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Flying to Orlando

It is so much easier these days to plan your flight to Orlando. When I first went in 1989 Virgin were about the only Airline and then it was a package that included the Hotel and FREE car, that was a joke as the insurance at the other end was far more than what we have to pay for a car with included insurance (see the links on the OV site for this) nowadays.

Although I still fly with Virgin, I find them in my opinion still to be the best value and I admit I prefer to fly into Orlando International airport than Sanford anyway, there are a lot more choices of Charter flights offering indirect flights into MCO, Sanford, Miami and even Tampa, these are usually cheaper than the direct ones but you have to take into consideration the fact that they take longer if you have small children with you and making connections can sometimes be a little worrying if there are delays and you only have a certain time to catch a joining flight.

BA are another large airline and they fly into both MCO and Tampa, Tampa is fast becoming a popular airport choice especially if you are staying the US27 side of Orlando, it takes no longer to get from there as it does from Sanford, it is a nice airport and the route into Orlando from there is easy and direct, taking just under an hour. Sometimes the immigration is quicker through the smaller airports too.

Not only do we have the choice of Airlines we have the choice to go Economy, Premium Economy, Business class, Upper class to have meals and drinks included or not, to have extra baggage allowance, extra legroom, bulkhead seats, exit seats. Whether to check in online, do a twilight check in, print off boarding passes and e-tickets, what a long way we have come in 25 years.

In the 90’s it was a holiday of a lifetime but now often people go every year and indeed like myself twice a year so the choice of the flight is now a personal one and makes a difference when you have a large family, it also makes a very big difference what time of the year you travel, the Airlines cashing in on school holiday periods often means that it is either an indirect flight or no flight at all. The one thing that hasn’t changed in the last 25 years ………… the food ! ! ! ! !

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