(Closed) Honeymoon woes. All inclusive with first class airfare for under 4k. Possible?

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Can you upgrade from economy with miles?

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Juts curious why first class airfare is a must have. You’re only on the plane for a few hours. Wouldn’t you rather not be pinched tight or have to make cuts somewhere? We got upgraded to first class on one of our honeymoon flights and it was nice….but nothing I personally would pay extra for.

We did 7 nights at an all-inclusive in Jamaica (Secrets….and AMAZING resort) and airfare for under $4k.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

You might want to try one of those Sandals resorts! I went to one in jamaica a couple years ago and they were really nice.. as far as the airfair goes.. if you book a coach ticket with Delta, you are allowed to buy an upgrade when you get to the airport for 100$ each! YES- I know, no one knows this!!!!! If you want, you can call up the airline counter (in the airport ONLY ) and make sure of their policy.. I only know this because my brother used to work for the airline.. other than that you will prob make it below budget if you go with both..like wayyyyyyyy below budget 🙂 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

@ellabee:Agreed.  It can easily be attained if you have miles.  Darling Husband and I have an American Airlines credit card that we use for all purchases (it is paid off each month).  We started using it for our wedding purchases (which are obviously costly).  This enabled us to upgrade to first or business class with our travels.  Once we checked in for a flight from Chicago to Newark and were offered an upgrade to first class for an additional $100! 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

IN addition, you might get upgraded free..mention you are on your honeymoon…be very nice.. etc etc.. once first class is not sold out (it NEVER is..most of the people you see in first class that have not been upgraded for free because of their relationship with the airline are people who work for the airline) 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Some airlines allow you to pay an extra fee to guarantee an exit row seat.  It’ll cost less than the first class upgrade at the airport, and the last time I got an exit row seat, there was a lot of leg room, but I’m only 5’4″.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I was going to say what elle said: call to make the reservations and see if you can reserve either an exit row seat or a bulkhead seat- TONS of leg room, but still in coach so you don’t have to pay through the nose for first class. In fact, you’ll get a LOT more leg room with a bulkhead or exit row seat than you would with a first class seat.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

Whats your closest airport?

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Sign up for Travelzoo emails – you’ll get an email each with with their top 20 deals, and the website always has some.  You may luck out, I’ve seen some pretty killer deals lately and you can upgrade to first class on most for not too much more money. 

Also, are you flying out of Albany?  We have the suckiest airport – so expensive to fly from.  Try flying from Stewart Airport or even Hartford, CT.  It’s often well worth the drive for what you save!

Good luck!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We did 6 days at an all-inclusive in Jamaica (Couples, which was FANTASTIC btw) for less than $4000 but we used some of Darling Husband miles from all the traveling he does for work. I agree with PP if you can get emergency exit seating it will give you the leg room you need without the cost of first class. Is there any way that you could apply for an air miles card and use it just for the purchase of the Honeymoon and wedding expenses and just pay it off? We did this for our wedding with a card Darling Husband already had and it helped a ton.I understand that you are big no debt people but you could get the benefits of the card without accuring debt.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I would definitely not count on being upgraded. We got 0 upgrades or “perks” for being on our honeymoon (even though yes everyone knew because we had some name issues and we were very very nice to everyone). And actually even when I tried to pay to upgrade us to first class we weren’t able to do it. 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

@UpstateCait: With Delta you don’t need to be offered, you can just ask and you will get the upgrade.. I am sorry this is causing so much stress 🙁

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I agree with trying to get bulkhead seating. Or what about just sitting on the aisle, so he can stretch his legs out? That’s what my Darling Husband does because he’s got long legs and isn’t comfortable sitting in any of the other seats.

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