Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Nov. 13, 2006

A BROAD SMOKING BAN goes into effect statewide on Nov.14. Included in the ban are all buildings open to the public, airports (from curb to plane), outdoor sports facilities and entrances to public buildings. For more information, visit www.hawaiismokefree.com.

UNITED VACATIONS has extended its free rental car offer for 2007. United Vacations is offering a five-day Alamo economy rental with all complete Hawaii vacation packages on bookings through Dec. 1, 2007. United Vacations is also offering discounts on all other Alamo car classes with five-day rates that start at $50 for a compact car, $68 for a full-size and $148 for a convertible, minivan or Jeep. Call (800) 328-6877 or visit VaxVacationAccess.com, Amadeus AgentNet, Sabre Vacations, Worldspan Vacation Select or Vacation.com's AgentNet.

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS has launched a two-for-one air fare offer to Hawaii for travel through March 14, with a blackout between Dec. 14 and Jan. 7. The offer, for flights to Honolulu and Maui, is good on select United Airlines flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco. To qualify, reservations must be made before Dec. 14 and must include a three-night minimum stay. Bookings must be paid in full within 24 hours of reservation. Call (800) 448-3333 or visit PleasantAgent.com.  

OCTOBER WAS A MIXED BAG for Hawaii's interisland carriers. While Hawaiian reported a profit, Aloha reported a loss. Go, the upstart airline that has kept fares low since it started service in June, reported a 62.9% load factor for October. The fall shoulder season, traditionally the slowest time of the year for Hawaii tourism, is creating a pinch in passenger counts for all three interisland carriers. The pressure of competition has also impacted commuter-style carrier Island Air. While the company remains committed to the Hawaii market, benefiting from service to more isolated communities around the state, it has scrapped a planned expansion, looking instead to the mainland for new service and route opportunities.

Hawaii Editor:

Allan Seiden

Phone: (808) 734-4677

[email protected]

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