Travel e-Scapes: November 6, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Belize

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Round-trip from Atlanta:
$466 Belize City, Belize
Travel any available day of the week
Start trips on or after December 5
Include a Saturday night stay
Complete travel on or before April 30
No blackout dates!
Purchase by December 5
Valid on American via Dallas; United via Houston
Stopovers not permitted


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Dedicated LGBT Cruise Line
A new cruise line, called Anteros (the Greek god of requited love), will offer year-round sailings for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender passengers, beginning in 2017. The 400-passenger ship (the company is not disclosing the current name of the ship for contractual reasons) will sail year-round in the Mediterranean.
The ship’s smaller size will foster friendships better than a mega-ship and the line will offers cruises aimed for families during holidays and spring school breaks.
Anteros Cruises should appeal to two types of families — parents who have LGBT children and same-sex couples who are raising kids.
The line will launch Mediterranean itineraries to coordinate with Europe’s Pride festivals, which are known as Christopher Street Day on the Continent and the first sailing should coincide with Maspalomas Gay Pride in the Canary Islands.

Homeports for the line will be Barcelona and Athens in Europe in the summer and fall, and St. Maarten and Colon, Panama in the winter.
Bookings for the five- to 14-night itineraries will begin in April. Pricing is not yet available.

Last Call on Nonstop Dubai!
Delta Air Lines says it will cancel its Atlanta-Dubai nonstop flight due to the difficulty of competing with the subsidized Gulf carriers. The nonstop flight will end February 11. After that, Delta’s only non-stop flight to the Middle East will be a New York Kennedy-Tel Aviv flight, and the only U.S. carrier flight to Dubai will be United’s Washington Dulles-Dubai flight.
Between 2008 and 2014, about 11,000 daily seats were added between the U.S. and Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi. More than 95% of the capacity on the routes is provided by Gulf carriers Emirates, Qatar and Etihad airlines, which uses the three hubs to connect passengers from throughout the world.
Delta has led an effort, later joined by American and United, to ask the U.S. government to open consultations with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to address the issue of $42 billion in government subsidies provided to the Gulf carriers. These domestic carriers say the subsidies violate the terms of the Open Skies agreements that enable the flights between the U.S. and the Gulf destinations.
‘The cancellation of nonstop service between Atlanta and Dubai comes amid overcapacity on U.S. routes to the Middle East operated by government-owned and subsidized airlines,’ Delta said, in a statement posted on its website. ‘As a result, Delta has been forced to redeploy the 777 aircraft on this route to a market that’s not distorted by government subsidization of state-owned airlines,’ the carrier said. Bam!


SPECIAL DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS

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NEW from Alaska Airlines: 
Fly four one-way segments or two round-trip flights between any Alaska Airlines city and the following destinations and get one flight for just the cost of taxes (starting from $21) during the 2016 ski season (excludes Hawaii):

  • Albuquerque
  • Anchorage
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  • Bozeman
  • Calgary
  • Crested Butte-Gunnison
  • Kalispell
  • Kelowna
  • Mammoth Lakes
  • Reno-Lake Tahoe
  • Salt Lake City
  • Spokane
  • Steamboat Springs
  • Sun Valley
  • Vancouver

Qualifying travel starts on and after November 19 and through February 23
Award travel permitted February 1-April 30 (where W class of service available)
Award tickets must be purchased on or before March 30
A discount code will be awarded via email within two weeks of meeting the promotion’s qualifications for travel
Registration for the ‘Fly 2 Get 1’ promo is required prior to the first qualifying flight
Flight miles must be credited to your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan account by March 14


SPECIAL RESORT & RENTAL CAR DEALS

Drive a Deal South!
Drive south and save with Dollar Rent a Car rates starting at $8.99 per day!
Pick up your car at any participating airport or neighborhood locations in the state of Georgia* through November 28 and drop the vehicle at participating locations in Florida or South Carolina by December 31. The rental can be kept no longer than 14 days.
Taxes, tax reimbursement, age differential charges, fees, surcharges, airport concession fees of up to 11.1%, customer facility charges of up to $20.00 per rental or $8.99 per day, vehicle licensing cost recovery fees of up to $2.36 per day or 8% of rental charge, energy surcharge of up to $1.49 per rental and optional services, including Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) are not included.
Advance reservations required.
*Excluded pick-up/drop-off locations include: Atlanta International Airport, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Panama City, Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach and the surrounding Northwest Florida areas. 

Florida Keys Deal
Enjoy a one-bedroom suite in Key Largo at a 45% savings on stays through January 31. Stay at the Ocean Pointe Suites in the Florida Keys through December 10 at nightly rates of $130. Per night rates of $149 are available on select dates between November 22 and January 31.
Stays include exclusive extras for Travelzoo members:
One-hour kayak rental ($12 value)
Welcome cocktails for two ($16 value)
Late checkout at 1PM
Sweeping over 60 acres of Atlantic oceanfront, a protected mangrove forest provides lush, low-key surroundings for the Ocean Pointe Suites at the southern end of Key Largo right on the Atlantic coast. Unlike elsewhere on the Keys, this hotel is not crammed in among other lodgings. The resort has a small private beach with calm waters, great for small children. Alongside the beach runs a rambling boardwalk, which ends out in the middle of the water at a gazebo. There’s also an outdoor swimming pool tucked near the mangrove preserve, and tennis courts.

Rich with submerged shipwrecks, Key Largo is a magnet for divers, as are the tropical technicolor coral reefs!
Individually decorated suites feature ample space with a living room, a kitchen with cookware and a private balcony.
Book by November 18. Start the reservation process at Travelzoo
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Travel e-Scapes is brought to you by Clara Bosonetto, Team Clark Travel Editor. Follow Clara on Twitter.


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