Travel e-Scapes: April 28, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Philadelphia

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$68 Philadelphia
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Start travel on or after June 18
No blackout dates
Complete travel on or before March 24, 2016
Valid on American(+Fees $), nonstop

Skip a rental car on arrival to Philadelphia International Airport and reach Center City on SEPTA’s Airport Line.  The bus route makes one intermediate stop on the 25-minute route. Service operates daily between 5:00 a.m. and 12 midnight and costs $8 one-way — cash only.  


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Credit Card Rewards Comparison
With the busy summer travel season coming up and Americans racking up billions of dollars in annual credit card debt while simultaneously leaving roughly $4 billion in rewards value on the table each year, the credit card comparison website CardHub today released its 2015 Credit Card Rewards Report (all the non-cobranded consumer credit cards from the 10 largest issuers).  A couple of highlights: Capital One is the best overall issuer for rewards, with Discover coming in a close second.  PNC Bank came in last due to a higher number of limitations than other issuers.
CardHub determined the best card for each issuer based on how much monetary worth its rewards yielded through the first 2 years of account opening. 

  • Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express – $1,073     
  • BankAmericard Travel Rewards – $972     
  • Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard – $1,621     
  • Capital One Venture Rewards – $1,482     
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred – $1,213 
  • Citi Double Cash Card – $1,141     
  • Discover it Miles -$1,284     
  • PNC CashBuilder Visa Credit Card – $998 
  • FlexPerks Travel Rewards American Express Card – $1,260 
  • Wells Fargo Propel 365 American Express Card – $882

Rewards cards aren’t one size fits all. Different factors suit some consumers more than others.  Check out CardHub for tips to help you pick the right card.
 

Plan for this year’s Musuem Day 
Saturday, September 26 is Museum Day Live!  This annual event, hosted by Smithsonian magazine, provides free admission for two people at participating museums across the country. Tickets will be avaliable for download on August 1.  Find the list of participating museums (additional museums may be randomly added).


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! GO NOW! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$29 Denver
No advance purchase required
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Complete travel on or before May 30
Valid on Frontier(+Fees $$$), nonstop
Purchase today, April 28

GO NOW! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$89 Las Vegas
No advance purchase required
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Complete travel on or before June 11
Valid on Frontier(+Fees $$$), nonstop
Purchase today, April 30

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HURRY! GO NOW! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$140 Ottawa, Ontario
No advance purchase required
Valid any available day
Complete travel on or before March 24, 2016
Valid on United(+Fees $) via Chicago

HURRY! GO NOW! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$198 Albuquerque, New Mexico
No advance purchase required
Valid any available day
Complete travel on or before March 24, 2016
Valid on American(+Fees $) via Dallas

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$176 Ft. Lauderdale
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Valid on southbound flights operating between 6-8:30A or 8:30P-midnight
Valid on northbound flights operating between 5-7:30A or 5:15P-midnight
Stay at least one Saturday night
Complete travel on or before March 24, 2016
No blackout dates!
Valid on Delta(+Fees $), nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$176 Orlando
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Valid on southbound flights operating between 5-8:30A
Valid on northbound flights operating between 5:20-7A or 7-9P
Stay at least one Saturday night
Complete travel on or before March 24, 2016
No blackout dates!
Valid on Delta(+Fees $), nonstop

TODAY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$443 (to $460 varies on destination tax) to these Latin American destinations:
Belize City, Belize
San Jose or Liberia, Costa Rica
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Managua, Nicaragua
Panama City, Panama
El Salvador, San Salvador

A 50-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Complete travel on or before February 28, 2016
No blackout dates!  
Purchase today, April 28
Valid on Delta(+Fees $), 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

Star Wars weekends at Disney
Enjoy the month-long Star Wars Weekends (Fridays-Sundays) at Walt Disney World and save on upscale accommodations at The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel.  On stays from May 15 through June 15, special rates starting from $185 will be offered.  Refer to promo code STARWARS.  Guests staying at the Swan and Dolphin are within walking distance or a short complimentary boat ride to all the festivities taking place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Resort guests will receive exclusive theme park benefits, including complimentary transportation throughout Walt Disney World Resort, Disney FastPass plus service, which allows guests to reserve up to three select theme park experiences up to 60 days in advance of their visit, and the extended park hours benefit, which allows guests to spend extra time at select attractions in one of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks each day.
The Star Wars Weekends event will showcase “Star Wars” characters roaming the theme park for meet-and-greet opportunities, conversations with ‘Star Wars’ celebrities, a ‘Star Wars’ motorcade through the park, interactive activities and exclusive merchandise.

$50 of free beach resort credit daily
50 Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts
provides an extra incentive to get away this spring, with a $50 daily resort credit ($250 max) that can be used on dining, spa treatments or additional activities at participating properties.  Book a minimum three-night stay in a Premium room category by May 14.  This ‘Spring Getaway’ promotion is valid on stays through June 30.  Participating hotel properties:

  • Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
  • CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort
  • CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
  • Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino
  • Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort
  • Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
  • JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
  • Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina
  • San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
  • St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino
  • JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo (dining credit only)
  • Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel (dining credit only)

Refer to promo code 4CL to receive the promotional rate. Advance reservations are required. A limited number of rooms are available, and blackout dates or other restrictions may apply.


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

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