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  • Transiting through JFK
    Dec 28, 2014
    Hi all, I am flying from Toronto to Abu Dhabi via JFK. I am on two separate bookings and will be traveling with luggage. YYZ to JFK is on American Airlines arriving at terminal 4 at 7:23pm. I will then need to transfer to terminal 8 to fly with Etihad at 9:55pm. If i pre-clear U.S. Customs in Toronto, can I check my bags with AA all the way through to Etihad given that they're partners and I don't have to go through customs? Do I have enough time to make my connection? On the way back, I land at JFK at 5:30pm and my flight back to Toronto is at 8:15pm. As I have to collect my bags on the way back, will I have enough time once again to make this connection back to Toronto? Thanks for all of your help!


    You have terminals backwards. You will arrive in 8 and depart from 4. AA is not obligated to check your bags to etihad since you bought separate tickets. Abu Dhabi now has preclearance like Toronto. You barely have enough time.


    Hi zap, thanks for the quick reply and for letting me know about pre clearance in Abu Dhabi. When you say I have barely enough time, how long do you figure this connection will take? I'm trying to see how much grace time I have given 2.5 hours between flights on the way there and 2.75 hours on the way back. Thanks!


    well, break it down into segments, assume your AA flight get in on-time and you have to transfer your bags yourself. I would guess you'll have your bags in the baggage claim of T8 at about 7:50. Then it will take you about 15-20 minutes to get on the AirTrain to T4 and to the Emirates desk. so you'll be there worst case at about 8:10 if your AA flight is on-time. Which is still 1:45 before your flight, I can't find Etihad's check-in cutoff online but a common one for these airlines is 90 minute, so that only leaves 15 minutes of buffer.


    Thanks Zap. I've confirmed with Etihad that 60 minutes is the minimum check-in time with luggage. Given your comments, I've looked into flying into LGA. There is a flight which lands at 5:48pm. Would this be the better option to make the 8:55pm cut-off time to check-in for Etihad? I've estimated 1 hour to de-plane at LGA and pick-up bags, and another 40 minutes to get from LGA to JFK, which should put me into JFK at roughly 7:30pm. This gives me a buffer of approximately 1 hour 20 minutes to check-in with Etihad. This compares to landing directly at JFK at 7:23pm, having one hour to de-plane, pickup bags and transfer terminals, putting me in front of the etihad desk at 8:20pm, and leaving a 30 minute buffer. Thanks! Chris


    Yes, the earlier flight into LGA would be a safer option.


  • Short connection In jfk from international flight
    Dec 26, 2014
    Hello, when I booked our four tickets from MXP to IAD connecting through JFK our layover time was longer. Through flight schedule changes we now only have an hour and fifteen minutes to go through customs and get to our next flight. Husband and I have Global Entry, the kids do not. I could probably get us switched to a DCA connection that would give us a two hour layover. Am I correct that there is no way we could get through in an hour and fifteen minutes? We arrive at JFK around 1:38 PM on a Tuesday.


    I wanted to add we are flying on Delta.


    1:15 isn't enough. I would ask to be moved to the DCA flight


  • Connection advice
    Dec 26, 2014
    I am flying from Rochester, NY to JFK with Delta to T2 and I have a connection flight with Turkish Airlines at T1. I have 4 hours layover between. I bought my tickets separately and have a luggage to be checked in. What should I do for a transfer between the flights ? Is there any way to transfer my checked in luggage to Turkish airlines when I checked in Rochester ? What is the best way to go from T2 to T2. Thanks


    You will have to transfer the bags yourself on the AirTrain. The AirTrain is the only route between terminals. You have enough time.


  • Distance between terminals and security & immigration
    Dec 25, 2014
    Hi- I am travelling from Toronto to New York by Delta arriving at terminal 2 and flying to Dubai by Air France from terminal 1, I am Indian citizen student in Toronto with valid visas for both USA and Canadian please advice me if I need to pass through immigration security as I have only 3 hours layover.


    You will preclear US immigration in Toronto. In JFK all you have to do is take the AirTrain from T2 to T1 and go through security. You have enough time.


  • transfer time from T7 to T8
    Dec 25, 2014
    I am arriving on a BA flight from LHR.int JFK T7 and my flight to MIA with AA is from T8 at the end of Jan. and have only 2 hour a 2 hour layover, hopefully luggage should be through to Miami. is 2 hours enough time. Thanks for any advice.


    You will arrive in T7, go through US immigration, claim your bags, go through customs, the recheck your bags at the transfer desk then take the AirTrain to T8 and through security and to your gate. You should barely have enough time.


  • Terminal to Terminal
    Dec 23, 2014
    Hi this is Anna from Mexico, i have a question. I was wondering if a 3 hrs connection in between Newyork and Milano is possible.. Taking in consideration that im going from T2 to T4.. Do i also need to go through security checkpoint once i hit T4? Thanks in advance,


    Are you flying from Mexico? If so you will have to go to through US Immigration and customs and security in New York and also both flights will be from Terminal 4 if flying Delta.


