Post # 1
Booking A Flight The Frugal Way via NYTImes
Everyone’s always asking for tips on booking Honeymoon and airfare.
From my experiences this is a really good tutorial on what to do.
- And from my experience sale fares only typically extend 3-4 months max in the future.For example, I have no intention of booking our Honeymoon airfare (Sept) till May at the earliest.
- I also subscribe to other cheapo travel blogs, Side Step, Travelzoo, EuroCheapo etc.
What are some of your Frugal Travel Tips?
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
great tips! i just saw that article. i like kayak because it shows you fares from a variety of websites. for hotels, mrs. glitter’s husband had some great tips for priceline bidding.
Post # 4
I research, research, and research some more. I am a huge stickler for not wasting my money. Sometimes it doesn’t look like I spent any less, but in reality, I got WAY more for my money. I subscribe to the same websites that you do. I recently discovered bookit.com and LOVE it. I haven’t tried this, but I’ve heard that if you follow certain airline companies on twitter that you can get deals that aren’t released to the public. I am also not shy about asking what discounts are offered. I am still waiting to hear back from the resort my hubby and I want to go to for the honeymoon, but I heard through the grapevine that they offer a 20% discount to active duty military (which Darling Husband is). My theory is whatever is being advertised, I can get it cheaper! And I can’t wait to see the other ideas!
Post # 5
I LOVE your theory!
And I have heard the same re:Twitter accounts.
I think Southwest is one that does it. I subscribed to Aer Lingus for this reason, so far not much though! Boo!
Post # 6
I stay in small inns with my own kitchen (at least when I did the solo travel thing) and made meals. I didn’t care if I had to cook when there was an ocean out the window. I went to fancier places for lunch, or sometimes would just eat a late breakfast and early afternoon. Plus, they offer way more personalized service than a large hotel could ever offer (unless you are looking for sheer luxury). Get to know a few of the locals (at least in the Carib) and you will rewarded with the best cheap eats, cheap transportation, and other deals.
Post # 7
we use a travel agent- Liberty Travel.
We wanted to get married in Jamaica and when I looked online to book the room/airfare it was almost $2500 for 2 people. We went to our family travel agent and she booked it for $1700 for both of us for 5 days 4 nights in a 5 star all inclusive resort, including airfare and transport from airport to hotel.
it all really depends on who you know and what they can do for you.
Post # 8
I booked our flights to Mexico the very first day that Continental made them available and we saved quite a bit. Our $198 + tax flights are now $298. They were as high as $398 at one point.
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall
One big thing I have heard about Mexico and Carribean honeymoons is BRING YOUR OWN BUG SPRAY! Think about it: you’re outside, near water, probably around food and/or sweet drinks, in the summer time in a humid place. There could be mosquitos and flies about, even if just in the evenings. I have heard that a lot of resorts and vacation spots/gift shops will charge you $10-$15 for a little thing of big spray you could have gotten for under $5 at Target.
It would never occurred to me to bring bug spray on our honeymoon, but I’m definitely going to stick in a little non-aerosol bottle of it.
Post # 10
It is an amazing site! So many good deals, in a wide variety of locations!
Post # 11
Try to fly on Wednesdays or Thursdays. Usually the cheapest airfare are on those days.
On kind of splurged on Honeymoon but for weekend trips, I try to find the cheapest hotels with good reviews. As long as it’s clean and the bed is comfortable, that’s fine with us. Me and Darling Husband is fine with 2 or 3 star hotels. I look at all the user reviews to decide whether or not to stay there. I try to find a hotel under $80. Usually, we are out driving and exploring, so we really just need a place to sleep. I would rather use that money I saved towards other things like food and activities.
Sometimes it’s cheaper to book directly with the airline instead of through orbitz. I look on both kayak, priceline, orbitz and others. Then try the airline websites itself. I know alaska airlines website has less fees than the Orbitz.
Post # 12
Any bee’s know why DFW is such an expensive city to fly in and out of? Almost every deal we have found goes up by about $100 because we will fly out of Dallas. Lame!
Post # 13
I totally recommend Kayak. My fiance and I are going to Munich and New York (basing ourselves in London) and our flights all up are costing us $US 850 for 2 people! By far the cheapest flights we could find anywhere.
Post # 14
another tip i just checked out the website homeaway.com, i saw a commercial with chevy chase in it and decided to check. instead of renting a hotel room you rent an apt, home bungalow etc. at a much cheaper price i checked some out in PR and Florida and found some for 500-900 a week. def bookmarking that site
Post # 15
Yup! We’re going to do the same thing! Homeaway & VRBO are the same company essentially but do have different listings. In some cities we are actually finding it cheaper to rent a studio in the city center than to stay at a hostel!
If you can believe it I found a studio in Rome with a view of the Colosseum. The rate per night was cheaper than staying at a hostel!
So, never assume what you think is the cheapest will always be the cheapest.
As JSdragonfly will say, research, research, research!
Re:Mexico, don’t eat their mayo!!!
Post # 16
If using priceline, first check out biddingfortravel.com. Totally great site where people tell how they bid and what they got. If you do the same as them, you are very likely to get the same places. We’ve definitely scored several times using them before.