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For many, a honeymoon is a once in a life time trip before settling down to start a family. Ours is no different. Here’s how we’ve saved on the cost of our Las Vegas Honeymoon.
On the 16th of January 2017 my husband and I will set off on our Las Vegas honeymoon. We are doing a mini tour of the West Coast of the USA which includes Las Vegas for a week followed by a night in San Diego and three nights in Anaheim, California to visit Disneyland.
We actually got married in September 2016 but we wanted to take time off for our wedding and as we both work at the same place we couldn’t take three weeks off together, so were unable to include our honeymoon then. It’s actually been really nice having something to look forward to and plan for post wedding.
Despite my usual money saving ways this trip is not a cheap one. I think in total we will have spent around 5k including our spending money and all activities. We were very lucky to have a large part of our spending money gifted to us by our wedding guests. We are so grateful to them as we’re doing lots things we maybe wouldn’t have been able to do without their kind generosity.
Without lots of planning and my money-saving ways our Las Vegas honeymoon could easily have ended up costing us a lot more!
1. We’re not flying direct.
Flights to America are never cheap. Sites like SkyScanner are great for finding cheap flights and you can set up alerts for the when the prices of your chosen flights rise or fall. In the end we found the cheapest option was to fly to the USA via Canada, which saved us around £500. It does make our travel day very long – but we decided it was worth it for the money we are saving. We flew with Westjet on the way and Norwegian on the way back. You can read a full review of a U.K to USA flight with Norwegian from InsideOurSuitcase here.
2. I booked hotels that could be cancelled
I booked all three of our hotels through booking.com. All of our rooms could be cancelled right up until we fly, which is great. I’ve been checking on and off and one night I actually found one of our rooms cheaper for the same dates. So I cancelled and rebooked at the cheaper rate, saving £50. We then found a different hotel we liked the look of which was closer to better amenities, so we cancelled again and booked that one instead. This was another £50 cheaper for the same stay. We saved £100 in the space of an hour and we are closer to where we need to be. Win win.
3. I always go through Cashback Sites
Cashback sites are great, especially when planning a trip like this when we are spending so much money. I simply clicked through every time we booked something including flights, hotels, car hire, and tickets to Disneyland.We have made around £150 in cashback by doing this.
If your not a member of a cashback site then why not? My favourite is Top Cashback and you can sign up here.
4. Finding things to do for free
Las Vegas isn’t the cheapest place to visit but there is so much to do there besides gambling and drinking. I’ve been carefully researching things we can do for free to make our trip that little bit more budget friendly. These include obvious things like the fountains and botanical gardens at the Bellagio to less obvious like visiting the Lucky Cat at the Cosmopolitan or the free circus acts at Circus Circus.
5. I plan to coupon
I love couponing here in the UK so definitely plan to do some during our Las vegas honeymoon. In particular, I want to save money on food as we will be eating out most of the time. So far I have found vouchers for a free main course at Buca di Beppo, free appetizer at TGIFs and two for one vouchers for several other places. While I don’t want to book anywhere yet, it’ll be great to have options for money saving eats while we’re out and about exploring.