Travel e-Scapes: December 29, 2017

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Reno-Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$140 Reno-Tahoe, Nevada, or $68 west, $72 east
Valid Tuesdays only through March 27
Valid on Frontier via Denver
Compare to Delta’s rate of $378 round-trip!


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Disney Skyliner
There’s a new transportation system coming to Walk Disney World – the Disney Skyliner – gondola-style cars that will be covered metal and glass canopies, hand-painted murals and ornamental steel structures that harken back to the early 18th century Art Nouveau style. And many of the gondolas with Disney Skyliner will feature favorite Disney characters.
The transportation system will connect Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach resorts and other locations with Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot.
Guests traveling from Epcot’s International Gateway station via the Disney Skyliner will be welcomed to the park with a rare birds-eye view of World Showcase.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort station will also be a hub of activity for Disney Skyliner. At this station, passengers will be able to transfer gondola routes to reach their destination, or stay, shop or dine at the open-air village marketplaces of the Caribbean.

Cabins will slow down at the Disney Skyliner turn-station along Buena Vista Drive, where guests can see the mechanical and aerial components that make up the Disney Skyliner.
Opening day TBA. Follow updates at the Disney Parks Blog.

Airport Naps
Sleeping in airports is no longer just for the young budget traveler looking to save a few bucks. People of all ages and incomes can now be seen stretched out on airport seats and floors all around the world. Whether they are there because of a long layover, flight delay or voluntarily to save money, the Guide to Sleeping in Airports has proven to be a useful (and often humorous) resource for millions of travelers.
The website has details for airports around-the-world and a dedicated Top 25 Most Visited Airports in North America section.
Outside of listing quiet public areas to lay down to rest, there is info on airline lounges (some permit economy passengers for a price) and nap rooms such as Minute Suites. For instance, at ATL there are private suites to book to relax, work, or sleep during a layover or flight delay. Rates are expensive at $46 per hour; $91 two hours. When the suites are full, rent air mattresses for $40 with no time limit. Pillows and blankets are provided when available.


SPECIAL DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS

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!

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$208 Pittsburgh, or $104 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily on nonstop Delta service through November 25, 2018
No blackout dates
Valid Monday-Friday north before 9A or 9P-midnight; any Saturday flight or before 10A Sunday; 1-2P Sunday or 930P-midnight Sunday
Valid Monday-Friday south before 9A or 4-630P; any Saturday flight or before 1115A Sunday or 4-545P Sunday

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$216 Colorado Springs, Colorado
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday through March 4, 2018
Blackout dates: February 15, 17, 19
Valid on Delta, nonstop (not daily)
Purchase by December 31
Note: Eldora Mountain Resort is about a 2.5-hour drive from Colorado Springs. Eldora with 680 acres of skiable terrain gets a whopping 300 inches of snowfall a year. It offers double black diamond challenges, and many beginner and intermediate runs.

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$314 Tucson, Arizona, or $157 each way
$325 Steamboat Springs, Colorado
$327 San Diego
$358 Aspen or Vail-Eagle, Colorado
$388 Portland, Oregon, or $194 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid through March 7, 2018
Blackout dates: February 15, 17, 19
Valid on Delta, nonstop (not daily to/from Steamboat)
Purchase by January 16

GO NOW! HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$334 Reno-Tahoe, Nevada, or $167 each way
A 3-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through June 5, 2018
No blackout dates
Valid on United via Denver

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$540 Honolulu or Kauai, or $270 each way
$658 Kona, or $329 each way
$694 Maui, or $347 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Add $25 per direction for Friday-Sunday travel
Finish trips on or before February 14, 2018
Valid on United via Denver or San Francisco
Add a stopover for $56
Purchase by January 2

GO NOW! HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$596 Kauai, Hawaii, or $298 each way
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this weekend!
Finish trips on or before May 31, 2018
Blackout dates: March 29-April 2 west; April 3-8 east
Add $20 per direction for Friday-Sunday travel
Valid on Delta via Honolulu
Add a stopover for $56
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Deals from other U.S. gateway airports:

Round-trip from Los Angeles (one-way permitted):
$358 Kauai, or $179 each way
$406 Kona, or $203 each way
$448 Honolulu, or $224 each way
$498 Maui, or $249 each way
Start travel on or after January 16
Add $25 per direction for Friday-Sunday travel
Finish trips on or before March 15, 2018
Valid on Hawaiian Air, nonstop
Purchase by January 1

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 search and booking guide.


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

Cali Coast
An estimated 20,000 whales are on their migratory trek along California’s Pacific coast. Humpback whales and blue whales can be found year-round in the Monterey Bay and it’s not unusual to see a rare fin or minke whale – and even rarer beaked whales and sperm whales. The peak migratory season through the Monterey Bay is mid-December to April. (As they migrate north from May through mid-December, humpback whales and blue whales feed on anchovies and krill in the Monterey Bay, often spending several days in the same spot.)
Not everyone gets to admire such wonders, but how many can say they’ve adopted a whale?
The Adopt-A-Whale package at Monterey Tides is working with the non-profit Oceanic Society to create a special treat for cetacean fans staying at the Pacific-adjacent property.
An adoption certificate is part of the package along with a photo and information about your whale. You’ll also receive e-mail updates about your whale and the Whales of Guerrero Program throughout your first year as a whale adoptee.
This joint program is intended to raise awareness about our mammalian friends and part of the Oceanic Society’s important mission that is ‘dedicated to conserving marine wildlife and habitats by deepening the connections between people and nature’.
The Monterey Tides hotel is a beachfront property located 4 miles from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Rooms are sleek with platform beds and offer garden or bay views; some have balconies. Onsite is a bay-view restaurant serving contemporary Californian cuisine. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, a hot tub, and a fitness center. Rates from $176 per night.

Affordable Florida
Visiting Florida’s small resort city of Treasure Island outside of the jam-packed summer months is an excellent way to take advantage of the warmer weather while also enjoying the more leisurely season and fewer crowds. Swimming in the Gulf is still possible during the traditionally “winter” months, as the average temperature is about 61 degrees. And, it’s a good time for beachgoers to land a spot in a hotel set along white sand beaches at a fraction of the normal price.
Set on the beach along the Gulf of Mexico, the laid-back Page Terrace hotel on Florida’s Treasure Island dates from 1958. It’s located 9 miles from The Dalí Museum and 10 miles from the 245-acre Boyd Hill Nature Preserve – both in St. Petersburg.
Rooms and suites, from $99 a night, are basic and some feature views of the Gulf. Onsite amenities include a heated outdoor pool and a terrace with Gulf views, plus a sundeck, shuffleboard courts, and BBQ grills.
The family-owned and operated property has been an AAA-rated establishment since its inception in 1990. Guests will be within walking distance of Treasure Island’s best restaurants, entertainment venues, and shops.


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


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