Post # 1
I’ve come to the place where I know I can get good advice! Fiance and I are flying from Atlanta to Montego Bay for our honeymoon. Neither of us likes to fly so we’ll be white knuckling it there. A friend suggested we ask for an upgrade from coach to business “because it’s our honeymoon.”
Has anyone ever had this work for them? How did you manage it? Any tips or tricks for us? It would be wonderful to sit in a bigger seat and sip a drink or two (for the nerves, of course! ) while we travel.
It also got me thinking — on your honeymoon, did you receive any other upgrades? What were they? How did you get them? (I figure, it’s a special occasion so if it’s worked for others we might as well try — the worst that can happen is someone tells us no.) We’re staying at a Sandals in Jamaica so I’m hoping they have some excellent honeymoon tricks up their sleeves for us!
Please bees — give me all your advice, stories and tips!
Post # 3
I don’t really have a great answer, but I would just be very excited and tell them it’s your honeymoon. Whether or not that’ll work? I don’k now. If you going somewhere like Sandals they probably get a LOT of honeymooners and obviously can’t upgrade them all, but it’s worth a shot, right?
Post # 4
I feel like with airlines this is pretty much impossible nowadays. All flights are usually booked to the max and first class is opened to people with flyer points and such.
It wouldn’t hurt to mention it at your hotel though. I do agree with SanDiegoAli that there are likely to be lots of honeymooners at Sandals :o)
Post # 5
We told everyone in the airport and on the plane that it was our honeymoon. I think we were just super excited, and sleep-deprived, so it came out something like, “Hey, random person, guess what?! We got married last night!” Our plane was super crowded, so we didn’t get upgraded to first class, but the flight attendant did bring us two little glasses of champagne, which was nice.
When we got to Europe, we casually mentioned it at check-in of our hotels and once or twice at dinner. We didn’t get any upgrades, but a lot of people congratulated us. 🙂 Oh, I guess this one waiter at our resort restaurant kept upgrading our beer during dinner. But I think that’s because he thought my husband was an American football player…
Post # 6
We asked for a flight upgrade and they rolled their eyes at us and basically said no way. But we brought a piece of wedding cake on the place and the flight attendant noticed and was super sweet. She brought us a real tablecloth, plate, and forks. So maybe try bringing cake!
Post # 7
Yeah, I figured this didn’t happen often.
@snmcdowell — I like the cake idea. Maybe if I bring a few extra slices for the flight team? 🙂
Post # 8
Ya, these days, a lot of planes don’t even HAVE a business class 🙂 The flight from Atlanta to Mo Bay shouldn’t be too bad. You can try and mention it wherever you can, but I wouldn’t expect much on the flight part.
I do know a couple who literally flew out after the reception. They wore their wedding attire to the airport and on the plan… THEY got upgraded to business. Im not sure I would have been OK with sitting in coach in my wedding gown though! lol
Post # 9
We actually got an upgrade on our flight. We mentioned at the ticket counter when we were checking in that we were on our honeymoon and she upgraded us. Not sure why, the flight was def not full though, so maybe that had something to do with it? Also we were on a smaller airline AirTran, and it was their last flight out of that airport that day. Also we mentioned when booking our cruise that we were on our honeymoon and we got a special dessert at dinner one night and turn down service everynight without asking. So it’s definitely worth at least mentioning, you never know!
Post # 10
I agree about the flight upgrades – almost every flight I take nowadays (unless it’s a red eye) are booked with a stand-by list. When I was younger I used to get upgraded to 1st class a lot b/c I would fly by myself to meet my parents on vacation or somehting so flight attendents would take pity on me and the plane wasn’t crowded.
I think in these tough economic times the most ‘upgrade’ you will get is an extra drink or piece of cake or something.
Post # 11
My Fiance is a pilot and I’m not expecting to get an upgraded seat. We have gotten firstclass once and only one of us. That was on our way back from Rome. He let me have the firstclass seat. The problem is that you have the normal first class people that always ride first class. Then sometimes depending on the length of the flight they leave open a seat for the pilots to come and take a break and eat. Then some airlines will give their employees the upgrade seats first before they upgrade other passengers, then they upgrade the frequent flier points. So it really limits the seats that get left open when most of the regional planes only have 12 or so seats in First Class.
btw.. we are going to the Sandals on St. Lucia!
Post # 12
@otb: it’s nice to hear a success story! I really didn’t think this was possible and I almost laughed when it was suggested to me. But really, I figure I might as well try. I’m sure I’ll be babbling to everyone within hearing distance anyway!
@Vintage2010: Hooray Sandals! I can’t wait to eat, drink, lounge and relax! I wish I didn’t have to wait another five weeks!
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall
Ooo, we’re going to have to try this with the flight! (But, I don’t have high hopes). I actually EMAILED the resort we’re going to and asked if we could have honeymoon perks. No response yet. How overbearing and preemtively excited is THAT? haha. I’ll let y’all know if it works out for me!
Post # 14
My cousin wore her bride T-shirt on her honeymoon flight to Hawaii & they got upgraded to 1st class on both flights. This was right after Christmas too. We are traveling to Vegas for our wedding. I am going to try that! Also, I will have my wedding dress, so hopefully, between the 2, we will get upgraded. Hey, it is worth a shot, so I say go for it!
Post # 15
@maryjane – I e-mailed one of our potential honeymoon hotels to explain we’d be on our honeymoon and ask if they had any specials or honeymoon deals. They only e-mailed back with a “romance package” that was more expensive than what we were looking at!
Post # 16
We didn’t get any free upgrades. We upgraded ourselves to First Class (SOOO worth the money – especially with baggage fees and such). At our resort we got Honeymooners perks – but so does everyone else that brings their marriage license.