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Forum: UK Holiday Planning 17 Oct 20, 06:46 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By tonymc
We visited back in September on our way home from...

We visited back in September on our way home from West Wales, and booked the lunchtime offer at the Castell Deudreth restaurant. This was £20 for 2 courses or £25 for 3 courses, but you do get...
Forum: General Trip Reports 21 Sep 20, 10:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 347
Posted By tonymc
Hi. Can thoroughly recommend the Pepper...

Hi.

Can thoroughly recommend the Pepper Pot. It wasnít a cheap meal, but good value based on the quality of the food and portion sizes, and the friendly staff.
Forum: Pre-Trip Reports 21 Sep 20, 05:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,106
Posted By tonymc
Thatís true. I did get caught with our original...

Thatís true. I did get caught with our original booking as it was made on the Monday morning after the clocks went forward, and I was panicking at midnight!
Forum: Pre-Trip Reports 21 Sep 20, 04:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,106
Posted By tonymc
... and now, they do have cruises available in...

... and now, they do have cruises available in 2022, so we have rebooked on virtually the same itinerary, but in February 2022. Great service from Princess to make the change and ensuring our...
Forum: General Trip Reports 21 Sep 20, 02:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 347
Posted By tonymc
A second unexpected staycation - Budapest to West Wales!

Like many others, our holiday plans have been somewhat disrupted by Coronavirus. We were fortunate to get away to Krakow in February, but our subsequent holidays to Madeira in May, Joanneís to Italy...
Forum: Pre-Trip Reports 6 Sep 20, 12:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,106
Posted By tonymc
Unfortunately, with the ongoing Coronavirus...

Unfortunately, with the ongoing Coronavirus issues, we are becoming resigned to the fact that we won't be travelling in March. We should have been packing to travel to Budapest on Monday, and little...
Forum: Disneyland California and West Coast Trip Planning 27 Aug 20, 09:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 506
Posted By tonymc
When we visited a few years ago, we rented a one...

When we visited a few years ago, we rented a one bed condo in Marina del Rey, which was just opposite the Marina. It was about 10 minutes drive to Santa Monica Pier, and a short stroll to Venice...
Forum: Accommodation 20 Aug 20, 05:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 998
Posted By tonymc
Disneys Vacation Club website...

Disneys Vacation Club website (https://disneyvacationclub.disney.go.com/destinations/list/florida/) has floor plans of all the accomodations, and also gives you an indication of the points required.
Forum: Disneyland California and West Coast Trip Planning 20 Aug 20, 09:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 597
Posted By tonymc
For your stay in LA, have you checked whatís...

For your stay in LA, have you checked whatís available on the hotel booking websites? Quite a few now offer apartments as well as hotel rooms. As an example, when we visited a few years ago, we...
Forum: ADR's, Dining, Food and Restaurants 12 Aug 20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 692
Posted By tonymc
Worth noting though that your resort mug may well...

Worth noting though that your resort mug may well be valid for your second stay. When we stayed for 6 nights in November, we still used the refillable mug when we visited Grand Floridian to watch the...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 12 Aug 20, 01:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 702
Posted By tonymc
As mentioned above, usual release is 355 days...

As mentioned above, usual release is 355 days beforehand at 01:00 (BST) or midnight when the clocks go back.

If you live in London, it's worth using LON as the London airport as this will show...
Forum: General Trip Planning 2 Aug 20, 05:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 455
Posted By tonymc
We also visited a couple of years ago - really...

We also visited a couple of years ago - really enjoyed it both as a resort and a base to visit other areas. It was nice to wander around the town and plenty of bars in the evening to enjoy a drink -...
Forum: General Trip Planning 31 Jul 20, 09:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 789
Posted By tonymc
We should have flown to Madeira at the end of...

We should have flown to Madeira at the end of April, and Jet2 contacted us 2 weeks beforehand to let us know that it had been cancelled. However, they were extremely quick in refunding our money...
Forum: Accommodation 25 Jul 20, 01:58 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,196
Posted By tonymc
Last November, for the first time we rented a...

