Non-Stop London to Oakland (San Francisco) Round Trip - £249
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Non-Stop London to Oakland (San Francisco) Round Trip - £249

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Found 23rd Oct
Non-stop flights from London, UK to Oakland (San Francisco), USA for only £249 roundtrip.

Dates:
Availability from January to March 2018

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skuljester20 m ago

Would never fly with Norwegian airline again, so for that I vote this …Would never fly with Norwegian airline again, so for that I vote this cold. Worst airline there is for delaying your flight and lying about the problem.


Ah yes, the old "I had a problem with this so I vote cold" comment.
I'm pretty sure they didn't mean to delay your flight, however frustrating it was. I'm not saying you're not justified in not liking them, but thousands of others have no issue and all flight companies suffer delays.
If you don't like the company, don't vote. It's a hot price, obviously.

skuljester1 h, 4 m ago

Would never fly with Norwegian airline again, so for that I vote this …Would never fly with Norwegian airline again, so for that I vote this cold. Worst airline there is for delaying your flight and lying about the problem.


i think theyre fab. Flew to oakland last xmas however the flight was delayed twice but letting me know in advance via text so i hadnt left for airport yet anyway. Originally supposed to board at noon but delayed twice till 4. I filed a claim against them, won it and they refunded me my entire round trip back. Worth a free Xmas trip to cali for the sake of a few hours lateness. £545 saved!
Edited by: "sleepingwonder" 23rd Oct

Translation from American English to British English:

Round trip = Return

Would never fly with Norwegian airline again, so for that I vote this cold.

Worst airline there is for delaying your flight and lying about the problem.
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Would never fly with Norwegian airline again, so for that I vote this cold.

Worst airline there is for delaying your flight and lying about the problem.

skuljester20 m ago

Would never fly with Norwegian airline again, so for that I vote this …Would never fly with Norwegian airline again, so for that I vote this cold. Worst airline there is for delaying your flight and lying about the problem.


Ah yes, the old "I had a problem with this so I vote cold" comment.
I'm pretty sure they didn't mean to delay your flight, however frustrating it was. I'm not saying you're not justified in not liking them, but thousands of others have no issue and all flight companies suffer delays.
If you don't like the company, don't vote. It's a hot price, obviously.

Oakland is ranked 3rd in the top 10 most dangerous US cities....

skuljester34 m ago

Would never fly with Norwegian airline again, so for that I vote this …Would never fly with Norwegian airline again, so for that I vote this cold. Worst airline there is for delaying your flight and lying about the problem.

How long was your flight delayed for ? if longer than three hours consider getting least £300 per person back, if this flight was delayed for more than three hours consider it a free flight plus food and drink and least an extra £50

Haven't they perfected that transporter beam thingy yet?

Fatal.Exception9 m ago

Oakland is ranked 3rd in the top 10 most dangerous US cities....


Yeah, except you're not going to stay there are you? Just fly in and out of there.

skuljester1 h, 4 m ago

Would never fly with Norwegian airline again, so for that I vote this …Would never fly with Norwegian airline again, so for that I vote this cold. Worst airline there is for delaying your flight and lying about the problem.


i think theyre fab. Flew to oakland last xmas however the flight was delayed twice but letting me know in advance via text so i hadnt left for airport yet anyway. Originally supposed to board at noon but delayed twice till 4. I filed a claim against them, won it and they refunded me my entire round trip back. Worth a free Xmas trip to cali for the sake of a few hours lateness. £545 saved!
Edited by: "sleepingwonder" 23rd Oct

cdennis19901 h, 9 m ago

How long was your flight delayed for ? if longer than three hours consider …How long was your flight delayed for ? if longer than three hours consider getting least £300 per person back, if this flight was delayed for more than three hours consider it a free flight plus food and drink and least an extra £50


Norwegian are great until there are delays and you try to claim compensation. They will not pay unless you take them to court. However, take them to court and I guarantee you will win.....

da1em1 h, 33 m ago

Ah yes, the old "I had a problem with this so I vote cold" comment.I'm …Ah yes, the old "I had a problem with this so I vote cold" comment.I'm pretty sure they didn't mean to delay your flight, however frustrating it was. I'm not saying you're not justified in not liking them, but thousands of others have no issue and all flight companies suffer delays.If you don't like the company, don't vote. It's a hot price, obviously.


