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  • When to arrive at airport to pick up
    Feb 11, 2017
    My mom is arriving Sunday afternoon from Heathrow. Around what time should we be there to pick her up? We'll park and go in. She has a green card.


    I would say she'll walk out of customs about 45 minutes after her flight arrives at the gate


    Thanks for your quick response, much appreciated


  • Average time to clear through customs
    Feb 8, 2017
    we are only flying into SFO in June, but would like to know what the average time it takes to collect baggage and clear through customs. Also what is the best way to get into the centre of SFO - Union Square?


    The best way to get there is BART. Immigration and customs will take 30-60 minutes.


  • Delays happening due to low ceiling-
    Feb 3, 2017
    Other airport status sites show 2-4 hr delays into SFO. What's up with this site??


  • Aukland->SFO->Boston
    Nov 1, 2016
    Do I go through immigration and customs in SFO if I am taking a connecting flight to Boston?


    Yes, in SFO you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, and go through security.


  • Early morning international arrival
    Sep 30, 2016
    Customs and Immigration at SFO opens at 6am. United 955 from Tel Aviv usually arrives an hour or more early (4:45ish). Will passengers have to wait in the plane for customs & immigration to open? Even those with Global Entry?


    Yes, they will have to wait until US Immigration and Customs opens. Global entry passengers still have to go through Customs.


  • Check in Time Alaska Airlines tSFO To Mexico
    Sep 22, 2016
    I am wondering what time I need to be at airport for an 11am flight to Cabo. I'm arriving via Bart.


    Get there at about 9 AM.


  • change to earlier flight?
    Sep 16, 2016
    Hello I am flying from SEA to LHR though SFO with a 1 1/2 hour connection time in SFO...is this enough time or should change my ticket to arrive earlier into SFO? I have traveled twice with United where my plane departed late out of SEA - one time missing my international flight and one time my bags missing the flight.


    That's enough time. All you have to do in SFO if both flights are on United is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Will I make it in 90min
    Sep 5, 2016
    arrive from london to San Fran at 5 pm , will it be ok to plan to catch flight AA to LAX at 6:30 pm? Im a UK Citizen so immigration may take long? I carry one world gold card will it make a difference trying to avoid long lines while going via security ?


    On two separate reservations, no, that would not be enough time, especially with checked bags.


  • Vancouver to SFO
    Aug 12, 2016
    Where is the best place to pick up arrivals? Since they will pre-clear Customs in Van, can I pick them up outside at Arrivals or should I go inside and wait - where!


    I would personally just pick them outside their arrival terminal.


  • Will I have time?
    Aug 3, 2016
    We will be flying into the FRA airport from Dublin, Ireland. We have 1 hour 49 minute to catch our flight to SFO. We will not be checking our bags unless that will help save time. Should we check our bags and is 1 hour 40 minute enough time to get through security and on our flight to SFO? All flights are through Lufthansa.


    Checking your bags doesn't matter - you don't have to do anything with them in Frankfurt. All you have to do in Frankfurt is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time.


  • Security lines Saturday evenings
    Jul 19, 2016
    In general are Saturday evenings heavily traveled, thus making the security lines longer and take more time? A friend is flying SFO to Denver this Sat PM - how much time before departure should she get to SFO?


    No, Saturday evenings are the least traveled time of the week and SFO generally has short lines anyway. Arriving 90 minutes before her flight should be enough time.


  • immigration/customs
    Jul 16, 2016
    i am lfying from Vancouver to phoenix with a 1 hour layover in SFO. Where do I have customs and will i have enought time between flights


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. If both tickets are on the same reservation then all you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Time allowed
    Jun 11, 2016
    How much should I allow upon arriving at SFO on an international flight to catch a domestic flight on another airline ???


  • Security Wait Time Concern
    Jun 10, 2016
    Am getting spooked by all the TSA long wait time news. Want to fly out of SFO on Southwest (Terminal 1) on Sun at 7:05 PM. Cannot arrive at airport before 6PM. Can't find any reliable estimate of Security line wait times on a busy evening like Sun. Is 1 hour doable lately?i .


  • delta curbside?
    May 30, 2016
    Does Delta have curbside check-in?


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