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  • International to international connection
    Mar 7, 2016
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    Flying into SFO on Cathay and connecting on Westjet to Vancouver. Do I need to go through immigration at SFO?

     

    Yes, in SFO you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk if they are tagged through to Vancouver, otherwise you will have to take them to the Westjet ticket counter. Then you will go through security and to your departure gate. You need at least 2 hours for this transfer if on the same reservation and 3 hours if on separate reservations.

     

  • check in at term 1, lounge at term 3
    Mar 6, 2016
    1
    we have 4 hours layover, with mobility difficulties, how can we get to the centurion lounge from term 1 to term 3, and back to term 1 for take off?

     

    You will have to leave the secure area to do that and go through security both ways.

     

  • Cathay Pacific connecting to Virgin America
    Mar 6, 2016
    4
    I will fly from Hong Kong to SFO International Terminal with Cathay Pacific, then connect to Virgin America to fly to Vegas at Terminal 2. Do I have to re-check in my baggage and go thru Security check at the terminal? My layover is an hour and 40 minutes, do I have enough time?Thanks!

     

    Are both of your tickets on the same reservation or do you have two separate ones? If they are on the same reservation you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then take the airtrain to T2 and go through security and to your departure gate. If you purchased two separate reservations, I don't think you have enough time.

     

    So I still need to do all these even the 2 flights are on the same reservation? Thanks!

     

    Yes, that is the process for entering the United States.

     

    i see. Thanks a lot!

     

  • jetBlue connecting to Cathay Pacific
    Mar 6, 2016
    3
    I will fly from Vegas to SFO International Terminal, then connect to Cathay Pacific to fly to Hong Kong. Do I have to re-check in my baggage and go thru Security check again at the Terminal? My layover is 1 hr and 30 minutes, do I have enough time? Thanks?!

     

    Are both of your tickets on the same reservation or do you have two separate reservations.

     

    Yes. They are on the same reservation that i booked at obritz.com

     

    Then all you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have plenty of time.

     

  • Connection times
    Mar 5, 2016
    1
    I am arriving United from New Zealand at 640am connecting to United to Eugene at 810am. Do we have to clear security to get to the United domestic gate.. I realise we will clear customs and immigration and pick our bag up then drop again. Thanks

     

    Yes, you will have to go through security to get to your departure gate after you clear customs and re-check your bags.

     

  • International Terminal Area G to Area A
    Mar 5, 2016
    1
    Hi, We are arriving in on an aerlingus flight from Dublin so we will have all US immigration and Customs control already completed in Dublin and we have a Jet blue connection to Las Vegas from Area A in International terminal we have no bags to pick up. How long connection time is required we have less than 60mins. do we need to go through more security. Thanks in Advance

     

    You will arrive in the G side of the International Terminal. The G and A side are not connected inside security, so you will have to go through security in SFO. It is possible as long as your Aer Lingus flight is on-time.

     

  • Connection times
    Mar 4, 2016
    1
    Hi, I have 2.5 hours to connect from Terminal 2 (Virgin America) to Int. Terminal A (Korean Air). However, I need to claim and re-check baggage as the flights are on different reservations. Will this be enough time or am I cutting it too close?

     

    That should be enough time as long as the Virgin America flight is on-time.

     

  • flying into SFO on a different RT ticket from SFO to NRT
    Mar 3, 2016
    1
    I am flying from SLC to SFO. It is purchased on a separate ticket then my SFO to NRT flight on May 8th at 11:20 am arriving in NRT on May 9th then onto another flight to BKK 4 hrs after arriving into NRT. For SFO since my ticket is different ticket domestic that I bought from SLC to SFO will I need to go retrieve my bags from baggage claim then head over to the international terminal? I am flying Alaska or Delta for SLC to SFO not sure where they usually taxi into as far as concourses go. But will I need to retrieve my checked luggage on that first flight then head over to the international terminal, check in with the airlines and then go through security all over again since I have two separate tickets? And will i need to do the same in NRT for my 4 hr flight later to BKK which is purchased on all the United website but just operated by ANA. Thanks.