Price is not the only variable for voting. Service and quality are important factors too. I have flown with Norwegian before and they have been good experiences.

Fatal.Exception1 h, 24 m ago

Oakland is ranked 3rd in the top 10 most dangerous US cities....


One would fly into Oakland to go to San Francisco...

Translation from American English to British English:

Round trip = Return

just bear in mind that it's very expensive when you get there. All over California. Went a couple of months ago and food, accomodation and activities were all pretty pricey.

If you're going and willing to splash the cash it can be a great trip but if you're on a tighter budget it can be a frustrating place to go.

mrstaple12 m ago

just bear in mind that it's very expensive when you get there. All over …just bear in mind that it's very expensive when you get there. All over California. Went a couple of months ago and food, accomodation and activities were all pretty pricey. If you're going and willing to splash the cash it can be a great trip but if you're on a tighter budget it can be a frustrating place to go.



Did you go in the summer?

Just back from 2 weeks in Cali and managed to not get bankrupt.

Car hire through expedia was £18 per day, bagged 3-4* hotels through Priceline/Hotwire for £80-£100 per night and got good deals on activities like bike hire (essential for San Francisco) though groupon.

Another here who thinks Norwegian is great. I did my first transatlantic flight with them earlier in the year, and it was a much better experience than BA who used to have a monopoly on that route.

I've also traveled with them also to Spain and again it was a pleasant journey.

poolman1 h, 18 m ago

Norwegian are great until there are delays and you try to claim …Norwegian are great until there are delays and you try to claim compensation. They will not pay unless you take them to court. However, take them to court and I guarantee you will win.....


That's a direct contradiction to the post literally just before you.

da1em11 h, 15 m ago

Ah yes, the old "I had a problem with this so I vote cold" comment.I'm …Ah yes, the old "I had a problem with this so I vote cold" comment.I'm pretty sure they didn't mean to delay your flight, however frustrating it was. I'm not saying you're not justified in not liking them, but thousands of others have no issue and all flight companies suffer delays.If you don't like the company, don't vote. It's a hot price, obviously.


Lol wut?? If skuljester didn't have a good experience with the airline of course he should vote it cold. That's how voting works. After what just happened with ryanair do you really think cheap flights=good service. It's a 11+hr flight too. "If you don't like the company, don't vote", ridiculous.
Edited by: "Zczar_08" 23rd Oct

cdennis19902 h, 48 m ago

How long was your flight delayed for ? if longer than three hours consider …How long was your flight delayed for ? if longer than three hours consider getting least £300 per person back, if this flight was delayed for more than three hours consider it a free flight plus food and drink and least an extra £50


Good luck with that, I got delayed with Norwegian returning from Catania, arrived Gatwick at 0340 5 hours late, no assistance from the airline or apology. When it came to claiming they cited the reason was unforseen and therefore denied any compensation (aircraft inspection for fault)

Terrible airline which is struggling financially. Avoid.

wickjnr1 h, 2 m ago

Another here who thinks Norwegian is great. I did my first transatlantic …Another here who thinks Norwegian is great. I did my first transatlantic flight with them earlier in the year, and it was a much better experience than BA who used to have a monopoly on that route.I've also traveled with them also to Spain and again it was a pleasant journey.


How do you know if it was your first transatlantic flight?

Awesome, thanks for posting!

And I love Oakland. SF is SF, but Oakland is really fun!

Recently flew to Denver with Norwegian. Great experience, couldn't fault them. First class planes
Yes they charge extras but fare was very cheap to start with.

