Travel e-Scapes: October 21, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: New Orleans, Louisiana

Travel e-Scapes: 10212016

TODAY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way travel permitted):
$80 New Orleans, or $40 each way
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday or Wednesday on Spirit Airlines through February 8
Purchase today, October 21

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way travel permitted):
$90 New Orleans, or $45 each way
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid daily on Spirit Airlines through June 30


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Finding Local Guides
What better way to experience a city or village for the first time than with a local resident? Here are some websites that offer a local connection for visitors:

  • ToursByLocals lists over 1,700 guides in 148 countries around the world, each vetted with reference and background checks (Thomson Reuters World-Check). The site also offers a feature that hooks cruisers up for private shore excursions.  
  • Embark will appeal to those looking for an adventure with a local guide. This could be a day bouldering in the Fontainebleau forest in France, with a climber who knows the region, trekking in Chiang Mai, Thailand, surf/hike adventure in California or mushroom hunting in Denver. Though the site does have worldwide coverage, most activities are found across the United States. 
  • Recently bought by peer-to-peer travel giant Airbnb, Barcelona-based Trip4Real, connects travelers with locals selling tours, activities and experiences in their home towns. This could be exploring Lisbon’s flea markets with an antique collector, an alternative night out (tweaked according to tastes) with a Parisian party-goer or a private boat tour through the Amsterdam canals.  
  • Global Greeters is a worldwide network of volunteers who show visitors around towns and cities for free. Since the local tours are free, it’s imperative to book far in advance. The services vary from place to place, but New York City’s Big Apple Greeter program has been operating since 1992, with around 300 volunteers. 

Google Flights Enhancement
Google Flights is now capable of telling you the amount you can save by making slight modifications to your travel plan, such as switching to an alternate airport or changing the date of departure.
Enter your departure/destination city and desired dates. The results page now includes a section showing a circle with a baggage tag clip art and the message: Track prices: Receive emails with price changes and travel tips for this trip. Turn the toggle switch from Off to On. Done.
If there are changes in your itinerary, you’ll receive an email message like this: Date Tip: Save $72 if you return on Monday, November 14.
Google Flights uses historic data to predict when prices are expected to increase and by how much. However, this information isn’t 100% accurate all the time since it’s based on the advance purchase notice required by the airline. Fare and rules can change or vanish at any time.


SPECIAL DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS

Airfare offers – ones with a ticket-by date – and deals with our suggestion to ‘Hurry!’ can expire at any time.   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!

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way travel permitted):
$76 Miami, or $38 each way
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid Monday-Wednesday or Sunday south; Tuesday-Friday north
Valid on Frontier, nonstop through April 20
Purchase by October 24​​​

GO NOW! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way travel permitted):
$90 Orlando, or $45 each way
No advance purchase required
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Valid on Spirit Airlines through June 24​​ 

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way travel permitted):
$218 Halifax, Nova Scotia, or $109 each way
$244 Ottawa, Ontario, or $122 each way
$294 Vancouver, British Columbia, or $147 each way
$320 Winnipeg, Manitoba, or $160 each way
$326 Montreal, Quebec, or $163 each way
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through December 31
Valid on American or Delta with one flight connection
Purchase by October 24​

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way travel permitted):
$264 Quebec City, Quebec, or $132 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through September 17 on Delta or United with one flight connection​

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way travel permitted):
$286 Reno-Lake Tahoe, or $143 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through September 17 on Delta (not valid on nonstop service)​

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$266 Tucson, Arizona
A 14-day advance purchase required
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Stay one weekend or up to one month
Valid on Delta, nonstop through April 24
Blackout dates: November 21-23, 26-28; December 21-23, 26, 27; January 1-4, 7, 13; April 12-17
Purchase by October 27

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 for easy to follow steps. Take a look at Clark’s National Travel Tips page for deals and updates on new airline routes from airports across the country.


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

NYC Hotel Week
Now in its sixth year, Hotel Week NYC offers terrific savings at more than a dozen hotels between January 6-15, 2017. The week-long deals at distinguished hotels, many of which typically charge upwards of $500 per night include rooms for $100 or $200 per night.
As long as you can handle the cold, you’ll enjoy the quieter side of New York. Another plus of travel during the winter — visiting some of the best museums on the planet!
Here’s a sample of the January deals:
$100 per night:
Cosmopolitan Hotel, Tribeca
Econo Lodge Times Square
Pod 39 Hotel Midtown East, Murray Hill
Pod51 Hotel Midtown East 
The Paul Hotel NoMad (north of Madison Square Park) 
Wolcott Hotel NoMad 
$200 per night:
Archer New York, Garment District 
Cassa NY Hotel Times Square, Midtown 
Gansevoort Meatpacking  
Gansevoort Park Avenue Gramercy, NoMad 
Hotel Elysee Midtown East 
Hotel Giraffe NoMad 
Library Hotel Midtown East 
Luma Hotel Times Square Bryant Park 
McCarren Hotel & Pool Williamsburg, Brooklyn 
Refinery Hotel New York Midtown Fashion District 
The James New York Soho 
The Maritime Chelsea, Meatpacking District 
Visit Hotel Week NYC for complete directions on how to book (some reservations require a code and/or a direct phone call).
We expect that additional hotels will be added through December.

Free B&B Stays in Italy
Started in 2009, Back to Barter Week offers a free stay in exchange for goods or services. Participation in the initiative is simple. To stay free at thousands of Italian B&Bs from November 14-20, check out the wish list of the properties. The most popular services ranging from making repairs, working in gardens and orchards, design and marketing, or art performances. 
Travelers can even make proposals in the ‘Suggest something to trade’ section. Your proposal for barter will be visible on the website and evaluated by all participating property managers.
Another website, Baratto B&B offers free stays at more than 800 B&Bs at other times of the year in exchange for goods or services.


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


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