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  • Long Layover
    Oct 5, 2015
    I have a flight Barbados to Phoenix on Delta (742) arriving JHK at 7:30pm, a 13 hour layover and then a connecting flight on Delta (1502) leaving at 8:30am. I plan to get a hotel for layover. Do I presume correctly that I will be going to immigration, then collect checked baggage, go to customs, and then take baggage to recheck for the next days outbound flight? What would be an estimate of time for this?


    You probably will have to bring your bags with you to the hotel. You will probably be out of customs by 8:30 PM.


  • Switch Terminals for lounge
    Sep 11, 2015
    I am flying into JFK from Toronto to Terminal 8, I arrive at 2:10 My connecting flight to Finland is also at Terminal 8, which leaves at 545. I have free lounge access at both Terminal 1 and 4 . Do i have enough time to take the AirTrain to have a quick bite and take down a few drink before i have to get back to Terminal 8? thanks


    Yes, probably. However, I'm not 100% sure they'll let you through security in T1 or T4. If you do get there, I'd leave the lounge by 4:15 PM to head back to T8.


  • Short layover time for international connecting flight
    Sep 10, 2015
    I am arrive JFK on Jetblue at 9.00PM and have connecting flight to India through Emirates at 11.00PM. Will 2 hour layover time be enough for transfer?


    If both tickets were bought on the same reservation your bags will be transferred so all you have to do is take the AirTrain from T5 to T4 and go through security. If you purchased two separate reservations that will be a bit more difficult as you will have to claim your bags from JetBlue and bring them to Emirates in T4. In that case it's barely enough time.


  • CLE - JFK - PRG
    Sep 9, 2015
    I am flying from Cleveland to JFK to Prague. Both flights with Delta, both booked together. Can I make it if my layover is like 55mins?


    Yes, that should be enough time if the first flight is on-time. Both flights will be in Terminal 4 and all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Layover
    Aug 26, 2015
    flying to London from savannah virgin airlines arriving terminal 3 departing to London terminal 4 ..1 hour layover be ok for flight to London


    JFK does not have a Terminal 3 anymore nor does any of the Virgin Airlines fly to Savannah. Are you flying Delta? If so both flights will be in Terminal 4.


  • Long Layover
    Aug 25, 2015
    I'm holding a US Transit VISA and transiting for my flight to South America. On my way back, I'll have 1.5 days lay over because Philippine Airlines has an every other day flight to the Philippines. Will I be allowed to leave the airport to do some sight seeing instead of just staying in the airport? Thank you


    Yes, there is nobody guarding the doors at the airport. You are allowed to leave. You will be outside security when you clear customs.


    Thank you!!


  • Long layover at JFK
    Aug 11, 2015
    Hi, a friend of mine(Indian national) is returning to India after his US visit. He will be arriving at JFK terminal 4 from IND on Delta around 2 pm. His outbound flight on Emirates is later around 11pm to India. Couple of questions regarding his travel: 1) Will his baggage be checked all the way through to India from IND even though the first flight is on Delta? (tickets were bought together at the same time on the same reservation)...2) He and I would like to meet at the airport since we haven't seen each other in so many years. Can he leave the secure area to come outside to see me considering he has a long layover? What are the options to have a meeting? Thanks in advance to all helpful answers.


    His tickets should be checked through to India in Indianapolis if his tickets were purchased together. Yes. He can leave the secure area to meet you.


  • overnight layover, 2 one way tickets, internationa
    Aug 11, 2015
    Hi I am arriving to Terminal 4 around 8pm from Madrid and then have a Delta flight at 615 AM to Atlanta the next morning. I am planning just to sleep in the airport. If Idon't have to check any bags for the flight in the AM to Atlanta, can I just go through customs, then go straight back through security to wait in the Delta terminal until my AM flightl?


    No, you will not be able to go through security until the security checkpoints reopen in the morning, at about 4:30-5 AM.


    Can I wait until 3am or so to go through customs then or do I have to go through customs immediately after landing? Thanks


    You have to go through Immediately after landing. You will be funneled directly to Immigration and Customs, there is nowhere for you to wait after arriving on International flights at US airports.