Just back from America, wish I could go back, visited LA, SF and Boston. Flew Norwegian to LA and the return flight home from Boston. Only complaint I had was that the entertainment system wasn't working right, only the games and tv shows worked, none of the films. Yes this was very annoying for an 11 hour flight but mistakes happen, I've had that happen on a British Airways flight and I would fly with both again.

Surely you'd want to stop after flying all that way, rather than going straight back to London?
A return flight would be a better option.

skuljester4 h, 8 m ago

Would never fly with Norwegian airline again, so for that I vote this …Would never fly with Norwegian airline again, so for that I vote this cold. Worst airline there is for delaying your flight and lying about the problem.



I totally agree with you about the delays. We were delayed leaving Tenerife for 15 hours. We were told by 2 members of staff that it was likely the flight was going to be cancelled as the flight crew were close to being "out of hours" - this is the term they use when staff are approaching the limit of their legally permitted flying time.

The flight was late arriving from Gatwick and so they had to turn the flight around in record time in order to get us back to Gatwick before their flying limit was reached - "flying time" includes time before and after actually flying when they're "at work", not only the actual time they're in the air. Well they didn't get to turn it around quickly enough and so they cancelled the flight.

We were shipped out to a hotel for over 12 hours and were supplied with a 5 euro voucher to buy something to eat. We weren't actually given rooms, just we could stay at the hotel in their lobby. The problem was the hotel was in the middle of nowhere with no shops, bars or restaurants anywhere nearby and the hotel was all inclusive so all we could do was buy a sandwich and bottle of water with the voucher - they had no options to buy a proper meal, even if we wanted to pay for it ourselves.

We finally took off after 15 hours. The crew were the same crew that should have flown on the original flight and two of them confirmed it was cancelled as they were legally "out of hours".

We made a claim for compensation and were entitled to about 600 euro each, but they declined the claim saying the cause of the delay was because a vehicle "hit" the aircraft and so it had to be taken out of service to be checked, so that was "beyond their control" and so weren't liable to pay compensation. So even though FOUR of their staff said the delay was caused by the same problem, they did lie about the cause. The CAA also confirmed the delay was caused by crew being out of hours and NOT that the plane had been damaged - but they just stuck to their story and stuck 2 fingers up to us all. Out of principle I've never flown with them since.

Flew with Norwegian Edinburgh->Providence - no issues at all. Everything was on time, staff friendly and would happily use them again.

Phila414 m ago

I totally agree with you about the delays. We were delayed leaving …I totally agree with you about the delays. We were delayed leaving Tenerife for 15 hours. We were told by 2 members of staff that it was likely the flight was going to be cancelled as the flight crew were close to being "out of hours" - this is the term they use when staff are approaching the limit of their legally permitted flying time. The flight was late arriving from Gatwick and so they had to turn the flight around in record time in order to get us back to Gatwick before their flying limit was reached - "flying time" includes time before and after actually flying when they're "at work", not only the actual time they're in the air. Well they didn't get to turn it around quickly enough and so they cancelled the flight. We were shipped out to a hotel for over 12 hours and were supplied with a 5 euro voucher to buy something to eat. We weren't actually given rooms, just we could stay at the hotel in their lobby. The problem was the hotel was in the middle of nowhere with no shops, bars or restaurants anywhere nearby and the hotel was all inclusive so all we could do was buy a sandwich and bottle of water with the voucher - they had no options to buy a proper meal, even if we wanted to pay for it ourselves.We finally took off after 15 hours. The crew were the same crew that should have flown on the original flight and two of them confirmed it was cancelled as they were legally "out of hours".We made a claim for compensation and were entitled to about 600 euro each, but they declined the claim saying the cause of the delay was because a vehicle "hit" the aircraft and so it had to be taken out of service to be checked, so that was "beyond their control" and so weren't liable to pay compensation. So even though FOUR of their staff said the delay was caused by the same problem, they did lie about the cause. The CAA also confirmed the delay was caused by crew being out of hours and NOT that the plane had been damaged - but they just stuck to their story and stuck 2 fingers up to us all. Out of principle I've never flown with them since.


