Post # 1
We’re having a 19 month engagement, with the wedding next April (10 months today, yay). We already know where we’re going for our honeymoon, and after some stalking, I found that the average airfare prices to our destination are about $500 pp, round trip. I’ve recently found non-stop fares, at the times we’d like (ie, not 6 AM the day after our wedding) for $498, which is right on target. Is it crazy to book though? We have the hotel booked, but it’s 100% refundable. I think I’m just having an “OMG this is actual going to happen!” moment, lol.
Post # 2
I’d go ahead and book it. For international flights, the best time to buy is about 3-4 months before the flight. However, I didn’t want to take the chance, so we booked our honeymoon flights about 7 months before the honeymoon.
Post # 3
But, as a warning, our flight schedule changes three different times from when we booked to when we flew. Most were small changes but they can change the times of the flights or cancel the flights on a whim. There’s not much you can do about this except see what other options they offer when they change the plans. Two of our changes were very minor and no big deal. The other was a bigger deal and was going to screw up our plans for our layover, but I was able to get online and find a different flight arrangement that they agreed to, so it actually got us a better schedule.
Post # 4
We booked everything about 5 months ahead. My old neighbor is a travel agent and she watched airfare for us. She knew general prices and told us when to book.
Is it possible for you to talk to a travel agent? Booking now, while super exciting, seems really early. But I could be totally off.
Post # 5
I’m the same way, I don’t want to take the chance that we’ll be stuck on a 6 AM flight with a layover in Timbuktu. I’m just airline shy, I don’t like to put out that much non-refundable money, lol.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2014 - EDD Aug '15
With less than a year to go, I’d probably go ahead and book it 🙂
We booked ours 4 months ahead but only because it took us that long to decide where to go!! Honestly, the addition of planning the honeymoon (tours, hotels, domestic connecting flights) on top of the wedding closer ended up being unnecessary stress, and I wish we’d known our schedules and where we wanted to go 10 months out!
Post # 7
We booked our flights as soon as the airlines opened up the schedule for our dates. We are now less than 90 days out and we’ve only had one 20 minute schedule change. I liked the peace of mind of knowing we were all set.
Post # 8
- Wedding: Orlando Science Center
We also booked our flights right when the schedules opened, though that was just because the award availability was better.
If the flights you’re looking at work for you, go ahead and book them! If they change the schedule too much, you should be able to call up and get them to either refund the tickets or change your flights for free – arguing that you now aren’t receiving the flights you bought.
Post # 9
We had a 19 month engagment and booked the honeymoon 10 months out. I watched prices for a couple weeks then booked when I say the best deal.
Post # 10
I think ten months out is a good, safe option. Travel schedules are usually released a year ahead, but without any specials or promos yet, so we usually recommend beginning the process ten months ahead of the wedding.
Post # 11
honeymoonhacker: True, we were using award miles too so we wanted to book as soon as humanly possible. We still ended up having to pay some $ but that was in part because we were flying in and out of different cities/countries so we couldn’t just do a regular round trip award ticket.