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Ask Pleasant Holidays president Jack Richards about Hawaii summer vacations and he rhapsodizes over the joys of the islands from June through August.
“Summer is the traditional family vacation season,” said Richards. “It’s the ideal time to gather everyone from across the country and across the generations for a memorable family vacation they’ll talk about for years to come.”
“Hawaii is also the perfect destination for a June honeymoon vacation or a destination wedding,” he added, “offering some of the most romantic settings in the U.S.”
Many air carriers increase service to the islands in the summer, making it more convenient than ever for travelers to reach their favorite destination, Richards said.
When it comes to summer weather, Hawaii holds yet another trump card.
“While Hawaii’s weather is ideal year-round, the same can’t be said for much of the continental U.S., making the mild temperatures and gentle island breezes even more welcome compared to the often stifling summer heat and humidity back home,” said Richards.
Pleasant is just one of the many wholesalers that are encouraging travel this summer by offering value-added promotions on all the major islands. Following is a sampling of current ways to turn Hawaii summer vacation dreams into an affordable reality.
Blue Sky ToursStarwood Maui Special Rate
The promotion includes:* Up to 20 percent off Blue Sky’s lowest existing rate at Sheraton Maui Resort, Westin Maui Resort and Spa and Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas.
Good for travel through Dec. 19; the booking must include air.www.blueskytours.com
Classic VacationsTake Off to Hawaii, saving clients up to $1,000 on Hawaii travel
Depending on the resort, the package combines such special offers as:* Air credit* Free nights* Free breakfast* Room upgrade
The offer is good for bookings made by June 30, with travel through Dec. 20.www.classicvacations.com
Gogo VacationsHawaiian Sand Dollar Promotion, with varying rates depending on the travel time period
The package includes:* Accommodations at Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa* Fourth night free* Breakfast for two daily
Book through June 30 for travel through Dec. 18.www.gogoworldwidevacations.com
Pleasant HolidaysHot Deals, from $579 per person based on double occupancy
With accommodations on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii, the package includes:* Roundtrip transpacific airfare* Three nights’ accommodation* Three-day car rental or upgrade, depending on travel dates
Travel must be booked by June 30, with a three-night minimum at participating hotels. www.pleasantholidays.com
Travel ImpressionsFourth or Fifth Night Free Promotion
Partnering with several resorts around the state, the deal includes:* Fourth or fifth night free* Depending on the property, additional freebies such as hotel transfers, daily breakfast, rental car and room upgrades.
Booking and travel dates vary by property.www.travelimpressions.com