy passport pros, then opt to have it printed by ItsEasy and delivered by first-class or overnight mail, or choose to have it emailed to you to print yourself.
Once the application is submitted, ItsEasy emails the full passport application to print and complete and a secure trackable USPS priority shipping label to send everything to ItsEasy. The app is reviewed before it is sent on to the U.S. Department of State.
The app also has a renewal reminder that will notify you nine months before your passport expires.


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!

TODAY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way travel permitted):
$86 Chicago-O’Hare or Philadelphia
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday through February 1
Blackout dates: November 22-29; December 20-January 9
Valid on American, nonstop
Purchase today, October 18

HURRY! GO NOW! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way travel permitted):
$98 Miami, or $49 each way
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week!
Valid daily through February 15
Blackout dates: November 26-28; December 22, 23, 26, 27; January 2, 3, 7, 8
Valid on American, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way travel permitted):
$106 Denver, or $53 each way
$136 Las Vegas, or $68 each way
$156 Phoenix, or $78 each way
$166 Salt Lake City or New York-LaGuardia, or $83 each way
$206 San Francisco, or $103 each way
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday only
Add $10 per direction for other travel days
Finish travel on or before March 1 (February 28 to/from SLC)
Blackout dates: November 23, 26-28; December 16-23; December 25-January 4; January 7, 8, 16; February 18, 20, 21
Valid on Frontier, nonstop
Purchase by October 20

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way travel permitted):
$150 Kansas City, or $75 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid westbound on Monday-Thursday or Saturday flights operating after 11A-midnight
Valid on any eastbound on Monday, Tuesday or Saturday
Valid eastbound on Wednesday, Thursday flights operating before 1P or 7P-midnight
No blackout dates
Valid on Delta, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way travel permitted):
$238 Ontario, California, or $119 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through April 24
Blackout dates: November 22, 23, 26-28; December 22, 23, 26; January 2-4, 7, 13
Valid on United via Denver or Houston
Purchase by October 27

Round-trip from Washington DC-Dulles:
$555 London from Washington DC
A 50-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through March 31
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to a year
No blackout dates
Valid on United, nonstop
Purchase by October 26
Note: Round-trip rates Atlanta/DC/Atlanta on nonstop United flights from $126 for a total of $680 ATL-London-ATL
Tickets must be purchased separately 
A through ATL-London-ATL fare on United for this same travel season is $1,393!

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$684 Stockholm, Sweden
Depart October 30-December 13 or December 24-April 6
Add $30 per direction for Thursday-Saturday outbound and/or Friday-Sunday returns
No minimum stay required; six months max
Valid on British Airways via London
Purchase by October 19

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 HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

Save in the UK
It’s a great time to visit the United Kingdom with favorable currency rates (£ = 0.81 cents) and fewer tourists. Here are a few suggested and tested properties from British travel experts and consumers:
Bath: The Kennard Hotel, built in 1794, is decked out with chandeliers, period-style prints and paintings over the eight stories (no lift). From £85. 
Edinburgh: The walls at 24 Royal Terrace are adorned with art worth a half-million pounds. Perfect city location. Rooms from £90.  
London: Guest rooms at Myhotel Bloomsbury feature dark Asian woods and colorful throws, silk cushions and leather headboards. A 4-minute walk from the British Museum and Tottenham Court Road tube station. From £109. 
Manchester: Motel One is located around the corner from Piccadilly train station. Rooms are simple but well-appointed. From £69. 
York: Hotel Indigo York is a boutique hotel located in Walmgate, York’s most up-and-coming area. The furnishings and decorative touches reflect elements from the history of the building (a brewery) and the neighborhood. From £87. 

Try Taos
The Blake will open in February with a prime location in the newly emerging Village at Taos Ski Valley with ski-in/ski-out access. The hotel is one of the many mountain improvements of the 2017 ski season in this region of New Mexico. The village plans a renovated mountain base with a new lift, public plazas and a Riverwalk.
Guest rooms at The Blake blend European, Hispanic and native North American cultures and the lobby features a white adobe fireplace adorned with antlers and flanked by Native American textiles. On-site is a Spa & Wellness Center with regionally-inspired treatments and a restaurant serving sophisticated Northern New Mexico inspired cuisine. King and queen rooms from $249. Higher rates for one- and two-bedroom suites.
The hotel is now taking reservations for dates on February 1 and after. Facebook: The Blake at Taos Ski Valley.
Taos Ski Valley, located in northern New Mexico, is at the southern end of the Rocky Mountains. Albuquerque is a two-hour drive from Taos and 72 miles from Santa Fe. Durango in Colorado is a three-hour drive. Frequent trains running between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Bus shuttles are available from the Santa Fe Railyard District Station to the Town of Taos (Thursday through Sunday).


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


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