(Closed) When is the best time to book your honeymoon?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Each honeymoon is going to have different booking policies that change when the best time to book will be. I would say book as soon as you’re absolutely sure your dates won’t change, and make sure you are aware of their policies on cancelling and changing.

I tend to book over the phone, but then get an email receipt. That way, I have it in writing, but I’ve been able to talk to a real person who can answer my questions. Even if you decide to book online or through a travel agent, I think it’s a good idea to call the resort and talk to someone about what you’re hoping to get out of the trip. They have staff trained to do exactly that: answer your questions and  help you get the best experience for yourself (i.e. When Darling Husband and I booked our honeymoon, the front desk clerk we booked with make sure we got a more private room and not one near the elevator or ice machine). 

Passports can take time, and they don’t expire for years and years, so there’s no reason to not just go ahead and start that process today. You’ll need to get pictures, and fill out forms, and it costs a lot more to expedite, so if you do it now, you can pay the regular fee. 

As for travelling on a plane, well, it’s a lot like a bus, except that you get searched a lot more before getting on it. The less you pack, the easier it will be to travel, so get a travel guide for your destination that can recommend what to pack, so you don’t take up luggage space with anything you won’t actually need. This is the best guide I’ve ever seen to packing light: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2010/05/06/business/businessspecial/20100506-pack-ss-12.html

Hope you have a great time in Mexico!

Post # 5
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3266 posts
Sugar bee

The best deals are almost always found really far out, and then just before. 

I find it best to book a few weeks before (and I always get great deals….$297 for a 5 star for a week to Pto. Vallarta, all inclusive).  But I am a very FIRM subscriber to the I don’t care about a specific resort (I’ve been to tons, and they are all almost all the same), I am usually somewhat flexible about dates (it doesn’t matter if I leave Friday night, Saturday, or Sunday), and I know I will be able to book something, I don’t care about going specifically to Cancun or Freeport, or Holguin.  I just want a place in the sun.

I find it best to book online.  Most travel agents can’t even come close to the deals online, as online uses an aggregator.  So they are always hedging their bets.  So the closer the time of the trip, the better the deal, because they want to sell what seats are left even if at a discount.  They have to pay the plane the same to fly 5 people as they do a full house, so they would rather fill the seats.  Travel agents don’t have a secret in to better deals (most times).  A friend whose dad was an agent booked a trip with me online,  because even her own dad couldn’t beat the deals on the net.

I would work on your passport asap.  It’s the one thing that will prevent you going away.  Everything else can be worked out.

Have fun!

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@MsPanda:  research, research, research.  check out which resorts are the top contenders for you and then watch the prices/packages that go on sale.   i have travelled a lot and never book too early.  the best deals are around 6 weeks prior.  this is only good if you don’t care which resort you go to and if your dates are flexible.

i use expedia.com and booking.com often.  they always have deals and daily specials so check them out frequently so you don’t miss the sell off. 

check out tripadvisor for ratings and opinions on resorts.

as for your passport, check online to find out how long it takes to appy giving yourself a bit of extra time.

Post # 9
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3266 posts
Sugar bee

@MsPanda:  if the 230 is for the week then book it. you won’t beat that.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@MsPanda:  when you find some resorts that you like, ask the bees.  surely some of the bees have been to where you are thinking.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

Oops. I don’t think that is a real deaI. It will probably cheaper closer to your date. 

But of course you risk not getting that exact resort (though IMO it really doesn’t matter). 

When I paid 297 it was for a week, including flights. but I also booked about 2 days before I left.

Post # 14
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3266 posts
Sugar bee

@MsPanda:  I have been to 20+r resorts. and they are almost all the same. my biggest advice is to not get hung up reading reviews, r stressing about it being a specific resort, because if you end up at one that is not your first pick, it will be almost exactly the same.

Things I really like are; international booze (the house brands aren’t always great) , 24 hour snack bar, ocean front (though every 4/5 star is) and several a lacarte restaurants.

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