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!
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.
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 )) 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
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.