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Unread 12 Nov 18, 12:53 PM  
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Originally Posted by collybird View Post
I'm intrigued to see what the changes are, I'm glad you were at peace with Port Orleans Riverside, it is a lovely resort. I'm not sure how you'll feel the room will compare to a villa (you are right, anyone who stays in a 2-bed is spoiled afterwards) but I'm sure you'll be thrilled with the resort as a whole.

I've just realised that our trips next year will overlap
We are really happy with our Port Orleans decision and looking forward to staying there. The one room is bothering me a bit but I'm sure we will manage somehow!

How cool that we are there at the same time.
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Originally Posted by magickate View Post
I was about to say your last day is our 1st day but maybe not then!

Look forward to reading all about it.
No, it won't be now! Version 2 on its way now.

Originally Posted by Pumba75 View Post
Glad to see you've started this Lisa.
Looking forward to reading/following along.

M x
Thanks M x

Originally Posted by juliab View Post
Excited to see that you've started your report Lisa.

The girls have grown up so much!

Looking forward to following along with your plans xx
Thanks Julia. I know, they grow up so fast xx

Originally Posted by margyloveswdw View Post
Looking forward to reading version 2!
Thanks, it's coming up now.
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**Sorry for the delay in getting this update up.**

Our Plans, Version Two

So, we had POR booked for two weeks but now wanted to change to go a week earlier but despite constantly checking, POR and POFQ were not available at all for the two weeks. Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach were available but they were more expensive than what we had paid and we didn't want to stay at either of those resorts. We had only heard good things about the Port Orleans resorts and liked the fact that it is only a boat ride away from Disney Springs.

I had a look to see if the week we needed was available and it was, but in a higher category of room. I knew we could change but it would mean two separate bookings and only free dining for one week. I kept checking and then 11 nights were available, but still not the full two weeks. About a week later, this was no longer available and was around the time on the dibb people were suggesting booking for just one person (paying a lower deposit) if they were unsure on their dates. I was gutted that I hadn't thought of this before and told myself that if the 11 nights came back, I would just make another booking!

Well, at the end of September, Danielle sent me a message saying that 10 nights at POFQ had become available - she didn't think we would go for this as we had originally chosen POR over here. I had a look online that night and it was still available. This time I didn't hesitate, I booked the 10 nights at POFQ in a garden view room! I didn't even consider if it was an option to just move our booking, I just wanted to have it booked and was willing to lose the 100 deposit from one of the bookings. We now had October 3 to October 13 booked, still with the QSDP and I didn't realise until I received my confirmation email, a $200 gift card that ATD were offering that weekend.


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Here is the breakdown of this booking:

Total booking cost: 3714.00
Deposit paid: -100.00
Balance outstanding: 3614.00

I have then split this further to show the separate accommodation and ticket costs.

Accommodation value: 2130.00
Deposit paid: -100.00
Balance outstanding: 2030.00

Adult ticket value: 1203.00 (401 each)
Child ticket value: 381.00 (381 each)
Total ticket value: 1584.00

The ticket prices were 3 more each than when we originally booked but I think the unexpected bonus of the $200 gift card more than makes up for this.

I now needed another 4 nights as one of the days we didn't now have booked was the Wedding day! I had a look on the Disney website and could get All Star Sports for the 4 nights for 436 so I booked this for one person, paying a 50 deposit. This was the cheapest option and we weren't convinced we wanted to stay here but wanted to have something booked for the last 4 nights.


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I rang Danielle straight after and she couldn't believe that I now had three different hotel bookings! She really didn't think when she sent the message that I would book it. She did ask why I had booked the All Stars and not rented DVC points instead..I was honest and admitted I hadn't even thought of it!

But that got me thinking. I knew that booking through the dibb or David's DVC rentals that it wouldnt actually be much more than what I was paying for the All Stars, but for a much better resort.

So yes, this does mean another change and an 'our plans version three' is required! That's coming up soon. SMILE
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I was wondering why you hadn't thought of DVC too, it's funny the things we do in a panic when we're desperate to just get things booked up. So excited to hear what the next twist in the tale is.
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Originally Posted by collybird View Post
I was wondering why you hadn't thought of DVC too, it's funny the things we do in a panic when we're desperate to just get things booked up. So excited to hear what the next twist in the tale is.
You have it absolutely spot on, I was just in such a rush to get it and not miss out! x
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My next update was supposed to be version 3 of our accommodation plans but as I have just completed my flight booking process, I thought I would update on that first.

This is usually a stressful time, never knowing whether to make the decision to book or hold out for a better price, but it wasn't like that for me this time. I had almost enough Virgin miles for return reward flights for the four of us so I was holding out for these being released. We had already changed our dates to 8 days earlier in the hope the flight prices would be cheaper (which they already were on the Thomas Cook website), so I just had to wait.

Whilst I was waiting for VA to release their flights, BA had already released theirs for our dates and their fly drives were coming in at very good prices. At one stage, we could book for the 4 of us with a Ford Edge or similar for less than 2000! They were basically giving the car hire for free compared to the flight only price. Ryan and Bethany and Mum and Dad booked with BA and Michelle did a few days later, when her dates were released. About a week ago, Danielle booked the same.

