From Manchester: Orlando Holiday August 2018 School Holidays, BA flights, Hotel + Breakfast, Car Hire & Florida Tickets £4452.34 (family of 4) £1113.08pp @ Alpharooms
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From Manchester: Orlando Holiday August 2018 School Holidays, BA flights, Hotel + Breakfast, Car Hire & Florida Tickets £4452.34 (family of 4) £1113.08pp @ Alpharooms

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Found 21st Sep 2017Edited by:"rachelandgromit"
I've stumbled across some cracking flights in the August school holidays to Miami for around £250pp - a bargain, for British Airways flights and well worth the drive from Miami to Orlando. There are limited dates and I struggled to get any longer duration.

I've put this package together, with a breakdown of the different stages. As I know theme park tickets are a big cost I've included everything you will need in terms of flights, car hire, hotel with breakfast and tickets.

Book flights with omegaflightstore.com for a bargain £1007.10. These do have a short stop in Philadelphia on way out and London returning home, but they are £250pp, small compromise.

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As you arrive on 17/08 in the evening, and you don't want to be driving to Orlando late, you will stay the night at a nearby airport hotel. Free shuttle is available and breakfast is included. Book on booking.com £56

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On 18th you can leisurely make your way to Orlando feeling refreshed after some sleep and pick up the hire car which is a 4-door £195.90

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In Orlando you will stay at Comfort Inn & Suites which includes breakfast for a bargain £500.84. There are cheaper, and more expensive but I've read quite a few reviews on different places and this one looks a solid good value place to stay.


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I've included park tickets and found the cheapest place for these orlandoattractions.com

You can pick different tickets but I've included the full monty tickets which basically include everything you'll need £2692.50. You are paying for a 14 day ticket but due to the restrictive flights I can't seem to get a full two weeks in Orlando :-(

If you don't want these specific tickets you could just buy individual tickets and reduce the cost a bit.

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On 29th August you will check out and you don't leave Miami until 5:10pm so you leisurely can check out and make your way to Miami for your flight home.

The total for the family of 4 £4452.34/£1113.08pp
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great as ever !!
Those flight prices are epic! Anyone used the Omega flight store before? Can they be trusted?
heat for all the detail and effort - looks a good deal ! :-)
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imiskeen4 m ago

Those flight prices are epic! Anyone used the Omega flight store before? …Those flight prices are epic! Anyone used the Omega flight store before? Can they be trusted?


Yes I have. Just make sure you have the right dates, right name spellings etc etc and if possible pay on credit card. They normally send e-ticket through the next day but the flights were showing on other sites too for a bit more.

Like anywhere there are good and bad reviews but most bad ones are from people who complain because they made an error in the first place with wrong dates, spelling names wrong, etc etc....
rachelandgromit4 m ago

Yes I have. Just make sure you have the right dates, right name spellings …Yes I have. Just make sure you have the right dates, right name spellings etc etc and if possible pay on credit card. They normally send e-ticket through the next day but the flights were showing on other sites too for a bit more.Like anywhere there are good and bad reviews but most bad ones are from people who complain because they made an error in the first place with wrong dates, spelling names wrong, etc etc....


Thanks - Booking via Philly right now as £800 cheaper than my staff discounted flights through Virgin!! Thanks.
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Flights are available on Travelup for a little more or with BA direct (where they are more expensive but you can reduce cost with your Avios if you have any).

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imiskeen14 m ago

Those flight prices are epic! Anyone used the Omega flight store before? …Those flight prices are epic! Anyone used the Omega flight store before? Can they be trusted?

Used Omega this year. No complaints from me
Can't see how this would appeal to those with small kids. I've just come back from Orlando. The last thing I would have wanted was to drive 3+hr with 2 little ones then jump on a 9-10hr flight home. Crazy. I'm sure anyone with older kids this might be ok. For those whom this might help our trip is below.

