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  • Can I make a 54 minutes flight connection in SF?
    Apr 24, 2016
    Looking at booking a flight from our home town airport Santa Maria to SF and then only a 54 minute connection on United going to Newark and on to Milan. Is this short amount of time do-able in San Francisco? Thanks.


    Yes, that is possible.


  • sna to sfo to international Air Canada
    Apr 23, 2016
    we only have a 59 minute layover and need to get from United domestic to Air Canada international. do we have to go thru security and can we make it. July 23rd '17


    If your Air Canada flight leaves from the G concourse you can walk straight to your departure gate. If it leaves from the A concourse you will have to go through security. Air Canada uses both.


  • YVR -> SFO -> HNL
    Apr 21, 2016
    I am flying from YVR to HNL with a layover in SFO for 50 minutes. I have a checked baggage as well. Will this be enough time and would we have to recheck in our luggage and go through customs again?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. All you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, both in Terminal 3. You have enough time as long as your flight from Vancouver is on-time.


    Apr 21, 2016
    Hello, I am flying United from YVR to SFO with a 1h 20 min gap between my next flight from SFO to Panama City (PTY) on Copa. Is this enough time? Will I need to collect checked luggage and go through security again? This is part of an Aeroplan (Star Alliance) reward ticket. Any help would be greatly appreciated!


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver.You don't have to do anything with your bags or go through Security in SFO. You just have to walk from your arrival gate in Terminal 3 to your departure gate in concourse G of the International Terminal. There is a walkway connecting them inside security.


    Thank you so much for the quick response and info--greatly appreciated!


    Apr 19, 2016
    ARRIVING from Honolulu(Virgin America) at 08:45PM...then Air Canada flight to Toronto at 10:40 PM(will have checked baggage)...presume have to collect bags and go through security (no customs I believe until Toronto arrival)


    Yes, that is barely enough time if your flight from Honolulu is on-time.


  • AC to UA Connection in SFO
    Apr 19, 2016
    Travel in May from Toronto to Bakersfield CA. Air Canada arrives international terminal and connection is out of Terminal 3. They gave us a 53 minute connection. Is that viable?


    Yes, it's possible. If you arrive in Concourse G you just have to walk to your departure gate. If you arrive in Concourse A you will have to go through security to get to your departure gate. Air Canada uses both concourses.


  • Do I have to change terminals
    Apr 18, 2016
    I am flying Dublin to Salt Lake city via San Francisco. At SFO I have a 4.5hrs layover and then fly with United to SLC. Do I have to change terminals? I posted a few mins ago but incorrectly put in Seattle instead of SFO. My apologies.


    You will arrive in the concourse G of the International Terminal and depart from Terminal 3, so you technically change terminals, however, because you will have precleared US Immigration and Customs in Dublin and there is a walkway inside security from G to T3, all you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have plenty of time.


  • Arriving SFO onto New York in 2 hours?
    Apr 18, 2016
    I'll be arriving SFO from Sydney at 9:30am, and need to get on a connecting Delta flight to New York at 11:30am. So I need to get from international arrivals to pick up baggage and re-check in at Terminal 1-C - is that likely to be enough time?


    Also I should add that this will be September on a Thursday morning


    Yes, that should be enough time. If all tickets are on one reservation you can re-check your bags at the re-check desk after clearing customs. You don't have to bring them with you to Terminal 1.


    Thanks. They are separate reservations


    Apr 15, 2016
    Hi! Flying from Medford (MFR) to PVR with a layover in SFO. The layover is 1 hour & 43 minutes, will that be enough time to get us through customs? We are on all United flights. Thanks!


    There is no US Customs when exiting the US. You just have to walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate in SFO on your way to Puerto Vallarta. You have plenty of time.


  • Layover in SFO to ICN
    Apr 12, 2016
    I have a 51 minute layover in SFO from BWI on my way to ICN. both flights are United. Is this enough time?


    Yes, all you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    Apr 12, 2016
    Hello. I'm looking at a PDX to SFO flight that gets me to SFO at 10:45pm to make a 11:25pm flight SFO to SYD. Is this cutting it too fine? We wouldn't have to go through customs, but the tickets are with separate airlines. PDX-SFO would be Alaska. SFO-SYD is Qantas. Your advice would be appreciated!


    If both tickets are on the same reservation that would be just enough time if everything went perfectly. If it's two separate reservations that's not enough time.


  • Virgin America Transfer
    Apr 8, 2016
    Flying Virgin America red eye in October from SAN to EWR with 43 minute transfer in SFO. Will this be enough time, or should we take the earlier Virgin American flight into SFO and have a 2hr layover instead of 45min in case of fog delays. Although if we arrive late due to fog, wouldn't the departure also be delayed? Thanks in advance for your help!


    I would prefer the 2 hour connection.


  • Clearing Customs
    Apr 8, 2016
    Arriving from heathrow to sfo @ 5pm(BA)..would there be enough time to clear customs, grab checked-in bags and check them in again on a seperate flight bound for Seattle @ 8:30pm with Alaska Airlines? I've heard Heathrow does pre-clearance to the US? should that help?


    There is no preclearance in Heathrow. That is enough time to to through immigration and customs and transfer your bags to Alaska and then go through security.


  • Short connection + fog question
    Apr 7, 2016
    Travelling YVR-SFO-LIH on United arriving at SFO at 10:34am mid-September: Is 43 minutes enough time to change planes and if arrival is delayed due to fog, would that also delay the outgoing flight to LIH so we could make our connection?


    Yes, it is enough time. you will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver so all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate in Terminal 3. If your flight is delayed by fog the flight to LIH may or may not be delayed by fog as well. It depends where the aircraft operating that flight is coming from.


  • Local to International layover United
    Apr 5, 2016
    Great site.. I am trying to book from LAX- SFO - AKL (Auckland) all ticketed through United. We want to take flight 917 SFO-AKL. The first flight from LAX options are a 1 hour or two hour layover. Can you confirm my suspicion that one hour is too short. I assume we will have bagage ticketed through, but will need to clear immigration and security out. Thanks


    1 Hour is possible. There is no US Immigration or any special security when leaving the US. All you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. That being, said, I'd probably book the 2 hour connection.


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