Post # 1
My FI and I have decided on our honeymoon plans to Greece and Italy (we live in US) but I don’t know when we should book it. Our wedding is March 15, 2014 and we are leaving for our honeymoon right after. Shoul we book in January? Should we book in September? I don’t want to wait and the rates go sky high…but I also don’t want to get it too soon and they get cheaper closer to time. Hah.
Post # 3
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
@amandasouthcarolina: supposedly, the cheapest time to buy international is 81 days in advance. But if you are anything like me, you would be a nervous wreck without tickets at that point.
We bought our plane tickets to Italy about 10 months in advance, and booked our hotels about 8-9 months in advance. We are waiting a little to book other stuff (special excursions, etc) for a couple more months. At this point, I’m not certain how to advise you, because ticket prices have gone up since we bought ours- not a ton, but up. I guess I would say the sooner the better, since by the time prices are falling again, it’ll be down to the wire. Good luck! !
Post # 4
@gingerkitten: Thank you!!! Have fun on your trip!
Post # 5
we are going to Italy on our honeymoon. We booked a little more than 3 months before the wedding. I wanted to book at least 5 months in advance.
I suggest price shopping now and watch what the flights do.
Are you booking through a travel agent, a website, or everything individually?
Post # 6
@amandasouthcarolina: we are also doing a Eurotrip (Paris and Spain)
Our wedding is in Sept and we booked the trip at the end of March.
Like you said, don’t book too early in case the prices do drop. We got a good deal on our airfare, but its because there is a 1 hour layover in Dublin going and coming. I didn’t mind that because its only 1 hr. By the time we get our luggage and walk to the other terminal-we will only have to have another 45mins or 1/2hr.
Post # 7
We frequently find that many of the hotels in Europe don’t load their contracted rates until 6 to 9 months out. We see a lot of published rates, such as the ones on the hotel’s sites, further out. But not the published rates. The issue of course is that a lot of the great hotels, such as the Astra in Santorini, are smaller and tend to fill up quickly. So I would recommend about 6 to 9 months before departure to ensure that you get the best availability.
Additionally, the ferry and hyrofoil schedules tend to post late as well.
I’m a little biased, but I would recommend that you book the entire thing with an agent for a couple of reasons. First, agents have access to the same rates, or better rates, than your finding online. Second, your agent can ensure that the entire package is covered under the insurance, and make sure that all of your connections are covered. For example, if you’re going to Athens, Myknonos, and Santorini, you will need international air, inter-island air, hydrofoils, and transfers to and from the hotels to each of these connections. If something were to happen, such as a flight delay, then you’ll have someone who can make sure each of these vendors knows where you are, and when to pick you up.
What ever you decide, safe travels!