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  • Southwest/Delta + Japan
    May 19, 2015
    I will be doing a roundtrip from MCI to NRT. I will purchase Southwest tickets for domestic travel to/from LAX, then Delta tickets for the LAX/NRT travel. How much time (I'm a slow mover btw!) do I need to handle customs, terminal changes, re-checking bags, and re-entering security at LAX? What's the walking path for the LAX terminals I can do?


    On your way to NRT I would want 2 hours. There is no US Customs upon departing the US. This would be the bare minimum. Southwest arrives in Terminal 1 and Delta departs from Terminal 5. There is no direct route between them, you can walk across the parking garages or take a slow shuttle bus on the lower level. You will have to transfer your bags yourself. On the way back I would want at least 3 hours, preferably a bit more.


    Also, why are you so dead-set on this particular routing? there would be many other routings that would be both easier and more efficient between Kansas City and Tokyo.


    The points I have with Southwest gives me enough to travel to/from LAX for free, and LAX has cheap flights to/from Tokyo. This was the best option I found, unless there is a different combination I can use. that you know of. Thank you for the routing and timing help.


    OK, makes sense. Seattle also has cheap flights to Tokyo but the Southwest flight there from KC arrives far too late to connect to any of the Tokyo flights. It's fine going through LAX, just be sure to leave plenty of time to make the connections.


  • LAX terminal B to 4 connection
    May 19, 2015
    Hi, I am arriving on US air from London to LAX arriving at 1535, with a connection at 1715 to RNO. this is all on a AA/US codeshare ticket... i am assuming this will be fine as its one ticket, can anyone help? terminal B to 4. Thanks


    This is a fairly difficult but doable connection. If your flight from London is operated by British Airways it will arrive in the International Terminal, if it is operated by american it will arrive in Terminal 4. You will then go through security, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the transfer desk. Then if you arrived in the International Terminal, walk to terminal 4 (it's a short walk). Then, go through security. Your flight to Reno will depart from the American Eagle satellite terminal, you will have to take a shuttle bus to get there. The shuttle bus is after you go through security in Terminal 4.


    Thank you. Do you know how long the shuttle takes to the satellite terminal?


    About 10-15 minutes.


  • LAV to LAX and LAX to SYD connecting time 48 mins
    May 18, 2015
    Hi I am travelling from LAV to LAX and LAX to SYD. I only have 48 mins for the connecting flights at LAX to Sydney. Both flights are booked with united airlines and both departure and arrival is on Terminal 7. I believe my luggage will be checked in at LAV, Do I have enough time?


    There is no such airport code as "LAV" Are you coming from Las Vegas? That's LAS. Yes, you should have enough time if your first flight is on-time. All you have to do in LAX is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    Thank you very much for your kind response. Yes, I mean from Las Vegas, sorry for the wrong code.


  • Enough time between flights
    May 16, 2015
    I arrive from Auckland at Terminal 2 on Air NZ at 7:15am and depart on Delta to Puerto Vallarta at Terminal 5 at 10:20am . Will this be enough time with bags not checked through ?


    That would be barely enough time. You will have to run across the airport to Terminal 5 to get your bags checked in time.


  • domestic to International both Delta BOS to LAX and LAX to SYdney
    May 15, 2015
    I have flight from BOS to LAX and LAX to SYdney , both are Delta , i have 40 mins of layover, i hope my bags r taken care by delta, does 40 mins is enough for me to to get international flight?


    All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You should have enough time if your flight from BOS is on-time.


  • Getting from T5 to T3
    May 15, 2015
    Virgin Australia have advised that Delta have changed my flight to lax leaving me 1 hr and 20 minutes connecting time. Is this possible?


    If your Delta flight is domestic, that is possible. Also be aware that Virgin Australia flights leave from the International Terminal, even though their check-in counters are in Terminal 3. If you have your Virgin Australia boarding pass you can proceed directly to the security checkpoint in the International Terminal.


    Many thanks, yes the Delta flight is domestic


  • Enough time I hope!
    May 15, 2015
    Arriving on Air Tahiti from Papette. Have 2 hours and 20 minutes to catch Southwest flight to Houston, TX. Will this be enough time?


    It's possible but difficult. You will have to run with your baggage from the International Terminal to T1 after arriving. Once clearing customs follow the signs for passengers ending their journey in LA, not connecting passengers, then exit the International Terminal and move as quickly as you can to the left (against the flow of vehicle traffic) until you reach T1. Check in online for your Southwest flight if you can before you leave Tahiti.


