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Help For SFO Trip Next Summer (2009)  
User currently offlineAjd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3495 times:

Hey all, need a bit of help. I've got a few questions....

Me and a few friends are looking at a trip out to the west coast next summer, provided we can fund it (likely, we can because of our grants we get for attending college. I'd prefer not to have a lecture on wasting money but it's something we've dreamed of for a while and there's only so much money you can spend on college equipment. We're looking at having between us around £3500 in total, between the 3/4 of us)

I looked around and settled on AA, purely on price reasons (this whole trip has pretty much got to be meticulously planned out financially, because we can't afford to waste money on things we don't need, like a flight from Manchester (we live in Cheshire) for £150 more when we can go from LHR for £150 less and just get the train down to London (saves around £50-£70). I bagged a REAL bargain with the flights too, especially for 4 people! Big grin

These are the flights I looked at. Is the return from JFK good for beating jet lag? I suffer from it badly and I was hoping this one wouldn't mess with my body clock too bad. It'd be a case of landing, getting our bags and hitting the sack at the closet Travel Lodge, then the day after travelling home by train.

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Also, what about accommodation? I reckon something like a Holiday Inn Express or something similar would be OK. Baring in mind, there are 3 or 4 of us so a joint room in a (the name escapes me right now, it's something suites....) type of place would be good too. Again, price is the main issue. Probably $50 (£25 or so) a night per person is the top limit. We want to make a few trips out to Oakland (we're all huge fans of the 90's Punk scene, so a visit to 924 Gilman Street and Rudie's Can't Fail Café is in order if we're that close (Green Day fans will know what i mean by that  Wink )) and the Golden Gate Bridge too, obviously. Everything else at the moment is obviously unplanned. Just another point too, none of us can drink so any recommendations can't involve alcohol  Wink

Also, with none of us being anywhere near 25 (or having a driving licence, more to the point), we won't be renting a car, so how's public transport around the bay area?

I've just realised I've asked a hell of a lot, so i'm very appreciative if people can help me with even half of it.

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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24310 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3487 times:

Be aware you will experience multiple schedule changes between now and next June/July.

The AA schedules booked are simply place holders, and do not firm up until about 3-4 months out, and who knows what AA or the US airline industry will look like 10 months from now.

btw- I'm real baffled how folks can plan things out so far. I can barely look beyond two weeks. There is just so much unknown and subject to change in life in my opinion to that would preclude such planning for me.



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User currently offlineAjd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3485 times:



Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1):
Be aware you will experience multiple schedule changes between now and next June/July.

The AA schedules booked are simply place holders, and do not firm up until about 3-4 months out, and who knows what AA or the US airline industry will look like 10 months from now.

btw- I'm real baffled how folks can plan things out so far. I can barely look beyond two weeks. There is just so much unknown and subject to change in life in my opinion to that would preclude such planning for me.

I know they change, this is just a rough plan. I have to plan things months in advance otherwise, they just don't happen. The entire plan was mainly to get an idea for prices (I know these change too)

Ideas for hotels and things to do are still very much welcome, though.

TIA Big grin


User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3477 times:

You'd have much better luck in non-av for recommendations on San Francisco. You remind me of some of my friends who plan on going to Africa after high school. Only they don't plan on returning home.  Wink

As for San Francisco. Public transport is pretty good from what I've experienced. You've got Bart which you can take into Oakland. Taxi fares should be pretty cheap especially if you split it with 3/4 people and keep in mind everything's in USD so you're basically getting a hell of a deal. And as for places to stay... Why not stay at a hostel? You'd meet great people and I'm sure you could stay for dirt cheap.



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User currently offlineFlyKev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1376 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3460 times:
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Interesting. Im actually beginning the process of organising my next year holiday to SFO also, and whilst booking fligths won't happen until January, Im also in the process.
Ive been SFO before, and it was really great hence why Im wanting to return. I ahd some great sample fares turn up on British airways, interestingly for similar dates to what your booking at.
Regarding transport, hotels etc. I stay cheap so always book hostels - I dont need all this fancy accomodation as I spend little time in the hotels. and as for transport, get a muni pass as its the best way around (I found the buses in the city don't actually suck!)

Kev.



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User currently offlineAjd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3422 times:



Quoting FlyKev (Reply 4):
Regarding transport, hotels etc. I stay cheap so always book hostels - I dont need all this fancy accomodation as I spend little time in the hotels. and as for transport, get a muni pass as its the best way around (I found the buses in the city don't actually suck!)

Can you post a list of hostels you'd recommend? I hadn't thought about it. And also we have a girl with us so that needs to be considered too  Wink

Also, what's a cheap way of getting around? Bus? Tram? And are there passes that'll save us money?


User currently offlineFlyKev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1376 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3407 times:
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Quoting Ajd1992 (Reply 5):
Can you post a list of hostels you'd recommend?

Certainly.
I stayed at the Green Tortoise, and whislt its not exactly the Ritz Carlton, It provided me with a bed, a bathroom and somewhere to leave my stuff, costing me about £100 for a week If I remember correctly.
http://www.greentortoise.com/san-francisco-hostel/index.php
This hostel is actually mentioned in Lonely Planets San Francisco guide, so its obviosuly not too shady.
I believe this hostel is also mentioned on Hostel Bookers (www.hostelbookers.com) along with several others.

Quoting Ajd1992 (Reply 5):
Also, what's a cheap way of getting around?

Bus and tram is the best option and BART is the easiest way from the airport (about $2.50 If I remember).
The SF muni sell a tourist passport, which provides unlimited travel on all buses and trams for a period of time, and can be purchased here: http://www.sfmta.com/cms/mfares/passports.htm
BART is however not included but it generally won;t be needed if your planning on traveling around San Francisco, other than getting to and from the airport.

Hope this helps.

Kev.



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User currently offlineAjd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3406 times:



Quoting FlyKev (Reply 6):
I stayed at the Green Tortoise, and whislt its not exactly the Ritz Carlton, It provided me with a bed, a bathroom and somewhere to leave my stuff, costing me about £100 for a week If I remember correctly.
http://www.greentortoise.com/san-francisco-hostel/index.php
This hostel is actually mentioned in Lonely Planets San Francisco guide, so its obviosuly not too shady.
I believe this hostel is also mentioned on Hostel Bookers (www.hostelbookers.com) along with several others.

Thanks, I had a poke around and it looks pretty decent.

What's the minimum check in age? I know 99% of places require you to be 18 (and we may only be 17 at the time...)


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