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  • Connection flight
    Feb 22, 2015
    Hello! I land at JFK this summer into terminal 4 wih delta from London Heathrow. I need to get a connection to Miami, I land at Jfk at 1:30 there is a delta connection at 3:30 in the same terminal or and American airlines connection in a completely different terminal at 4:30. I would rather the delta connection but is it realistic that I will make it? Many thanks!


    Yes, it would be possible. You can check in online for your second flight before you leave London.


    Still, I personally would go with the 4:30.


  • AMM - JFK - SFO - Enough time for connection?
    Feb 4, 2015
    Hi - I am flying from Amman (Jordan) to JFK. I have 1 hr 40 min for a connecting flight to SFO. Is this enough time to clear customs etc and connect? Do I have to recheck my bags? Thanks!


    Yes, you should barely have enough time if both tickets were purchased together. Yes, you will have to claim your bags to go through US Customs.


  • Layover time?
    Feb 3, 2015
    Hi, everyone! :) I'm flying from Tel-Aviv to JFK via El-Al and then taking a connecting flight to Chicago with JetBlue. There's a two-hour window between the flights - will that be enough to make it from Terminal 4 to Terminal 5? Is there anything I should do to prepare beforehand?


  • Arrive JFK 6 am and leave at 9 pm
    Jan 21, 2015
    With a layover like this I would like to get the best idea to see at least one or two sights of NYC. I don't need it to take up 15 hours, just every 6 or 7 hours. Any jump-on-jump-off buses or reasonable taxi rides to see something fun. Because after that it is another 11 hour flight, so want to see something. Since Broadway doesn't do afternoon shows, I am now at a loss. Any ideas?


    I would take the AirTrain into manhattan - A taxi is $60 each way and takes longer. You could do a jump on jump off bus or just get off the train at penn station and walk around. There's lots to see and do. You could go to a museum


    Thank you so much! That's a great idea and I think I'll do it. I work and live in West Africa, so if I can figure out bush taxis, I can figure out a train. Thanks again!


  • Almost 8 hours layover
    Jan 24, 2015
    Hi, We were just informed that our schedule was changed, so instead of having a layover of 1h 18m we will now have almost 8 hours. So now we are not afraid to miss the connection, but we have too much time... We are going Toronto -> JFK -> Munich -> Cluj. Do we need to get our bags and re-check them? I think not, since we bought the tickets together, but just wanted to make sure. Also, will this layover provide enough time for a short trip in NY? Or better stay around the airport? Thank you, Adriana


    No, you will not have to claim your bags, you will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in TOronto. It's a little over an hour on the AirTrain and LIRR or Subway into to NYC. So you could have 2 or 3 hours walking around there. There's not much to see around the airport.


    Thank you!


    are you sure? I have a flight from Toronto with a 12hour layover at JFK next week and was told by Delta that I must claim my bags and re-check them. I am flying to Grenada with an overnite layover at JFK, but the entire flight is with one carrier - Delta... if I do not have claim by bags this is great news. Can you confirm? thanks


  • 18 hours layover
    Jan 20, 2015
    I have a 18 hours flight connection time. arriving on T4 and probably departing from T5 (JetBlue airplane), any ideas where I can sleep for a while in the airport? because I don't have a US visa to let go outside the airport.


    What country are you a citizen of. If you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver country you can go where ever you want. If you are not a citizen of a visa waiver country, you need a Transit Visa, even if you don't plan on leaving the airport. A Transit Visa does allow you to leave the airport as long as you are in transit.


    Thank you. the US embassy told me that I don't need a transit visa or any other document except my passport to stay in airport during layover time. Do they give me a transit visa in JFK airport?


    The United States does not have Visa upon arrival. If you are a citizen of a visa waiver country they just check your passport. Please answer the question "what country are you a citizen of?" and I can help you more.


    I have the same situation like Gabriel , but î have 18 hours layover in Newark ! I Will flying to hong long from Canada ! I have Vietnam passport and Canada greencard ! Can I get out the airport for the hotel or tour? Tks


  • 11 hours lay over
    Jan 28, 2015
    i am arriving from Japan to JFK at 9 pm and an 11 hours lay over. Where can I comfortably rest, possibly sleep? And my luagge is safe. I dont mind a staying at a nearby hotel or any good arrea in the airport. Thanks


    I was in the same situation and I was able to reserve a hotel at http://new-york.hotelscheap.org/jfk-airport.html . They are the best deal around the airport, but be aware that you need to have a visa in order to get out of the airport


    Thanks for the response. Visa wont be an issue since I am an American citizen.


  • 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.


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