We went back end of Aug paid £360pp flight Orlando from Manchester with virgin Atlantic £320pp for kids. Stayed at fountains resort (highly recommend) 4 bed villa really nice. which worked out £110 per night there for 10 days. 15 min drive to all the disney parks. Car hire is cheap £26 per day for a large grand jeep. Bought the ultimate 14 day pass from florida tickets. The memory maker and fast pass are a must if your planning your trip in advance. Disney really was worth it. My kids still miss it. Amazing.
satty836 m ago

Can't see how this would appeal to those with small kids. I've just come …Can't see how this would appeal to those with small kids. I've just come back from Orlando. The last thing I would have wanted was to drive 3+hr with 2 little ones then jump on a 9-10hr flight home. Crazy. I'm sure anyone with older kids this might be ok. For those whom this might help our trip is below.We went back end of Aug paid £360pp flight Orlando from Manchester with virgin Atlantic £320pp for kids. Stayed at fountains resort (highly recommend) 4 bed villa really nice. which worked out £110 per night there for 10 days. 15 min drive to all the disney parks. Car hire is cheap £26 per day for a large grand jeep. Bought the ultimate 14 day pass from florida tickets. The memory maker and fast pass are a must if your planning your trip in advance. Disney really was worth it. My kids still miss it. Amazing.


£360PP with Virgin would sadly mean eating in to some school time. Absolutely guaranteed. Lowest staff discounted price getting you home by Sept 5th 18 (in time for School) is £520PP.

Obviously - other carriers may come in slightly cheaper than that, and not sure what non-staff prices would be. Suspect 20% more.
Edited by: "imiskeen" 22nd Sep 2017
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I guess an alternative is to head back to Miami a day earlier or even break up the return journey staying around FL etc. This year there was some good last minute Florida deals but they were just outside of school holidays, so leaving back end of August and returning in September when kids had gone back. To actually guarantee school holidays without eating into July before they break up or September when they return, it's nigh impossible to get decent prices.

My friend and her husband flew into Miami with their twin 4 year old girls and drove straight from Orlando to Miami after a long haul flight - crazy! I guess it all depends on your budget and what, if any compromise you want to make.
Edited by: "rachelandgromit" 22nd Sep 2017
BTW: We have teenage kids, so spending a few days in Miami is actually a good thing. In fact,I may drop over the 75 and head straight for Sanibel/Captiva from Miami for a few days before heading up to Orlando etc. Loads more to Florida than just Orlando.
I agree especially since you have older kids. We had a 3yr and 18mth old so no way were we going to drive long distance. Hopefully go back when there older to see some of the rest of florida. Such as miami and keys
Also - top tip: always check this link for you hire car before looking elsewhere:

alamo.co.uk/par…ts/

used it 15 years running and always comes in cheaper when considering insurance cover and extras added.
I agree the small kids thing;
Driving from MIA to Orlando on a dark wet Friday evening in August - the wet season, (Hurricane season June 1st to November 30th).
Hope you've thought about car seats.
"Florida law requires that all drivers, all front seat passengers, and all passengers under the age of 18 wear seat belts.* Children under age 4 must be in a safety seat, and children ages 4 and 5 must be in either a safety seat or a booster seat.
Drivers will be charged with a seat belt violation if any passenger under the age of 18 is not restrained with a seat belt or child restraint device. Passengers 18 years old or older will be charged with the violation if they fail to wear a seat belt when required by law"
Many years ago now, car rental had run out and we had to go shopping for them. (Before it became law.)
Little kids shouldn't be exposed to exploding air bags in front seats either, which can go off in just a minor prang.
For the second year running Florida has the worst drivers
(Been going to Miami in February for the last 36 years.)
Florida Driver's Handbook
Publix7 m ago

I agree the small kids thing; Driving from MIA to Orlando on a dark wet …I agree the small kids thing; Driving from MIA to Orlando on a dark wet Friday evening in August - the wet season, (Hurricane season June 1st to November 30th). Hope you've thought about car seats."Florida law requires that all drivers, all front seat passengers, and all passengers under the age of 18 wear seat belts.* Children under age 4 must be in a safety seat, and children ages 4 and 5 must be in either a safety seat or a booster seat.Drivers will be charged with a seat belt violation if any passenger under the age of 18 is not restrained with a seat belt or child restraint device. Passengers 18 years old or older will be charged with the violation if they fail to wear a seat belt when required by law"Many years ago now, car rental had run out and we had to go shopping for them. (Before it became law.)Little kids shouldn't be exposed to exploding air bags in front seats either, which can go off in just a minor prang.For the second year running Florida has the worst drivers(Been going to Miami in February for the last 36 years.)Florida Driver's Handbook


