Travel e-Scapes: August 6, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Chicago

Travel e-Scapes: August 6, 2015

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$40 Chicago-O’Hare
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday
Complete travel on or before November 18
Valid on American or United, nonstop
Add $5 for 14-day advance travel notice


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Orlando’s Magical Dining Month
Beginning August 24 during a special preview week, and continuing throughout September, select Orlando restaurants will offer three-course, prix fixe dinners for just $33. Orlando’s Magical Dining Month is celebrating its 10th year with more than 70 Orlando area restaurants participating. The three-course dinner includes the choice of an appetizer, entree and dessert (tax, gratuity not included). Advance reservations are encouraged as some will fill up quickly! Whether you arrive at the restaurant as a walk-in guest or with advance reservations, simply ask your server for the Magical Dining Month menu. No vouchers, coupons or flyers are needed. To make a reservation, go to the Restaurants & Menus page to select your favorite restaurant, then click on the restaurant’s online reservations button. 

Ride the Rails in Europe
Now you have more time to explore historic Germany and enjoy Oktoberfest. Book a German Rail Pass Free Day Promotion and get 2 free days with a 10-day consecutive or a 10-day within one-month pass, and 4 free days with a 15-day consecutive pass. (Free travel days are already included in the drop down selection.) Book by September 29. Travel is valid through October 31. Refer to coupon code: OKTOBERFEST20.

With the BritRail Pass Free Day Promotion, get an extra day of travel free when you book a BritRail, BritRail England, or BritRail South West Pass by September 16. And if you book any of these BritRail Passes in first class, get a free 1-day London Travel Card (one free per person; maximum of two per booking). Explore cities, towns, castles and other historic sites in England, Scotland and Wales. Book by September 16. Travel through December 31.  

Enjoy great discounts on travel to Europe’s vacation destinations such as Paris, Lyon, Frankfurt, Brussels and Luxembourg with the TGV & Intercites First Class train tickets sale. The world speed record holder, the TGV zips from city to city at up to 201 mph. Prices start from $42 one-way. Book by August 21.

Now there’s one less connection to make when you’re traveling from Rome Fiumicino Airport to popular stops in Italy, including Florence, Bologna, Padova and Venice. After a long flight it’s nice to skip the airport connection, usually required to get you to Rome Termini, the city’s central station. The high-speed Frecciargento-Trenitalia travels directly from Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO airport code) with two daily departures in each direction:
To Florence Santa Maria Novella in 2 hours 14 minutes
To Bologna in 3 hours
To Padova in 4 hours
To Venice Santa Lucia in 4 hour 27 minutes
Book your Trenitalia e-ticket and print at home (seat reservation included) at ACP Rail


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! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$74 Denver
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday only
Complete travel on or before July 2, 2016
Valid on American via Chicago-O’Hare or Dallas-Ft. Worth
Stopovers not permitted

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$78 Los Angeles
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Complete travel on or before November 18
Valid on American, nonstop
Purchase today, August 6

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$98 New York-LaGuardia
No advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before January 4, 2016
No blackout dates!
Valid on American, nonstop

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$182 Cancun
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week on southbound flights operating between 930-1130am; north between 230-430pm
Complete travel on or before July 2, 2016
No blackout dates!
Valid on Delta, nonstop

HURRY! Roundtrip from Atlanta:
$196 New York-LaGuardia
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week on northbound flights operating between 6-7am or 4-9pm; south 6-9am or 8-11pm
Complete travel on or before July 2, 2016
No blackout dates!
Valid on Delta, nonstop

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$202 Cabo San Lucas-Los Cabos or Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
No advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before July 2, 2016
No blackout dates!
Valid on American via Dallas-Ft. Worth
One free stopover permitted

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$316.50 Honolulu, Oahu
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid Monday-Thursday only in each direction
Depart by November 19 or November 25-December 12
Return by November 28 or December 4-14
Final travel day is December 14
No blackout dates
Valid on American via Dallas-Ft. Worth, Los Angeles or Phoenix
Stopovers not permitted

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$449 San Jose, Costa Rica
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Complete travel on or before December 16
No blackout dates
Valid on American via Dallas-Ft. Worth or Miami
One free stopover permitted
Purchase today, August 6

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 DEALS

Europe Hostels
Hostels are not cookie cutter in size or style. Yes, some are zero-frills dormitory living, but hostel lodging can also be found in castles, moored ships, in a converted jumbo jet, alpine chalets, lakefront villas, former prisons, medieval manor houses to former choirboys’ dorm. Consider booking a hostel for budget solo journeys to ‘groupaway’ trips with extended family and friends, or gal or guy pre-wedding celebrations.

Generator is an affordable luxury hotel brand offering accommodations to stay together without the hassle of tight quarters in 8 cities across Europe. From clubbing in Paris, Barcelona, and Berlin, to pub crawls in London and Dublin, to infamous sites in Venice, Generator hotels are in the heart of the action (including Hamburg and Copenhagen), and offer everything for an overseas group adventure.
Each Generator property offers these standard amenities:
Unique 24-hour public spaces to have a few beers, relax and meet people from all over the world
Complimentary WiFi
Events with local artists and musicians for an authentic experience in each city
24-hour laundry facilities
Snacks to fuel up before heading out to explore your destination
Rates are as low as $25 per bed, per night for dorm-style accommodations (ranging from 4 – 10 beds). Or, opt for private accommodations (featuring one or two beds) for $40 per room. There are options to splurge on a penthouse with a private balcony for $100.

Paris will soon be home to Les Piaules, a hotel-hostel crossover in the 11th arrondissement (Belleville). Set in an Art Deco building, the property will feature a rooftop bar overlooking the Eiffel Tower and Sacre Coeur. Shared accommodations start from $27 per person, per night. The hostel will also offer private rooms for two (2 of 7 rooms are on the rooftop!) from $50 per person, per night – including a private bathroom. Les Piaules is slated to open in September.  
Want to explore more of the hostel options in Europe? Hostel World is the best place to start to research locations by price and guest reviews. 

Save on Bermuda Lodging
With its pink-sand beaches, crystal clear waters and beautiful blue skies, Bermuda is the very definition of ‘summery.’ It’s much closer than you think – located in the Atlantic Ocean off of North Carolina’s coast and a three-hour nonstop flight from Atlanta (Delta, from $687 round-trip or three-night air/land vacations from $1,073 per person).
The 21-square mile island is packed with outdoor adventures, seven world-class golf courses, unique historic and cultural experiences and welcoming British locals. Enjoy 21 free or nearly free things to do in Bermuda, including historic walking tours and reenactments, street fairs to cliff jumping.   The announcement that Bermuda will host the 35th America’s Cup in 2017 has brought a fresh energy to the destination, with new and redeveloped hotels, must-visit attractions and restaurants adding to the island spirit.
Stretch out summer through November 25 with the option to receive a complimentary third, fourth or fifth night, based on a three-night stay.
Participating hotels include: 
Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa – Third night free
Coco-Reef Resort – Third, Fourth and Fifth night free
Coral Beach & Tennis Club – Fifth night free
Elbow Beach Bermuda – Fifth night free
Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda Resort – Third night free
Grotto Bay Beach Resort – Third night free
Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, a Fairmont Managed Hotel – Third night free
Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort & Spa – Fourth night free
Pompano Beach Club – Fourth night free
The Reefs Resort & Club – Fifth night free (August 24-October 18); Fourth night free (October 19-November 30)
Rosewood Tucker’s Point – Fourth night free
The St George’s Club – Fifth night free
Book now for travel from August 24-November 25 at Go To Bermuda.


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


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