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  • 22 hours and 15 minutes Lay Over
    Dec 27, 2016
    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.


    Dec 22, 2016


    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.


    Nov 27, 2016
    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
    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 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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


  • connection
    Oct 30, 2016
    Flying with my family through LAX from Costa Rica to Las Vegas. All with Delta on the same itinerary. The layover is only 1 hour and 15 min. Is that enough time?


    That will be really difficult if not impossible, especially if you have checked bags.


  • Layover time
    Oct 11, 2016
    My plane arrives in LAX at 7:40pm and I need to get the luggage and recheck them in to China Southern airline for next international flight taking off at 10:20pm, Is this enough time?Thank you so much! :)


  • Layover time
    Oct 11, 2016
    My plane arrives in LAX at 7:40pm and I need to get the luggage and recheck them in to China Southern airline for next international flight taking off at 10:20pm, Is this enough time?Thank you so much! :)


    That's just enough time if the first flight is domestic and everything goes smoothly.


  • Layer over time from Hawaii to Vegas
    Oct 10, 2016
    Hi there, I'm looking to book a flight from Hawaii to Las Vegas is a 1 layover enough? I'm from the UK my first flight into the US two weeks earlier.


    What airlines are you flying? Are your flights on one reservation or two separate reservations? Do you have checked bags?


  • Flying from hawaii to las vegas
    Oct 9, 2016
    Hi there I'm looking to fly from Hawaii to las vegas is a one layover long enough? I'm from the UK but I'll be flying into Washington two weeks earlier before heading to Hawaii. Will I have to collect my bags all will the airline do that for me if both flights are with the same airline?


    If both flights are on the same airline then you won't have to do anything with your bags in Los Angeles and all you would have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. 1 Hour would be enough time.


  • 6 hr layover at lax with 2 snall children
    Oct 11, 2016
    Arriving at LAX at 3:50pm (via Virgin America) and leaving at 10:35pm (via Virgin Australia). Travelling with 2children ages 2&4. Any suggestions for passing 6 hr 45 min layover? Stay in airport? Leave airport? Suggestions, Please?.


    I would stay at the airport. There isn't really enough time for you to do much and it will be the middle of rush hour when you arrive.


    I humbly disagree with the previous post. It depends how old your children are. I often travel with my kids and staying in LAX for over 6 hours would KILL me! It is the WORST airport in the nation. Nothing to do! I would look at a place called Marina Del Rey Fishermans Village. About 15-20 min away by cab. Not an amusement park, but enough to keep kids busy walking around looking at seals and boats, grab a snack etc for about 2-3 hours. Best thing is, no FREEWAYS to drive on at that time!


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