Travel e-Scapes: November 3, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Central America

Travel e-Scapes: November 3, 2015

HURRY!  One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$81.50 San Salvador, El Salvador
$82.50 Panama City, Panama
$106 Managua, Nicaragua
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Depart by December 15 or December 23-30
Return on or before December 31
Add $40 per direction for December 16-22 or March 17-20 travel 
Valid on American via Miami
Stopovers permitted


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

True Cost of Flying
U.S. travelers booking airline tickets online through Expedia, Orbitz and Hotwire will get a crystal clear picture of their all-in costs before they book.
Called ‘Upgrade Options,’ the company will give customers an array of price options that include checked baggage fees, seat choice fees and other previously ‘hidden’ flight fees. Change and cancellation fees will also be displayed, and the entire menu of prices is intended to help travelers book flights with customized services.
xpedia is also rolling out ‘Baggage Calculator,’ which provides flyers with accurate baggage fees and policies for different airlines while searching, and paid seating options later in the year will showcase premium seating choices and corresponding prices.

The company also plans to launch (by year-end) a ‘Price Trend’ tool that will aggregate pricing data and present flight price trends that show how much current flight fares have increased or decreased over the past two weeks for a particular destination.
The ‘Price Predictions’ tool will also help predict the best time to buy flight tickets by analyzing booking trends and airline inventory.
Customers on Expedia can visit their Scratchpad (Home Page) to view prior flight and hotel searches with the option to turn ON email notifications for price and availability changes.

Think Snow!
The official arrival of winter weather has blanketed Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone Resorts with seven to 12 inches of fresh snow.  Additional snow and cold temperatures are forecast for the approaching week, which offer conditions suitable for snowmaking at Colorado’s four major resorts.
Keystone Resort will open on Friday, November 6.
Vail is slated to open on Friday, November 20.  
Opening day for Breckenridge is scheduled for Friday, November 13.
Beaver Creek’s opening day is scheduled for Wednesday, November 25.
Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone collectively offer more than 13,000 acres of combined skiable terrain across more than 650 trails.
Can’t get enough skiing and boarding?
Consider the purchase of an Epic Pass for unlimited and unrestricted skiing for $809 for the 2015-2016 season (no blackout dates!). The child rate (age 5-12) is $419.
Pass holders gain unlimited, unrestricted access to more than 32,000 acres at:
Vail
Beaver Creek
Breckenridge
Keystone
Arapahoe Basin
Park City
Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe
Perisher, Australia for the 2016 season
Afton Alps, Minnesota
Mt. Brighton, Michigan
And, up to five free consecutive days when staying at in-resort accommodations at Verbier, Switzerland.  


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:
$82 Grand Rapids, Michigan
$93 Portland, Maine
$97 Burlington, Vermont
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before February 9
Valid on United via Newark

HURRY!  One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$126 Bogota, Columbia
A 7-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Depart by December 14 or December 24-30
Return on or before December 31
Add $50 per direction for December 15-23 departures and January 2-12 returns
Valid on American via Miami
Stopovers permitted

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$337 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Travel any available day of the week starting on or after January 11
A Saturday night minimum stay required
Complete travel on or before April 30
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase today, November 3

HURRY!  Round-trip:
$696 Philadelphia to London
A 28-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Depart on flights operating between 930PM and midnight; returns between 5-6PM
A 7-night minimum stay required
Complete travel on or before May 17
Valid on American/British Airways, nonstop
Note: One-way rates on American to Philadelphia start from $40

Round-trip: 
$785 Washington DC to London
A 28-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Depart by December 15 or December 24-March 24
A Saturday night minimum stay required; one year max
Valid on United, nonstop
Purchase by November 17

Round-trip:
$839 Miami to London
A 3-day advance purchase required
Depart by June 26
A 3-night minumum stay required; six months max
A 6-month max stay permitted or complete travel on or before June 30, whichever occurs first
Purchase today, November 3
Valid on American/British Airways, nonstop
Note: One-way rates on American to Miami start from $40

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

Hilton HHonors Promo
Treat yourself with a $50 (or local currency equivalent) daily credit for every night of stay at participating properties in the Hilton portfolio.
The ‘Leisure Escapes’ package lets you use the on-property credit for dining, shopping, and more.  
For each completed eligible night’s stay, a folio credit of up to $50 /£50/€50 or currency equivalent will be awarded.
A 3-day advance reservation is required at Waldorf Astoria properties.   Refer to ‘TVS’ for Waldorf Astoria, or request the ‘Best of Waldorf Astoria Experience’ or Plan Code ‘PBBWW1’ at time of booking.
For other Hilton properties, refer to the ‘Leisure Escapes’ package or Plan Code ‘RPTVS1’.  
In the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions, offer includes two breakfast certificates, each valid for one adult. Children 10 and younger eat from children’s menu without charge when accompanied by a paid adult. Each breakfast certificate is valid at hotel’s designated restaurant.
Hilton HHonors members get access to free WiFi (Standard WiFi; Premium has a fee; not free at properties with resort charge), HHonors Points towards free nights, digital check-in, and the option to choose your room and customize your stay. The Hilton HHonors membership program is free to join. 

Head to the Beach!
The 4-star Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is priced at $129 a night – a 55% savings – including weekends through February! Add $26 more per night to receive a $50 daily recreation credit.
This recently renovated resort (2013) is situated on a 3.5-mile beach with three pools, nine restaurants, mini golf, 54 holes of championship golf, 23 tennis courts, a beach club, a spa, a shopping village, and family-friendly activities. Guests enjoy complimentary shuttle service around the resort (runs every 15 minutes).  Or, rent bikes to explore the 7 miles of trail. Rent an island hopper cart or even discover the wildlife at the resort on a Segway nature tour.
All guest rooms have ocean views.
The resort is situated on 1,350 beachfront acres amid marshlands, ancient oak trees, bike trails and golf courses.
Learn more about Amelia Island, recognized as one of the Top 25 Islands in the World.
Reserve a stay by November 11. Start the booking process at Travelzoo


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


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