8 Ways to Cut Honeymoon Costs

A few good tips on different ways that you can cut down on your honeymoon costs. 


 


1. Book way ahead.  The farther you plan in advance, the better deal you'll get. Whether you purchase an all-in-one resort or cruise package or painstakingly put the pieces together yourself on the Internet, the earlier you start working, the better.


Booking early means a year or close to it; by even six months ahead of your trip, most of the deals evaporate. "The travel landscape has really shifted. A couple of years ago you could get a lot of bargains, but since last year, things have picked up and the planes and hotels are getting crowded," says Alan Fields, co-author of "Bridal Bargains." 


Don't count on cutting costs by using frequent-flier miles. The frequent-flier market has gotten so tight, Fields says, that you have to figure on booking a year in advance to get anything, even an upgrade to first class.  "I know that United, for example, opens their flights for booking at 2 a.m. 330 days in advance, so if you want a hope of using your miles, especially on a prime destination, it's not a bad idea to stay up until 2 a.m. to try to book it."


2.  Or wait until the last minute. If you are flexible in your travel plans and can live with some uncertainty, there's a lot to be said for booking travel at the last minute -- say two weeks before the wedding. "These days, the cheapest travel is to be had either 10 to 11 months in advance or at the last minute," says Fields. "Sign up for airline newsletters that advertise last-minute bargain fares and packages or visit travel Web sites for these types of deals."
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Posted on December 13, 2012 at 12:57 am
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This is great!!

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 1:14 am
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These are great tips!!


DH and I have only ever gone on cruises as a vacation, but something we learned was to check the price after you book and up until the week before you leave (some cruise lines might have different time frames) If the price is lower than you paid, you can in some cases get it back. Right before our honeymoon cruise, the price dropped! So we ended up getting something like $400 refunded. It went directly onto our ship card and we spent that. What we didn't spend (a big $7.35...I don't know why we didn't just get one more drink haha) was given to us in check form as we left. 

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 4:12 am
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Great Becca!


Totally agree with booking early! I always get us great deals on hotels and especially plane tickets when I do this. We went to Cancun last year in May and I booked our tickets in November of the previous year. I checked prices around March and they were 435.00. By April the tickets were almost 600.00! I got our tickets for $259.00. When we went to Vegas I got our tickets for 199.00! If you book in the wee hours of the night you can really get some good deals!

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 4:30 am
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I lov cruises they are amazing for keeping costs down and IF you don't care aout your room you can get a cruise for 7 days for $500 bucks and that is cheaper and 1000 times nicer than Best Western and eating at Denny's! You hardly spend any time in your room!

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm
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Great advice.

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm
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Great suggestions!!

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 2:18 am

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