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Planning the Honeymoon Trip?

After working for a couple of years for a luxury hotel chain, I learned a trick or two for getting the most out of your money when booking your travel arrangements. I figured I would share some of them….

1. Don’t settle for the first rate you are given. Call everywhere for rates including your travel agent, AAA, the hotel itself (ask for in-house reservations), etc. Compare the rates, they can get pretty competitive. Sometimes incentives are offered for booking through the hotel instead of another booking agent.

2. Consider the time you are booking. Its a pretty widely known fact that it is cheaper to travel during the week instead of the weekend. What’s not widely known is that the best time to search for flights and rooms online is at 12:01 AM. This is because when you reserve a flight or room without paying for it and don’t go back to pay for it, they get re-released into the system. This usually happens at 12:01 AM.

3. Your company’s name or job could get you a discount. Check with the hotel if they offer discounted rates for your company. Many corporations have specials rates at hotels for their employees–and most hotels are not required to enforce the purpose of the visit (i.e. personal or business). {This is usually the same for government or military}

4. Call the hotel’s Guest Relations department. This is the area in the hotel who handles special requests (flowers, rose petal turndowns, arrival amenities, etc.) If you let them know you are planning your honeymoon (or special occasion) they will usually offer a complimentary amenity or gift. Many hotels have some sort of department that handles this. (If you have trouble with this: contact the GM’s executive assistant)

5. Ask for a discount. I know it sounds like the most obvious advice–but not many people do. You would be astonished what you may get. Things include: free upgrades, amenities, club upgrades, etc.

6. Call after hours. If you are having problems confirming a specific room, rate, or something to do with your reservation call during the 3rd shift. The reason being during the day the front desk is usually slammed during the day and the overnight staff typically has more time to personally assist you with your needs and requests.

7. Check-in late. If you want to be upgraded, check in later. If the hotel is in a sold-out situation and they have vacant suites, the late arrivals will be upgraded. In many cases someone who books a Standard room ends up in the Presidential suite. Worst case scenario: the hotel has to “walk” you to a different hotel and you get a free room and dinner.

Try to talk to as many people who have stayed at the hotel or traveled to the area. They may be able to give you some helpful insight into your upcoming vacation. Above all: Enjoy your honeymoon and Have a Fabulous time!

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