Travel e-Scapes: July 30, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY:

Travel e-Scapes: July 30, 2015

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$100 Portland, Oregon
Valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays only
Start travel on or after August 18
Complete travel on or before November 11
Valid on United(+Fees $) via Chicago
Stopovers permitted
Purchase today, July 30
Photo: Portland Women’s Forum State Park


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

What’s Old is New Again
Vacation.com is officially launching a ‘new’ consumer website today designed to minimize hassles and online searches by helping travelers easily find local and seasoned travel agent specialists to match their specific, individual needs – free. Rather than serve as a generic online booking tool, Vacation.com instead highlights over 1,300 individually vetted travel agents whose collective expertise covers over 350 unique specializations and destinations. Travelers can use the site to select agents based on their knowledge, experience and passion for travel. Travel agent specialists featured on the website includes more than 5,500 independent retail travel agencies across the United States and Canada. Any consumer can search for a travel agent based on location, destination specialization – such as Hawaii or Africa or Europe – and/or travel niche or interest. The latter could include anything from Disney vacations or luxury cruises to spa vacations or honeymoons. There are also various categories for individual traveler needs such as military, couples, seniors, accessible travel, and gay and lesbian travel. In all, there are over 350 unique specializations that consumers can search to find the best travel agent for their needs. All vetted travel agents are featured with their key areas of expertise including their destination knowledge, their travel specialties and training, their business locations and contact details. Among the most popular specializations included on the site are those for luxury travel, river cruises, honeymoon and destination weddings and Disney vacations.

Full Travel Jacket
Gone are the days of jackets with only pockets. A hi-tech coat, the Baubax Jacket, could just be the ultimate piece of travel clothing! The concept coat is being called the ‘Swiss Army knife of travel jackets’ with 15 built-in features such as an inflatable neck pillow, gloves in the sleeve, earphone holders, eyemask in the hood, pen and stylus, and places to stash an iPad, phone, charger, passport, sunglasses and even a drink Koozie. Choose from four styles for men or women: Sweatshirt, Windbreaker, Bomber or Blazer. Crowdfunding through Kickstarter will help the BauBax jacket a reality. Donate $119 or more to receive one of the first issues during the November release — just in time for the gift-giving season. There are additional perks for larger donations.


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:
$208 San Jose, Costa Rica
Travel any available day of the week
Start travel on or after October 15
Complete travel on or before December 16
No Thanksgiving blackout dates!
Valid on American via Miami
One free stopover permitted
Purchase by August 6
Special Savings: Set along the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, the highly-rated adults-only Occidental Grand Papagayo Resort offers a per person, per night from $111 (a 45% savings) on minimum stays of four or more nights through December 20.  Reserve stays through Bookit.com.

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$735 Shanghai, China
Valid on any available day of the week
Depart August 31-September 30
Stay at least any three nights or up to six months
Purchase by August 15
Valid on Air Canada(+Fees $) via Toronto
Stopovers not permitted
Compare this rate to $2,600 on other carriers

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$1,165 Dublin / Depart September 18-October 23.  Blackout dates to ATL: August 14-18
$1,186 Venice / Depart August 23-September 7.  Rates are $1,695 on August 1-22 departures.  Blackout dates to ATL: November 1-5
$1,192 Milan / Depart August 23-September 7.  Rates are $1,701 on August 1-22 departures. Blackout dates to ATL: August 2-11
$1,259 Zurich / Depart August 23-September 15.  Rates of $1,424 valid on August 1-22 departures  
A 7-night minimum stay required
Fares are valid for Sunday-Wednesday travel and higher Thursday-Saturday
All travel must be completed on or before December 1
Purchase by August 21 (by October 23 to Dublin)
Service is nonstop to Dublin, Zurich; via Paris to other sale cities
Stopovers not permitted
Valid on Delta(+Fees $)

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

Marriott Disney Package
The Marriott Village is located one mile from the Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.  New stay-and-play packages include:

  • Three nights’ accommodations with one king or two double beds at a choice of three properties
  • ‘Discover Disney’ Three-day Disney Magic Your Way Tickets (2 Adult 1 Park 3-Day tickets)
  • Higher rate shown below: ‘Escape Disney’ Three-day Disney Magic Your Way Tickets (2 Adults, 2 Child 1 Park 3-Day tickets)
  • Complimentary transportation to the Disney Theme Parks
  • Complimentary breakfast (Springhill Suites & Fairfield Inn)

Per night from:
$287 / $469 SpringHill Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista in Marriott Village
$284 / $486 Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista in the Marriott Village
$287 / $470 Courtyard Orlando Lake Buena Vista in the Marriott Village
Rates are valid seven days a week through December 31. Park tickets must be used within 14 days of first use. Refer to Marriott promo code: THM. 

Save in Sunny San Diego
San Diego and nearby towns can be expensive to visit, especially in the summer. Starwood in conjunction with Travelzoo is running a great summer through year-end sale for San Diego hotels booked by August 5. Some weekends and holiday periods are included in the sale. The catch? Reservations are prepaid and nonrefundable. Prices vary by day of week/month.
Participating hotels and resorts:
Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa, from $149
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, from $99
The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, from $149
W San Diego, from $159
The U.S. Grant, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego, from $169
The Westin San Diego, from $149
Sheraton La Jolla, from $149
Sheraton Mission Valley San Diego, from $129
Start the booking process at Travelzoo and mention rate plan: TRVLZOO1. 


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


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