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  • Layover in LAX
    Oct 10, 2014
    I am flying from cancun to vancouver with an overnight layover in LAX. (In LAX at 9:00pm, leave LAX at 9:55am). Should i get a hotel to stay the night? I know Delta airlines will be keeping my baggage so i would only have carryon stuff with me. Do we go through customs when we land in LAX?


    Yes, you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, and go through US Customs upon arrival at LAX. I doubt Delta will let you re-check your bags for an overnight 13 hour layover. You should definitely get a hotel. 13 Hours is a long time to spend on the airport floor.


  • Enough layover time and will the plane transfer my luggage
    Sep 25, 2014
    I have a flight from LAS via Virgin America at 9:45 to 10:55 to LAX Terminal 3 and my layover is only 1 hr. and 20 mins. to Tom Bradley terminal at 12:20pm. Do I have enough time? Will Virgin America transfer my luggages to Asiana Airlines? Do I need to check in again with my luggage or just my carry-on? And its my first time in LAX, how can I get from Terminal 3 to TB Terminal?


    By the way i purchased my ticket in the same reservation number Domestic Virgin America and ASiana airlines for International flight. Do i need to claim my luggage at MAX Terminal 3 to TBIT and check in again? 1 hr & 20mins will be enough time layover?


    If you purchased your tickets together your bags will automatically be transferred and Virgin America should even be able to issue your Asiana boarding pass (although they may not be able to). Getting from T3 to the TBIT is very easy. You just have to exit Terminal 3, walk to the right (with the flow of traffic) and the next building you come to is the TBIT. It takes about 3 minutes.


  • Layover sufficient time?
    Sep 15, 2014
    I'm planning a trip in January from Brisbane on Qantas/Tom Bradley Intl terminal arriving 6.30am and leaving Aeromexico (terminal 2 I think) at 9:55am giving a layover of 3hr25min. Is this sufficient time to collect baggage, go through US customs and immigration, transfer terminals and recheckin in? Thanks


    Yes, that should be enough time. You'll probably be out of Customs by 7:30 at the latest, It's about a 10 minute walk to T2, so you'll be there more than 2 hours before your flight.


    Thank you for your quick response


  • Lax between flights
    Sep 15, 2014
    We arrive at LAX terminal B at 6.30am and have a connecting flight to Vancouver which departs terminal M at 2.35pm. Will our bags be checked straight through or do we have to collect them and re-check? If we have to re-check will we need to take them to Terminal B to do this or is there a transfer drop point? We are hoping to take a taxi to Venice Beach or Hollywood to have a quick look around between flights.


    LAX does not have a Terminal M. What airlines are you flying and where are you coming from on your first flight?


    We are arriving on Virgin flight from Brisbane, Australia (code share with Delta, which is our connecting airline)


    OK. You will arrive in the Tom Bradley International Terminal, go through US Immigration, claim your baggage, go through US Customs, then follow the sign for connecting passengers to re-check your bags with Delta. Then you will exit the Terminal and walk to the right to Terminal 5 where your Delta flight to YVR will depart.


    If you want to look around you can do so - it's about a 20 minute taxi ride to Venice Beach. Be back to LAX by 1 PM. Hollywood is much further away (over an hour in traffic).


  • transit in LA, luggage
    Sep 14, 2014
    HI, urgent - check in luggage process in LAX Sydney to Cleveland: Sydney (SYD) to Los Angeles (LAX) QF Qantas Airways Flight: 107 Then same day transit Los Angeles (LAX)to Cleveland (CLE) UA United Flight: 1665 Can I make the luggage check-in at Sydney airport and go directly to Cleveland? ( without need to take check-in luggage out at LA airport) If not, what will be the procedure? and how far between Qantas and United? It is a 16 yr boy travelling alone for the first time so need to get the information clear before hand,Thanks for your assistance, appreciated.


