Honeymoon Ideas & Answers

Honeymoons: 10 Free VIP Upgrades to Ask For

Make your trip more luxe without spending any extra cash

Here are ways you can have an even more fabulous honey-moon, simply by being in-the-know.


1.The Upgrade: First-class seat
The Strategy: If the two of you have “elite” status with an airline's frequent flyer program (by having flown a certain number of flights or a specific amount of miles), you're more likely to be bumped to First or Business Class without even asking. Delta Air Lines sends upgrade vouchers to members; American offers upgrade certificates online and will move you up, depending on availability, if you call 48 hours in advance to request it; and Continental sometimes upgrades members automatically if there's an opening when they check in at the airport using their membership card.


2. The Upgrade: Better room
The Strategy: Book your stay at a just-opened hotel. A property that's in the process of establishing itself is more likely to upgrade your room based on availability.

3. The Upgrade: Better room
The Strategy: You'll have a higher chance of scoring an upgrade if you ask for one at 2 p.m. or later rather than in the morning, since the front desk will know at that point which of the nicer rooms are still available.

4. The Upgrade: Romantic extras
The Strategy: Sign up a year or so ahead of your honeymoon for several resorts' e-mail newsletters. These typically include exclusive deals featuring free extra nights or add-ons like champagne and spa treatments, so you'll be among the first to know about these insider offerings that can make your honeymoon more special.

5. The Upgrade: Free Internet
The Strategy: Join the resort's complimentary guest-recognition club. Many of these programs, such as Wyndham ByRequest and Fairmont President's Club, offer free high-speed Internet service starting with your very first overnight stay.

6. The Upgrade: Chauffeur service
The Strategy: If you have dinner plans nearby, inquire about a “house car”; some upscale resorts offer a complimentary private car service to transport guests to their destination (within 15 blocks or so) that's available on a first-come, first-served basis. You may even end up traveling in A-lister style: The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles, for example, offers guests a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce.


7. The Upgrade: Luxury ride
The Strategy: Before offering to pay for a better car, ask the agent if any free upgrades are available. Car companies typically have a certain number of complimentary upgrades they're permitted to give out each day, so it can't hurt to inquire.


8. The Upgrade: Free treat
The Strategy: As you're being seated at a restaurant, tell the maître d' you're on your honeymoon and are excited to try this particular chef's food. He may have a special hors d'oeuvre or cocktail sent to your table, and the chef may even come by.


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