So with the CAA confirming your version of what happened, did you raise a complaint through the CAA Passenger Advice and Complaints service?
caa.co.uk/Pas…lp/

Why don't you go to your local Small Claims Court.Its a simple process which the staff help you with.In these type of cases it's highly likely it wouldn't be defended- too expensive for them and you'd win by default.As someone else has posted
"I guarantee you'd win....". Why not do it now?

Fatal.Exception3 h, 59 m ago

Oakland is ranked 3rd in the top 10 most dangerous US cities....



Any idea how does Oakland compare to London for violent crime?

My flight was delayed then finally cancelled and Norwegian left me stranded in LA for nearly 2 days. Other airlines costs were extortionate due to the short notice. Lucky enough I have an extremely nice boss and I was able to use it as an excuse to stay in America for an extra week. When I got back though I did go through a solicitor and have just successfully won compensation, Norwegian paid out without question.

I feel your pain as Norwegian were extremely unhelpful. Offered no help at all, wouldn't explain why the flight had been cancelled and basically told us tough luck, the flights cancelled, sort yourself out. I doubt it's just Norwegian though, most likely happens across the board I just happened to experience it with them.

Fatal.Exception4 h, 6 m ago

Oakland is ranked 3rd in the top 10 most dangerous US cities....


Raider Nation baby

I recently did this trip in the last few weeks flying into Oakland expect with BA. By the time you add all the extras you have to pay for with NW, BA came in cheaper. Its really to get directly into San Fran from Oakland Airport on the Bart.

I haven't heard good things generally about NW either, so with an almost 11 hour flight, i know who i'd flay with. BA or Virgin.

Would book again if hadn't been so recently.
Edited by: "iconcreative" 23rd Oct

mrstaple3 h, 19 m ago

just bear in mind that it's very expensive when you get there. All over …just bear in mind that it's very expensive when you get there. All over California. Went a couple of months ago and food, accomodation and activities were all pretty pricey. If you're going and willing to splash the cash it can be a great trip but if you're on a tighter budget it can be a frustrating place to go.




No it isn't.

andersh1 h, 15 m ago

So with the CAA confirming your version of what happened, did you raise a …So with the CAA confirming your version of what happened, did you raise a complaint through the CAA Passenger Advice and Complaints service?https://www.caa.co.uk/Passengers/Resolving-travel-problems/How-the-CAA-can-help/How-the-CAA-can-help/



No I didn't. Because they're not a UK based airline (and I think it also had something to do with Norway not being in the EU), then you have to claim via the Spanish Aviation Authority - otherwise claiming from the CAA would have been so much simpler. Unfortunately the form you need to complete is in Spanish and, I think, you need to complete it in Spanish, but not sure about this. Also you can't (well not at the time anyway) send it online, you have to send it by post to Spain and there is no commitment to deal with it within a specified period of time like the CAA promises. Essentially you're at the mercy of the Spanish and from the research I did at the time, it wasn't really worth bothering as their response rate was very poor - the only way you could follow it up was by another letter as you couldn't phone anybody to see what was going on (well you couldn't then and don't know if it's since changed). I suspect Norwegian knew this very well and so feel they can treat people like they do without fear of having to be accountable. Google it - they're famous for it.

And to cap it all, it was my birthday that day and I spent the whole day from 9am until early the next morning waiting to get on a plane!

It was the only time we flew with Norwegian as we usually always fly with Monarch in Europe as they were much better (in our opinion) but sadly they're no longer an option.

Phila49 m ago

It was the only time we flew with Norwegian as we usually always fly with …It was the only time we flew with Norwegian as we usually always fly with Monarch in Europe as they were much better (in our opinion) but sadly they're no longer an option.



