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  • Immigration for Transfer from Qantas to Alaska Airlines
    Aug 23, 2016
    I am coming from Sydney to Portland OR via SFO by Qantas and Alaska Airlines. Since both airlines use the International terminal, will I still need to go through immigration before boarding my connecting flight to PDX on Alaska Airlines.


    Yes, you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and to your departure gate. SFO is your entry point to the US.


  • Enough time?
    Aug 21, 2016
    We are flying from Toronto to Honolulu with United connecting in San Fran. Is two hours enough for a connection time? Will we need to go through security or customs/ immigration or will we just need to go to our gate? Thanks!


    Also, it says Terminal change (although I'm not sure which terminal we arrive in/leave from), will we have to go through security again? Or recheck our bags (both flights are united)


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. All you have to do in San Francisco is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. Your first flight will be operated by Air Canada.


  • Imigrations enough time?
    Aug 18, 2016
    Just wondering if 2 hours will be enough time to go through customs/imigration and recheck in my bagage, landing 1pm for a flight 3pm to LA. Or will it be a rush to make it? Not a us Citizen, have visa waiver


    If you're arriving from an international destination, you will indeed have to go through customs and immigration.Two hours is enough time for this process if your flight into San Francisco is on time. You may need to rush a bit depending on the length of the queues.


  • connection time
    Aug 15, 2016
    Flying from Kona through San francisco to Toronto. We only have 50 minutes and have to change terminals. Flight gets in at 9 pm, will we have enough time to make the connection?


    Yes, that should be enough time if the flight from Kona is on-time. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • SLC-SFO-PEK connection time
    Aug 13, 2016
    On United,Planning trip to Beijing starting in SLC to SFO with a 55 Min connection time for PEK flight UA888. Is the connection time doable, do they hold International flight for connecting passengers.


    They don't hold flights. That is enough time. All you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • 50 mins of layover
    Aug 14, 2016
    Hello there, I am taking UA 147 | Airbus A320 from Vancouver to SFO and there is only 50 minutes of connection from SFO to LIH(Hawaii) by UA 1111 | Boeing 757-200. I understand that I go through US Custom in Vancouver, but I guest will need to go through security when I transfer in SFO so I was wondering 50 minutes of layover will be enough?? Thank you very much in advance.


    No, you will not have to go through security in SFO. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time if your flight from Vancouver is on-time.


    Thank you for your reply! Much appreciated


  • Vancouver to Tucson via SFO
    Aug 24, 2016
    I want to fly to Tucson from Vancouver. I'll pass US Customs in Vancouver. Plan to fly United Airlines. Do the incoming flights from Canada land at T3? The connecting flight to Tucson is run by United Express, and those appear to leave from T3. There is only 40 minutes between flights (not yet booked) - given delays due to weather/traffic, should I book with more time between flights?


    Yes, you will both arrive and depart from T3. It is possible if the first flight is on-time. You can't predict delays.


    Thank you. At least I won't have to go far.


  • flying out of YVR to LHR stop at SFO
    Aug 10, 2016
    Do I need to have an ESTA for Amercia? I will have one for Canada. I have booked my flight with AirCanada and both legs are on same ticket and booked at same time. Will my checked bags get transferred to new plane during stop over or do we need to collect them and check in again at SFO? Many thanks


    What is your citizenship? Canadian ETA doesn't do anything for you in the US. Your second flight will be operated by United. All you have to do in Vancouver is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver.


  • Minimum connection time needed
    Aug 8, 2016
    We will be flying into SFO from Toronto via Air Canada. From SFO we have a 2hr 11 min connection time to get on Qantas flight to Sydney. A few questions: Will we have to go through customs/security in SFO or will that be done in Toronto? Will our bags be checked right through to Sydney or will we have to collect them? Lastly, will 2hr 11 min be enough time to make the connection on the Qantas flight?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. Are your tickets purchased on one reservation or two separate reservations?


