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    Oct 23, 2016
    Planning to book a separate domestic ticket for LAS-SFO how much time should I allow to check in and go through immigration for my the SFO-AUK leg if my flight leaves at 23:30pm? Also would there be a high chance of fog delay for this night flight in April?


    sorry the correct flight time is 21:45


    There is no US Immigration when leaving the US. You just have to go through security. If you purchase two separate reservations I would plan on arriving in SFO before 9 PM. It is rarely foggy at night in San Francisco. It is more common in the morning.


    Thanks so much, really appreciate the advice!


  • Sacramento - SFO - Frankfurt in 1:20
    Oct 19, 2016
    I have a hop from Sacramento to SFO, a 1h 20m connection time, and then a flight out to Frankfurt. Both flights are on United, checked bags. From other responses below, it looks like that should be fine - same terminal. Is that correct? Thanks!


    It's not technically the same terminal, you arrive in Terminal 3 and depart from Concourse G of the International Terminal, but they are connected by a walkway inside security. You have enough time.


    Fantastic, thanks so much!


    Oct 19, 2016
    UK citizen, flying United LHR to PDX via SFO. Notice there is a terminal change and only a 1h20min connection. Is this realistic? I assume bags will be pre-checked and no immigration in SFO?


    No, that's not realistic. You assume wrong. in San Francisco you will 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. I guess you might barely have enough time if the flight from London arrives early.


    Thanks - not sure why United are suggesting such a short transfer in that case. Will look for an alternative


  • How to travel in the airport? Time?
    Oct 17, 2016
    I am arriving in SFO from YVR and only have 50 minutes to get from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1 to catch a flight to PVR. Is it enough time? Is there a shuttle or can I walk in that amount of time?


    No flights to Puerto Vallarta depart from Terminal 1. If both flights are on United it will depart from concourse G of the International Terminal. All you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time if the flight from Vancouver is on-time.


    Oct 17, 2016
    Hi.. I am flying from Singapore to SFO arriving at 1830 at SFO Terminal 1. Connecting flight from SFO to New York (EWR) departs at either 20:50 or 21:50 (2 possible options). No terminal stated for this. Do I have to pick up my luggage and to clear customs at SFO? Is connecting flight at 20:50 from SFO to EWR enough time?


    Either flight should work if both flights are on the same reservation. Yes, you will have to claim your bags in SFO to go through US Customs then immediately re-check them.


  • Enough connection time?
    Oct 17, 2016
    Is 1 hour 20 min enough to connect from a domestic flight (from Houston airport- IAH) to international flight (to Taipei, Taiwan- TPE)? All flights are operated by United Airline. Thank you.


    Yes, that is enough time. All you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • YVR-SFO conneting to PVR
    Oct 16, 2016
    Hi there I'm flying with united airlines we arrive from YVR at 8:24am and have a connecting flight to PVR at 9:15am is this connecting flight possible and will i have my checked baggage moved to my connecting flight or will i have to pickup my baggage then check it in again. TIA


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. You don't have to do anything with your bags in San Francisco on your way to Puerto Vallarta. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time.


  • SYD-SFO connecting with Domestic Flight to NYC
    Oct 11, 2016
    Will be arriving on QF73 from Sydney into San Fran at 9.30am, and am looking to book a flight to NYC using either American or United (booking separate to my QF booking). How much time would I need to get through US immigration, get my bags, go through US Customs and recheck plus security etc? Would a 12pm flight be fine for United (or 12.25pm for American)?


    I would want 3 hours, so the 12:25 flight would be just about enough time.


  • San fran to Jackson Hole
    Oct 9, 2016
    Hi ...we have a 1 hr 20 minute transfer time for a flight to Jackson hole, flying in Delta from LA and out united... is it enough time. Assume we will have to recheck bags and do TSA again


    With checked bags I don't think that's very realistic. It's maybe possible without checked bags.


  • PHX-SFO-KZN on different airlines
    Oct 9, 2016
    I am flying From Phoenix to SFO with United (1hour 10 min layover) then SFO to KZN with Turkish Airlines . do I have to claim my luggage and go through customs? do I have enough time


    If both flights are on the same reservation then all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. There is no US Customs when leaving the US.


  • Time to move from Intl Terminal A (Hawaiian Airlines) to Terminal 3(Un
    Oct 9, 2016
    I have a 1 hour layover in SFO where i arrive at International Terminal A(Hawaiian Airlines) and need to catch a connecting Flight with United Airlines at Domestic Terminal 3. Is one hour enough time and is there a way to avoid going through the security again?


    There is no way to avoid going through security again. It's barely enough time without checked bags and impossible with checked bags.


    I will have checked bags as well :( Do i need to re-check them? I don't understand why Expedia site would come up with such an itinerary when it is so difficult to get to the connecting flight.


    I found another itinerary with a 1hr 55min layover in SFO connecting from Intl Terminal A to domestic terminal 3 (United airlines). With checked bags,would it be possible to make it ? Thank you


    That would be easier.


  • SYD to SFO then connecting to SAN
    Oct 7, 2016
    I'm a us citizen returning from SYD to SFO and have a 1:20 layover to get to my connecting flight to SAN. I won't be checking bags and will be flying first and business class so reentry through security is through the expedited lines. Is this enough time? I land on a Friday morning at 7:20 am and next flight departs about 8:30 am, all united.


    It's barely enough time if everything goes smoothly.


  • Enough time?
    Oct 6, 2016
    We are flying a United from Denver to Kauai in January with only a 55 minute layover. Is that a safe connection with a mother who needs a wheelchair and given the fact that deicing may have to be done before the plane leaves Denver? With as popular as Hawaii is, Im afraid three of us may not be able to get out on the next flight if we miss our connection?


    Yes, that should be enough time. Denver is pretty efficient at De-Icing.


    Thank you!


  • MexCity-SFO-JFK
    Oct 6, 2016
    I'm traveling from Mexico City to NY via SFO I land in San Fran at 22:28 & my connecting flight to NY leaves at 23:25. I have been told my bags with go through but will I get to my flight on time? I didn't choose this flight my travel agent arranged it & told me it's plenty of time but I'm a little worried, as I'm assuming I have to go through immagration & I know that can sometimes take awhile. Any advice would be helpful thanks in advance.


    you have been told completely wrong. You 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. 58 minutes is not enough time for that, even late in the evening.


    Thanks for that, I have made my travel agent change the flight that has me flying into San Fran @ 19:05 & out @ 23:25 still.


  • ORD > SFO > TPE
    Oct 5, 2016
    All on United ticket. ORD to SFO T3 with 1:10 connection time for SFO Intl T to TPE. Is this enough time and can you get to the connection inside of security.


    Yes, that is enough time. Yes, there is a walkway inside security from T3 to Concourse G of the International Terminal.


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