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Maui Marathon (Sept) Group Trip Opportunity
By Sherilyn Johnson
Posted: Friday, January 20, 2006

INTERESTED? BE SURE TO RESPOND BY MONDAY, January 23, 2006

Maui Marathon Trip Information


The Maui marathon is on Sunday, September 17, 2006.  After a couple of meetings, it has been determined that the majority of travels prefers to leave Chattanooga on Friday, September 15, 2006 and return on Saturday, September 23, 2006.  We would fly to Maui on September 15, 2006 and spend 5 nights.  Then we would fly to Honolulu and spend 3 nights.  Then fly home on Saturday, September 23, 2006 and reach Chattanooga on Sunday, September 24, 2006.  

After researching this trip, it was determined that we could only save you money by booking the air for you at a group rate.  (We save approximately $270 each on the air by booking a group rate.) The hotel and car would be at the regular rate.  The only way to get a group rate for hotels would be to book 10 or more rooms.  Therefore, we are only booking the air as a group.  The hotel and car portions of the trip will have to be booked by you.  If you need any assistance in researching or deciding the best accommodations for you, then please let us know.

Airlines
All the major airlines were contacted and group rate prices were given for departures from Atlanta, Nashville and Chattanooga.  Although Atlanta and Nashville departure cities were cheaper, they were only $60 or less cheaper.  So the best option was to fly out of Chattanooga.  Delta was the preferred airline because of the possibility of many of you having frequent flyer miles on Delta was greater than other airlines.  But it has been in the news recently about Delta’s stability and this caused concern.  Also, Delta required full payment within 30 of signing a group contract.  The Continental cost was only a few dollars more and require only a deposit of $40 reserve a seat.

A contract has been signed with Continental to hold 20 seats.  Since the number of seats is limited, please call Aaron or email Aaron with the number of seats you want then send Aaron your deposit of $40 per seat immediately.  Continental has extended the deposit due date from January 12, 2006 to January 23, 2006.  This is the day after the CTC Awards Banquet.  You can give your deposit to Sherilyn Johnson that night if seats are available or if you have previously contacted Aaron and he has your name on the list of reserved seats. 

Final names and final payment is due August 11, 2006.  Aaron will need your final payment by this date.  The price quoted by Continental is not guaranteed until final payment.  The base price of $630 is guaranteed but Continental cannot guarantee surcharges and taxes will stay stable.  The total price for Continental right now is $701.84.    

Our reserved flight on Continental will take us from Chattanooga to Honolulu and then the return trip of Honolulu to Chattanooga.  We will take Island Air from Honolulu to West Maui and West Maui to Honolulu.  Island Air does not offer group rates.  Therefore you need to book your own Island Air flight at the time you decided which Island Air flight is best for you.  The schedule for Island Air is very flexible.  You can return from West Maui earlier or later (hours or days).  Since the flights to and from Maui are flexible, you can fly to Maui and return to Honolulu at a time that most suites your needs as long as you fly with the group on Continental.  The website for Island Air is http://www.islandair.com.  The flights for Island Air listed below are just one option of many.  The schedule for Continental is the group rate schedule and cannot be modified.
The schedule for Continental and Island Air is:

CHA – HNL – JHM – HNL – CHA $701.84 (Continental) + $108.58 (Island Air) = $810.42
09/15/06   Leave CHA 07:25 am  Arrive IAH 08:40am  Continental
      Leave IAH 09:35 am  Arrive HNL 12:45 pm  Continental
      Leave HNL 02:20 pm Arrive JHM 02:52 pm  Island Air
09/20/06   Leave JHM 10:15 am Arrive HNL 10:47 am  Island Air
09/23/06   Leave HNL 09:10 pm Arrive IAH 09:55 am   Continental 
     Leave IAH 03:33 pm Arrive CHA 06:35 pm  Continental

Hotels in Maui
We were trying to get group rates for hotels but the hotels require a booking of 10 or more rooms to qualify for group rates.  Therefore, we are not able to save you any money by booking your hotel room for you.  You may even be able to save more money yourself by booking it yourself and using AAA rates or Senior rates or another type of discount.  One of the most favorable options would be to rent a condo and share it with others.  A few of us are doing this.  Included in a separate attachment is a list of condos for rent by owners at The Whaler (which is at the finish line of the marathon).   When inquiring about the cost at a condo/hotel, remember to ask about parking cost.  The cost reflected on the spreadsheet contains information from the websites and may not be the most updated cost. 

There are many accommodation types in Maui.  Be sure and check out:
www.expedia.com
www.gohawaii.com
www.hawaii.com
www.travelocity.com

Check out www.hawaii.com for hotels and condos.  Some offer 5th night free.  For example,
ResortQuest Paki Maui list $148 per night for 5 nights with the 5th night free.  Average per night is $118.  
for a one-bedroom condo.  The total price with taxes and fees for 5 nights equals $675.24

Also check Outrigger Royal Kahana  in Lahaina on www.hawaii.com
Price is $164 per night with 5th night free for a studio.  Average per night is $131.20.  Total with taxes and fees for 5 nights equal $748.24.

