Travel e-Scapes: December 2, 2016



Travel e-Scapes: 12022016

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$194 Portland, Oregon, or $97 each way
$194 San Diego, San Jose or Sacramento CA, or $97 each way
$194 Tucson, or $97 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required (14-days to San Diego)
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Finish trips on or before June 1
Blackout dates: December 21-23, 26-28; January 2-4, 7, 8, 16; February 17, 20; March 3-5, 10-12, 16-19, 23-26; April 2, 9, 23, 30; May 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 25, 26, 30
Valid on American via Dallas-Ft. Worth, Phoenix or Los Angeles


Reserve a Sunrise
Beginning February 1, visitors in personal or rental vehicles wishing to view sunrise at Haleakala National Park will need to make sunrise viewing reservations. The new reservation system is being implemented to ensure visitor safety, protect natural and cultural resources, and provide a quality experience at the summit during sunrise hours between 3 and 7 a.m. The fee is $1.50 per vehicle.
The one-day sunrise reservation will not be sold at the park but is available online, up to 60 days ahead of the date of the sunrise visit. The reservation cannot be transferred. To enter the Summit District between 3 and 7 a.m., the reservation holder must be present and show both the one-day sunrise reservation receipt (for that day) and a photo ID.
Due to limited parking, visitors without a sunrise viewing reservation will have to wait until after 7 a.m. to enter the park.
There is no refund or exchange of the reservation due to inclement weather or change of plans.
Before February 1, sunrise viewing parking spaces will continue to be available without advanced reservation, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Haleakala National Park is home to Maui’s highest peak. Rising 10,023 feet above sea level, Haleakala ‘house of the sun’ is where demigod Maui lassoed the sun, slowing its passage so people had more time to dry kapa (cloth) and grow food. Sunrise at the summit of Haleakala has been a visitor attraction since the late 1800s when Samuel Clemens wrote: ‘It was the sublimest spectacle I ever witnessed, and I think the memory of it will remain with me always.’ 

Apps for the Airport
What’s the wait time at the airport to get through TSA security? Download an app to view real-time traveler tips or official status from the FAA.
flightSpeak: One app provides airport info for 301 airports and 53,063 stores (review store locations, descriptions, open hours, traveler ratings, coupons). Find security wait times, WiFi info and more. 
MiFlight: Provides crowd-sourced information on TSA checkpoint wait times and suggests alternate lines with minimal waits.  
Fleet: Get real-time security line updates from fellow air travelers near you, official airline updates and tips on places to eat and shop while passing time in the airport. (only for iPhones)
My TSA: Gives you 24/7 access to information from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in real-time operating status for U.S. airports from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The app allows travelers to report wait times in excess of 31 minutes, as well as see wait times reported by fellow travelers. The tool also assists travelers on what items are allowed in carry-on or checked baggage; information on ID requirements, liquids rules, and tips for packing and dressing to speed through security. Available on Google Play and iTunes.


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 permitted):
$126 Phoenix, or $63 each way
A 3-day advance purchase required
Valid Wednesday or Saturday through February 15
Blackout dates: December 22, 23, 26, 27; January 2, 3, 7, 8
Valid on American, nonstop
Purchase by December 4

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$286 Seattle, or $143 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid on any available Saturday flight
Valid Tuesday or Wednesday on westbound flights operating 7-830A, 1130A-3P or 6P-midnight; before 830A, 945-1130A or 7P-midnight eastbound
Start trips on or after January 10
Finish travel on or before March 8
No blackout dates
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by December 5

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$312 San Francisco, or $156 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid on any available Saturday flight
Also valid Monday-Wednesday and Friday on westbound flights operating 4P-midnight; 230P-midnight eastbound
Finish travel on or before October 29
No blackout dates
Valid on Delta, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$357 Gunnison-Crested Butte, Colorado
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid west Sunday-Wednesday; Tuesday-Friday east
Start travel on or after January 8
Final travel date is March 10
Valid on American via Dallas-Ft. Worth

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$623 Barcelona
$624 Madrid
$634 Venice
$639 Rome
$640 Paris Orly
$716 Lisbon
$729 London (into LGW; out LHR)
No advance purchase notice required
Valid daily on December 24-April 6 departures on TAP-Air Portugal
Add $24 per round-trip for April 7-June 5 or August 23-October 21 departures
One free stopover of up to 84 hours permitted in Lisbon 
Routing requires two flight connections in Newark and Lisbon


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 page for easy to follow steps.


