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  • lax to another airport
    Jul 29, 2015
    I've never flown before but I plan on going from LAX to Bora Bora and back. I was wondering if I got back to LAX at 10:15 am, will I make it to another flight that takes off at 10:45 am? Or would it be better to get a flight that leaves after 11:15 am?


    NOOOOO!!!!! You need a flight that leaves after 12:30 PM at a bare minimum. You will have to clear US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then bring your bags to your second airline and re-check them.


  • Transfer flight
    Jul 23, 2015
    I have a transfer flight from American Airlines to Hawaiian airlines, however I have 1hour 30 to make to transfer. Is this enough time and if I bought the tickets together will my bags be transferred or will I have to claim and re-check my bags?


    If you buy the tickets on the same reservation your bags should be checked through to Hawaiian. In that case 90 minutes should be enough time. It is a bit of a long walk from AA's Terminal 4 to Hawaiian's Terminal 2.


  • Transfer Times
    Jul 22, 2015
    Hi, I'm arriving from Auckland on Air NZ at 12.30pm (Tuesday) and want to catch the 3.05pm Southwest flight to New Orleans. These flights are not ticketed together (separate bookings). Will I have time? Thanks


    It's possible, but just barely. Check in online for your Southwest flight before you leave New Zealand to save some time at LAX and get a better boarding position on Southwest.


  • Check In Time
    Jul 21, 2015
    Hi, I have a flight at 10:15 am from LAX to YVR (Vancouver). How far in advance should I arrive at the airport on a Wednesday?


    90 minutes before your flight. Keep in mind that traffic in and around LAX, especially on weekday mornings is horrendous.


  • Time to get through immigration and customs
    Jul 21, 2015
    I am a US citizen flying from Tokyo with carry-on and checked baggage. I will arrive on Delta Flight 284 at LAX at 10:49 am. My connecting Delta flight 4794 departs at 12:20. Will I make it?


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • Immigration Terminal 3?
    Jun 30, 2015
    My son is travelling from SFO to LAX and connecting to a Virgin flight to Brisbane, AU. He arrives terminal 5 and the VA flight leaves from terminal 3... can he clear immigration in Terminal 3 or does he have to do this at TBTT? Also, should he check his bags in first (with Virgin)?


    There is no US Immigration when leaving the US. If he purchased his tickets on a single reservation his bags will be checked through to Brisbane and he will be issued both boarding passes in SFO. In that case all he has to do in LAX is walk from Terminal 5 to the International Terminal and go through security and to his departure gate. If he purchased two separate tickets he will have to claim his bags, from Delta in T5, take them to check in T3, then walk to the International Terminal, go through security, and to his departure gate.


  • Prepaid SIM Cards
    Jun 14, 2015
    Hi! Are prepaid SIM cards available at the LAX airport/? I'm coming in from an international flight and will be connecting to a domestic flight to Seattle and won't have time to go out to buy one. It would be the best if i can get one at the airport. Thanks!


    Prepaid SIM sales are not common in the US as most US phones are carrier locked. You might want to order one before you leave or stop at a Walmart or Target once you get to Seattle to buy a US phone.


  • Terminal 5 to Terminal 4
    Jun 11, 2015
    What is the fastest way to get from Terminal 5 to Terminal 4? I have a Delta flight arriving in Terminal 5 and I'm meeting a friend in Terminal 4 returning on American.


    Just walk along the lower level curbfront. It should take less than 5 minutes.


  • Sydney to Toronto via LAX help
    Jun 10, 2015
    My daughter is flying from Sydney, AU to Toronto via LAX on Qantas. She has a Canadian passport. Will she have to claim her bags in LAX and clear immigration there or can she just go to her gate in LAX for her Toronto flight and clear Canadian customs and immigration?


    In LAX, she will arrive in the International Terminal, go through US Immigration, claim her bags, go through US customs, re-check her bags at the transfer desk, then, if her flight is operated by American Airlines (Qantas does not fly from LAX to Toronto), she will have to walk to Terminal 4 (the building next to the International Terminal), go through security and to her departure gate. She will go through Canadian Immigration and Customs when she gets to Toronto.


  • Air NZ connecting to UA
    Jun 5, 2015
    Hi, I am arriving from Auckland to LAX arriving at 1045 and have separate UA flight to JFK at 1305. Is this enough connecting time


    Yes, that should be plenty of time. Since both airlines are in Star Alliance you can show your United confirmation to the agent in AKL and they may tag your bags through to JFK, then you will just have to re-check them after clearing customs and not have to take them with you to Terminal 7 and pay checked bag fees.


  • Intl Flights - Terminal 2 to Terminal B
    Jun 2, 2015
    I'm flying into Terminal 2 at LAX from Mexico, and then my international connecting flight is out of Tom Bradley Intl Terminal (B) on Korean Air. Will I need to go through immigration a second time to get to my connecting flight in Terminal B or not?


    When you arrive in Terminal 2, you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags and go through US Customs. if your bags are tagged through to Korean you can then immediately re-check them, otherwise you will have to bring them with you to the TBIT. In the TBIT you will get your Korean boarding pass if you don't already have it, and go through security. There is no separate US Customs process when leaving the US.


  • How long does it take get out of the airport?
    Jun 1, 2015
    If my plane arrives at LAX at 10:25am will there be enough time to pick up my rental at the airport and catch a hollywood tour that starts at 12:30pm? How long does it usually take to leave the airport?


    I really doubt it. The roads around LAX are a crowded mess and it usually takes quite awhile to get your rental car, then during mid-day it takes about an hour at least to get to hollywood then you have to park, which is not easy.


  • Terminal 1 to International Terminal
    Jun 17, 2015
    Do I have to go back through security in order to go from Terminal 1 to TBIT at LAX? If so, how long does it usually take on a Wednesday or normal day? Thanks!


    Yes, you will have to go through security in the TBIT. If you have checked bags you will also have to claim them from Southwest in T1 and bring them with you to the TBIT to re-check. Security lines in the TBIT are generally not too bad (5-10 minutes, but varies greatly by time of day).


    Is a two hour layover between flights at T1 to TBIT enough time to get thru custome & catch connection?


  • tokyo - lax - phx
    May 21, 2015
    Hi, I am arriving on AA (operated by JAL) at 11.40 AM from Tokyo. My connecting flight is on AA (operated by mesa airlines as american eagle) to phoenix at 02.05 PM. Should I go through immigration and would i have enough time to catch the flight to PHX? thanks (first time being in the u.s.)


    Yes, upon arrival in LAX you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the transfer desk, then go to Terminal 4, go through security, then you will likely have to take the shuttle bus to the American Eagle satellite terminal. You barely have enough time.


    wow okay now I'm worried. Any suggestions to speed things up?


    but the jal flight and the mesa air flight is within one reservation. Wouldn't they transfer the bags for me?


    They do transfer your bags for you - from the re-check desk in the International Terminal to your Mesa flight. You have to claim your bags to go through US Customs when entering the United States. There's really nothing you can do to speed up the process other than not wasting any time and moving as quickly as you can.


    Thank you!


  • Terminal 2 ToTerminal7
    May 19, 2015
    Walking distance from terminal 2 to terminal 7. Is 3 hours enough time to reach terminal 7 by walking. First time at LAX. Arriving from Toronto. Connecting at terminal 7 to Santa Barbara. Thanx.


    Yes, that should be plenty of time. You will pre-clear US Immigration and customs in Toronto. If you walk straight across the parking garages you can walk from T2 to T7 in less than 10 minutes. You can also take the shuttle bus on the lower level. that might take 20 minutes.


    Thank you.


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