Value-Added Bargains

Hawaii Wholesalers are helping agents seal the deal

By: By Marty Wentzel


All About Hawaii
Classic Vacations
Gogo Worldwide Vacations
Pleasant Holidays
United Vacations

Guestroom at the Coconut Waikiki Hotel // (c) Aqua Resorts
Guestroom at the Coconut Waikiki Hotel

Everyone’s looking for a deal on Hawaii travel these days, and Hawaii wholesalers are responding with value-added packages and promotions that can help travel agents seal the deal. Following are a few of the bargains that are currently available.

Classic Vacations has extended its offer that saves travelers up to $500 on their airfare to Hawaii. Agents can provide clients with this perk when they book at least five nights by March 26 for travel by March 31. Additionally, the offer can be combined with Classic’s free compact car rental initiative, valued at up to $199 and available for travel booked on the West Coast. Agents, meanwhile, get a $100 American Express gift card for every fifth Hawaii air credit booking they submit to Classic by April 24.

For clients who fly out of Los Angeles or San Francisco, Pleasant Holidays is continuing to slash companion airfares by up to 50 percent. Families will like Pleasant’s program that saves them up to 50 percent on children’s airfares this summer. For travelers who want to experience the newly renovated Royal Hawaiian in Waikiki, suggest a Pleasant four-night vacation from $740 including dinner for two, a pair of mai tais and free accommodations for kids 17 and younger. Pleasant is also offering a free economy rental car or double-category upgrade for new bookings through March 1.

All About Hawaii is encouraging clients to treat themselves to first-class service at value-added rates. From $1,573 per person, they can fly first class to Oahu, use a free rental car, enjoy five nights in Waikiki with upgrades when available and enjoy daily breakfast as part of the deal (book by Feb. 22 for travel from April 1-June 4). Similar programs are available on Kauai, Maui, the Big Island and Lanai. As a bonus for agents, All About is paying anywhere from 14-17 percent commission on the hotel portion of these packages. And, clients who book an All About vacation to the Grand Champions Villas – a Destination Resorts property on Maui — save money on the nightly room rate and have a rental car at their disposal.

United Vacations is helping clients stretch their vacation dollars with the launch of a new short-term promotion to Hawaii. Bookings made by Feb. 15 for travel through May 31 result in up to $200 off each reservation and 2,000 Mileage Plus bonus miles per adult. At the same time, United is teaming with select hotels on four islands in order to provide wallet-friendly deals like free nights and dining credits.

Gogo Worldwide Vacations is encouraging travel to Oahu with several land-only hotel specials. Clients can book five nights at the Coconut Waikiki Hotel for $386 per person including breakfast, or try three nights at the Sheraton Waikiki for $379, with a $75 dining credit. On Maui, Gogo’s six-night Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa Spring Break special starts at $1,035 with breakfast and room upgrade. A five-night spree at the Kauai Marriott Resort with breakfast and room upgrade is going for $799, while a three-night getaway to the Fairmont Orchid on Hawaii’s Big Island costs $739, complete with a $200 resort credit.