8 Ways to Reduce Your Wedding and Honeymoon Travel Expenses
July 18, 2015 by Just Marry!
One of the hidden costs of planning a wedding is the cost of travel. Whether you’re driving all over town shopping for wedding supplies, attending out-of-town parties, hosting a destination wedding, or planning an exotic honeymoon, travel costs can really add up. Here are our top eight tips to help you keep your wedding and honeymoon travel costs from blowing your budget out of the water:
- Hit up discount travel sites. With so many all-inclusive travel sites out there, there’s no reason anyone should pay full price to travel. Check out Priceline.com, Expedia.com, KAYAK.com, and Travelocity.com, a few of the most popular sites for discounts on airfare, hotels, rental cars, and even tickets for events at your destination.
- If you’re already covered, take a pass on the rental car insurance. Some car rental places will try to tell you that you have to purchase rental car insurance through them. If you have coverage on your personal automobile, however, additional insurance isn’t necessarily needed. Know whether your auto policy or even your credit card company offers this kind of insurance before you pay more at the rental counter.
- The biggest airport may not be your best option. Many cities have smaller regional airports that offer lower airfares than larger city airports. Check fares to see if you can get to your final destination from a smaller airport for a lower cost.
- Redeem those credit card rewards. Many consumers use credit cards featuring rewards programs. Use such cards to pay for your wedding expenses (paying the statement in full every month, of course!) so you can earn rewards points. When you’ve earned enough points, you can redeem them to book a trip that doesn’t cost you a thing.
- Fly on less popular days of the week/times of the day. All airlines offer reduced fares for “redeye” flights and flights in the middle of the week. As long as you can arrange your schedule so these flights don’t incur extra travel expenses (such as additional hotel or rental car days), it’s a cost-effective option.
- Check for discount rates at hotels. Many hotels offer discounts for last-minute bookings, rewards members, AAA cardholders, military personnel, educators, and various others. You might even get a deal if you book a package online or through a travel agent. Check with hotels in your destination area to be sure you’re getting the best deal.
- Avoid excess baggage fees. Pack carefully to avoid unnecessary fees at the airport. Check with the airline you’re traveling ahead of time to know how many checked bags and carry-ons are allowed, as well as any weight limits so you don’t exceed them.
- Research how to get around at your destination. Does the hotel offer shuttle service to and from the airport? Is it located within easy access of a rail system? Do taxis frequent the area? Do your research before you travel to know the most cost-effective ground transportation options.
These are just a few of our favorite budget-saving tips. Do you have any thoughts you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you!