    If you purchased your tickets together the bags can be tagged through to Cleveland. However, the bags still must be claimed in order to go through US Customs. If they were tagged through to Cleveland, they can then be immediately re-checked in the International Terminal re-check desk. If they are only tagged to LAX, the passenger must take the bags with him to Terminal 7 to check with United and pay a checked bag fee. It is approximately a 15 minute walk between the International Terminal and T7.


  • LAX 15 hours layover at night from 7:30 pm to 10:30 am
    Apr 21, 2014
    Hello! I have a 15 hr layover at LAX on May 8th 2014. I was wondering if it would be safe and convenient to step out of the airport, for some sight seeing? Immigration and Borders check at the airport would take 90 mins and I'd like to be back 2 hours before the flight next morning. So essentially I have time from 9pm to 8:30am for sight seeing. An option is to take the FlyAway bus service to Union station and head to Hollywood Boulevard. Are there any other places worth visiting at night? Would it make sense to start early in the morning and go visit Venice or Manhattan beacj?


    Hollywood will be worth seeing at that time of night. Venice Beach and Santa Monica will be pretty empty that early in the morning, so you won't really get the flavor, but it's worth seeing if you've never seen it. Where are you planning on staying?


  • 1 hour connection in LAX
    Dec 21, 2013
    Hi, we are flying from YVR to ZIH (in Mexico) on Alaska Airlines with a 1 hour connection in LAX. Is that enough time?


    At YVR go through US customs clearance; on arrival at LAX at Terminal 6 simply walk to your connecting gate. T6 has gates 70A -71B, 72 & 73 & 74A -77B.


    Yes, that should be enough time. All Alaska gates are connected beyond security at LAX and you will pre-clear US immigration in Vancouver.


  • 36 min layover - enough?
    Oct 8, 2013
    Hi! my friends and I are flying to LAX with Delta. We will arrive at terminal 5 at 10.24am. However, our connecting flight with Delta is at 11am at terminal 5 too. Will we be able to make it with 36min of layover? Do we have to go through security once again?


    No you won't have to go through security. If your first flight is on-time you'll have enough time. Terminal 5 is not large.


  • Flight From LA to Hong Kong
    Jul 6, 2013
    Hi, my flight from Salt Lake City to LA in Terminal 5 at 10.35pm and I need to catch another flight in Terminal B at 12.45am from LA to Hong Kong , I'm wondering whether enough time for 2hrs ?


    LAX doesn't have a Terminal B - I'm assuming you mean the Tom Bradly International Terminal. Yes, if your first flight is on-time that will be enough time, but you'll want to hurry if you have to claim bags and move them to the second carrier yourself. (if both tickets weren't bought on the same reservation)


  • smoking
    Apr 9, 2013
    does terminal 7 still allow smoking outside? if so, would i need to go through security again?


    As in all APs, once you leave the secured area (after security checkpoint), you need on your return go through security again.


  • I have one night layover in LAX
    Mar 14, 2013
    Hi there! I have one night layover in LAX and I am looking for a way to store my luggage in LAX airport while I spend a night at a hotel but I dont want to take all my luggage with me any suggestions? Thank you so much!


    There is no airport storage for baggage in LAX - you'll have to bring it to your hotel.


    Do you have any recommendations for a hotel close by? I have a layover because my flight is to Shanghai next day and I flying from Ecuador. So it is a long flight and I just want to have a good nights sleep maybe somewhere around Santa Monica Beach? And are ther e shuttles? Thank you, Ive been in other states in the US but first time to LA.


    Santa Monica Beach isn't too far away but none of the hotels there would have a shuttle to LAX. I've only stayed at a LAX airport hotel and it was at the Marriott I think. There are lots of large high quality hotels right by LAX (Crowne Plaza, Radisson, Embassy Suites, Sheraton, Hilton), which all have a shuttle.


  • reLAX lounge
    Feb 5, 2013
    My wife and I have 14hrs (yes, 14) to wait for our connection to Vancouver. Is the reLAX lounge still in operation and what are peoples experiences with it. Thanks.


    The reLAX lounge is in the Bradley Terminal (TBIT), tel. 310-417-3848. Also open Frommer site at


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