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  • LAX-MEL Connection
    Feb 28, 2016
    Travelling today with United Airlines on the same reservation from Seattle to LA and then from LA to Melbourne. Flight from Seattle reaches LA at 9:25 pm and then the next flight from LA to Mel is at 10:40pm. Will need to transfer from Terminal 8 to Terminal 7. Question is will I have to collect my checked in bag and redo security again at LA airport before boarding the flight to MEL. Is 1 hour 15 min enough to get from Terminal 8 to Terminal 7 for catching an international flight? Thanks heaps.


    No, you don't have to do anything with your bag or go through security. Just walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Please advise.
    Feb 28, 2016
    Hi there, I'm arriving at 6:52pm on an Alaska Airlines flight Operated by American Airlines from DFW, and departing to Auckland on an Air New Zealand flight at 9pm. I'm just wondering the easiest way to get to the Air New Zealand terminal assuming my bags check through. Thanks!


    The walkway from T4 where you arrive to the International Terminal where you departed just opened. Just follow signs to the International Terminal.


  • Connecting flights
    Feb 27, 2016
    I arrive on Hawaiian at 11:55pm and have a connecting on American at !:00am. No bags, do I have sufficient time to make it, should I catch a shuttle? I have a 9 yr old and a 14 yr old w/me.


    It will be very difficult. Yes, you could take the shuttle or run, but it's a long run. You will have to check in for your american flight online before you leave Hawaii.


  • Is 3 hours enough time to catch my connecting flight
    Feb 26, 2016
    My flight on Hawaiian Airlines lands at 5:15am at terminal 2 and I have an 8:10am connecting flight with Southwest Airlines at terminal 1. Am I going to have enough time to unboard, get my baggage from baggage claim, get to other terminal and through security lines in time to get on my connecting flight?


    Yes, that should be plenty of time.


  • Too close?
    Feb 25, 2016
    Leaving SLC to LAX on DL arriving at 9:35pm. Leaving LAX on CZ to Bangkok at 10:30? Is this impossible? No checked luggage


    Purchased CZ tickets separately.


    I would say it's pretty close to impossible, even without checked bags. It might be possible if your flight is in April or later so you won't have to go through security again in the International Terminal (there will be a secure connector between T4 and the International Terminal and there is a tunnel between T5 where you will arrive and T4) and if you are able to check in online for your China Southern flight, then maybe you'd have a chance, but that's a lot of ifs.


    Thank you! Kind of figured I was in trouble. Want to get to Thailand so just sucked it up and changed our flights. Thanks for your information!


  • Connections
    Feb 25, 2016
    From YYC- LAX- Narita Tokyo. Arriving in LAX 9:04 term 2 going to term 7 is 2 hours enough to claim baggage and going to terminal 7 for the departure 11:50 the same day?


    Yes, that should be enough time. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Calgary. If both tickets are on the same reservation your bags will be transferred for you.


  • Connection time
    Feb 26, 2016
    Hi there. We are arriving on Southwest flight from PHX on a Tuesday at 745pm, and scheduled to fly out of international terminal for Qantas flight at 1015pm. We will have to recheck bags with Qantas. Will this be enough time? Is the baggage claim for SW flight in terminal 1? THANKS!!!


    Yes, the Southwest baggage claim is in Terminal 1. You have enough time as long as your Southwest flight is on-time and your bags come out reasonably quickly.


    Yeah - didn't realize Qantas needs your bag 90min prior to flight. We may need to run. THANKS!!!


    SH - I am on the same flight and also coming from Phx. I changed to the American flight departing PHX at 5:20pm and arriving at T6, using the Qantas website. Because AA and Qantas are 'partners', the bags are checked thru from PHX. Usually I fly SW but gave it a miss this time. Cheers.


  • Quick Layover - Landing from Bangkok and leaving on Southwest. Help!
    Feb 24, 2016
    I am landing on an Air China flight at 9 am on a Sunday at LAX on 5/1/16. My outgoing flight is at 11:45 am on the same day via a Southwest flight. Given that I will have to pick up my bags and go through customs plus change terminals, will that be enough time to make it or should I allow more time given that it's a Sunday and there is more travel? Any input would really be appreciated. Thank you in advance!


    That connection is barely possible if the Air China flight is on-time.


    Thank you for the response!


  • Can I Make it?! Quick layover with flights booked on different tickets
    Feb 24, 2016
    I am flying on Southwest from Dallas to LAX in late April 2016 on a flight landing at 10:05 am in the Southwest terminal. I have a flight leaving at 11:40 am on the same day on Air China to Bangkok. I booked these flights on different tickets. Several questions: 1.Will I have enough time to make the flight connection? 2. Do I have to claim my bags at the Southwest terminal and re-check them at the international terminal since I purchased the flights on different tickets? I've assumed that I don't have to go through Customs or anything of that sort since I am just flying out of the US. I am concerned mostly due to the fact that I purchased the flights on different tickets. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks in advance :)


    Yes, you will have to claim your bags from Southwest and take them to the International Terminal to re-check. This is a very very difficult connection, bordering on impossible. Southwest does not transfer bags to or from any other airlines.


