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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

SAVE BIG to Hawaii this Fall!

Los Angeles and San Francisco departures
Airfare and 3 nights stay from $499.00 per person based on double occupancy. Travel Dates: 9/7 - 12/7/09

3 night stay with airfare departing from SFO starting at $485.00 per person.
LAX departures starting at $499.00 per person.

3 night stay with airfare departing from SFO starting at $579.00 per person.
LAX departures starting at $599.00 per person.

3 night stay with airfare departing from SFO starting at $665.00 per person.
LAX departures starting at $685.00 per person.

Hawaii aka “the Big Island”
3 night stay with airfare departing from SFO starting at $645.00 per person.
LAX departures starting at $659.00

Contact Travel to Maui for details.
We are a Hawaii travel agency, located on the island of Maui. A Hawaiian destination specialist.

SFO and LAX departures. Rates quoted are per person for select travel, Monday departures 9/7 - 12/7/09; based on double occupancy unless otherwise stated. Rates, terms, conditions, availability and itinerary are subject to change without notice. Certain restrictions may apply. Taxes, gratuities, transfers, airfare and excursions are additional unless otherwise indicated. Change, Cancellation fees, and other restrictions may apply once tickets are issued. Published retail airfares are NON-REFUNDABLE. Rates shown include Hawaii ticket tax, round-trip fuel surcharge on United Airlines, but do not include Transportation Taxes of $16.08, Passenger Facility Charges of $3 - $18, a per segment tax of $3.60, or September 11th Security Fee of $2.50 per enplanement (up to a maximum of $5.00 per one-way or $10.00 per round-trip). Additional airline restrictions, including but not limited to baggage limitations, standby policies and fees, non-refundable tickets and change fees with pre-flight notification deadlines may apply. Fees and policies vary among airlines and are subject to change without notice. Please contact the airline directly for details and answers to specific questions you may have. Where applicable, kids stay free in same room as adults using existing bedding. Occupancy limits apply. Where applicable, kids eat free with full paying adult. Not responsible for errors or omissions.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Planning on using your frequent flyer points to book a free ticket?

If so, plan in advance, as the airlines are offering only a limited amount of seats on each flight.

When choosing peak travel dates many airlines are now charging double the amount of points!

The airlines created the frequent flyer programs 20+ years ago to reward their business travelers. Now the airlines sell miles to many credit card companies. This is one the biggest money makers for the airlines.

Short on points? Many airlines offer an option to purchase additional points by contacting them directly.

Once a “free ticket” was really a free ticket. Now there are many costs involved.

When calling Hawaiian airlines to book your frequent flyer ticket it will cost you $10.00 per booking, while American airlines & Delta will charge $20.00. Frontier, Midwest and United airlines & Continental are $25.00 per ticket. The most expensive ticket goes to US airways of $55.00 for domestic ticket or $70-95 for an international ticket. Southwest, Spirit and AirTran do not charge for phoning in to redeem your miles.

When booking a frequent flyer ticket online all airlines were waiving the booking fee with the exception of US airlines. They will be charging between $25-50 per ticket.

In addition to the booking fee there are also taxes and fees. This will vary depending on the airlines and your desired destination.

Please keep in mind all rates are subject to change without notice. For the most up to date rules and rates please contact the airlines directly!

Marie Glodt
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tours and Activities in Hawaii

Written by Marie Glodt, Hawaiian travel specialist at Travel to Maui

Visiting the Hawaiian Islands can be many things, to many people. Some folks prefer to stay in a luxury hotel and sit by the pool having some bring them “fruity drinks.”
While others the thought of sitting still all day would drive them crazy. Their idea of the perfect vacation is to fill every minute with things to do.

As your travel expert part of our job is to figure out what appeals to you.
In addition to your travel plans we here at Travel to Maui can assist you with arranging your tours and activities prior to arriving on island. Being a resident of Hawaii we have the opportunity to try out many of these options first hand, and we also know the tours that sell out weeks in advance.

One of the most activities would be a luau. Most luaus will run about 3 hours long, generally starting just prior to sunset. During this time they will serve you drinks, dinner and a show. The amount of people varies depending on the island and luau (100-1,000 people). Luaus are great for families, honeymooners, or repeat guests to the islands.

Another option would be a snorkel tour. Snorkel tours range from a couple of hours to all day. Meals, snacks, beverages and snorkel gear are included in the cost of the tour.

Helicopter flights over the Hawaiian Islands are exciting. I have personally been over the active volcano on “the big island.” Flying over the volcano was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen! I have also enjoyed the waterfalls and rainforests on the island of Maui & Kauai.

Zipline tours are very popular nowadays. I have tried this recently and it was very exciting. This is also a great tour if you have teenagers with you. It is hard for them not to smile when they are zipping down a mountain!

Dinner cruise or sunset sails are very popular with honeymooners. It is so beautiful to get out on the ocean and look back at the island. These cruises are about 2 hours in length and include drinks, food and are lots of fun.

If you are visiting the island of Oahu visiting Pearl Harbor is a must. This would be a ½ day tour, located just outside of Waikiki & Honolulu.

Our weather here in the islands is normally sunny, beautiful and in the 70’s to 80’s but we do get rain from time to time. As they say in Hawaii “without rain, there are no rainbows!”

If you are looking for something to do on a rainy day or just for a few hours the Maui Ocean Center on Maui is lots of fun. I just love the jelly fish tank that is under a black light!

Another great rainy day idea is a spa day. I just love being pampered for a few hours getting a massage or a facial! Hawaii has some of the best spas in the nation. I plan to write a blog about spas soon, so stay tuned.

This is just a small sample of the things we can arrange to make your stay here in Hawaii extra special. When planning your trip to Hawaii please contact us for a quote
We are a Hawaiian based travel agency, located on Maui.

Travel to Maui is a Hawaiian Destination Specialist with the Hawaii Visitor Bureau
HVCB Member

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Weather in Hawaii

Written by Marie Glodt, Travel specialist at Travel to Maui

Today I would like to blog about the weather in Hawaii.

I know you may laugh and say “but it is always nice in Hawaii!” In part that is true.

The state of Hawaii has two seasons, winter and summer. The main differences are the amount of rain and much less so the temperatures, especially from place to place.

The average temperature year-round is 75º F between the warmest weather in August and the coldest weather in January. The daytime temperature may vary 5 - 7º F.

Temperatures vary depending on elevation. In the summer if you go over 2,000 feet the weather is definitely cooler as temperatures drops three degrees for every 1000 feet of elevation.

It rains more on the windward side of all islands. Most of the resorts and hotel are located on the leeward side of the island. Or the sunny side of the island.

If you would like to view the current weather conditions on Maui please visit our website at:
Or visit my favorite weather man here in Hawaii at KGMB9 on Twitter: