Great company - a pleasure to work with
It was wonderful, no problems at all and thank you for your help
Once again everything was great
Fab service. Thanks for everything. Will be giving you a ring for my next trip.
100% brilliant service quality. The travel manager who I spoke with was first class.
As always kept us informed what’s going on as we were delayed because of snow
We have already recommended you to friends
Vernon is brilliant
You made our holiday, thank you
Excellent trip organised by Rupert and the team again.
Excellent service once again. Having used you for the last 10 years or so we would not go anywhere else. Nothing is too much for you to do to make our holidays great. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly and they always answer the phone.
Super service from start to finish. Many thanks!
Harrison has been excellent
Excellent service and contact from start to finish. Many thanks to DialAFlight and especially to Cooper
Frankfurt is not a good airport and we needed to change terminals. We walked for 45 minutes after a long night flight and could not get transport after repeated requests as we had not registrered. We did not know you had to. Please let customers know this, as it is a vast airport.
All went well and according to schedule. We rate Ian as 10 stars for helpfulness in sorting our family flights
Toby was recommened to us by friends and he could not have been more helpful
Fantastic service throughout, was given some great tips by Francis, also a pass which gave us discount at many restaurants and our Disney passes gave us memory maker and access to Crazy Golf included in the cost. Thanks for a fantastic stress free holiday.
Extremely efficient and helpful. Thankyou
Scott and his team always helpful
As always, great service from Jonathan and his colleagues taking away all the hassle of organising our multi multi-destination holiday.
Keep up the good work, thanks.
Excellent service which exceeded my expectations.
Very good experience, highly recommend.
We plan to call you again for our next holiday. Many Thanks.
Really happy with the price and loved the pre-flight call. Fab service, we will be back.
Serious problems with connection at Manchester Airport. Staff at DialAFlight excellent as usual - issues we had were beyond their control.
As usual, great service throughout.
Great service and communication
Elizabeth was very helpful throughout the process
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…