(Closed) Honeymoon confused!

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

We did Asia (Thailand and Taiwan) for 15 days for $10K back in April.  We stayed at all five star resorts during our honeymoon and visited 7 cities. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

We could not afford to pay for our dream honeymoon (well, can’t since it hasn’t happened yet). But I wanted to make it happen. If you are financially responsible and have good credit and credit management, then making the honeymoon you want to come true is doable.

We will be taking an approximately $25-$30,000 honeymoon for approximately $7-$10k.

FIrst, I would see what major airline/airline alliance members fly to the destination of your choice. We are choosing American for that and personal reasons. We each already have some American AAdvantage miles. We are each opening at least one Citi AAdvantage Rewards Credit Card which comes with a 50,000 mile sign on bonus when spending $3,000 in the first 3 months. Easy to do with day to day and our wedding spending. That will get us 100,000 miles on top of what we already have. We may open another one to get another 100k if needed, but not in the plan atm.

Also, all of our cards are linked to our AAdvantage rewards network account. So when we go out to eat at partner restaurants we get more mile points. We are both registered with the AAdvantage shopping, and anything we buy we try to first see if we can get it through there for more points.

To do round-trip flights in coach to our destination, we need 225,000 miles. For Business, we need 280,000. For first we need 415,000. We are shooting for business class (30 hours of flight, so worth it, plus I’m a giant). That means our $3,000-$4,000pp flight cost is now nonexistent.

Then, we plan on staying at a Conrad resort, which is with Hilton group. The Hilton HHonors Rewards Card through Citibank comes with 2 free weekend nights within a year when you spend $2,000 in 3 months (may not be fully accurate, we are beyond a year out so we haven’t gotten to this step yet so I don’t remember the spending needed off the top of my head). We each open, and we get 4 weekend nights free. There are very few hotels/resorts you cannot use them at. Ours is eligible. We will be staying in an overwater bungalow that would normally be $1,300-$1,500 per night. We want to do 10 nights (if possible), so we anticipate to leave a week after our wedding to arrive on a Friday. This way, our 10 nights will span two weekends. We can use our 4 nights, and then only have to pay for 6 nights, or $7,800 to $9,000. Now it isn’t all inclusive, so we will have to include food costs. But the card also automatically gives us Hilton Gold status so we get free breakfast, meaning we will only be paying for drinks and lunch/dinner (although a well timed breakfast can offset lunch costs). So for our budget of $15,000 we would have more than enough for desired spa, food, and drink expenses.

If there’s somewhere you really want to go, I never advocate going into debt for travel. But with a little effort you can make it happen through rewards so long as you are good with your spending and credit management. Also, if you plan to buy a home within the next 12-18 months you may not want to go this route as the credit impact could make acquiring favorable mortgages difficult. But, despite this, you can make a honeymoon happen that may, at first calculation, cost 3 to 4 times as much as you end up paying.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

k_girl3:  we did 10 days in Greece last April for about 5k all said and done. Not a honeymoon, just vacation, but it was pretty romantic. Did Athens, Crete, and Santorini. Greece can be affordable – we used air bnb rather than hotels. 

Also, you might want to think about Zika virus if you’re planning to TTC….

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I think it all depends on how you do it. We are planning our honeymoon to be about $6000 for ten days in Italy (Venice, Florence, Rome). Flying on Emirates for like $550 a person from JFK to Milan, which helps a lot. But also using Airbnb and so we were able to keep our costs down to around $100/night. All the places are more of a traditional B&B but include a private room with private bathroom. Two include breakfast. This can be a huge money saver. We are also spending about $1000 doing tours in the cities and have about $1500 for food in the budget and also train travel included so we probably could have planned it cheaper. Just a thought. Happy planning whatever you decide!

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I have, but I also plan all of our travel and spent a good bit of time doing my research before I booked any of the pieces. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

We went to Kauai and it was probably around $5k all in, though a chunk of our flight expense was covered with travel rewards. 

I think the choice between Europe or the Caribbean comes down to whether you want to “travel” or you want to “vacation” for your honeymoon. While there are of course still sights to see and culture to take in and activities to do on an island, it’s typically on a much smaller scale and there’s a lot more time for lounging around by the pool/on the beach. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Not sure

We decided to do St John and St Thomas. The flight was only $800 round trip. Then we’re staying in a Bed and Breakfast in St Thomas for 3 days, St John in the Coral Bay Area for 7 days. I paid less than $5k… I think the B&B is $900 and the St John apartment with hot tub is $2285. We’re gonna take it easy on food, cook some things, then go out to dinner other nights. We were going to go to Hawaii, but it would have cost a lot more. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Something to consider if you are planning on starting a family right away… Zika virus is all over the Caribbean right now. If you go to a Caribbean destination, and if one of you contracts Zika, you may have to wait six months or more to TTC. My doctor told us to stay away from the Caribbean (and other places with Zika) if we were planning on TTC within a year of that trip. 

So your decision might be made for you!

Also, we did Iberostar Grand Rose Hall in Jamaica for $8,000 last year for 10 days in their top room level. It was the best trip we’ve ever had. The perfect honeymoon. I have also done Europe for under $10k but it’s a difference trip. Greece and Spain also have all inclusives if you want that relaxation, but there are so many sites to see there, its maybe not worth paying the all inclusive premium. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

k_girl3:  we did it all ourselves. Tbh, I didn’t realize people still used travel agents…isn’t that what the Internet is?

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

k_girl3:  You can definitely do a honeymoon in Greece for 10k. Easily. Forget the generic island all-inclusive everyone-else-is-honeymooning-too stuff, and go to Europe like you want. Traveling across that many time zones will be harder once you have a family, whereas beach vacations will still be relatively doable. Do Greece now. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We spent about $8K for 2 weeks in Thailand. It was probably the best trip I’ve ever been on! I did a ton of research and booked everything myself. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

$10K?! We did our honeymoom in Venice, Rome, and London for about $5K

Europe can end up being way cheaper than a Sandals resort.

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We did 15 days in greece for well under 10k, about 5500 all said and done.  Here was a recap with cost breakdown.  It wasn’t all that 5 star lux hotel and dining,  but that’s not our style.  We didn’t even set a budget.  We just went with what looked nice and reasonable for the price for hotels,  ate as we pleased and then added to the total at the end.  Obviously we don’t have expensive taste, but greece can easily be done for under 10k.  And with 10k, that’d be petty luxurious budget imo.

Greece trip recap – pic heavy

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