Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-Letter: September 2, 2002

SUNTRIPS is cutting back on its charter flights from Oakland, Calif., to Hawaii, citing lower demand for travel. The company canceled its Sunday, Monday and Thursday flights, starting in September, but is keeping its Friday and Saturday flights. Passengers will be protected on Aloha Airlines, which operates scheduled service from Oakland to Hawaii. SunTrips said it would resume Monday charter flights Oct. 7.

MEANWHILE, SunTrips will offer Oakland-Kona (Big Island) service on Nov. 24 and Dec. 1 to meet the high demand of the Thanksgiving period.

MARC RESORTS Hawaii is paying travel agents $40 in cash in addition to the standard 10% commission for bookings of five-night stays or longer at any Marc Resorts property in Hawaii through Dec. 21. The "Partner Perks" promotion is available at the company's 15 hotels in the islands. For information call (800) 535-0085 or visit www.marcresorts.com.

ALOHA AIRLINES relaunched its Web site with GetThere booking technology. GetThere's DirectAirline booking system replaced an EDS booking engine. A GetThere spokesman said its solution enables Aloha to easily manipulate the look and feel of the site, at www.alohaairlines.com, and to accommodate increased volumes.

NOT JUST FOR honeymooners anymore... A number of resorts on and near Poipu Beach are targeting seniors with discounts and specials for senior clients. Among them:
• Outrigger Resorts' Kiahuna Plantation is offering those ages 50 and older 20% discounts on published rates. For AARP members, the rate is 25%. For more information, call (800) OUTRIGGER or e-mail [email protected].
• The Poipu Beach SurfSong is offering 10% discounts on several units through Dec. 15. The discounts are valid for those ages 55 and older. For information, call (877) 373-2331 or e-mail [email protected].
• The Poipu Kapili Beach Resort is offering a 10% discount to travelers ages 65 and older in any room category through Dec. 20. In addition, a seventh night is offered free for every six paid nights, and a discounted car rental rate of $30 per day or $165 per week is available to seniors. For more information, call (800) 443-7714 or e-mail [email protected].
• Sheraton Kauai Resort offers AARP members ages 55 years and older a 25% discount and a one-category upgrade at check-in. For more information, call (800) 325-3535 or (808) 742-9777.

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