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  • 42 min domestic layover - enough time?
    Dec 28, 2016
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    I'm flying in from SAN (arriving 9:28PM) for a connecting flight to PIT (departing 10:10PM). I'm with UA for the whole itinerary. My layover was originally 1 hr 42 min but was cut to 42 min. Is this enough time to make the connection?

     

    It's possible but doesn't leave much time to spare if the first flight is delayed.

     

  • 1 hour 10 min
    Dec 24, 2016
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    I have layover 1 hour 10 min with united from Orlando to SFO to Singapore is it enough time change plane and gate also transfer my luggage?

     

    Yes, that is enough time. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. There is a walkway connecting Terminal 3 and Concourse G of the International Terminal where you will depart inside security.

     

    Do I need thru security checkpoint?

     

    No, the walkway is inside security. You do not have to go through security in SFO.

     

  • Singapore to ORD with 1.5h layover at SFO
    Dec 25, 2016
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    Hi, I will be flying from Singapore to O'hare Airport with a 1.5h layover at SFO. Is this sufficient for clearing the US customs, security check and rechecking of baggage before proceeding to T2 for the connecting flight? The connecting flight is operated by a partner airline, so I am very worried that it won't wait for me. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!

     

    What airlines are you flying? Singapore Airlines to Virgin America? If so that's difficult but not impossible if both flights are on the same reservation.

     

    Thank you so much for your prompt reply. That's right, I will be flying via Singapore Airlines to SFO and connecting flight to ORD via Virgin America. Both flights were booked under the same reservation. Originally, the layover duration was 2h. However, Singapore Airlines rescheduled the flight and the layover duration becomes 1.5h instead... On a separate note, I am wondering if it's possible for Singapore Airlines to transfer my checked-in baggage directly to ORD, since ORD will be my final destination. If this is possible, I just have to clear the US customs and security check, and might be able to make it to the Virgin America. Thank you once again for your advice.

     

  • Exiting Customs
    Dec 14, 2016
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    I have a friend flying in from Hong Kong at 0815 and departing for FL at 1310. Will he go through customs and exit into the unsecure part of the airport at SFO or will he have to stay on the secure side until he leaves?

     

    Yes, when he clears US Customs he will be outside security and you could meet him.

     

  • 12 hour layover
    Dec 13, 2016
    1
    Hi, I am flying through SFO from Calgary to Singapore. Will I have to go back through customs in SFO if I leave the airport to go explore the city for a few hours? Will I have to pick up my bags and keep them or can I recheck them before leaving the airport? Is this worth it or too much of a hassle?

     

    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Calgary. There is no US Customs when leaving the US. You won't have to claim your bags in SFO if all flights are on the same reservation. You are free to leave and will just have to go through security when you return.

     

  • Lay over
    Nov 23, 2016
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    Hi, I am flying from Vancouver to Hong Kong with 2 hours lay over in SFO. Is that enough time for me to go outside to have a quick smoke and still be on time for my flight to Hong Kong? Thanks.

     

    Yes, that is enough time. I don't think it's enough time to have a smoke though.

     

  • 1 hour layover
    Nov 12, 2016
    1
    Hi, I am flying through SFO from Toronto to Melbourne, but the flight only gives a 1hr connection time. I will be pre-cleared for customs in Toronto, but I think I will still have to pick up my bags, change terminals and go through security again. Both flights are with United, but I think the Canadian leg is operated by Air Canada. Thanks!

     

    You do not have to do anything with your bags or go through security in SFO. You just walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, which will both be in the G concourse of the International Terminal. You have enough time.

     

  • Arriving in SFO from YYZ travelling to HNL
    Nov 8, 2016
    1
    Is a one hour connection enough?

     

    What airlines are you flying? Do you have checked bags? You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto.

     

  • Layover in SFO for flight to MNL
    Oct 18, 2016
    1
    Is 1 hour and 55 minutes enough layover to transfer from Domestic flight UA to PR flight to MNL? Baggage is not check through so need to check in also

     

    That will be very difficult, bordering on impossible.

     

  • layover in San Fran
    Oct 4, 2016
    2
    Hi! I am looking at a flight from Incheon Airport in South Korea to Kansas City with a 1hr 25min layover in SFO San Francisco. Will I have enough time to make the layover from the International Terminal to the domestic terminal to Kansas City? Thanks!

     

    Also sorry I am also an American citizen.

     

    That is barely enough time if everything goes perfectly.

     

  • connection time
    Oct 3, 2016
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    I am going to fly PVG-SFO-ATL. However United changed the time of the second flight. So I only have 2hr15min connection time. I am a Chinese citizen. Is it enough for me to go through the custom, take my baggage and get on the next flight?

     

  • 6 hours for fun between landing from London and departing Auckland?
    Sep 28, 2016
    2
    Is 6 hours enough to get off the plane, out the airport, see Golden Gate Bridge and have a quick lunch before heading back for another international flight? I have a British Passport with an ESTA, and am stopping over between London and Auckland. Thanks in advance for any advice. Also hoping to catch the US exclusive pokemon, Tauros, in this time.

     

    You'd get literally like 30-60 minutes in the city before having to head back to the airport.

     

    That's a shame. Will have to forgoe poor Tauros. Thanks for answering.

     

  • 9 hour lay over
    Sep 19, 2016
    1
    I have a 9 hour lay over, am I allowed to check my bags onto my next flight (to London) and leave the airport for a couple hours?

     

    What airlines are you flying? Where are you flying into SFO from?

     

  • International Arrival 10:10, catch domestic departure 12:55?
    Sep 15, 2016
    1
    Hi, my international flight arriving at SFO has been rescheduled to land at 10:10. I have a separately booked domestic departure at 12:55 from SFO to IAD. Will I still be able to make it for the domestic departure or had I better change to a later flight to IAD?

     

    You could still make it if things go smoothly when you arrive, especially if you don't have checked bags.

     

  • SIN-SFO-IAD Are 2 hrs enough for layover at SFO?
    Aug 17, 2016
    1
    Hi, I will be arriving at SFO from SIN on an SQ flight at 9:15 am, and will take a separately booked United flight to IAD from SFO. Will I be able to make a 11:15 am flight out of SFO? Or had I better book a 12:55pm?

     

    If you have checked bags I would book the 12:55

     

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