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Ryand63 222 40 January 7, 2016 at 01:49 PM
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My fiance and I are getting married in August of this year, and will be taking our honeymoon directly after. I want to surprise her and take her to Europe (specifically Italy), or somewhere like France but have never found many "good deals". We'd be looking to go for 6-7 days in late August or early September. Does anyone have any good sites or tips to finding the best European deals?

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This might not be answering specifically what you asked, but do you already own any travel reward credit cards? I'm getting married of June this year and have been able to use points/miles from a few cards to get some free nights/flights for our honeymoon. If you want some pointers, PM me and I can share my experiences and tips.

Sorry that I can't be more helpful about Europe deals.
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do NOT go to italy in August, basically the whole country shuts down.
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I do use the southwest sky miles card thanks to slickdeals actually but unfortunately they don't fly to Europe :/. What happens in August? If it's not Italy, we'd switch it up and do tropical between Jamaica, DR or Mexico.
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I do use the southwest sky miles card thanks to slickdeals actually but unfortunately they don't fly to Europe :/. What happens in August? If it's not Italy, we'd switch it up and do tropical between Jamaica, DR or Mexico.
Wow, man, you definitely don't want to go to these countries in August unless you like it HOT & HUMID.

Scotland has their Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle in August.
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What happens in August?

Ferragosto, which dates back to Emperor Augustus, happens then... technically it's the last 2 weeks in August, and everyone takes vacation/closes stuff down, but some folks take it a little earlier or later, so really anytime from late July to early September is a crapshoot in Italy for stuff being open
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Ferragosto, which dates back to Emperor Augustus, happens then... technically it's the last 2 weeks in August, and everyone takes vacation/closes stuff down, but some folks take it a little earlier or later, so really anytime from late July to early September is a crapshoot in Italy for stuff being open
Thanks for the heads up, I honestly had no idea!

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Wow, man, you definitely don't want to go to these countries in August unless you like it HOT & HUMID.

Scotland has their Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle in August.
We don't mind hot and humid, looks like we'd be going early - mid September as of now....
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What city are you departing from? I know Emirates used to have a 2 go to Milan for $999 during the spring of 2015 departing from New York (not sure if they bring it back). If you are based on the West Coast, it's harder to get deals to Europe. Is there any other destinations you would consider? I would also recommend avoiding flights on Norwegian, look at the bad stories along with their high fees and lack of alternative flights if something goes wrong. It's just not worth it in case something does go wrong. I'd keep an eye on on websites that are travel oriented, such as theflightdeal to find some good sales.
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Quote from Ryand63 View Post :
My fiance and I are getting married in August of this year, and will be taking our honeymoon directly after. I want to surprise her and take her to Europe (specifically Italy), or somewhere like France but have never found many "good deals". We'd be looking to go for 6-7 days in late August or early September. Does anyone have any good sites or tips to finding the best European deals?

Thanks!

First, congrats! We in the Travel Forum always love helping people, but especially for an exciting celebration.


Three questions to help us understand the range of options available to you:


1) Where are you flying out from?
2) If this is "directly" after your ceremony, does this mean your specific departure date is locked in, or do you have some flexibility?
3) Do you have any frequent flier miles with any airline already accrued?


Let us know and we'll do our humble best to offer some options
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First, congrats! We in the Travel Forum always love helping people, but especially for an exciting celebration.


Thank you!

Let us know and we'll do our humble best to offer some options

1) Where are you flying out from? Cleveland, Oh
2) If this is "directly" after your ceremony, does this mean your specific departure date is locked in, or do you have some flexibility? Flexibility, would like to go any week in September, as we are getting married at the end of August.
3) Do you have any frequent flier miles with any airline already accrued? I have a ton of frequent flier points with Southwest, but unfortunately, they don't go abroad....We have found that Riviera Maya is very affordable for all inclusive, but not sure the rates yet, as they aren't published.
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I would suggest staying home in the hotel and save up for 1 year anniversary present to travel
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Paris/France is beautiful in August/September, but will cost you a bit more.

Based on your current rewards profile, if you really wanted to save bucks, I would shoot for Mexico, Belize, or Costa Rica in laaaaaaate (like last week) September. Hopefully it will start cooling off by then, and, you will be right ahead of hurricane season. With southwest you could fly into any of those locations for ~40-60k SW points. With AIs, you get what you pay for, so if you can, put in the research and find the best one for your money. I personally dislike AIs, I prefer to get out and explore and eat on my own.

I am getting married in 3 months near Cancun (about 100 miles south in a little town called Punta Allen) and I know a ton about the area (Riviera Maya) and would be more than happy to share any info with you.
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SlickDilla has made a good point. You can use your SW points and still go somewhere great. I believe they also fly to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Aruba.

If you go to Belize, don't stay in Belize City. Ambergris Caye is pretty nice if you are looking for something laid back and the west coast along the Guatemala border is great for something more active.

If you like to surf or would like to learn how, there is a great surf camp -- Green Iguana -- on the west coast in Dominical, Costa Rica -- not too far from Manuel Antonio park. Green Iguana will pick you up and return you to the airport. La Fortuna area has the volcano, hanging bridges, and hot springs. The Caribbean coast is very beautiful, too. The rain forests and cloud forests are incredible.
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SlickDilla has made a good point. You can use your SW points and still go somewhere great. I believe they also fly to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Aruba.

If you go to Belize, don't stay in Belize City. Ambergris Caye is pretty nice if you are looking for something laid back and the west coast along the Guatemala border is great for something more active.

If you like to surf or would like to learn how, there is a great surf camp -- Green Iguana -- on the west coast in Dominical, Costa Rica -- not too far from Manuel Antonio park. Green Iguana will pick you up and return you to the airport. La Fortuna area has the volcano, hanging bridges, and hot springs. The Caribbean coast is very beautiful, too. The rain forests and cloud forests are incredible.


FWIW- Aruba is kind of amazing- that'd get my vote among SW destinations.
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FWIW- Aruba is kind of amazing- that'd get my vote among SW destinations.
Yes -- I agree. Can lay on beach or get active -- jeep tours, snorkeling. Decent bus system if you don't want to rent a car.

SW also flies to Jamaica & Nassau as well as both airports in Costa Rica and 4 in Mexico.

I think you'd get the most bang for your buck using your SW miles and putting off Europe for another year or two.

Also, about the AI option. If you are somewhere you don't feel safe being off resort -- then that is your only option -- but then ask yourself why you are there if you don't feel safe. We have done AI twice -- both the same week. The first resort, the food was awful but we had other problems with our room because of the resort overbooking and they moved us to another resort free of charge where everything was much better -- but we really didn't get a flavor of local cuisine or meet anyone off-resort. That was 7 or 8 years ago and we have never booked AI since.
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