Helpful, quick to respond, nothing too much trouble. Have used DialAFlight before and will definitely use them again
Great service as always. Also appreciated the pre-flight calls - nice personal touch!
Happy you managed to change our holiday as there were name problems. Will book with you again
Charlie was great as always
Trust Danny - he is always friendly, efficient and helpful.
Very good, very helpful, kept us well informed, would use again.
Fabulous staff from check-in onwards
Conrad was a great help - I’d contact him again for my next flights
Over the years we have used DialAFlight and they have always been wonderful. On our last trip to vist family in the US during Covid they couldn't have supported us more. They kept in touch whilst we were there and immediately got in touch when our flight home was changed by the airline to a day later.
Agreeable, knowledgeable staff. No traps, no bull, just good advice and efficiency
Will be booking with you for Florida in June
I would like to thank Manny who goes above and beyond. Nothing is a problem for him.
Thanks to all at DialAFlight - so helpful and polite. I have travelled with you for many years
Jessica was brilliant. She helped every step of the way, and beyond. Certainly would go through her again, plus recommend her
Excellent service from start to finish. Have used several times. Sarah is our main contact and is always helpful and knowledgable as is the rest of the team. How it should be done!
DialAFlight did an excellent job and I have recommended your service to my family and friends
Top class service from start to finish especially during this pandemic. Everything went to plan
Been booking with DialAFlight for many years. Always had excellent service and feel safe with the company
Karl has been fantastic - he made the whole process seamless
Chris was amazingly helpful. 5 star assistance. Thank you, I will be back.
Very helpful when I needed to phone from the USA for some advice about Covid regulations.
Excellent service by Jack and his team as always
Despite a great many challenges Niall dealt with all sorts of problems with humour and patience - great company!
Always a first class service from Dale and the rest of the crew.
I cannot think of any company that would have been so proactive in keeping us informed of changes during our month long holiday. Damian was very helpful and answered questions and concerns very promptly.
Thank you for your help in navigating the COVID testing labrinth. That was more complex than the last time I flew. I would recommend the ExpressTest group that opperates from the airport, as trying to patch together the three different tests from different companies was difficult to manage. They are competitive and available in the terminal at Heathrow
Clark, our travel guy is amazing! Always gives us what we want and at a fantastic price. Cannot beat the expertise he has and ideas for better hotels or air seats. Highly recommend DialAFlight
The advice and the attention to detail during a very difficult time for the travel industry has been exceptional. It has given us the confidence to travel again. Thank you Joe
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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