Post # 1
My fiance and I are working on our honeymoon currently… it’s definitely not as fun as I had envisioned!
We’re getting our flights using airline miles that we had earned- which is great! It’s saving us a ton of money, but it has put a big wrench in our plans. We’re trying to fly from Philly to Maui, but as of right now we have 2 options:
a) Fly from Philly, 16 hour total travel time (1 layover), get a ride from friends/family, leave 3 weeks AFTER our wedding (or longer)
b) Fly from Newark, NJ, 24 hour total travel time (2 layovers), pay for parking ($100+), leave 2 days after our wedding.
Both are crappy situations, but if we want these free flights, we have to just live with it.
I’m just not sure which is worse- a really long, marathon flight or having a delayed honeymoon.
What would you pick and why?
And for those of you who did a delayed honeymoon… did you go back to work right after your wedding? Was it totally miserable? We’re getting married on a Saturday and probably go back to work on Monday if we delayed…
Thanks, ladies 🙂
Post # 3
How long are you going for? For me, I would probably just look into something different, but that’s because I wouldn’t want to delay it three weeks, and one layover makes me nervous, nonetheless two. And if you’re going for, say a week, you’d be traveling for two full days to be gone for a week. For me, personally, that wouldn’t balance out enough.
Are you totally stuck on Hawaii, or open to looking into different options? The Caribbean is easier to get to from the east coast, and I heard St. Lucia is much like Hawaii.
Post # 4
Ok I would definitely choose option 1. Less layovers the better and you want to spend the smallest amount of time travelling. It’s not a bad thing to have a delayed honeymoon. My honeymoon won’t be until 5 months after mine.
Did you look into AC airport? They’re supposed to be the cheapest.
Post # 5
I agree with the previous poster maybe you should try a different location. It just sounds like Maui may not work out for you. I would choose to go on the first trip right after my wedding because you need that time to just be together after being married.
Post # 6
I’d delay the honeymoon and take the shorter flight. That flight is bad enough when its direct and I know two layovers would make me crabby. I wouldn’t want to start the honeymoon that way.
ETA: I don’t know what airline your miles are with but we booked our honeymoon flight using reward miles and the available flights/mileage needed changed constantly. I searched over like 3 days until I got the combination I wanted.
Post # 7
I picked other – I’d spend extra to get a better flight right after the wedding. Obviously this may not be an option, but Darling Husband and I paid extra for a flight without a layover that left the morning after our wedding, because we’ve had some bad travel experiences with planes on past vacations and didn’t want to add our honeymoon to that list!
Post # 8
Having flown out of both airports more times than I want to count….I pretty much ALWAYS prefer Newark. I’m a bit surprised though, since I’m also flying Newark to Maui, and I only have to make 1 stop–but I guess that is from the airline mile restrictions? I think it depends on how well you two fly and deal with waiting lol….my Fiance and I fly very frequently so I’m not too thrown off by spending a day on a plane, but it is a loooong haul. I’m also a fan of leaving closer to the wedding, but 3 weeks is really not a big deal at all to wait.
Post # 9
I hate both. But I wouldn’t want to wait. It’s a tough call!
Post # 10
I picked option 1. A lot of people don’t leave for their honeymoons instantly and it seems like less money spent and less time in a cramped airplane and airports. With the 2 layovers, there’s more room for delays. Plus, you’ll have more time to be at home, open your gifts, pack, look at guest pictures…. 🙂
Post # 11
@ladyartichoke: hahahah seriously.
@LGenz:we’ve been checking multiple times per day for the past week. we have both of these flight options on hold… and one expires tonight….
@hotchildinthecity: i remember you replied to my last post about locations! this just brings me back to the whole rainy/hurricane season issue. siiigh. And we’re going for 10 days.
I hate flying… so even if we have the flight with only 1 layover I’m going to be anxious and unhappy, but I can survive.
I feel like such an ass for even complaining about this, I’m fortunate to even be able to afford a honeymoon, but I’m stressed!
So yeah, keep commenting with your experiences, ladies!! It’s very helpful to hear, thanks 🙂
Post # 12
it would be super stressful to leave 2 days later and have two layovers and travel for 24 hours. I say either pick some place closer or wait 3 weeks.
Can you take Monday off from work (I’m assuming you are getting married on Sat). I would spend the night Sat at the hotel and if you can afford it, stay Sunday too. Do something touristy Sunday, just the two of you. Then spend Monday at home just relaxing. That should be enough to mentally switch from wedding mode to married mode.
Post # 13
Ohhhh, I totally forgot you were going in hurricane season. Well, Aruba, Curacao, etc. would still be an option, I guess. Or maybe Europe or something if you’re not set on the beach thing?
I still definitely don’t like either of these options, just because I know I would be absolutely miserable after all that traveling. If I were forced to pick one, I’d just take the three week delay.
Post # 14
I would rather have the delayed honeymoon! This way we can spend more time with family and friends that are in town for the wedding! and EEEWWWW to the LONG travel time!
Post # 15
Traveling for 24 hours with 2 layovers is not a good way to start a honeymoon! Especially, not right after stressful wedding. Go back to work, maybe take that Monday off first, achieve a bit of normalcy and then go and really enjoy your honeymoon.
Post # 16
Have you considered going to Barbados? It almost never gets hit by a hurricane. Like Aruba and Curacao (as mentioned above), it’s out of the path of hurricanes. All of those options would be a shorter flight than the flight to Maui. Plus, IMO, Hawaii is not as special as the Caribbean. It’s certainly not worth a 24 hour flight!
If you’re set on going to Maui, I’d say delay the honeymoon. It will probably be nice to have a bit of a rest after the wedding before travelling, and 3 weeks later is still close enough to the wedding for it to feel like a honeymoon.