Travel e-Scapes: November 17, 2015

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Travel e-Scapes: November 17, 2015

One-way from Atlanta:
$63 Los Angeles
Travel any available day of the week starting on or after December 2
Complete travel on or before February 10
Blackout dates: December 17-January 5
Purchase by November 20
Valid on American, nonstop


Special Notice: Stay tuned for the Tuesday, November 24 Travel e-Scapes Black Friday & Cyber Monday edition! You won’t read about paltry 10% discount offers, but only the best value deals that will save you big bucks on both air travel and lodging!


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

New United Club Lounge in ATL
United Airlines opened the first of its new United Club lounges at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The Atlanta club is located between gates 11 and 12 at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s Concourse T, on the mezzanine level.
The nearly 5,000-square-foot Atlanta United Club features stunning panoramic views of the airport as well as seating for more than 100 people, giving travelers a comfortable and convenient airport getaway where they can unwind during their journeys. The modern design also features vintage aviation artwork throughout the club, and visiting customers can dine on complimentary fresh-food choices, including yogurt and fresh fruit; muffins in rotating flavors of cinnamon and blueberry; sliced red bell peppers with hummus; rotating seasonal soups; and spicy Bloody Mary trail mix.

Starting in 2016, and over the next three years, the airline will begin extensive renovations at locations including Newark, Chicago O’Hare, Los Angeles, Ft. Lauderdale, Dallas- Ft. Worth and Guam.
The second United Club lounge will open in San Francisco on Wednesday. 
United Club one-time passes are available for purchase for $50 at club locations or through the United app on your Apple, Android, Windows Phone 8 or BlackBerry 10 device. This pass will allow one person one-time access to any United Club location.
Give United Club a try, and then save on the price of a full-year membership ($550). Join within 30 days of your one-time pass purchase, and the value of the one-time pass (maximum $50) will be applied to the initiation fee of $50. 

Marriott buys Starwood
Marriott is to become the largest hotel company in the world following the $12.2 billion dollar purchase of Starwood. Together, the companies will operate or franchise 5,500 hotels with a total of 1.1 million rooms. The company will span 100 countries.
Marriott’s 19 brands include: The Ritz-Carlton, Bvlgari, EDITION, JW Marriott, Autograph Collection Hotels, Renaissance Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Delta Hotels and Resorts, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Vacation Club, Gaylord Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott, Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, TownePlace Suites, Protea Hotels and MoxyHotels.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts include: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W, Design Hotels, Westin, Le Meridien, Sheraton, Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft, Element, and the recently introduced Tribute Portfolio.
It’s too soon to predict how each brand’s loyalty programs will be affected.


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:
$114 Portland, Oregon
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before May 31
Blackout dates: November 25, 27, 30; December 19-January 4; February 12, 14, 15; March 24-27; May 27, 29
Valid on United via Denver
Special note: Add $12 each way and go as soon as this week (no advance purchase required)

HURRY!  Round-trip from Atlanta:
$178 Austin, Texas
A 14-day advance purchase required
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Depart on flights operating between 8-9AM or 8PM-midnight
Return from Austin on flights operating between 5-6AM or 6PM-midnight
Complete travel on or before February 10
Valid on Delta, nonstop

One-way from Atlanta:
$190 Vancouver, British Columbia
Travel any day of the week starting on or after November 25
Complete travel on or before November 30
Purchase by November 21
Valid on Delta via Seattle or Minneapolis
Stopovers not permitted

HURRY!  Round-trip from Atlanta:
$337 San Jose, Costa Rica
A 7-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
No minimum stay required
Complete travel on or before February 29
Blackout dates: December 18-January 17; February 12-22
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Note: Compare to $668 round-trip in mid-2016

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$345 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
$350 Turks & Caicos Islands
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Stay at least one Saturday night
Complete travel on or before May 28
Blackout dates: December 19-24, 26-28 south; December 31-January 6 north
Valid on American via Miami
One free stopover permitted
Purchase by November 18

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$494 Cabo San Lucas – or – Puerto Vallarta
Start travel on or after December 1
Complete travel on or before March 3
Depart Sunday-Wednesday only; return Tuesday-Friday only
Blackout dates: February 11-13, 20, 21 to Mexico; February 14, 15, 20, 21 to Atlanta
Valid on American via Dallas-Ft. Worth
Purchase by November 20
Note: One-way travel permitted

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$628 St. Petersburg, Russia
A 21-day advance purchase required
Depart by December 10 or December 24-March 17
Blackout dates: December 18-22; January 2-8
Add $30 per direction for Thursday-Saturday outbound and/or Friday-Sunday returns
A 10-night minimum stay required
Add $20 per round-trip for 7-night minimum stays
Purchase by November 24
Valid on Delta/KLM via Amsterdam
Stopovers not permitted

