Clark is always professional, friendly and have booked with him for many years for our family flights.
Another great trip arranged by Danny. I can't fault his service
Dennis has been excellent. Great communication.
Everything worked out perfectly and the team were able to change bookings specification as required. We are a repeat customer and will continue to use DialAFlight. Excellent service!
I was so pleased with everything
Could not recommend highly enough. Particularly our agent Rocky
All went according to booking
Great service from start to finish and always available when needed.
Nick was great in booking flights and car hire
Thanks Oscar, especially all the updates as Virgin Atlantic seemed to be changing the return schedule weekly. As I’ve come to expect - great service.
Pleasure to deal with DialAFlight especially Joey who is very efficient and helpful.
Brilliant as usual
Perfect service as always. Highly recommended.
Rick was absolutely fantastic and I have already recommended you to so many people. We will be going back to America and we will book through yourselves again
Raj is so helpful and always professional
Thanks a lot Jordan for all your help
Excellent service as usual
Excellent customer care by the people dealing with me throughout. I’ll be using DialAFlight again
Brilliant service, thank you
Everything Jackson booked for us in our time of huge distress, because of the Thomas Cook fiasco, was excellent. He solved all our problems. I would highly recommend this extremely personable young man and your company.
When I contacted the agency I got an instant reply to any questions. Great service.
Thank you again Nadia for all your help and expertise. We value your planning immensely.
Another great trip.. The service provided was 1st Class. Wayne is always very attentive. Be back again for the next trip very soon...
Brilliant service as always
Isaac is always great. We book with you every year and always recommend you.
Swift action taken to rebook outgoing flight when it was cancelled due to circumstances outside of their control. Would recommend DialAFlight and will certainly use again.
First class attention to detail
Jack was excellent as always. Wouldn’t go elsewhere
After a very stressful time booking through Thomas Cook, DialAFlight came to the rescue. My first port of call in the future ...
Excellent service from Ashley as usual.
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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