Tips On Booking Your Honeymoon
Booking a honeymoon can be stressful as there are many places that you could go. So here are some honeymoon tips to help you along the way
- Work out how much the airfare cost. This is because the airfare can be a significant factor when choosing a honeymoon destination. So holiday destination might need two flights so that might increase your costs.
- Use common sense. Some places are expensive but because there has been a global recession, some areas might be more affordable now.
- Make sure that your honeymoon destination doesn’t have a particular event on at the time you want to go because the price will increase.
- If you want to go to a honeymoon destination, just go offseason, it will be a lot cheaper.
- Be prepared for the low season. If you do want to go out of season, make sure you have holiday insurance just in case of terrible weather.
- Price out packages. As a rule of thumb, travel packages that combine flights, hotel stays and extras like excursions and airport transfers are a great way to get more for less — if you want everything they offer. Don’t assume you’ve found a good deal before you price out the pieces a la carte. The same is true for all-inclusive and cruises: travellers who don’t drink and want to bathe all day may find that an all-inclusive resort is more expensive than a pay-as-you-go one.
- Factor in all the costs. The most significant mistake you can make is assuming that airfare plus hotel price equals the total value. You have to get yourselves to and from both airports, pay taxes along the way, and account for food, drinks, tips, transportation and activities (unless those are included in your package). You’ll probably also want a souvenir, a spa treatment and maybe a nice bottle of wine one night, so be sure to do all the math before determining which trip is right for you.
- Use flight aggregators. Websites like On The Beach and Expedia to scan the Web for deals, then send you directly to the airline or booking engine. They’re an excellent place to start your search.
- Be flexible with timing. Check out alternative travel dates surrounding your wedding day, both on the front and the back end. If you marry on a Saturday, you may find that the fares are much higher on Sunday than the following Tuesday.
- Book early. When you’re going to find the lowest rate is a hotly contested subject, and unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a crystal ball for booking times. But there is one rule to live by: if you’re going to a popular honeymoon destination in peak season, don’t wait for fares to drop — they’re more likely to go up as inventory sells out. You also don’t want to miss out on the chance to get the schedule you want.
- Don’t expect an upgrade. Years ago, airlines often upgraded newlyweds to first-class as an unofficial perk. Sadly, that’s no longer the case; today those privileges go to the most active frequent fliers. That being said, it never hurts to ask at check-in!
- Use your miles. Once you pick your locale and know who flies there, sign up for a credit card that accumulates points. If you accrue enough for a free pair of tickets, you have more to spend on the ground. If you don’t collect enough for free flights, consider trading the points in for an upgrade to business class — the perfect type of splurge for this ultimate vacation.
- Do thorough research for a hotel room. Check out the rates on Expedia and Ebookers to see the general range of room rates. Then go one step further by pricing out the rooms on the hotels’ website. Some brands offer best-price guarantees you won’t want to miss. Many hotels also offer free upgrades for couples marrying on their property.
- Call the hotel directly. When you call the front desk, you’re more likely to get a person who can offer discounts. Before you get off the phone, have him/her mark that you’re honeymooners in your reservation; some hotels offer perks like a welcome bottle of champagne on an as-available basis, and you want to get your names down first.
- Pick your room category carefully. Compare the prices for rooms with ocean views and amenities like hot tubs and balconies. This isn’t any old trip, and you’ll likely be willing to pay extra for a memorable experience.
- Beware of packages. Hotels often offer honeymoon, elopement and romance packages, but they’re not always a value. Look at the components and price them out versus a la carte costs or you may end up paying extra for fruit baskets and turndown services you could live without.
- Ask, and you may receive. When you check in, identify yourselves as a wedding or honeymoon couple and ask for an upgrade if you’re not given one automatically. If the hotel has suites available, you’re more likely to get one than other travellers — and why shouldn’t you? You’ve earned it!
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