  • Enough time
    May 21, 2015
    Hi, I have a flight arriving from Australia to LAX terminal 5 at 8am. Then a connecting flight to NY at 9.10am, also in terminal 5 though. Will this be enough time to clear customs etc? All tickets were purchased at the same time through travel agent (Delta). I questioned the short time and the travel agent said that this was a legal connection and was allowed to be booked. Can you please advise?


    That will be very difficult. It's possible, but again, very difficult. It depends on your flight from Australia arriving on-time, preferrably early, and there being no delays in immigration.


    Delta will move you to a later flight if necessary. It is a common occurence


  • domestic to international
    May 13, 2015
    I am flying from Newark to lAX then connecting to a flight to New Zealand. I have a 50 minute time between flights. Is this enough time?


    That will be very difficult if not impossible. What airlines are you flying? Were tickets purchased together or separately?


  • International to domestic - how much time needed?
    May 12, 2015
    We fly in at 1830 via Norwegian Air and are booking domestic flight to SFO how much time is needed? Is the SW Air, Virgin or Alaska easier/quicker to get to from international? Thanks!


    You need to leave at least 3 hours between flights since you will have to transfer your bags yourself. You could get away with 2 hours if you aren't checking a bag. VIrgin and Alaska are closer to the International Terminal than Southwest.


  • Flight change leaves one hour for terminal change
    May 12, 2015
    We are scheduled to arrive in lax at 1155 in terminal 1 (southwest) and need to be on a flight to Thailand in the international terminal which leaves at 1250. Is this too risky? What if we changed our flight to arrive in la at 1115?


    Yes, that is impossible. Even the 11:15 would be very difficult, bordering on impossible.


  • Reduced time in LAX due to flight arrival change
    May 14, 2015
    Hi, I am flying in to LAX with Delta (from Montego Bay, through Atlanta. The flight has been pushed back to now arriving 2 hrs later than originally booked, at 9:30 pm. i have a connecting flight to Brisbane departing at 11:50pm. Concerned only having 2.5 hrs is not enough - what do you think???? There will only be 2 of us and we will have only 1 bag each. From the LAX map assuming will be landing in Terminal 5 and needing to change to Terminal 3. How manic are the custom lines these days? we will be going through customs upon arrival in states 4 weeks earlier - I have heard rumours this makes the next time quicker. Is this the case?? Appreciate any guidance you can offer.


    You do not go through Customs when leaving the US. You will not go through Customs in LAX. You will only go through Customs in Atlanta. All you have to do is walk from Terminal 5 to the International Terminal and go through security. Virgin Australia flights actually leave from the International Terminal even though their check-in counter is in Terminal 3.


    Great! Thank u!! Appreciate the advice.


    So for VA flights you check in at terminal 3 and then go clear security and board at TBIT?


  • Hello i am flying from PVR to LAX with a 1 hr stop
    May 10, 2015
    Is that enough time to catch my conection flight ?? both are at terminal 5 i am going to vancouver


    No, that's not enough time. You will have to go through US Immigration, customs, and security in LAX. You need at least 90 minutes.


  • SAT
    May 5, 2015
    I will have a ticket flying with Southwest and my son will be flying in with Delta and flying out with China Air. If I have a valid ticket flying out the same day as he is flying in can we meet up in the airport at any of the terminals during his layover?


    At what airport are you planning to meet?




    Yes, you could meet outside the secure area of any terminal. There is a large food court outside security in the International Terminal.


    But I couldn't go to the gate to see him off?




  • Enough time?
    May 4, 2015
    Arriving at LAX at 6:10 AM from Delta (HNL) and connecting to Southwest at 8:30 AM. Is 2 hours enough time to retrieve bags and recheck at Southwest? (There are 6 in our group with children.)


    That is barely enough time assuming the first flight is on-time. It will take about 20 minutes to walk from T5 to T1 with your baggage. Check in online for your Southwest flight before leaving Hawaii.


    Thank you. If it were you, would you pick a later flight, even if it meant being in the airport for 8 hours - with a 2 year old - or try to make this? The next flight available wouldn't leave until 2 or 3 pm.


    I would probably stick with what you have. If you miss your flight Southwest is usually pretty accommodating with putting people on later flights, although a group of 6 may be harder to rebook.


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