What we have found is that the price of flights varies considerably, based mainly on supply and demand i.e. availability. Quality does figure to some degree. Scheduled flights (Virgin, B.A. etc) These are usually of a higher standard, more leg room, meals, drinks, entertainment included. They tend to increase in cost the later you book, unless there are numerous surplus places, but Orlando is very popular so this is unusual we suggest you book early.
These can be much cheaper, but they are usually of a lower standard: drinks even meals can be extra! To obtain a good price you are usually tied to 14 nights stay.
Almost all agents can obtain the same specific flights for very similar price. The following 3 we have used they have been efficient and offered the best prices:
thisistravel.co.uk are a partner company to Teletext Holidays, who have the buying power to offer good rates and experience in the market that pre-dates the internet.
This small company offer very good personal telephone service Tel 01635 254077. You can call them and they will go and do all the leg work to track down the best value flights. They are associated with flightsflorida.com fill in the online form and they will do the same
Cheapestflights.co.uk have a good search engine to check best prices for when you want to travel and efficient processing of your booking on the phone.
Why not book direct with Virgin Atlantic we have booked direct with Virgin the previous two accasions we have been to Our Villa in Orlando. There website search has a very good grid that allows you to see the cost of flights of earlier and later dates at a glance.
The most important aspect of car hire is ensuring that you have the correct level of insurance. Some internet sites offer a very low headline rate for car hire, then you find on arrival that you are only covered for third party liability. Adding these insurances nearly triples the headline cost. We recommend USCarhire.co.uk who offer inclusive rates so you know you are paying for exactly what you need. The Gold service even included a damaged wheel when we had a blow out damaging the wheel at no extra charge to us.
There are 2 international airports in Orlando;
Orlando international airport is one of the largest airports in the world. Therefore it can be busy and take longer to obtain your bags, car and traverse the airport. Also it is closer to central Orlando so the traffic in the area can be heavier.
Sanford airport is smaller, in a less built up area, therefore it can be quicker to obtain your bags, car and be on your way in lighter traffic. However it is further away so the saving in time and hassle is offset by a longer drive.
Tampa airport is a little further away so may take an hour, but is a realistic alternative if you need to find a better deal perhaps during peak holiday times. The route is longer but very simple journey for finding Our villa in Orlando.