  • time to visit city with ~6 hour layover
    Jul 31, 2015
    I arrive 1pm from Puerto Rico T8 with a connecting flight to Dublin also from T8 on american airlines. Will I have time for a quick visit 1-2hr to NYC (usual time square area for example) and back in time to make my flight at 6:45pm? Will have my boarding pass etc already so just need to come back through security.


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • Do I need any kind of visa/stamp to get to the city from JFK ?
    Jul 28, 2015
    I am married to Canadian sitizen and got my immigration visa and ticket one way Baku ( Azerbaijan )-Toronto ( canada) with 23 hours layover in JFK ..do I need apply for any kind of visa to get out from the airport to NYC do some sightseeing ?amd if yes how would I do that ? ..thank you !


    You will need to apply for a US Transit Visa just to fly on this itinerary.


  • Outside of security check- place to work on my laptop, wifi
    Jul 17, 2015
    I am going to be waiting at the airport for 5 hours for my family who is arriving on Virgin terminal 4. I need a quiet place to work on my laptop with wifi. Any ideas? I think the lounges are all located after you go through security.


  • 5.5 hour over night layover at JFK
    Jul 15, 2015
    I am just wondering what other people have done when they have had an overnight layover at JFK with an early morning departure. I will be flying JetBlue from Chicago to JFK. I arrive at JFK at 11:40 PM and then my flight to Santo Domingo is at 5:30 AM the next morning. I fly in and out Terminal 5. Any thoughts about the terminal and if its worth the hotel for a very short period of time. Can I sleep in the airside or hang out in the airside since I do have a boarding pass and its an international flight. Recommended that I am there at least 2 hours prior to my international flight departure time. Thanks for the insights!


    If you don't have checked bags you might be able to stay airside all night. If you do have checked bags you will probably have to claim them and re-check them in the morning. It's probably not worth getting a hotel. T5 is one of the better terminals at JFK to spend the night in.


    I don't have to get any luggage to claim as its pre cleared in Chicago. Any good areas airside in terminal 5 good for snoozing for a few hours?


  • Milan to JFK 1 hr. 40
    Jul 10, 2015
    Hello, we are flying in on emerites airlines and arrive in JFK at 7 pm. I am looking at a connecting flight to Denver that would leave at 8:40 pm. So 1 hour 40 minutes for immigration/customs. Looks like we will have to check a bag on emerites, but plan to carry on to jet blue. Will this allow enough time to get through customs? Otherwise, looks like we are going to have to get a hotel and fly out next day.


    Get a hotel and fly out the next day. Flying on two separate tickets 100 minutes is not really reasonable.


    I am in agreement.....thinking about giving it a try and if we don't make it, accepting the fact that we might need to get a hotel and fly in the morning. My question is, why would the 2 tickets make a difference? Especially if I can online check in for my Jet Blue flight. Is there something else that I am not taking into consideration? Would love your thoughts.


    It really doesn't matter if you aren't checking a bag on JetBlue. It's possible to make it if everything goes perfectly.


  • Long Overnight layover at JFK
    Jul 8, 2015
    I am traveling from cairo to chicago with a layover at JFK. my flight from cairo reaches JFK at 1300 hrs at terminal 4 and my fright to chicago leaves at 0600 hrs the next day. after clearing customs and immigration will i be allowed inside the terminal this early. I do not want to spend money on a hotel. I will have 2 large check in bags and a carry on luggage. Please suggest how i can make my night comfortable. I am open to using paid airport lounges.


    PS : All flights are on the same ticket.


    You will have to sleep on the floor then. There are no airport lounges open overnight and you won't be allowed in the secure area until security opens the next morning at about 0400.


  • Long layover & checked bags
    Jul 2, 2015
    flying Delta Portland to Rome with layover at JFK 10:50pm to 7:50 pm next day. do we have to pick up our checked bags & recheck next day? if so, will hotel store while we go into Manhattan?


    Yes, you will have to claim your bags. Yes, most hotels will hold bags after check-out.


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