(Closed) Is this a honeymoon myth or do honeymooners really get loads of upgrades?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@fresitachulita:  We didn’t really have that happen.

We had a few nice things though 

One hotel upgraded us to a suite and gave us the following:

– bottle of champagne in our room

– complimentary 30 min massage for each of us

– glass of wine and appetizers on the balcony of our suite one night

– bed out on the balcony one night

But from reading their reviews online, they do this for every couple that is a honeymooning couple.

Other places we stayed left us nice notes/rose petals on the bed. One gave us a bottle of red wine (although that was an all inclusive place including alcohol) and another gave us a bottle of champagne at dinner (with a prime table).

I think it really depends on the resorts you are staying in.

As for the airlines, we could only get upgrades if we paid for them and the airport we flew out of was so disorganized that we couldn’t even get an upgrade when we TRIED to pay for one (and there was room in first class).

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I can’t help you with your answer, but that would be pretty awesome! I’ll have to check back and see what the other bees are saying about this 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

I’m honeymooning at Disney World and apparently there are quite a few perks there. If the restaurants know it’s your honeymoon they’ll give you a free desert, champagne, or sit you at the best table.

I’ll be making sure I mention it’s our honeymoon for every reservation, but I won’t be expecting freebies or upgrades. That way, if we do get anything, it’ll be a nice perk (instead of feeling disappointed if we didn’t get a thing!)

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We got NOTHING!  Told one of our hotels that we were getting married and they told me how much it cost to upgrade the room.  The place we stayed at after the wedding didn’t do anything.  None of the places we ate at cared at all.  And finally, since it was a Destination Wedding and we had an international flight, we mentioned when we checked in…nothing.  We even got stranded in Heathrow on our return flight and mentioned it to the ticket agents and we were given the same as everyone else. 

I had heard the rumors too and our family thought something would have been done for us but nothing….I figured it was the economy.  

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

For the flights, it does happen, but it’s EXTREMELY uncommon. I’ve got a few friends who work as airline gate agents and they’d like to strangle whoever started this rumor because the GA’s get lots of requests but aren’t allowed to randomly upgrade people.

If the customer’s cabin of service gets changed, the airline wants to know why, and expects there’s a payment with the upgrade. The only “free” upgrades they are supposed to give are when the plane is oversold in coach (when they have more passengers than seats). And they’re supposed to upgrade their frequent flyers first before looking for general members. Although they sometimes bend that last part.

Amywa, it really doesn’t happen very much and I would ,ost certainly not expect it. Hotels tend to be more closely connected to their owner and temd to have more leeway with comps and upgrades but even then, it depends on the individual property.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

We went on a cruise and got jack shit. Then again, we also didn’t mention our Honeymoon to our room steward until the end of our trip. If we would have told him at the beginning, there’s a chance we could have gotten something. We didn’t really care though. We had an amazing time with the things we planned and paid for. I’ve heard of HM’ers constantly pushing the fact that they’re on their Honeymoon to anyone who will listen. I find that insanely annoying.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Just out of curiosity, why would an airline, hotel or restaurant feel obligated to give you anything other than a Congratulations if you’re on your honeymoon? People get married and go on honeymoons every day— it’s very special to the honeymooners, but why would some random agent at the United ticket counter care?

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

@fishbone:  They don’t but HM’ers think that everyone should be equally as excited as they are. I’ve heard of very few people actually getting any kind of upgrade unless they happen to get a very generous airline worker or maitre d. It’s awesome when it happens but no one should ever expect it or be pissed about it when they don’t get anything extra.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I don’t really expect anything although its nice. I think it’s on a case by case basis and wildly exaggerated. I travel alot and and I got randomly upgraded on flights before, but it is very rare. It only happened because a flight was full or something  theyed ask if anyones wanted a voucher to stay back, and I told them I would gladly hop on another flight but for an upgrade rather then the voucher and they agreed after asking permission.

 I also imagine how much money they spend/lose by giving free things to thousands/millions of customers that are honeymooners who come through every year, especially if they are a place popular for romantic vacations, or airlines. If anyone wants to try, I suggest making friends with the clerk at the hotel, they have more leeway to switch people around, and while it may not be a big upgrade they might give you a room with better views, closer to the elevators and pool if it’s a huge place.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

 I’m guessing we’ll have the same experience as @UpstateCait: . I can’t see myself telling anyone it’s our honeymoon unless they ask. I would feel too self important sharing the news with everyone. Although, who knows, maybe I’ll be so excited that it’ll just come out! That would be totally out of character for me, though.

ETA: We’re also staying at a hotel in Paris, then a B&B in a small town, and those don’t seem like the kind of places that would offer “perks”, anyway. The only perk I expect from the French is for them to tolerate my butchering of their language! Tongue Out

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I also don’t plan on telling everyone and expecting free things. I do think that annoying if I do tell people it will be for excitement or if they ask us why we are traveling. I also think at dinner you would be more apt to get free drink or a dessert.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@fishbone:  

people have a huge sense of entitlement these days, that’s why.

 

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