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Old 03-11-2013, 04:13 PM   #1
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Utter Dismay at Virgin prices

Hey folks.

Well the title speaks for itself. Usually we book our flights at the 11 month mark. This year, however, we were uncertain what was happening with my partner's job so decided to delay buying until we found out, which we did today.
it was good news BUT just checked the Virgin website and the flights are now way past our usual price and I mean way past. We usually pay around £1100 each PE in July/August. I work in education so can't fly any other time. This year they want nearly £1800 EACH!!!! That's just put it past being doable. The difference is our park tickets and car hire costs. DH doesn't cope in coach. Too crowded. It freaks him out. Even coach is more expensive than we usually pay.

Good news we can afford to go on holiday.
Bad news we can't afford to go on holiday.

I could cry. I don't know how to tell DH.

Suggestions would be really really helpful right now
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:26 PM   #2
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good news on the job..bad news for the flights!

do you have to go VA direct or can you not look at going indirect? Could you DH maybe cope with sitting in the extra leg room seats/emergancy exit seats near the front of the plane (behind PE)? Personally I would look at other airlines as VA are so expensive..
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:46 PM   #3
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Hey

Not sure if this helps and I don't know your exact flight requirements but we are flying Aer Lingus for 2 weeks in September. We are flying Glasgow Dublin, Dublin Orlando costing us £1348 for 2 and this wasn't our cheapest option!

I just ran a quick check on the Aer Lingus website and 2 weeks in July flying economy was only £1745 approx or 2! Also when we booked our seats you had the option of paying for premium/extra legroom seats I think they were only £18 per person (from memory we didn't pay for those seats)

I would highly recommend Aer Lingus complimentary soft drinks on flight, individual TVs on all seats and the biggy - you do US Immigration at Dublin meaning its straight off the plane at Orlando and to the car hire desk!!

Hope this helps and you find a better solution, let us know how you get on and if we can be anymore help

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Old 03-11-2013, 04:52 PM   #4
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Could someone with Virgin miles please do a search on these dates for miles+money. I haven't got our card details on me and won't be home for 3 days.

July 25th - Aug 20th or there abouts

I'd be really grateful

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Old 03-11-2013, 05:04 PM   #5
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Could someone with Virgin miles please do a search on these dates for miles+money. I haven't got our card details on me and won't be home for 3 days.

July 25th - Aug 20th or there abouts

I'd be really grateful

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M+M flying out 25th July, back 20th August is £1732.67 each.

As a PP asked, would you not consider indirect? If you really have to fly direct, you do know that VA aren't the only carrier flying to Orlando, don't you.

ETA: Flying out on 23rd July, back on 20th August is just over £1500 each M+M
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Sorry to say it is not just VA, with this green air tax it has increased all flight prices. We found it was cheaper to get a fly drive thru Virgin holidays as we like a car and we have to get internal UK flights. I have spread sheets up the ying yang and that was our cheapest bet, for 2 adults and 1 child, internal flights, VA flight LGW-MCO, hire car full insurance, Vroom and Uni tickets and Downtown Disney Checkin with our FVC discount approx £2900. BA prices have gone thur the roof and the other airlines that fly thru Sanford when you add the extras it works out even more. Give Virgin Holidays a try you have nothing to lose.
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Could someone with Virgin miles please do a search on these dates for miles+money. I haven't got our card details on me and won't be home for 3 days.

July 25th - Aug 20th or there abouts

I'd be really grateful

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We are using Aer Lingus this summer. They have economy flights from about £700 or Business Flex are from under £1,600. Immigration done on Dublin. No way would I pay VA prices.
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:48 PM   #8
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Cheapest PE at the moment £1.312 but it's indirect with two changes.....
Shame you can't go economy as it's about half that price with Aer Lingus from Manchester via Dublin.

Premium Economy
Depart Thu, 25 Jul MAN to MCO – 2 stops Duration 17h 35m

Brussels Airlines – Flights 2184 - 1h 20m
Take-off Thu 6:40 MAN Manchester, ENG, United Kingdom
Landing Thu 9:00 BRU Brussels, Belgium

Brussels Airlines – Flights 8801
Operated by United 8h 20m
Take-off Thu 12:00 BRU Brussels, Belgium
Landing Thu 14:20 IAD Washington, DC, United States

Brussels Airlines – Flights 8837
Operated by United 2h 05m
Take-off Thu 17:10 IAD Washington, DC, United States
Landing Thu 19:15 MCO Orlando, FL, United States

Return Tue, 20 Aug MCO to MAN – 2 stops Duration 15h 15m

Brussels Airlines – Flights 8838
Operated by United 2h 12m
Take-off Tue 13:45 MCO Orlando, FL, United States
Landing Tue 15:57 IAD Washington, DC, United States

Brussels Airlines – Flights 8802
Operated by United 7h 35m
Take-off Tue 17:40 IAD Washington, DC, United States
Landing Wed 7:15 BRU Brussels, Belgium

Brussels Airlines – Flights 2173
Operated by Flybe 1h 30m
Take-off Wed 9:30 BRU Brussels, Belgium
Landing Wed 10:00 MAN Manchester, ENG, United Kingdom
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Not much comfort but VA school holiday PE prices started at £1250 this year.

We paid £1067 flying out on the 11th July but they jumped on the Saturday to £1250.

Looking at all the school holidays £1250 seems to be the base for PE now.

Getting PE on non-British carriers is difficult as most only have Economy and business classes.

Have you thought about looking at BA - they fly to MCO and Tampa. Or indirect with either VA or BA so you get PE on the transatlantic leg and then just a couple of hours in Economy on the internal leg?
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Have you thought about looking at BA - they fly to MCO and Tampa. Or indirect with either VA or BA so you get PE on the transatlantic leg and then just a couple of hours in Economy on the internal leg?
Indirect with BA is no longer a good option for many since they axed the MAN-LGW flight. I've used this a couple of times and it worked well, but now the best BA option to Florida is Miami via LHR, since the MAN-LHR service is excellent and frequent. Depending on cost and frequent flyer offers, we may just try this route.
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Indirect with BA is no longer a good option for many since they axed the MAN-LGW flight. I've used this a couple of times and it worked well, but now the best BA option to Florida is Miami via LHR, since the MAN-LHR service is excellent and frequent. Depending on cost and frequent flyer offers, we may just try this route.
I was also thinking about across to the east coast i.e. New York/Boston and connecting down.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:16 AM   #12
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How about a charter flight direct to Sanford?

Monarch

Manchester to Sanford
2nd to 16th August

£1164pp in Premium

or 31st July to 14th August

£1214pp in Premium
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I was also thinking about across to the east coast i.e. New York/Boston and connecting down.
Ah yes, I see now Tracy . I noticed that the OP was from Sheffield and assumed that MAN would be the preferred airport.

Life was much simpler (flight-wise only) when I lived in the south east
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I still fly from London rather than Manchester even if it is a bit closer for me. I booked BA to Tampa for August in the January sale and ended up with club class for less than Cheryl is being quoted for premium economy. There do look to be some good rates available from London to Miami. It's only a short flight from Miami and the US seats tend to feel less crowded on internal flights I've thought when I've done that. Or it is driveable.
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:51 PM   #15
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Virgin's prices are nuts. They wanted over £1000 direct for our dates; we paid marginally over £400 indirect (an additional 5 hours travelling time total for us when you include the reduced time travelling to and from the UK airport and the time saved by immigration at the first stop). School holiday prices too (admittedly Easter, and economy).
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