Flight prices ridiculous for april

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  1. aj2703

    aj2703 Addicted To Disney

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    Mine are the same price as you have quoted going on Sat 7th September from gatwick. I have to admit I was in two minds to book, but given some of the other posters prices (OK different dates) I decided not to wait and booked.
     
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  3. Samaya

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    Am I correct in that you've booked a fly-drive with a VA flight for £680 and the current price with booking a flight only from VA is around £100 more at £786.

    If so, I find it amazing that Virgin can promote on their website....

    "Fly with us? Buy with us.
    We always have the lowest price for Virgin Atlantic flights.
    You won't find the same Virgin Atlantic flight for less on any UK website, that's guaranteed".


    But I suppose they cover themselves in their conditions for this guarantee as you're not buying the same product, in fact you're buying a superior product as it includes a car.

    And would I be right (wishful thinking) or wrong in thinking that if Travel City Direct can offer at these lower prices then possibly that's an indication that VA prices might come down?
     
  4. RDP

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    Really VA ! £4600 for two adults and 2 children to fly economy to MCO in August ! I booked with VH For £2900 a few weeks back (flydrive) , paid a bit more after upgrading the car, insurances etc. Not sure which price is the error! Flight prices for 2013 seem to be crazy!

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  5. wilma-bride

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    Yes, we booked a fly-drive holiday with TCD. We actually booked a few months ago but added my DD onto the booking last week for just over £680 (plus a £25 admin fee for changing the booking). I think the flight prices are absolutely ludicrous but, unfortunately, the fact that agents can sell packages (be it flydrive or full holiday), including VA flights for less than flight only with VA is probably not an indication that prices will come down. The whole reason why the agents can do it is they only have a limited allocation of seats on each flight and, when they're gone, they're gone. People will then be left with no choice but to book direct with VA if they are dead set on flying those dates/that route/that airline.
     
  6. Magic Megadegs

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    We're going next August too but as we live in the Channel Islands we have an additional domestic leg to factor in. When the August flights were crazily low in Oct /nov time it was stupidly more expensive for us to book indirect and pick up the £430 ish in direct flights plus domestic leg than we could get direct with BA via Gatwick.

    We have paid £3k for 2 adults and 2 children Channel Islands / Gatwick / Florida return with BA. Indirect it was going to be between £3200 and £4000 minimum Channel Islands / UK / USA / MCO return. Ridiculous ... Sometimes indirect is not always cheaper.

    It seems like the airlines stick a finger in the air sometimes and then make a random price setting!

    Good luck x
     
  7. Paula Sedley-Burke

    Paula Sedley-Burke Proud to believe in Rainbows and Unicorns...

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    Wow I have often wondered how people from the Channel Islands organise their long haul flights. It must be hard with the extra time/expense to factor. I can imagine you would want to go for the longest time to maximise the cost of the flight which remains the same! Do you do the flights from the Channel Islands - Gatwick - Orlando all in one day or do you break it up with a hotel at Gatwick overnight? Do you also have cost of parking at your local airport?

    I think you are right re random pricing. Its a pin and a piece of paper or a lets see how much these suckers will pay lol...( quite alot we love our disney )
     
  8. MrRomance

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    There is something going on with flights for sure. We went to WDW last year, flew P.E. direct with Virgin through Disney Travel Company. Total for the 2 week holiday at SSR, Dining, Tickets was £5200. We booked for Oct '13 same accommodation, dining and tickets £2785 but flights were not released yet. Called on Saturday to add flights because they were released, economy flights £4000! P.E. £5800! For 3 flights!????

    I called again this morning because they told me try Monday to see if they've changed when the UK office is open and it's more! I can buy the same flights directly with Virgin Atlantic or BA slightly cheaper but still over £3500 for economy. Checked eBookers and I can get direct economy flights flying 2 days later for £1500 for all 3 but obviously when you book through consolidators you have to pay it all up front.

    There is definitely something going on in 2013. Maybe fewer people are travelling due to the economy and they need to make up the revenue? Maybe they're planning flight sales in the New Year?? Something isn't right and even the Disney people I spoke to said they think it's a joke.
     
  9. Paula Sedley-Burke

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    I wonder if its anything to do with the Delta buying 49% of VA?
     
