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  • UA express (7 or 8) to TBIT
    May 5, 2014
    1
    UA have changed our flight from TUS to LAX so that a 'satisfying' connection time of 4+ hrs to get a LH flight is now only 1 hr 40 mins. We have to go through Security again, which is our big worry...lavish afternoon (3:40-5:20pm) on a Thursday afternoon! Should I try to get much earlier flight out of Phoenix? Help/advice please. Thanks.

     

    If your first flight is on-time you should be OK. Your bags should be checked through and you should get your LH boarding pass in TUS. All you have to do is run to the TBIT and go through security, which is usually not that bad.

     

  • TBIT to T2
    May 1, 2014
    1
    I will be arriving at TBIT from Kuala Lumpur on Malaysia Airlines, and then continue to Mexico City via Volaris on T2. I presume I have to go thru immigration, collect my luggage and then connect to T2. How long will it take to walk or take a shuttle bus from TBIT to T2? My flight will reach LAX on 0900. How long should I allow for the transfer to T2? The last time I was in LAX was 1988 and I remember long lines for non US citizens.

     

    It's about a 15-20 minute walk from the TBIT to T2. I would recommend walking if possible rather than taking the shuttle. I would allow at least 2 hours between scheduled arrival and scheduled departure times, preferably 2.5 hours.

     

  • Connecting flights in TBIT
    May 1, 2014
    12
    Hi all, Im flying from SYD to NY with a connecting flight in LAX all with the same airline so i have been informed i dont have to collect or re check in baggage etc but i do have to be screened. both flight arrive and depart from TBIT i have 2 hours to connect, will this be enough to go through security and then find my gate? i haven't had to go via LAX before so im a tad worried

     

    International arrivals in the U.S. need to go through passport check, pick up bags, go through customs clearance & re-check-in bags where indicated. TBIT is used for most of the the International arrivals (Virgin Australia uses T3 for departures and TBIT for Arrivals; and Qantas uses T4 for departures (QF16) and TBIT for arrivals. Your connecting flight to LAX will be in another Terminal. I strongly suggest that you open www.ifly.com/lax, then click on 'Terminal Map' under 'QUICK LINKS', and scroll down to the detailed text for terminal & transfer options.

     

    Sorry to add to this post, but I couldn't figure out another way to get this on the Q&A list. It is a sort of similar question: We are flying from San Luis Obispo airport (SBP) on August 2, 2014 arriving in LAX at 7:17 am, I believe in terminal 8 (by the way, when we first booked, the inbound flight was supposed to land at 7:00 am, not 7:17). Our outbound flight to Toronto Pearson (YYZ) on Air Canada leaves terminal 2 at 8:45 am with a final destination of Barcelona (BCN). I will try to get the luggage interlined between the two airlines, but still worry whether we will make it from one side of the airport to the other and our luggage delivered to the Air Canada flight before it departs. Any thoughts about the short layover time(1 hour 28 minutes)? Also, our return flight will be on August 13 using Lufthansa and getting to TBIT with a 2 hour and 20 minute layover in LAX. I will try to get the bags transferred through to United. Is that enough time to pass security and get back to terminal 8 for the United flight back home? Thank you so much for any insight.

     

    Sorry, the first flight (SBP to LAX) is on United.

     

    Yes, you should have enough time for both of your connections. For the SBP->LAX->YYZ connection you can walk across the middle of the terminals at LAX to get between T7 (where you will exit) and T2. On the way back you should have enough time - walk along the curbfront counter-clockwise from the TBIT to T7.

     

    Thank you so much, ZAP. That is a relief. My biggest concern was going through security and customs, respectively. You are a great help. Thanks again and happy flying.

     

    thanks for that. i have been informed by airline ( Qantas) that they arrive and depart from TBIT only one flight departs from T4 and that finishes as of May this year and i fly out in sept. i wont have to re check baggae or re check in i just have to go via security apparently so fingers crossed i will make it LOL

     

    Superstarem, sorry I missed your post. Yes, you should have an easy connection. Everyone on your Qantas LAX-JFK flight will be connecting from other Qantas flights, so you should have no issues.

