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    Oct 30, 2015
    Hi - I'm flying from Helsinki to San Diego through JFK on AA/Finnair with a 1:35 layover. I'm not sure if I will check luggage yet (want to if it isn't going to cause time problems) - if I do, will my bags be checked through to San Diego, or do I have to claim and recheck? Same question for the itinerary going back to Helsinki from San Diego. I'm also unsure at this point which terminals at JFK I'll be coming in/out of.


    If you check luggage, in JFK, you will have to claim it go to through US Customs, then re-check it at the re-check desk on your way to San Diego. you won't have to do anything with it in JFK on your way back to Helsinki. Both of your flights will be in Terminal 8.


    Great - thanks. Would the layover be too short to consider checking on the way to San Diego? Or possibly okay since in the same terminal?


    You could check a bag and make it, but if you don't have to I wouldn't.


  • connection between terminal 4 and 5
    Oct 29, 2015
    hi Im travelling from south africa to JFK and land in terminal 4 at 1745 and then have to catch a jet blue flight to denver from terminal 5 at 20:35. I will have to clear customs and collect baggage. Will i have enough time to make this connection? Thanks so much


    Yes, that should be plenty of time.


    Great thanks so much. How long approximately does it take to clear csutoms and collect luggage?


    Less than 45 minutes usually.


  • Transferring at JFK with kids
    Oct 27, 2015
    Hi, we are flying Shanghai - JFK - Montreal. Landing at JFK at T1 and take of from T4. We have lots of luggage, and a double stroller. Does the claiming and re-checking the luggage at the transfer desk a big issue ? will it take long to carry the luggage ? we will have sth like 4 big luggage plus trolleys, and I handle luggage by myself bcs my wife will push a double stroller. Thanks


    As long as your bags are tagged through to YYZ it is not a long trip from baggage claim to customs to the re-check desk. If your bags are not tagged through to YYZ you will have to take them with you on the AIrTrain to T4 to re-check.


  • 1hr55min between flights
    Oct 22, 2015
    I arrive at JFK on PAL(T1) from Vancouver, BC at 700am, have to get my luggage and check it at TAME(T1) to catch a 855am departure for Quito. Is that enough time?


    Considering you will have to go through US Immigration and Customs as well, it will be very difficult to get to the TAME check in desk before the baggage cutoff unless your PAL flight arrives significantly early.


  • minimum connecting time
    Oct 20, 2015
    Hi, we are flying from Madrid (MAD) to boston and we have 1h33min layover in JFK. Both flights are operated by DELTA (tickets bought with Air France). Will it be enough time? I have read we have to go through immigration, get the baggage, go through customs and drop the baggage again, is it right? Thank you


    Yes, that is right. You will also have to go through security. That should be barely enough time. If you miss your connection due to a delayed flight or a delay with immigration, Delta has 5:15 PM, 7 PM, and 9 PM flights to Boston from JFK.


    Oct 20, 2015
    I'm flying to JFK T4 from ORD and only have about an hour to catch my flight to CDG also leaving from T4. Will I have to pick up my bags or will they go straight to my final destination. (I bought my tickets together air france/delta)


    Your bags will go straight to Paris.


  • Terminal 4 connection
    Oct 19, 2015
    Hello! Our KLM flight arrives JFK terminal 4 at 07:35PM and our Delta flight to Boston departs 09:15PM, also from terminal 4. Can we make it with going through the US customs and re-checking the bags? Thanks!


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • minimum conecting time
    Oct 20, 2015
    wonder if 2 hrs will be enough between arvl to terminal 4 and depart from terminal 5


    If on separate tickets and the first flight is International, it will be difficult. If the first flight is domestic or if both tickets are on the same reservation it should be enough time.


    Hi, I have a similar situation. I arrive with Delta from Las Vegas to JFK at terminal 4 at 21:18 on a SAT . My next flight to Stockholm leaves at 23:30 from terminal 1 (Norwegian). Is 2h 12 min enough time to make it via the airtrain? The tickets have been bought separately and I have one bag to checkin. Thanks!


  • Domestic to International Connection -- enough time?
    Jan 12, 2015
    Hi there. I am planning to book flights on USAirways and Cathay Pacific, from Boston to Hong Kong, connecting in JFK. There is a layover in JFK of 1 hour, 38 minutes, but I am being told there should be a minimum of 2 hour layover in JFK. I don't think I will need to get checked baggage, as I am exiting the US. Anything else I am missing? Or is 1:38 really long enough to make the connection, assuming planes run on time?


