Travel e-Scapes: October 30, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Portland, Oregon & Sacramento, California

Travel e-Scapes: October 30, 2015

HURRY!  One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$93 Portland, Oregon
$103 Sacramento, California
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before September 24, 2016
No blackout dates!
Valid on United via Houston or Denver


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Don’t Pack That…!
A new DOT federal rule forbids airline passengers from packing electronic cigarettes or other battery-operated electronic smoking devices in their checked bags to protect against in-flight fires. The rule still allows e-cigarettes in carry-on bags, but passengers cannot recharge the devices while on the plane.
The Department of Transportation said there have been at least 26 incidents since 2009 in which e-cigarettes have caused explosions or fires, including several in which the devices were packed in luggage. Usually, they have been accidentally left on or the battery has short-circuited.
At Los Angeles International Airport in January, a checked bag that arrived late and missed its connecting flight caught fire in the luggage area because of an overheated e-cigarette packed inside.

The rule goes into effect within the next two weeks.

San Francisco’s Super Bowl
Hotel owners in San Francisco are cashing in big for Super Bowl 2016.
A recent survey conducted by CheapHotels.org found that they are raising their rates substantially for the big game. The good news is that affordable rooms are still available. The bad news is that probably won’t be the case for too long.
Although Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, where Super Bowl 50 will be played on February 7 is located around 40 miles southeast of San Francisco, almost 60% of hotels in the City by the Bay are already sold out. The reason for this high sellout rate is that only a very limited number of rooms exist around the stadium.
Vacancies in nearby San Jose and the Palo Alto area can still be found but they are over 300% more expensive than usual.
In San Francisco, the hotels still offering availability are increasing their rates by a more moderate 124%, on average, according to the survey. But some are hiking their prices by a lot more.
One example is the Monarch Hotel, a budget accommodation located in San Francisco’s theater district. During the Super Bowl timeframe, this establishment is charging $649 nightly for a standard room. That represents an increase of 335% over its usual price.
The biggest price gouger, however, is Andrews Hotel. This three-star accommodation, which is located two blocks from Union Square, is charging an overnight rate of $889 for a standard double room during the Super Bowl. That’s almost 400% more than usual.
On the positive front, decent three-star rooms in downtown San Francisco can still be found for less than $200 per night.
But football fans who are planning to stay in San Francisco on February 7 should book their hotel now! 


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:
$40 Dallas Ft. Worth
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Complete travel on or before January 13
Blackout dates: November 29, 30; December 23, 27, 28; January 3-5
Valid on American, nonstop

HURRY!  One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$132 Salt Lake City
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before February 9
No blackout dates
Valid on United via Denver

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$138 Seattle
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday on flights operating between 10am-noon or 10:30pm-midnight 
Complete travel on or before December 8
Blackout dates: November 24, 25, 28-30
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by November 2

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$142 Colorado Springs
$215 Orange County-Santa Ana
$283 Boise, Idaho
Depart Saturday, October 31 on any available flight
Return Monday, November 2 on flights operating 11am-3pm or from 11am-midnight on Tuesday, November 3
Purchase by October 31
Valid on United via Houston or Denver

British Airways:
Atlanta to Dublin from $847 per person, based on two traveling and staying together
Includes round-trip airfare and a five-night hotel stay
Complete travel by December 31
Purchase by November 1 at British Airways

United Airlines:
Redeem 36,000 miles vs 45,000 miles for economy-class award tickets between the continental U.S. and the Hawaiian Islands
Complete travel on or before March 3
Blackout dates: November 20-December 3; December 16-January 5
Redeem by November 5 at United Airlines

Round-trip from Los Angeles or San Francisco
$1,225 to:

  • Sydney – Discover Australia’s famous harbor city
  • Coolangatta on the Gold Coast – Learn to surf in Australia’s surfing paradise
  • Melbourne – Explore cultural-rich Melbourne’s sun and surf
  • Cairns – Discover the World Heritage rainforest surrounding Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Adelaide – Walk with the wildlife on Kangaroo Island or visit the Barossa Valley vineyards
  • Brisbane – A backdrop for a whole range of exhilarating outdoor adventure
  • Perth – Swim with the whale sharks in Ningaloo

Round-trip rates are $1,525 from Houston (starting December 15).
Departure May 1-June 21 or July 24-September 21
Add $50 per direction for Friday-Sunday travel
Purchase by November 15 at Air New Zealand
Service is via Auckland
One free Auckland stopover permitted
 

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

Hawaiian Islands Savings
Save 40% on stays at 4-star Marriott Resorts on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island — including many holiday dates. 

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on the Big Island:
$169 Garden View or add $60 per night for Ocean View 
Valid on stays through December 18
An additional $30 nightly resort fee covers parking, beach equipment rentals, cultural activities and more.

Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on Maui:
$199 Resort View or add $20 Garden View; $60 more for Ocean View
Valid on November 1-21; December 1-23; January 2-9, 17-28; February 6-8, 15-19, 25-29; March 1-28; April 3-September 30
The resort is undergoing property enhancements through September 2016, however, renovations should have minimal impact on guests.
An additional $30 nightly resort fee covers WiFi, bottled water, introduction to scuba diving and more. 

Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on Oahu:
$199 Partial Ocean View or add $40 per night for Ocean View
Valid November 1-6, 12-18, 20-30; December 2-13, 19-23; January 2-31; February 1-29; March 1-31
An additional $30 nightly resort fee covers WiFi, two mai tais (per stay), local calls and more. 

Kauai Marriott Resort:
$199 Pool View or add $100 Ocean View
Valid December 1-21 with additional dates through June 14 at discounted rates  
An additional $30 nightly resort fee covers parking, WiFi, hula lessons, yoga and two mai tais per stay. 

Book by November 6.  Start the booking process at Travelzoo and refer to promo code TZO. 

New All-Inclusive Hyatt Cancun for 2016
Save 50% and celebrate Hyatt Ziva Cancun’s Grand Opening — valid on November 15-December 14, 2016 stays.  
Located in one of the most breathtaking destinations in the world, with spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea, Hyatt Ziva Cancun is a lavish all-inclusive all-ages oasis on the Mexico’s Yucatan coast.  This Cancun resort features beautiful suites, three infinity pools, including an adults-only rooftop pool and two pristine white sand beaches. Kids have the vacation of a lifetime with our KidZ Club with a water play area and tree house.
Sale rates from $362 a night (double occupancy, two double beds) and from $382 (double occupancy, king with private balcony) include:

  • Fine dining at 8 a la carte and international buffet restaurants and innovative food carts
  • 24-hour in-suite dining
  • Top-notch entertainment featuring live music and performances
  • Unlimited cocktails, spirits, beer, wine, and soft drinks at lounges and bars
  • Butlers to enhance your experience at the pool and beach, help with unpacking and planning activities
  • Unique daily and nightly activities and entertainment
  • Tequila and wine sommeliers to guide tastings
  • 3 spectacular pools, including the Quiet Pool for adults and a kid’s water play area
  • Fitness Center facing the sea
  • Family friendly activities
  • Basic WiFi Internet Access
  • All resort taxes and gratuities

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The savings are extended to the fully renovated all-inclusive 5-star Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos.  The savings are up to 55% on October 10-December 14, 2016 stays (five-night minimum stay required).   The new resort will offer panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez, and a location just minutes from beautiful downtown San Jose del Cabo.  The Baja Peninsula offers activities like deep-sea fishing and world-class golf, to quiet relaxation at one of Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos’ five oceanfront swimming pools.
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Book these new all-inclusive offers by November 15 at Hyatt Playa Resorts.


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


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