Travel e-Scapes: December 4, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Travel e-Scapes: December 4, 2015

HURRY!  GO NOW!  Round-trip from Atlanta:
$803 Buenos Aires, Argentina
No advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before October 30, 2016
No blackout dates!
Valid on American via Miami
One free stopover permitted
Note: Compare this to Delta’s round-trip rate of $1,470!


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Renew Your Passport!
During the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative of 2007, nearly 18 million passports were issued to U.S. citizens. The initiative required citizens to present a passport rather than an official ID to return to the United States from Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico. Now, those passports are about to expire and a flood of renewal applications is expected.
The State Department launched the Apply Early campaign to bring awareness to pull out your passport to see if it’s up for renewal. The campaign says the best time to renew is December with a processing time of four to six weeks. Wait until the new year and the time to get your passport back could take as many as 10 weeks or more! 
You may want to go ahead and renew sooner than the expiration date on your passport.  Here’s why: Many countries require you have at least six months left on your passport before allowing you entry. There are also countries that require that you have two blank pages, or two visa pages (even two facing visa pages) for entry.

If you miss the ten-year renewal date, you can renew the passport up to 15 years from the date of issue without applying for a new passport at the higher rate.
Check out these tips to ensure your passport processing doesn’t take longer than necessary:
Make a check or money order out to: U.S. Department of State and include your full name and date of birth on the front of the check.
Place the unfolded application (with necessary photos) in a large mailing envelope and purchase tracking with postage.
Send routine applications to: The National Passport Processing Center, Box 90155, Philadelphia, PA 19190-0155
Write EXPEDITE on the envelope, when necessary, and send to: National Passport Processing Center, Box 90955, Philadelphia, PA 19190-0955  
Visit the State Department for all you need to know about your passport. 


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!

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$43 Miami
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday only
Start trips on or after January 6
Complete travel on or before February 10
Valid on American, nonstop
Purchase today, December 4

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$68 Washington DC-Reagan
Start travel on or after January 6
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before February 10
Valid on American, nonstop
Purchase today, December 4

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$78 Los Angeles
A 7-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before February 10
Blackout dates: December 26-January 5
Valid on American, nonstop
Purchase today, December 4

HURRY!  One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$94 Albuquerque, New Mexico
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before October 30, 2016
No blackout dates!
Valid on United via Denver

HURRY!  One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$123 Sacramento
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before March 2
Valid on American via Phoenix

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$134 Reno-Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Add $20 per direction for other days of the week
Start trips on or after January 5
Complete travel on or before March 2
Valid on American via Dallas-Ft. Worth
Purchase by December 7

HURRY!  One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$147 Santa Fe, New Mexico
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before October 30, 2016
No blackout dates!
Valid on United via Denver or American via Dallas-Ft. Worth

HURRY!  One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$148 Vancouver, BC
A 10-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before October 30, 2016
No blackout dates!
Valid on United via Denver

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$285 Colorado Springs
A 14-day advance purchase required
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Stay at least one Saturday night
Complete travel on or before February 10
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by December 7

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 added during the flight 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.


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT DEALS

New Orlando Resort
Reservations are now being accepted for stays at the new Caribbean-themed resort at Universal Orlando — the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. Due to open in summer 2016, the new, 1,000-room hotel will be the fifth at the theme park. Inspired by the Caribbean, it is being built around a lush, tropical lagoon with cascading waterfalls. It will boast Universal Orlando’s largest on-site, ‘zero-entry’ pool at 16,000 square-feet, with a white sand beach, a water slide, cabanas and a fire pit. The resort will have a laidback feel, where guests are invited to go barefoot if they wish. On site are four dining venues.
Be among the first to experience the new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort with rates from $144 per night, including daily breakfast for two. Book by January 31 for July 14-December 31 stays. Blackout dates: November 23-26, 2016.
Resort guests enjoy exclusive theme park benefiits, including:
Early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, one hour before the theme park opens (valid theme park admission required).
Complimentary shuttle buses, water taxis, and walking paths to both Universal Orlando theme parks and Universal CityWalk.

Deals from Divi
It’s time to unwrap the ‘Twelve Days of Holiday Season Vacation Deals’ from Divi Resorts throughout the Caribbean with savings of up to 50% offered each day starting December 7 through December 18.
The deals include special rates at Divi’s all-inclusive properties on Aruba and St. Croix, as well as the new all-inclusive options at Divi Little Bay Beach Resort on St. Maarten and Divi Southwinds Beach Resort on Barbados.
Each day’s deal stays live for the duration of the sale.
A few examples of the promotional deals include:
50% off January travel
Free breakfast for 2 plus, free room upgrade & a $50 resort credit
50% off all-inclusive packages
55% off Divi’s flagship property, Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort
For full details on the specials, sign up for a daily deal alert at Divi Resorts or ‘Like’ Divi Resorts on Facebook to receive a post each day announcing the daily deal. 


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


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