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  • Would like to do Night visit New Your city during 10 Layover 08 May
    Feb 12, 2016
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    I m traveling from Australia -Dubai to Aruba -with New Your Connection arriving May 8th at 9:00 pm, I would like to visit a few places, site sighing , are there any options to take? Thanks

     

    You could take the AirTrain or a taxi into the city. It is the city that never sleeps so things will be open at 10 PM when you get there.

     

  • layover
    Feb 11, 2016
    1
    I want to book vacation for my mon from Moscow to DR.There is a connection flight through NY. Is she allowed to go outside of the airport if she doesn't have any visas.

     

    If she is a Russian citizen she will not be allowed to FLY on that routing without a US Transit Visa.

     

  • 12 hour layover.
    Jan 5, 2016
    1
    Hi I will have a 12 hour flyover in JFK before flying onto Dublin. Can I leave the airport to go into New York ?

     

    Yes, you can.

     

  • 12 hours layover... can you leave the airport
    Dec 30, 2015
    1
    My mom will be flying from Dom.Rep. to Spain, making a stop in NY ... (she has all her legal documents to enter the US) will she be able to leave the airport while she waits for her next flight? and she will be able to get her luggage? Thanks

     

    She will have to claim her bags to go through US customs. Yes, once she clears customs she will be outside the secure area and free to go where she wants.

     

  • Long Layover options
    Dec 27, 2015
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    Hi, I am flying into JFK airport terminal 4 with emirates arriving at 8.40pm and then departing the next day at 8.55am with Tame C. A from Terminal 1. I do not wish to leave the airport but am concerned that their will be no amenities available at these hours? Is it possible to get a single pass for an airlines lounge? And am I best to stay in terminal 4 or 1 for the majority of the time?

     

    When you clear US Customs you will be outside security. There are no lounges open overnight. Terminal 4 is the best terminal to spend the night in if you wish to spend the night at the airport.

     

  • Changing Itineraries after international flight
    Nov 17, 2015
    1
    Good morning, My husband and I will be returning from Manila. Our flight goes Manila to Beijing and Beijing to JFK via Air China then JFK to Charleston, SC via Jet Blue. Because of a change in circumstances, we now would rather fly in to Charlotte and I've found a cheap American Airlines flight that leaves with plenty of time for us to exit the terminal after Customs and re-check in with American. My question is, will we get our checked luggage back after we land in JFK so that we can exit the terminal and get to the domestic departures terminal for American? Will there be anything that prevents us from doing this? I appreciate the help very much!!

     

    Yes, at JFK you will claim your bags to go through US Customs. After that you can rip the tags off your bag and go to Terminal 8 to check your bags with American.

     

  • Exit terminal during lay over
    Nov 15, 2015
    1
    Hi, I have a friend with a 2 hour lay over at T4. Want to know if she would be able to exist (for a short while) to meet with me? Her connection is at the same terminal and airline.

     

    Assuming her first flight is on-time, yes, she should have enough time. If her arrival is international she will actually already be outside security after she clears customs.

     

  • connecting flights
    Nov 11, 2015
    1
    hi we will be arriving from Nassau,Bahamas at 11:30 via Jetblue and need to catch Korean Air heading to Korea at 12:50 Will this way to be risky? Also, do we need to check out and go through the customs again?

     

    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Nassau. However, you will have to claim your bags, change terminals, and re-check your bags with Korean. This will be difficult if your JetBlue flight is delayed at all.

     

  • layover in jfk
    Nov 11, 2015
    5
    Hi, I am reaching jfk at 2040 on monday and I have a flight at LGA on the next morning. Am i allowed to stay inside jfk overnight ? or shoild I consider moving to lga and stay there overnight (if I do not want to take a room ovenight )

     

    Most of the JFK terminals close at night and if your arrival is international then you will be forced out into the lobby after you clear customs. You cannot stay at LGA overnight.

     

    Can I stay in the lobby overnight ?

     

    Yes, you can, but it's not comfortable. There are a few things in the Terminal 4 lobby that are open 24 hours.

     

    so even if I have a connection from LGA the next day, I am legally allowed to stay at jfk overnight and then leave early morning to LGA ???(And ofcourse as you said it is not most comfortable to do this and few options available at night at jfk !!! ) I am a student and I want to minimize my expenses, so thats why . I ll be happy if I am allowed to stay overnight at JFK

     

    Yes, there are lobby areas where you can stay overnight at JFK.

     

  • Room to Sleep in T4 JFK Airport
    Nov 7, 2015
    1
    I will be arriving JFK around 8.30am from Dubai in Terminal 4. I will be meeting my friend at 3.30am. I want to have a good sleep after a 24 hours flight. Where could i get a nice place to sleep in the airport preferably in a nice room for at least 5 - 6 solid hours. Thank you

     

    There are no rooms to sleep int he airport. You can either sleep on a bench in public or get a hotel However, most hotels won't allow you to check into a room in the morning.

     

  • JFK early arrival
    Nov 4, 2015
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    I have a flight at 10 40 am at JFK. but I will arrive at la guardia at 1130 pm the previous day. Can I enter jfk 9h early for an international flight ? o

     

    The security checkpoints will not be open at 1:40 AM in most terminals.

     

  • 8 hour layover - can I get my bags?
    Jan 3, 2015
    1
    I have an 8 hour overnight layover on Monday. Is it safe to assume I'll be picking up my bags and rechecking them? So I can get a hotel.

     

    Yes, you will claim your bags.

     

  • 10 hours layover BRU-JFK-SDQ, terminal 4 on DL flight
    Jan 1, 2015
    1
    Hi, i'm arriving at 1pm on dl flight from BRU and leave on DL flight to SDQ at 11pm. Both flights from T4. Any idea? am i entitled to use the lounge in T5? I checked the website sleepinginairport and the jfk website, the information is contradicting... From one side the lounge is accessible to all passengers willing to pay 25USD, from another side it is restricted to T5 passengers. Any daypass possibility in a cheap hotel nearby? Thanks and happy 2015

     

    No, you can't access the club in T5, but for $50 you can use the Delta SkyClub in T4. It is very nice. http://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/airports-and-aircraft/delta-sky-club/one-day-pass/one-day-pass.html

     

  • Long Layover
    Nov 24, 2014
    1
    Hello! I have a 19 hour (yes, not a typo) layover in JFK before heading across to Johannesburg. Can I leave the airport? How long before my flight should I come back? Do I have to pick up my checked baggage if the flight TO JFK is domestic but the flight AWAY is not? Thank you!!

     

    Yes, you can leave the airport. You should be back at the airport 2 hours before your flight. Yes, considering the length of your connection you will probably have to pick up your baggage at JFK after your first flight and bring it back later. The only possible exception might be if you are arriving in the early morning and departing in the late evening of the same day. Ask the agent in your origin city.

     

  • Collecting bags at layover from Argentina
    Nov 1, 2014
    1
    We'll be flying from Buenos Aires to Boston but have a layover at JFK. Do we collect our bags there to take them through customs? We maybe choose to take the train home from JFK instead of continuing our flight.

     

    Yes, you will have to claim your bags to go through customs. Once you exit customs you will be outside security and free to go where you want.

     

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