Post # 16
I used Virgin to go to the USA from Europe actually. They were great! I could pay in instalments (lifesaver) and if any issues arose they would fix it for me.
I didn’t have a wedding coordinator though, so I didn’t want the stress of planning the holiday step-by-step on top of the wedding stuff. I wanted to chill after the wedding!
Post # 17
Commenting to follow! We’ll be honeymooning in Paris!
Post # 18
Darling Husband works with a guy whose wife is a travel agent. I was skeptical because I thought TAs were for rich or lazy people, but I was surprised. She got us a great deal on flights, roughly half the price that we found online. I have no idea how she did it. We gave her a price and she put together a basic package for us with tours and arranged for transportation to the hotels. Then we made changes as we wanted (e.g. canal view room in Venice.) She travels a lot and knows many other travel agents, so she offers a wealth of information that is far more reliable than going on the internet.
Post # 19
European destinations also known as solar tours. They were terrible! Avoid at all costs
Post # 20
FantasticFawn: Hi bee,
Do you have any hotel reccomendations from your honeymoon? We’re doing Paris (4 nights, 5 days) then French Riveria for a week at the end of September.
Post # 21
My Fiance and I are going to Paris, Strasbourg, Lucerne and Munich. We used our miles points for our flights and only paid about $250 total. We are also using airbnb in Paris, the apartment we found is beautiful and it was very cheap. We have used hotels.com in the past as well. Definitely take the trains they are so beautiful and fun!
Its easy to get around Europe without using a travel agent.
Post # 22
Some ‘higher end’ credit cards have travel concierges free of charge, like the Amex Platinum card.
Some CC’s also have great perks- my parents always fly business because when you book through Amex Platinum your 2nd business class seat is free!
Even some CC’s with lower fees- like Mastercard World Elite will get you perks like BOGO business class seats on Lufthansa, AeroMexico etc. Or a free suite upgrade at hotel chains.
Post # 23
Just booked 4 nights in Rome through kuoni. We could have done it cheaper ourselves but we wanted minimal stress and a point of contact if anything went wrong – like turning up at the hotel and having them claim our booking isn’t on record (read a few horror stories on trip advisor). Plus having our transfers included and not having to book and pay through a buggy hotel website was a big draw – I think honeymoon is the one time where we just wanted it to be ‘easy’.
Post # 24
I booked five nights in Paris on VRBO. I am not going for a few months. The hotels in our price range were bad, but the studio apartments looked great. Ours comes with a full (small) kitchen, and even a full sized washer and dryer.
Post # 25
I highly recommend Destination Europe online: http://www.destinationeuropeonline.com/
Post # 26
- Wedding: July 2016 - Long Island, NY
I would never trust myself to book such an expensive trip on my own. We used a Travel Agent, we’re going 2 weeks to Italy (Venice, Florence, Rome, Positano) and basically we told him our budget, the kind of hotels we would want to stay at, and where it was important for us to “splurge” and where we felt we didn’t need as much (for instance.. wanted a GORGEOUS hotel in Positano with pool/beach/etc. , but didn’t need the most beautiful hotel in Rome since we’ll be spending most of our time out and about). He did it all for us, sent it over for review, we changed a few things, and now we’re picking any activities (tours, cooking, etc.) we want added as well. It’s so stress free, which I feel like I’m already planning a damn wedding which is stressful, let the honeymoon be a treat! lol.
Post # 27
My fiance and I are traveling to London and Paris for our honeymoon next fall. I was oiginally looking at groupons but I realized I could probably save money doing it myself. We booked our flights and I have booked us 2 airbnb’s. I can’t say enough good things about airbnb. The apartments are normally far nicer than any hotel I can afford, the reviews are really fantastic and I also love the idea of having someone I can call at anytime when I am overseas. In the end we booked our flights and “hotels” (5 night in each city) for under $2000.
Post # 28
Lizzerd215: AirBNB gives you someone to call while overseas? I’m confused…
Also, heads up but AirBNB is technically illegal in Paris, so if you’re caught you’ll be out of a place to stay. May want to do some research on the issue!
Post # 29
BiGGraphics22: We spent two weeks in Italy for our honeymoon. I booked everything separately and on my own. It was a lot of work and research, but we loved everywhere we stayed and I could pick exactly what I wanted, in terms of amenities and location. In Rome, we stayed at the Capo d’Africa Hotel and it was great! Big rooms (for Europe) and a great location right by the Colosseum.
I bought our airfare through Kayak after setting up an alert and watching the prices change for a couple of weeks.
Post # 30
I don’t use travel agents, I do it all myself looking for separate tickets/hotels/etc. I like to be in charge of all details. You can find super cheap tickets one way from rome to paris or vice versa on Ryan Air or Easy Jet, so book your transatlantic flight which ever way is cheaper (like roundtripo to Paris or Rome OR multi meaning home to Paris and the Rome to Home is sometimes cheaper, you’d be shocked sometimes it is!) I usually use Kayak or skyscanner to check out prices. They say tuesdays are lowest price days, also clear your cookies because sometimes they know you are shopping and adjust the price for that! I can send you restaurnt recommendations for Rome and Paris if you want 😛 I’m obsessed with food