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The reward seats for the outbound journey for us were available on November 8, with availability only from Gatwick. As our car likely isn't big enough for our cases and we would need some help from my Mum and Dad, we decided that we would fly from Gatwick too. Obviously I needed to wait another two weeks for the return to be released but having never booked reward flights, I was bothered that they would sell out.

I decided to call Flying Club to see what my options were. I spoke to a lovely lady called Toria and explained my dilemma and she was very helpful. She went away and spoke to someone and came back and said that she could hold the flights for 72 hours and also make a note on the booking that when the return flight was released, I could call to book and it would be treated as a return booking, rather than two one-way flights. Phil was working so I asked her to hold the flights so that I could talk to him first.

I explained everything to Phil and he said we should book it if they were going to honour it as a return booking. It was the next night when I had a chance to call back and the price quoted was more expensive than what Toria had quoted me the day before, and what was showing online whilst I was on the phone. Dimitra went away and came back saying it was to do with the taxes - the price she was getting had the kids as adults so was more expensive. She said she would need to speak to the ticketing team and would call me back. This was about 10pm on the Friday night, I hoped it wouldn't be too long!

It wasn't too long, maybe 25 minutes, and she called back. She would take all my details then the ticketing team would process it at the correct price the next day and send the email confirmation. I was told the cost would be 518.64 and 50,000 miles. When the email confirmation came through the next day, I had only been deducted 25,000 miles, not the 50,000 miles I was expecting. (More to come on that later.)

HOW MUCH
Taxes, fees, charges and Carrier imposed surcharges per adult: GBP 168.66

Taxes, fees, charges and Carrier imposed surcharges per child: GBP 90.66


Total: miles 25,000 +
GBP 518.64


I hoped this wasn't an error as it meant that I wouldn't need to purchase approximately 14,000 miles to make mine up to the original 100,000 that I thought I needed.

So, we were booked onto the VS15, Gatwick to Orlando, 1pm with a scheduled arrival time of 5.20pm, on October 3rd 2019.

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I went straight online to look at the booking. The 'choose your seat' option came up so I clicked on that. I didn't realise that I could now book seats for free and this swayed my decision in picking seats downstairs, rather than Dibbers Row in the bubble. (These were available but were 35 each.) I went with four seats in the middle on row 34, the furthest forward that were available.

So that was all I could do for two weeks until the return flight was released. I kept checking every day to see if they were becoming available for each day and they had been. I looked online yesterday at about 7.30am and they weren't there but then at 8am they were. I called Virgin Flying Club straight away and was on hold for a while. Finally I was on the phone to Amy and after giving my booking reference, explained what I wanted to do. She could see the notes on the system confirming that my booking could be honoured as a return flight and started looking to check availability. She confirmed the seats were there but had the same issue with the higher tax price for the girls. She put me on hold to speak to the ticketing team to see what she needed to do.

After a few minutes she came back and said she would need to charge me as if it was 4 adults, but then would arrange for a refund of the difference in taxes at the same time. The cost of this was to be 433.60. She then said that there must have been a promotion on when I booked the outbound flight as I had only been charged 25,000 miles, however, to complete the process as a return booking, she would need to cancel the first booking and re-sell it. Doing it this way would mean I would need to pay an additional 195 to purchase the 14,000 miles I would need to get it up to the full 100,000. This would make the total amount 628.60.

I asked if she could let me know how much it would be to book the return as a one way flight instead. She went away and checked, then said that as before, it would need to be sold as 4 adults with the difference in tax being refunded, and the cost would be 464.40 and 50,000 miles. Having enough miles to do it this way and at only 30.80 more than the price quoted as part of the return flight, and without having to pay the 195 to purchase additional miles, I asked her to book it this way instead. She went away and set everything up then came back on the phone for my card details.

Soon enough, my return flights were booked, yay! She gave me my reference number and that was it done!

HOW MUCH
Taxes, fees, charges and Carrier imposed surcharges per adult: GBP 116.10

Taxes, fees, charges and Carrier imposed surcharges per child: GBP 116.10


Total: miles 50,000 +
GBP 464.40


This flight was for October 17th 2019, VS16, Orlando to Gatwick, leaving at 7.50pm and arriving the next day at 9.05am.

I went online straightaway again and logged in to select our seats. Again, we decided to go with the middle seat option and booked the four in the middle on row 32.

I'm so happy that these are done and even happier that I managed to make use of the miles I had and have only paid the taxes, a total of 983.04 for the four of us!

Accommodation plans version 3 will be coming soon!
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Brilliant deal Lisa, I'm sure you're really pleased with those prices. It seemed quite a stressful booking experience but I've always found VA call centre very helpful.

It seems VA miles go a bit further than Avios, I have been saving my Clubcard points for what seems like forever and I still don't have enough for a decent saving on BA flights.
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We are also currently going through the seat booking process with virgin. Already secured our outbound flights using miles, but since our returns arent due out until December Liam at virgin has managed to hold our booking for 2 weeks so we can save the extra taxes incurred from separate bookings. Ive previously booked our outbound seats so hopefully when our return seats become available we can secure them? My reference isnt working but hopefully Ive just written it down wrong but Ive checked the seat plan and the seats Ive asked for are grayed out.

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