The last BA flight to leave Miami for the foreseeable future! You did your part but we felt BA could have done very much better in respect of the alcohol and food service (or lack of) on a club class flight
Doug was excellent as always
Very happy with the service. Many thanks to Kelly who made me feel at ease. In future all my travel will be booked through DialAFlight.
Reid and his team are marvellous
Teddy is a star. We had many difficulties whilst in US for a cruise/trip. These were dealt with calmly and sensibly.
As always, I received a top class service. Special thanks for keeping in touch with me via phone and email to keep me updated about the airline’s policy regarding the COVID19 situation. Keep up the good work and I look forward to use your services again.
Our agent, Bradley is the best. Friendly, professional, reliable, confident.
As ever DialAFlight were professional, caring and we were so grateful to them for getting us home immediately the USA announced a flight ban
Well done, you got me home
Thanks to Alastair for arranging a return flight from Miami on the same day
Planning holiday and availability to answer queries before leaving led to an excellent experience and a great holiday
If entering Suriname from Guyana or elsewhere in South America it is ESSENTIAL that you have a yellow fever certificate and a visa on you or you will be denied boarding. One of our group had to be vaccinated again in Georgetown and make his way overland to Pararamibo. He arrived just in time for the flight home and missed the entire Suriname section of the trtip.
Excellent service, excellent support. Will definitely use you again and will refer you to others
As usual, everything you said would happen did happen. Excellent price and we will be using your service again! Hotel you booked in Miami (Quality Inns & Suites ) was also very good.
As good as ever
Always use DAF, fantastic service, always recommending you to friends and colleagues. In fact quite a few use you now.
Very good customer service.
Have used you for past three years and you are super efficient. Long may it continue in this excellent way.
Other than being a Yankees fan Reece did his usual marvellous job
The timely call and reminder about the ESTA from Clyde was a lifesaver.
I recommended Jordan at DialAFlight to a friend last year, your 24 hour service was excellent at helping her to return from Nicaragua for a medical emergency - thank you again
Always a great service
Thank you for the lounge passes - they made such a difference to our experience
We really appreciated Devon's help with our trip.
Great service, very customer focused, constant updates, checking we had everything ready to go and even assistance while on holiday when our flights were changed. Look forward to using you again.
Everything worked out just as planned
Attention to detail and excellent service that I have come to expect from Vernon and his team.
Lovely staff, very helpful and polite
Everything went as planned and the hotel booked was excellent
Very good service, couldn’t fault the staff. Will definitely use again
In January 1981 when mass tourism from the UK to Florida had hardly begun, I made my first trip to the Sunshine State - flying to Miami; this was memorable if only because in the departure lounge at Heathrow I found myself standing next to Eric Morecambe and his wife Joan.
Bring me sunshine, he was probably singing to himself. He needn't have worried; it was freezing in London but when we landed in Miami in the late afternoon, it was roasting. In January! Yet in 1981 Miami was in decline. In the 1960s, for example, when The Beatles made their first trip to the US in 1964 to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show, they demonstrated their stratospheric success by finding time for a sunshine break in glamorous Miami Beach.
But 20 years later the Al Pacino gangster film Scarface showed how fast Miami Beach had fallen - business was so bad that plans were laid to demolish the famous Art Deco hotels which had largely become hostels. (Curiously, it was the filming of the 1980s cop series Miami Vice that initiated the preservation campaign - the rundown buildings clashed with the show's Ferraris and Armani suits, so the city was forced to smarten up.)
By 1981 Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, had been open for almost a decade but the place was relatively modest; EPCOT didn't open until 1982.
My trip in 1981 was to write a piece on Air Florida, which had announced the start of low-cost flights between Miami and Gatwick - a route on which it was to compete with Laker Airways. Laker went bust the next year while Air Florida collapsed in 1984. But by the mid-Eighties, thanks to the marketing of some mass operators, Florida had begun to dominate the UK long-haul market.
It had good year-round weather and offered extraordinary value for money. Brits found the accommodation well-appointed and spacious and in the favoured Orlando suburb of Kissimmee, theme parks were on your doorstep.
Since that first visit, the more I've seen of Florida, the more I like it. I've been pretty much all over from Key West - so far south it is just 100 miles from Cuba - up to St Augustine and beyond. I like it all but I'm beginning to decide that I like the western Gulf coast the best, especially the stretch between Tampa and Sarasota.
For a week recently I had a house rental on Anna Maria Island, about an hour's drive south of Tampa. Tampa is an attractive entry point into the States, with shorter immigration queues.
Everything in Florida is nice and easy, from picking up a hire car to obtaining the keys of your holiday house (most have lock boxes, all you need is the combination - I never met anybody from the house rental company). Florida has everything to make a holiday perfect. Had we wanted, we could have made the two-hour drive to Orlando for a theme-park fix, but Anna Maria island has pretty much all you need.
The property came with a golf cart for short trips to the shop or the beach - bikes were also available. There was a large pool, a table-tennis table, a multi-channel TV with domestic TV catch-up - and the fastest wifi I've come across: 80mbps (ten times faster than I get at home). With a Slingbox connection, I was able to sit next to the pool and watch England beat the Aussies in the Ashes - holidays don't get much better than this.
Bradenton was a 25-minute drive, worth it to visit the Ellerton premium outlet mall with outrageous bargains on designer clothes. A similar distance away down at the end of Longboat Key (winter home to writer Stephen King) was Sarasota, worth visiting to stock up on food and drink at Whole Foods: not as cheap as the Publix, a ten-minute golf-cart ride away from the house, but in a different universe in terms of quality.
Because Anna Maria is a place which doesn't attract day trippers, the beaches are never crowded, and at many times of day, if you avoid the busier stretches, you will have them to yourself. Keep an eye out and you will spot dolphins skimming the offshore waters.
The house had a rooftop deck area where one night we watched the Perseid meteor shower stream across the night sky.
Even on non-meteor-shower nights, it was a delight to sit up on the roof and look at stars that seemed close enough to touch. There may be more perfect places to holiday than Florida but, at this very moment, I'm finding it hard to think of one…
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