Travel e-Scapes: December 13, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: England

Travel e-Scapes: 12132016

TODAY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$700 Atlanta
A 21-day advance purchase required
Depart by April 6, 2017
A 7-night minimum stay required; one year max
Valid daily on Delta, nonstop
Purchase today, December 13


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Tunnel Opens in Europe
The world’s longest and deepest train tunnel – dubbed the Gotthard Base Tunnel – is finally open following 17 years of construction. The tunnel measures 57 kilometers long (35.4 miles) and 2,300 meters deep (7,546 feet.)
Inside the tunnel, dual tracks will allow passengers to travel to and from northern and southern Switzerland in minutes, and will help connect neighboring countries. Typically, the 17-minute trip would take between 45 minutes to one hour, but the speed of the train, the lack of elements to deal with outside and the direct path make this the ideals train transport between German-language and Italian-language Switzerland.
With faster and more frequent connections, the Swiss government is hoping that the Gotthard Base Tunnel will be a compelling reason to explore the north and south of Switzerland by public transport

Free Car Rental Day
As the holiday season arrives, National Car Rental is extending the earning period for its annual ‘One Two Free’ promotion through February 28, 2017.

The ‘One Two Free’ promotion offers registered Emerald Club members one free rental day for every two qualifying rentals.
Each qualifying rental completed during the ‘One Two Free’ promotion is worth 300 points, with a free day awarded once an Emerald Club member earns 600 points. Free days can be redeemed now through June 15, 2017.
The Emerald Club is free to join.  
Current club members must register in advance online for the promo. 


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! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$128 Orlando, or $64 each way
$134 Ft. Lauderdale, or $67 each way
$154 W. Palm Beach, or $77 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Final travel to Orlando is March 31; April 20 SE Florida
Valid daily on Delta, nonstop
No blackout dates
Valid on southbound flights to Orlando operating between 5-630A; 8P-midnight; north 5-9A, !2-3P, 7-midnight
Valid on southbound flights to Ft. Lauderdale operating between 6-830A, 11A-130P, 5P-midnight; north 5-8A, 10A-1P, 2-4P, 6P-midnight
Valid on southbound flights to W. Palm operating before 9A, 11A-2P, 7P-midnight; north before 830A, 12-2P, 4-5P, 7P-midnight

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$348 Cancun, Mexico, or $174 each way
Valid Monday-Wednesday, Sunday southbound; Tuesday-Friday north
Depart on or after January 10 and finish trips on or before March 2
Or, depart on or after April 18 and finish trips on or before May 8
Valid on Delta or Southwest Airlines, nonstop
Purchase by December 15

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$390 Toronto, Ontario, or $195 each way
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week!
Valid daily through June 7 on Delta via Detroit (not permitted on nonstop service)
Purchase by December 14

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$620 Honolulu or Maui, or $310 each way
Add $20 per direction for Friday-Sunday travel
Depart December 27-February 15; February 19-March 29; April 18-May 24; August 15-November 1
Return January 6-February 23; February 27-April 12; April 26-May 28 or August 28-November 1
Valid on United Airlines via Denver

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$640 Shanghai, China
Valid daily on December 25-April 30 departures
Blackout dates to ATL: January 1-10; April 29, 30; July 25-30
Valid on ANA-All Nippon via Chicago and Tokyo-Haneda
Tokyo stopovers are $100 additional per stop
Purchase by January 15

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$784 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Depart December 27-May 13 or August 16-November 1, 2017
A 3-night minimum stay required; five months max
Valid Sunday-Wednesday outbound and Monday-Thursday returns only
Valid on Qatar Airways via Dohn
One stop of up to 96 hours permitted

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 a step-by-step guide.


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

Inauguration Packages
The Metrorail Silver Line connects northern Virginia to the nation’s capital. Washington, DC’s largest travel event, the presidential inauguration, expects to draw record numbers of travelers. In addition, the day after the inauguration, there is the planned Million Woman March which is expected to bring even more travelers into the area. Crescent Hotels & Resorts with 14 properties in the Washington, DC/Baltimore area, has three hotels located on the new Silver Line.
The Sheraton Tysons Hotel, located two blocks from the Spring Hill Silver Line stop and near to Tysons Corner Center, the region’s largest shopping complex with over 300 specialty and department stores offers an inauguration package of $329 per night, including Metrorail passes for two and WiFi.
Reston, Virginia, one stop from the Spring Hill station, offers a town center atmosphere with countless dining and shopping options.
Guests of the Westin Reston Heights or the adjacent Sheraton Reston Hotel will be able to take a complimentary hotel/Dulles airport shuttle but also Metrorail with connections to the city for all key events.
Rates start from $195 at the Westin; from $165 at the Sheraton Reston, including Shuttle service and Metrorail passes (rates based on minimum length of stay).
Other lodging options along the Metroril line include two new hotels since the last inauguration – Cambria Hotel & Suites Rockville and the Hyatt Place Washington DC/US Capitol, one mile north of the US Capitol Building.
Both hotels are two blocks from a Metrorail stop located on the Red Line, one of the system’s main arteries. 

SoCal Holiday
The Hilton San Diego Bayfront offers numerous holiday events and special rates during the Holiday by the Bay through January 2, 2017. The events and activities for guests and local residents include Breakfast with Santa, holiday movies under the stars, naughty or nice themed cocktail menus and, outdoor ice skating by the San Diego Bay.
Holiday by the Bay packages includes guest room and ice skating passes with rates from $159; $143 with Military ID
A Parade of Lights package is offered during the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights on December 18 with rates from $263, including a Bay View room and dinner for two at Vela restaurant with priority bay view seating.
A Bayfront Christmas package includes an upgraded view guest room, unlimited ice skating, daily self-parking, daily breakfast for two, in-room message from Santa and a mini in-room Christmas tree with rates from $243.
Guests will be greeted by a life-size gingerbread house which was built in-house by the master pastry chef. It took three months to bake, decorate and assemble and costs $10,000.
Admission to the skating rink at the Bayfront Park (across the street from the hotel) is $16 Monday-Thursday; $20 Friday-Sunday, including skate rental. 

Denver Ski Package
Hampton Inn Denver West Golden offers guests a Ski Package rate of $109 on stays through March 31, 2017. The deal includes easy access to ski shuttle parking, complimentary ‘On the House’ breakfast, complimentary hotel parking and use of the indoor pool and hot tub. Refer to package code SKI.
The property is located 20 minutes from downtown Denver and right at the base of the foothills in Golden, home to the Coors Brewery, history museums and world-class outdoor recreation. 


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


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