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Florida Guide > Planning your Trip

Charter Airline v Scheduled Airline. If there is one thing people, especially from the UK, ask when booking their luxury villa in orlando, is what is he best way of getting there. For many the flight is an integral part of their holiday and as such they try to ensure it is as good as the property they have booked. But which one is the best, which one will I look to book with for my next trip to Florida?

Some might argue that it is not important how they get to Florida, for these individuals price will always be king and as such they will always look to book the cheapest option. For those that look to the flight as being part of the holiday, these are the people that will look at all the options (including service and amenities) before purchasing their tickets.

Possibly the best way to look at this battle is to complete a football style scoring system against some pre defined criteria, Each one that wins gaining 1 point.

SERVICE – Charter (0) v Scheduled (1): A win for the scheduled airline. As a general rule of thumb service with the scheduled airlines normally wins against service with a Chartered airline. Items like free drinks and better food are on offer.

FREQUENCY OF SERVICE – Charter (0) v Scheduled (2): A win for the Scheduled Airline. Scheduled Airlines operate throughout the year offering up to 2 flights daily into Orlando.

PRICE – Charter (1) v Scheduled (2): A win for the Charter Airline. Charter Airlines over the years have always been cheaper than Scheduled Airlines on the same day. During peak periods Scheduled Airlines can be very expensive compared to their Charter equivalent.

ONBOARD AMMENITIES – Charter (1) v Scheduled (3): A win for the Scheduled Airline. Generally speaking the entertainment systems onboard the Scheduled Airlines are much better offering more films and games. Free kids packs add to the amenities onboard.

SEAT PITCH – Charter (2) v Scheduled (3): A win for the Charter Airline. Many will see this as a surprise, but recently charter airlines have increased the seat pitch of their premium and economy services. Some Economy pitches are now 33inches which more than Scheduled.

ARRIVAL AIRPORT – Charter (3) v Scheduled (3): A win for the Charter Airline. Charter airlines arrive into Orlando Sanford Airport. Although this airport is a little further away from the short term rental locations, the time you will save getting through customs and immigration is a lot quicker than at Orlando International Airport. So much so many people actually arrive at their properties before those people that arrive into Orlando International.

RESULT – It’s a draw…. ! There are a lot of questions you will need to ask yourself before booking your flights. If price is your main priority, Charter airlines will be your No1 choice as these are generally cheaper than Scheduled. If quality of service, amenities and frequency of service is important, you will look towards Scheduled. Both offer similar flight timings, so arriving into orlando is around the same time. Which ever option you go with, one thing is for sure, you will be travelling to one of the best locations in the World for your holiday!

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