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  • Change plane in 35min
    Dec 9, 2014
    Hi, we are going to fly from YVR to OGG and we are europeans with working visa in canada. Is 35minutes for changing planes enough time?Thank you for your answer.


    Yes, but it doesn't leave much time for delays. Vancouver has US Immigration and Customs preclearance, so you will clear customs there and your arrival into SFO will be like a domestic flight.


  • Sufficient layover from international to domestic flight.
    Sep 28, 2014
    I'm flying from Cancun to SFO. My connection time is 1 hour to get on flight to San Diego. Is the time sufficient to clear customs? I have no checked luggage to avoid any waiting or time checking in luggage. Leaving soon. Tried calling customer service but the phone hold was too long. Thank you so much for your help!


    It's well below the minimum connection time. Wait a few days and then call customer support again. Also, with no checked baggage you may make it even though it's below the minimum time. Worst case if you miss it you get rebooked. United has a lot of SFO-SAN flights.


    I made it! TY


  • Cousin coming in tomorrow, question
    Jun 21, 2014
    So my cousin is coming from TPE tomorrow. Her next flight is to San Diego. He has around a four hour gap. We did not tell her we might met her and might go at the last minute. the question is, will she come out of the terminals, or does she have an option of staying in the terminals without coming out?


    Upon arrival from Taoyuan Airport in Taiwan at SFO's International Terminal, your cousin will first go through the customs process & re-check-in bags, then proceed to the Arrivals Hall, where you can meet her/him near the information counter, and thereafter your cousin can take the Red-line of the Air Train (one flight down) to her connecting domestic terminal (T1, T2 or T3).


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