Travel e-Scapes: December 18, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Canada

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One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$96 Halifax, Nova Scotia
$138 Calgary, Alberta
$140 Quebec City
$159 Vancouver, British Columbia
$192 St Johns, Newfoundland
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before February 29
Valid on American, Delta or United
One flight connection required
Purchase by December 30
Photo: Quebec City


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Can I Take a Ferry?
Direct Ferries has launched a dedicated website with ferry service info and bookings from 25 international websites. The company lists service information and takes bookings for ferries operated in the UK, Scandinavia, the Bahamas, the Baja Ferries, Ireland, Corsica, the Greek Islands, America Cruise Ferries, BC Ferries and Clipper Vacations in Canada, between Uruguay and Argentina, Europe and many more countries. It also has agreements in place to offer ferry service reservations between the U.S. and Cuba when travel restrictions are relaxed. 

Shop with Miles

Connecting through Newark Airport? United Airlines has opened ‘The Miles Shop’ concession at its Newark airport hub offering products and services for MileagePlus frequent flyer members. It’s an industry first retail shop dedicated to frequent flyers enabling members to use their miles for shopping. The shop is stocked with travel gadgets, books and electronics and limited edition gifts such as signed cookbooks from Alain Ducasse ranging in ‘price’ from 600 miles to 50,000 miles.
The pop-up shop is located post-security near Gates 120-138. Members can also pay with cash or cards and receive five miles for every dollar spent.
Last year Newark’s Terminal C was the first airport to accept MileagePlus miles for food and drinks at selected outlets.  
Check out the many ways to redeem United miles for services and merchandise


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:
$166 Cancun
Start travel on or after January 11
Complete travel on or before May 25
Travel south Monday-Wednesday, Sunday; return Tuesday-Friday
Blackout dates: March 4-29
Purchase by December 31
Valid on Delta, nonstop

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$178 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Valid Monday-Thursday
Depart on or after March 29
Complete travel on or before May 25
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by December 31

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$188 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid Monday-Thursday
Start travel on or after January 11
Complete travel on or before March 3
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by December 31

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$199 Cozumel
Travel any available day of the week
Start travel on or after January 11
Complete travel on or before May 25
Blackout dates: March 4-28
Purchase by December 31
Valid on American via Miami or United via Houston

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$295 San Salvador, El Salvador
$327 San Jose, Costa Rica
$377 Guatemala City, Guatemala
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before April 30
Valid on Delta, nonstop

GO NOW!  Round-trip from Atlanta:
$637 to Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo, Brazil
No advance purchase required
Depart through December 31 – or – January 1-July 9
Add $25 per direction for Friday- Sunday travel
No minimum stay required; three months max
Valid on Air Canada via Toronto
Two free stopovers permitted
Purchase by December 21

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

Ideas for Year End Celebrations
Ring in the New Year seaside!

  • The oceanfront resort of Palmetto Dunes on Hilton Head Island offers one-bedroom villas from $119 a night and two-bedroom villas starting at $139. Winter activities include golf, tennis, fishing, biking, pickleball and more. Villas rentals feature a full kitchen and laundry.  
  • The Sanderling Resort in North Carolina’s Outer Banks (Duck) will offer live entertainment at the Beach House Bar, as well as a special four-course menu at resort restaurant . Rates at the resort start at $179 a night. Choose from guest rooms, suites or vacation homes. Winter activities include the indoor pool, fire pits and a full-service spa. 
  • The Beach Cove Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina will host a New Year’s Eve party at the resort’s Town Center with hors d’oeuvres beginning at 11PM, a DJ, dancing and a midnight champagne toast. For $109 per person, party-goers can stay overnight at the resort in a one-bedroom oceanfront room, a four-course dinner at on-site restaurant, admittance to the Town Center party and a breakfast buffet the next morning. 

NOLA Museum Package
Stay at any property in the New Orleans Hotel Collection at rates from $139 per weekday night on the ‘National WWII Museum’ package.
Here’s what’s included:

  • Admission for two to the National WWII Museum
  • Beignets and coffee at the historic Café du Monde
  • Welcome beverage for two guests at the hotel
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Complimentary in-room bottled artesian water, coffee and local calls

A two-night minimum stay is required. A 3-day advance hotel reservation is required.
The National D-day Museum, designated by the United States Congress as the nation’s official World War II Museum, illuminates the American experience during the WWII era. From the Normandy invasion, to the islands of the Pacific and the Road to Berlin, explore moving personal stories and powerful interactive displays in each Pavilion of the Museum which has expanded four times since opening and now encompasses several city blocks. The Boeing Center features full scale iconic WWII aircraft, the Arsenal of Democracy video display and Command central interactive exhibit featuring fifteen major campaigns crucial to Allied victory. The newest exhibit, ‘The Road to Tokyo’ has recently opened to great acclaim.
The New Orleans Hotel Collection is a group of six fine boutique hotels in prime locations throughout the city: Bourbon Orleans, Dauphine Orleans, Hotel Mazarin, Whitney Hotel, Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport and Hotel Le Marais.
The hotel group also offers a variety of other hotel packages including a Culinary package, a Mardi Gras World tour package, a Ghost and Spirits package, a Girlfriend’s Getaway package and a Romantic Rendezvous package, among others. 


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


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