CLARK HOWARD'S ATLANTA TRAVEL   DEALS

Airfare rates noted here include ALL fees, surcharges and taxes, based on an Atlanta departure. See a deal you love? Take Clark's advice: Buy the offer immediately and then figure out why you want to go there! Major airlines accept reservations 341 days in advance. The reference "no expiration of travel" on this page indicates that the last permitted day of travel is June 25, 2016.  Naturally, we must make the following disclaimer*.


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HOT DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL DEALS

These HOT deals have no ticket-by date and could vanish at anytime. Act fast on a purchase!


  • $58 one-way rate to Dallas-Ft. Worth is valid on any available day of the week through June 25, 2016.  A 21-day advance purchase required.  No blackout dates!  Valid on American, nonstop.
     
  • $68 one-way rate to Miami is valid on any available day of the week through June 25, 2016.  A 7-day advance purchase required.  No blackout dates!  Valid on American, nonstop.  
     
  • Travel with USAirways to Denver at one-way rates of $96 on travel completed on or before June 25, 2016.  A 21-day advance purchase required.  Not valid Friday or Sunday.  No blackout dates!  Routing is via Dallas-Ft. Worth.
     
  • One-way rates to Long Beach, California are just $115 on trips completed on or before June 25, 2016.   A 14-day advance purchase required.  Travel any available day.  No blackout dates!  Valid on American via Phoenix.  
     
  • One-way rates of $136 to Salt Lake City require a 14-day advance purchase notice.  Travel any available day.  Complete travel on or before June 25, 2016. 
    No blackout dates!  Valid on American via Dallas or Phoenix.  One stopover permitted and may not exceed six hours.
     
  • Rates of $142 one-way to Burlington, Vermont or Portland, Maine are valid on any available day through November 13 (United) or June 25, 2016 (American).  A 21-day advance purchase required.  No blackout dates.  Routing is via Newark on United; via Philadelphia on AA.
     
  • Rates of $143 each way to Colorado Springs are valid on any available day of the week through June 25, 2016.  A 21-day advance purchase required.  Valid on American via Dallas-Ft. Worth.  United matches on trips completed on or before November 13 with routing via Houston.
     
  • Round-trip rates of $204 to Denver require a 21-day advance purchase notice.  Travel through June 25, 2016 on any available day on westbound flights operating between 7-10:30am or 7pm-midnight; east before 8:30am or 2-7pm.  No blackout dates.  Valid on Delta, nonstop.
     
  • NEW! Rates of $384 round-trip to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands are valid any available day of the week when booked with a 14-day or more advance purchase notice.  No minimum stay required.  Complete travel on or before June 25, 2016.  Blackout dates: December 19-28 south; December 27-January 6, 2016 north.  Valid on American via Miami.  One free stopover permitted.  Compare to Delta's rate of $605 round-trip.  Special Savings: Check out the latest resort deals in the U.S. Virgin Islands at Travelzoo.  Rates start from $105 per night.
     
  • Think Christmas!  United Airlines offers a round-trip rate of $401 to Aspen, $409 to Vail-Eagle and $425 to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for trips started on or after December 19 and through December 25.  Travel is permitted any available day during that week.  Routing is via Denver.  Stopovers not permitted.
     
  • Interested in uncovering more travel deals from around the country?  Check out Clark's National Travel Deals page.

BOOK AHEAD DOMESTIC DEALS


EXTENDED!  Purchase these one-way rates by July 31:
$43 Chicago
$48 Philadelphia
$88 Los Angeles
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday starting on or after August 11.  Complete travel on or before December 16.  Add $5 for other travel days to ORD; add $10 to LAX, PHL.  Blackout dates: September 3, 4, 7, 8; November 19-December 1.  Purchase by July 31.  Service is nonstop on American Airlines.

NEW!  Labor Day Weekend Sale! Purchase these one-way rates through July 30:
$116 Des Moines or Houston
$121 Flint
$124 Oklahoma City
$125 Hartford, New York-LaGuardia (nonstop) or Newburgh
$127 Lubbock
$131 Wichita
$133 Portland ME
$142 Tulsa
$147 Omaha
$157 Grand Rapids
$158 Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Francisco or San Jose
$163 Buffalo, Oakland or Syracuse
$165 Albuquerque
$169 Portland OR or Rochester
$170 Palm Springs, Santa Barbara or Tucson
$174 Albany
$183 Sacramento
$184 Spokane
$188 Seattle
Start travel on or after September 5.  Complete travel on or before September 8.  Valid on American via Chicago, Dallas-Ft. Worth or Philadelphia.  So far, other carriers are not matching.

