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paul_sheps
11-18-2005, 06:25 AM
Hi everyone

Checking around for the last two weeks of the summer hol's 2006 for me my wife and three kids the best price I've found has been TCD who quote 3700 for the 5 of us in a standard villa and a full size 4 door car with pre-seating on the plane.

All the others I've checked want much more. Went with TCD this year and paid 3500 for the same and thought it great value for money and they don't seem to be able to be beaten.

Anyone know of anyone cheaper than TCD?

JohnnySharp2
11-18-2005, 07:49 AM
We fly with Virgin but for value TCD are difficult to beat.

Miffy2003
11-18-2005, 10:26 AM
Whenever I have checked TCD prices they have been more than if I booked directly. I must be unlucky as I seem to be the only one! I have checked about 4 times for different times of year too.

Have you thought about booking a fly drive and arranging accommodation separately? The nice thing about that is that you get to choose your villa exactly rather than getting one allocated on arrival (though perhaps TCD tell you in advance where the villa is, I am not sure?)

There are lots of lovely villas out there and we have tonnes of websites to recommend, I will find a thread posted earlier this week with loads on :)

Miffy2003
11-18-2005, 10:29 AM
The villa thread is here (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=958278)

For flights, I have booked with Expedia (www.expedia.co.uk) , Bon Voyage (www.bon-voyage.co.uk) and airline network (www.airlinenetwork.co.uk) all of whom were cheaper by far than a travel agent, and cheaper than booking direct with the likes of Virgin or BA.

Hope that helps!

Karen

jdybnsn
11-18-2005, 12:28 PM
Just wanted to add to the last two posts...

We are using TCD for fly drive (generally the earlier you book the cheaper the flight) and arranged a town house on Regal Palms (where TCD also rent) and it was loads cheaper than doing the whole package, plus you can decide on the place you stay not them !
Think I'm right in saying the more in your group, the more you have to save from using this option as tour operators charge each person for the room/ villa , where as most hotels/ villas you pay for the unit no matter the occupancy.
We also booked a Disney cruise and again had a much cheaper deal booking fly drive & cruise separately than doing a package.

Hope this helps :earsgirl:

paul_sheps
11-18-2005, 02:36 PM
Just wanted to add to the last two posts...

We are using TCD for fly drive (generally the earlier you book the cheaper the flight) and arranged a town house on Regal Palms (where TCD also rent) and it was loads cheaper than doing the whole package, plus you can decide on the place you stay not them !
Think I'm right in saying the more in your group, the more you have to save from using this option as tour operators charge each person for the room/ villa , where as most hotels/ villas you pay for the unit no matter the occupancy.
We also booked a Disney cruise and again had a much cheaper deal booking fly drive & cruise separately than doing a package.

Hope this helps :earsgirl:

Just checked the TSD site for flydrive the cost is 2833 and I think most villas cost 500 per week so the TCD package is still cheaper, although you don't know where they are going to put you.

paul_sheps
11-18-2005, 02:40 PM
Whenever I have checked TCD prices they have been more than if I booked directly. I must be unlucky as I seem to be the only one! I have checked about 4 times for different times of year too.

Have you thought about booking a fly drive and arranging accommodation separately? The nice thing about that is that you get to choose your villa exactly rather than getting one allocated on arrival (though perhaps TCD tell you in advance where the villa is, I am not sure?)

There are lots of lovely villas out there and we have tonnes of websites to recommend, I will find a thread posted earlier this week with loads on :)


I've checked a lot of these sites and most want over 3000 just for the flights, I would like to book my own villa but it's just not economical, TCD seem the cheapest by a lot.

jdybnsn
11-19-2005, 10:57 AM
Sorry hate to disagree but we paid 1210 for 2 adults and 2 children fly drive for Feb with TCD, and our Regal Palms FOUR Bed town house (we would have been allocated 3 bed with TCD) cost us 630 total for 14 nights.

The same holiday would have been over 600 more as a package with TCD :confused3

If you book early (and that is key here, as prices do rise after they initially come out ) you can make big savings !