  10. Laurafoster

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    Its not just Virgin though. We are looking to go mid sept which isn't usually an expensive time to go. BA are currently more expensive than Virgin for the dates I was looking at.

    Indirect are cheaper but only about £50pp off what I can get M&M fares for so not worth it with a toddler and a baby.

    Crazy prices at the moment. Fingers crossed a sale or something comes along soon.
     
  11. Paula Sedley-Burke

    Paula Sedley-Burke Proud to believe in Rainbows and Unicorns...

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    I see what you mean. I wonder what is going on! Those are crazy prices. Next May isnt too bad. I booked 5th - 15th May got a flydrive VH for 1600.00 with full car insurance. I am a dvc member so got accommodation. I got the same price for 19th September - 3rd october .
     
  12. Laurafoster

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    We are DVC members too, have our accommodation and a 4night cruise booked. We also purchased the cheap dvc premium annual passes so we WILL be going :)

    Fly drives for us (13th sept - 3rd oct)coming out at £3600 - flights are £2400 at the moment so cheaper to book separately.

    Checking about 6 websites daily for decent prices - I'm sure my husband thinks I'm mad LOL!
     
  13. Paula Sedley-Burke

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    Hi fellow dvc member! Pleased to meet you. Me and DW grabbed those premium passes as well. We are getting 3 trips out of it lol. We are doing a 4 night cruise as well. On the dream 22nd september. Lush! 3rd time for us we love it, we figure we are over there anyway paid the flight why not! We decided against the member cruise. I assume there are more than 2 of you with those prices? We are SSR home resort staying in Sep/Oct 2013 but in May 2013 we are trying AKV. Where is your home resort?
     
  14. crabbie1

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    As im dvc home resort wilderness lodge ours is booked for 9-23 april . As most of you know when I lost dave was lucky to even get vouchers back. Paid miles plus money received £1320 back minus admin etc and now wnt let me book m
     
  15. Laurafoster

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    Member cruises are so expensive! This will be our 6th cruise now. Our home resort is SSR too :)

    We are a family of 4- Me and DH, DD(2) and DS(currently just over 9weeks old). I could probably get away without a seat for Charlie as he will be 11months but we would love the extra space.
     
  16. Laurafoster

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    It was lucky to get the vouchers but pretty rubbish that you can't use m+m fares.

    Hope the prices drop for you soon!
     
  17. RDP

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    Paula...another cruise! Tres jealous! Can't wait to cruise again, kids loved the sea more than the land portion of our last holiday. It's kidani village next August for the next trip! Cruise in 2014, best wishes .
     
  18. Paula Sedley-Burke

    Paula Sedley-Burke Proud to believe in Rainbows and Unicorns...

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    Hello! Lovely to speak to you again! We are trying Kidani village first time next May! Cant wait. Let me know if you have any tips! Lush re cruise in 2014. What date?
     
  19. Paula Sedley-Burke

    Paula Sedley-Burke Proud to believe in Rainbows and Unicorns...

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    Thats what we decided re member cruise. Can do two for that! Great re SSR! 11 months bless!
     
  20. Magic Megadegs

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    Hi there, we don't have parking as the Islands are so small that neighbours / family drop us off. We have to add on a minimum of £500 for a family of four to factor in the domestic leg bit of our journey and as the Airport in Jersey was built in the foggiest part of the Island (ahem) we tend to overnight at Gatwick just to be sure, although as you say this adds to the cost, lol. Any delays on any of the legs can then jeopardise connections etc

    When people fly direct and say its a 15 hour journey total, we would have to add on another 3-4 which makes it so much less attractive, especially if you're travelling with more than 1 little person, lol. Good luck booking flights.
     
  21. Paula Sedley-Burke

    Paula Sedley-Burke Proud to believe in Rainbows and Unicorns...

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    Gosh that does add to the cost! I never considered the fog flight delay issue! Still worth it all once you touch ground at Orlando! Have you ever flown via Dublin? A few people report it is cheaper but I really try to fly direct where I can. We are lucky to live near Gatwick ( live in Essex ) so its only 30 mins away. But we have to go via the dartford crossing and you can never predict the traffic in the morning so we always treat ourselves to a car park/hotel deal. Why would we risk thousands of pounds for an extra few quid on a hotel! I dont get people that rush at the last moment. For us a holiday is stress free and it starts the night before!
     

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