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Forum: Accommodation 20 Apr 21, 08:07 PM
Replies: 42
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Posted By tonymc
On the theme of booking someone to drive you, are...

On the theme of booking someone to drive you, are there any friends or relatives who could drive your vehicle? If so, you could arrange for them to travel up to Heathrow (train or one-way car...
Forum: Pre-Trip Reports 17 Mar 21, 04:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 215
Posted By tonymc
And the final pieces of the travel jigsaw are in...

And the final pieces of the travel jigsaw are in place. We've booked, again using Avios, to return from Sydney to Tokyo (JAL Premium Economy) on the Friday after our cruise returns, 40 hours in the...
Forum: Pre-Trip Reports 24 Feb 21, 08:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 215
Posted By tonymc
Was 2021 - Now 2022 - Long Haul to Aus and NZ - Here we go again!

As the title says, a sense of deja-vu a few days (nights!) ago with being wide awake at midnight trying to snag the two coveted Heathrow-Sydney BA Club World seats using Avios.

Having been...
Forum: General Trip Planning 12 Jan 21, 07:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 668
Posted By tonymc
We also visited in 2015, albeit only for 5 days...

We also visited in 2015, albeit only for 5 days (trip report link also in signature), as part of a longer trip which also took in Ottawa and Vancouver. At the time, our DD was 17 so a bit older than...
Forum: Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong Theme Parks 1 Jan 21, 01:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 738
Posted By tonymc
Thanks again both of you - really do appreciate...

Thanks again both of you - really do appreciate you posting. Good advice about avoiding the queues, and will definitely have a look around the station... I'm sure DW will appreciate that!
Forum: Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong Theme Parks 31 Dec 20, 03:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 738
Posted By tonymc
Many thanks for that info. From what you have...

Many thanks for that info. From what you have said, it looks as if we will take the stopover in Tokyo, so have a full day on the Saturday in the city. I'm hoping that there will be a flights around...
Forum: Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong Theme Parks 30 Dec 20, 09:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 738
Posted By tonymc
Hi, We aren't sailing into Tokyo but will be...

Hi,

We aren't sailing into Tokyo but will be flying in to Haneda, arriving around 5pm so planning to get a hotel downtown for 2 nights to allow us to get an early start the following morning and...
Forum: Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong Theme Parks 30 Dec 20, 05:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 738
Posted By tonymc
24 hours in Tokyo?

Hi,

Hope everyone has managed to stay safe and well over Christmas.

Not sure if this is the right forum - if not, mods please move.

OK - having had our Australia-New Zealand cruise cancelled...
Forum: Pre-Trip Reports 13 Dec 20, 05:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,919
Posted By tonymc
And what we have been waiting for - BA...

And what we have been waiting for - BA notification that our March flight has been cancelled.

I was pleasantly surprised on Friday when I called BA abd got through to an agent in 20 minutes, who...
Forum: UK Holiday Planning 17 Oct 20, 06:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 886
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: 578
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: 14
Views: 1,919
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: 14
Views: 1,919
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: 578
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: 14
Views: 1,919
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: 767
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: 1,268
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: 769
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: 934
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: 835
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: 531
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: 987
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: 2,895
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: 973
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: 973
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: 1,624
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: 1,089
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: 722
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: 593
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: 722
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: 14
Views: 1,919
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: 14
Views: 1,919
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: 3,153
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: 14
Views: 1,919
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: 4,426
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: 1,052
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: 3,153
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: 3,153
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: 3,006
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: 3,153
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...
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