NEW!  Delta initiates a new domestic sale for travel completed on or before December 16.  Sample one-way rates:
$89 Tampa
$104 Ft. Lauderdale
$109 Sarasota
$119 Austin
Fares are in Basic Economy, slightly higher Main Cabin rates and Award travel with tickets priced starting at 5,000 miles, each way on a round-trip purchase in the contiguous 48 United States.  A 14-day advance purchase required. A Saturday night stay is required.  Systemwide blackout dates: November 28-30.  Other blackout dates apply.  Purchase by August 6 at Delta.

 

 


NEW ROUTES!



Check out the many new routes announced from various U.S. gateway cities at Clark's National Travel Deals page.

TURKISH AIRLINES: Istanbul, Turkey: May 16, 2016

DELTA AIR LINES: Medellin and Cartagena, Colombia: December 19 (daily to Medellin; 3x weekly Cartagena).

SPIRIT AIRLINES NEWS!  The ultra-low cost carrier, Spirit Airlines will add additional service to and from nine new cities from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport:
Los Angeles: August 20
Boston: September 10
Ft. Myers: September 10-April, 2016
With these additional routes, Spirit Airlines will operate nonstop flights from Atlanta to 15 cities. Current nonstop routes from Atlanta include: Atlantic City, Chicago, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Detroit, Ft, Lauderdale, and Houston. Spirit offers connecting service to over 30 more domestic and international cities from Atlanta.
Before you book, learn about additional costs for carry-on bags, checked bags, advance seat assignments and more. One big gotcha: One carry-on item measuring more than 16”x14”x12” will cost you $26 when booked in advance online, or pony up $35 at the airport.


OH, CANADA!



HURRY!  The following one-way deals from United Airlines (American and Delta match to select destinations) are valid on any available day of the week through June 25, 2016.  All destinations require one flight connection. 
$122 Ottawa, Ontario: No advance purchase required
$145 Calgary, Alberta: A 7-day advance purchase required.
$146 Halifax, Nova Scotia: A 30-day advance purchase required.
$168 Quebec City, Quebec: A 21-day advance purchase required.
$190 Montreal, Quebec: A 14-day advance purchase required. 

Looking for a deal to Toronto?  One-way rates average $300 and sales are rarely offered.  However, Delta and American offer a $169 one-way rate from Chattanooga.  Connection in ATL required on Delta; Charlotte on American.  A 30-day advance purchase required. 

SOUTH OF THE BORDER


NEW!  Travel to San Jose, Costa Rica at one-way rates of $208 on trips started on or after August 25 and completed on or before December 16.  Travel any available day of the week.  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 Occidental Grand Papagayo Resort has everything you need and everything you didn’t know you wanted for an adults-only vacation. Per person, per night rates start from $111 (a 45% savings) on minimum stays of four or more nights through December 20.  Reserve stays through Bookit.com.

TODAY!  Travel to Santiago, Chile at a round-trip rate of $792 during these departure seasons:
August 10-September 18; September 22-25 or September 28-December 7.
Returns permitted by September 3 or September 14-December 17.  Travel any available day.  Stay 5-90 days.  Purchase by July 30.  Valid on American via Miami.  One free stopover permitted.    


COOL CARIBBEAN DEALS


We're working on it...


SPECIALS TO EUROPE



NEW! Deals are popping to Russia with Delta/KLM offering these round-trip rates to Moscow for late 2015/early 2016 trips:
$678 from Atlanta
Add $25 per direction for Friday, Saturday outbound and/or Friday-Sunday returns.  Depart October 24-December 15 or January 10-March 31.  Stay at least one Saturday night or up to a year.  Purchase by August 16.  Routing is via Amsterdam.  Stopovers not permitted.  

NEW!  Travel to St. Petersburg, Russia at a round-trip rate of $680 when departing October 29-December 13 or December 25-March 25, 2016.  Add $43 per direction for Friday, Saturday outbound and/or Friday-Sunday returns.  Stay at least one Saturday night or up to a year.  Purchase by August 16.  Valid on Delta/KLM via Amsterdam.  Stopovers not permitted.  