     

    awesome thankyou ZAP thats awesome. its nice to have a bit of confirmation :)

     

    Me again. Sorry ZAP and superstarem, again, that I am using this post. I promise this will be the last question. As I look at the LAX terminal map, it seems the luggage will have to go all the way around the airport to get from T8 to T2. Will it get to the plane on time? Thank you so much and I really apologize for butting in.

     

    no problems at all sloshrinkwe are all here to share and learn :)

     

    Thank you superstarem. That was a very kind statement.

     

    If your first flight is on-time your baggage should make it.

     

  • shuttle help
    Apr 25, 2014
    1
    will shuttle drivers lift my luggage on and off the shuttle? It will be a large 50 lb suitcase, and I can't lift it.

     

    Rental car or hotel shuttle - probably, inter-terminal shuttle, probably not. You probably shouldn't be traveling with luggage too heavy for you to lift.

     

  • moving from Southwest to Delta International terminals
    Apr 25, 2014
    3
    I'm flying into LAX on Southwest and must transfer to international terminal Delta headed for Australia. Are there any cabs or other assistance? I'm concerned that pushing the carts will be difficult since I have lower back problems.

     

    There is a shuttle bus that connects all terminals on the lower (arrivals) level of the terminal roadside. Note that your Delta flight to Australia will depart from Terminal 5, not the International Terminal.

     

    how long is the walk from terminal 1 to terminal 5? I can't lift suitcase onto shuttle?

     

    The walk is about 15 minutes.

     

  • T3-TBIT
    Apr 18, 2014
    2
    What is the easiest way to get to TBIT from T3. Is walking possible? if yes, can you give me any direction?

     

    TBIT is west of T3 (walk to the right when you emerge outdoors. You can also catch the free shuttle "parking lot C" as that shuttle stops at all terminals. (You won't go to parking lot C, you'll just catch that shuttle under the blue LAX Shuttle sign).

     

    It is much faster to walk than to take the shuttle. T3 and the TBIT are right next to each other. Just walk to the right as you exit T3, either on the arrivals or departures level.

     

  • Domestic to International transfer
    Apr 16, 2014
    1
    Hi I have two questions: 1) bEfore I book a flight from SFO to LAX to connect to LAX to Tahiti, will 2 hours be enough to get from that point to TBIT (Air Tahiti terminal)? 2) I booked two seperate flights on separate iteniaries- can i call the airlineS so that they know I am connecting?

     

    What airline are you planning on flying from SFO to LAX?

     

  • T5 to TBIT Short connection 1:28 Hrs
    Apr 12, 2014
    3
    Hi, we're flying in from San Diego with Delta (SkyWest) Connection and will arrive at T5 at 12:22 PM. Then we'll have to go to TBIT to catch our KLM flight to AMS at 01:50 PM. We are travelling on complete KLM/Delta Itinerary and will check in our bags at SAN. - Will that be enough time to transfer from T5 to TBIT and what is the best way to get there? - Will our bags be checked through? - Will there be another Security Check?

     

    If you bought your two flights on one ticket, your bags should be automatically transferred (but make sure by contacting SkyWest)- if not, you would have to load your bag on a trolly and check it in at TBIT. Your only option to get from T5 to TBIT is to exit T5, and walk to the left past T4 & around the bend to TBIT - at most a 10-minute walk) where you need to go through security check and on to your gate. You need to hurry!

     

    Yes, your bags should be checked through, you won't have to do anything with them in LAX. The fastest way between T5 and the TBIT is to walk along the lower level curbfront (walk to the left as you exit T5, against the flow of vehicle traffic).

     

    Thanks for responding!

     

  • T3-T1
    Mar 31, 2014
    1
    How do I get from Terminal 3 arrival/lower level to terminal 1 departure/upper level?

     

    Go Outside Terminal 3 on either level (I find the lower level easier though), turn left, walk about a half mile, and you're at T1. Take the escalator up to the departure level if you walked on the lower level.

     

  • T4 to International Terminal Connection
    Apr 29, 2014
    4
    flight from SFO to LAX scheduled Sat morning to arrive LAX8:40 am.T4 leaving TBIT to mexico at 9:50am. Carryon luggage only. Do we have enough time to make our flight?? Help

     

    What airlines are you flying? No airlines that fly from LAX to Mexico use the TBIT.

