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  • 10 Hours Transit
    May 17, 2016
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    Hi, I will be arriving in LAX-Terminal B from Hong Kong on Cathay Airways at 2.50pm, and departing to Costa Rica via terminal 5 at 1am via Delta Air Lines. Any recommendation on what I can do during the layover of 10 hours? Thanks

     

    Take a taxi to the Santa Monica Pier.

     

    Thank you. But how about the luggages? Is there a place I can store? I've contacted Delta Airlines and they said I can only check in the baggage 6 hrs prior to departure, and I can't leave the airport once I've dropped the baggage.

     

  • Volaris 922 to FJ811
    May 5, 2016
    1
    I have to transit from ZAC (20:30 arrival terminal 2) to NADI (23:30 departure terminal B). The two travels are on different tickets so I have to check out and check in my luggage. Is it possible?

     

    It's barely possible if everything goes smoothly. You'll have to hurry to the International Terminal with your bags re-check them before the the Fiji Airways desk closes.

     

  • transit time
    May 4, 2016
    3
    hi! I start a flight at 7:30a to 10:30a from BWI to LAX, and I have 1h40m for transiting to catch an international flight at 12:10p same day. Can I ask it is possible to catch flight in time?

     

    What airlines are you flying? Where are you flying to? Are your tickets on the same reservation or separate? Do you have checked bags? I can't answer your question without that information.

     

    I fly from BWI to LAX (Alaska Airlines 739 ). In LAX, I have 1h40m to transit and catch an international flight to Incheon ( Asiana Airlines 201). I have 2 checked bags. I think when i come to LAX, I have to check in again with Asiana Airlines.

     

    In that case you have barely enough time if everything goes perfectly.

     

  • Skip 2nd domestic leg of Melb-LAX-DFW flight
    May 2, 2016
    1
    Flying Melb -LAX then DFW late this month. Change of plans and I dont need to be in DFW anymore. Can I get my bags, clear customs and exit LAX instead (not board the DFW flight)?

     

    Yes, you can, but if this is the outbound leg of your trip, the rest of your itinerary will be canceled if you no-show the flight to DFW.

     

  • hotel near LAX
    May 2, 2016
    1
    Hi - I need to overnight near LAX between flights. Am looking for something very clean and convenient with a shuttle. Any suggestions?

     

    There are lots of major chain hotels right near LAX that are all decent and have shuttles. I believe I stayed at the Holiday Inn about 15 years ago.

     

  • Airport terminal
    Apr 6, 2016
    5
    Do all international flights land in the same terminal ?

     

    No, Terminals 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7 accept certain international flights in addition to the International Terminal. if you post what airline you're flying and where you're flying from I can tell you where you arrive.

     

    Its lufthansa operated by unitrd from heathrow

     

    You will arrive in Terminal 7.

     

    Do they habe the new kiosks at terminal 7 for imigration ?

     

    Every terminal with immigration at LAX is supposed to get the kiosks, but LAWA hasn't put out any press releases that it has been installed in any terminals other than the International Terminal, so I don't know. I believe the second terminal slated to get them was Terminal 2.

     

  • Cancun to LAX to MSP overnight
    Apr 6, 2016
    2
    We have a flight coming in from Mexico at about 11pm and our connecting flight leaves at 6:45am. Note enough time to bother leaving the airport. But, with the timing of everything after going through costumes and getting our bag will we be allowed airside again or have to wait till morning? All flights are Delta and on the same itinerary.

     

    You will have to wait until morning to go back airside. The checkpoint will probably reopen at about 4 AM.

     

    Also, note that the checkpoint may still be open when you arrive as there is a 12:45 AM Delta flight to Atlanta. However, you may be kicked out of the concourse again after it departs, if you're even allowed through security at that point.

     

  • luggage storage during layover
    Mar 7, 2016
    1
    We are flying from Miami to Syd with a 10 hour layover in LA. We arrive at 10am and leave at 10pm so were hoping to get out and visit Santa Monica for the day. The problem is what to do with all our bags (there are 4 of us). I've heard of something called LAX Luggage Storage (luggage storage facility) which picks up luggage from curtsied and then drops off at the terminal you're leaving from and they charge per bag. Do you know anything about them? Are they reliable/safe?

     

    Yes, that seems like a good solution..

     

  • Auckland to LA to Calgary
    Feb 22, 2016
    2
    We are flying Air New Zealand to LA. We are flying from there to Calgary via Westjet. Both airlines are in Terminal 2. Will 2hrs 10 mins be sufficient?

