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Old 02-25-2013, 08:30 PM   #16
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We LOVE POR! We are staying there again in April and, honestly, I wouldn't stay anywhere else. The whole resort was renovated last year. It has a wonderful old south, laid back vibe. And, we love to spend our free time at DTD so the boat is a huge bonus. Plus being able to walk to POFQ for the beignets is amazing!

Regarding the airfare, we always budget $1200 for our flights and as long as I can get airfare direct from Toronto for that, I will continue to pay that. And if you fly Air Canada, you only have to be there an hour before the flight leaves. Again...you couldn't pay me enough to drive to Buffalo. Not when I live 30 mins east of Toronto.
We LOVE CBR...but are hoping that we will like this change as well. We have 3 dinners in DTD so I think the boat may be a great option. Which section did you stay in?
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:17 PM   #17
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We LOVE CBR...but are hoping that we will like this change as well. We have 3 dinners in DTD so I think the boat may be a great option. Which section did you stay in?
We stayed in the Mansions. I'd recommend Magnolia Terrace. It's not a "preferred" location, but it's close to everything. We are staying in a Royal Room this time, so we will lose a little convenience. I'm hoping for Oak Manor this time.
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:20 PM   #18
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Nothing wrong with paying for convenience. You just implied that people drive to buffalo to save $100 when in reality you can routinely fly out of buffalo at half the price of YYZ.

I would also caution advising people to arrive at YYZ an hour before there international flight. As per Air Canada you should be arriving no later then 90 min. At 60 min you risk leaving your bags behind.
I only stated the $100 because I actually know someone who drove to Buffalo to literally save $100...and her flight home wasn't direct. I found her a flight direct from Pearson and it included a hotel for only $100 more.

I suppose I should have prefaced my timing comment by saying we only fly with carryon bags. Hence why we don't need the extra time. My apologies!
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:16 PM   #19
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I only stated the $100 because I actually know someone who drove to Buffalo to literally save $100...and her flight home wasn't direct. I found her a flight direct from Pearson and it included a hotel for only $100 more.

I suppose I should have prefaced my timing comment by saying we only fly with carryon bags. Hence why we don't need the extra time. My apologies!
I agree, for $100 I would fly out of YYZ as well. I also could not imagine flying non direct to Orlando. Any layover would likely be as long as the flight.

Must be nice being able to do only carry-on. No way my wife could pack for a trip to Disney and carry-on. Heck, we are lucky to fit everything in one bag per person, and we always come back with more. That's another small advantage when flying MCO-BUF, you can check your bags at the hotel and not worry about them. Wish they would allow for it when flying to Canada.
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:16 AM   #21
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I'm usually a road warrior but we did find a great deal with Sunwing last summer. 352 PP taxes in. I have never flew from buffalo but I do have friends that swear by it. You need to have a cost that YOU feel is too much when saving money flying out of the USA. If you really want to fly on a budget try

http://www2.allegiantair.com/

Has anyone flew this this airline?
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:33 AM   #22
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I think the cheapest I have gotten for Toronto is 375.

I always do Buffalo. I would sooner sit in my car for an extra hour than sit at the airport to save $600.
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:40 AM   #23
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My husband and I flew allegiant air in October, $150.00 return for the 2 of us! You have to pay for baggage and seat selection, so that was another $70.00 but still very cheap! No frills air line!

We we were down there when hurricane Sandy was arriving, and on our way home flights were being cancelled everywhere! Our's was still scheduled to leave and I thought when we got to the airport it would be cancelled, but no we got on! Very bumpy ride home the flight attendants were even nervous, they thought they were going to be stranded in Niagara Falls, as they would cancel flight back.

You also have to factor in that you will need to rent a car as the airport is about 45 minutes from Disney, but very easy drive! Both airports are small and that makes it easier for baggage claim, plus the airport in Niagara is closer than buffalo!

Would use them again for that price!
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:41 AM   #25
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We ALWAYS fly direct from Toronto. You couldn't pay me to drive all the way to Buffalo to save a hundred dollars. Our last three trips we have paid $1200 for three of us. We aim to be under $400 each and manage within $50 total. We just paid $1227 for the three of us in April via Air Canada. And three days later we could have saved $130 on the total because AC put them on sale.
How far out from vacation do you usually book flights to get those prices?
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:48 AM   #26
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Side note ... haven't travelled often ... can you take food (ie. snacks) in checked luggage?
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I think the cheapest I have gotten for Toronto is 375.

I always do Buffalo. I would sooner sit in my car for an extra hour than sit at the airport to save $600.
For sure. We were just looking at some Sept prices from Buffalo worked out to about $575 for 3 of us if we went mid week.

We're west end GTA as well so it's 40min to Pearson (plus parking time) or 90 min to Buffalo and we can shop on the way home
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You have to pay for baggage and seat selection, so that was another $70.00 but still very cheap! No frills air line!
You have to pay that for Air Canada too...Lol
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I guess "good" airfare out of Toronto is relative to what one is willing to pay and what kind of budget they have for their vacation.

Back in Jan. when we booked our flights & trip for next month, I knew Buffalo would be cheaper but I looked at Toronto too just to compare and tbh, it's way more convenient for me since I'm about 20 mins away.

Toronto came out to be over $1850 for my family of 4. Buffalo came out to be UNDER $800!!! Not to mention to cheap sleep/park/fly options as well as a little shopping on the way home

That $1000 saved goes a LOOONG way in our vacation budget
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We've flown out of both Buffalo and Toronto (we determine based not only on price but time of year...winter time is not the most fun to drive to Buffalo!).

It is pretty crazy how much cheaper it is. I'm going to Dallas for a long weekend trip in May. When I booked my flight a few months ago:

Roundtrip on Delta out of buffalo: $262
Roundtrip on Westjet/Air Canada out of Toronto: $688

That's not an insignificant amount, and worth the tank of gas to drive there and back!
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