Travel e-Scapes: April 30, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Paris

Travel e-Scapes: April 30, 2015

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$1,017 Paris
A 50-day advance purchase required (first eligible day is June 20)
Valid Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday in each direction
Regular rate apply for other travel days
Depart on or before August 22
A 10-night minimum stay required; six months max
Valid on American/British Airways via Chicago, Philadelphia or London
Stopovers not permitted
Purchase by May 7
Compare to Delta’s high season rate of $2,007


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Oxygen Bar Experience
The world’s first underwater oxygen bar opened on April 23 in Cozumel, Mexico. This innovative underwater attraction, Clear Lounge, offers one of the hottest entertainment experiences for the entire family (ages 8+). Clear Lounge immerses guests in the experience of breathing enriched oxygen while playing games in a 13,000 gallon, high-tech, freestanding aquarium. Using a specialized clear diving helmet designed for non-swimmers, guests receive an airflow of invigorating oxygen mixed with an aromatherapy scent of their choice. A bartender entertains participants during the 20-minute underwater experience with activities including jenga, write-on message boards, and target practice with high-powered bubble guns. The Clear Lounge aquarium also includes an underwater photo booth, another world’s first. Guests can choose a selection of props as they pose in front of a floor to surface, customizable digital display wall. Colorful LED lights and bubble curtains set the ambiance as guests play games, take photos, interact with spectators on the outside, and walk around in this near-zero gravity environment, day or night. Rates start from $38. Advance reservations are recommended. 

Illuminated Roman Forums
The Roman forums are now dazzling visitors by night thanks to new artistic lighting to make the archaeological area come vibrantly alive. Visitors can enjoy the new look with a stroll along Via dei Fori Imperiali, which is closed to traffic. The nighttime illumination features a beam of light that shines from the ground of the Temple of Mars Ultor and to the top of the Forum of Augustus. The spotlight in the Forum of Nerva enhances the spectacular marble of the Temple of Minerva’s stunning columns, and a powerful display in Trajan’s Forum will make it look as though the famous column itself is emitting light. Lighting performance and historical narration of Piero Angela and Paco Lanciano also debuted at the Forum of Caesar. Two columns of the ‘quadripartio’ that surrounded the Temple of Peace will be unveiled after being restored.


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:
$73 Akron, Indianapolis
$89 Washington DC-Reagan
$94 Ft. Lauderdale, W. Palm Beach
$99 Austin
$100 Dallas
$102 Columbus, Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Orlando, Raleigh, Richmond, St. Louis,  Tampa
$114 Philadelphia
$115 Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh
$129 Boston, Minneapolis, New York-LaGuardia, Oklahoma City, San Antonio
$161 Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Francisco
$186 San Diego
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Valid to/from Florida or Nevada on Tuesday, Wednesday only
Valid on August 25-October 28 travel
Blackout dates: September 5
Purchase by May 7 at Southwest
Other airlines matching.  Some may require a round-trip purchase.

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta:
$119 Norfolk, Virginia
$120 Wilmington, North Carolina
$140 Colorado Springs
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Complete travel on or before March 26, 2016
No blackout dates
Valid on American via Charlotte or Dallas

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta:
$142 Portland, Maine
$183 San Jose, California
$192 Sacramento
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Complete travel on or before March 26, 2016
No blackout dates
Valid on United via Denver, Houston or Newark

HURRY! One-way from Chattanooga:
$169 Chattanooga to Toronto
A 30-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Complete travel on or before March 26, 2016
No blackout dates
Valid on Delta via Atlanta

TODAY! One-way from Atlanta:
$172 Cancun (Sunday-Wednesday south; Tuesday-Friday north)
$189 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (Monday-Thursday)
Valid on August 25-October 28 travel
Blackout dates: September 3 south; September 6, 7 north
Purchase today, April 30 at Southwest Airlines

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$276 Burlington, Vermont
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Complete travel on or before March 26, 2016
No blackout dates
Saturday night minimum stay
Valid on Delta, nonstop

Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your ticket!
+Fees $$$ = Carry-on Bags: $10-$75; Checked Bags: $15-$100; Seats: $3-$199; additional fees vary by carrier
+Fees $ = Checked Bags: $24-$125; Select/Preferred Seats: $9-$99


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

Package up Puerto Rico
Experience the best Puerto Rico vacation packages when you stay at La Concha Resort in San Juan’s most elegant district in Puerto Rico. The ‘Beach Please’ package includes:

  • A welcome beach gift
  • Ocean view accommodations
  • Daily breakfast buffet for two in the Ocean Cafe Restaurant
  • Two specialty drinks in the Lobby Bar
  • A six-pack beer bucket
  • A 20% discount for lunch at Sereno Bar & Grill

This retro chic Renaissance resort was selected as one of the Top 21 Hottest Caribbean Escapes by The Travel Channel, recognized as one of Architectural Digest’s Top Ten Hotels and chosen by Conde Nast Traveler as one of Puerto Rico’s hottest luxury hotel destination. The resort is well know for its signature seashell-shaped floating restaurant, Perla.
Rates start from $186 for May 25-December 15 stays. A two-night minimum stay required. Refer to promo code YX1.

New in Newport!
Take a trip to the quintessential New England coastal town of Newport for a mix of American history and charm. Explore Newport’s Gilded Age mansions or take a leisurely drive along the marked scenic route along the dramatic Atlantic shoreline that circles Newport. The downtown Newport Marriott recently completed a $35 million renovation and features an outdoor terrace, a greatroom with a day/night bar, a new restaurant with remarkable views, a spa, 24-hour fitness facilities and nautically inspired guest rooms.  The hotel is just a short drive away from beaches, golfing, and vineyards.  Rates on select dates in May start from $189. 


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


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