  • sydney to phl connecting in sfo
    Aug 5, 2016
    My son's flight from Sydney to SF was delayed. He will be arriving inSFO at 11:50 am on Quantas, and needs to make a connection to an AA flight to PHL, boarding time at 1:30 p.m. The reservations are on the same ticket. He checked one bag. Is this enough time to make the connection? What does he have to do, e.g., does he have to claim his bag and recheck it? Thank you.


    He still has a chance of making it. Yes, he will have to claim his bag to go through US Customs, then immediately re-check it at the re-check desk. if he misses his connection they will rebook him on their next available flight to PHL - possibly through another AA hub such as DFW, PHX, CLT, or ORD.


    Thank you!


  • Minimum Time Connecting Flight
    Aug 4, 2016
    Hi there, I plan on purchasing ticket from YVR to SYD via SFO with a 1hr 10 min connecting flight. Would that be enough time with checked baggage? Will be flying business. Thank you!


    YVR to SFO via Air Canada then SFO to SYD via United


    If both tickets are on the same reservation that is enough time. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver.


    Thank you! Both flights on the same reservation. Would I need to collect my luggage and go through customs again?


    Sorry, you already answered that with the pre-clearance bit. Thanks again.


  • Arriving from ICN(Seoul) and connecting to PHL(Philadelphia)
    Aug 30, 2016
    It says I have 2 hr and 55 min layover time. I am not a US citizen so I imagine customs will take a fair amount of time. I'm wondering if that is enough time to make the connection


    That should be enough time. What airlines are you flying?


    United. It's a connected flight, but from what I heard I still have to get my bags, go through immigration, check my bags again, go through security, etc.?


    Yes, you do have to do that but you have enough time.


    Hi there, I want to fly from London Heathrow to New Zealand vid San Fran. The flight from London to San Fran is with Virgin but has an air New Zealand code and the flight from San Fran to NZ is with air New Zealand (assuming it will all be on the same ticket). The layover in San Fran is 2 hours-do I have to go through immigration, collect luggage and then re check my luggage and go through security? Is 2 hours enough? Will I already be checked in the whole way if all on same ticket and will just need to get bags and clear immigration? Flight from London gets into San Fran at 17.50. Thanks!


  • YYZ - SFO - PSP is 2 hour Connection time adequate
    Aug 3, 2016
    Arriving on Air Canada @ 12:40 pm from Toronto. will have checked baggage. separate booking with Virgin America to PSP departing 2:40 pm. travelling business/first class on both legs. will 2 hours do?


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


    Yes, I will have checked bags


    Then you have just enough time. You will have to claim your bags in the International Terminal, take them with you on the airTrain to T2, re-check them with Virgin America, and go through security.


  • 40 minutes from Terminal 3 to International -- Hand luggage
    Aug 3, 2016
    United has rerouted me ATL to SFO arrive terminal 3 with a 40 minute connect time for United flight to Sydney out of international. That seems REALLY tight, but CSR said acceptable with hand luggage (though I felt they were just trying to "get me off the phone."). I have a couple teens with me. Thoughts?


    Yes, it is possible. T3 and concourse G of the International Terminal are connected inside security. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. it obviously leaves no time to spare if the flight from Atlanta is delayed.


    Aug 2, 2016
    Hello! Planning a trip on AA/JAL, and have a question about connections as I will be traveling with kids. If my flight lands at SFO from LAX at 12:25PM and flight from SFO-HND is at 2:55PM, is that enough time? If all flights are on the same itinerary (though LAX-SFO would be on AA and SFO-HND is on JAL codeshare with AA), will my baggage be checked all the way through to HND in LAX or will I have to claim my luggage in SFO and check it in again? Will I have to go through security again at SFO? Thanks for any advice, nervous about connections with kids...


    Yes, your bags will be checked through. You will have to go through security again as you will arrive in Terminal 2 and depart from the International Terminal and they are not connected inside security. You have enough time.


    THANK YOU, ZAP! very helpful!


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