More 'Moon for Your Money
You should indulge yourself during your honeymoon - you'll
definitely need the rest and relaxation after planning your
wedding. But you needn't spend lavishly if you can avoid it.
Follow these tips to get the most for your money.
Earn miles with a frequent flyer credit card.
What better way to accumulate frequent flyer miles than to
charge all of your wedding expenses? Even if your parents
have offered to shoulder most of the budget, you may consider
asking them to let you charge the expenses to your own frequent
flyer credit card and then reimburse you with a check. You
can use the miles either to purchase your honeymoon tickets
or fly in style with an upgrade to first class!
Use a honeymoon registry such
If you'd rather have your guests "sponsor" your
honeymoon than be inundated with crystal vases and food processors,
register at honeyluna.com.
Book your trip through money-saving
online services such as any travel site of your choice.
It's never been easier to find incredible deals for airlines,
hotels, rental cars and more.
Search your local newspaper for
Orbitz.com is chock full of incredible travel deals, but don't
forget to check your Sunday paper for print-only specials
that you may have overlooked.
Book your hotel and flight early.
Waiting until the last minute will almost always cost you
more money. Book
rental cars and flights well in advance to get the best possible
deals while they're still available.
Consider staying at an all-inclusive
Purchasing a complete honeymoon package at an all-inclusive
can save a tremendous amount of hassle so that you and your
beloved can sit back and relax.
Call the hotel directly to ask
about special deals and to tell them that you'll be on your
Never underestimate the importance of personal contact. By
calling a hotel's front desk rather than their toll-free reservation
line, you may hear about additional deals specific to that
location and time of year. Be sure to mention that you'll
be on your honeymoon so that they throw in some extra goodies
or upgrade your room.
Consider discounts available to
you that you may not have considered such as the Auto Club
and Entertainment Card.
Dig into the darkest recesses of your wallet to look for membership
cards that may offer travel discounts such as the Entertainment
Card and AAA.
Travel during the off-season.
"Off-season" does not have to be synonymous with
"bad weather." Most Caribbean Islands, for example,
are temperate year-round. They key is to plan your trip when
other vacationers are less likely to be escaping the cold
weather, i.e. during the summer.
Consider staying close to home.
If you live on the West Coast, consider flying to Hawaii or
Mexico, or visit the gorgeous islands of the Pacific Northwest.
The Caribbean Islands are more convenient for East Coast travelers.
Shorter flights allow you save money on airfare and splurge
on a nicer hotel.
Consider staying at a bed and
While bed and breakfasts make it
harder for the two of you to remain anonymous, they can be
incredibly cozy and romantic. Think of the delightful breakfasts
in bed, complimentary wine and cheese in the evening, and
additional homey delights of staying at an intimate inn.
Book a room with a kitchen so
that you can prepare some of your own meals.
Meal expenses can quickly get out
of hand, especially when you're drinking. Pack a few bottles
of wine and then pick up some groceries when you get to your