We all dream of sipping a glass of bubbly and nibbling on chocolate dipped strawberries in the plush honeymoon suite. But with a few tips, you can get the VIP treatment from the time of booking right down to your final day. Here’s how…
When booking your honeymoon, it’s important that everyone knows that you’re newlyweds – from the travel agent right down to the concierge at the hotel when you arrive. It’s simple. If they don’t know, they won’t do. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
:: Ask the hotel (or travel agent, if you’re booking through one) about honeymoon packages available. Most places include a free bottle of champagne on arrival as a standard honeymoon treat, while others offer vouchers, free breakfast, day tours and more.
:: Ask about opportunities for a room upgrade. Some hotels offer a deal where if a better room becomes available and it hasn’t been booked, they’ll transfer you. You want to be on that list!
:: Try and avoid travelling during peak season. You’ll be less likely to get a free upgrade if the hotel is fully booked.
AT THE AIRPORT
First things first. Airline crew are technically not allowed to upgrade you when you’ve already boarded the plane. They must seek authority from a supervisor on ground, so don’t waste your time thinking up excuses like your TV monitor isn’t working or the man next to you is taking up too much room - they’ve heard it all before and can usually see you coming a mile away! Do all your work on the ground before heading to the boarding gates. Some tips to remember:
:: Arrive at the check-in desk early. If there are any available seats in First or Business Class, you don’t want to miss out on them because that other lovely couple got in before you.
:: Dress like you belong in first class. Yes, we mean heels for women and a tie for men. You can always change into your trackies and ugg boots when you’ve taken off.
:: Become a frequent flyer. Airline companies are more inclined to keep loyal clients satisfied before the average traveller. So make sure you sign up when booking your holiday, and flash your card at check-in.
:: Tell the check-in attendant that you’re honeymooners. But be friendly, not pushy.
Sometimes the word “honeymooners” can get lost between booking and arrival, so make sure the reception clerk and concierge knows you’re not just visiting on a casual holiday. A few things:
:: Don’t be afraid to ask for a room upgrade. Kindly ask the reception clerk at check-in if the hotel is at its full capacity and if it isn’t, if there’s any possibility of getting a room upgrade. Always tell them that you enquired about this when booking and they might think they need to follow up a promise.
:: Don’t be afraid to name drop. Strike up a conversation with the concierge (or if you see the hotel manager, even better) and gush about the time you stayed at another five star hotel while travelling. Guaranteed, they’ll want to do one better for you.
:: Make the concierge your best friend during your stay. They’re the ones who will go that extra length to make your stay pleasant.
:: Tip! Each time a staff member of the hotel does something for you, make sure you tip them as a thanks. They’ll want to keep helping you.
:: Don’t be demanding. Sometimes hotel guests feel like the hotel owes them something for their stay, and become demanding and arrogant during their stay. Be nice to the hotel staff and they’ll be nice to you.