Post # 1
My fiance and I are really excited to be getting married in my hometown in Boston in October. We live in Sydney, and want to incoroporate our honeymoon into our travel back to Sydney.
When I come home to visit, I normally book RT flights from Sydney-LA and then book my USA flights separately. I’d like to do this for the wedding/honeymoon, but also add a stopover in Bora Bora/Moora on the way back to Sydney. Does anyone know how to do this? We’re finding it difficult to find packages that you can customise mutli-city flights, as well as include honeymoon hotel specials. Any suggestions of travel sites that might do this–either based in US or Australia is fine.
I’m thinking that it could be done, but probably be WAY too expensive to do. If this is the case, we are also thinking about doing either Mexico or Hawaii (although I’ve been to both and would love the once in a lifetime opportunity of honeymooning in Bora Bora!)
Any advice would be helpful!
Post # 3
@aussiejenn: Have you heard of a “round the world ticket”??
Post # 4
I have, but depending on the airline, they are restricted of where you can go. Like Virgin I could go Syd-LA-NYC but would have to go thru London, and somewhere in Asia and back to Syd. I could probably look into this more though.
I’m starting to think that it might just be easier to do Hawaii. Its easier to get to, more deals from Syd to LA and back thru Hawaii and it would be heaps cheaper. But in saying that I’ve been to Hawaii twice and want to do something we both haven’t done before. I’m sure we’ll work something out
Post # 5
Have you talked to a travel agent instead of the airlines or online sites? My sister booked a round the world trip over 4 months and used a travel agent (Flight Centre – do you have that where you live?).
Post # 6
Hi @aussiejenn: First as you relatively NEW to WBee… let me say a BIG Welcome to “the Hive”
My first thought was identical to the one presented by @KingsDaughter: an “Around the World Ticket” / “Open Jaw Ticket” which will give you maximum flexibility on how you choose your route to and from, as well as dates etc.
I will send you a PM with additional info / resources.
Post # 7
I would highly suggest you speak to a travel agent. You don’t have to book through them but it’ll give you an idea. I like to book things myself generally but when it’s complicated, why not let someone else do the work.
Post # 8
@aussiejenn: “I could go Syd-LA-NYC but would have to go thru London, and somewhere in Asia and back to Syd.“
If travelling through Asia is a possibility, have you considered the Maldives?
Post # 9
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@aussiejenn: I use Matrix ITA software to research flight costs. What you’re looking for is a multi-city or multi-destination ticket. You can totally buy those directly from airlines, or from airfare websites like Priceline and Kayak. I’d recomend checking out ITA first to see all your options, it seems to include every airline out there! Good luck!
FWIW, we flew from Houston to Sydney for our honeymoon, with a layover in LA. There weren’t too many airline options between the US and Australia. So I’d probably first look into which airlines offer flights from Australia to the US, and then see where else those airlines fly. Like, does Qantas offer flights to Bora Bora? Or United?
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@aussiejenn: We use hipmunk.com to compare flights with multiple stops.
Edit: But it seems to hate French Polynesia for some reason. I found a $3000 RT ticket but there’s only one option. Maybe it’s a little too early for the dates you are looking at? We’re flying to the UK in December and every few weeks more flights and airline options open up.
It may be worth it to use a travel agent for the flights because they have better software and experience in planning those types of trips imo. We are booking our main flights from Florida/MCO to London and back to Florida/MCO from Amsterdam using Hipmunk. But we had to use a different site (small local airports in Europe) to plan our flights from the UK to Paris and Paris to Amsterdam in order to get the best prices.
Post # 11
@aussiejenn: try looking at http://www.airtreks.com
In my experience STA travel is the best wiht odd itineraries for a reasonable price, maybe try them?
Post # 12
Thanks for all the suggestions. Yes I do think I might be looking too early. I think generally for international travel, the best deals start becoming available around the 6-7 month mark. But I just wanted to get a general idea of costs to see if we can actually afford our dream honeymoon.
I just figured that Bora Bora wouldn’t be that difficult as its about 1/2 way between LA and Syd. But the only airlines that fly there are Air NZ and Air Tahaiti. We went to a travel expo on the weekend hoping to get more info, but the travel agent quoted us flights for $6kpp. GAH!!
If we were to do the Madives rather than Bora Bora, I think we could fly Emerites. They do Syd-JFK via Dubai and on the way back JFK-Dubai-Maldives, but I think I have to go back to Dubai and then Syd—but I could look at other RTW options.
Hawaii or Mexico would be so much easier and cheaper. But its our honeymoon–once in a lifetime opportunity. We could do Hawaii/Mexico any time. But I dont want to go to the poor house for a vacation. I thought planning the honeymoon was supposed to be the fun bit!