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Visit the Safest City in the Nation on Your Hawaii Vacation

06.26.10

www.hawaii-aloha.com **Honolulu is currently ranked as the safest city in the United States. If anything, it’s getting even safer. Current FBI crime statistics indicate that there was a 22-percent decline in crime in Honolulu over the first six months of last year. Distributed by Tubemogul.

Has anyone ever used a debit card to rent a car in Hawaii?

06.10.10

My boyfriend and I have reserved rental cars for when we are in Hawaii in February, but the car rental service said they would have to put the debit card through a screening process to see whether it meets the criteria necessary. The debit card has a VISA label on it, but I don’t know what the screening process will be looking for. I just want to be prepared in case it doesn’t work out. The problem is, we don’t have credit cards, so we can’t use that as a back up, and they only accept either debit or credit. I’m really worried about this. I’m wondering if anyone else has run into this situation and if so, whether it worked out with the debit card. I’m hoping to hear from people who have used their debit cards to rent in Hawaii. Thanks!

Top 5 Most Luxurious Hotels and Resorts

06.02.10

imageSo you want to take the holiday of your life, and to make that even more special you decided that there will be no expenses spared. If you still don’t know where to go, here are 5 places that will surely rock your boat!

are there any cheap flights to hawaii from west coast in april?

05.30.10

I am going to try to get to hawaii for 4 or 5 days in april
but cannot find any flights from california or arizona
for less that 600 roundtrip. Any idea? Thanks
Prefer Kauai or Maui.

what is a good golf course to play in hawaii that’s not that expensive but a great golf course too?

05.12.10

my team from LA, california wants to go play golf in hawaii and we want to finda really good golf course. you can also suggest other golf courses that are pretty close to los angeles that have a reasonable price for our consideration =] thanks!

2004 Yamaha R6 Top Speed Run Hawaii

05.02.10

This is a 2004 Yamaha R6 with around 10k in it with performance parts. I had everything that graves sells on it. The top speed on this bike was held back due to the change in the gearing. I went down one and up two so 15/50 which is why it tops out at 153, also I had a calibrated speedometer so that is as accurate as it can get minus a radar gun. Hope you like it if you do please visit my website and help support us. Brought to you by the owner of www.motorsportsevolution.com They got me on the news in Hawaii. http

Online Travel Bargain

04.11.10

imageAre holiday bargains for true or have catches hidden? REMEMBER YOUR LAST CONVERSATION WITH THAT family relative who couldn’t talk enough of how much they saved on their last holiday package deal? Or that colleague bragging about his $59 round- trip flight to Las Vegas and his stay in a 5-star hotel at $89 a night? Have you found yourself staring wistfully (and suspiciously) at a $399 package deal for two for Hawaii?
Just because your email seems flooded at times with seemingly impossibly priced travel offers, and you find Internet search engines are flooded with 1000’s of sites selling internet travel besides big hotel brands and branded distribution sites don’t discount them all.Who can you count on?Just four or five years ago, when you looked for travel discounts you could choose between a travel agent, the airline offices and the hotels themselves, and maybe, if you were lucky, some travel guru down the street. Today, there’s a massive range of things you can do online, and a lot of them can save significant amounts of money.The reality is:• Nine out of 10 online travelers now have some history of shopping for travel online, and nearly 15% of all Americans purchased travel online last year – that’s five times the penetration rate of 1998. (PhoCusWright Consumer Travel Trends Survey)• Nearly one-third of online travel buyers say the Internet was responsible for their travel purchases last year.• In 1998, six million consumers bought travel online in the U.S. Jump ahead to 2002 when 30 million Americans purchased travel online in the last year. Half of them only buy their travel online. (PhoCusWright Consumer Travel Trends Survey)• Online travel bookings exceeded $23 billion in 2001, and are expected to reach $63 billion by 2005.• Internet bookings in the first three quarters of 2002 accounted for over 23% of rooms sold in New York, and over 15% in Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco. Anecdotally, for some properties, hotel managers are reporting Internet bookings ranging from 30% to 50% of all room nights in 2002. (Smith Travel Research and Travel Click)What does this mean?This means that online distribution channel is extremely successful in reaching buyers and buyers are finding it more confirmable to shop online. They are seeing a broader range of travel options and variety of products and packages. And it’s more likely that consumer wants to control that transaction through access to more competitive pricing. Pricing is becoming key factor to determine the sale. Key factors: Why travelers prefer to book online• Competitive Price• Ability to compare product and Prices• Ability to plan last minute • Availability of Range of optionsOnline travel shoppers are not very loyal on where they shop—65 percent of online travelers do not view themselves as brand-loyal. As much as they love to shop online and spend their time researching what suits their needs, they are not loyal to the companies from which they buy. The above scenario indicated that the travel suppliers have no choice but to participate in this online distribution channel. The suppliers are realizing that the traditional channels like GDS (Global Distribution System)/travel agent and call center/reservation office is somewhat inefficient and expensive, especially when the economy is weak. Ignoring online distribution channel and concentrating only on traditional distribution channels will result in lower occupancy, and higher distribution and operational costs for travel suppliers. As online channels become more popular among suppliers their participation is increasing.How Pricing and Distribution Become Key9/11 caused a dramatic shift in how consumers booked their travel. The instability caused a large drop in demand for airlines, hotels and car rentals leading to ever-lower prices. This low demand factor forced travel suppliers to introduce unprecedented discounts. Travel suppliers struggled to sell seats, rooms, car rentals to a significantly shrunk leisure and business travel market. Every air seat, room and auto not booked cost their companies money. Better to sell dirt cheap than not to sell at all. But how to get the word out? Smart, proactive suppliers adopted the Wal-Mart business model—sell low and distribute inexpensively and efficiently. But how? The Internet allowed them to reach consumers, sell inventory outstrips their less progressive competition. Those suppliers who had no clear Internet strategy or understanding of how the Web and online distribution works suffered.Discount hotel sites attract millions of buyers with their special rates leading to stratospheric sales through these channels. They thrive on hoteliers selling their distressed inventory at a fraction of their normal rates. Occupancy is the lowest it’s been in years, hoteliers continue to work with leading online retailers to move inventory at lower price. The $6.3 billion in online hotel sales (2002) with are split roughly evenly between discount agency sites and hotel Web sites. PhoCusWright projects that around 75% of discount agency hotel site sales are via the merchant model, where the agency typically takes a 20-30% “margin” on the hotel net rate (instead of the usual 10% commission). This approach has helped profits at Expedia and Hotels.com, who have roughly 60% of online discount agency hotel sales. Travelocity and Orbitz are instituting the same successful approach. Other notable players thriving in this arena are Hotwire.com, http://www.hotels-and-discounts.com , Lodging.com and Travelweb.com. What is the Future?Online travel growth will continue to grow in 2003-2005, but it will slow down year by year compared to the record gains see so far. However millions of travelers haven’t yet made their first purchase so the market is not near saturation. Technological improvements will soon make it possible to more easily dynamically package vacation deals including air, hotel and car leading to even lower prices but higher average sales. So growth is projected to come from customers buying more, higher-ticketed products online.The growth of the online distribution channel will prove beneficial to the end user when the suppler finds it easier and more cost-effective to distribute their inventory there than over the traditional distribution channels. As technology becomes mature in the online distribution sector, it will become more effective and user friendly for the Buyers and thus will attract more Suppliers. Due to its low cost of distribution and emerging ability to package and cross sell inventory, prices will be attractive for years to come, until this channel eventually becomes a commodity.

