Post # 1
So I’m obsessed with budgeting and bargains, and I’ve seen AMAZING groupon and living social deals for trips, and we definitely want an all-inclusive place (no kiddies) and I just want to make sure you actually get what you pay for, and if it’s worth it!
Has anyone used either Groupon or LivingSocial deals for their honeymoon? If so, I’d love to get details!
Post # 3
I haven’t used them but I am also intrigued.
They have lots of great deals but for the most part they are all things that need to be used in the next 3-4 months (before 2013 rolls around). So if you don’t mind planning your honeymoon pretty close to when you are planning to take it and aren’t super firm on dates you should be fine. They also have random blackout dates in the fine print.
I would check tripadvisor to follow up on the actual resorts that are offering deals to see if they are what they look like in those beautiful pictures. That might be a bettter indication of what the experience will be like.
Post # 4
Definitely agree with checking Trip Advisor. I sit around stalking trip deals all day so I know that sometimes the places those deals are for aren’t that great. You’ll also want to check what the flight would cost since sometimes it actually ends up costing you more to book flight and hotel seperately!
Post # 5
I think buffet depends on the number of guest. We have invited 250 people and we think the lines would be too long, the food would be cold, and there would be too much time spent on making sure everyone receives their dinner. We decided to have a 4 course meal ordered at the table al la carte service. I was raised southern and I have never eaten a cold plate of food and it is important to me to have the food served hot for everyone.
Post # 6
The ones I’ve seen on groupon and the like are usually middle of the road rated resorts–very rarely for somewhere popular and really well reviewed. Most often, these resorts post their same deals online and you don’t even have to go through the groupon sale site.
I would check trip advisor, cheap caribbean, allinclusiveoutlet, orbit, etc to find good sale prices on a multitude of resorts.
Post # 7
I’ve been stalking all these “bargain” sites. I have yet to find one that has good reviews. Just meh.
Post # 8
Not a honeymoon but I did book a hotel deal from Groupon for a long weekend. It was in the Black Forrest region of Germany and we were celebrating our 1 year anniversary (black forrest was one tier of our wedding cake so I was excited to eat Black forrest cake in the black forrest but that is not really relevant). Anyway, the deal was for a candle light dinner and 3 overnights with breakfast. I forget what we paid but it was reasonable, however, the hotel was in need of an update. The staff was nice enough, location peaceful and the food was delicious enough BUT I imagine we could have booked directly and got a similar rate as they were offering a couple of various specials of their own. I have since been cautious of booking from these deal websites as we learned that photos can be deceptive. I get the impression that the hotel is obligated to offer the lowest rate on Groupon (or wghatever the site) but often for a minor price difference, you can book the offer on another site or directly with the hotel where you have more flexibility on dates.
Post # 9
@LindsayLoves: tripadvisor is a great tip, thank you!
Post # 10
@Roe: I’ll have to check those sites, thank you for the tip! We really just want to get the most bang for our buck, and since our budget isn’t very large, our honeymoon is something we need to search around for the best price, but we want something all-invlusive so we don’t have to worry about extra money once we’re there.
Post # 11
@slicey19: so true about the pictures! I can’t let my vacation brain take over when I see the beautiful pictures of the white sand and clear water! (very cool about the black forrest cake in the black forrest, even if it wasn’t relevant, no worries 🙂 )
Post # 12
I have been stalking Groupon as well and found a couple that are REALLY appealing. What I love about them is that most of the departures are from another city (i.e. Miami or New York), so it’s an excuse to fly there and spend a week there in addition to the Groupon portion of the honeymoon.
Unfortunately very few of them are for travel in June 2013 so I should probably stop trolling Groupon until January or later!
Here are a couple of my favs:
10 Day Peru Tour with Airfare: http://www.groupon.com/deals/ga-to-gate-1-travel?c=all&p=5
8 Day Scotland Tour with Airfare: http://www.groupon.com/deals/ga-to-beyond-boundaries-travel-scotland?c=all&p=3 *LOOOOVE*
Post # 13
I booked our honeymoon using Costco travel; at least portions of it… basically the hotels/transfers portions and I booked the flights on my own. Ironically within a week after I booked; Groupon offered a 500 for 1000 deal for Tahiti/Moorea/BoraBora. I bought it and used that to book our excursions. Saved a pretty penny! 🙂
You can PM me for more details!
A friend of mine booked the Moorea package for her honeymoon and had a BLAST!
Post # 14
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Definitely check trip advisor reviews!
We did a deal for a beach weekend earlier this year, and the place was a dump. I would have cried if it was my honeymoon.
Post # 15
We used Groupon for our honeymoon! We are going to Belize in a few months and are staying at two different locations. Will let you know how the deals work out but we’re excited. I know one of the places is expected to be middle of the road but the first one is so we’re fine with that 🙂
Post # 16
We did a Living Social deal for our 2-day honeymoon at a B&B. I would definitely say do a lot of research before purchasing them, just like you would for anything else you’d buy without seeing first! I was really happy with our decision, though!