Tuesday, August 12, 2008

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Here is a great clip from Skip & Amy Neal's monthly All About Honeymoons newsletter.


Honeymoon Travel Happenings, August 2008

All About Honeymoons, Austin, TX

This is one of the worst Summer's ever for delays and cancellations. Planes are full making it difficult to find a seat on another flight should your flight experience problems. For our honeymoon clients, here are some tips I suggest to help avoid inconvenience.

  1. Know your rights: If your outbound flight is cancelled or delayed even with a non-refundable ticket, the airlines are required to refund you in full with at least a travel voucher for a future trip.

2. Ask Nicely & Quietly: If you're stranded at the airport overnight, ask for a hotel room, meals, and transportation nicely (and out of earshot of other passengers). Airlines are not required to provide you with these amenities, and they'll do so only out of the kindness of their hearts on a first-come basis. They may only have a few rooms to hand out if dozens of flights are scratched, and asking privately and politely is the best way to snag one.

3. Prepare for the Worst: If all else fails, make sure that you have books, games, and other distractions in your carryon luggage. Many airlines sell day passes to their club lounges, a more attractive option than sitting at the gate listening to those awful TV and PA broadcasts.

4. Line up, but call too: I tell all of our clients that if your flight is canceled or delayed, get in line with the other unfortunates, but while waiting call the airline on your mobile phone to make other arrangements. By the time you get to the front of the line at the check in desk all the alternative seats may be booked.

5. Book first flight of the day: Just as your doctor or dentist will see you on time if you're the first appointment, first-of-the-day flights tend to be on time as well.

6. Call the airline frequently: Make sure you reconfirm that your flight is operating on time -- or operating at all. Do this several weeks, several days, and several hours before your flight. It is not unusual now to have one, two or even three flight time changes, due to cutbacks. I wouldn't rely on having the airline contact you, but if you wish, sure, give them your phone number, email address, and mobile phone number. Just don't bet your trip on the expectation that they'll call you Amy and I normally get notification and can advise ahead of time, but there have been times when the flight was changed when the couple got to the airport.

7. Book longer layovers: If there is no nonstop flight, then we always advise clients to add time into the itinerary for the connection. Don't take the connecting flight that gives you just 45 minutes to change planes at a busy airport; instead, take the 2 to 4 hour layover to make the connection. Hate longer layovers? Bring a good book. You'll hate spending two days on a cot at Houston Intercontinental even more, trust us.


Destination Wedding Travel Spotlight for July

Ashley Cowman & Ben LeDesma. Riu Palace, Cabo San Lucas Mexico.

RIU Cabo Resort Pic

Amy & I were honored to help Dawn Earley and her team at Your Very Own Fairy Godmother arrange the travel for 11 couples that were attending a destination wedding they were coordinating for Ashley Cowman & Ben Ledesma at the Riu Palace in Cabo San Lucas Mexico. It was a lot of fun working with Your Very Own Fairy Godmother. We hope to help them more in the future.

Here are some details on the property, in case you have clients that may be interested in this area for a honeymoon or destination wedding at a very nice property. Pictures are below of property!!!

Location: Beachfront property in Southern Baja California peninsula.

RIU Room-View

Accomodations: 4 star, luxury all-inclusive property. 642 junior suites.

Dining: 7 restaurants & 3 bars.

RIU Honeymooner-Dinner-Area

Facilities: 2 infinity pools, each with an integrated Jacuzzi, Terrace-solarium, Complimentary sun loungers, towels and parasols by the pool area, Gym, Sauna and Jacuzzi, tennis court, disco

RIU Pools

Nearby activites: Sailing, Windsurfing, Kayaking, Water-Skiing, Diving, Parasailing, Jet Ski, Horseback Riding and Golf.

Entertainment: Daily programs for adults, live music, variety shows.

ownfairygodmother.com

Austin 512.644.6886

Houston 972.804.3295

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