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  • Connection Time
    Feb 8, 2017
    1
    Hi I have a flight from Vancouver, Canada to Lima, Peru. I am connecting in Los Angeles. I will be flying on Air Canada for the YVR-LAX flight and Latam Airlines for the LAX-LIM flight. My plane arrives from Vancouver at 12:03pm and departs for Lima at 14:05pm. How much time do i have to connect? Is it enough? What will I have to do once arriving in LAX? I would appreciate if someone could get back to me. Thx :)

     

    Is it one reservation or two separate reservations?

     

  • CLE>ORD>LAX>SYD
    Feb 5, 2017
    0
    Hello. I'm flying the above route all on United with a 55 min layover in ORD, and a 44 min layover at LAX. Will we clear customs in CLE and just be able to get right on the flight at LAX or do we clear there before SYD?

     

  • Toronto to Lihue via LAX: Connecting flight LAX term 2 to term 7
    Feb 8, 2017
    1
    My mother is flying from Toronto (clears US customs there) to terminal 2 at LAX. She then takes a connecting flight to Lihue, Kauai from terminal 7. It is all on one ticket. She will check bags in Toronto. I believe she will have to leave the TSA secured area to get from terminal 2 to terminal 7, correct? Will she have to claim & recheck her bags or will they be checked through to her final destination from Toronto. Thanks for your help!

     

    Yes, she will have to go through security again in T7. She doesn't have to do anything with her bags.

     

  • las vegas through lax to philipines
    Feb 4, 2017
    1
    We are flying from vegas landing with AA in terminal 4 to PAL in international to Philippines. Traveling with a 4 year and saw some videos there is a new connection that you just walkthrough. my question is do you still have to go through security again or can you just go to the gate? Bought through Expedia so will american airlines take our bags to the airline or do we have to go out and pick up?.

     

    If your bags are checked through (they should be) then you can just walk through the connector building to your departure gate without having to go through security.

     

  • International to SW connection in 2h 40 m??
    Feb 4, 2017
    3
    Will 2 hours and 40 minutes be enough time to get from an Air New Zealand flight (Terminal B) to a Southwest flight (Terminal 1) booked under separate reservations (10:30 AM arrival, 1:10 PM departure)? Any tips to navigate between terminals quickly?

     

    Should be sufficient, but I wouldn't cut it any closer than you have. You should be able to clear immigration and customs in an hour (one hour twenty minutes worst case scenario). Outside the international terminal is a free Airline Connection bus that moves counterclockwise through the airport, stopping at each of the nine terminals. IF you are on a joint ANZ/SW ticket, your bags will be tagged to your final destination, and you may leave them at a Connecting Baggage counter just outside of Customs, before you enter the lobby. If you have two entirely separate tickets, the Connections counter may not be able to help you, in which case you'll need to carry your checked bags on to the Connections Bus to Terminal 1. If check-in in NZ can only tag your bags as far as LAX, then you'll need to move your bags yourself (an alternative is to use a luggage trolley from International and just walk to Terminal 1). If ANZ can tag your bags to your final US destination, you will be able to leave them at the Airline Connections desk just outside of Customs. You would then proceed with cabin bag(s) only to Terminal 1. If you have to move your checked luggage to T1, bear in mind you are eligible to use curbside check-in on upper level, since you are flying domestically at that point. This can save time over counter check-in; it is customary to tip $1-2 per checked bag (welcome to America...). Usually the curbside baggage desk can issue you your boarding pass; if not, you can use a kiosk inside and then proceed to security and your gate.

     

    ps: from International to Terminal 1 is a fairly long walk, but if you are able-bodied you could do it in fifteen minutes. Since you are on two separate tickets, you will have to clear immigration/customs, then move your bags (checked and cabin) to T1 either with the free bus or using a luggage trolley from the International baggage claim. Walking with a trolley may be faster/easier than boarding a bus with baggage. Remember, you will arrive on lower level, but you want to be on the upper level of T1 to check-in at Southwest. THere are several elevators in the lower level lobby (outside security) of International that you can use to reach upper level. Then turn left heading clockwise around the terminal, you will reach T3, T2, and then T1. To save time, use the curbside check in to check bags. Costs $5 in tips but worth it for time saved. You cannot use curbside to check in for international flights, but at that point you will be a domestic passenger and are allowed to use curbside check-in. The International terminal has an Airline Connections desk where you drop off your checked bags post-Customs IF you are on a joint ticket, say ANZ to United. I don't think you can use this desk if you are on two separate tickets. Terminals 4-5-6-7-8 are all connected airside via a network of tunnels, but it doesn't help passengers using T1-2-3, and arriving from overseas you are forced out of security after customs (reason: you had potential access to restricted items in your checked luggage during Customs, so you have to be cleared again through security, even if the second flight departs from the same terminal)

     

    Southwest doesn't interline bags with other airlines. You will have to transfer them yourself.

