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Here are some ideas for arranging your flight itineraries, either independently or with the help of an agent / booking service:

Expedia Logo & linkEXPEDIA offer a full search facility (up to 6 passengers on-line) for umpteen & one options - click their logo to visit their website.  We have found them reliable for the scheduled flights we have booked through them, rarely being beaten on price and availability. Use their telephone service for > 6 passengers.

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You might consider searching through the following airlines websites, noting that the only direct flights from UK into Orlando on scheduled flights are with Virgin and BA, with BA also serving Tampa direct.  Both also offer direct flights to Miami whereas AA and Delta offer non-stop flights into Miami only:

Virgin Atlantic http://www.virgin-atlantic.com
British Airways http://www.britishairways.com
American Airlines http://www.americanairlines.co.uk
Delta http://www.delta.com
Teletext Holidays http://www.teletextholidaysdirect.co.uk
Kayak http://www.kayak.co.uk

(Note that due to alliances and code-shares you may find non-stop flights with Continental, United, Iberia, Singapore Air, KLM etc. which will be operated by the primary airlines above.  Please note this information may be subject to change)

There are also several charter companies flying from various UK airports (adding Cardiff, Bristol and Birmingham to the list of departure airports during the peak seasons).

 

If you don't mind a flight change (often in New York, Washington, Chicago, Charlotte etc. depending on main carrier), these open up possibilities in terms of availability and sometimes price. REMEMBER if choosing these routes to leave enough time between connections for immigration clearance, baggage collection and re-check in (where necessary), crossing terminals and passage through further possible security checks.  Dependant on size of airport, this could take anything between 1 and > 2 hours.  Beware New York where changeovers can be between JFK and La Guardia airports - need more time and patience for this one.

Flying indirect opens up several airlines, including US Airways, Northwest - NWA, Air Canada, Continental and United Airlines, amongst many others.

Charter flights mostly fly into Sanford (SFB) airport.  With Charter airlines look for additional costs of seat pre-booking, meals etc.

TAMPA (TPA) airport opens up some further possibilities on availability in peak season and possibly on price, e.g. BA have direct flights from Gatwick.

Don’t forget to pre-arrange children’s meals or any special dietary requirements for the flight, plus wheelchairs and any other special requirements for the airport or flight itself.

Seat allocation may not always be possible when you first arrange your travel, but be aware the airline may just allocate the few days prior to departure - if you have differing booking references (e.g. different family names, possibly booked on different dates), you could just end up with split seating - ring the airline to confirm the day before or try and sort out at check-in (first come first served)!  Online check-in is available on almost all airlines now 24 hours before departure time - this is worth taking advantage of for seat allocations.

TRAVEL AGENT

You may want to consider using the services of someone with more expertise to advise or book your travel arrangements.  Charter Travel are a Florida travel specialist- please visit their web page for contact details:  Charter Travel

or telephone: 01635 254077 (ask for Dawn or Jennie - please quote our villa when ringing)


UK AIRPORTS & PARKING

Parking can be arranged via the flight ticket agent, travel agent or personally through many routes. You can also contact the airports for more information about the terminals, flights, facilities etc:

BAA Gatwick LGW

0844 335 1802

http://www.baa.com

BAA Heathrow LHR

0844 335 1801

MAG Manchester MAN

090 10 10 1000

http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk

Birmingham International BHX

0844 576 6000

http://www.bhx.co.uk

Cardiff International CWL

01446 711111

http://www.tbicardiffairport.com

BCP (airport car parking)

0871 360 2866

http://www.parkbcp.co.uk


ORLANDO / TAMPA AIRPORTS

Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the nearest to our villa at 26 miles away and about a 30 minute drive via the Central Florida Greeneway (417) and Osceola Parkway or US192.

Visit the MCO website at:   www.orlandoairports.net

Sanford International Airport (SFB) is just North of Orlando and at 50 miles is approximately 60 minutes drive away via the Greeneway and Osceola Parkway or US192.  This is a smaller airport and is quick and convenient to use:

Visit the Sanford website at:     http://www.orlandosanfordairport.com

Tampa International Airport (TPA) lies South West and is about 65 miles away and a 75 minute drive, straight up the Interstate 4 into the Disney area. The route from I4 into Indian Creek is much improved in recent years using the SR429.

Visit the Tampa website at:      http://www.tampaairport.com

Finding direct flights to any of these 3 airports is usually quite easy, but beware high season as these can get pre-booked quite quickly, or leave only higher priced tickets available.

All airports are served well by car rental companies and bus or shuttle services to the main Orlando areas.

 

MIAMI AIRPORT

Miami International Airport (MIA) opens a further option that ourselves and many guests have also taken in the past - either for cost / convenience on flights or as a way of creating a split itinerary - especially if you wish to spend time in the Miami / Everglades / South Florida area or even the tranquil Florida Keys.

With BA and Virgin it is also possible to book flights into Orlando (and Tampa with BA) and return from Miami - or vice versa of course.  Code-shares with AA and other airlines may open up the choice further.

Note:  Miami international is also well served for rental cars on airport, however it is an approx. 230 mile and 4+ hour journey, weather and traffic willing - so if using Miami as your Orlando destination airport, give plenty of time from landing to clear customs / baggage, collect a car and travel to the villa and / or attractions.

Visit the Miami website at: http://www.miami-airport.com

 

Last Updated: Tuesday 3rd January

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