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  • Enough time
    May 31, 2016
    My wife will be going from HNL to SEA flying United airlines on both flights. Will she have enough time to get to her next flight? She's traveling with my three boys. I have a set of 5 yr old twins and one 2 yr old. She has 1 hour to get to her connecting flight is this enough time? Will she be in the same terminal?


    One addition question. If she goes through another terminal will she need to go through the security check point again?


  • Inquiry on SIN-SFO international to domestic SFO-DEN flight
    May 30, 2016
    Hope someone could advise if a 2h35min connection time is sufficient from catching a flight change from international to domestic transfer - I plan on flying in from Singapore to SFO( reservations all made under United), and then catching a domestic transfer to Denver,CO. Additionally, I am not clear which terminal I would be taking to depart to Denver but would you say that all domestic terminals are within walking distance from the international terminal? Do I have to go through any customs after landing from my SIN-SFO flight to get to my connecting one to DEN? Are there any additional information i should be aware of? Thank you in advance for anyone who can help ! :)


    Yes, that should be enough time. You will depart from Terminal 3, which is right next to the International Terminal where you arrive. Yes, you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, walk to Terminal 3, and go through security. You have enough time.


    Hi ZAP, thank you for the prompt reply ! A clarification with regards to going through US customs and re-checking of bags at the desk once I land in SFO- I was under the impression that since my flight reservation is made all under the same booking under United (round-trip), wouldn't my baggage automatically be transferred to my connecting flight from SFO-DEN without having me to re-check it in, especially if I state that the bags should be checked all the one to it's final destination to Denver ? Just needing to clarify, as I could be wrong. Thank you if you can help ! :)


  • LAS to SFO to AUK
    May 29, 2016
    I'm flying from LAS to SFO on United Airlines, and arrive at SFO at 8:22 pm. I have a flight from SFO to AUK on Air New Zealand that departs SFO at 9:45 pm. That's an hour and twenty minutes in between. I'm under the impression that I won't need to re-check my luggage or go through customs at SFO, and that it'll be fine. But it's worth double-checking, because if I need to do something about it, I have time to sort it out if I start now.


    no need to re check bags or go through customs. All SFO international flights leave from the international terminal. Will be about a 10 or 15 min. walk and all terminals are connected inside.


  • HNL UA to SFO; SFO Delta to Barcelona, Spain
    May 30, 2016
    Is there a connecting walkway between United and Delta? Which terminal does Delta international flights board? I plan to have carry on only. How do I proceed to Delta for international flight to Barcelona Spain, once I arrive in SFO on UA?


    Delta does not fly any International flights from SFO. Please double check your reservation.


  • SFO layover to International
    May 30, 2016
    Hello, I am scheduled to arrive from ATL -> SFO at 9:51pm with my departure to SYD departing at 10:55pm (64-minutes). Will my family and I have enough time to make our departure?


    What airlines are you flying?


    Flying United the whole way


    Then yes, that is enough time. You just have to walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Enough Time ?
    May 30, 2016
    Hi, my wife and I are travelling from Auckland New Zealand on flight NZ 8 arriving at SFO at 12:50. We then transfer to Lufthansa flight LH 455 departing at 15:05 to fly to Frankfurt , giving us 2hrs and 15 mins at SFO. Both our tickets will be on the same reservation (Star Alliance) and our bags will be checked right through to Frankfurt. We also expect to be issued with our boarding passes for both flights in NZ.. Do we have enough time to get through immigration, security etc and not miss our 2nd flight?


    You will still have to 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. You should have enough time.


  • Change Over
    May 30, 2016
    Im Flying SLC to SFO and then to LA, I will have 1hr and 44mins to make my flight from SFO to LA, is this enough time to make my flight??


    What airlines are you flying?


  • Connection between T3 and International
    May 25, 2016
    I'm flying in the middle of next month from ORD to KIX via SFO on United (one ticket). I'm scheduled to arrive SFO from ORD at 9:43am and I'm guessing it's gonna be T3. My flight to KIX departs from the International Terminal at 11:35am. Would this be sufficient time? Will I have to go through security again? And how long is the walk from T3 to the International Terminal? I will be travelling with a 3 yr old. Any information is appreciated. Thank you in advance.


    There is a walkway connecting T3 and concourse G of the International Terminal where you will depart inside security. It shouldn't take more than 15 minutes to get from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    Thank you so much, Zap!


  • SYD - SFO - JFK
    May 24, 2016
    Hello, We are flying Sydney to San Francisco (landing in SFO at 7am). Our connecting flight to JFK leaves at 8:25. Is an hour and 25 minutes enough time to clear customs and make our next flight? Any additional information you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks.