Ski the Backcountry
Redding, California is a perfect base camp for northern California winter expeditions offering snow-covered fun in every direction. Lassen Park or Mt. Shasta are only an hour away. Mt. Shasta offers night skiing and you can snowshoe across volcanos at Lassen Park.
Several Redding hotels and bed and breakfasts are offering winter packages:
Oxford Suites Redding offers rates from $88 with the ‘Home for the Holidays’ special. Valid on suite accommodations through January 30. 
Redding Travelodge is offering 15% off any room when you call directly and ask for the ‘Winter Special.’ Rates before discount from $97.  
Best Western Plus Hilltop offers a ‘Winter Special’ of $116.99 including a $20 certificate to C.R. Gibbs restaurant.  
Tiffany House is offering 10% off when booked direct via phone. Refer to the ‘Winter Special.’ Room rates are $125 and $170 before discount. 
Bridgehouse Bed and Breakfast offers a ‘Winter Special Luxury’ package for $299 for a two-night stay in a king room with a full breakfast each morning, and a bottle of wine with dinner at Gironda’s Italian Restaurant.   
Sacramento is another alternate airport to reach Redding. The drive time is about 2.5 hours, or 162 miles via I-5 North. Travel time on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight (once daily) from Sacramento to Redding is 4 hours, 15 minutes. Coach seats range from $35-$55; Business Seats $65- $90.

Ho, Ho, Ho in NOLA
Recently ranked as #5 (of #15) of The Best Cities in the U.S. by more than 100,000 Conde Nast Traveler readers, New Orleans proves it has more to offer than just Mardi Gras. Spend an evening drinking, dancing, enjoying live music and making memories in the Arts and Warehouse districts, the French Quarter and Bourbon Street.
The trendy New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center offers the ‘Sip & Savor’ package in the Big Easy on stays through December 30. Rates from $99 a night include deluxe accommodations along with two complimentary cocktails of choice every night of the stay. The hotel is near the French Quarter and Arts and Warehouse districts as well as Audubon of the Americas. On site is Wolfe’s restaurant/bar/lounge, a Starbucks, fitness center and a 3rd floor outdoor pool. 
The Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette also offers the ‘Sip & Savor’ package with rates from $99 a night on stays through December 30, including the cocktails! This French Quarter area boutique hotel is located near Bourbon Street and Jackson Square and features a bar, Starbucks, fitness center and complimentary WiFi in the lobby and public areas. Refer to promotional code ZJL for either hotel. 

2017 Holiday Cruise
Plan now to enjoy Europe’s famed Christmas Markets at the end of 2017 when you cruise aboard a Travel + Leisure World’s Best River Cruise Line – Viking.
A current deal of $1,699 per person includes round-trip airfare from Atlanta (and 28 other U.S. cities) and these extras:
Transfers to and from the ship
Guided tours in each city
$500 onboard credit per cabin
Wine and beer with lunch and dinner service on the ship
Free onboard WiFi access
All air and cruise taxes
Select available 2017 dates for this 7-night sailing, including Thanksgiving and Christmas dates:
Danube Waltz: Budapest to Passau on November 24, 25; December 22 (add $100 for November 17, 18 sailings)
Paris and the Heart of Normandy (round-trip Paris) on November 26; December 3, 10, 17 (add $50 for November 12 sailing)
A per person rate of $1,749 is offered on the Romantic Danube: Budapest to Nuremberg on November 10, 11, 12, 17, or 19 sailings.
Travelers can customize these sailings by upgrading to a higher cabin category or even selecting an alternate route through Europe.
Viking welcomes kids age 12 and older. 
Book this cruise special by December 5. Start the reservation 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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