     

  • International arrival to Southwest Airlines connection time
    Feb 7, 2017
    3
    Hi: I will be arriving LAX from Tokyo on Singapore Airlines at 1.30pm, connecting with Southwest to LIT at 2.40pm. Is this enough time since they are separate reservations? Thank you.

     

    Most likely NO. Customs/immigration can take an hour or more, especially if lots of non-English speaking passengers arrive all at once (e.g. flights from mainland China). If you are on a joint ticket, you can leave your checked bags at the Airline Connections desk outside of Customs. If you are using two separate tickets, you have to move the bags yourself to Terminal 1, either by walking with a luggage trolley, using the free Airline Connections bus, or a taxi. It's a 15 minute walk. You may use curbside check-in on upper level to check bags and save time. I would strongly advise that you try to obtain a reservation on a later Southwest flight. 2 1/2 to 3 hours is safer if you are on two separate tickets.

     

    You will have to take your bags to T1 yourself. Southwest doesn't interline bags. You don't have enough time.

     

    Hi: I should be able to change to the 3.35pm flight, so it will be 2 hours transfer. Do you think this is enough time if I just have a carry-on instead? Thank you.

     

  • Missed flight charges
    Feb 4, 2017
    2
    Hi, Anyone know if I missed a flight during the short connection in LAX, is there any charges to connect to the next available flight? I am flying AA international change to AA domestic in LAX.

     

    Usually, if you had an "approved" connection (your ticket meets AA's minimum approved connection time), you are covered in the event you miss your connection, and they will try to rebook you on a later flight at the same price. American's international flights and domestic flights use the same Terminal 4. After you clear immigration and customs, you head upstairs (elevator or escalator) to security and your gate.

     

    AA international flights from Australia arrive in the International terminal and many AA domestic flights use Terminal 6.

     

  • One hour & 45 minutes to get to terminal 4 or 6?
    Feb 4, 2017
    3
    Hello, two of us will be flying from Santa Rosa to LAX. Ultimately, we need to get to terminal 1 to board a completely separate flight on Southwest. We can fly into LAX on American (T4) or Alaska Airlines (T6), both will arrive same time. Which terminal will allow me to get to terminal one in the shortest amount of time? We will only have carryon baggage but will have to go through security again. Thank you!

     

    Only Alaska flies from Santa Rosa to LAX. The flight you are seeing on American is the exact same flight. It arrives in Terminal 6.

     

    Okay, thanks! I kind of wondered and thought that to be the case as it Didn't seem feasible to have two flights from such a small airport.

     

    There is a free Airlines Connection bus that moves counterclockwise through the terminal, stopping at all terminals.

     

  • connection times
    Feb 4, 2017
    3
    Flying into LAX from Australia & would like to connect to United to fly to NY leaving at 12.05pm. Will this be enough time? Where do we need to go to connect please

     

    I don't know. What time are you arriving? What airline are you arriving on?

     

    Flying from Mel - LA with Virgin International.

     

    G'day. You didn't indicate your arrival time into LAX or state if you are flying on a combined ticket or two separate tickets. You will arrive at TBIT (Tom Bradley Int'l. Terminal). You clear immigration and customs. At this point there are two scenarios: 1. You have a joint Virgin/United ticket and your bag tags say "EWR" (Newark). You proceed to Airline Connections desk and leave your checked luggage with them. OR 2. You have two separate tickets. In this case, you have to transfer your bags yourself and check in again at United Terminal 7+8. If it's #1, you can board a free bus (Airline Connections) to take you to T7+8. If it's #2, you can board the bus, but you may find it easier to just walk (turn RIGHT upon leaving TBIT) to T7+8. To save time, consider using curbside check in at United on the UPPER (departures) level. You can skip the queue at the check-in counter, and they can issue you a boarding pass. It is customary to tip the guys $2/piece of luggage checked, but well worth the money. Then go directly to security and then to your gate.

     

  • connection times
    Feb 4, 2017
    2
    Flying in to LAX from Australia, arrive 9am. I need to connect to Southwest to Chicago, departure 12.30pm. Will this be enough time & where do I need to go please

     

    Yes, that should be just enough time. You will arrive in the International Terminal, go through US Immigration Claim your bags, and go through US Customs, then take your bags with you to Terminal 1, re-check your bags with Southwest, and go through security and to your departure gate.

     

    There is a continuous pedestrian sidewalk between International and T1, which is three terminals from International moving clockwise through the oval-shaped airport layout---as you leave International, the first terminal to your left is T3, then T2, then T1. Fifteen minute walk with a luggage trolley. You are eligible to use curbside check-in at T1 since you will be at that point a domestic passenger. They can take your luggage and usually issue a boarding pass. It is customary to tip $2 per piece of luggage handled. This saves lots of time, since you can go directly to security. This amenity is on the UPPER level, so you'll need to use escalators or elevators at some point to reach upper level (there are elevators in the post-Customs lobby of International that take you to upper level).