    Thank you!


    Feb 23, 2016
    I was lucky enough to get a flight from Miami to Los Angeles and then from Los Angeles to Bangkok. Here's my question my flight from Miami to Los Angeles lands at 10:09 a.m., my flight from Los Angeles to Bangkok takes off at 10:45 a.m. Do I have enough time and yes I have checked luggage as well as carry on of a 2 POUND dog. Yes it is all on the same reservation, and it is all with Delta Airlines all the way through. I need to know well I have to pick my luggage from baggage claim and recheck, will i have to go through security agin for the connected flight,and I also need to know if I'll have time to sprint to the gate and catch the flight. Please help


    There is no US Customs when leaving the US. If both flights are on Delta then all you have to do in Los Angeles is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time if your flight from Miami is on-time.


  • LAX to Vancouver
    Feb 23, 2016
    I'm looking at taking a flight that goes from Atlanta to LAX then to Vancouver. It has a 1 hr 33 min layover. Is this enough time to get from one gate to another. Will I have to do anything special since I'm going outside the US besides showing passport during eheckin.


    Assuming both flights are on the same reservation, no, you don't have to do anything special.


    So no issues with the layover time, correct. Both flights are with Delta, no changing airlines.


    Correct, all you have to do in LAX is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Abu Dhabi-LAX-San Jose connection
    Feb 23, 2016
    Hi, My dad is flying on Etihad flight coming from Abu Dhabi to LAX arriving at 2:35pm, then taking American Eagle flight from LAX-SJC at 5:45pm all on a Saturday. My question is, is the customs and immigration process straight forward or confusing? I am concerned about the bags re-check. Will he be able to use the re-check desk? If I fly into LAX to make this process easier for him, will I be able to meet him at international arrivals baggage claim? Thanks.


    He will actually pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Abu Dhabi. So all he has to do in LAX is claim his bags. However, since he arrives in the International Terminal, and I'm not aware of there being a domestic baggage claim in the international Terminal, I honestly have no clue where the Etihad baggage claim is at LAX and a google search doesn't help either. Anyway, wherever he claims his bags, he will do so, then just take his bags to the American check-in desk in Terminal 4, then go through security and take the shuttle to the American Eagle remote terminal and board his flight. 3 hours should be plenty of time.


    I've found the answer, there is a baggage claim in the TBIT near Terminal 3 for precleared passengers, Etihad has signs that leads their passengers to it.


    Thanks!! So he is only transiting at Abu Dhabi. The origin is AMD. Changing planes at AUH. Will he still clear the US immigration and customs there? Does that mean he will have to get his baggage out at AUH? He has 2 hrs in AUH.


    Also, after getting the luggage in T3, are there shuttles from T3 to T4 or is it easy walking?


    There is a shuttle but I recommend walking. It's an easy walk.


    and yes, he will clear US Immigration and customs in AUH and yes, he will claim his luggage to clear US Customs at AUH then immediately re-check it.


    Oh I see. So does he still have to get his bags out at LAX if it is checked all the way through to SJC or can he just go directly to T4?


    If it is all on the same reservation then he can go directly to T4. If he has two separate reservations then he will have to claim them and take them to T4 to re-check.


  • DOH - LAX - PHX
    Feb 23, 2016
    Hello, arriving at LAX at 2:05 from DOH on Qatar and hoping to connect with American Airlines 4:20 domestic flight to PHX. Is this long enough to clear customs and make my flight to PHX? Will only have carry-on.


    Should mention that both of these flights are in the afternoon.


    Yes, with carry-on only I think that should be enough time.


    Feb 23, 2016
    good evening, I'm flying in on Delta from Atl to LAX arriving at 8:10 then my next leg is on Qantas at 10:15. Will I have to retrieve my luggage? Is this enough time to make this connection?


    Yes, you will have to claim your baggage from Delta in T5 and re-check it with Qantas in the International Terminal. You barely have enough time if everything goes perfectly.


  • Terminal B to 7 timing?
    Feb 23, 2016
    Gday , Am flying in @ 7am on United out of Melb, my domestic connection is at 9:15 at terminal 7, hopinh to have my bags checked all the way though, is this enough time to make the connection? Debating to wait for the transfer shuttle or make a run for it.


    You should have plenty of time. You will have to claim your bags to go through US Customs, but if they are tagged through to your final destination you can re-check them at the re-check desk in the International Terminal. I suggest walking between terminals.


    I had read to allow 3 hours is all, and seeing as i have only 2 , i was a little apprehensive, LAX is a far cry from Launceston airport.


    3 hours would be for two separate reservations during peak hours. Seeing as both of your flights are on United, presumably on the same booking, you can get away with a little less.


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