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Old 03-03-2013, 07:01 AM   #16
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Huge congrats on booking. It always feels more exciting when that bits done. I am not a fan of MCO immigration or the dreaded double bag drop either. We're flying into Tampa which I think is just over 30 minutes further by car to Disney but much less than a 30 minute saving in terms of immigration, lol x We ended up paying £750 each direct with BA but that includes our domestic Channel Island leg via Gatwick so we are ok with that as it works out to around £650 direct from the UK.

Like you said we could have got cheaper but when you see a price you are comfortable with you book. Sod's law says you could probably get it cheaper at some point but equally it could go a lot higher. Main thing is we're happy and we're going. Bring it on!!!
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:04 AM   #17
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At least you can avoid the double bag drop now though, you don't have to do it.
We have used Tampa a few times in recent years, well worth using if the price is right.
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:02 AM   #18
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I have paid £1,100 each with virgin. Partly my fault I booked late. Booking time off work involves planning around 4 other colleagues so I can't take a risk and book last minute and risk needing to change dates. It is was it is. I won't fly indirect it's far too much hassle and I will only fly from Manchester. I work full time and hard, as does my husband so it's a price I'm not happy with but one I can afford and so will pay for the convenience.
This will be our first time indirect so will discover if we will ever do it again! I too have to book around colleagues and I have been lucky in recent years but now more colleagues have children the school holiday issue may start to get in the way. I took a real chance this time when those £420 flights came up and booked without getting cover first. I guess I was thinking if the worse came to worse my husband and son could go and I could meet them there. We have over 3 weeks so wouldn't have been end of world if I couldn't go for whole time. We are lucky that only I have to get holiday as my husband is a stay at home dad.

I really hope the flight turns out not too be too much hassle. We have since upgraded so hopefully will be a little more comfortable. Not so bad going out its just the coming home I dread. Even after 3 weeks I never feel like leaving.
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:15 AM   #19
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I think I would also consider it for 3 weeks but I can't ever get more that 2 weeks leave consecutively plus perhaps the Friday before. I timed it this year so we get August BH Monday to give me a day to try to recover!!!! Let us know how you get on because if prices keep rising I may have no choice.
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:34 AM   #20
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[QUOTE=wayneg;47681971]Booked the flights on JetBlue.com cost £59.50pp a bargain for almost 1,200 miles. I would have liked to have driven up over a few days, seen a few sights, visited friends etc but the cost of a one way rental was crazy compared to flying.
I think we will stay in Boston at least 1 night maybe 2, don't know a great deal about it but my Brother enjoyed it. Never saw Cheers but I guess we will look it up. Then upto the Uni area. QUOTE]

We are spending 2 nights in Boston this coming August and plan to take in as much as possible, looks like a beautiful city.

A tip I received off Trip Advisor was to stay near the Prudential Centre. Its a great base for a short stay as it has a stop right outside for the Trolley Bus and the Duck Tour which I think we are going to do both of. Theres also a Cheesecake Factory there which gets reviews as good as the one at Millenia Mall. We would have liked to stay a little longer and pop across to Marthas Vineyard (love the Jaws films) but dont think we'll get there this time.

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Old 03-03-2013, 08:38 AM   #21
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oh well done Wayne! im still holding out, i think im mad!
we are looking at 20/8 till 3/9 from man with a 7 seater car/ minivan! saw flights for 670 the other day but we are a family of 6 so im hoping for slightly cheaper indirects to come along!
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:39 AM   #22
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Decided to book our flights tonight. Maybe paid a little OTT but they are perfect timings plus we get immigration done in Dublin (I hate MCO immigration)

Aer Lingus Manchester to Orlando (Via Dublin) 1st August
Aer Lingus Boston to Manchester (Via Shannon) 25th August.

Averaged out at £620pp (less 2.5% Quidco)

Tomorrow will book internal flight from Orlando to Boston at £59pp with Jet Blue.

Total £680pp, a little more than I expected but its done now.