Last November, for the first time we rented a villa. Although on previous visits we had stayed on-site for the full duration of the holiday, we couldn't get free DDP at OKW or SSR (as we wanted a one...
Forum: General Trip Planning 30 Jun 20, 05:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 598
Posted By tonymc
It was a privately owned apartment, but booked...

It was a privately owned apartment, but booked through Trip Advisor.
Forum: General Trip Planning 30 Jun 20, 10:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 598
Posted By tonymc
We visited back in 2015 (it only feels like a...

We visited back in 2015 (it only feels like a couple of years ago! ) so not sure how current the information in our report (https://www.thedibb.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?p=10857142#post10857142)...
Forum: Walt Disney World and Florida Trip Reports 15 Jun 20, 10:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,425
Posted By tonymc
Hi Michelle - definitely recommended. Mike and...

Hi Michelle - definitely recommended. Mike and Lucy were extremely good with answering questions we had, and the whole booking process extremely easy. The villa itself was excellent, with loads of...
Forum: Accommodation 20 May 20, 07:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 824
Posted By tonymc
We also stayed at Emerald Island last year, in...

We also stayed at Emerald Island last year, in November. Again, we put a request on the Villa Request board, and chose a 4 bed with pool for around £90/night including pool heating.

Very quick to...
Forum: Accommodation 18 May 20, 06:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 572
Posted By tonymc
Thatís what I had heard. We last visited SSR with...

Thatís what I had heard. We last visited SSR with the free dining back in 2016 when we went in August, but unfortunately unavailable last November.
Forum: Accommodation 15 May 20, 08:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 460
Posted By tonymc
Last year we stayed at All Stars Music, but did...

Last year we stayed at All Stars Music, but did visit the Grand Floridian twice to watch the MK fireworks. We sat outside the Gasperilla Grill, where the music is also piped in, so a very relaxing...
Forum: Accommodation 15 May 20, 08:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 572
Posted By tonymc
Just to note that last year, the DVC properties...

Just to note that last year, the DVC properties (OKW, SSR) were not available to book after a certain date in September (canít recall exactly the cut-off date), but may be worth bearing in mind.
...
Forum: Pre-Trip Reports 11 May 20, 04:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,106
Posted By tonymc
Bev - just realised that if you could manage a...

Bev - just realised that if you could manage a long time on a plane, there is the option of NCL-LHR-Perth using the non-stop Quantas flight out of LHR. Could be worth checking prices.
Forum: Pre-Trip Reports 10 May 20, 12:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,106
Posted By tonymc
Bev - how about having a stopover on the flights?...

Bev - how about having a stopover on the flights?

We were booking using Avios, and did consider breaking our journey at Singapore outbound for a night. Depending who you fly with, there could be...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 10 May 20, 12:19 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,574
Posted By tonymc
Have to say that the BA staff have been...

Have to say that the BA staff have been remarkably helpful under the present circumstances. I called them last week to have the Companion Voucher applied to the return leg, as well as adding on the...
Forum: Pre-Trip Reports 10 May 20, 12:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,106
Posted By tonymc
Weíve found an Airbnb rental overlooking the...

Weíve found an Airbnb rental overlooking the Barangaroo Reserve which is a short walk from the Rocks and Circular Quay, and about 20-25 mins walk to the Opera House.

Quite a good deal at just...
Forum: ADR's, Dining, Food and Restaurants 29 Apr 20, 06:52 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,641
Posted By tonymc
We paid for the DDP last November, as we were...

We paid for the DDP last November, as we were originally planning to stay off-site for our full 15 nights, but eventually decided to stay on-site for 6 nights to take full advantage of the perks.
...
Forum: Accommodation 25 Apr 20, 12:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 889
Posted By tonymc
We booked a villa for the first time on our trip...

We booked a villa for the first time on our trip in November (a split stay - first 6 nights on-site then 9 nights in a villa).

