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Last year we found ourselves utterly exhausted and in dire need of a holiday. On impulse we sold my shares from work and booked a 10 night dream holiday to Disney World, Florida. It was just what we needed, a real break from stressful jobs and our busy lifestyle.
We booked our flights and hotel separately. Flights through British Airways and our Resort Hotel directly through Disney. We chose British Airways as my husband is an Executive Club Member and we’d heard that British Airways are great with children, which was our prime concern considering the ages of our children and length of the flight.
The online booking process was incredibly easy. We simply inputted our dates, ages, chosen destination and departure location. The results came up very quickly, showing us the cheapest options, and results for dates around our chosen date, which is great if you can be flexible. You can even book car hire and hotels at the same time.
I liked that it was obvious which flights were direct and which indirect as we’d found this not to be as clear with other companies.
The total price included all taxes with no hidden costs at the end. The reminder about what you can and cannot take on the plane was very useful for us too, as we hadn’t flown for a couple of years. The upgrade option was good to see as well, although we can only dream of flying premium and even then I’m not sure the other passengers would be too impressed if we turned up with our three kids!
The check-in process at Gatwick was brilliant. There were self service check-in desks which were very easy to use and lots of staff on hand in case of any issues.
Our flights were great, the only tiny problem we had was that through our own error we hadn’t spotted the ordering kids meals option, I just assumed it was automatic, but the kids ate the adult meals anyway and a kind stewardess kindly ordered them for our return journey.
The children were all impressed with the entertainment package and were very happy with the extra snacks and sweets they were given.
Our return flight was just as good, and we are eternally grateful to one very lovely staff member who took pity on us with our two pushchairs, three children and huge suitcases helping us reorganise our bags so we didn’t exceed the weight limit. She made what could have been a very stressful situation very easy to resolve.
We had an AMAZING holiday in Florida, it was worth every penny, all three children still talk about it almost daily with little H constantly asking when we can go back to ‘Mickey Mouse World’.
I was hugely worried about the flight beforehand, but thanks to the entertainment and lovely staff it was almost easy. I’d go again tomorrow if we could, and would definitely recommend British Airways.
What has been your most memorable holiday with children?
I am glad that the process was so easy. We went to Disneyland and the youngest don’t really remember it so Mr O is keen to visit Disney World now.
ooh Emma this was an invaluable read as we are off to florida in July I’m apprehensive about the flight but cant wait to get the kids there. Erin is already besides herself with excitement!
my girls would love to go to disney world although the florida one might be a bit expensive for us right now. BA rocks though!
I like British Airways, and fly with them ALOT, my most memorable trip with our two would have to be to Japan last year, where we also flew with BA… It was a pleasure! 😀
I love BA, there’s something so reassuring about that red, white and blue. It feels like flying used to, twenty years ago! And their cabin crew are always so lovely and professional. Sounds like you had a wonderful time! x
Sim @ Sims Life
Looks like you all had a fab time! I always get scared off booking holidays and flights online – so many hidden costs that you aren’t aware of until you get to the last page to book… then you realise you have wasted an hour of your life and need to go and check out another site. Good to know the BA site is so easy to use and hides nothing!!xx
It’s a while since we’ve used BA but I have to say, when I was nosing on the internet a few months ago for flights, I found their website incredibly easy to use. I had been considering a budget airline yet discovered the prices were just as good with BA. Quite an eye-opener.
I have to agree, BA’s website is one of the most user-friendly airline ones I’ve come across – all really clear. Most memorable holiday with kids? Has to be walking across the top of a volcano with Kit and Ozzy trying to explain why there was ice on there when hot steam was coming out of the ground!
maggy, red ted art
Oooh I so want to go!! Looks fabulous!