Post # 1
I got engaged on April 07, 2012 and we are planning an April 07, 2013 wedding. I know we are decently early on the honeymoon planning, but let’s be honest, that’s the more exciting part! I wanted to see if any fellow bees have used Living Social for their honeymoon. I have used Living Social and Groupon for many eateries, but never for an “Adventure” or “Escape” purchase.
Tell me, have you used an online discount site like Living Social or Groupon for your honeymoon? Anything I should know, plan, ask for, etc?
Thank you in advance!
Post # 3
I used jetsetter.com. We got a great deal and were very happy with the results. We did go somewhere relatively local though; we drove from the NYC area to an island inn in Maine.
Post # 4
I used jetsetter for our Vegas honeymoon. I just made sure to double check with the hotel itself that we were confirmed with our room and our extras. Print out all the paperwork they send you!
Post # 5
I used Living Social, but it was just for a two-day bed and breakfast deal. I didn’t have any problems with it whatsoever, and we had a great time!
Post # 6
We used Jetsetter for part of ours. I don’t see why you shouldn’t use Living Social, etc. as long as the hotel is reputable. But sometimes those discount/sale sites don’t let you book too far out in advance. I know Jetsetter didn’t.
Post # 7
@kate02121: Yes – I think it’s a great idea to use Living Social, just be sure to check the fine print about days of the week restrictions (i.e. can you book over weekends?) and also the expiration date. You’ll want to make sure you can book far out enough that the deal doesn’t expire.
Post # 8
I bought a groupon getaway for our honeymoon. I just read very carefully about the “black-out”/ expiration dates and I’ve emailed the place about 6 times to confirm booking (It’s out of the country so I get nervous).
I think taking advantage of groupon/living social are great ideas because who isn’t budget strapped nowadays? Just do your research first!
Good luck and have fun wherever you go!
Post # 9
We bought a deal of a site like that for our honeymoon to Thailand and it was fantastic. We stayed 9 nights with no problems. It made us try somewhere new and it saved us some money.
Post # 10
I used a Groupon Getaway for a vacation earlier this year (not honeymoon, just a few days away) and it was great! Like PP have said, make sure you read the fine print on any date restrictions or limits on the number of nights you can stay.
Another thing to check into is that sometimes places offer great deals because they are struggling, and the Groupon/LivingSocial deal/whatever are sort of a last-ditch effort to make some money. Look into the reviews for the place you want to get a deal for — there’s a big difference between a place that’s offering a special because it’s the offseason and a place that’s just about to go under and is desparately trying to get people in the door.
Post # 11
Wow! I never even though about using Groupon for the honeymoon.
We are planning to go to Asia somewhere. We got married last year but didn’t honeymoon yet.
Post # 12
We got two living social deals that we scheduled back-to-back in Costa Rica! First four days is at surf camp and the next five days is in the mountains doing an “adventure package.” I’m really excited about it! The deals we got came with the 30-day refund policy, which was great: we bought the deals, and then called to make our plans. If for some reason we hadn’t been able to get them back to back, we could have just cancelled and tried again. I think its a great idea!
Post # 13
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I’d check Tripadvisor or Yelp for reviews before buying. Just came back from a Groupon Getaway for a girl’s beach trip, and the place was a complete dive. Like happypup wrote- “there’s a big difference between a place that’s offering a special because it’s the offseason and a place that’s just about to go under and is desparately trying to get people in the door.”
Post # 14
We found our resort through Jetsetter, but they were running the exact same special if you booked directly through the resort, so we did that instead. If you are more comfortable working directly with the resort, it doesn’t hurt to call the resort and ask if they will honor the deal booking directly through them.