Miffy2003
11-19-2005, 11:04 AM
So it looks like it pays to compare everything first and then decide, as sometimes package is cheaper, sometimes not :)

PaulaSB12
11-19-2005, 11:19 AM
TCD anyone?

Merylj
11-19-2005, 11:38 AM
TCD = travelcity direct.
Just wanted to add that me and DD paid 550 each for return flights from Manchester to Orlando with delta (one connecting flight) this was the last 2 weks of Aug. About four weeks before we flew the flights had dropped to 420 each - so sometimes Aug. might not be too bad.

wayneg
11-19-2005, 03:04 PM
There are no rules in the travel industry, You can't guess what is going to happen with prices, Sometimes booking early is better other times you are best leaving it late, sometimes a package company will have a good offer other times independant is best.
If you find a price you are happy with get it booked if not wait, there is always another year or another destination.
This last year we did Xmas day -New years Day Flight only 300 each
Oct inc school hol week Virgin Package 550 each for 21 nights
Next Aug 3rd 319 each flight only BMI going for 25 nights.

In 12 years of going to Disney i have never paid more than 400 for a flight, or 25/night for a hotel (Except Xmas stayed onsite for guaranteed admission)

Cochise
11-19-2005, 06:06 PM
Admittedly off peak a little but i should be nailing a Flydrive with Sky Deals flying Virgin and a Full size 4 door for 2017 for 4 people/3 weeks and the villa will be half of 1400 on Indian Creek.

2700 for 3 weeks aint bad.

PaulaSB12
11-20-2005, 06:36 AM
I tried aa quote with tcd, a couple of points.

1 they only fly to Orlando sanford
2 There is no non driving option

Is there a way to book it with a flight with the airline of your choice and a transfer to the hotel of your choice.

Miffy2003
11-20-2005, 06:56 AM
Hi Paula,

I am not quite sure what you mean from your post, do you want to fly into Sanford or not?

If you want to fly into Orlando International then have a look at my post number 4 on this thread :)

For transfers there are several different options. Would you be staying in Disney accommodation? If so and you fly into Orlando International, consider Disney's Magical Express which is a coach service that will take you free to your resort. Another option is a town car service (sort of like a pre-booked taxi where the driver will meet and greet you, drop you off at your hotel etc and some even stop for a grocery stop too)

Obi Wan Kenobi
11-20-2005, 07:09 AM
I always book all elements of the trip seperatly, flight only with a scheduled operator, don't want 24 hour delays due to lack of repacement aircraft, not fly drive as you pay more for the car and they put you into the smallest version available for your party size, & don't forget the price of the car is in everyones ticket
The car hire I always book with one of the leading hire car companies as they always seem to be a good price and I have the confidence of the hire company still being there plus extra flying club miles. i.e. this year a 4X4 Ford Explorer size two weeks with Hertz 377 (that's 125 per person going)
Yearly insurance with my Bank account.

Look at various villa hire companies (for trips outside Florida that is, i.e for next year to Vrermont, have got s great deal on a four bed villa)

Yes, you can save a few pounds with looking at other options, but this is the one that I personally am happy with and gives me piece of mind.

Its each to their own really.

Laurafoster
11-20-2005, 11:25 AM
Hi Paula,

For transfers there are several different options. Would you be staying in Disney accommodation? If so and you fly into Orlando International, consider Disney's Magical Express which is a coach service that will take you free to your resort. Another option is a town car service (sort of like a pre-booked taxi where the driver will meet and greet you, drop you off at your hotel etc and some even stop for a grocery stop too)


I think what she means is if you book it online you have to have a car! so your paying for the car and insurance even if u dont want it! You can book it over the phone and not have the car though!

Miffy2003
11-20-2005, 01:31 PM
I think what she means is if you book it online you have to have a car! so your paying for the car and insurance even if u dont want it! You can book it over the phone and not have the car though!