We also used the dibb villa search, and chose one at Emerald Islands...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 23 Apr 20, 11:20 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,574
Posted By tonymc
There is plenty of availability, but TBH as it...

There is plenty of availability, but TBH as it was showing an extra £200+ in taxes, it is cheaper to get a one way Avis rental at £80. In addition, we have all day to travel as our flight doesnít...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 23 Apr 20, 09:24 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,574
Posted By tonymc
It was linking the booking to the companion...

It was linking the booking to the companion voucher. As I had booked the flight from Aus on-line, I couldn't use the voucher as I was booking another single ticket and you can only use for single...
Forum: ADR's, Dining, Food and Restaurants 23 Apr 20, 08:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,422
Posted By tonymc
Last year, wee had 9 nights in a villa with four...

Last year, wee had 9 nights in a villa with four of us (all adults), and we spent around $180 in Publix on a "big shop" on the day we moved across from Disney, then a couple of visits to pick up...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 23 Apr 20, 07:21 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,574
Posted By tonymc
Managed to get through to the call centre...

Managed to get through to the call centre ... twice in fact (as I got cut off on the first call) - to add on the Manchester flight and get half the Avios refunded for our return flight. At least now...
Forum: Pre-Trip Reports 21 Apr 20, 02:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,106
Posted By tonymc
Thank you for the tip. We are thinking of maybe...

Thank you for the tip. We are thinking of maybe an Airbnb to give us more space for our 6 days in Sydney. At the moment, prices are very reasonable with plenty of properties under £100/night (no...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 21 Apr 20, 02:13 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,574
Posted By tonymc
Hi - as I mentioned above, it looks as if the...

Hi - as I mentioned above, it looks as if the earliest you can call is 08:00 UK time (03:00 EST), and itís a very British accent on the message! The US number was 001-877-767-7970, but may be worth...
Forum: Indexes 21 Apr 20, 12:54 PM
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Views: 325
Posted By tonymc
2021 - Now 2022 - Long Haul to Aus and NZ - Thanks Avios and Amex!

Ah well - it had to happen with the current Coronavirus situation. DW and myself decided yesterday that a March 2021 date may well end up being cancelled, and even if not, we probably wouldn't enjoy...
Forum: Pre-Trip Reports 21 Apr 20, 12:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,106
Posted By tonymc
Was 2021, now 2022: Long Haul to Aus and NZ - Thanks Avios and Amex!

Ah well - it had to happen with the current Coronavirus situation. DW and myself decided yesterday that it wasn't looking as if we would be travelling, and if we did, we probably wouldn't enjoy it...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 21 Apr 20, 10:25 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,574
Posted By tonymc
Managed to book our two Club World seats for our...

Managed to book our two Club World seats for our return Sydney-Heathrow flight at 01:00 this morning. Just now need to try and contact BA to add on the Manchester flight when released tomorrow, and...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 20 Apr 20, 08:45 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,574
Posted By tonymc
Sorry to hear you have had to cancel - hopefully...

Sorry to hear you have had to cancel - hopefully you will get there later this year?

It may be that the connecting flight policy has changed, or it could just be on a route by route basis. Just...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 20 Apr 20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,574
Posted By tonymc
Something I should have mentioned - when I tried...

Something I should have mentioned - when I tried to book our connecting MAN-LHR-SYD flight three weeks ago, the BA website would not let me book using the Companion voucher, but would let me book the...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 19 Apr 20, 10:47 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,574
Posted By tonymc
Yes - book the outbound flight as one way, then...

Yes - book the outbound flight as one way, then call to book the return flight to get the voucher applied.

When you book the outbound, it will give the option to select a stopover:
...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 19 Apr 20, 08:36 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,574
Posted By tonymc
You can book the Newcastle-Heathrow-Miami flight...

You can book the Newcastle-Heathrow-Miami flight using Heathrow as a stopover point. The booking system should allow you to book the first leg on the day before your MIA flight, then the MIA flight...
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