Travel e-Scapes: May 14, 2015

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Travel e-Scapes: May 14, 2015
DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Cape Town, South Africa

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$810 Cape Town
$910 Nairobi, Kenya

Travel any available day
Depart October 26-December 6 or January 10-March 31, 2016
Add $62 round-trip for departures now through May 31 or August 11-October 25
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to one year
Valid on British Airways(+Fees $) via London
Bonus: Two free stopover permitted in London
Note: Routing to Nairobi requires a forced overnight in London
Purchase by May 20 (we suggest ASAP!)


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

New Downtown-Toronto Airport Train
Starting on June 6, the Union Pearson Express will travel between Toronto’s Union Station and Terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson airport every 15 minutes and will make the 15.5-mile journey in 25 minutes. The new express train is a welcome for the more than 36 million passengers that pass through Canada’s busiest airport. One-way fares start from about $23 ($27.50 CAD), with discounts available for seniors, students, families, round-trip journeys, and for those with long layovers who want to spend some time in the city. Services include complimentary WiFi on the trains and in the stations and passengers will be able to check-in for their flights and print baggage tags at Union Station. Onboard, there will be luggage racks and seats with tray tables and power outlets. The June roll-out of Union Pearson Express service is timed to coincide with Toronto’s hosting of the 2015 Pan American Games (July 10-26) and Parapan American Games (August 7-15), held every four years in the year preceding the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games. 

Memorial Day Weekend: Denver-style
Denver will offer the largest and most fun collection of Memorial Day events with a wide assortment of happenings ranging from rock concerts to art festivals, from baseball to Batman. Many of the events are free. The Downtown will be packed with food trucks, free music, art displays, and very colorful crowds, all blending with the normal offerings of museums, bars, breweries and shops.

  • May 23: 7th Annual Denver Day of Rock (free!) with five stages and 25 bands along the 16th Street Mall (there are 42 outdoor cafes on the 16th Street Mall alone).
  • May 23-25: Denver Comic Con at the Colorado Convention Center with the best in popular television shows, movies, Japanese animation, cosplay, toys, gaming, sci-fi/fantasy, and of course… comic books. Even without tickets, the area in front of the convention center along 14th Street will be filled with colorful characters willing to pose for photos.
  • May 22-24: Downtown Denver Arts Festival (free!) will be staged at the Denver Performing Arts Complex with more than 150 of Colorado’s best artists.
  • May 23: The Big Wonderful is a fun and lively outdoor sustainable market that blends food and a flea market with entertainment. The Big Wonderful features a large, outdoor craft beer and cocktail garden built out of storage containers, beach volleyball, an urban farm and an entertainment stage — all family-friendly.
  • May 23: Opening weekend of Water World, Denver’s 67-acre water park, home to more than 65 aquatic attractions, including a lazy river, an ocean wave pool and a ‘Warp Speed’ waterslide ($39.99 General Admission)
  • May 24: Red Dirt on the Rocks at the Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre in Morrison. The concert features the rootsy country rock of the Randy Rogers Band and the Casey Donahew Band ($37.50 advance, $42.50 day of show.

Take a break from all the action at one of the many huge rooftop cafes in Denver with city views and the snowcapped Rocky Mountains: Ale House at Amato’s, ViewHouse, LoDo’s Bar & Grill, Ignite, the Tavern Downtown, and Linger and Lola. Denver has one of the largest bike trail networks in America — some 850 miles of paved, off-street bike trails. A perfect way to explore the system is on Denver B-cycle, which was the first bike sharing program in America. More than 700 sturdy, red Trek bikes are available at 84 stations across the city. Swipe a credit card, and for just $9 a day, all rides of half hour or less are free. Hop on, pedal across town, and leave the bike at another station and explore the city. 


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!

HURRY! GO NOW! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$174 Cabo San Lucas-Los Cabos, Mexico
No advance purchase required
Valid Sunday-Wednesday west; Tuesday-Friday returns
Complete travel on or before June 16
Purchase by May 31
Valid on American(+Fees $) via Dallas
One free stopover permitted

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$787 Paris
Depart October 25-December 10
Add $30 per direction for Friday, Saturday outbound and/or Friday-Sunday returns
A 10-night minimum stay required; six months max
Add $20 per round-trip for minimum stays of 7 nights
Add $60 per round-trip for minimum stays of one Saturday night
Purchase by June 2
Valid on British Airways(+Fees $) via London
Stopovers not permitted

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$837 Brussels, Belgium

Depart September 10-October 28
Valid Monday, Wednesday, Sunday outbound; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday returns
Purchase by May 26
Valid on Delta(+Fees $), nonstop

TODAY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$1,122 London

Add $40 per direction for Friday, Saturday outbound and/or Friday-Sunday returns
Depart August 23-October 24
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to six months
Purchase today, May 14
Valid on United(+Fees $) via Newark or Washington DC

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

Suite Summer!
It’s time to pack up the winter clothes and welcome the warm weather. Treat yourselves to a ‘suite’ summer at more than 300 SpringHill Suites across the country and Canada. The stylish all-suite hotel brand offers spacious suites with upscale touches, and lobbies will space to work, mix or mingle. Each suite features separate living, working and sleeping spaces. The hotels also offers same-day dry cleaning, guest laundry facilities, fitness centers, express checkout and pools with whirlpool spas. Many hotels offer full-service bars featuring local craft beer, wine, cocktails and a light menu while the Market offers convenient 24/7 access to food and beverages. Guest receive daily complimentary breakfast with fresh, healthy options and hot breakfast staples. Here are some sample offers from SpringHill Suites:

  • New York City: Save up to 15% with Advance Purchase Rates, starting at $169 a night on stays through August 31.
  • Chicago: The ‘Suite Parking’ package in Downtown Chicago starts at $130 a night.
  • Dallas: Rates start from $129 a night on the ‘Discover Dallas World Aquarium’ package.
  • Denver: The ‘Sports’ package starts at $134 a night. 

Lucky in Las Vegas!
Travelers heading to Las Vegas this summer can hit the jackpot on savings with a special new deal from select Marriott hotels. The ‘Feeling Lucky in Las Vegas’ package, available on stays now through December 28, invites guests to double down with the 2-2-2 offer, featuring 20 percent off a 2-night stay with a 2 p.m. late checkout, or up the ante with the 3-3-3 offer, featuring 30 percent off a 3-night stay with a 3 p.m. late checkout. The package deals, with nightly rates from just $79. Refer to promo code SPU.

  • Las Vegas Marriott: Steps from the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas Monorail and two blocks from the Strip. On site restaurant, fitness center and outdoor pool.  
  • Courtyard Las Vegas Convention Center: Near to the monorail, providing easy access to the Las Vegas Strip, Hoover Dam and Red Rock Canyon. On site is a fitness center, outdoor pool and a bistro. Rates include free parking and complimentary WiFi. 
  • Residence Inn Las Vegas Convention Center: Located directly across from the Las Vegas Convention Center and just minutes from the world-famous Strip. On site is an outdoor pool, fitness center and Sport Court. Special amenities include complimentary WiFi, free breakfast and free parking.  
  • Residence Inn Las Vegas Hughes Center: Located near the Strip and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus (UNLV). Rates include WiFi, breakfast and free parking. 
  • Courtyard Las Vegas Summerlin: Located near the Las Vegas Springs Preserve, Mt. Charleston and Red Rock Canyon. Freebies include WiFi and parking.  

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


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