Take advantage of a round-trip offer from New York-JFK to Milan, Italy of $672 from Delta (nonstop).  Depart August 23-December 18 or December 25-May 14, 2016.  Add $25 per direction for Friday, Saturday outbound and/or Friday-Sunday returns.  A 7-night minimum stay required.  Purchase by August 11. Round-trip rates from Atlanta are $959 based on 21-day advance purchase sale fares to/from JFK.  Note: Milan's World Fair runs through October 31.

NEW NONSTOP ROUTE!  Daily nonstop service from Atlanta to Istanbul will be offered on Turkish Airlines starting May 16, 2016.  The carrier will operate Boeing 444-300ER aircraft (49 lie-flat Biz Class; 300 Economy).  Turkish Airlines offers deep discounts on connecting service to Europe and beyond (243 destinations served).  Outbound flight schedules will often require an overnight in Istanbul (no additional cost).  Sample round-trip rates: 
$699 Istanbul
$735 Malta (never lower with one connection routes!)
$737 Bologna
$740 Naples
$749 Nice
$757 Lisbon
$785 Rome
$805 Vienna
$860 Male - gateway to the Maldives Atolls for superb diving and fancy island resorts
Travel is permitted any available day starting May 16, 2016.  Seats can be booked 341 days in advance -- making June 25, 2016 the last permitted day of travel.  A Saturday night stay is required; two months max.  Purchase by September 10.   Turkish Airlines, a Star Alliance Member, has been chosen "Best Airline in Europe", "Best Airline in Southern Europe" and awarded "Best Business Class Onboard Catering", "Best Business Class Lounge Dining" in 2014 Skytrax World Airline Awards.

NEW! HOLIDAY SEASON SALE!  Travel at round-trip rates of $930 to London on any available day of the week on November 1-March 31, 2016 departures.  No blackout dates!  Stay at least one Saturday night or up to one year.  Purchase by August 4.  Valid on Delta, nonstop.

NEW! End of Season Sale! Purchase these round-trip rates through August 21 at Delta:
$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 tickets to Dublin by October 23.  Service is nonstop to Dublin, Zurich; via Paris to other sale cities.  Stopovers not permitted.

NEW! HOLIDAY SEASON SALE!  Looking for deals on Business Class travel to Europe?  Delta is running a sale through August 4 for winter travel.  The new Delta One premium experience offers complimentary Delta Sky Club access, menu selections, flat-bed seats with direct aisle access and more luxurious amenities.  
Sample round-trip rates:
$2,658 Frankfurt
$3,589 Zurich
Outbound travel from U.S. to Europe is permitted between November 21-27 or December 14-January 2, 2016 departures.  Returns permitted November 26-December 2 or December 21-January 6, 2016.  Just a 3-night minimum stay required.  

NEW! The total price for two passengers of $2,990 from Newark to Paris Charles De Gaulle are offered during the all Business Class La Compagnie "Birthday Duo" promotion.  Depart on or after July 21 and complete travel on or before October 15.   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.  Purchase by July 31 at La Compagnie.  Service is nonstop.


DOWN UNDER DEALS



Travel to Auckland, New Zealand from Los Angeles at round-trip rates of $1,174 on departures through September 21; November 1-30 or February 1-April 5, 2016. No advance purchase required. Add $25 per direction for Friday-Sunday travel. Purchase by August 3. Valid on Air New Zealand, nonstop.


AMAZING ASIA DEALS



Travel from Los Angeles to Denpasar, Bali at a round-trip rate of $834. Depart August 1-November 20. Add $50 per direction for Friday, Saturday travel. No minimum stay required; one year max. Valid on Singapore Airlines via Singapore. One free stopover permitted. Purchase by July 31.

NEW!  Round-trip rates of $735 to Shanghai, China are valid on any available day on August 31-September 30 departures.  Stay at least any three nights or up to six months.  Purchase by August 15.  Valid on Air Canada via Toronto.  Stopovers not permitted.  Compare this rate to $2,600 on other carriers.

NEW!  Round-trip rates of $735 to Beijing, China are valid on any available day on September 1-December 10 departures.  Stay at least any three nights or up to three months.  Purchase by July 31.  Valid on Air Canada via Toronto.  Stopovers not permitted.  Compare this rate to $1,460 on Delta.


AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST / INDIA



NEW! Two separate ticket purchases are required to land a round-trip deal of $758 to Tel Aviv, Israel from Atlanta.
Ticket #1: Philadelphia-Tel Aviv is $662 round-trip and valid on any available day of the week when departing October 24-December 15 or January 10-March 27, 2016. 
Add $30 per round-trip for August 26-October 3-23 (not valid October 4-8).  Stay at least one Saturday night or up to 90 days.  Service is nonstop.  Purchase at American through July 30.
Ticket #2: Atlanta-Philadelphia round-trip of $96 is valid on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday from August 11-December 16.  Add $10 for other travel days.  Service is nonstop.  Purchase at American by July 31.  
Compare the $758 round-trip rate to Delta's $1,472; $1,096 on United.

Rates of $950 round-trip to Casablanca, Morocco are valid departures through July 31 or August 26-October 25 departures. A 7-day advance purchase required. Add $30 per direction for Thursday-Saturday departures; Friday-Sunday returns. Stay one Saturday night or up to a year. Purchase by August 16. Valid on Delta via Paris. Stopovers not permitted.

Round-trip rates of $1,237 to Cape Town, South Africa are valid on September 13-December 6 or January 10-March 31, 2016 departures.  Travel any available day.  Stay at least one Saturday night or up to one year.  Valid on American via London.  One free stopover permitted (4 or more hours).  Purchase by July 30.  Compare to KLM's round-trip rate of $1,844.


WHEEL DEALS



Search prices at gas filling stations in all 50 states and narrow down to the city or zip code at Fuel Price Finder, a free AAA source. Also, try out the Fuel Cost Calculator (enter start point/destination/vehicle make, year, model) to get the estimated fuel cost for your next road trip.

AutoSlash searches the web for discount coupons on car rentals that coordinate with your car reservation and applies them after you book. It then continually checks for lower rates and coupons until your trip date and automatically applies any discounts it finds.

Board the bus.  Ride the rails.  Find the best routes and fares for trips across the U.S. and Canada at Wanderu.  It's all there - inter-city buses and trains between any two points.  Purchase tickets for the Acela Express, BoltBus, Greyhound, Megabus, Red Coach and dozens more.


SPECIAL LIMITED-TIME OFFERS



NEW!  A bundled and upscales air + land package to Thailand from World Spree lets you explore Bangkok's flower market, see elephants play at a conservation center and explore the ancient city of Ayutthaya.  The sale rate of $1,599 per person (a savings of $1,250) includes round-trip airfare from LAX (ATL-LAX rates from $156 round-trip), one intra-country flight, 11 nights in 4- and 5-star hotels, daily breakfast, seven lunches and two dinners, English-speaking tour guide, taxes, and fees.  This special package is offered on 32 departures in 2016, including Thailand's high season, November-March.  Book by August 5.  Start the reservation process at Travelzoo.

NEW!  Qantas Vacations offers an 8-Day Sydney Super Deal with rates from $1,999.  Here's what's included:
Round-trip travel between Los Angeles and Sydney, Australia
Five-night hotel stay in Sydney
Cruise on Sydney Harbour to see all the highlights including the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge
Guided city sightseeing tour around Sydney and Bondi Beach
Airline taxes and fuel surcharges
Qantas Vacations 24-hour Emergency Travel Assistance
And, a choice of one of the following:
Wild Life Sydney – encounter some of the most loved, feared and unique animals that are native to Australia
Sydney Sea Life Aquarium – home to over 650 different species of aquatic creatures including sharks, dugongs, penguins and platypus
Sydney Tower – 820 feet high you will have a 360 degree view over the stunning Sydney skyline
Manly Sea Life – a sanctuary for sealife where you can take an active part in the breeding, rescue and protect program
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Valid on Sunday-Wednesday departures between July 24-August 13 or August 17-September 17.  Purchase at Qantas Vacations by September 2.  Refer to tour code SO15112.  Note: Visitors of all nationalities must obtain a visa prior to arrival ($25). 

British Airways offers special savings for AARP members on round-trip ticket purchases made at BA.com
Save $65 in World Traveller Economy Class
Save $130 World Traveller Plus Premium Economy
Save $400 in Club World Business Class or First Class
Customer must be an AARP member or must travel with an AARP member to be eligible for this exclusive offer.  Valid for outbound travel through March 31, 2016.  Tickets must be purchased on or before October 31.  The discount does not apply to open jaw journey (only round-trip with same origin and destination permitted).  Not valid if booked through BA call center or with a travel agent or travel website.  All discounted fares will be highlighted with a red 'Discount'.


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