Seriously - (and with respect) This comment is a bit of a nonsense. I've been Mid-August for the last 15 years, sometimes staying for up to six weeks at a time. what happened this year in Mid-September is a very rare event indeed. The weather in Central Florida is so NOT something you need to be concerned about for 99% of the time. Yes - It's possible that you may miss the odd morning due to a small rain shower. If you need any confirmation for this, try checking the Stats on Disney websites for Park Closures due to Inclement weather for the last 3 decades.
My point being - at these prices - tag a day on to either side of your planned holiday and drive up at your leisure. Standard price flight in school holidays would cost you at least £800 - £1000 more than this.
Have you not been watching the news? Hurricane season too much of a gamble.
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I don't recommend driving up in the evening after a long haul flight, which is why on the first night you stay in an airport hotel.

On this itinerary I did put driving to the airport from Orlando to Miami on the same day as your flight home which doesn't leave til tea time, but you could also leave Orlando a couple of days earlier as recommend so you are closer to the airport.
Great deal. Weather does need to be considered though. We got badly stung last year with the weather - end august, early September. Tropical storm building and huge amount of rain from middle of first week. Don't mind getting wet but rides were constantly being shut due to threat of lightening. Would head back to hotel to find pool shut for same reason. Happened regularly and was no fun. Second week was worse. All that plus fears a hurricane was on the way (storm had grown) and tornado alerts - getting that alert flash up on your phone to immediately find safety is scary stuff. Thought it was spam at first! Spent an evening with other hotel guests (a Universal)in a glass-less room in centre of hotel with distraught kids. Never likely to be able to afford to go again but fair to say weather was a concern.
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I realise the weather situation may not be ideal but if you want school holidays and longer than a week you are kind of stuck to August unless you take your kids out of school or go at Christmas.
We booked yesterday direct with ba holidays
Fly drive from Manchester to Miami via Heathrow ( 2 hour between flights) leaving 10 Aug 18 for 19 nights returning 29 Aug 18 with car insurance prepaid for a 12 seat van.
4 adults and 2 kids £3300 with only £350 deposit
Hopefully pick up a villa for about £1200 so all in £4500 for 6 people for 19 nights all in the school holidays and includes bank holiday weekend
Works out £750 each with low deposit
Will book hotel for one night in Miami when we land and then drive to Orlando next morning when we get up at silly o'clock lol
Edited by: "grandads50" 22nd Sep 2017
Personally I wouldn't risk August again - far too much of our Hol was lost. We have been once before in May and around then is good. Boys' school used to have a long May half term with INSET days tagged on. We managed 2 weeks with only 1 day out of school. Weather was good. In the unlikely scenario we will ever be able to go again, I'd probably look at Easter or after exams.
Interesting, we're doing something very similar but we wanted to stay for 3 weeks

The drive up from Miami is only 3 and a half hours, no big deal. We do it every year (always sleep over in Miami or Fort Laurerdale first)

We found TAP Portugal had flights back from Miami (to LON via Lisbon) on 29th/30th/31st Aug for £120pp so started there (upgraded to £150pp for luggage)
Found a flight out on the 8th with Norwegian for £300pp (to Fort Laurerdale direct)

I know this is £450pp but as you've said it was hard to find anything longer, this is 23 days and only £800 more (for 4) which considering the total cost is acceptable (to me anyway)

We've not booked the first night in Ft. L yet. I was thinking of picking up something nice with a beach view for the first morning from groupon.com

We're then spending 3 weeks in a villa just of the 192. It works out about £400 a week for Villa's and if you've got kids who love the pool is amazing (It's what makes the holiday for us)

We've bought tickets from orlandoattractions.com too (Disney Ultimate 21 days) but we checked elsewhere and got them to price match (can't remember who) but knocked the price down a little and included some gatorland tickets for just $8 each

We used Tripwheels.com for car hire (pick up Ft.L, drop off Miami was no extra)
This won’t be flying BA . BA do not fly Manchester to Philadelphia It will be American Airlines - still a good price though
whoop de whoop. Cheapest I could get with all sorts of changes for flights was just under £3k. Booked the flight segement alone for 19days in Florida for £1800 for the family of four. Not even thought about Miami but tacking a few days on appeals. Many thanks OP
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parky20015 m ago

This won’t be flying BA . BA do not fly Manchester to Philadelphia It will …This won’t be flying BA . BA do not fly Manchester to Philadelphia It will be American Airlines - still a good price though


