Just scored half a million Frequent Flyer points – Advice on where to honeymoon?

posted 1 year ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2020

That is amazing !!!!! Wow ! My suggestion would be to Fly business class! And do multiple countries if you can. My dream honeymoon is South Africa and Mauritius or Seychelles. I think it would be the perfect mix of a city escape, nature (safari) and a grand finale of a relaxing beach retreat. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2019

My dad gave us some good advice about our honeymoon. He said,”Go somewhere where you’ll never see yourself being able to go to again.”

I personally want to go to Japan SO BAD. I’ve always had a soft spot for the food and the art, and it would be the perfect place for a couple of nerds that love to eat. I agree with flying first class too, might as well make it a trip of a lifetime as much as possible.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

How long a break do you have? Can you book hotels with the Velocity points too? I would be looking at a round-the-world trip if there’s enough points to go around!

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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sbl99 :  WHHHHHAAAATTTTT. how?!?!? that’s amazing. (also, as a US bee, i had to lol at how casually “low key” a Bali trip is). if you’d typically go someplace nearby, i’d say use the points to go far away! i’d vote for Iceland, since it’s practically the other side of the world, it’s gorgeous, and it’s like the complete opposite of australia.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

That is so amazing!!! I definitely would be booking first class flights. Maybe someplace like Santorini or Mykonos? Maybe a road trip around Ireland?

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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sbl99 :  Do not waste your points on business if you are flying virgin australia. Their economy x and premium classes are pretty great and cost so much less.

We had to fly to Canada this year and had to go through LAX or Dallas so we used our points to fly return to LAX on virgin. We flew economy x and it was pretty awesome. Extra room and free noise cancelling headphones which were really really good for airline headphones. Food was great as well. It only cost 100k points each for return. Plus we used the same restroom as business. Had priority boarding as well.

If it isn’t a virgin flight then business might be better depending on airline.

Virgin Australia is one of the best frequent flyer programs inregards to value of rewards (Qantas sucks balls) but you have to keep checking and your status makes a big difference. When trying to book my dad on the same flight through his points the deal didn’t even come up and we booked on our account instead. It was due to us having a higher status and that was thanks to our NAB velocity credit card and flybuys. It is a great way to earn status points.

We are looking at going to Europe next year but so far haven’t found a points deal worth it and are probably going to save the points and pay instead.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

It’s got to be Europe!! Do a European tour 😍😍😍

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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sbl99 :  You don’t have to transfer points. You will have to call velocity however. They will be able to tell you which partner airlines have seats and how much.

Honestly I think unless it is a budget airline (like air asia or jetstar) then business is a waste when flying to Asia from Australia. It is such a short flight, especially given most airlines use hubs (singapore/KL) on the asian routes. 

Have you looked to see if you can use the points to pay for accommodation? That might be more worthwhile. 

There are sites out there that will tell you the value of the points in terms of the different options (flights/accommodation/experiences/goods). It is good to have a basic understanding in order to see if you are  getting ripped off or not. Sometimes the free points flights are overvalued.

Do you have any idea where in Asia you might go? Sri Lanka is beautiful and for a honeymoon Bintan Island. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

We went to Japan for 15 days for our honeymoon, it’s definitely worthwhile. We went back a year later because there was still so much more to see.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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sbl99 :  Awesome congrats! I’d recommend Tahiti, Fiji or Cook Islands! (South Pacific is so beautiful!)

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