    No, that is below the minimum International to domestic connection time at SFO. I recommend at least 2 hours.


  • Enough time?
    May 23, 2016
    I will reach SFO at 12:33pm via United Airlines and will fly to Korea via SIA at 2:05pm. Do i need to go through security screening again? Do i have enough time? Thank you.


    If both tickets are on the same reservation you will not have to go through security - you just have to walk to your departure gate - and should have enough time.


  • Official Minimum Connect Time
    May 23, 2016
    Dear SFO, I am doing some research for an article that I'm writing on the topic of airline connections. If you don't mind, I have a couple of questions and a comment. (1) Question. Is there an "official" minimum connect time (MCT) for international-to-domestic transfers at SFO? A representative of United Airlines told me that the official connect time for this type of flight at SFO is 90 minutes. Is that correct? (2) Question. If there is an official MCT, how do SFO and other airports inform the airlines about the MCTs? Is this information officially communicated through the publications of the International Air Transport Association (IATA)? Are airlines required to follow the MCTs, or can they ignore them if they want? (3) Comment. It looks as though the most popular topic on this SFO forum is "SFO Gate connections." I have read through many of your responses, and I don't see any response where you have mentioned an important fact that affects international-to-domestic transfers at SFO: the 45-minute minimum window. When an international passenger arrives at SFO, she must of course clear Immigration and Customs first. However, once she clears Customs, she must have a minimum of 45 minutes left before she can recheck her baggage for her next flight. If she does not meet the 45-minute minimum, she has missed her flight. For example, consider this schedule that was offered by UA for ICN to IAD in 2012 (my Korean girlfriend and I took this schedule): ICN to SFO UA #892 Lv ICN 6:15 pm, Ar SFO 11:24 am "connect time in SFO is 1hr 34 min" SFO to IAD UA #847 Lv SFO 12:58 pm Ar IAD 9:04 pm (This schedule is no longer offered, but UA offers other schedules that are similar.) In this illustration, according to UA, the connect time is 94 minutes. Actually, that's very misleading. The real connect time is only 49 minutes when you consider that the passenger must meet the 45-minute minimum before rechecking baggage for the connecting flight. In fact, the real connect time is actually completely unreasonable, especially when you consider that it can take 12-15 minutes for a passenger sitting in the back of the plane to get off a full plane and arrive at Immigration check. Also, according to Customs and Border Protection, it takes a passenger, on average, about 25 minutes to 60 minutes clear Immigration/Customs. (First/business class passengers clear in less time because they are at the head of the line.) When all factors are considered, the UA flight schedule is completely unfeasible for anyone sitting in the back 1/3 to 1/2 of the plane. I have firsthand experience of this type of problem when my Korean girlfriend and I arrived in SFO on the above schedule. Even though we had about 42 minutes left after clearing Customs at SFO, we were told that we had "missed" our next flight. We were delayed 10 hours, and the only compensation we received from UA was a meal voucher. In my view, airlines should be prohibited from offering such unfeasible schedules. In the meantime, I think it would be very helpful if you would mention the 45-minute minimum window to international passengers who inquire about transit times at SFO. I would be very grateful if you could provide an answer to my two questions. Thank you in advance!


    Firstly, this is not SFO's website - nobody from SFO will read this. Secondly, airlines determine minimum connection times, not airports.


  • Enough time/
    May 23, 2016
    hello, I will fly from LAX to SFO and SFO to Paris CDG on United Airlines (same reservation), I will land in SFO terminal 3 at 1.30pm and my second flight is leaving from the International Terminal at 2:45pm. Will I have enough time? and do I have to go through customs and checkingmy baggage again? Thank you!


    Yes, you have enough time. There is no US Customs when leaving the US and you won't have to go through security. There is a walkway to the international terminal inside security.


  • Connection to International terminal
    May 23, 2016
    Arriving on United domestic term 3 and connecting to United International G. Will I have to go through security?


    No, there is a walkway to the international terminal inside security.


  • Enough time to make connecting flight?
    May 24, 2016
    We are flying into SFO from Auckland at 12:40pm and want to get a connecting flight to New York at 3:30pm. Is this enough time to collect luggage, clear customs and checkin to domestic flight?


    It should be enough time.


    Thanks Zap, you're a champion


  • AA flight PHX --> SFO --> SYD
    May 21, 2016
    considering a flight from PHX to SFO to SYD on American/Qantas. the PHX flight gets in at 1026 and the SYD flight departs at 1125. What terminal does AA use at SFO and would I have to go through security again in SFO?


    You will have to go through security again in SFO. I do not think that this connection is reasonably possible.


    ZAP Thank you very much. i've adjusted the flight time into SFO to give me more time to make the connection.


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