Travel e-Scapes: June 30, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Burlington, Vermont

Travel e-Scapes: June 30, 2015

HURRY!  One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$142 Burlington, Vermont
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Complete travel on or before November 13
Valid on United(+Fees $) via Chicago or Newark


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

New Airport Signage
What’s the best and least expensive way into town from an airport? In the case of arriving into the massive London Heathrow Airport, is the train cheaper than a taxi? A new airport service can now help you determine the best way into central London. Europe’s busiest airport has installed digital smart screens at Terminal 2 baggage claim that display taxi and train information in real time, including prices, traffic, and travel times that aid passengers to make the best decisions for onward travel. The screens were produced and paid for in part by Heathrow Express, a train service that connects Paddington to the airport. The info provided isn’t biased toward rail travel, but might also suggest that a door-to-door taxi might be less expensive for a group traveling by taxi. The informational screens will be soon expanded to the baggage claims of terminals 3 and 5.

If you’re London-bound soon, just what is the best and least expensive way into town? The Heathrow Express is about $57 round-trip, per person to Paddington Station (you’ll have to pony up again for a tube ride to your final destination). The service runs every 15 minutes with a trip duration of 15 minutes. If there are two or more traveling together, consider Minicab service. The rate for three passengers, for example, with three suitcases costs about $72 each way — directly to your desired address. Seven passenger vehicles are available for four passengers with bags for about $88. 

Orlando Park Savings
A visit to the Orlando Visitor Center can also garner a savings of up to $30 off gate prices to Universal Orlando, which start at $149.99 for a two-day ticket. And, save up to $22 off admission prices to SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa. Both parks also offer combo tickets to SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Aquatica with a savings of up to $46. Weekday prices start at $75. 


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!

TODAY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$49 Chicago, Miami or Philadelphia
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Start travel on or after August 22
Complete travel on or before December 16
No blackout dates!
Valid on American(+Fees $), nonstop
Purchase today, June 30

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$147 Orange County-Santa Ana, California
$157 Fresno, California
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Start travel on or after August 25
Complete travel on or before December 16
Blackouts: September 4, 7; November 24, 25, 28-30
Valid on United(+Fees $) via Denver
Purchase by July 2

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$157 Santa Barbara, California
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Start travel on or after August 25
Complete travel on or before December 16
Blackouts: September 4, 7; November 24, 25, 28-30
Valid on United(+Fees $) via Denver
Purchase by July 2

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$699 Istanbul
$735 Malta (never lower with one connection routes!)
$737 Bologna
$740 Naples
$749 Nice
$785 Rome
$805 Vienna
$860 Male, gateway to Maldives Atolls, superb diving and fancy island resorts
Travel is permitted any available day of the week
Start travel on or after May 16, 2016
Seats can be booked 341 days in advance – making May 26, 2016 as the last permitted day of travel
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to two months
Valid on Turkish Airlines(+Fees $) via Istanbul
One free stopover permitted
Turkish arrives into Istanbul at 5PM one day later than departure day
Consider the free stopover before heading to your final destination
Purchase by September 10

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

Save in Scottsdale
The AAA Five-Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is hosting a three-month ‘Summer at the Princess’ event with affordable rates and tons of activities for the whole family. The resort’s five pools include the SplashRider X-treme, a roller water ball that operates on weekends (tickets required). In the afternoons, enjoy games, tie dying, badminton, and more at the Sonoran Splash Pool. On Friday and Saturday evenings in the summer, enjoy the Techno Glo party at the pool, including LED hula hooping and techno music. For a more low-key evening, check out the Dive In Movies at the South Pool.
Guests can add-on the Kids Resort Dining Passport, which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner at the resort’s restaurants (ordering from the children’s menu) for $29 per day (purchase on site).
Zip Line on the Zipper – a 37-foot high zip line, open on weekends (additional fee).  And for more fun, try fishing or take a nature walk. There are numerous activities for kids including Trailblazers (for kids aged 5-12). Activities include sports, swimming, animal encounters, and more for an additional fee. Kids can also enjoy the Kids Club (a half-day for up to three children per family is included in the resort fee).
The ‘Upgrade Your Summer’ package rate starts at $169 weekdays; $189 on weekends. Stays include accommodations in a Casita Signature Junior Suite. These 850 sq.ft. suites feature a separate bedroom (two doubles or one king) with a shell-shaped walk-in shower, a large sitting area with a gas fireplace, a sofabed and a round marble table that seats four.
The ‘Sip, Savor, and Splash’ package includes a $50 daily resort credit at rates from $169 on Sunday-Thursday arrivals; $189 weekends. Both packages valid on stays through September 7. On site are four award-winning restaurants, an innovative wellness program Well & Being Spa (formerly Willow Stream Spa) and two 18-hole championship golf courses. 

Falls Wine Package
The Niagara Falls Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa in Ontario offers a wine tasting package for autumn and winter visits. The ‘Niagara Wine Escape’ package includes deluxe accommodations, two VIP wine-tasting passes for Jackson-Triggs and Inniskillin wineries (value of $32); a $40 (in Canadian dollars) dinner voucher for the Terrapin Grille; daily breakfast buffet ($32 value); in-house wine tasting; and free casino and hop-on-off shuttle passes ($13). Rates from $145 USD during September and October; from $136 USD November-early April. Refer to promo code CUE.
The hotel is Niagara’s premier AAA four-diamond, 5-star luxury property located just 100 yards from Niagara Falls with every guest room having the best views of the Falls. The location is a shuttle ride away from Casino Niagara and the Fallsview Casino Resort. 


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


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