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Old 26 Jul 20, 11:20 AM  
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Those that book flights seperately...DIYers

We have always gone package before, next year I think itll be cheaper trying DIY. With regards to flights, (I'm thinking BA will probably be cheapest for direct) do you still get meals and drinks onboard as well as luggage allowance or do these need to be added. I've only ever booked flights separately once and that was for Spain and we only had hand luggage so this is a bit new to me x

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Old 26 Jul 20, 11:24 AM  
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This is the best bit about flying scheduled rather than package. Most things are already included. Meals, drinks (some include booze) baggage and no extra to check in! Ive never gone Charter/package as the extras always add to to way more.
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Old 26 Jul 20, 11:26 AM  
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when you book flights, you'll be offered different fares.
some (usually called "light" or "basic economy" by some airlines) will not include checked luggage. So you need to double check what fare class (rate) you book

advance seat reservation may come for a fee

on main airlines you do get meals and drinks, included (only some airlines, classed as low cost, like icelandair, will not include meals in their base rates, but there again, you're offered to purchase a rate including those things, just make sure you understand what you agree to pay for, it's stated what's included, clearly when you book)

please note that covid protection related measures will have some airlines not offer drinks or meals.
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If you booked the cheapest tickets then you donít usually get checked luggage. This is a recent change but pretty widespread.

We have always had complimentary food and drink though. And sometimes free seat assignments but that depends on the airline.
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Thereís no reason why you canít DIY on charters as well as scheduled air so I donít really understand the above post

I wouldnít dream of booking a package to Florida as we like to hop around , a typical holiday might include a cruise, a few days visiting friends as well as a hotel or two.
I rarely pay for luggage or seats although our next trip in May (hopefully ) I have as it was a rebook from a hand baggage only fare and the main cabin fare had a far more flexible change condition attached to it due to Covid and for now flexibility is far more important to us than previously.

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Not much of an answer I'm afraid as each class of seat (economy, premium and upper) has it's own separate and different inclusions when it comes to baggage allowance, meals and drinks. The only way to be sure is to to do dummy bookings in different classes on the same date to see what's included.

One thing to be careful of though is booking PE seats with VS and BA. Seat reservation is included in VS PE but costs extra on BA - up to £40 pp per flight. PE on both though gets you two 23kg checked cases each.

You should note though that VS only release prices 330 days out from your return date. BA are 25 days earlier at 355 days.

You can also book flights only with Tui into SFB and they often show prices much earlier than VS and BA but you need to check carefully what they include.


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Thank you everyone, it would be BA economy that we would most likely go with for flights as weve flown a package with them to florida before, weve also done VH many times but their prices are just crazy atm x
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Thank you everyone, it would be BA economy that we would most likely go with for flights as weve flown a package with them to florida before, weve also done VH many times but their prices are just crazy atm x
Just do a dummy flight only booking here and it will show options for different classes.

Not sure about food I'm afraid in "normal" days or "covid" days.

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Just out of interest BA sometimes do very competitive fly-drive prices and the car is always properly insured.

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Originally Posted by chmurf View Post
when you book flights, you'll be offered different fares.
some (usually called "light" or "basic economy" by some airlines) will not include checked luggage. So you need to double check what fare class (rate) you book

advance seat reservation may come for a fee

on main airlines you do get meals and drinks, included (only some airlines, classed as low cost, like icelandair, will not include meals in their base rates, but there again, you're offered to purchase a rate including those things, just make sure you understand what you agree to pay for, it's stated what's included, clearly when you book)

please note that covid protection related measures will have some airlines not offer drinks or meals.
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just a note that BA is the most generous re: bagage allowance
unless it's changed you get 23kg in hand luggage (compared to 12 or even 8 with lufthansa)

that's on top of the 23kg, standard on most airlines for checked luggage.

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