Last-minute travel deals: Fact and fiction

Honeymoons & Destination Weddings

Once you've decided where you want to go for your honeymoon or destination wedding it's time to book your trip. But when should you purchase your package to get the best price? Tammy Levent, owner of Elite Travel, dispels the myth of the last-minute deal and tells you when to book and when to wait.

The myth is that booking late will get you a better deal, but you won't lose anything by booking your hotel early. You should plan to book your rooms at least six to eight months in advance of your honeymoon, even earlier if it falls on a holiday or peak season, and a year or more for a destination wedding. Even though the rates will look high and you likely won't find great deals that early, travel agents know that rates will be lower later and should be able to adjust your prices as they decrease. You don't have to pay the full price of your rooms up front; instead, you can hold your space with a deposit of as little as $200 a person.

With air travel, you only get one chance to purchase tickets since travel agents cannot adjust the prices if tickets become cheaper later. Knowing when to buy tickets for the lowest price requires some research. Ask your travel agent...

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