Deja Vu all over again!
Trip Start Aug 07, 2009
8Trip End Aug 21, 2009
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After our trip to Hawaii last year, I vowed not to fly with American Airlines anymore. Here's the link as to why: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/bakasyonista/6/1218951780/tpod.html
As a CitiMiles member I accumulated enough points towards free airfares for 3 people from NY to Orlando with a stopover in Miami and it is with American Airlines. I would love to travel straight flight and in any airline but AA. But for free airfare for three I can’t let it pass. There are six of us traveling. Grandma has a ticket voucher from AA so it works even better. Sonny tried to buy an airline ticket for himself and Aly from AA but they were really expensive. He was able to get a decent price from Air Tran.
I usually booked our tickets directly on the internet. Since I got my 3 tickets for free I have to go through a travel agent. In the travel confirmation that was emailed to me there were already seats assigned to us so I didn’t bother getting us seats assignment on AA website. I should have double check it when I received our confirmation because when I checked it the night before our departure we didn’t actually have a seating arrangement. Grandma is sick so she can’t travel with us.
We left the house around 0545 and we arrived in La Guardia Airport around 0730. Sonny dropped us (me, AC and Abi) off at AA while he parked the car with Aly.
At checked- in they couldn’t seat all three of us together. I have to talk to the agent at the gate. Sonny and Aly came over. They already checked-in. AirTran couldn’t seat them together either and there’s no way Aly, who is 8yo with Down Syndrome can be seated with strangers. The only two seats next to each other were on first class so that’s what they got. At AA gate counter we got 3 seats next to each other.
Our flight left LGA at 0910 and arrived in Miami at around 1220
At 1515 AA made an announcement that the plane was fixed and started boarding. We took off around 1545 and arrived in Orlando around 1645. I called Sonny and told him that we had landed. He already picked up our car rental and checked us in our resort. I told him not to rush because we still have to pick up our luggage. When we got our third luggage, it was ripped and our snorkel masks containers were broken. I have to stop at the customer service at the airport next to the baggage claim and filed a report. They authorized me to buy another luggage and they will reimburse it with the same price as the damaged one.
As I came out of the airport the Orlando heat greeted me
We’re staying at the Marriott Cypress Harbour. The location is beautiful. It is quiet and relaxing. I can’t believe Disney World is just nearby. We have a two bedrooms/ 2 baths villa with screened porch overlooking the lake. As we get in, there is a laundry room to the left with full size washer and dryer. There is a full kitchen with cookware and tableware. To the right, is the guest bedroom with queen bed and full sized pull-out sofa and TV. The second bathroom is just outside. There’s a dining area that accommodate six people and a breakfast bar with three stools. The living room has a queen size sofa bed and TV with DVD player. The MBR has a king size bed, two-person Jacuzzi and separate shower. It also has its own TV. It is just lovely. It is truly a home away from home. Our room is within easy walking distance to the pool and the resort’s activity center with a nine-hole mini golf, 2 basketball courts, tennis court, etc. You can also go fishing in the lake. Just watch out for the alligators :-).
In the evening we went to Downtown Disney. We had dinner at Wolfgang Puck Grand Café. We were told that the wait is between 30 to 45 minutes. It was fine with us. The last time we were in Orlando we wanted to eat here on our last day but it was raining hard so we end up eating in our resort in Port Orleans. While waiting for our table at Wolfgang Puck we went shopping at the nearby shops. We waited for 45 minutes but it’s all worth it. The food was really good.