Yes Laura,

What I didn't understand was the Sanford part :) which is what I asked for clarity on :)

Laurafoster
11-20-2005, 02:01 PM
Yes Laura,

What I didn't understand was the Sanford part :) which is what I asked for clarity on :)


TCD only flies into Sanford airport which is basically a smaller airport. From what i understand is the opposide side of Orlando that the Orlando international airport. I personally have never flown there but im told the transfer times are pretty much the same as from the orlando international airport.

I may be wrong on that though! :confused3

Miffy2003
11-20-2005, 02:06 PM
LOL Laura, we are talking at cross purposes here :teeth:

I have flown into Sanford & MCO several times, what I was unsure about Paula's remark was whether she was saying she wanted to avoid Sanford :)

Part of the reason I asked was because DME does not operate from SFB.

jdybnsn
11-21-2005, 08:19 AM
Has something changed at TCD ? - you used to be able to book flights without cars earlier this year, when I looked into it ....though they cost practically the same as the fly drive price !!!!!! :confused3





ooooppppps sorry !!!!!..........didn't realise there was another page on this thread - I can see someone else has raised this point :badpc:

magicmouse2
02-19-2006, 10:50 AM
Just when I thought TCD were best value I was proved wrong. Virgin Atlantic flights plus booking car hire seperately through Dollar work out same cost better perks than TCD. Virgin fly to MCO, v TCD to Sanford. Virgin have personal tv screens v TCD one large screen. Virgin Atlantic give air miles v TCD do not.

wayneg
02-19-2006, 11:31 AM
Depends on time of year with Virgin.
3 weeks last Oct with Virgin 3 people without car cost me about 1,600 incl 3 star hotel. Same package this summer holiday about 3,300.
Always check out airline network for car hire usually cheaper than Dollar.
My points are growing nicely with Virgin.

heatherbelle
02-21-2006, 02:55 PM
have you tried sky deals for a flight? They are owned by Thompsons and they were the cheapest for us this year. Going in the school holidays. The number is on teletext.

Our flights in school hols with Virgin and car hire with Alamo cost around 1600. It was packaged seperatly. Two adults and 1 child.

We are staying in regal palms and it worked out at 70 per night for the house not each. We got a discount because we booked last October and are staying for 22 nights. Let us all know what you decide.

You could also try Mercury travel for flights and car hire. they were the best for us last year, in May school holidays. Again Virgin flights.

Cochise
02-22-2006, 01:44 AM
I worked Skydeals fingers to the bone this year when the scheduled flights come out, but they just couldn't get the prices. I like to book early and the prices of the US carriers has dropped by quite a way. 300 on the original Delta flights for 4 people when i tried lastweek. Trailfinders got better prices for us and worked equally hard to get this. Continental and US Airways are apparently quite competitive but you need to pay on booking but I have heard some great stories about the Continental in flight and I was impressed with US Airways last year.

wayneg
02-22-2006, 03:33 AM
Heatherbelle
Are there just 2 adults and 1 child in the house?
70 a night is a lot to stay in Orlando. maybe you prefer the house to a hotel but 1,540 for 22 nights is a lot of money.
Prices we have paid recently for hotels Marriot 25/night. Homewood suite by Hilton 22 incl breakfast, BW Lakeside 24, Raddison Parkway 27. Most I have ever paid is 45/night for Hilton at DTD at Xmas/NYear.

Pixiebell
02-22-2006, 06:11 AM
We have a house in Orlando, and travel out at least twice a year, and rent out at other times. If you can start looking early enough, you can usually find some good deals with Virgin and www.lastminute.com

We have flown with Virgin, AA, Delta and Thomas Cook, Virgin was far and away the best airline to fly with, we are going out at Easter and have paid 290 each for the flights - with Virgin.
You get the added bonus of the Downtown Check in, which saves having to be at the airport early and wasting precious holiday time.