First time I have booked with Aer Lingus, not impressed with their site, took about 5 attempts in all, really frustrating site. Wouldn't let me prebook transatlantic seats free without paying £5pp (each way) for the Man to Ireland (and return) leg, it was pre-book all or none (unless I got it wrong).
Prebooked all legs then confirmation came thru to say some were not accepted, won't let me change online so will have to ring tomorrow.
Like you Wayne it was our first time booking with Aer Lingus and we had the same problems, we also got timed out a few times as we read all the T&C's, it also tried to charge us the fee for the flight to Dublin and return so we decided to skip pre-booking our seats as we read we could do it later.

Well, we tried a few times by going to 'Manage Your Booking' and then 'Select your seat' but it wouldn't allow us and we received a message to call and that would be on 871 718 2020.

Anyway Wayne, we contacted them by SKYPE and called this number in the States 1-(800)-585-0672 and pre-booked our seats, they should be open Sunday so give it a try and better still it's a free call instead of 10p a minute tomorrow. Also tell them you didn't want to pre-book your seats on the flight to Dublin as you don't care where you sit on that short flight and try and get them to refund the £5.00 per seat as that was not shown in the originally pricing, good luck.
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:35 AM   #23
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Great to have your flights booked- no pressure for DS then hey
We went to Boston to run the marathon and I really loved the feel of it. We didn't do much sightseeing (apart from during the run!) but I'd really like to go back for a few days. Hope you enjoy it!
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:49 PM   #24
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Good to hear our boss is sorted. Be good to see boston. Would love go there for a short stay. I bets matts got withdrawal from the USA . Hood luck to him. I would have lived an opportunity like he has.
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Old 03-03-2013, 01:57 PM   #25
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oh well done Wayne! im still holding out, i think im mad!
we are looking at 20/8 till 3/9 from man with a 7 seater car/ minivan! saw flights for 670 the other day but we are a family of 6 so im hoping for slightly cheaper indirects to come along!
Aer Lingus have adult price at £598 for your dates.

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Anyway Wayne, we contacted them by SKYPE and called this number in the States 1-(800)-585-0672 and pre-booked our seats, they should be open Sunday so give it a try and better still it's a free call instead of 10p a minute tomorrow. Also tell them you didn't want to pre-book your seats on the flight to Dublin as you don't care where you sit on that short flight and try and get them to refund the £5.00 per seat as that was not shown in the originally pricing, good luck.
I rang this morning and sorted seats I wanted, online I was already charged £15 outbound from Man to Dub but the return leg from Shannon to Man I said I would take my chance with airport availabilty. Wasn't too bothered as it was still cheaper than any other agent, I couldn't find anywhere cheper than direct with Aer Lingus, Expedia were over £100pp more.

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Great to have your flights booked- no pressure for DS then hey
No pressure he just has no return flight, he can swim well.
Worse case we have to buy another one way flight.
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What a great opportunity for Matt! Glad you've got your flights booked Wayne
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Have you made any decisions about accommodation yet?
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Have you made any decisions about accommodation yet?
Still to book hotel for our last 9 nights at Easter yet. Not thought about August.
Easter might be the Fairfield Inn (Marriott Village) again but its £45+/nt, never paid so much before
I can get this at £29/nt http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_R...o_Florida.html
Or BW Lakeside at about £20/nt but Karen wants to stay around LBV.
2-3 of the DTD hotels are similar price to Fairfield but then possibly resort fees, parking, internet, breakfast all ontop.
I still have 4 weeks to decide
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Still to book hotel for our last 9 nights at Easter yet. Not thought about August.
....... I still have 4 weeks to decide
I might be laughing but I've just changed my hotel arrangements round for April too (only non-Florida bits).

That Extended Stay looks good; isn't there one on Palm Parkway/Turkey Lake too? I'm sure I've had a brief stay there when it was called something else. You know I'm with Karen on this - LBV would win for me every time.

I've got some (elderly) friends staying at the Courtyard on Palm Parkway right now. I always manage to get them quite a good deal (thanks to you, this time booked with Monarch) but they would choose to stay there even if it wasn't.

I'll watch with interest
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