Round-trip from Los Angeles:
$1,330 LAX to Sydney, Australia
No advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Depart through July 23
Valid on Air Canada via Vancouver
Add $100 per round-trip per stopover
Purchase by November 25
Note: Compare to a round-trip rateof $1,922 on Qantas


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT DEALS

East Coast Savings at Marriott
With a 14-day advance booking notice, participating Marriott hotels offer a 20% savings on Thursday to Saturday arrivals during the holiday season and beyond…
With the arrival of Thanksgiving, winter, Christmas and all of the other December holidays, there will be no shortage of things to do during a visit to the Northeast. From watching the big New York City parade on Thanksgiving and the ball drop on New Year’s Eve to winter camping in the region’s historic national parks and the many charming celebrations in all of the coastal towns.
Offered at 75 Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites hotels throughout the East Coast and Mid-Atlantic states, this exclusive deal is valid on stays through February 29 in the following states:
Connecticut
Delaware
Maryland
Massachusetts
New Jersey
New York
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Virginia
Rates start from $71 per night.
All 75 hotels feature complimentary wireless Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces.  Additional amenities will differ based on location and brand.
Book a stay using promotional code ADV
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Winter in Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park Lodges will offer six ‘Lodging and Learning’ packages this winter in Yellowstone. The park’s winter season begins December 18 with the opening of the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and the Old Faithful Snow Lodge December 20. The lodges provide the only wintertime accommodations within the park. 
Each of the following programs include accommodations, some meals and Xanterra’s ‘Snow Card’ good for 10 percent off meals, in-park transportation, tours, ski shop services and most retail items. 

‘Y Not Winter?: A Beginners’ Experience in Yellowstone’ was developed to address concerns of prospective guests who are under the perception that such a trip to the park is only for hard-core adventurers. Y Not Winter features a relaxed itinerary with fun and easy introductions to classic winter activities such as cross country skiing, snowshoeing and wildlife watching. The package includes three nights of lodging at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, in-park transportation, naturalist guide instruction, all breakfasts and lunches, one dinner, ski and snowshoe rentals and lesson, and one welcome gift per person. Available January 8, 15 and 22.  Rates start at $999 per person, double occupancy; $1,189 for single occupancy.

The ‘Old Faithful Winter Expedition’ features two nights at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and three nights at Old Faithful Snow Lodge. Under the guidance of an Institute instructor, stops throughout the park include the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone Lake and various geyser basins. Available on dates between December 20 and February 24. Rates start at $1,689 per person, double; $2,155 single occupancy.

The ‘Winter Wildlife Expedition’ allows participants to observe and learn about bison, elk, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, coyotes, wolves and other wildlife. Available December 23, 30; January 6, 13, 20, 27 and February 3, 10, 17, 24.  Included are four nights of lodging at Mammoth Hotel. Rates start at $845 per person, double; $1,099 single occupancy.

‘Yellowstone on Skis’ features five days of cross-country skiing with daily trips to the Blacktail Plateau, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon and the foot of the Gallatin Range. The program is led by a naturalist/guide from the YAI, and a professional cross-country skiing instructor will accompany the group on two days to help participants improve their skills. Offered February 3, 10, 17.  The package includes three nights of lodging at Mammoth Hotel and three nights of lodging at Snow Lodge. Rates start at $2,045 per person double; $2,569 single occupancy.

The ‘Winter Wolf Discovery’ is offered December 21, 28; January 4, 11, 18, 25 and February 1, 8, 15, 22. Instructors provide expertise on the reintroduction of wolves to the park and lead wildlife viewing excursions through the Lamar Valley. This four-night package includes accommodations at Mammoth Hotel. Rates start at $845 per person, double occupancy; $1,099 single.

‘Winter in Wonderland’ is designed as a comprehensive introduction to Yellowstone in winter. Guests receive four nights of lodging at Mammoth Hotel and two nights at Old Faithful Snow Lodge. Guests explore the park via snowcoach, skis and snowshoes and learn about wildlife in the Lamar Valley, geology in the Old Faithful region and more. This program runs Monday through Sunday on December 20, 27; January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7, 14. Rates from $1,799 per person, double; $2,275 single occupancy.

Yellowstone National Park Lodges offers an airport shuttle from Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport provides a convenient and cost-saving option for traveling to/from the park. Package participants receive a special rate of $42 (plus taxes/fees) each way, a savings from the regular rate of $53.50 (plus taxes/fees) each way.
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel will close for the season February 29 and Old Faithful Snow Lodge will close February 28.
Except for the road from Gardiner, Montana to Cooke City, Montana via Mammoth Hot Springs, transportation within the park is limited to snowmobiles and enclosed heated snowcoaches during the winter. Snowcoach transportation is available daily to a variety of park locations. Xanterra also offers a wide range of half- and full-day snowcoach, ski and snowshoe tours and ski and snowshoe rentals as well as a variety of self-guided winter ‘Getaway Packages’ and a guided ‘Adventure Package’ for those who want to explore the park on their own.


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