    Thanks, yes flying from Mexico to New York, and yes flying by Delta.. and would it then be possible 3 hrs connection flight? Im asking cause of a previus experience with AA, almost missing flight due to security delays. Thanks!


    Actually im arrving at T1 with Aeromexico ( Df-New York) then i be connectiong to T4 ( New York - Milano) , in a 3 hr connection flight


    Yes, that should be enough time. You will take the airtrain from T1 to T4 after clearing customs and re-checking your bags at the Transfer desk in T1.


  • Terminal 8 to Terminal 7
    Dec 23, 2014
    Hi I am arriving from DOH on QR at 3pm in Terminal 8. Will I have enough time to make it to an Air Canada flight to Toronto at 5pm in Terminal 7, Assuming my baggage will be checked in all the way.....? How long will the terminal transfer take? Thx


    You will arrive in Terminal 8, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the transfer desk, then take the AirTrain from T8 to T7, get your Air Canada boarding pass if you don't already have it, and go through security and to your departure gate. You barely have enough time if your QR flight is on-time.


  • Terminal to Terminal
    Dec 21, 2014
    Do we have to go through security checkpoint each time we change terminals? We have access to the wing tips lounge in Terminal 4 but our flight leaves out of terminal 7.


    Yes. The only terminals that are connected inside security are 2 and 4 (by a shuttle bus).


  • Terminal 8 - Baggage - Terminal 1
    Dec 19, 2014
    Arriving T8 - American, where is baggage claim? How best to get me+bag to T1 for international travel?


    T8 has a baggage claim on the lower level. The only way from T8 to T1 is via the AirTrain. It is a short ride, maybe 5-10 minutes.


  • Getting between T7 and T8 in 2h10min with two small children
    Dec 19, 2014
    Hello, is this possible in 2h10min from T7 to T8, we are traveling with BA from London and connection flight to Cancun MX are manged by AA. And my second question is do we need to collect our checked in bagage in T7 and check in it again in T8? Best regard Mattias


    If your bags are tagged to CUN, which they should be, you will claim your bags in T7, go through US customs, then you can re-check your bags at the transfer desk there, then take the AirTrain to T8 and go through security and to your departure gate. You should have enough time but not much to spare.


  • Getting from T 4 to T2
    Dec 18, 2014
    I am arriving into JFK on Virgin and have 2 hours to get to T2 for Virgin to heathrow. I only have 1 carry on bag. Tickets bought together at the same time with travel agent. What is my best way between terminals and is 2 hurs enough time please?


    You have your terminals incorrect. Virgin Atlantic does not use Terminal 2. Virgin America and Virgin Atlantic both use Terminal 4. 2 Hours is plenty of time for your transfer.


  • what is the distance between T4 and T5.
    Dec 17, 2014
    Hi, My DXB JFK flight by emirates will lands at 1350hrs at terminal 4 and i have Jet blue flight at 1759 to Orlando. can you please let me know the transfers detail betwen T4 and T5? what is the easiest way to travel between T4 and T5 ? shall i need to claim bags at JFK and put them to Jet blue?


    You will arrive in T4, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then if you purchased both flights together and your bags are tagged to MCO, you can re-check them at the transfer desk in T4, otherwise you will need to bring them on the AirTrain to T5 and check them at the JetBlue counter there. Get your jetblue boarding pass and go through security. You have plenty of time.


  • Terminal 8 to terminal 1
    Dec 16, 2014
    I have af flight via royal air Maroc at 5 45 and I am coming from Atlanta With AA departure 10 50 arrival at jfk 3 20. Am i going to be able to make it?


    If your tickets were bought together that should be enough time. If they were bought separately you will have to hurry to get your bags on the AirTrain and take them to Royal Air Maroc in time to check them.


  • Terminal 4 to Terminal 8
    Dec 16, 2014
    Arrive from Portland Maine on Jet Blue at Terminal 4. Scheduled to fly out on Finair to London from Terminal 8 two hours later. Is two hours enough time to get from Terminal 4 to Terminal 8. No checked bags.


    Yes, with no checked bags that should be possible. But it does depend on your first flight being on-time.


  • Terminal 4 (DELTA) to Terminal 1 (AIR FRANCE)
    Dec 16, 2014
    I'm flying into JFK from SFO, arriving at Terminal 4 and have to get to Terminal 1 for my flight o PARIS. It's a code share flight, have only 1h and 25 mins layover. What's the quickest way to get Terminal 1? Could I just walk it?


    It is impossible to walk. You have to take the AirTrain. The ride on the Airtrain should take less than 10 minutes.


    ok, thanks! do i have to go through security check again? do you happen to know if the AirTrain access is at the arrivals level? I appreciate your help


    Yes, you will have to go through security again. The Airtrain is an elevated train, located closer to the Departures level.


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