Did the North Korean nuclear tests somehow cause the Hawaii earthquake?

04.09.10

Also, would this be a good time to get a discount on a Hawaii vacation?

Hawaii Travel Deals – Traveling Cheaply to the Hawaiian Islands

04.03.10

imagePlanning a family vacation this year? How about visiting the Hawaiian Islands? The cost can be rather expensive, but there are deals available out there so you can have some fun for less. Exhaust all your options to find the best deal.

Several sites on the Internet are dedicated to offering travel deals to customers. Before you go to the airline websites, check out Orbitz, Travelocity, Priceline, and Expedia. These sites offer deals on airfare, hotel accommodations, and rental cars. When you decide on the dates for travel, plug them into the search parameters on each website to see what they have to make the trip less of a financial drain.

At Priceline.com, folks looking for good prices on their travel can bid on fares. Let them know what you are looking for and how much you are willing to pay. Continue to check back to the site for deals or have them email you when something comes up in your price range.

In addition to Priceline.com, shoppers can look for airfare and hotel deals at travel auctions. Travel actions allow customers to save money by outbidding other shoppers. You can check the listings for airfare and hotel packages, deals on rental cars, timeshares, B &B’s, and other trip particulars. You can come across deals from the simple to the very unique.

Each site has their rules about membership and bidding, so read the fine print. Some, like Luxury Link are free to join, but you must be a member in order to bid on travel deals. People that want a premium luxury accommodations and airfare for less can find it here.

There is more than one type of auction. In single auctions, the highest bidder is the one that wins the deal or whatever you are bidding for. Then there are Best Shot auctions. Here, more than one of the same item is up for bid. The winners are those that come in with the highest bid. Then each bidder that wins pays the lowest of the winning bids.

A Dutch auction is similar to the Best Shot auction. When more than one of the same item is up for bid, the two highest winners get the items but only pay the lowest price of the day for that item. This means that the winner who bid the lowest price sets the price for both winners.

Travel auctions are worth looking into but be careful. If the deal sounds or looks to good to be true on paper, it probably is. There are many unscrupulous people out there who want your money. Read the fine print so you don’t’ get taken for a ride by a cheat.

Hotels on the islands can be pretty expensive. If price is not the object but amenities, here are some suggestions for hotels to check out. On the island of Maui, there is the Grand Wailea hotel. This establishment is not for people without deep pockets. The prices start at $575 per night and can run as high as $3,200. For a modest hotel with great service, go to the Mana Kai hotel or the Napili Surf. The former runs around $133 per night, while the latter offers rooms for $94 a night.

Prices on Kauai are in the same range and higher for premium accommodations. The Princeville Resort will serve you with style for a mere $565 to $5,500. The Hyatt is a bit more reasonable with rooms starting at $430. For families, the Kaua’i Palms Hotel has rooms for $65 a night. Perfect for those who don’t want to break the bank with their hotel bill.

The Big Island has some great choices for those travelers. Choose from the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel with prices starting at $306 a night. There is a private beach as a perk of your stay. The Royal Kona Resort offers rooms near the shopping district for $85 a night. To save money, vacationers can always book a hotel room on one Hawaiian Island and island hop for day trips.