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  • Alaska Air to Hawaiian
    Mar 26, 2017
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    I arrive in LAX via Alaska Air at 6:55 am on a Sunday and leave on Hawaiian at 9:00. I will have to claim bags and recheck, will this be sufficient time?

     

    Yes, that is just enough time if everything goes perfectly. You will have to run across the airport from Terminal 6 where you arrive to Terminal 2 where you depart.

     

  • showers
    Mar 21, 2017
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    We are flying in from Tokyo (Delta Busines Class) with a four hour layover before flying out on Southwest. Is there anywhere to shower and frreshen (after the 11 hour flight) up during the wait.

     

    No, there is not.

     

    Can we then use our business class ticket to use the Delta Lounge or pay the $59 to use the shower in the Delta Lounge. (terminal 6) That would be OK too?? What terminal is Customs and Immigration and can we walk from Customs to Delta Lounge.

     

    You will arrive in Terminal 5 and go through US Immigration, Customs, and security. However, when you arrive, you will go straight to US Immigration and Customs and claim your bags, at which point you will be outside security. The Lounge is inside security. You have to go to Terminal 1 to re-check your bags and you won't be able to go through security in Terminal 5.

     

  • Vancouver to San Jose - 8 hr layover
    Mar 1, 2017
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    We fly Van to Seattle, then LAX - stopover 00:30 to 8:15 am on our way to San Jose, CR. Is the VIP lounge closed at this time? What can we do? 2 teenage daughters in tow. Don't really want to leave the airport but might be open to options- plse help

     

  • what to do
    Feb 18, 2017
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    arrive la midday sunday, fly out midnight monday, cannot drive, what to do and where to stay

     

    Stay in downtown Santa Monica. It's a short taxi ride away and there's enough stuff to do in downtown Santa Monica that you can walk to.

     

  • Leaving LAX and going back in
    Feb 17, 2017
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    Hi, I am flight from London to las vegas but connecting via LAX I have a 4 hour stop over can I leave the airport for a cigarette as I would of been on a 11hour flight, then when re dosed on nicotine go back through for my connecting flight ? Hope someone can help me with this

     

    You will be outside security once you clear US Customs, so yes, as long as you are on-time, then yes, you can step outisde for a cigarette.

     

  • ASE-LAX-LHR Luggage collection + 8h layover
    Feb 17, 2017
    1
    Hi all, I'm flying ASE - LAX - LHR on UA soon with a 8h layover in LAX. I have a German passport and as I'm leaving the US I assume I don't have to collect my luggage, correct? My second question - What can I do in 8h (during the day) in LAX? Any suggestions or tips? Cheers

     

    No, you do not have to collect your bags in LAX.

     

  • 22 hours and 15 minutes Lay Over
    Dec 27, 2016
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    Hi, We have 22 hours and 15 minutes Lay Over in LA from New York to Christchurch, New Zealand. We are going to arrive LAX at 12.50 midnight and depart for New Zealand at 10.05PM the same day. We are planning to stay in a hotel (10 min drive from LAX) when we arrive by midnight, sleep and will start the day at 8AM to take Hop On Hop Off Tour Bus (2-3hrs). We are going to take only one route out of the four routes to save time. Do we have enough time? Thanks.

     

  • SHORT TIME BETWEEN ARRIVING AND DEPARTING
    Dec 22, 2016
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    WE ARE ARRIVING ON DELTA FLIGHT # 5788 ON DEC 30TH AT 4:20PM. FLIGHTING OUT ON DELTA FLIGHT #1298 AT 4:55PM TO KONA, HI. HUSBAND HAS A BAD HIP, CAN'T WALK TO FAST. IS 35 MIN ENOUGH TIME. ANY SUGGESTIONS?

     

    It's possible - you can walk between all Delta gates in LAX, but it doesn't leave much time to spare. You could request wheelchair assitance but that may actually be slower since you probably won't actually have to walk very far.

     

  • FLYING QANTUS FROM WAS TO AUKLAND NZ
    Nov 27, 2016
    2
    My Qantus flight from Was arrives in LAX at 10:25 pm and the outbound Qantus flight to Aul leaves 11:10 pm. Is there enough time to make the 11:10 Qantus flight?

     

    Qantas does not fly from Washington to LAX. That flight will be on American. You have just enough time if everything goes smoothly. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

    Actually both flights will be on American.

     

  • Separate Connecting Flight
    Nov 25, 2016
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    We are thinking of flying into LAX on on Hawaiianairlines arriving at 3pm, how much time would we need to get bags and re check into an international flight to London (booking totally separate ticket, told they will not check bags through)...doing same lay over on the return...is 3 hr enough time?

     

    3 hours is just about what I recommend. More on the return would be nice but isn't totally necessary.

     

  • 35 minute layover same airline
    Nov 22, 2016
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    I'm looking at a delta flight from RDU to HNL. It has a 35 minute layover at LAX. Should I pick a flight with a longer layover?

     

    It's possible but it doesn't leave any time to spare. It's up to you and what your risk tolerance is.

     

  • LAX airport
    Nov 21, 2016
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    Bought ATL to LAX tickets with FF points on DL. Have 3 hr layover in LAX before boarding my DL flight LAX to Sydney - which I purchased - so 2 different tickets. DL assures me I can check my bags all the way through since Both tickets are on D L. Hope they are right! It looks as if domestic & International DL flights depart term 5 at LAX- yes?

     

    Yes, that is correct. You should have plenty of time - even if for some reason you do have to claim your bags and re-check them.

     

  • LAX Layover
    Nov 16, 2016
    2
    Hi! I am flying from Denver to LAX with United... I have a 3 hour layover where I will fly to Guadalajara with Volaris. Will this be enough time? I am checking 1 bag under the plane. Thanks!

     

    Yes, that should be enough time. You will have to transfer your bag yourself to Volaris.

     

    Thanks! I've heard that volaris can be a stickler at not checking in exactly 3 hours before the flight-this will be impossible for me... this just has me a bit nervous!

     

  • Luggage and Manhattan beach.
    Nov 10, 2016
    4
    Hi, I am travelling from Heathrow-L.A.X-Auckland, i arrive at 3.05pm and depart at 10.40pm all booked as one ticket direct with A.A. My question is will i have to collect my luggage or will it be checked through to the Auckland flight automatically, and if so will i have time to visit Manhattan Beach? Thanks.

     

    Yes, in LAX you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then you are free to go where you want. Be back at the airport by 8:30.

     

    Hi, Thanks for the reply, so i can recheck my bag straight away, a few hours ahead of the actual flight? Thanks.

     

    Yes, you can.

     

    Thank you, i have been struggling to determine if it would have been better or easier for me too take a large rucksack rather than a conventional suitcase in case i couldn't check it in hours ahead so i could leave for a few hours, Thanks again.

     

  • Customs and recheck bagagge
    Nov 4, 2016
    4
    Hi! Arriving LAX via AA at 3pm and departing also with AA going to SFO at 4:40pm. Do i have enough time to clear the immigration and customs and to recheck my bagagge for the next flight? Thanks

     

    Where are you flying into LAX from?

     

    Im flying from Bahrain-Heathrow-LAX-SFO via AA..thanks

     

    That is barely enough time if everything goes smoothly. If you miss your connection you will be rebooked on a later AA flight to SFO.

     

    The rebooking is free of charge?thanks

     

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