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  • Transit in LAX
    Aug 6, 2015
    I have a ANA flight to Tokyo departing at 11.30am. I am coming from MEX and the earliest I can get to LAX is 9.15am with AM or 9.36am with AA. Can I make this connection? It will be on 1 January which might make things harder.


    I would say it's not totally impossible, but pretty close. With no checked bags it may be closer to possible.


  • Mexico to Domestic
    Aug 5, 2015
    I am arriving via Aeromexico from Mexico City at 6 pm and leaving on Alaska Air at 8:35 pm. Is this enough time for the connection?


    It's barely enough time. You can save some time by checking in online for your Alaska flight before you leave Mexico.


  • Flight change - connection time
    Aug 5, 2015
    I am flying from DCA to LAX landing just before 8pm. I have a separate ticket for LAX-SYD that is now due to leave at 10:30pm thanks to a schedule change. Flight in from DC is on American and I won't be checking any bags, but it looks like I will have to check one of my carry ons for the Qantas flight. Will I have enough time or is this cutting it too close?


    It's possible. It depends on your AA flight arriving on-time.


  • Intl to Intl Transfer
    Aug 6, 2015
    I am arriving on SQ12 at 1:25 P.M. My next flight is Air Tahiti Nui TN1 at 3:30 PM. Both flights arrive and leave in Tom Bradley International Terminal. These flights are on two different tickets, I have no checked luggage and will be flying business class on both. Can I make it?


    Yes, it's possible. But you'll have to run to the Air Tahiti Nui check in desk after clearing customs to make it there on-time to get your boarding pass (they don't have online check-in).


    How long does it take to get through customs and immigration as a US citizen landing on the Singapore flight at 1:25 PM?


    Considering you're flying business class, I estimate you'd be out of customs at about 2:00-2:15 PM.


  • Terminal 5 to Terminal 3 1/12 hour lay over
    Aug 5, 2015
    Hello, I have a family member traveling through LAX. They arrive at Terminal 5 and have to transfer to Terminal 3. Is it best to walk rather than try the shuttle? The flight arrives around 10PM and leaves 1 1/2 hours later. Any helpful advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


    Yes, walking is almost always faster than the shuttle. Be aware that if your family member is flying Virgin Australia those flights actually depart from the International Terminal even though their check-in desk is in Terminal 3.


  • Virgin Australia to Southwest
    Aug 5, 2015
    Hi. We will be arriving from Australia at 6.30am in November. I am needing to purchase flights to SFO. I would like to get the 9:05am Southwest flight, but will this give me enough time to get from one gate to the other. We will need to check baggage. Thanks.


    I'm thinking you have enough time. It looks at though you have 2 hours 35 mins. I'd say you are golden. For me, though I only have 1hr 45 mins, and still debating on whether that should be enough...


    2 hrs 35 mins is borderline. 1 hr 45 minutes is definitely not enough time with checked bags and may be difficult even without checked bags.


  • Transfer from Terminal 5 to Tom Brad International
    Aug 2, 2015
    Will be coming in on Delta Terminal 5 & leave Qantas to Sydney from Tom Brad International Terminal. Can we walk to the International Terminal with 3 bags or is there a shuttle? We have a few hours so we will have lots of time but we are seniors


  • Connecting flight
    Aug 5, 2015
    I am flying from Australia to LAX and then onto San Diego. I have a 5 hour layover before boarding onto San Diego. Will I have to check my bags in again and go through security? If so, is it easy to find and are there people around to help direct you?


    Yes, you will arrive, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs. If your bags are tagged through to SAN you can then re-check them at the re-check desk, then go to your departure terminal (if it's a different terminal - you did not post what airlines you are flying) and then go through security.


  • Connections time
    Aug 5, 2015
    Flying Fiji Air arriving11.25am. Connecting flight is Delta to Mexico City. Is this enough time?


    Connecting flight leaves 1.30pm


    I would say no. It will be very difficult for you to get yourself and your bags to the Delta check-in counter in Terminal 5 before the checked bag cutoff.


    Wouldn't the bags be checked through international flight to international flight and I go through transit?


