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  • Meet a friend at JFK
    Feb 15, 2016
    3
    I have a connecting flight from ATL-Atlanta to BCN-Barcelona with a connecting flight at JFK. Arrive at JFK at 12:45 pm and leave at 7:30 - 6 hours, 45 minute layover . Can anyone suggest a plan to meet up with my granddaughter who lives in NY?

     

    What airlines are you flying? Do you want to leave the airport grounds or stay on airport property?

     

    I'm flying Delta. I didn't think there would be time to leave the airport property but it would be great if I could.

     

    Then I would recommend meeting her on the baggage claim level of Terminal 4.

     

  • Enough Time International to Domestic/Separate Tics
    Feb 1, 2016
    3
    Arriving at JFK from Abu Dhabi 9:35am -- Terminal 4. Investigating purchase of next leg at 12pm/noon American AA2080. (I'm not sure of the terminal.) The next flight is 5pm, so would love to secure the noon flight. Is 2.5 hours enough time? Separate tickets, I'll have checked bags. I have Global Entry. (But not all in party do!) Thanks.

     

    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Abu Dhabi. All you will have to do is claim your bags from Etihad in Terminal 4 and take them on the AirTrain to Terminal 8 to re-check with American then go through security. You should be able to make the noon flight.

     

    Thanks so much! This forum is really helpful. Silly question perhaps but why pre-clear US Immigration/Customs in Abu Dhabi?

     

    Because Etihad and the Abu Dhabi Emirate wanted it and were willing to pay for it - they have preclearance.

     

  • 0nly 40 minutes between flights!
    Jan 31, 2016
    4
    Hi, I only have 40 minutes between flights.....will I make it? I'm flying to jfk from Toronto Pearson and then have a catch a connectioning flight to st thomas. Delta is in two terminals at Jfk. From what I understand

     

    That should be enough time if the flight from Toronto is on-time. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto and both flights will be in Terminal 4.

     

    just curious....how do u know both flights will be out of terminal 4?

     

    Because Toronto-JFK is on Delta Connection and all those flights use Terminal 4 and because the JFK-St. Thomas flight begins with a 4, meaning it departs from Terminal 4.

     

    Thank you so much! I've been worried for weeks about missing my flight

     

  • is one hour enough time to change planes?
    Jan 19, 2016
    1
    I am flying from bwi to montreal with a one hour layover at jfk. Delta airlines for all flights. Is one hour enough time to get from one plane to another?

     

    Yes, that should be enough time. Both flights should be in Terminal 4.

     

  • On a Delta flight from San Diego to London Heathrow with stop over
    Jan 17, 2016
    1
    Hi I'm on a flight with Delta Airlines that stops on JFK for a connecting flight onto London Heathrow, both are a same terminal. Do I go from one gate to the other or have to go through customs and come back in - I only have 1 hour transfer time window. Thanks Kev

     

    There is no US customs when leaving the US. All you have to do in JFK is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

  • Enough Time
    Jan 16, 2016
    2
    If I'm arriving from LA to NY at 530am via Delta Airlines to catch a British Airways flight to London at 755am with checked baggage, do I have enough time to make it? Thank you

     

    That should be enough time if your Delta flight is on-time. You will arrive in Terminal 4 and depart from Terminal 7. If your flights are on two separate reservations you will have to claim your bags from Delta and transfer them to T7 yourself.

     

    Thank you!

     

  • Transit
    Jan 7, 2016
    1
    I'm flying from St Maarten to London via JFK. I have 2 hours on the ground. Will I have to go through immigration and pick up my luggage at JFK?

     

    Yes, if all your tickets are on the same reservation, you will arrive in JFK, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and to your departure gate. You have just enough time.

     

  • Traveling with toddlers
    Jan 6, 2016
    1
    Hello I am traveling from Bahrain to San Frnacisco with a layover in Paris and JFK. I will have my 22 month old toddler in tow and am traveling alone. We will be on Gulf Air/American airlines. Any advice on getting through JFK intenrnational to domestic with a 4 hour lay over will be appreciated. Will there be someone to help me transfer bags?

