Hawaii operators roll out agent incentives, packages

HONOLULU -- Hawaii wholesalers introduced incentives and special promotions and packages.

  • Travel Impressions came out with the Mahalo spring bonus -- 15% commission on all Hawaii air/land and land-only bookings. The offer is valid for bookings March 1 to April 30 for travel anytime. Prices start at $165 per person, double, for a land package featuring five nights at Outrigger Hobron in Waikiki. The company offers more than 120 properties on six islands; airline partners are American, Continental, Delta, Hawaiian and Aloha. Travel Impressions Phone: (800) 284-0044
  • Delta Vacations doubled the bonus points for certain Hawaii bookings as part of its Travel Agent Loyalty Program. Agents gain points that earn free tickets on Delta. Double Bonus applies to bookings at 28 properties on Oahu and Maui, for travel through Dec. 31 with deposits made by May 31. Launched in January, the loyalty program provides 1,500 points per traveler for each Hawaii booking made that includes purchase of the company's protection plan, and 750 points without the protection plan. Under double bonus, 3,000 and 1,500 points are awarded, respectively, and agents can earn a free Delta domestic ticket for booking nine travelers with the protection plan, and a free international ticket with 17 travelers. Delta Vacations Phone: (800) 301-6400
  • United Vacations is promoting a fourth-night free package at Hilton Turtle Bay Golf and Tennis Resort on Oahu's north shore, for travel April 21 through June 3. Packages include air on United, five nights accommodations, a five-day Avis or Alamo rental car, and hotel taxes. Prices, reflecting the free night, start at $719 from San Francisco, and $999 from Chicago, Denver and New York. United Vacations Phone: (800) 328-6877.
  • Gogo Worldwide Vacations has a campaign under way with the Oahu Visitors Bureau, promoting special packages for travel through June 7. Packages include roundtrip air on American, five nights accommodations (with a choice of 21 Oahu properties), a lei greeting, transfers, sightseeing, and room tax. Prices, from New York (Newark), for example, range from $699 per person, double, (at Outrigger Maile Sky in Waikiki) to $1,389 (Ihilani Resort & Spa in West Oahu). For information, agents can contact their local Gogo offices.
  • Fantasy Holidays started a promotion with Outrigger properties. Six-night land package rates reflect one free night. Examples are: Outrigger Prince Kuhio in Waikiki, for $346 per person, double; Outrigger Kauai Beach, $357, and Outrigger Wailea Resort, $462. Prices are effective through the year, with some blackout dates. Fantasy offers a free Waikiki Trolley pass with all packages that include a seven-night stay, when at least one night is in Waikiki. United is Fantasy's carrier partner. Fantasy Holidays Phone: (800) 645-2555
  • Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays has a promotion with Pacific Beach Hotel providing a fifth night free and breakfast for two daily through June 30. The offer is for partial-ocean through oceanfront categories. Land-only package prices for five nights range from $319 to $472 per person, double, depending on room category, and include airport transfers. Pleasant Hawaiian Phone: (800) 242-9244.
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