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August 2015

6 Essential Honeymoon Saving Tips

Save on your honeymoon with these 6 essential tips!

Let’s face it. As much as you’re looking forward to your wedding day, you absolutely can’t wait for your honeymoon. But planning a wedding and a honeymoon simultaneously can stress any couple out financially. Not to worry; help is here. The good people at HotelsCombined shared with us six hotel cost saving tips every couple needs to know for a truly enjoyable honeymoon.

Tip #1: Plan in Advance

Jillian and Jason’s Soulful Wedding Photography in Norway in the Dramatic Lofoten Islands by Vegard Giskehaug

When it comes to planning your travels, it always pays to plan ahead. Doing so allows you the widest pick of room options and the lowest price possible, as prices tend to climb as it gets closer to the chosen date and the better rooms are all fully booked. So always make it a point to book your hotel at least 30 days in advance to ensure that you get the best possible room at the lowest possible price for a truly enjoyable honeymoon.

Tip #2: Research

Tansey and Phil’s Breath-Taking Pre-Wedding Adventure in Kuala Lumpur by Cliff Choong Photography

There are a few factors that could affect the cost of your honeymoon stay, such as the low and high season of the country you are planning on traveling to, and how flexible your travel dates are. The more flexible your travel dates are, the more you’ll be able to take advantage of the fluctuations in room prices due to season and time of the week. Generally, room rates are usually cheaper from Saturdays-Tuesdays and during non-peak seasons, and more expensive from Wednesdays-Fridays and peak seasons, especially if there are any special events or festivities happening during that period.

These factors not only affect hotel room rates but the availability of rooms too. So, spend some time researching on the place you’re planning to honeymoon at and pay special attention to these factors to get the most bang out of your buck.

Tip #3: Check For Hidden Costs

Chelsea and Jason’s Captivating Pre-Wedding Adventure in Perth by Alwin Lim from Trouvé

Before you enter your credit card details and hit the ‘Book Now’ button, check to see if the rates you’re looking at are inclusive of all taxes and additional fees. Some hotel booking sites do not include these additional costs at the beginning, which could mislead couples into thinking they’ve chanced upon a sweet deal.

All prices listed on HotelsCombined are inclusive of additional taxes and fees so you’ll know how much you’ll be paying right from the start. It also allows you to compare prices across different hotels, so you’ll never have to open multiple tabs or windows and switch between them to find the best deal.

Tip #4: Loyalty Programs

Norway; Northern Lights; Destination Pre-Wedding Singhui and Daniel’s Romantic Pre-Wedding Adventure in Picturesque Norway by Eirik Halvorsen

Join loyalty programs or membership clubs to enjoy members’ only privileges like discounted rates, upgrade offers, better room placements, or sale notifications. The great news is, these are usually free to join. So sign up to receive updates via email to keep track of price fluctuations, so you’ll always know when its the best and cheapest time to travel.

Tip #5: Extra Perks

Cannas and Jim’s Beautiful Pre-Wedding in Perth by TY Lim & Xiao Jun from Mocco Photography

Keep an eye out for extra perks such as “mobile only” rates via HotelsCombined’s mobile app, complimentary offerings like breakfast, WIFI or free cancellation, and an additional night or two free with a minimum number of nights’ stay. These added features can add up to quite a bit of savings off your total bill.

Tip #6: Independent Hotels, Standard Rooms

Florence and Ting Kong’s Incredible, Beautiful Taobao Wedding and Engagement Session by Pratya

Forget the major hotel chains and turn your attention to independent hotels. They usually offer excellent rates and services, and are often 50% cheaper than the former, which translates into greater savings for your honeymoon.

And if you don’t plan to spend your honeymoon days lazing around a villa and its surrounding beach, then don’t splurge on one or a suite. The standard rooms are sufficient for your stay, especially if you’ll be spending most of the time away from your room. Plus, they are generally the most affordable hotel rooms.

The best way to keep your honeymoon costs down to the minimum by securing the best room rates possible is to shop around online and compare different rates and options across hundreds of sites. With HotelsCombined, you can do just that on one website. You’ll find the best room rates across hotels, every time, guaranteed.

Need ideas on where to honeymoon? Check out these 5 Adventurous and Romantic Honeymoon Destinations and 12 Luxurious Hotels and Resorts for Your Honeymoon!

Credits: Feature image: Steph and Weilun’s Travel-Themed Capella Singapore Wedding by Bobby Kiran Photography

All tips provided by HotelsCombined.

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6 Essential Honeymoon Saving Tips