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  • Frankfurt - LAX -> Las Vegas
    Jan 3, 2015
    Landing in LAX with Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt Wednesday Jan 6th at 12.50 PM and have a connecting Virgin America flight at 1.40 PM to Las Vegas. First part of my question is wether I will be allowed to take a connecting flight before immigration? Did not think of this before now. Second part of my question is whether I have enough time to travel between the respective gates. I arrive at the international terminal and Virgin America departs from terminal 3. Thanks!


    That connection is completely impossible. You need a later flight to Las Vegas. You have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US customs, re-check your bags, and go through security in LAX.


  • Connecting Flight
    Jan 4, 2016
    We land at LAX via domestic flight at 9pm on a Friday night (Easter weekend). We have 1 hour 5 minutes to get from our Delta flight to Air France. Will be have enough time? How long will it take to get to the international terminal?


    That should be barely enough time. Getting to the international terminal only takes 5-10 minutes but you will have to go through security when you get there.


    Thank you


  • Flying into LAX with United then flying Air New Zealand
    Jan 2, 2015
    My daughter is flying into LAX on United from Houston(originating in Tulsa) and then flying Air New Zealand. Will she have to recheck her bags? Will a 2 hour layover be enough time?


    If both tickets are on the same reservation then she won't have to do anything with her bags in LAX. Just go from T7 to the International Terminal and through security. She should have enough time.


    Thank You.


  • Terminal 4 to 6 in 1 hour and 15 minutes
    Jan 2, 2015
    Flying on American to terminal 4 and out on Alaska in Terminal 6. Is 1 hour and 15 minutes enough time to make the connection? I assume yes via the tunnels. Still yes if the tunnels are unavailable for some reason? Thanks!


    Yes that is enough time as long as the first flight is domestic. I see no reason the tunnels wouldn't be open.


  • connect delta to virgin australia
    Jan 2, 2015
    Hi, My itinerary is VA 6519 operated by Delta from JFK to LAX arriving at 7.25PM then connecting onto VA 8 to BNE departing 11.05PM. My question is: 1) is there enough time? I think my bags will be checked in at JFK but I assume I will have to go through security/TSA rubbish again at LAX because Delta arrives at Terminal 5 and apparently virgin australia departs from Terminal 3 (is that an international terminal) 2) WIll I have to go through security again? 3) Will I need to collect my bags and recheck them + collect boarding passes at LAX? Id guess not but I dont know. 4) Anything to be wary of making this connection? Thanks. Goat.


    Your Virgin Australia flight will actually depart from the international terminal, their check in desk is just in terminal 3. You will have to go through security in the International terminal. You don't have to do anything with your bags. You have plenty of time.


    Thanks Zap. Your help is much appreciated. Hope you have a smashing 2016


  • Qantas Australia arrive 6:30am- Connecting Qantas American dept 8:30am
    Dec 30, 2015
    Our flight arrives from Syd, at LAX due 6:30am and our connecting to LAS is due 8:30am. We are ravelling mid May Our travel agent assured me that as this is just the min of 2 hours recommended, this will be fine. she advised that we just need to notify someone of our connector and they will put us in an express line.. .now I am panicking. I know we have collect our bag and to go through customs ,our baggage then re-checked at that point as the connector is on 1 ticket. Are we better off changing flights , or is my Travel agent right when she says 2 hours will be enough time ?


    There is no express line. You have enough time.


  • NZ to VX
    Dec 30, 2015
    how long time do you need to go from t2 to t3


    Air New Zealand no longer uses T2. They moved to the international terminal. For an international to domestic connection on two separate reservations you need at least 3 hours.


  • Macau to ATL via LAX
    Dec 28, 2015
    I will be returning from Macau on EVA Air, arriving at 7:30 PM. I will have to clear customs and immigration and check in for a United flight leaving for Dulles at 11:00 PM. Assuming EVA flight is on time, is three and a half hours enough time to clear customs/immigration and get baggage checked in for a United flight?


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • Panama city - LAX - Beijing 2 hour transit
    Dec 28, 2015
    Hi all. I am planning a trip as follows 1. Copa Airlines - Panama City to LAX Arrival in LAX on Friday night 2230 2. Air China - LAX to Beijing Departure time on Saturday early morning 0030 Given both are international flights (I checked flight record, both will be at TBIT terminal) and I have to clear immigration/claim baggage/re check-in for Air China flight, and the layover time is just 2 hours, can anyone advise me if this is enough time to make the connection? (Bear in mind that it would be around 2300 Friday night in LAX)


    That should be enough time as long as your first flight is on-time.


    Thanks ZAP. I am concerned because both segments are separate and independent and I have heard how challenging it is to make connections in LAX. Also, because I will have to check-in my luggage again for the Air China flight, I have to be at the check-in counter at least more than 30 mins (or more) before the check-in closes? i.e. I have lee than 1.5 hrs to go through immigration/baggage claim/customs clearance/ to get to Air China check-in counter.


