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Forum: Accommodation 24 Oct 20, 06:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 433
Posted By mason1
I generally book everything separately, but for...

I generally book everything separately, but for next year, Iíve booked the flights, car and villa through BA - mainly due to the uncertainties with Covid, and also due to BAs cancellation policy.
...
Forum: General Chat 20 Oct 20, 06:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,232
Posted By mason1
Yes. Not downloaded the app, but registered on...

Yes. Not downloaded the app, but registered on the website and paid my balance. Not sure when you get new cards?
Forum: General Chat 17 Oct 20, 06:42 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,767
Posted By mason1
Iíve given up trying to hang washing out. The...

Iíve given up trying to hang washing out. The amount of people who have bonfires at random times in the day just isnít worth it (this is one of my pet hates). Always use the dryer and clothes airier...
Forum: Accommodation 14 Oct 20, 11:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 815
Posted By mason1
For villas, as mentioned already, check out the...

For villas, as mentioned already, check out the villas on the Dibb. Others have used sites such as HomeAway to book.

If you are looking at villas, Iíd personally recommend driving. Youíll want to...
Forum: General Chat 14 Oct 20, 10:59 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,502
Posted By mason1
We paid for ours at Lloydís pharmacy at...

We paid for ours at Lloydís pharmacy at Sainsburys 2 weeks ago.
Forum: Disneyland California and West Coast Trip Planning 12 Oct 20, 04:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 420
Posted By mason1
Weíre booked to go 2 April. As each week passes,...

Weíre booked to go 2 April. As each week passes, I get less optimistic of it happening. We are also due to go to New York on 28 December - will probably pull the plug on that one in the next few...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 11 Oct 20, 11:17 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,253
Posted By mason1
We prefer Tampa to MCO. Weíre booked for next...

We prefer Tampa to MCO. Weíre booked for next August. We stay at the Marriott at the airport on arrival - dinner at Hard Rock and then drive up next morning. Using Tesco clubcard points, the Marriott...
Forum: General Chat 9 Oct 20, 07:07 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,445
Posted By mason1
Iím lucky if I can keep awake until 9pm! We...

Iím lucky if I can keep awake until 9pm! We normally put the TV on, but the timer is set for 20 minutes - neither of us are awake when it shuts off. Usually up at 5.30am. I donít function on less...
Forum: General Chat 7 Oct 20, 08:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 501
Posted By mason1
I bought a Roger Black one from Argos back in...

I bought a Roger Black one from Argos back in June. Itís suitable for upto 23 stone, and was around £600.

Iíve just completed Couch 2 5K on it, and use it every day. Itís quite big, so make sure...
Forum: General Chat 6 Oct 20, 09:22 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,680
Posted By mason1
We paid £140 a day - we buy the materials. Took 4...

We paid £140 a day - we buy the materials. Took 4 days to do our lounge, but one of the walls needed redoing as it had a reaction to the existing paint. Was happy with the cost.
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 1 Oct 20, 08:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,668
Posted By mason1
Before we booked, Iíd been tracking the prices...

Before we booked, Iíd been tracking the prices for our dates and package. They fluctuated by almost £1k during the sale. I booked on the lowest it had been since Iíd been tracking, and it hasnít gone...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 29 Sep 20, 11:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 579
Posted By mason1
We normally rent a villa direct from the owner,...

We normally rent a villa direct from the owner, and like to book something that ticks all our requirements. We generally find that the villas we prefer book up quickly, as we are limited to summer...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 29 Sep 20, 09:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 579
Posted By mason1
For us, holiday insurance is always in place, as...

For us, holiday insurance is always in place, as we have a policy through the bank.

I tend to book the villa 1st, then the flights/car (usually do fly drive with BA). If ESTA is out of date, get...
Forum: General Chat 29 Sep 20, 08:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 406
Posted By mason1
My DH decided to start guitar lessons at 45. He...

My DH decided to start guitar lessons at 45. He still has lessons (3 years and counting), but finds it very slow and frustrating, but isnít giving up. As heís a carpenter, his fingers are too strong...
Forum: General Chat 27 Sep 20, 02:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,181
Posted By mason1
Iíd put them straight down the waste disposal...

Iíd put them straight down the waste disposal. You donít know where theyíve been. Iím a Midlander.
Forum: TV and Film 26 Sep 20, 06:45 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,740
Posted By mason1
Weíre watching it tomorrow. Some of the scenes...

Weíre watching it tomorrow. Some of the scenes were shot near us, on the Severn Valley railway, so will be good to look out for some local areas. The trailer looks good, and we liked Millie in...
Forum: Current Virus Issue Forum 25 Sep 20, 05:08 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 11,759
Posted By mason1
Had my Tesco delivery this afternoon. The only...

Had my Tesco delivery this afternoon. The only thing substituted were the toilet rolls. I wasnít going to accept them, but the driver said the shelves are empty, so it may be prudent to have the sub...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 23 Sep 20, 01:47 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,609
Posted By mason1
Iím starting to feel more pessimistic over...

Iím starting to feel more pessimistic over Easter. Weíve currently got New York booked for December (this wonít go ahead). Weíve also got West Coast booked for Easter. Itís booked on deposit with BA,...
Forum: Accommodation 23 Sep 20, 08:52 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,010
Posted By mason1
13 August for us.

13 August for us.
Forum: Accommodation 22 Sep 20, 06:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,010
Posted By mason1
Iíve just received an email from Hotels.com for a...

Iíve just received an email from Hotels.com for a voucher for £315 for my clubcard vouchers.

It seems very disjointed - when I did online chat with Hotels.com back in June, they were adamant that...
Forum: Car Hire & Transportation 21 Sep 20, 07:10 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 935
Posted By mason1
You do get your spouse as a free driver with...