     

    You will need to claim your bags from Alaska or Delta. and take them to the airline operating your flight to Tokyo, check in again, and then go through security. In NRT all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

  • Connecting between terminal 2 and international
    Mar 3, 2016
    3
    what is the fastest way to connect from terminal 2 to international terminal Korean airlines? Baggage will be checked through from Phx to Incheon.

     

    The AIrTrain is probably slightly faster than walking.

     

    Which side of the international terminal is Korean airlines located? do I have to check in at Korean airlines counter if my bags are checked through? How do I get from terminal 2 to IT without having to go through TSA security?

     

    Korean is on the A side. If you do not already have your Korean boarding pass you will stop at their check in counter. If you already have it then you don't have to stop at their check in counter. It is not possible to go from T2 to the International Terminal without having to go through security again.

     

  • SEA-SFO via UA, then SFO-NRT via ANA. 1h20 connection!
    Feb 27, 2016
    1
    Hi, I'm flying from SEA to SFO with United, then SFO to NRT (Japan) with ANA. It's all one ticket, purchased via ANA website. I have one checked baggage. I have 1h20 from my arrival time to departure time with ANA (departure time, not boarding time). Do I have enough time for the connection? Do I need to pick up my checked baggage? From what I understand I go from Terminal 3 to terminal I. But unsure if need to get bags in-between?

     

    Yes, you have enough time. You do not have to do anything with your bags. There is a walkway inside security from Terminal 3 where you arrive and the G concourse of the International Terminal where you will depart.

     

  • Short connection
    Feb 27, 2016
    2
    Travelling from Toronto to SFO then connecting to Maui. I've never been to SFO, is an hour and 15 minutes enough time to make the connection? Is it easy to get from International arrivals to domestic departures?

     

    Forgot to say flying Air Canada to SFO, then United to Maui

     

    You will pre-clear US Immigration and customs in Toronto. If you arrive in concourse G all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate inside security. if you arrive in Concourse A you will have to go through security again in Terminal 3. Air Canada uses both A and G. You have enough time.

     

  • united overseas connection
    Feb 24, 2016
    1
    Hi, I'm flying United from Arcata airport to SFO and transferring to an international overseas flight to Frankfurt. Layover time is 1hour 10 minutes. Do you think this will be enough time? Will there be security before the international flight? Arcata flights tend to delay around 20 minutes so I am not very sure if I should get this flight. THank you

     

    There is no additional customs or security before an International flight. All you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You should have enough time.

     

  • Sydney to Edmonton
    Feb 23, 2016
    1
    Only have an hour and 25 in SFO will that be enough to clear customs and catch the connector? Canadian citizen flying United

     

    It will be very difficult unless your flight from Sydney arrives early. Minimum international to international connection time is 90 minutes with 2 hours recommended.

     

  • From Toronto we will connect in San Francisco
    Feb 23, 2016
    3
    Do we need to clear security again in San Francisco?

     

    It depends where you are flying to and where your flight from Toronto arrives. what airlines are you flying and where are you going from SFO?

     

    Our final destination is Manila via Incheon Korea. From Toronto we are flying Air Canada to San Francisco then we take Asiana to Seoul & finally to Manila

     

    So you could arrive in Concourse A or Concourse G of the International Terminal - Air Canada uses both. You will pre-clear US Immigration and customs in Toronto. If you arrive in Concourse G all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, which will also be in concourse G. If you arrive in concourse A, then you will have to walk over to the G side and go through security.

     

  • YEG - DEN - SFO - HKG
    Feb 22, 2016
    1
    Hi I am coming from Edmonton to Denver to San Fran to Hong Kong. Layover time from San Fran to HK is 58 minutes. I was wondering if there would be enough time? Flying through United Airlines. Thanks.

     

    Yes, that should be enough time. All you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. All United gates are connected inside security.

     

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