A honeymoon is a once in a lifetime experience and should be the one trip you splurge on and enjoy luxury and relaxation from start to finish. But why not take advantage of honeymoon perks without spending a dime when possible? Here are a few tips to increase luxury on your honeymoon without breaking the bank...
“It's our Honeymoon”
It's key to let everyone know its your honeymoon. From booking your hotel to booking your flight, even making dinner reservations make sure everyone knows you're on your honeymoon. Most hotels will give you an automatic room upgrade when available.
Hotels often include “honeymoon perks” like a complimentary bottle of champagne on arrival, a surprise drawn bubble bath, room decorated with rose petals or candles and much, much more.
Restaurants will often provide you with a complimentary dessert or a welcome glass of champagne and airlines have been known to bump honeymooners to business class when seats are available. If they don't know you are on your honeymoon then you may miss out on some unforgettable perks.
It never hurts to ask. Even when I am not on my honeymoon, I always ask for an upgrade to business when flying economy and first class when flying business. Airlines usually do not just give away upper class seats but when flights are full they will bump one our two guests to upper class to make room. So if you ask and you are on your honeymoon, you have a much better chance of snagging those much desired upper class seats.
Hotels, especially boutique hotels, will often upgrade guests to a nicer room or suite when there is availability. Every place we stayed at during our honeymoon, we asked for a better room and if a better room was available we were always upgraded at no additional cost.
Upgrade with points
Do you have airline or hotel points but not enough for 2 tickets or a full night stay? You may have just enough points to get you bumped from economy to business on an international flight which can be as low as 15K points on certain airlines and we scored this deal flying virgin upper class. Flying upper class on your honeymoon is a great experience and worth every point if you have to opportunity to upgrade. Here are some more tips on The best ways to use rewards points for your honeymoon.
Although I am not typically a package purchase kind of person, I love the freedom to customize my itinerary, but there are many desirable honeymoon packages available that will save you thousands and offer many complimentary honeymoon perks like champagne, bubble baths and special intimate dinners for 2.
You can also book packages through boutique hotel groups like Azura Retreats where you can include a safari experience at Azura Selous and a private island experience at Azura Quilalea. Singita luxury safaris offer honeymoon packages where you can experience two of their properties and they offer free transportation between the two camps and a one night stay for free. Honeymoon packages dont always have to be limiting especially when choosing an off the beaten path honeymoon destination.
We want to hear from you. What was the best honeymoon perk you received without spending a dime???