Groupon honeymoon?!

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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4893 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m a wedding photographer, and one of my couples booked a Groupon for their honeymoon. They did like a 5 or 7 day day private catamaran trip. It included their airport transfer, the first night in a hotel, and all their meals on board with a personal chef. They had a blast and said it was a good experience.

I think the key is that generally you have to book last minute and just see what is offered. For example, usually they’ll put up a deal and it has to be booked/used within a month or two, so you’d be hard pressed to find a Groupon you could just save as use towards your trip later on.

 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We did a Groupon in Fiji for the first part of our Honeymoon and then we went and stayed in a different area. Everything about it went smoothly. Just make sure you check the black out dates, expiration dates, and all the little rules so that you aren’t buying something you can’t use.

I’ve used plenty of other 2 night stay Groupon’s in the state and in Canada as well and everything always goes fine.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MrsConnolly2bee:  I would say if you are unsure about the resort check the reviews on tripadvisor. Have had other friends book their trips thru groupon. Researching is worth it.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

I personally would not recommend it.  Groupon controls where you stay, and this can really make or break a trip.  You can find nicer accommodations on your own than what Groupon usually offers in its travel packages.

I highly recommend airbnb.com  We used it on our honeymoon to Paris and saved TONS.  Plus, we were in a central location a block from the Seine and had much more space than we would have in a small hotel room (like what Groupon offered).

We got the idea for our honeymoon from a Groupon, but we were able to spend the same amount of money on a 2-week trip instead of the 5-day trip offered by the Groupon.  Read the fine print too.  Those trips usually have to be booked for specific days.  And they really cheat you on the travel days.  They say it’s 5 days, but it can really be more like 3.

P.S. All hotel rooms in Paris and many other European cities are tiny.  So prepare your expectations before you go.

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

@MrsConnolly2bee:  There are several bees who strongly recommend against using Groupon for a vacation/honeymoon. Something about making sure your hotel has good reviews because it’s usually crappy ones that are trying to book people through Groupon, I don’t know. I might consider doing it thought because I’d like to save money if I could!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MrsConnolly2bee:  The resort my DH and I are going to for our honeymoon in December has a Groupon deal for it right now. It’s got tons of 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor, over 1400 reviews total. We didn’t book through Groupon, but I think it can be worthwhile to look into, you just really need to be diligent about researching the hotel heavily before you buy.

 

For reference, we are staying at Sanctuary Cap Cana.

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@MrsConnolly2bee:  I have booked multiple weekend trips and international vacations through Groupon/Living Social and always had good luck.

 

A couple of tips though…read ALL of the fine print so you know what you are getting, some are per person pricing, some per couple, some can be combined for longer stays, etc… Go to the resort’s website to make sure it is what you want. Go to multiple travel sites and read the reviews.

 

I think if you are will ing to put in a little extra work, its worth the money you save.

 

EDIT: also, make sure you call the resort adn make sure your days are available before purchasing

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

How far ahead did you buy off Groupon / booked honeymoon ?

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

We will probably do ours that way.  Researching now 🙂

Post # 12
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213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We did a groupon honeymoon Kenyan Safari for 9 days including airfare. All lodging was great, food was good and the organization was pretty good. The travel agency forgot a few minor details but overall it didn’t aversely affect the trip. The best part was that we had minimal planning to worry about and everyone showed up on time to pick us up to take us to the next part of the trip. The agency was great about answering questions before we booked so overall we had a very positive experience and would try a future groupon travel deal

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Groupon is of course a system whereby a company can sell / off-load a lot of product at once… bulk sale (with Groupon acting as the middle man)

This is a good thing when you find a DEAL with a reputable company

But it is not a good thing, when it is a company in trouble using Groupon as a way to generate cash flow if they are having tough times.

So, for example.  It might “have been” a great Hotel / Resort at one point in time, but now it isn’t.  They has been a slipin revenue, and they need to give their books a boost

You are buying assuming you are getting a great deal and the same vacation that the place’s reputation was built on…

Truth is.. you maybe are not:

There could be something that has drastically changed…

Major Construction / Refurbishing the Resort going on (not exactly a tranquil paradise as advertised) – some sort of Hotel Disaster (Hurricane, Fire, Flood, etc) – OR the property is close to Receivership / being SOLD… and the current Owners are looking to make a fast buck before the end.

The downside is if for example the Property is as I say close to going Bankrupt or SOLD and it happens BEFORE you travel, there is a HIGH possibility that you’ll be holding a WORTHLESS piece of paper

I have certainly seen similar with Groupon Deals when a Restaurant goes belly up.

Stuff to think about.

Groupon might be a good choice for a regular vacation… but I am not one to recommend risking my Honeymoon on such a possibility

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

@This Time Round:  Where are you getting this information from? I have had two friends go on sepeare trips through groupon, and both had great trips.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MissLibra:  I don’t know about resort trips on groupon, but I have had a resteraunt that was obviously spiking thier revenue through groupon.  We bought it, and luckily used it before it went out of business.  The food was terrible, half the menu was blacked out, and the week after we recieved an e-mail stating that if we hadn’t used our groupon yet, too bad, as the resteraunt had gone out of buisness. 

I’m not saying it will happen with trips, but I have seen it happen with resteraunts. 

I also have to say this was a one time thing, and a local very upscale resteraunt runs groupon once a year durring the slow season in the summer and we always buy so we can go to fancy resteraunt at half price. 

OP, I think what PPs have said about doing your research and reading the fine print will protect you against most hazards.  Go to trip advisor, and pay the most attention to reviews that are within the last year to 6 months.  Also, look at world fact book and historical weather.  A few groupons I have seen I have rolled my eyes at as they are for the southern hemisphere in June for an area that you would normaly take a vacation in during the winter months (Going to New Zealand in June will land you in the middle of winter, same with going to Peru.  The mountains around Mochu Picchu are cold in summer, let alone June) They also sometimes try to unload rooms during the rainy season in the Pacific islands.  Being a well informed traveler will help. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

@Misswhowedding:  I totally agree that you need to do your research, before you book anything. But I have booked massages, nails, and bought a couple cafe/bistro offers and all has gone well. I certianly researched the massage parlour and the nail salon first, and the food places were ones we had wanted to try anyways, so why not try it at 50% off?

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