Codeshare on way out with AA, return BA via London.
Great find - Just got back 1 week before the Hurricanes started and desperate to return again Aug. next year. Couldn't find any flights until you posted this , we paid a £1300 for 2 Adults and 2 kids this year from Manchester to Miami. I loved the drive and the night in Miami, Plus saved loads on flights doing it this way.
Heat added and I'll book if i can confirm my summer leave for next year.
parky20033 m ago

This won’t be flying BA . BA do not fly Manchester to Philadelphia It will …This won’t be flying BA . BA do not fly Manchester to Philadelphia It will be American Airlines - still a good price though


We thought AA were way superior to BA, BA felt like a budget airline in comparison.
Hot for the flight prices but £2700 to spend 2 weeks in theme park hell is not my idea of a good holiday.
Thanks Rachel - We're booked! we booked the outbound via Phillie and the return via Heathrow, 18th Aug - 3rd Sept for less than £1300!! Thats an absolute steal!

Experienced school holiday visitors to Florida know to take no notice of nay sayers around the weather conditions in florida for this time of year. We will spend first few days on Sanibel / Captiva then up the 75 and across the 4 to Orlando for a week, returning on the same route to do a few nights on Anna Maria Island on the way home. PERFECT combination of fun and relaxation.
Edited by: "imiskeen" 22nd Sep 2017
I wouldn't fly into Miami for a Orlando holiday with children. Why spend all that money and cut corners and reduce your vacation time and happiness level.
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imiskeen13 m ago

Thanks Rachel - We're booked! we booked the outbound via Phillie and the …Thanks Rachel - We're booked! we booked the outbound via Phillie and the return via Heathrow, 18th Aug - 3rd Sept for less than £1300!! Thats an absolute steal!Experienced school holiday visitors to Florida know to take no notice of nay sayers around the weather conditions in florida for this time of year. We will spend first few days on Sanibel / Captiva then up the 75 and across the 4 to Orlando for a week, returning on the same route to do a few nights on Anna Maria Island on the way home. PERFECT combination of fun and relaxation.


Brilliant! Did you get the e-tickets confirmed? The flight prices were brilliant, the dates in the deal were the cheapest I could find but sounds like for a little more you got September dates making the trip a bit longer.
rachelandgromit1 m ago

Brilliant! Did you get the e-tickets confirmed? The flight prices were …Brilliant! Did you get the e-tickets confirmed? The flight prices were brilliant, the dates in the deal were the cheapest I could find but sounds like for a little more you got September dates making the trip a bit longer.


Not yet - Will update when they arrive.
Fantastic deal, very thorough too!

Are you a travel agent or something? Have a blog or anything?
mastablasta16 m ago

I wouldn't fly into Miami for a Orlando holiday with children. Why spend …I wouldn't fly into Miami for a Orlando holiday with children. Why spend all that money and cut corners and reduce your vacation time and happiness level.


Seriously worth doing the maths on this one. Not that we'll be using our flights solely for Orlando, but - Have you seen the price of direct flights to Orlando in the summer hols? Tag on more days and stay longer. Even with added hotels you're quids in. Longer, happier holidays exploring etc.
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Mitch_s_s5 m ago

Fantastic deal, very thorough too!Are you a travel agent or something? …Fantastic deal, very thorough too!Are you a travel agent or something? Have a blog or anything?


Nope, just #travelobsessed. I just post on here do everyone can go on cheap holidays.
Take a screen shot of the "omega flights" page with all ticket prices and dates then book with B.A at the higher price. Email them the same day and claim the difference back under the "price match" . I've done this earlier this year and B.A paid the difference back within a few days
I'm seeing £1,130 for flights now instead of 1,007 - anyone else:?
rachelandgromit15 m ago

Nope, just #travelobsessed. I just post on here do everyone can go on …Nope, just #travelobsessed. I just post on here do everyone can go on cheap holidays.


Awesome!

Hopefully by the time we're going to Florida, you are still posting!
Can someone give me some advice here please, I'm trying to work out potentially options around payment.

Flights: Need to buy now to lock in the deal
Accomodation: Can be paid on small deposit and settled next year as shown above
Park Tickets: This is such a big part of the cost, can I easily leave it until next year to buy these or is this an exceptionally good price? Will I generally be looking at the same kind of cost for the park tickets at anytime?

Thanks very much.
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