Annabelle is nothing short of brillaint, many thanks to her and the wider team in Manchester.
Everything went as planned.
Excellent and efficient service as always.
This is the 3rd time booking with Lily and her team. Everything is so straight forward we got everything we asked for, thank you so much.
Michelle is a real credit to the team and we’re so glad she’s back to work. Thanks.
Carla was helpful as usual.
Wonderful service. Would certainly use DialAFlight next time I fly.
Excellent service again, thank you
It must be said that the service received from DialAFlight was absolutely marvellous. Having sat on our outgoing flight BA2169 to FLL for over three hours going nowhere to be told that it would be cancelled I simply phoned Mason and before we got back to our hotel in Gatwick he had booked us a flight to MIA from LHR the following morning. Splendid and very well done.
As ever Roy did a first class job and everything went as expected. Just one minor hicup, when returning the hire car to Hertz we had to go to customer care because they had closed out our hire a day too early - no fault of yours I might add
Ben gave the best advice. Pricing was fab. No complaints
The travel managers are totally efficient and knowledgeable, friendly and professional.
I appreciate the follow up - not everyone does this!
Everything went well. Miami was great and glad we extended between flights at Atlanta. Hotel great, cruise was fabulous then flight from Miami to JFK with Delta delayed so had to sprint to get Virgin flight from JFK Next time will not use Delta as they were rubbish. Leo was a great help with the booking.
Tristan has delivered the high standard that I always get from him..
Great service from a customer of advanced age.Thank you Bradley
Jacob and the team did an excellent job with all the bookings (cruise and flight) and followed up closer to the day to make sure we had everything we needed.
Jacob was brilliant as always. He managed my recent trip with about 75 of my friends seamlessly. His customer service is first class.
All organisation went smoothly
Jacob was awesome
Wonderful service and help whenever required. Dominic was excellent
Perfect as usual
Booking with you through Ralph is a pleasure. It is wonderful to have a named person to deal with who is approachable and professional.
Rocky has always been good to me
I would not recommend Alamo car rental at port Everglades. Not equipped to cope with the demands of a busy port
Niall has totally delivered on this holiday. Will keep coming back and keep on recommending him to friends. Great job, great holiday, great service
A pleasure working with y’all
Joe and his team were great as usual
Thank you Robbie, for putting an amazing flight and hotel together for so many guests. We were extremely happy.
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…