Why not?

williamhodgson3 h, 33 m ago

Translation from American English to British English:Round trip = Return


Thanks so much for that, I'm sure everyone else who voted for Brexit would not have been able to figure that out.

A1347 m ago

No it isn't.



Yes it is expensive!

Been to California twice - 2012 and a month ago. Both times flying into SFO. You'll pay close to £100 per night throughout much of California for a reasonable but very BASIC room. If you want anything a bit nicer, count on £150+ and something nicer still £200+. In the cities or the more rural areas the prices are even more expensive. In San Francisco itself you'll pay £150+ for a reasonable (but still very basic) room. Expect to pay £250 minimum per night for a decent/nice room in a decent area.

It has got VERY expensive in the US generally, compared to what it used to be like. Been to Florida 9 times, California twice, Vegas, Miami and Washington/Virginia since 2001, and compared to our earlier trips, things are very pricey.

Examples: When we were there a month ago, here are some prices of things we saw in Walmart (cheap supermarket - you won't generally get cheaper than Walmart);

Average loaf of bread - $3.50 (£2.80)
Gallon of milk (3.5lts - US Gallon) - $3+ (£2.50+)
Tub of Ice cream - $5 (£4 - for what we'd pay £2 or less for).
Box of 4 chocolate/blueberry muffins (the same type you'd get here in Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda etc.) - $4 to $5 (£3.20 to £4)
Family bag of crisps (one big bag) - $4 to $5 (£3.20 to £4)
Carton of Orange juice - $4+ (£3.20+)
Fruit - Really expensive - they grow it locally FFS!
Small bag of chocolate M&Ms - $5 (£4 - we'd pay about £1.50 for same size bag)

I could go on - check the prices of stuff online at Walmart or Target and you'll see how ridiculously expensive it has got. The worse thing was a platter of fresh fruit I saw. It was a domed platter about 12" across and about 8" high - freshly prepared fruit such as pineapple, orange, melon, grapefruit etc. Yes it looked very nice, but $20!! Jeepers, that's £16!!! We'd probably pay £5 or so for something like that here. AND THEY GROW ALL OF THOSE FRUITS IN CALIFORNIA!!! Don't forget that all these prices are NOT including sales tax at 12%!!

Eating out in restaurants? Look to pay $40 (£32) each for a reasonable 3 course meal in a run of the mill restaurant. A nicer restaurant - make that $60 each (£48). Plus tip of course of 20%. We got a KFC family bucket plus some other sides for $35 (£28) - you'd pay less than £20 here for the same. Burgers (McDonalds/Burgerking) - about the same as you'd pay here.

Fizzy drinks - a little more than you'd pay here for a bottle in a shop (like a 2 litre bottle of coke would cost you £2 to $2.50 - about £1.60 to £2), but a little bit cheaper than here in a petrol station/burger bar.

Alcohol - in bars/restaurants, a bit more than here but not massively more. Alcohol in shops - spirits probably 20-30% cheaper than here. Remember though, all of these prices need to be increased by 12% for sales tax.

The car hire was almost £600 for a mid size saloon for 2 weeks. Even a small economy car was almost £400 for 2 weeks. (Hertz/Alamo - both about the same), although we didn't book it until just a few days before so that probably drove up the price.

Seriously, almost everything is expensive in California (it was the same in Washington/Virginia in June this year). Some things were cheaper, such as cigarettes (about $4.50 upwards - about £3.60+) and petrol was around $3 (£2.40) per US gallon (3.5 litres instead of our 4.5 litres to a gallon) so it actually works out to be about 70p a litre - compared to our £1.15 here.

The US generally has got very expensive. If you're a smoker, you'll pay £12 to £15 per packet of cigarettes in New York! They actually have a major smuggling problem with people trafficking cigarettes from other nearby states (such as Virginia) by the truckload - they cost about $4 per pack in Virginia. Easy money for those that do this and almost impossible to stop.

