AS A FAMILY WE STARTED WITH EASYJET, THIS WAS A FOUR-HOUR FLIGHT TO SPAIN. A GREAT FIRST FLIGHT FOR THE CHILDREN. WE HAD AN ECONOMY SEAT AT THE BACK OF THE PLANE. WE WERE TESTING OUR CARRY-ON BAGGAGE. IN CORNWALL, WE LEFT WITH 6 SUITCASES AND 3 BACKPACKS AND A COUPLE CARRIER BAGS, YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN US TRYING TO BOARD A TRAIN, IT WAS HILARIOUS, THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN US GET THROUGH THE UNDERGROUND IN LONDON.
We had narrowed it down to 4 carry-on suitcases and 2 backpacks which we were nervous in carrying on as it never stated anything about "personal items".
Once we got into Spain, we were using Tyler’s suitcase to bring home the groceries, and it gave way bringing shopping back from the supermarket one day. We had to get a new suitcase, searched and searched, for the right suitcase, he saw one that he liked, blue with a combination lock, yes, this was the one. When we got to the airport in London, ready to board the flight to the USA, testing out all the bags for the carry-on, Tyler’s was 2 inches too big. Too high. I was in Gatwick airport with my swiss army combination tool, (questioned at security) but small enough not to cause any issues, I was unscrewing his wheels and stand to lower the height, this was fine but there was a support stand that would not unscrew. “I need a hacksaw blade” (which I did not have) with Laura reassuring me that it was going to be ok, me screwing the bits back on and cringing getting through Delta security.
What we have noticed is that they do not have sizing charts, or weigh machines as you board the plane, also that there are other people with much larger suitcases getting through than I would ever try for, this gave me the confidence that my extra 2 inches would get me through.
Delta or Virgin
We have always used dream boards, and our kids have used dream boards for a few years now, we know what we like and what we want, it does not come easy and we need to work for the manifestation, but with action and specific focus we can create whatever we want.
If we had not spent 3 months opposite Heathrow airport, with our kids watching Virgin planes take off, then I’m sure Virgin planes would not have been on the kids dream boards and we would not of thought about virgin planes.
When we were booking the flights to the USA we were looking for the cheapest/best value. WOWSERS virgin was the best, (well within $20 of the best price) so the kids visualized it, the universe supplied it, and we had to do it.
When we got to the airport, the following day (we booked seriously last minute) and found out that it was Delta, we were none the wiser, getting on the plane and people complaining that Virgin has done it again, Virgin prices, but Delta service, we didn’t know the difference having never flown with Virgin? Also, the kids had no idea it wasn’t Virgin. They let us board first with the kids, (after first class) the captain invited the kids into the cockpit to see how it flies, they (and us) were so excited!
The service we got from Delta was second to none, they could do no-more to help us. If Virgin service was better, we are still yet to see this.
Delta supplied us with snacks, meals which were great (due to booking only 12 before we flew we had no choice of the vegan option, but they helped us with this also), all kinds of drinks, hot towels, comfortable seats, blanket and pillow, games and movies. It was a fantastic first long-haul experience with the kids.
We cleverly have two cases that can transform into backpacks and all four have wheels, so when the kids are asleep we can still handle all the luggage and sleepy kids.
Once we landed in west palm beach we had to book an Airbnb and then get our transfer to the Airbnb that we were staying in, we should have got a train, had we got there in the afternoon we would have done, but landing at 9.00pm local time with two very sleepy kid and 4 cases, sorting out transfer by 10pm, Uber wanted $40 and the local yellow cab wanting $30, we went with the local yellow cab. Which turned out to be $48.
We loved our experience with Delta airlines, still excited to try flying with Virgin, the kids have Virgin first class on their dreams boards so it will happen.
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