One of the biggest sellers of Hawaii travel, Pleasant Hawaiian
Holidays (the Hawaii marketing division of Pleasant Holidays) is
offering a variety of hotel and condo vacations, individual and
multi-island packages, fly/drive programs and escorted luxury
holidays for 1998.
"Last year, we started scheduled nonstop service on Saturdays
and Sundays from Seattle to Maui -- the only nonstops on this route
-- by American Trans Air, and we are continuing this service this
year," said Ken Phillips, director of corporate communications for
Agents can also book the operator's new $998 Pleasant Air Pass
which features unlimited travel through Dec. 31 (some blackout
dates may apply) on American Trans Air from either Los Angeles or
San Francisco to Maui or Oahu, which represents substantial savings
for clients who travel often to Hawaii.
"Also, for our three- and four-island Best of Hawaii deluxe
escorted programs, this year we are using Sheraton exclusively in
Maui, Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island," Phillips said.
The packages feature Sheraton hotels and include food credits
during certain periods of the year.
There are several ways in which agents can boost their earnings
when they book Pleasant Hawaii's programs, said Philipps. "Our base
agent's commission is 10%, but we have override agreements based on
productivity," he said.
"One of our big emphases in 1998 is on luxury properties,
particularly through our new luxury Pleasant Concierge Service,
which is based on suites, and is, therefore, a good way for agents
to increase their commissions.
"In Hawaii, the average cost of a suite is $907 a night," said
Phillips. "For 1998, the concierge service features suite
accommodations at 31 properties throughout the islands, ranging in
price from $155 to $5,000 per night.
"In light of the last two big hits involving commission caps,
agents should be using wholesalers more than ever, because it
enables them to continue getting their full commissions on air,"
Phillips said, adding that agents who book first class air with
Pleasant Hawaiian "will enjoy considerable savings over what they
pay when they book directly with the airlines."
Sample Pleasant Hawaiian Packages for Maui, Molokai and Lanai
include:Seven nights at the Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, Maui, including
roundtrip air from the West Coast, priced from $1,010 per person,
double.Two-night land-only Molokai Ranch package, priced at $373 per
person, double, includes accommodations in "tentalows" --
comfortable one- and two-unit tents mounted on wooden platforms and
set in the hillside.Two-Night land-only package on Lanai, priced from $328 per
person, double at the Manele Bay Hotel, and from $369 at the Lodge
For a supply of the operator's 1998 Hawaii brochures,
information or reservations, contact Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays at
(800) 2-HAWAII, or www.pleasantholidays.com.
Condominium Connection pays 13% on all Hawaii properties and
rental cars. Sample packages include:Fifth Night Free plan at the Aston Wailea Resort, Maui, based
on rates from $155 per night (clients who book rooms priced from
$199 also receive one category upgrade and buffet breakfasts for
two).Seventh Night Free at the Maui Park (some blackout dates
apply), where rates start at $83 per night until April 1 and from
$77 from April 1 to Dec. 19.
For reservations, contact Condominium Connection at (800)
MTI Vacations' 1998 Aloha Hawaii tour offerings includes a
choice of more than 30 Maui hotel/condo packages as well as Lanai
and Molokai vacations. Sample packages include (rates are per
person, per night, and include hotel taxes of 10.167%):7th Night Free Maui Coast Hotel package, priced from $61, also
features a Kids (under 18) Stay Free plan and honeymoon, meal and
sightseeing options.The Palms at Wailea's First Night Free plan, based on a minimum
seven-night stay, is priced from $52 (blackout dates apply), and
includes a Kids (under 18) Stay Free offer.Kaluakoi Villas, Molokai, 4th Night Free package, priced from
$44 per night, also features a Kids (under 19) Stay Free plan and
honeymoon and Senior Savers' options.
For reservations, call MTI Vacations at (800) 635-1333.
Runaway Tours' 1998 Hawaii programs feature United Airlines'
nonstop service directly to Maui from Los Angeles and San
Francisco, money-saving Special Values programs and an expanded
selection of properties. Packages include:Three- and seven-night Maui packages, featuring a choice of
more than 20 properties, priced from $162 per person, double (plus
air fare) for the three-night plan and from $378 for the
seven-night package, including sales tax. Clients can add various
options, such as Dollar rental cars, priced from $30 daily and $170
weekly, with unlimited mileage.Three- and seven-night Molokai packages, based on a choice of
accommodations, including Marc Resorts' Ke Nani Kai, where rates
are from $161 per person, double, for three nights, and from $375
for seven nights.
For reservations, call Runaway Tours at (800) 622-0723.
American Airlines Hawaii Vacations offers its AAdvantage Club
members mileage on the Hawaii Vacations packages, including the
inter-island segments served by Hawaiian Airlines.
Sample packages include Three-Night Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Maui
package, priced from $242 per person, double (land only), includes
daily American buffet breakfast for two, flower lei greeting on
arrival, Hawaii sales and occupancy taxes and amenities.
A three-night Lodge at Koele, Lanai package, priced from $515
per person, double (land only), includes roundtrip airport
transfers, flower lei greeting on arrival and Hawaii sales and
For reservations, call American Airlines' Vacations Desk at
(800) 321-2121; Web site www.americanair.com.
Royal Hawaiian Cruises is offering whale-watching cruises aboard
the high-tech Navatek II on Maui (other vessels used on the other
islands) daily, except Fridays, during whale-watching season (from
about mid-December to mid-April on Maui).
Sample cruises include a Morning Whale-Watching and Snorkeling Sail
from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., priced at $125 for adults; $95 for children
12 to 17 and $75 for children 5 to 11, and includes a cruise to
Lanai's snorkeling sites and naturalist and Hawaiian arts and
crafts programs, plus breakfast and lunch.
The Afternoon Whale-Watching cruise from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., is
priced at $39 for adults and $26.50 for children two to 11, and
includes a sail along the West Maui Coast, naturalist program and
A Sunset Dinner Cruise and Whale-Watch from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.,
is priced at $87 for adults and $55 for children 2 to 11. It
includes South Maui Coast sail with live music, regional cuisine
and two drinks.
For reservations, call Royal Hawaiian Cruises at (800)