And this time in California we came across far too many rude and arrogant yanks - no idea why but we experienced some incredibly rude hotel and shop staff! The one thing that came up almost every time we spoke to a yank was.........................................Trump! Everybody we spoke to hated him - they often began hyperventilating even talking about him (I suppose it should be expected as it's a heavily 'liberal' democratic state), with one elderly woman, who up until the point she brought him up, was so lovely and sweet - as soon as we got onto Trump, she was spitting feathers and eventually refused to talk about him any more and then walked away! Now we didn't bring him up, they did - they wanted to know what a foreigner thought about him. The ONLY person that actually liked Trump was a copper at the Golden Gate bridge - I'm sure that tells you something.

Anyway, California is a great place to visit, with amazing scenery (this time we travelled almost 3,000 miles in 11 days) BUT it is very expensive and the people do seem to have an attitude.

On this deal though, if the price is correct then it's a great deal. If you're prepared to spend a lot of money when there then go for it - California is great. I would however check out the seat pitch - we travelled upper class (wife works for an airline so a perk!) so it was nice (but still pretty tedious), but travelling for 11 hours in a small seat - no way would I personally do it!

Phila41 h, 41 m ago

No I didn't. Because they're not a UK based airline (and I think it also …No I didn't. Because they're not a UK based airline (and I think it also had something to do with Norway not being in the EU), then you have to claim via the Spanish Aviation Authority - otherwise claiming from the CAA would have been so much simpler. Unfortunately the form you need to complete is in Spanish and, I think, you need to complete it in Spanish, but not sure about this. Also you can't (well not at the time anyway) send it online, you have to send it by post to Spain and there is no commitment to deal with it within a specified period of time like the CAA promises. Essentially you're at the mercy of the Spanish and from the research I did at the time, it wasn't really worth bothering as their response rate was very poor - the only way you could follow it up was by another letter as you couldn't phone anybody to see what was going on (well you couldn't then and don't know if it's since changed). I suspect Norwegian knew this very well and so feel they can treat people like they do without fear of having to be accountable. Google it - they're famous for it.And to cap it all, it was my birthday that day and I spent the whole day from 9am until early the next morning waiting to get on a plane!It was the only time we flew with Norwegian as we usually always fly with Monarch in Europe as they were much better (in our opinion) but sadly they're no longer an option.


After they refute your claim (they always do because nothing is ever their fault! ) don't bother going the CAA route, just put it in the hands of specialized airline compo lawyers (I used Bott & Co, no affiliation, just recommended on MSE forums) and they will cave in and pay after about 4 weeks. You can do the whole thing by email with electronic signatures, no posting letters. Yes, you will pay approx 33% when you win in fees but 66% of something is better than nothing!

This is exactly what I found too. I also noticed the fruit baskets in the supermarkets, £6 for a small one!

We also tried to shop in Walmart to keep costs down but found it was still quite pricey compared to the UK.


I only mentioned its expensive as many people who may be drawn in by the cost of a cheap flight and a potentially cheap holiday won't necessarily take into account the higher prices when you get there.

A132 h, 9 m ago

No it isn't.



