Travel e-Scapes: June 25, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Western Europe

Travel e-Scapes: June 25, 2015

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$829 Amsterdam / Depart August 26-October 23
$884 Amsterdam / Depart October 26-December 15 or January 10-March 27, 2016
$858 London / Depart October 26-December 15 or January 10-March 27, 2016
$904 London / Depart August 26-October 23
$860 Paris / Depart August 26-October 23
$875 Paris / Depart October 26-December 15 or January 10-March 27, 2016
Add $30 per direction for Friday, Saturday outbound and/or Friday-Sunday returns
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to six months
Valid on British Airways(+Fees $): nonstop to London; via Philadelphia to AMS; via Chicago-ORD to Paris
Purchase by June 30 (we suggest ASAP)
​Note: Rates are lower to Amsterdam and Paris for travel during autumn vs. winter months!


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

This Weekend!
Callaway Gardens is hosting .38 Special and Special Guest, Sam Koon this Friday, June 26 at Robin Lake Beach. ‘Rockin’ Into the Night,’ ‘Hold on Loosely,’ ‘Caught Up in You,’ ‘Fantasy Girl,’ ‘Second Chance,’ and more – from the opening chord you are sure to recognize these timeless hits from Southern Rock band, .38 Special. Bring a chair or a blanket and stop by the Robin Lake Beach Pavilion & Beach Bar for great food and drinks all night long. Go early to check out the FSU Flying High Circus performance before the concert at 6 p.m. Concert tickets can be purchased online in advance for $25 per person, and same-day tickets are $35. Parking is $10 beginning at 4 p.m. (free parking for Annual Passholders and Callaway Connection members). No outside food and beverage is permitted. 

Fee Frenzy!
Domestic airlines chalked up record fees from passengers who check luggage or make changes to their reservations. In the first three months of this year, airlines took in $1.6 billion in such fees, up 7.4% from the same period last year. During the past 12 months, the airlines took in $3.6 billion in bag fees and another $3 billion in reservation change fees, typically $200 for domestic tickets and as high as $1,000 for an international itinerary.  
Most airlines charge $25 for the first checked bag, but the fees are on the rise for additional pieces and overweight bags.
Other changes may see the profit on fees climb higher:
JetBlue will begin charging customers purchasing its lowest fares for checked bags (cost and effective date unknown).
United Airlines has recently reduced the number of free checked bags for its elite flyers.
Remember, budget travelers: Southwest Airlines still doesn’t charge a fee for checked baggage!
Other gotcha fees:
Up to $200 to change a domestic ticket, plus the difference in the airfare at the time of the change.
Advance/Preferred seating can range from $9 for short haul flights to $300 for international flights. Most passengers pay $25-$50 for preferred seats.
WiFi can cost up to $30 a flight. Purchase a one-day Gogo pass in advance at prices from $16.
Deep discount airlines charge to print boarding passes at the airport, check bags at the airport or for more than one carry-on piece.
Don’t forget to bring an empty water bottle and fill it at airport fountains. Spirit, Allegiant and Frontier all charge for water onboard. Really.


SPECIAL 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!

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$633 Ho Chi Minh City-Saigon, Vietnam
Add $25 for Friday-Sunday travel
Depart August 23-December 16
Stay at least any five nights or up to one year
Purchase by July 2
Valid on United(+Fees $) via Newark and Hong Kong
Add a stopover for $100 additional per stop

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$758 Johannesburg, S. Africa
$956 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Add $30 for Friday-Saturday travel
Depart August 26-October 23
Stay one Saturday night or up to a month
Purchase by June 30
Valid on Lufthansa(+Fees $) via Frankfurt
Stopovers not permitted

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$847 Buenos Aires, Argentina
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Stay at least any three nights
Complete travel on or before August 15
Purchase by June 30 only at Delta.com(+Fees $)
Service is nonstop

TODAY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$890 Rio de Janeiro or San Paulo, Brazil
A 7-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Depart August 4-December 6
Stay 3-90 days
Complete travel on or before December 10
No blackout dates
Purchase today, June 25
Valid on American(+Fees $) via Miami
One free stopover permitted

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$911 Santiago, Chile
Valid Monday-Thursday only
Depart August 10-September 18 or October 1-December 14
Return by September 5 or September 19-December 17
Stay at least any five nights or up to one year
Purchase only at Delta.com(+Fees $)
Service is 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 AIR & FLORIDA DEALS

Explore Norway
Experience Norway with unlimited flights for two weeks! The Explore Norway Ticket is valid for unlimited travel for 14 days in 3 zones. Choose between traveling in one zone, two zones or the whole of Norway – now through August 27. The offer comes from Widerøe, a carrier serving more than 40 destinations in Norway.
Travel in one zone for $435; two zones for $525 or the whole of Norway for $620.
Choose from these three areas:

  • The Southern Norway Zone covers all destinations south of and to/from Trondheim
  • The Nordland Zone includes Trondheim, Nord-Trøndelag, Nordland and to/from Tromso
  • The Finnmark Zone covers the whole Finnmark, including Sørkjosen and Tromsø in Troms

A 25% discount applies for children ages 2-11 when traveling with a parent or grandparent (no under age 12 solo travel permitted). You may fly as much as you like (not more than 4x on each segment). Except for the first flight, you are free to change your itinerary within your travel period. You can book up to two hours before departure, but availability might be limited on the most popular flights. 

Yeah for Teachers!
Teachers deserve a summer break, too! The W Fort Lauderdale is offering all educators summer rates starting at $149 a night, plus a Hall Pass for $10 a night valet (normally $37.10). The deal is offered to all teachers, administrators, faculty and staff on Sunday-Thursday stays through September 30. The hotel offers daily complimentary beach bootcamp and yoga. Refer to promo code SCHOOL. 

Room with a Boat
The Naples Bay Resort & Marina pairs an overnight stay with a full-day boat rental at rates from $239 a night. The offer is good on Monday-Thursday stays this summer. The boats are equipped with Bluetooth sound systems, wet bars, touch screen GPS and seating for 10. The room/boat offer allows guests to explore the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge and parks and beaches.  


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


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