You do get your spouse as a free driver with Budget through BA. Weíre using them for the 1st time next year - usually choose Avis, but the cost for our normal Group F car was another £200 over the...
Forum: ADR's, Dining, Food and Restaurants 21 Sep 20, 07:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 516
Posted By mason1
Iíd suggest asking for a booth when you arrive -...

Iíd suggest asking for a booth when you arrive - it feels very private. Breakfast is great - especially the cinnamon bun. Character interaction is also great, we usually end up seeing them 2 or 3...
Forum: General Chat 20 Sep 20, 08:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,307
Posted By mason1
I bought a treadmill in lockdown and have been...

I bought a treadmill in lockdown and have been doing C25K. Iím not comfortable doing it outside, so the treadmill works really well for me. It does take up a decent amount of space though.
Forum: Disneyland California and West Coast Trip Planning 18 Sep 20, 05:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 422
Posted By mason1
Thanks. I remember in a previous post you...

Thanks. I remember in a previous post you mentioned the experience you had at the Tuscany suites.
Forum: Disneyland California and West Coast Trip Planning 18 Sep 20, 08:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 422
Posted By mason1
The Elara does look lovely. The projection screen...

The Elara does look lovely. The projection screen looks good.
Forum: Disneyland California and West Coast Trip Planning 18 Sep 20, 06:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 422
Posted By mason1
Thanks everyone for your responses. I had hoped...

Thanks everyone for your responses. I had hoped to get a condo style room with kitchen and laundry facilities, but with 2 beds rather than a sofa bed - doesnít seem to be happening. Iíve got a list...
Forum: Disneyland California and West Coast Trip Planning 17 Sep 20, 11:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 422
Posted By mason1
Advice on Las Vegas as a base

Hi. Iím after some advice/views on our trip for next year. Weíre doing a round trip, starting in LA->Vegas->Grand Canyon->Anaheim

Iíve got hotels booked for LA and Anaheim, but am having a...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 14 Sep 20, 08:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,473
Posted By mason1
We prefer Tampa. We normally stay the night at...

We prefer Tampa. We normally stay the night at the Marriott, have dinner at Hard Rock and then drive to Orlando the next morning.
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 13 Sep 20, 01:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,473
Posted By mason1
Snap! Weíve also got Xmas, Easter and August...

Snap! Weíve also got Xmas, Easter and August booked with BA.
Forum: General Chat 13 Sep 20, 09:53 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,110
Posted By mason1
Even though I thoroughly wash tenderstem...

Even though I thoroughly wash tenderstem broccoli, I found something resembling a small slug on my plate 🤢. I now wash each piece meticulously before cooking.
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 12 Sep 20, 05:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 639
Posted By mason1
Yes, itís underwritten by Axa. I also think itís...

Yes, itís underwritten by Axa. I also think itís good news. Shame the 8 months between March and November for bookings arenít covered, but going forward itís positive.
Forum: General Chat 12 Sep 20, 12:55 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,732
Posted By mason1
My mum is 76 and still wears her Leviís. Sheís...

My mum is 76 and still wears her Leviís. Sheís not your typical 76 year old 😁
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 12 Sep 20, 10:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 639
Posted By mason1
Itís not a retrospective change, they did write...

Itís not a retrospective change, they did write previously to say bookings after 18 March wouldnít be covered for Covid cancellation. They have now changed their advice to cover bookings for Covid...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 12 Sep 20, 09:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 639
Posted By mason1
Travel insurance - Lloydís Bank

Received an update to our travel insurance through our bank account with Lloydís today. For Covid, any bookings made between 18 March and 20 November will NOT be covered for cancellation due to...
Forum: Disneyland California and West Coast Trip Planning 8 Sep 20, 06:35 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,318
Posted By mason1
Iím finding prices for next April very dear. We...

Iím finding prices for next April very dear. We are looking at 3 nights, 6-9 April for 4. My example of the Venetian in an earlier post was around £950. Elara, which I think weíll stay at is £550...
Forum: Disneyland California and West Coast Trip Planning 7 Sep 20, 10:41 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,318
Posted By mason1
I think thatís a bargain. For our 3 nights in...

I think thatís a bargain. For our 3 nights in April for 4 of us in 1 room is £957 on TR for the Venetian.
Forum: General Chat 7 Sep 20, 10:21 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,121
Posted By mason1
Iím big, and put 10lb on from March to July...

Iím big, and put 10lb on from March to July. Since then, Iíve been counting calories and making sure I do 10k steps a day. I also bought a treadmill and am doing C25K. Iíve lost the 10lbs I put on,...
Forum: General Chat 6 Sep 20, 02:45 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,733
Posted By mason1
Iím on my 3rd pcp. The 1st one, I handed the car...

Iím on my 3rd pcp. The 1st one, I handed the car back after the half way point of the agreement, as our circumstances changed and I didnít need the car. The 2nd one I bought 2nd hand on pcp through...
Forum: Disneyland California and West Coast Trip Planning 6 Sep 20, 12:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 799
Posted By mason1
Sorry to hijack - would you recommend 1 or 2...

Sorry to hijack - would you recommend 1 or 2 nights at GC? Iíve currently got 2 nights currently pencilled in for our Easter trip, but wondering whether 1 will be ok.
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 1 Sep 20, 06:52 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 41,103
Posted By mason1
No problem. Weíve paid £5,600 for 2 adults and 2...

No problem. Weíve paid £5,600 for 2 adults and 2 teens. 1-19 August, LGW-TPA direct, Group S car and 4 bed villa at High Grove. Itís more than we would normally pay booking separately, but given the...
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