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  • 15 hour layover domestic to international flight transfer
    Jun 3, 2016
    Hi, I'm coming in on an AA red eye from LAX that arrives at JFK at 5am. I depart on a different reservation on Finn Air to Helsinki at 8pm. 1. Once I retrieve my bag in baggage claim after arriving domestic from LAX, can I take the Sky Train and check a bag and go through security at the international terminal 15 hours early? I'd really like to hang out and work/sleep in one of the lounges there. If not, what is the earliest I can check in for my Finn Air flight? Also, there's no way since AA and Finn Air are partners that they could just check my baggage through, is there? Finally, I have Admiral's Club, Centurion, and Priority Pass lounge access. Which lounge(s) do you recommend after I get through security at the International terminal? Thank you for any ideas.


    There is no "International Terminal" Finnair Uses Terminal 8 - the same terminal as AA. if you are on two separate reservations then the Finnair desk will not open until about 5 PM.


  • 1:25 min layover
    Jun 3, 2016
    Hi I am EU citizen transfering from London to Lima at JFK. Do I need to go to immirgation, pick up my baggage and check in again? The flights are operating by AA, same terminal. Thank you for any advise I have never transfered in US.


    Yes, you have to do all that stuff. You will also go through security. 1 hr 25 minutes is really difficult.


  • Choice of 2hr13min layover at JFK vs 4hr33min returning from UK
    Jun 3, 2016
    US Citizen will arrive on Delta from Scotland and transfer to Delta flight to Atlanta on a holiday Friday afternoon with bags checked through to Atlanta (all flights are same ticket). Does Delta/Edinburgh Scotland pre-clear or will I need to claim and recheck? Is 2 hours and 13 minutes sufficient time to clear customs and do what is required for bags? I would prefer the shorter (2hr13min vs 4 hr33min) layover but do not want to risk missing flight (with it being a holiday, I'm not sure there will be seats on the later flight). Thank you. This is a great site.


    There is no Preclearance anywhere in the UK. You will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, and go through security. Sorry it took so long to respond.


  • Long layover, enough time for trip into NYC?
    Jun 3, 2016
    We are arriving into JFK (domestic) on a red eye around 8am on jet blue on a Saturday, leaving via Aer Lingus at around 5:30 pm. We will check in our bags from our original departing west coast airport, with light carry ons. Is this enough time for a quick trip to check out a NYC landmark? I'm guessing we won't have to recheck our baggage once in JFK?


    Yes, that would be enough time to ride the AirTrain/LIRR into the city and then come back. You'll want to leave Penn Station at about 2:30-3 PM.


  • Long connection - use lounge after security - exit airside and return
    May 20, 2016
    Hello, I'll be doing GRU-JFK-FCO on AA, with a 12-hour layover. I know there is no arrival lounge on JFK. So, before I go to NYC during that time and as I'll have the boarding pass to FCO, is it possible to go through security, use the Admirals Club to freshen up, exit to the city and re enter to catch the flight? Will I be able to check a new bag with the goods I intend to buy? Thanks


  • 3 hours layover
    May 19, 2016
    Hi folks, I'm arriving at JFK from Phoenix at 5.15pm with AA (think at Terminal 8) and then I'm flying to London with BA at 8.15pm from Terminal 7. With a registered baggage. So I've a 3-hours layover. Do you think it's enough? Thanks a lot


    Yes, that should be enough time. If it's the same reservation just go to terminal 7. If not, the you need to re-check them under that plane,go through security, and then to terminal eight by walking or the train.


  • JFK very short layover - Urgent suggestion required
    May 9, 2016
    I am flying from Austin to JFK by Jet Blue and the arrival time in JFK is 20:42. I have a connecting flight Emirates at Terminal 4 at 22:20 same night. Ideally I have a layover of ~ +1 Hour. I have two check-in baggage's. Could you let me know, is it sufficient to catch a connecting emirates flight with all security checks?


    If this is purchased on the same reservation it's barely possible if everything goes smoothly. If it's two separate reservations, no, it's not enough time.


    Thanks for your reply.


  • 10 hours layovers
    May 5, 2016
    Im fly on chennai to Jfk 7.55am Airindia Airlines & 21.30Pm Jfk to Barecelona Airoflot airlines. I have 10 hours layover. What can i do lavovers i have tranist visa. The immgriation officers allowed to outside aiport for having food, drink smoke visit near attractions. Please ideas


    Once you clear US Immigration you will be outside US Immigration and Customs and security. There is nobody guarding the doors of the airport. You can leave the airport as long as you return for your next flight.


    Thanks lot your reply.


  • 9 Hours in JFK
    May 3, 2016
    Hey ifly friends, so we are flying to Orlando via Dubai and JFK from Perth. The best flight we could get gives us a hour stop over at JFK. We arrive on Friday at 20:45. What can we do? Is it worth leaving our bags in the airport and heading into the city? Thanks for your help xx


    ooppss sorry, typo. ' 9 ' Hour lay over!


    No, I would just get a hotel near the Airport and stay there for the night. you will be too tired to see anything in the city.


  • Terminal layover
    May 2, 2016
    Hi I'm flying from punta Cana to JFK and onward to Dublin with delta on the one ticket! I've a 2 hour layover period , do you think that's enough time? Is it the same terminal we fly into or do we have to change terminals! Thank you


    Yes, both flights will be in Terminal 4 and that should be just enough time.


  • Visa
    May 27, 2016
    Hi im flying on India to Miami and next day i have flight Newyork JFK to Spain Barcelona. I have valid C1 Tranist visa and Spain Schengen visa. C1 transit visa how many days can i stay in USA? May i stay in one day at hotel miami aiport near.


    How many days can i stay in USA at C1 US TRANSIT VISA? Once immgriation and customes done.


    30 days usually


  • London - New York - Phoenix
    Apr 28, 2016
    I am reaching JFK at 7 pm on 5th May (Terminal 4) with checked in baggage, and then my departing flight to Phoenix is at 8 am next day morning. Where can i spend night at JFK most comfortably. Will the connecting flight to Phoenix collect my baggage early?


    They will not take your baggage until the morning of your flight to Phoenix. I recommend staying in a hotel. There are numerous ones near JFK.


  • Toronto - JFK - Austin
    Apr 21, 2016
    I am a Canadian traveling to Austin, TX with a 4 hour layover at JFK. If I want to leave to have lunch will I have to go through customs again before boarding the flight to Austin?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. Once you land in New York you will be in the United States and free to go where you want. You will just have to go through security again if you leave the airport. I don't think you have enough time to leave though. There's not really much worth seeing near the airport.


    Thank you!


  • Flight from Athens via Istanbul
    Apr 23, 2016
    I will be arriving at JFK on Turkish Airlines from Athens (via Istanbul) at 5:35 pm. My connecting flight on JetBlue bound for Sacramento leaves at 7:40 pm. Is two hours and five minutes enough time to go through customs? I hope to have Global Entry by then. Thank you for your help.


    With Global Entry you'll probably have just enough time.


    Thank you!


  • Use of airport Lounge at T5 - Post Security
    Apr 18, 2016
    Arriving at T4 at 09.00; next flight from T5 at 16.45.I wish to spend the time in AirSpace Lounge which is located Post Security area in T5. Will I be allowed to go through security 7 hours before the departure time?


    Yes, as long as you have a boarding pass departing T5, then you can.


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