    I just learned that I would be arriving at JFK Terminal 8, and departing from Terminal 7. Any ideas?


  • Terminal 8 International to Domestic
    Oct 18, 2015
    Hi, we arrive on AA from UK at 01.35 pm (February 2015) & depart on AA for MCO at 02.59 pm - non US citizens. Seems tight to me, is it possible? I heard something about short connection cards for immigration - do these exist & how do we get one? Thanks


    That's really pushing what's possible. I am not aware of any such cards. Your connection is possible, but depends on your first flight being on-time or preferably early.


    Did you make it? we have 1hr 45mins into terminal 8 from uk and then to MCO


  • Temrinal 4 to Terminal 1 - HELP!
    Jan 11, 2015
    Hi I need detailed information on how to go about getting from Terminal 4 to Terminal 1. This is for someone who only speaks Spanish, so I need to be able to give them clear instructions They have 4ish hours between flights SFO > JFK via DELTA then JFK > MADRID with a layover in OSLO on Norwegian Airlines. 1) Will they have to re-clear security? 2) Does transport between terminals cost anything? Is there anything esle I should know that I can relay to my Spanish friend?


    First, they will need to claim their baggage in Terminal 4. Norwegian doesn't interline baggage with any other airline. Then they need to take the AirTrain from T4 to T1, it doesn't cost anything. Then they will need to re-check their bags with Norwegian, get their Norwegian boarding passes and go through security.


    Jan 10, 2015
    Flying with Delta from Toronto to Mexico with a 1 hr. 10 min. layover. No checked baggage. Will I have enough time? Do I have to go through security at JFK? If I buy liquor at duty-free in Toronto, can I bring it through security at JFK?


    You do not have to go through security in JFK. Delta runs a shuttle bus from Terminal 2 where you will arrive to Terminal 4 where you will depart. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto.


  • Terminal 7 boarding time
    Jan 9, 2015
    Hello, I am visiting an Islanders game in Nassau Coliseum Centre on Thursday 21Jan. It should end at 9pm. I'll take a cab to JFK T7 what should take an half an hour. I will be flying to Heathrow at 11pm so ir leaves me with little more than one hour for passing security and walking to my gate. I only have hand luggage. It that enough time for boarding or should I count with a busy rush hour? Thank you.


    Plan on leaving the Islanders game before it's over, more like 8:30 You won't get to JFK in a half hour.


    Thank you for a quick reply. Let's say the taxi ride will take an hour, so I would arrive to T7 at 10pm. I don't mind challenging situations at the airports and I usually come late and have to run. Is it likely that I make it to the gate until 11pm? How much time should I calculate for waiting in a security queue in a Thursday night on January?


    There won't be much of a security line at that time.


  • t2 transfer to t4
    Jan 9, 2015
    Hello. I will be returning from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Paris CDG, through JFK. I think we are arriving in jfk at t2 and leaving from t4. I have 80min between flights, is that enough time? What happens if I don't catch my flight to Paris? Thank you very much!


    Flying with delta and airfrance


    Neither of your flights will likely be in T2. You will arrive in T4. If your flight to Paris is operated by Air France it will depart from T1. if it is operated by Delta it will depart from T4. You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time.


    Both flights from san juan to jfk & from jfk to paris are operated by delta. So on what terminal are we arriving and from which are we departuring? Thanku u very much!


    Then both your flights should be in Terminal 4. You'll just have to walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    That is great news!!! I have one more question please. We are arriving on AF from CDG to JFK...that is terminal 1 right and conecction flight to san juan is by delta...so i have to collect my bags go thru security go to t2 and then chech in right?


    You have the steps a bit mixed up. You will collect your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the transfer desk, then take the AirTrain to your departure terminal (likely T4, check flight status to make sure), then go through security and to your departure gate.


  • Delta domestic to international connection
    Jan 9, 2015
    Hi. I'm sending my daughter from LAX to JFK on her way to Moscow. Her flight is scheduled to arrive JFK at 3:05 and depart at 4:22. Will she have to change terminals from domestic to international? Will this give her enough time? Thanks.


    What airlines is she flying? Were both her tickets purchased together? I can't answer that question without that information.


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