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    Jan 13, 2017
    We will be flying nonstop on Alaska Airlines from SJO-LAX with carry-on bags. Our flight arrives LAX at 9:35pm. Will we be able to clear customs and make a 10:15pm flight on Southwest to OAK?


    That is completely impossible.


  • LAX Qantas International to AA Domestic Connection procedure?
    Jan 13, 2017
    I am flying in by Qantas 747 to arrive at 0600hrs. AA have just informed me my later flight to LAS has been brought forward to 0810hrs. Given the new Airside link, what is the procedure. I am a Gold Qantas flyer so should have acces to priority security?


    You will arrive in the International Terminal, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then you can go through the new security checkpoint in the connector building and walk to your departure gate, which may be in Terminal 4 or 6.


    Great, so I don't have to drag my bags with me. So that means I stay airside?


    No, you will technically not be airside after you clear customs.


  • LAX Customs/Immigrations Question
    Jan 13, 2017
    Hi everyone! It's a long story but I wound up with this train wreck of a flight plan due to foreign tour companies booking flights and booking flights home before booking flights out. It will all sound crazy but please bear with me. Next month, I arrive at LAX from Beijing at 11:00 AM on a Friday (the tour company changed the flight to land later than originally scheduled). On the same day, I am jumping on another flight out to Europe at 01:45 PM (I previously had a longer layover before the tour company changed that first flight). I am able to check in for my Europe flight online and have access to my boarding pass but I will have checked baggage and they are completely separate airlines. My questions that follow - Is this a reasonable amount of time (2h45m) to literally turn around in the airport and make my Europe flight? There are a few later flights but I am hesitant to pay a change fee right now. On average, how long does it take to clear Customs/Immigrations and collect your baggage? Thank you so much!


    It's possible, especially if the Europe flight also departs from the International Terminal.


  • Terminal 6 to International connection
    Jan 11, 2017
    I am flying from via Alaska SEA to LAX which arrives at 9:40pm in Terminal 6 then flying to Tahiti via Air Tahiti at 11:40pm at the international terminal. I don't plan on checking in luggage. Is a 2 hour layover long enough? Will we need to go through security again? We booked our ticket through Expedia.


    You likely won't be able to get your Air Tahiti Nui boarding passes until you get to LAX. So you'll have to run to the Air Tahiti Nui ticket counter in the International Terminal and then go through security.


    Thanks for your response, if we have to go back through security will two hours be enough time?


    Yes, it should be just enough time.


  • luggage
    Jan 10, 2017
    We are flying to Newark airport from Sydney and have a stopover at LAX. Both flights are with United airlines so do we need to collect out checked luggage and check it in for the second leg or not.


    Yes, you will arrive in the International Terminal, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then walk to Terminal 7 and go through security and to your departure gate.


    Jan 10, 2017
    I am flying from Detroit at 557pm and landing in LAX AT 820pm, do I have to claim my baggage and recheck them in to fly to Sydney Australia at 9:55pm


    What airlines are you flying? Are both flights on the same reservation?


    Delta airlines for both but my LAX to SYD says it's operated by Virgin australia


    Yes both flights are on same reservation


    Then all you have to do is walk from Terminal 5 where you arrive to the International Terminal where you depart. You can now do that inside security by taking the tunnel to Terminal 4 and then the new connector building to the International Terminal.


    But I don't have to recheck my bags bec my next flight would be to australia (leaving the US) ?


    No, there is no US Customs when leaving the US. You go through Australian customs when you get to Australia.


    Okay so when I check my bag in, in Detroit it will go through all the way to australia with me?


    Yes, that is correct.


  • SFO to LAX onto NRT, 2.5 hours between flights
    Jan 15, 2017
    I'd like to book a Singapore Airlines LAX to NRT that departs at 10am, I'd be arriving on a United flight from SFO that arrives in LAX at 7:30AM is that enough time or just to chancey (Monday in April) I have a Global Entry card if that would make a difference.


    i should add no checked luggage, just a carry on


    Yes, that should be enough time. If you are able to check in online for your Singapore flight, you can now walk from T7/8 where you arrive all the way to the International Terminal inside security.


    Thanks for your prompt reply and info! sometimes plans change.... now taking a Southwest flight OAK to LAX (arriving LAX (8:30am) and taking a JAL flight departing 1:20pm so timing should not be a problem. question is will I be able to go from Terminal 1 (Southwest) to Intl. Ter. inside security zone also? Thanks.