     

    If your bags are checked through to San Francisco you just have to claim your bags to bring them through US Customs then can immediately re-check them. There will be carts to use in the international baggage claim area.

     

  • QUESTION
    Dec 30, 2015
    3
    Is American Airlines AA4058 from YYZ ro JFK on 18 JAN 2016 an international flight?

     

    You pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto.

     

    So when i arrive in JFK i will arrive at the domestic area instead of the international area?

     

    You will be released into the general gate area of Terminal 8. You will not be funneled to immigration. If you have checked bags and are ending your trip in New York you will claim them in the domestic baggage claim area.

     

  • Ideal arrival time on 12/25 for international flight with 1 local stop
    Dec 23, 2015
    3
    I am traveling with my young son to the Dominican Republic via AA on 12/25/15 on the 8:10am flight with a stopover in Charlotte, NC. Do I have to arrive at the airport 3 hours in advance to clear customs? It will be hard to get in tow with a kid in tow before 6am. Is 2 hours enough time to go through ticketing, security, etc?

     

    No, you do not go through customs in New York or Charlotte. There is no US Customs when leaving the US. All you have to do in JFK is check your bags and go through security and all you have to do in Charlotte is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. 2 hours should be plenty of time.

     

    Do you think arriving one hour or 90 minutes in advance of our flight is cutting it too close? i am hoping that the airport won't be very busy on X-mas day. Thanks.

     

    Xmas day itself is not a particularly busy day, but I'd still try to be there 90 minutes early.

     

  • Transit from Johannesburg to Toronto - where to get Air Canada Boardin
    Dec 17, 2015
    1
    Transiting from SAA203 raring from J'burg and connecting to Toronto - can you please tell me where I drop my bag and get a boarding pass for Air Canada? Thanks SJ

     

    If you purchased your ticket on a single reservation and your bags are tagged through to YYZ you re-check your bags at the re-check desk right after clearing customs. If you purchased two separate reservations and your bags are only tagged to JFK you will have to take them to the Air Canada check-in desk in Terminal 7.

     

  • LONDON-TO JFK-NASHVILLE: ENOUGH TIME TO MAKE CONNECTION
    Dec 10, 2015
    1
    MY DAIGHTER HAS 1HR 25 MIN TO MAKE A CONNECTION FROM LONDON TO NASHVILLE IN JFK. SINGLE TICKET BOOKED ON AA. QTY2 CHECKED BAGS. US PASSPORT. IS THIS ENOUGH TIME? THANKS

     

    No, that is 5 minutes shorter than the minimum International to Domestic connection time at JFK and 35 minutes shorter than I recommend.

     

  • question
    Dec 8, 2015
    3
    i have a flight to jfk on american airlines 4309 and a friend coming in on LAN532. Will I able to meet her before crossing the immigration passport control together?

     

    American 4309 is a domestic flight - you don't have to go through immigration/passport control.

     

    So is there no way that I can meet my friend before immigration controls or wait for her at the baggage area? Am I right to say that domestic flights and international flights do not arrive at the same area in the arrival halls?

     

    Correct. When you arrive you will come out on the same level that people wait for their departing flights on. Your friend will be sent down secure corridors to Immigration, the International baggage claim and customs. You can meet her at the exit of customs, which should be on the lower level.

     

  • jfk terminal 8 domestic & international
    Dec 7, 2015
    1
    Hi, I'd be arriving on a domestic flight at JFK from Washington and I have a next flight to Korea at Terminal 8 as well. Are the domestic and internationl terminals the same or are they separate?

     

    Terminal 8 is just one terminal. All gates are connected. However, there are no nonstop flights to Seoul that leave from Terminal 8. Are you making a stop first? What airline are you flying?

     

  • How many hours in advance should I arrive at the airport
    Dec 3, 2015
    1
    My flight is at 8:05PM (Flight #83) from JFK to SAN. How many hours in advance should I arrive at the airport during christmas holidays?

     

    90 minutes if you don't have checked bags, 2 hours if you have checked bags, just to be safe. But less than that is doable.

     

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