As always DialAFlight did an excellent job to find us a flight home when the airline didn’t bother to answer our email. We went all round the world and not one flight was delayed - if there was a time change we got an email to notify us.
Due to current situation we had to curtail our holiday and come home early. Lincoln was helpful and sorted everything for us in a very calm and efficient way. We have and will continue to recommend DialAFlight to friends.
You arranged my flight home from San Diego when the original one was cancelled. All went smoothly. My thanks to all concerned .
In very stressful and difficult circumstances I was able to speak to someone who could help when I needed it, and multiple times. I am now back home (many aren’t as fortunate), and I don’t think I would have been had I booked my flight direct through the airline. Isaac went above and beyond - he is efficient, communicative, competent, sympathetic and kind.
Brilliant staff - very, very helpful. Would always use them again
Thanks William and Neil I would never have got back from USA without your help - an excellent service as usual
Mike did a great job getting me a flight home from USA when mine was cancelled. Did not want to be stranded and Virgin had not got in touch after initial cancellation.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for getting us back home from the USA. You guys are amazing.
Brilliant trip. Thank you for everything
Orlando was excellent. Professional, efficient and I felt very supported by the whole DialAFlight experience.
You are brilliant. Everything worked to perfection.
Ben and Jeremy as always pulled the stops out for my trip. It is just unfortunate that British Airways ruined the return flight
I had booked a gluten free meal for my daughter but it was not provided by airline
Always the best service!
Great customer service
Very good . Would recommend
Rocky is the best! He got me the best flight at a competitive price. Thank you!
Everything went well
As usual, competent, professional and reliable. Highly recommend. They are my go to time and time again.
Will use again on other flights for our artists, perfect service, thanks again!
First class service. Good to catch up again
No problems, as per usual. Thanks Lee and the team
Will definitely come back to you when planning another trip
Harvey was with us every step of the way to ensure everything went smoothly.
Everything was perfectly organised and all went well every step of the way. Credit goes to Michelle and her team
I wouldn't travel using anyone else. I completely rely on Owen to provide me with flights that suit my needs. He is patient, not pushy and takes care of you in a professional friendly manner
Everything was perfect. Have already recommended you to friends, colleagues and family. A special mention to Guy who arranged everything and was always on the other end of the phone in case we had any questions.
Great service and I will always use DialAFlight as my first source.
Sitting on San Francisco's famous Pier 39, sauce-stained children slurp huge bowls of clam chowder. In the background, Alcatraz's forbidding, mist-shrouded silhouette rises from the ocean.
The nearby gift shop is doing a roaring trade, churning out striped underpants and replica prison-issue toiletries bearing the tag line, 'don't drop the soap', all to a soundtrack of the pier's famous blubbery, barking sea lions.
WHERE TO FIRST
But the waterfront – with its many fresh crab restaurants – will soon look very different. The green-fingered team behind New York's urban High Line has now turned its attention to the Presidio – a beautiful, sprawling park overlooking the bay.
The tunnels burrowing through it will soon form the base of a spectacular, 14-acre park known as Tunnel Tops. When it opens in 2019, there will be beautiful views of the bay and meadows filled with fragrant wildflowers.
During 1967's Summer of Love, pier workers fought their way through crowds of garland-waving hippies who gathered here to shout about the Vietnam War.
THEN AND NOW
Now, more than 50 years on, hipsters have replaced hippies in Haight-Ashbury. A handful of psychedelic shops filled with tie-dye are squeezed between boutiques and organic cafes.
The closest encounter I have with a possible hippy is when I crouch down to take a picture of an enormous rainbow-themed piece of street art and accidentally disturb a dreadlocked local dozing in a doorway.
At Pork Store Cafe, a 40-year-old Haight Street institution famous for its huge breakfasts, I meet Amanda, a local, who tells me how the area's beautiful, Victorian, pastel-hued houses are being snapped up (and lovingly refurbished) by dotcom billionaires. She complains that prices have rocketed.
As I cycle towards the city centre, a smiling skateboarder shouts his encouragement and speeds past me – uphill. I realise his skateboard is battery-powered. I recall my chat with Amanda and wonder if it's Mark Zuckerberg or someone similar.
On the recommendation of a friend, I stop by Hotel Zetta in downtown San Francisco. Since last spring, it's been home to the world's first hotel-based virtual reality room. It's free to try – those in need of a moment of escapism (without the mind-altering drugs) can simply walk off the street into the padded room and slip on the headset.
I do so and find myself standing atop a shipwreck, one of several colourful worlds to be explored.
Neon fish swarm around me and when I turn around, I'm face-to-face with a huge, blinking whale. The next moment, I'm in a mountainous valley (apparently it's modelled on the landscape of Washington State).
Despite being just metres away from the rumbling trams, I can wander to a cliff edge and peer into a valley so deep that my stomach flips.
On my final night, I check out China Live, one of the city's newest restaurants. The walls are lined with hand-painted tiles showing local landmarks, such as the Transamerica Pyramid.
I sit at one of the communal tables and try jellyfish for the first time (it's salty, rubbery and delicious) with a potent, dragon fruit tea-infused cocktail.
Chinatown borders North Beach, a bay-side neighbourhood with a huge Italian community. I cycle home past Italian flags painted on lamp posts and delis blaring opera music.
In a nearby park, Chinese women perform perfectly choreographed tai chi routines near students making the most of California's decision to legalise marijuana. Suddenly, that Summer of Love doesn't seem quite so far away.
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