San Francisco (SFO) AIRPORT TERMINAL CONNECTIONS DISCUSSION FORUM

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Hi, I'm planning to book an incoming Qantas flight (from Sydney) to SFO, which is due to land at 09:30 and then transfer to an outbound United flight to Vancouver, departing at 10:46. Bookings will be separate...is this doable? Can I check luggage all the way through or will I have to collect and re-check at SFO?
No, that is completely impossible. You will have to claim your bags in SFO to clear US Customs even if you can have them tagged to Vancouver. If it's two separate reservations you need at least 3 hours.
I'm flying from Vancouver to Sydney Australia with a 55 minute layover in san fransisco, they are both united flights. Will I have enough time to make it to the connecting united flight to syndey?
Yes, all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver.
Hi, flying from Sydney to Seattle with a 1hr 45 layover/connection in San Fran. Both United flights - Please let me know procedure for connection at San Fran flying United ie Immigration>Pick up bags>Bag drop connecting flight>Check In>Fly. Is this enough time?
You will be checked in for both flights in Sydney. In SFO you will arrive in the International Terminal, 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 in Terminal 3.
Awesome, thankyou. I hope 1hr 45min is enough time.
Hi, I'm looking at booking a flight from toronto to sydney, AU with a 1h49m stopover in SFO. Will we make it? Flying Air Canada/Qantas
You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. If it's on the same reservation you just have to go over to the A concourse and through security. You have enough time if it's all one reservation. If it's two separate reservations you have barely enough time.
Arriving SFO from YVR 9:49 PM Mar 4 on Air Canada (clear US Customs in YVR) connecting with American at 11:40 PM to Miami. Is that enough time to go from one terminal to the other? Is it a walkable situation? Do I have to collect bags? Flights are all on same reservation made through Celebrity Choice Air. Trust I have to clear Security again in SFO.Thanks for your assistance.
Yes, you do have to go through security again. Other than that, if your bags are checked through it is walkable and doable.
Hi I have a flight from Hong Kong to SanFran (on Cathay Pacific), and it lands at 9:55pm. I have a connecting flight from SanFran (on American Airlines) to Miami and it departs at 11:40pm. So there's 1hr45min transit time. Do you think there's enough time for me to catch my flight to Miami? Thanks
Yes, that should be enough time if both flights are on the same reservation.
Im flying out of SFO to ICN on a noon Asiana flight, but first I need to fly into SFO on DL standby. The only flight that gets into SFO that morning on DL lands at 10:54. Is there any chance I have enough time to collect my baggage and check in again for my flight at noon?
No, I don't think that's enough time. I'd try to fly in the night before if there is not an earlier flight that's open. Maybe you should just buy a ticket to SFO to avoid losing your flight to Seoul.
Hello - I am flying to SFO from MKE on Southwest. I have a two hour layover and then leave SFO to OGG on Virgin Atlantic. Do I have enough time to collect my luggage, check back in and get through security and to my new gate in time?
Thank you!
Virgin Atlantic does not fly from SFO to OGG, you are on Virgin America. That is just enough time if everything goes smoothly.
My wife is flying with United Airlines, originating at Sydney to SFO arriving at 7:05 am, with connecting United flight to Denver departing at 12:55pm. As I understand, she will go to immigration at SFO, claim baggage, go to customs and re-check baggage, then to the UA gate for departure. All steps covered? And is enough time (5.5 hrs) allowed?
After she re-checks her bags she will also go through security. She has PLENTY of time.
I will be arriving SFO on Hawaiian Airlines from Kauai at 10:15pm, and have to catch my next flight to HKG on Cathay Pacific at 00:50am. Will that be enough time for me to make my connection if I have checked luggage?
Yes, that should be enough time if everything goes smoothly.