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  • How early can I check in my bags for international Flight
    Oct 21, 2016
    I am arriving in JFK on Nov 1st 2:30PM.My connecting flight is on next day( Nov 2nd 3:00 PM).,I assume I have checkout my bags.How early can I check-in my bags the next day ? I am planning to keep the bags in lockers in the airport and visit the city a little


  • Layover 9hrs
    Oct 15, 2016
    Can I leave airport with a 9hr layover


    Yes, you can, although be aware that it takes nearly 90 minutes to get from JFK to Manhattan and you need to be back at JFK 2 hours before your second flight.


  • 1.5 hours connection between Berlin and San Francisco!
    Oct 6, 2016
    Hello all, I just booked a flight from Berlin back to San Francisco on New Year's Day, with a 1.5 hour layover in JFK. Has anyone had experience flying on January 1st? Will the airport be overcrowded? Do you think 1.5 hours is sufficient time to grab our bags and make it through customs? Thanks!


    Are both of your flights on the same reservation? January 1st is a moderately busy day. That is barely enough time.


    Yes, I booked the entire reservation through the American Airlines website, although the Berlin - JFK leg is operated by AirBerlin


  • JFK - TPA layover
    Oct 1, 2016
    Please help me give some idea. On end of November I need to book a flight from Vietnam To Tampa, Florida. I am thinking to layover at JFK Airport for sightseeing. If I layover at JFK 7hrs before next flight to Tampa so do I make it to see Liberty Statue and come back to JFK? Or if I layover 24hrs so do I need to buy luggage for Jet Blue airline? Because if I book connecting flight dirrect transit in JFK to Tampa I got 2 free checked bags but not enough time for sightseeing. Please help me if you can. I never have been in US before. Thanks a lot.


    No, that is not enough time. The Statue of Liberty is located on an island. Going to see it itself is a 4-5 hour endeavor. Add in the time to get there and time for immigration, customs, and security and 7 hours isn't nearly enough time. Yes, if you buy a separate ticket on JetBlue you will have to pay for your checked bags on your JetBlue flight.


    A lot of thanks for your answer. :) I've found a connecting flight from SGN-TPE-JFK-TPA in the same booking but layover at JFK for 20hrs. When I arrived JFK I need to pick my bags for security checks and drop back for the next flight right? But if I layover in JFK for 20hrs so do I need to take care my bags on my own or do I can do early drop bags after security checks? Thanks for helping me. :)


    if the layover is overnight you will have to take your bags with you and won't be able to re-check them until the morning.


  • Short layover from International to Domestic
    Sep 24, 2016
    I'm a US citizen who will be arriving at JFK on a Saturday evening with only a 2 hour layover to get through customs. My airlines are Emirates to JetBlue so I know the terminals are next to each other. Also I will NOT have any checked baggage to claim. Will 2 hours be enough time to make my connection?


    With no checked bags that should be just enough time if everything goes smoothly. Traveling on a Saturday evening will also help.


  • Visiting VIP lounge in terminal 7
    Sep 19, 2016
    We have a 4 hour layover at JFK, our flight arrives at terminal 5 and we want to hang out in one of the vip lounges in terminal 7. Will we need to go thru security at terminal 7 and then back thru on 5, or is there a way to walk to terminal 7 from 5 without going thru security?


    Those terminals are not connected to any other terminals inside security. You won't be able to do it.


  • International connecting flights
    Sep 3, 2016
    I am from Nepal , my question is do I need a visa just for connecting flights in JFK USA , not leaving the airport only there for layover


    Yes, you do need a US Transit visa.


  • 3 HR 20 MIN layover in JFK on JetBlue from Maine to Florida
    Aug 29, 2016
    Do we have time to meet someone just outside of security for any length of time for a quick visit?


    If the flight from Maine arrives on-time, yes, you would have about an hour to spare before you would have to get back in line.


  • 3.10 hrs layover
    Aug 21, 2016
    Im not US citizen will be arriving at JFK from DXB on Emirate airline in Terminal 4 @ 14:15, and will fly to ATL on Delta Airline in Terminal 4 @ 17:20. It is a separate reservations and I believe we will have to go through US immigration, claim our bags and go through customs and recheck them again... my question can we make it in 3.20 hrs?


    That should be just about enough time as long as the flight from Dubai is on-time.


    Thank dear, Is it possible if i check in online to buy myself more time and then drop my luggage at the counter? Is there anything you may suggest that will help to save/buy time? Many thanks in advance.


    Yes, checking in online will save you a little time, but not much as you will still have to go to the Delta check-in counter to check your bags.


  • layover
    Aug 16, 2016
    i will be arriving from jamaica on jetblue 6:30am with a connection on jetblue at 8:00am to bermuda. I will have to recheck my bags. i was just wondering with this is enough time to catch the 8:00am flight?


    That's just enough time if everything goes smoothly.


  • Las Vegas to Manchester with 8 hour JFK layover
    Aug 10, 2016
    Would we need to go through immigration/ collect baggage if we leave the airport during 8 hour layover at JFK from Las Vegas to Manchester? The flights are the same airline and will be on the same itinerary


    There is no US Immigration when leaving the US. You are free to leave the airport if you wish but be aware that JFK is nearly 90 minutes from Manhattan.


  • 2h35 m layover at JFK
    Jul 27, 2016
    Hi everyone, I've got a 2h35m layover between the international flight (Moscow-New York) and the domestic flight (New York-Atlanta). Will I make it to the terminal 4 from terminal 1, pass through immigration, customs and baggage re-check in just 2 and a half hours? Is it enough? Can I ask airport workers for some help in letting me ahead of the line? Thanks!


    That should be enough time. Airport workers can't get you to the front of the line. You have to ask people yourself, but only ask if you are in ACTUAL danger of missing your flight.


  • layover between connecting flights
    Jul 22, 2016
    I have two different tickets Iam traveling from orlando(MCO) to JFK will reach jfk at 12pm then need to do baggage claim and my next flight will be at 3.10(air ndia) to dELHI..is this sufficient time to depart the air india flight


    That's just enough time if everything goes smoothly. What airline are you flying to JFK?


    thanks for your response..its jet blue


  • 8 hour layover in JFK
    Jul 18, 2016
    Hi, I am flying in on Aer Lingus from Dublin arriving 1020, with onward departure on JetBlue to Raleigh Durham departing 1825. If I want to leave the airport, I assume I will have to get my checked suitcase and clear customs? Then re-check in? How far away is the left luggage place from Terminal 5? Would a taxi be best mode of transport into town and back? (3 people)


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Dublin. If both tickets are on the same reservation you don't have to do anything with your bags in JFK. A taxi takes over an hour and costs $50 each way.


  • SIN - JFK - MCO
    Jul 16, 2016
    Hi, I'll be flying into JFK on Singapore Airlines SQ26, arriving 11:10am and am looking for a connecting flight to MCO. I'm looking at Jetblue flight 1089, leaving at 2:09pm. Will there be enough time for the connection? We have checked baggage but if it helps, are flying First class on Singapore Airlines so will get our baggage before everyone else.


    Yes, that should be possible considering you will be flying first class.


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