When to book your honeymoon

Even if you’ve got loads of cash to splash on your honeymoon, you’re going to want to get the most out of your money. Generally, the rule with holidays is the earlier you book it, the cheaper it is. This is especially true of flights, and if you see a good deal for your destination then I would always recommend booking it rather than waiting to see if something better comes up, because more often than not, it doesn’t.

That said, don’t worry if you don’t book your flights as soon as they’re released (generally around 11 months before for scheduled airlines) – though booking them, say, six months in advance rather than six weeks will definitely pay off. Airline sales are a great way to nab a cheap deal – but you can’t tell for certain when they’re going to turn up, so I wouldn’t recommend holding out for a sale in case that great offer never materialises.

If you want to book a package (flights and accommodation together) and don’t mind leaving things until fairly late then you might fancy taking advantage of the late deals that many travel agents run – you can often get some really fantastic deals, though you may have to be fairly flexible with regards to where you want to go. It’s worth signing up to mailing lists with travel agents and airlines so that when special offers are in place you’ll be able to find out about them quickly (and without spending hours searching) and will be able to make the most of them.

If you have left it till pretty late to book your honeymoon – don’t panic! The best thing to do is shop around – contact a few different travel agents as prices can sometimes vary wildly, make use of comparison sites like Kayak, and look into the combined flight and accommodation deals that sites like Expedia and Lastminute.com offer (often with significant discounts on booking them separately). And don’t be scared to tell people what your budget is – it’s amazing how flexible travel agents come sometimes be when they want to secure a sale.

Photograph courtesy of Vittorio Pandolfi

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