     

    Alaska airlines to Loreto Mexico

     

    Sorry I was not very clear.American Airlines from SFO to LAX then Alaska Airlines from LAX or Loreto Mexico. Two separate flights

     

    Your SFO-LAX flight arrives in Terminal 4 and your LAX-LTO flight leaves from Terminal 6. You will have to hurry and hope your first flight is on-time. Check in for your Alaska flight online before you leave SFO.

     

  • baggage claim between domestic and international flight
    Mar 24, 2014
    1
    I am flying in from Denver arriving at LAX at 950am to board Korean Air at 12 noon. where do I collect my luggage from my frontier flight and what's the best way to get to KA desk to recheck my bags?

     

    You will arrive in Terminal 3, there will be a baggage claim in Terminal 3 for you to claim your bags. You will depart from the International Terminal, which is right next to T3. Just walk along the curbfront from T3 to the International Terminal.

     

  • TBIT to T4
    Mar 18, 2014
    1
    international fly arrive TBIT. After clear custom check, do I have to walk out TBIT then go to new connection to T4. Do there have any sign to show me the direction from TBIT to T4( new connection). Do I need to go through security again. How long it (security) take.

     

    Any time you arrive internationally and have to go through immigration you have to go through security afterwards. The easiest way to get to T4 is upon exiting the TBIT, walk right (with the flow of traffic) along the lower level to the next terminal building, that will be T4.

     

  • LAS -> LAX -> MSP
    Mar 19, 2014
    3
    My flight arrives from Las Vegas at 11:25 and I have a flight to MSP @ 1:00. Will I have enough time to make it from Terminal 4 to Terminal 5 or do I need to see if I can get an earlier flight from LAS to LAX?

     

    What airlines are you flying? Will you have checked bags?

     

    LAS -> LAX is American and LAX -> MSP is Delta and no on the checked bags. Everything is carry on.

     

    Then you should have enough time if your first flight is on-time. Be sure to check in online for your Delta flight before you leave Las Vegas.

     

  • Terminal 6 to Terminal 5
    Mar 16, 2014
    2
    I am coming to Canada @ Terminal 6 @ 8.55 AM and then catch the flight to go to Cancun, Mexico @ 10.13 Am? Can I make it? Please help me.

     

    1. Terminals 6 & 5 are next to each other: you can either take the elevator down to the tunnel connecting both terminals or exit Terminal 6 and walk to Terminal 5, in both instances you will need to go through security check before you get to your connecting gate; your stated time will be enough for transfer. HOWEVER, if your Canada Airport does not have U.S. customs clearance, you would, on arrival at LAX, have to first go through passport check, pick up bags, go through customs clearance & re-check-in your bag - which takes up to 50 mins. I suggest you open www.ifly.com/lax, then click on 'Terminal Map' under 'QUICK LINKS', and scroll down to the detailed text.

     

    Actually, the tunnel connects T5 and T6 inside security.

     

  • International Connection
    Mar 19, 2014
    4
    Hi im arriving at LAX at 12:30 noon from Cook Islands in a New Zealand Air flight, after that i will be connecting to a Mexican flight to get to Mexico, my connection is around 90 minutes, do i have to go through customs ? Should 90 minutes be enough?

     

    Yes, you will have to go through immigration, claim your baggage, and re-check your baggage? Where all your tickets bought on one reservation? What airline are you flying to Mexico? 90 minutes is really pushing what's possible for an international->international connection at LAX

     

    Hi thanks for the answer and it would be another airline first Ari New Zealand and then Aeromexico, actually i havent buy the tickets to Mexico yet, but im afraid if i dont take that flight i have to spend a day in Los Angeles, since is the last one i can catch.

     

    Well, currently both Air New Zealand and Aeromexico are in the same terminal (2) which would make the connection easier, but Air New Zealand will be moving to the International Terminal soon, which would make the connection harder. There is an Aeromexico flight that leaves at 12:20 AM or you could book a connection on United through Houston leaving a variety of different times or you could fly Volaris on a flight that stops in Guadalajara.

     

    Thank you very much for the volaris tip, i will considering this option.

     





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