Phila41 h, 21 m ago

Yes it is expensive!Been to California twice - 2012 and a month ago. Both …Yes it is expensive!Been to California twice - 2012 and a month ago. Both times flying into SFO. You'll pay close to £100 per night throughout much of California for a reasonable but very BASIC room. If you want anything a bit nicer, count on £150+ and something nicer still £200+. In the cities or the more rural areas the prices are even more expensive. In San Francisco itself you'll pay £150+ for a reasonable (but still very basic) room. Expect to pay £250 minimum per night for a decent/nice room in a decent area.It has got VERY expensive in the US generally, compared to what it used to be like. Been to Florida 9 times, California twice, Vegas, Miami and Washington/Virginia since 2001, and compared to our earlier trips, things are very pricey. Examples: When we were there a month ago, here are some prices of things we saw in Walmart (cheap supermarket - you won't generally get cheaper than Walmart);Average loaf of bread - $3.50 (£2.80)Gallon of milk (3.5lts - US Gallon) - $3+ (£2.50+)Tub of Ice cream - $5 (£4 - for what we'd pay £2 or less for).Box of 4 chocolate/blueberry muffins (the same type you'd get here in Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda etc.) - $4 to $5 (£3.20 to £4)Family bag of crisps (one big bag) - $4 to $5 (£3.20 to £4)Carton of Orange juice - $4+ (£3.20+)Fruit - Really expensive - they grow it locally FFS!Small bag of chocolate M&Ms - $5 (£4 - we'd pay about £1.50 for same size bag)I could go on - check the prices of stuff online at Walmart or Target and you'll see how ridiculously expensive it has got. The worse thing was a platter of fresh fruit I saw. It was a domed platter about 12" across and about 8" high - freshly prepared fruit such as pineapple, orange, melon, grapefruit etc. Yes it looked very nice, but $20!! Jeepers, that's £16!!! We'd probably pay £5 or so for something like that here. AND THEY GROW ALL OF THOSE FRUITS IN CALIFORNIA!!! Don't forget that all these prices are NOT including sales tax at 12%!!Eating out in restaurants? Look to pay $40 (£32) each for a reasonable 3 course meal in a run of the mill restaurant. A nicer restaurant - make that $60 each (£48). Plus tip of course of 20%. We got a KFC family bucket plus some other sides for $35 (£28) - you'd pay less than £20 here for the same. Burgers (McDonalds/Burgerking) - about the same as you'd pay here.Fizzy drinks - a little more than you'd pay here for a bottle in a shop (like a 2 litre bottle of coke would cost you £2 to $2.50 - about £1.60 to £2), but a little bit cheaper than here in a petrol station/burger bar. Alcohol - in bars/restaurants, a bit more than here but not massively more. Alcohol in shops - spirits probably 20-30% cheaper than here. Remember though, all of these prices need to be increased by 12% for sales tax.The car hire was almost £600 for a mid size saloon for 2 weeks. Even a small economy car was almost £400 for 2 weeks. (Hertz/Alamo - both about the same), although we didn't book it until just a few days before so that probably drove up the price.Seriously, almost everything is expensive in California (it was the same in Washington/Virginia in June this year). Some things were cheaper, such as cigarettes (about $4.50 upwards - about £3.60+) and petrol was around $3 (£2.40) per US gallon (3.5 litres instead of our 4.5 litres to a gallon) so it actually works out to be about 70p a litre - compared to our £1.15 here.The US generally has got very expensive. If you're a smoker, you'll pay £12 to £15 per packet of cigarettes in New York! They actually have a major smuggling problem with people trafficking cigarettes from other nearby states (such as Virginia) by the truckload - they cost about $4 per pack in Virginia. Easy money for those that do this and almost impossible to stop.And this time in California we came across far too many rude and arrogant yanks - no idea why but we experienced some incredibly rude hotel and shop staff! The one thing that came up almost every time we spoke to a yank was.........................................Trump! Everybody we spoke to hated him - they often began hyperventilating even talking about him (I suppose it should be expected as it's a heavily 'liberal' democratic state), with one elderly woman, who up until the point she brought him up, was so lovely and sweet - as soon as we got onto Trump, she was spitting feathers and eventually refused to talk about him any more and then walked away! Now we didn't bring him up, they did - they wanted to know what a foreigner thought about him. The ONLY person that actually liked Trump was a copper at the Golden Gate bridge - I'm sure that tells you something. Anyway, California is a great place to visit, with amazing scenery (this time we travelled almost 3,000 miles in 11 days) BUT it is very expensive and the people do seem to have an attitude.

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