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."