Also check Lahaina Shores Beach Resort in Lahaina on www.hawaii.com
Price is $166 per night with 5th night free for a studio.  Average per night is $132.80.  Total with taxes and fees for 5 nights equal $757.16.

Condos for rent (including The Whaler) can be found at:
http://www.dbomauicondos.com/,
http://www.greatrentals.com/HI/HIMaui.html#14417,
http://www.vacationrentals.com/vacation-rentals/Kaanapali-Hawaii.html, http://www.vamoose.com/search?vID=2,
http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/hawaii/maui/kaanapali

Or you can call The Whaler directly at 1-800-993-1214.  Ask for the property special.

The following hotel was found at Lahana.

Best Western Pioneer Inn in Lahana across from the harbor 1-800-457-5457  www.bestwestern.com
09/15/06 – 09/20/06 – 5 nights
hotel room - $135 per night plus tax of 11.416% = $150.42 per night.  Total for 5 nights is $752.10
Accommodations are 1 queen bed.  Some rooms, although not guaranteed, have 2 twin beds.
Parking is free.

Hotels in Honolulu
There are many, many hotels in Honolulu.  Below is just a sample.  Be sure and check out:
www.expedia.com
www.gohawaii.com
www.hawaii.com
www.travelocity.com

Royal Grove Hotel  www.royalgrovehotel.com  1-808-923-7691
09/20/06 – 09/23/06 – 3 nights
2 beds – 1 double & 1 single, kitchenette, $62 per night plus tax = $69.08 per night
parking – public parking is near by at a rate of $7 for 24 hours

Ambassador Hotel  www.ambassadorwaikiki.com  1-800-923-2620 Mon-Sat 8am-5pm
09/20/06 – 09/23/06 – 3 nights
studio with 2 double beds, no kitchen, $63 plus tax, $70.20 w/tax
studio with 2 double beds, kitchen, $73 plus tax, $81.34 w/tax
parking - $9 per day

Pagoda www.pagodahotel.com 1-800-367-6060
09/20/06 – 09/23/06 – 3 nights
hotel room - $113 (before tax) Wed & Thurs., $133 (before tax) Fri – 2 doubles or 1 queen with refrig.   
Check hot deals on website - $110 for Wed, Thurs, & Fri. – total $330 before tax
2-bedroom condo - $173 (before tax) Wed. & Thurs., $203 (before tax) Fri. – 1 Q and a variety in 2 bedroom
parking - $5.21 per day

Ohana Maile Sky Court – 3 blocks from the beach
1-800-462-6262
09/20/06 – 09/23/06 – 3 nights
Accommodations are 1 queen bed.  Some rooms, although not guaranteed, have 2 twin beds.
$89 per night plus 11.416% tax = $99.16 per night
Check out www.hawaii.com.  They have this hotel listed at $70 per night. With fees and taxes total = $239.37 for 3 nights.

Ohana Islander Waikiki – 1 block from the beach
09/20/06 – 09/23/06 – 3 nights
Check out www.hawaii.com.  They have this hotel listed at $106 per night. With fees and taxes total = $362.55 for 3 nights.

Sheraton Princess Kaiulani – 1/2 block from the beach
09/20/06 – 09/23/06 – 3 nights
Check out www.hawaii.com.  They have this hotel listed at $129 per night. With fees and taxes total = $440.82 for 3 nights.

The Outrigger Reef on the Beach
09/20/06 – 09/23/06 – 3 nights
Check out www.hawaii.com.  They have this hotel listed at $166 per night. With fees and taxes total = $567.87 for 3 nights.

Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa www.hilton.com  1-800-445-8667 or 1-808-949-4321
09/20/06 – 09/23/06 – 3 nights
Accommodations are king or 2 doubles garden view - $249 per night plus 11.416% tax = $277.43
Parking is $15 a day.

Car Rentals
Hawaii Discount Car Rentals
http://www.hawaiidiscountcarrental.com/
No prepayment.  No charge for cancellation.  Unlimited mileage.  Airport locations.
Compact $28 per day plus surcharges and taxes
Intermediate - $31 per day plus surcharges and taxes
Full size - $34.75 per pay plus surcharges and taxes
Intermediate SUV - $45.90 per day plus surcharges and taxes


Conclusion
If you want CTC to reserve you a flight on Continental, call or email Aaron with the number of seats you want and then mail $40 for each seat to Aaron immediately.    

Each deposit of $40 will reserve one seat until final payment, which is due on August 11, 2006.

If you have any questions, please contact Aaron or Sherilyn at:

Aaron Mercer
1612 Bush Road
Chattanooga, TN  37421
423-593-3361
merceram@epb.net

Sherilyn Johnson
423-894-7984
sherilyn_johnson@shawinc.com


 


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