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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 12:49 p.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Business briefs: Hawaiian Air to expand mileage program

Advertiser Staff

Hawaiian Airlines has expanded its HawaiianMiles frequent flyer program to include several features designed to give members more flexibility in redeeming their miles.

One of the major elements of the program is a new award structure that gives members of HawaiianMiles three mileage redemption categories to choose from: supersaver, saver and anytime. Members also have the ability to redeem miles on a one-way basis.

The award structure for transpacific flights (one way) is as follows: supersaver, 17,500 miles; saver, 25,000 miles; anytime, 35,000 miles. For interisland flights (one way), the award structure is as follows: supersaver, 5,000 miles; saver, 7,500 miles; anytime, 10,000 miles.

HawaiianMiles members can mix and match one-way awards for any available seat on any scheduled flight. For example, if members have enough miles for a free one-way flight, but not enough for the entire trip, they can use their one-way award to reduce the roundtrip cost.

Hilton to rebrand Grand Wailea Resort under Waldorf-Astoria name

The Waldorf-Astoria — the legendary Manhattan hotel where Ginger Rogers danced under the stars in the 1945 film "Weekend at the Waldorf" — is branching out. Hilton Hotels, which has owned the Waldorf since 1949, is scheduled to announce today it will launch a chain of luxury hotels under the Waldorf-Astoria brand.

Starting Feb. 1, Hilton will re-brand three well-known U.S. resorts for which it won management rights this year: the Grand Wailea Resort on Maui; the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix; and La Quinta Resort near Palm Springs, Calif.

The new brand will include business hotels and resorts worldwide and match or exceed the chain's current luxury leaders — Hiltons and Conrads — for its level of amenities.

Grace Pacific chooses new operator for Moloka'i quarry

Grace Pacific Corp. has chosen Tri-L Construction Inc. to operate its Manawainui Quarry on Moloka'i.

The quarry has been in operation since the 1950s and supplies aggregate and ready-mix concrete products on Moloka'i. Grace Pacific acquired the facility in 1995, and will continue to operate its own asphalt plant located on the property.