    Jan 7, 2017
    My mom is traveling from New York to LAX arriving today at 10:40am PST with American Airlines, having to make a connection with LAN PERU at the International Terminal at 12:00pm PST. She has to claim for her baggage from American Airlines to make the check in with LAN. Is there a way to make that faster, or does she have to pass immigrations? Is there a connection between those two terminals? Please help, my mom doesn't speak English and we king of lost. THANKS


    If both flights are on the same reservation then she can just walk from her arrival gate to her departure gate. If it's two separate reservations, she will claim her bags from AA in T4, carry them next door to the International Terminal and re-check them with LAN and go through security. There is no US Immigration when leaving the US.


  • Customs to Southwest terminal
    Jan 7, 2017
    I am flying into LAX via United Airlines at approx. 6:45am and have to proceed through customs to the Southwest terminal for a connector flight. We have carry on luggage so I am curious how much time would be required for this. I booked a 8:45am flight and forgot about the customs clearance.


    That's just enough time if the United flight arrives on-time and the immigration lines are short and you have already checked in online for your southwest flight before leaving [presumably] Australia.


  • Connecting time 3.5hrs
    Jan 5, 2017
    Similar flight Virgin from Syd to Lax 6.30 land then Tx to Delta T5 for Vancouver for 10am depart Is this enough time considering Delta is an international flight


    Yes, that is enough time. You will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk if they're tagged to YVR, then walk to T5 and go through security.


    Jan 4, 2017
    Hi, I will be flying on a Virgin Australia flight arriving into LAX at 630am. My next flight is with Virgin America which departs at 925am to Cancun. Keep in mind they were booked separately and are not on the same ticket. Would 3 hours be sufficient to go through customs, collect my bags then check into virgin America? We are flying business class so checking in on the second leg will be a bit quicker?


    Yes, that should be enough time. There likely won't be much of a check-in line anyway but it will save you time at security in Terminal 3.


    Jan 7, 2017
    I land at terminal 1 on Sat 1/21 at 7:45 am - leave Delta terminal 5 at 10:50 am - is this enough time to go back through security?


    Yes, that should be enough time if the Southwest flight is on-time.


    what is the quickest way to get from terminal 1 to 5


    Walking and the shuttle are about the same - see how traffic is moving on the lower level and decide.


  • CUN to HNL via LAX 70 mins
    Jan 4, 2017
    I have booked a flight for a Saturday in August from CUN to HNL via LAX all on one ticket with United. Land in LAX at 5:50pm and depart at 7:00pm. Is 70 mins enough time for a non US citizen (not sure if that matters) to make the connecting flight? Do we need to clear customs? We will have checked in bags - will they be automatically routed to HNL or do they need to be collected and rechecked etc? Still within the 24 hours of booking so have 12 hours yet to cancel if need be. Thank you!


    That will be very difficult. You will arrive in Terminal 7, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, go through security and to your departure gate.


    Thank you for your reply. So the bags won't be automatically sent onto HNL even though it's the same ticket all booked direct with United? Also the same question for the way there. Land from Australia at 6:00am in HNL then onto CUN via LAX at 1:05pm with only a 90 min layover in LAX - since we clear immigration at HNL first is 90 mins between HNL flight landing and CUN flight leaving enough - this was booked direct with American Airlines? Why do they suggest these options if there's not enough time to make them? Thank you again.


    No, you have to claim your bags in order to take them through US Customs at your point of entry. Yes, on the way to Cancun 90 minutes is enough as there is no US Customs when leaving the US - you just have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    Thank you again - we've cancelled the CUN - LAX - HNL with 70 mins lay over. Just to check before we book the new return is 3hrs 50mins in LAX between CUN & HNL ok? Cheers!


    Yes, that is plenty of time.


  • Transfer baggage from International to domestic flight
    Jan 7, 2017
    Coming into LAX from Australia at 6:30 AM. Need to connect on AA flight to Arizona,which leaves at 9:30 AM. Can my baggage be transferred to the AA domestic Flight, or do I need to claim it first and recheck it at AA counter? Is there enough time to make the connection from BIT to AA in Terminal 4?


    What airline are you flying from Australia?


    Whether separate ticket or not you still need to have your baggage at LAX for customs.Once clear you should be able to recheck.They should be able to tag your bag through but it will still come out at baggage claim at LAX.After Customs there will be a drop off pou=int.


    However if the bags are not tagged to Arizona he has to take the bags to T4 to re-check them. He can't use the drop off point in the International Terminal. If he is flying Delta or Virgin Australia from Australia they can't interline the bags to AA and United is able to but not obligated to if it's two separate reservations.


  • transfer between international terminal and terminal 7
    Dec 28, 2016
    I have flights on United and Air China, booked separately. What is the best route between terminal 7 and the international terminal? How long will it take?


    The best way is to walk, it takes 10-15 minutes.


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