I would firstly like to note that this blog reflects only my personal views regarding certain air carriers and not necessarily the views of my colleagues; I write in hopes that you will find my experiences useful in planning your next trip from the UK to the American Southeast (specifically, to Florida) and that you will share your own pond hopping insights and experiences by commenting below.
Right…so, I was recently faced with the task of booking a last minute flight from London to
The point here is that you shouldn’t narrow your
First, a note on baggage…
Last time I flew from
The moral of this story: proceed with caution when indulging in the dollar discount…
(My friend Natalie also wanted me to add: “mind the gap between the airport employee, and the conveyer belt: next stop, ‘Charring Loss’”—I can’t take credit for her genius).
Finding an affordable flight with easy connections…
With my normal go-to airline out of the question, I had to start from scratch. As always, my first points of research were skyscanner.net, and lastminute.co.uk. Between these two sites, I was able to get a general idea of which airlines flew directly from London to
I first considered taking a direct flight to Miami or Orlando…and then switching to a US low cost air carrier such as Southwest to get to Jacksonville (Florida is much bigger than it seems: Miami is a 5 hour + drive from Jacksonville). The combined cost of these flights was way, way, way beyond my budget.
After about 2 hours of online research, I concluded that Delta Airlines was my best option: they offer several routes—with changes in Atlanta—to cities across the southeast, including
The actual flight:
…was great! We departed on time, my meals were decent (a choice between chicken and pasta, followed by pizza), and the movie selection was good. We landed on time, and the Delta representatives were very specific and concise in their instructions for passengers needing to board transfer flights in Atlanta. The route from the plane gate, to passport control, to baggage claim, through customs, to baggage re-check, and back through security was clearly mapped out and jet lag/idiot proof. I was back through security with enough time to purchase a Father’s Day gift and to relax and stretch before boarding my connector flight to
The take home advice:
Don’t be put off from planning a holiday to a non-major
Good luck and happy planning!