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  • Changing Itineraries after international flight
    Nov 17, 2015
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.


  • Layover time
    Oct 27, 2014
    I am arriving to JFK terminal 5 with jetblue 1733 at 8:30 PM, and I have a flight with Lufthansa LH405 from terminal 1 at 10:10 PM and I have checked bags, is that enough time layover ? Thank you


    Did you purchase tickets separately or together? If together then JetBlue and Lufthansa have an interline agreement and your bags will be tagged through to your final destination. All you will have to do is take the AirTrain from T5 to T1, get your Lufthansa boarding pass if you don't already have it, and go through security. You should have enough time to do that. If you purchased separate tickets you will have to wait to claim your bags from JetBlue and you may not have enough time to make your connection.


  • early check-in at airport hotel
    Oct 26, 2014
    will be arriving into JFK fm South America around 440am, are there any JFK airport hotels that put aside early check-in rooms for these types of arriving passengers?


  • Can I layover terminal 4 waiting for a hotel check in the next day
    Oct 18, 2014
    Hello I will be arriving at jfk at terminal 4 at around 8 pm. I wanted to know if I can hang around the airport until the next morning then leave to check in a hotel. I don't have a connecting flight, just want to avoid a hotel charge for a wasted night anyways because after the long flight I would only want to sleep. If I can, where can I stay, will there be security around all the time, will it be heated as this would be in november. Thanks


    You can sleep in Terminal 4 in the baggage claim area and check-in area. However, if you arrive at 8 PM that's a long time to stay. You might want to get a relatively inexpensive hotel near the airport.


  • JFK terminal 1 to terminal 8 via immigration
    Oct 7, 2014
    My wife will be arriving from Manila , arriving at terminal 1 and she will be required to go through immigration and then make it to terminal 8 for her connecting flight , my question is this her flight land about 2:20pm and the connecting flight leaves at 4:55pm.......will this be enough time for her to go through immigration and recheck her bags?


    Yes, that should be enough time.


    Oct 2, 2014
    Hello, I'm flying with Delta from Brussels (Belgium) to Los Angeles through JFK. The whole trip is with Delta and the overlay time is 1h50 minutes. I'm European. If I've understood correctly, I wll arrive at Terminal 4, go through inmigration, collect my bags, go through customs and re-check my bags in the transfer counter. Right? What's next? The flight to LA departs also from T4. Do I have to go through security again or is it a way to get back directly to the boarding gates of T4? Is it enough with 1h50m? On the way back, I just need to check the luggage with Delta all the way to Brussels and don't need to collect it in JFK and go through inmigration again, right? Thanks for the help!


    You will go through security once you go back up to the departure level. 1 hr 50 minutes should be enough time. You have the process correct on your return to Belgium.


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