If it’s boo-chilly where you are, hopefully these bits of Hawaii travel news will warm you up.
- Hawaiian Airlines has yet another enticing airfare sale. For those of you who can fly from Seattle, I’m slightly jealous of you because you can fly round-trip to Honolulu for $278. See all the special fares and requirements here. Don’t forget that Hawaiian also has a $100 eCertificate for HawaiianMiles Members.
- Northwest Airlines has a good airfare sale to Hawaii that’s worth a peek, but the deals are only for travel from the West Coast. The lowest fare on offer is Portland to Oahu for $152 round-trip. (Hey, Northwest, why the East Coast snub? I can forgive Hawaiian Airlines because they only fly on the West Coast, but you fly all over the US.)
- In 2009, Hawaii will celebrate its 50th anniversary as a state. In celebration of this milestone, Aqua Resorts is offering a special promotion called, “Nifty to be 50.” With the special offer you pay only $50 for the first night’s stay. Additional nights start at $119 for a stay it the boutique collection and $89 for their Aqua lite properties. You must stay three nights minimum. There’s a couple more enticements, too. You can find all the details on their Web site.
- Two upscale Kaanapali Starwood resorts are on sale. You can stay at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa for $220 per night. The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is also on sale for $199 per night. For both of these deals, if you go in January, the cost is an additional $20 per night, which is not bad for high season. Between the two, I prefer the location (by black rock) of the Sheraton.
- The Outrigger Reef is celebrating the near completion (January 2009) of their $110million renovation with a special deal called the Outrigger Reef Third Night Free & Breakfast Special. It includes daily breakfast for two and accommodations in an oceanfront guestroom or a one-bedroom suite. Guests must book a minimum of three nights to receive a third night free. I took a look around the common areas of this resort when I was on Oahu in October and I thought it looked quite nice. It’s one of the few resorts that’s actually on the beach at Waikiki. I definitely added it to my mental list of places I’d like to plan a stay for the future.
- Sheila Scarborough at the Family Travel Logue is giving away a copy of Pauline Frommer’s Hawaii guidebook. To enter, you simply need to comment about why you’d like to read the guidebook by Friday.