    Yes, that won't leave you much room for error, but immigration should not be crowded that late in the evening.


    Thanks ZAP. I just checked, Air China says for international flight, its check-in counter closes 1 hour before flight departure. That means, I have to be at the check-in counter at least by 23h30 (my first flight from PTY to LAX arrives at 22h30) This looks very tight. What are your thoughts about it? Appreciate your input.


    I think it's possible but risky.


  • Time for transfers between intentional and domestic flights
    Dec 28, 2015
    Hi - I am booked on a Qantas flight arriving in LAX from Sydney @ 6.30am and am wondering if there is enough time to catch a domestic, United Airline flight to Montrose leaving @ 10.50am in the morning? Your help you be most appreciated!


    Yes, that should be plenty of time even though you will have to transfer your bags to T7 to recheck them yourself.


  • Mel-lax-mco
    Dec 27, 2015
    Hi. I'm looking at booking a holiday for late 2016 from melbourne Australia to orlando Florida. United has a flight that arrives at lax at 6:40am and then a connecting flight at 8:20am. Being an international arrival, this seems ridiculously tight. I've read that United has their own immigration etc in terminal 7 so I would arrive there and not be through Tbit, is this correct? I looked at some recent arrivals for this flight and they seem to be going to Tbit, so I'm confused - is this due to renovations maybe? No matter which airline I choose, there seems to be extremely tight connections somewhere along the way!


    The United flights from Australia arrive in the TBIT because the T7 facility isn't open that early in the morning. That connection is possible but doesn't leave any time to spare if the flight from Melbourne is late. However, note that if you do miss your connection, United would have numerous options to re-route you to Orlando through another one of their hubs.


    Ok thankyou! Was so hard to find information! Being that its direct to lax, it was my first choice. I'll take the risk and hope for the best. I have got through in that time before but had a buffer. Thankyou for your quick reply!


  • Auckland to Vancouver via LAX
    Dec 27, 2015
    Hi I am wondering if 2 hours is enough time to transfer between international flights from Auckland to Vancouver - Arriving LAX 6:20am American Airlines which I think is Terminal 4 - departing 8:20am Delta Connection Terminal 5


    Would that be two separate reservations? If so no, I don't think that's enough time.


    I'm looking at flights on and this is what it is suggesting as one reservation for my return flight - inbound American Airlines Flight 82 connecting with Compass Dba Delta Connection Flight 6829 . I'm not an experienced traveller so wondering if it's worth the risk booking this short layover but it's very cheap!


    I am considering booking this, travelling with no checked baggage and purposely missing the connecting flight, and booking another later one from LAX to a different destination - because the deal from NZ is so good. Is this a big deal or would it create some kind of problem?


    If it is on the same reservation and you have no checked bags it is possible. What country are you a citizen of? You may have some immigration difficulties no showing your international flight where you are supposed to leave the country if you aren't a US Citizen.


    New Zealand citizen. It would be another flight out of the US, still to somewhere in Canada or maybe to the UK. I just don't know what the process is at the airport whether the fact I miss the last leg of my flight matters. Any advice appreciated. Thanks for your replies!


    Note that you'll have to book on a different airline than Delta if you want to book a second flight that operates at the same time. They have programs to detect if someone is booked on something "impossible" ie two different flights at the same time and will cancel both reservations if they find it.


  • Toronto to Sydney via LAX
    Dec 27, 2015
    is 45 minutes enough for international transfer? my flight AA from toronto to LAX, then Sydney. layover is just 45 minutes, is it enough for me to meet the requirements? Landing 21.05 terminal 3 and depart 21.50


    You will not arrive in Terminal 3. If you are flying American for both flights (not Qantas codeshare) both flights will be in Terminal 4. If that's the case then you have enough time as all you have to do in LAX is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate (you will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto). If your flight to Sydney is a Qantas codeshare than it will be difficult because you will have to walk to the International Terminal and go through security.


    Thanks heaps. All my travel with AA, as such your directions seem helpful. I can stop thinking of inquiring of a reschedule.


  • arriving Delta 11:10 am connecting air tahiti nui 3pm
    Dec 26, 2015
    do we have to pick up luggage and reclear security…how long to terminal B from terminal 5


    Where are you flying into LAX from? if you purchased two separate reservations you will have to transfer your bags to Air Tahiti Nui yourself. You should have enough time.


  • Connecting from Qantas (domestic JFK-LAX) to Air Tahiti Nui in TBIT?
    Dec 24, 2015
    We're connecting from QF12 (JFK-LAX) to an international Air Tahiti Nui flight. We have a 2:30 minute connection, which seems reasonable, but QF12 seems to be chronically late (usually at least an hour), so I'm really worried about missing our onward flight. What is the connection like from Qantas to Air Tahiti Nui in Tom Bradley International Terminal?


    If Qantas is able to issue your Air Tahiti Nui boarding pass you can go directly to your departure gate. Otherwise you can get it at the departure gate.


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