Travel e-Scapes: July 14, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Chicago

Travel e-Scapes: July 14, 2015

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$43 Chicago
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday
Start travel on or after August 25
Complete travel on or before November 18 on American 
Complete travel on or before December 16 on United 
Add $5 for other travel days
American(+Fees $) blackout dates: September 3, 4, 7, 8
No United(+Fees $) blackout dates!
Purchase by July 17
Service is nonstop

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$53 Chicago
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid any available day
Complete travel on or before June 9, 2016
No blackout dates!
Valid on American or United, nonstop

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$62 Chicago
A 7-day advance purchase required
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Complete travel on or before August 31
Purchase by July 17
Valid on American or United, nonstop


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Cuba Travel
Apple Vacations, one of the nation’s biggest vacation packagers, is entering the Cuba travel market. Travel to Cuba isn’t a fun-in-the-sun destination just yet — at least not until it becomes legal for American citizens to travel to the island. For now, U.S. citizens heading to Cuba no longer have to apply for licenses in advance to travel. However, Americans must still comply with U.S. government restrictions which require that travelers to adhere to a full schedule of so-called people-to-people activities, in which they meet with Cubans and learn about their culture.

Apple Vacations offers a five-night ‘Havana Getaway’ includes accommodations in the capital city, sightseeing and a series of people-to-people experiences — priced from $2,233 per person, double occupancy. Two departure dates are offered: September 5 and October 17.
Apple’s ‘Colors of Cuba’ includes the five-night stay in Havana, plus two additional nights in the colonial city of Trinidad. Priced from $2,733 per person, double occupancy. Three departure dates: September 11, 25 and October 8.
Packages include:
One night pre-trip hotel accommodations at Marriott Miami Airport Hotel with Welcome Briefing
Round-trip airport/hotel shuttle service
Round-trip airfare between Miami and Havana or Cienfuegos on American Airlines or Sun Country Airlines (charter)
One free checked bag (44 lbs. max. outbound, 50 lb. return flight) and one small carry-on
Escorted travel throughout, including transportation, accommodations, meals, porterage and most gratuities
Cuban Tourist Visa
U.S. departure taxes ($25 Cuban Departure Tax not included and payable at Miami airport prior to departure)
Cuban medical insurance (except for pre-existing medical conditions)

Sheraton Free Weekends
Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) members can earn one free weekend night at any Sheraton hotel or resort for every five eligible nights with the brand. The Free Weekends promotion eliminates restrictions on hotel category, allowing members to redeem their free weekend nights at any participating Sheraton property in the world (Categories 1-7). Members must register by September 15 and earn nights through September 30. Free nights can be redeemed at any of the 435+ Sheraton hotels and resorts in 75 countries — with no date restriction (based on availability).  Earned nights do not need to be consecutive and the nights redeemed can be combined. Guests can earn a maximum of three free weekend nights. A Weekend Night is defined as Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the exception of Sheraton hotels in the Middle East, Algeria, Israel and Langkawi, Malaysia, where it is defined as Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 


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:
$100 Kansas City
$107 Austin or St. Louis
$117 Des Moines
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Start travel on or after August 24
Complete travel on or before December 16
Blackout dates: September 3, 4, 7; November 24, 25, 28-30
Purchase by July 16
Valid on American(+Fees $) via Chicago or Dallas

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$142 Burlington, Vermont or Portland, Maine
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Complete travel on or before November 13 with United
Complete travel on or before June 9, 2016 with American
No blackout dates
Valid on United(+Fees $) via Newark; American(+Fees $) via Philadelphia

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$189 Mexico City
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Complete travel on or before June 9, 2016
No blackout dates
Valid on United(+Fees $) via Houston
Stopovers not permitted

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$204 Denver
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day on westbound flights operating between 7-10:30am or 7pm-midnight; east before 8:30am or 2-7pm
Complete travel on or before June 9, 2016
No blackout dates
Valid on Delta, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$524 St. Kitts & Nevis
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid Saturday only
Complete travel on or before November 28
Blackout dates: September 1-November 6
Purchase by July 14
Valid on Delta(+Fees $), nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$693 Sao Paulo, Brazil (airport code VCP)
$712 Rio de Janeiro
No advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Stay at least any three nights or up to 90 days
Complete travel on or before December 10
Purchase by July 16
Valid on American via Miami
One free stopover permitted

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$1,385 Shanghai, China
No advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Depart by August 31
Stay at least any three nights or up to three months
Purchase by July 31
Valid on Air Canada(+Fees $) via Toronto
Stopovers not permitted
Compare this rate to $2,600 offered by competitors

Round-trip from Newark:
Total price for two passengers: $2,990 to Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport 
Start travel on or after July 21
Complete travel on or before October 15
Valid on the all Business Class La Compagnie
Refer to the ‘Birthday Duo’ promotion
Passengers flying on the airline’s Boeing 757-200s will enjoy luxury seating with lie-flat bedding, high-end entertainment with personal Samsung Galaxy Tablets, Caudalie cosmetics kits, and a-la-carte cuisine created by a Michelin-star chef 
Valid on La Compagnie, nonstop
Purchase by July 21 at La Compagnie 
Round-trip Economy rates from ATL-Newark start from $218
See Clark’s Travel Tips page for details  

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 & VACATION DEALS

International Hilton Sale
Participating hotels within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands in the United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East and Africa offer a 30% savings on weekend stays through September 27. A ‘weekend’ is defined in Europe as Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday nights and in Middle East & Africa as Thursday, Friday and/or Saturday nights. A 3-day advance booking is required. Rates are non-refundable and full prepayment is required at time of booking. Once booked, reservations cannot be changed. Blackout dates may apply and vary by hotel.
Sample per night rates:
$59 Cape Town 
$74 Berlin
$77 Dubai
$94 Prague
$113 Amsterdam
$123 Venice
$210 London
Hilton brands include: Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, DoubleTree, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, and Hilton Garden Inn hotels. Book by August 23. 

Caribbean Resort Sale
Off-season, or the slow season in the Caribbean annually means deals across the sea, including Hilton’s Caribbean summer sale. The deals are offered at 18 properties with room rates from $96 a night. The ‘Stay and Play Longer’ promotion includes a 4th night free, a $100 resort credit (per stay), and kids stay free. Book by September 26 for stays through September 30. A four-night minimum stay required.  Refer to Plan Code RPPSL1 or P7L to receive all package benefits. 

New Digs in Amsterdam
The hip (and affordable) Hoxton Amsterdam has finally opened. Set in 17th- and 19th-century canal houses (facing both Herengracht and Singel canals), this 4-star hotel is ideally located in the Canal Loop area, a short walk to Dam Square and the Flower Market. The new smoke-free property features a restaurant, a bar/lounge with vintage chairs and leather sofas, and a coffee shop/cafe, a business center and concierge services. WiFi in public areas is free. Masculine guest rooms have dark herringbone wood floors, exposed beams, a wooden desk, a chair and footstool, and a bathroom with black and white tile, an open vanity and rain shower. Room amenities include refrigerators, coffee makers, free bottled water, premium bedding, free WiFi and LED TVs with cable channels.
Choose from five room types:
Shoebox Twin: Two single beds (forget doing yoga at 17 square meters)
Cosy or Cosy Canal View: (20 square meters)
Roomy or Roomy Canal View: King bed (28 square meters)
Nightly rates start from €109 for a Shoebox (about $119) and up to €211 for the largest room with a view (about $232). 


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


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