     

  • Short connection time
    Feb 4, 2017
    2
    Hi, we are travelling in from Las Vegas on a Delta airlines flight and catching a flight from LA to Honolulu, there is only 55 minutes between the flights. Is this enough time? Will we need to go through security, immigration or collect our baggage? I believe that we are booked on a through ticket. Do you know what terminal we will fly into from Las Vegas and what terminal we will fly out to Honolulu?

     

    Yes, that is enough time. Nevada, California, and Hawaii are all located in the United States, so there is no US Immigration when traveling between them. All flights will be in Terminal 5. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

    Delta uses Terminal 1-D at Las Vegas. At LAX, Delta uses both Terminals 5 and 6. If you arrive at 5 and depart from 6, or vice versa, there is an underground tunnel (ask for directions from a Delta employee) that allows you to change terminals without going through security again. 55 minutes is enough, but if you have to change between Terminals 5 and 6, you will need to move briskly. As others have commented, this is a domestic journey, so no customs or immigration checks.

     

  • Flying Vancouver to Brisbane with 4.5 hrs in LAX - Customs? Or no?
    Feb 4, 2017
    2
    It's been a long time since I've been through LAX. It's a Qantas flight from Calgary to Vancouver to LAX to Brisbane. The Cal-Van-LAX portion is operated by WestJet. At LAX we change to Qantas. We arrive at Terminal 2 and depart from Terminal B. Do we still need to collect bags and go through US customs (always boggles my mind - we're not staying there)? Or are bags checked through, no need to collect, and we go through an "in transit' area?

     

    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. If your bags are checked through you don't need to claim your bags in LAX. You will go to the International Terminal and through security.

     

    If you are flying on a single ticket, check in at Calgary should be able to tag your bags all the way through to Bris. You will claim them at Vancouver and there pre-clear US immigration/customs. You will then tender your checked bags back to the airline, which will transfer them at LAX for you. Your arrival at LAX will be treated as a domestic flight. You simply leave the terminal, turn right, and walk counterclockwise along the oval road that connects the terminals. International will be two terminals to your right. Check in at Calgary should be able to print all of your boarding passes. If not, the Qantas desk at LAX can help you. If you already have your boarding pass, simply proceed to security at the International Terminal and on to your gate. You will not have any immigration/customs formalities at LAX.

     

  • Enough time for connection
    Feb 4, 2017
    3
    I have a Qantas flight Lax to Sydney on 31 st August departing at 10.30pm. I need to book a domestic flight from Las Vegas to Lax on 31 st August. I'll be booking the domestic flight with Delta or American. I would like tto know how much time I will need to pick up my bags and checkin in st the tom Bradley international terminal and clear security? Is 2 hours and 15 minutes enough or would I need at least 3 hours.?

     

    I would want at least 3 hours to be safe.

     

    agree, three hours to be safe. American uses T4, adjacent to International, and Delta is one terminal beyond that at T5. All within easy walking distance. If you had a joint Qantas-American ticket, you could leave your checked bags at the Airline Connections desk just outside of Customs. However, it sounds as if you have two separate tickets. Just walk with your luggage trolley to T4, by turning RIGHT after leaving the terminal. You may use curbside check in (since technically you will be a domestic passenger by that point) on the UPPER level. It is customary to tip $2/piece of luggage, but you save time by not waiting to check in at a counter. Usually they can also issue your boarding pass, then you go straight to security. In the reverse direction, there is now a security walkway between T4 and International, so connecting passengers may walk directly to International (behind security) without having to go through security again.

     

    oops I misread your post, thought you were flying Oz to USA. Definitely use American, if possible, since its terminal (T4) is adjacent to International. Claim your bags, wheel your trolley to the LEFT to International and check in at Qantas. If you were on a combined AA-Qantas ticket, you could check your bags from Vegas to Sydney and simply walk from T4 via the new connecting walkway to International, without clearing security again. But on separate tickets you need to claim bags and walk the short way to International. Three hours will be plenty of time.

     

  • Luggage
    Feb 4, 2017
    2
    I am flying AA from Hong Kong to Minneapolis, layover 1hr 45 mins. I booked my ticket online through CheapOAir. Can i check in my luggage in HK and claim my luggage at Minneapolis, so I have enoughgh time for the transit in LAX?

     

    In LAX you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and to your departure gate. You have just enough time if everything goes smoothly.

     

    The AA terminal (T4) is adjacent to the International Terminal. As you exit International Terminal, turn to your right and the next building will be T4. 1 hr 45 min is tight but you should make it.

     

  • Connecting from Hong Kong to Minneapolis in LAX
    Jan 31, 2017
    1
    Hi, Is 1 hr 45 mins enough time for us to transit? Will be on AA from Hong Kong to LAX and transit to Minneapolis with AA as well. We plan to only take a carry on luggage.

     

    That should be enough time

     

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