We always use Hertz for the car hire, it may be a little higher than some of the other companies, but if you register for the Gold membership, when you get to MCO, the bus takes you to Hertz, where a computer board tells you what row your car is in. You simply find the car (with the keys in the ignition and the boot already open), put your luggage in, and drive away! Much easier than having to go to the desk and have all the paperwork sorted out (especially after a 9 hour flight!). We found we can be out of the airport and driving away in 15 minutes! Sandford does not have the same option for Gold members, doesn't have as big a range of cars, and is further away from Orlando and the attractions.

Using our house as a price guide, I estimate you could have a family of 4 price around 1800-2000 for flights, accommodation and car, all booked separately.
I have also found buying at least one annual pass to the parks can save you money in the long run. A 14 day ticket can cost around 170-180. An annual pass costs around 230, but your parking is free, and you get discounts for shopping and dining. We find it usually pays for itself after 10 days, even if you only buy one AP, and normal tickets for the rest of your group.
Universal AP are even better value, around 115 for unlimited access, no black out dates, the same free parking, but more shopping and dining discounts. If you buy direct from Universal, you even get the option to pay monthly on your credit card!

I hope this helps, it may be easier to book a package, but not always cheaper!

Queenie
02-22-2006, 06:21 AM
Magic mouse - when are you travelling to get Virgin at the same cost as TCD? I just worked out the total cost for our party (3 adults, Sept 23rd - Oct 7th, intermediate 4 door with fully inc insurance) three ways:

Virgin Flydrive - 2,139
Virgin Flights + Dollar Car Hire booked seperately - 2,387
TCD Flydrive - 1,257

I'd love to try Virgin out but with prices differences that much we just can't afford/justify it.

Pixiebell
02-22-2006, 06:48 AM
Queenie - I noticed the flight prices with TCD are fantastic, but the car hire is astronomical - 380. Same thing with Hertz - 252!

heatherbelle
02-23-2006, 06:50 AM
Heatherbelle
Are there just 2 adults and 1 child in the house?
70 a night is a lot to stay in Orlando. maybe you prefer the house to a hotel but 1,540 for 22 nights is a lot of money.
Prices we have paid recently for hotels Marriot 25/night. Homewood suite by Hilton 22 incl breakfast, BW Lakeside 24, Raddison Parkway 27. Most I have ever paid is 45/night for Hilton at DTD at Xmas/NYear.

Yes I know it's a lot of money, but because we were going for so long, I wanted to stay in a house and the boys also wanted a fancy pool. That's why we choose regal palms. I did look at villa's with their own pools, but the boys wanted the lazy river.

The pay off is we will save money on food. Last year we stayed at the Country Inn and Suites in LBV. Great location, and we only paid 400 for the room for 2 weeks. That's 28 per night. I really didn't want a hotel room for 3 weeks. I also don't like moving about, packing and unpacking.

mickey'sgirl
02-24-2006, 04:38 AM
We always try and book at least 12 months in advance to get good deals.
In May 2004 we booked with First Choice to travel May 2005 we had a great price of 2100 for 21 nights , Staying at Quality Inn Maingate, Car and insurance, for 2 adults and 2 children.
Paul TCD are great we have been with them before and couldnt fault them and we will go again with them again your price seems very reasonable.

Netty
02-24-2006, 05:05 AM
Hi everyone

Checking around for the last two weeks of the summer hol's 2006 for me my wife and three kids the best price I've found has been TCD who quote 3700 for the 5 of us in a standard villa and a full size 4 door car with pre-seating on the plane.

All the others I've checked want much more. Went with TCD this year and paid 3500 for the same and thought it great value for money and they don't seem to be able to be beaten.

Anyone know of anyone cheaper than TCD?
usually the last 2 weeks or going into the 1st week of sept is cheaper for hols , i personally think that the quote from TCD is dear, are all 3 kids classed as kids or are they charged adult prices?

Netty
02-24-2006, 05:28 AM
usually the last 2 weeks or going into the 1st week of sept is cheaper for hols , i personally think that the quote from TCD is dear, are all 3 kids classed as kids or are they charged adult prices?


sorry- just noticed this is an old thread, so you may have booked by now!