Oct 16 2014

Just Before Your Trip

Published by at 3:43 pm under Flights,New to Orlando

You should now have an idea of what you need to plan for before you leave for your trip to Orlando. The last thing to consider is whether or not to travel to the airport the day before your flight. We always do it as not only is it less stressful and more convenient it feels like another night of your holiday. We have always flown from Gatwick and stayed on the airport. We have stayed many times at the Hilton, a few times at the Sofitel and more recently 2 twice at the Courtyard by Marriott. The first two are more expensive but the Marriott is just as nice and considerably cheaper. The only thing is if you want to go to the terminal it is a steady 8 minute walk. There is a shuttle that runs every 20 minutes though. Whereas, the Hilton is connected by walkways to the South Terminal and the Sofitel is connected to the North Terminal, if you were not flying with BA, you would need to get the monorail/tram to the South terminal on the morning of your flight. Another new addition is bloc, these are small but cheaper hotel rooms attached to the airport terminals.
There are numerous private B & B’s and hotels close to the airport that can offer overnight stays and parking too. My tip is to use Holiday Extras, they have a price promise and have always been good for us.
There are hotels at other major airports, such as Bewley’s which comes recommended at Manchester as does the Crowne Plaza. Again these can be booked through Holiday Extras
Another key feature that some airlines offer at some airports is “Twilight Check-in” Virgin offer this at Gatwick but not at Manchester for some reason. From 5pm to 9pm you can check your bags in on the day before your flight. You will receive your boarding passes and then all you have to do is go to the gate when it opens. I believe Thomson do something similar this is according to their website” If you’re flying with Thomson Airways from Gatwick, Manchester or Birmingham, and your flight departs during the morning, you can drop off your luggage from 12.00 midday to 10pm the day before you fly. That said, Day Before Bag Drop is subject to availability, “
All of these things make life a bit easier and take the hassle out of getting up in the middle of the night and driving to the airport, disturbing the kids sleep and tiring you out too.

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