     

    Forgot to add... we will be booking all through the same reservation and we will have checked baggage. Time of layover will be early evening.

     

    Air New Zealand no longer uses Terminal 2. You will arrive in the International Terminal, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then walk to Terminal 2, get your Westjet boarding passes if you don't already have them, and then go through security. You have just about enough time.

     

  • 1h 35 is enough?
    Feb 22, 2016
    1
    Hi, I'm arriving from London AA109 at 15h 40, dearting to Kona AA 59 at 17h 15, so just 1h 35 layover, will be enough time? Thanks for your help

     

    That's barely enough time if everything goes smoothly.

     

  • 10 hour layover in LAX with luggage and flights on different airlines
    Feb 20, 2016
    1
    I am landing at LAX on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 2:20 p.m. on Aeroflot from Moscow and then departing LAX on Monday, Feb. 22, at 12:30 a.m. on Volaris to Guadalajara. I am trying to decide if I should stay in the airport for 10 hours (but where? I will have one large suitcase in addition to my carry on) or get a hotel. But I cannot see which hotels have free shuttles on www.hotwire.com for example. Ideas?

     

    There's no point in asking the same question twice in a row.

     

  • 10 hour layover in LAX with luggage and flights on different airlines
    Feb 20, 2016
    5
    I am landing at LAX on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 2:20 p.m. on Aeroflot from Moscow and then departing LAX on Monday, Feb. 22, at 12:30 a.m. on Volaris to Guadalajara. I am trying to decide if I should stay in the airport for 10 hours (but where? I will have one large suitcase in addition to my carry on) or get a hotel. But I cannot see which hotels have free shuttles on www.hotwire.com for example. Ideas?

     

    Just stay at the airport. By the time you get out of Immigration and customs it will be about 4 and you'll have to check in for your Volaris flight at about 10:30, you'll only have like 6 hours to kill. Definitely not worth getting a hotel.

     

    Thank you, but for those six hours I cannot go inside the terminals (past security with my suitcase), because I will need to check it at Volaris, but they surely will not take my bag that far ahead of my flight. I will be stuck on the airline counters side of things for about 6 hours.

     

    In addition, I am going to be rather jet-lagged having just come from Moscow (11 hour time difference).

     

    Thank you, but for those six hours I cannot go inside the terminals (past security with my suitcase), because I will need to check it at Volaris, but they surely will not take my bag that far ahead of my flight. I will be stuck on the airline counters side of things for about 6 hours.

     

    In addition, I am going to be rather jet-lagged having just come from Moscow (11 hour time difference).

     

  • 1 hour and 40 min layover enough
    Feb 17, 2016
    1
    Hello I will be arriving from Syd to lax at 7:50 am in June on American Airlines and then clear customs to catch my domestic flight which leaves at 9:45 am on American Airlines. Is this sufficient time or will I miss the flight? Also I am a wheel chair passengers will there be any priority?

     

    That should be just about enough time. Yes, you will bypass the security line in your departure terminal and go to a special line for immigration.

     

  • 4 hours layover - 2 separate tickets and different airlines
    Feb 11, 2016
    1
    Landing at LAX Terminal B at 17.30 (with Norwegian) and need to catch a Southwest flight from Terminal 1 at 21.30. I am an European citizen, never travelled to America before but quite swift and confident about new airports. I'll have a checked -in bag tough. Is 4 hour layover ok?

     

    Same answer as before.

     

  • Layover needed having a checked-in luggage
    Feb 11, 2016
    4
    Hi, I will be flying from London (Norwegian airline) to LAX and landing at 17.30. The flight I am looking to buy takes off at 20.30 from LAX (to Tucson) with Delta airlines. Is 3 hour layover long enough to get my luggage back, go through customs/passport check and check-in again with different airline?? P.s. My first long haul flight and my first time in America but I am quite used to travel by myself and get things sorted even if not familiar with the airport. Thanks Martina

     

    Yes, that should be enough time as long as your Norwegian flight is somewhere close to on-time.

     

    I know they are not well known for being on time :( That's why I am choosing the 21.30 flight. However, I was worried about passport clear and baggage claim waiting time too...

     

    Passport control and baggage are generally pretty good at the TBIT at LAX, especially at that time of the evening when it's not very busy.

     

    Great. Thanks for the info.

     

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