  • Connecting to KOA, arriving with an international flight
    Jul 31, 2015
    I'll arrive on Aug. 1st at 3.55PM with US109 from London. Arriving at terminal 4. I need to depart from same terminal (4) to Kona with US247 at 5.00PM. Will I make it? Even if is the same terminal, should I go to custom control, take my luggage and then drop luggage and go through security again? Luggage is checked till final destination. Or can I go directly to other gate without passing through custom? Thanks


    First be aware that both flights will be operated by American Airlines (AA). Yes, at LAX you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, drop your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and to your gate. This is a very difficult connection as the minimum time for this type of connection is 90 minutes and you only have 65. Since you are on the last AA flight to Kona that afternoon, if you miss your connection you will either be booked on the 6:45 PM flight to Honolulu or on the flight to Kona the next morning.


  • Sydney to SEA via LAX
    Jul 31, 2015
    We are booked through Delta from Sydney,AU to SEA. we arrive on Delta 16 at 7:30 am and connect with Delta 2027 at 8:45 am same terminal with checked baggage. Will we have enough time to clear customs, check baggage and security to make connection. Not sure why Delta booked us this way.


    It's possible but shorter than ideal. The good news is that your flight will likely be the only flight at Terminal 5 Immigration at that time, which is what makes this connection somewhat possible. If you miss it don't fret too much as Delta has several more flights to Seattle that you can be rebooked on.


  • connecting flight
    Jul 29, 2015
    we are arriving LAX from KOA at 5:17am on United. Connecting flight to EWR on United- departs LAX at 6:00am. This is 43 min layover. Can we make this? any problems? there are 2 adults, 3 teenagers-luggage is checked


    As long as the first flight is on-time that should be enough time. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate and all United gates at LAX are connected inside security.


  • Time Needed between TBIT and Terminal 7 on Separate Reservation
    Jul 30, 2015
    How much time is needed to get from LAX international terminal to Terminal 6 0r 7 (United) on separate reservation with 1 bag that will need to go through customs and then be checked onto a domestic flight. I'm considering booking separate reservations for domestic leg round trip (Denver/LAX) and then book Singapore Airlines international leg round trip (LAX/NRT) as it will represent $2,000 savings vs. booking a connecting flight round trip Denver/Tokyo on same flights (believe it or not). Return is the concern as customs/immigration is involved. Arrive on Singapore Airlines in TBIT at 11:50AM and then United flight to Denver at 3:50pm on a Sunday . Is this enough time? Also, Do I leave the airport terminal with bag after customs, get to Terminal 6/7 and then check in "new" as domestic departure on the domestic reservation? I'm not as concerned about outbound Denver/LAX leg as arrival to LAX would be 9:30AM United Airlines on a Friday with Singapore Air flight at 2:30pm. Assume here I simply pick up bag at United domestic baggage claim and make my way to TBIT Singapore Air and check in under the LAX/NRT ticket (with 5 hours to do this)? Thanks for any insight


    I would want 3 hours both ways, but it's more important on your way back from Tokyo than on your way there. Yes, upon arrival in LAX from Singapore you will arrive in the International Terminal, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then follow signs for passengers ending their trip at LAX, then exit the international terminal, walk to T7 and re-check your bags at the check-in counter with United.


    Thank you ZAP! Appreciate the feedback. I don't usually book separate reservations for different legs involving overseas travel as there is alot at risk (late flights, missed flights/bags, etc), so time needed and how to do it at LAX is very helpful to know/understand.


  • Terminal 2 to terminal 5 connection
    Jul 29, 2015
    I have 1.5 hours to get from terminal 2 to terminal 5? Can I walk and will I make it?


    It's possible to make it between those terminals in that time, but it will difficult if you have baggage to transfer. Where are you coming from and going to and what airlines are you flying?


    Coming from Westjet and going to Delta. Will only have carry on.


    Jul 28, 2015
    Concerned about enough connection time. Arrival in PHL at 9:05 pm, terminal 6. Depart for MEL 10:50 pm, TBIT. I only have a carry-on and can walk/run. Do I need to go through security again? Will I make it? Unfortunately, I was naive and booked under separate tickets when the AA website was throwing errors. Thanks in advance.


    Yes, you will have to go through security in the International Terminal and may have to stop at the Qantas check-in counter to get your boarding pass (you may be able to check-in online if you have traveled internationally on Qantas before). It is possible, but depends on everything going smoothly.


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