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  • Connection time
    Feb 2, 2016
    I'm flying from Spain to SFO with Turkish Airlines (via Istanbul), and from SFO to Calgary with Alaska Airlines. Is 90 minutes enough time to collect my bags, check in again, security check, etc?


    With checked bags on two separate tickets, not I don't think that is enough time. Also Alaska airlines does not fly nonstop from San Francisco to Calgary.


    So, I think I'll try another flight from SFO to Calgary, with Air Canada, that leaves me 3 hours to go through all the process. Thanks for your help!


  • 45 minute connection
    Feb 2, 2016
    Hi, We are flying from Philadelphia to San Francisco on United connecting to Sydney with a 45 min connection, is this do able?


    Yes, that is doable if the flight from PHL arrives on-time. All you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Can I make this connection (separate bookings)
    Jan 27, 2016
    Hi, I'm a US resident alien (with Global Entry) arriving at SFO on Flight JL2 (Japan Airlines) from HND @ 16.25 I need to get on a United flight (separate booking) from SFO > AUS @ 18.07 Will I need to go through security again, and do you think I can make the connecting flight? Thank you! -Alex


    No need to ask the same question twice.


    Jan 26, 2016
    I'm a non-US passenger. Arriving from HK on CX 10:15 on a Wednesday, taking AA flight at 13:00, is 2 hrs 45mins sufficient to make the connection? Thanks!


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • Edmonton to San Francisco to Honolulu
    Jan 25, 2016
    We are flying United from Edmonton, Alberta Canada to SanFrancisco..we have 41 minutes between landing and our United flight to Honolulu - is this enough time? Our rep in Canada says it is within regulation, but is it REALISTIC? Thanks so much!


    Yes, you will go through US Immigration and Customs in Edmonton. All you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You should have enough time if your flight from Edmonton is on-time.


  • Connection time
    Jan 24, 2016
    I will be flying virgin from San Diego to San Fran and then on virgin again onto New York. I have a 30 minute connection. Is that enough?


    Yes that is enough time if your first flight is on-time.


  • Toronto ->SFO -> Honolulu
    Jan 30, 2016
    Flying Toronto to SFO (UA 8517 operated by Air Canada arriving T1 @ 9:42AM) and connecting to flight from SFO to Honolulu (UA 1122 leaving T3 @10:50AM). This gives us 1 h 8 m to get from T1 to T3. Do we need to check in security at T3? Do we have enough time?


    You will not arrive in Terminal 1, you will arrive in the International Terminal. Air Canada uses both the G and A concourse of the International Terminal. If your flight arrives in G then you can just walk inside security to your departure gate in Terminal 3. If it arrives in A then you will have to go through security again in Terminal 3. You should have enough time.


    Ironic. We're on the same flights with you, and I had the exact same question! I'm nervous about a 1hr 8min layover, but Expedia assures me it is enough time. I don't know if it would be wise to attempt a later flight out of SFO, or if I'm worrying over nothing. Are you sticking with the flights, as is?


    Yah they tell me I have enough time as well if the flight arrives on time and everything goes well. We were on a later connecting flight but UA bumped us to this earlier one, and now they tell me there is a big fee to change us back to the later flight so I'll stick with this for now.


    Exact same situation here. Who knows, these flights are likely to change again before we fly. I looked up SFO online, and they say it only takes 25 minutes to walk the entire loop of the airport. Well, look for the bald guy with a family of four if you wanna say hi!


    Apparently we will clear customs first in Toronto and the UA/AC flight will be treated as a domestic flight and arrive T1, not T3...so this should save some time. I also read somewhere UA operates a shuttle bus between T1 and T3 and if we take that we don't need to clear security again. Does anyone know if this still exists? If not, look for the semi-bald guy with family of four. LOL. We can run together.


    Sorry meant not terminal G as mentioned in a earlier post.


  • Seoul to SFO to Dallas
    Jan 23, 2016
    I am a US citizen entering SFO from Seoul, South Korea. The UA flight will arrive at 11:15am and my connecting flight will depart at 1:17pm. I will have one checked luggage. Is 2 hours enough time to make it to my connecting flight?


    Yes, that should be enough time if your flight from Seoul arrives on-time.


    I'm also a US citizen flying from INC to SFO, but have a non-citizen with me and we each have one piece of checked luggage. I'm very worried about our connection time - 1 hour and 32 minutes, SFO to PHX. We're also in the back of the plane. I had a similar situation at LAX, and we (along with a few other people from our plane with similar connection windows) were fast-checked through security and led through the employee sections of the airport to reach our planes on time. I guess my questions are 1) Is the connection doable? 2) What are the chances that we'll be fast tracked? Was that LAX specific or do airports routinely do this kind of thing for International - Domestic transfers with short connection times? Sorry for the novel and thanks for your time! (:


    That is a difficult connection and I would say your experience at LAX is unusual.


  • United to Air Canada Connection
    Jan 29, 2016
    Arriving from MCO on UNITED. Connecting to AIR CANADA going to YVR. Will terminals be within security at SFO, or do I have to clear security again in SFO?


    Air Canada uses both the G and A concourse of the International Terminal. If your flight to Vancouver departs from G, then you can just walk to your departure gate, but if it departs from A then you will have to exit and re-enter security.


    Similarly, I'm flying with United LAX to San Fran (SFO), and then have a 48minute layover in San Fran before my connecting flight to CANADA. I remember the SFO airport is huge and have no idea if united gates will all be in the same area/terminal - is this short layover going to pose a problem?


    All United gates are in the same area. Some Air Canada gates are not in the same area.


    Swiss air from Zurich to SFO connecting to United to Seattle. Do I have to go through security again? Thx. No checked bags.


  • Toronto to San Fran to Sydney
    Jan 20, 2016
    I am coming in from Toronto, Canada and will be flying to Sydney, Australia. My connection time is 1h21m...is this doable?


    What airlines are you flying? Are your tickets on one reservation or two separate ones? I can't answer your question without that information.


    Toronto to San Fran with Air Canada Connection to Sydney with United


    Yes, it's doable. You will arrive in the A or G concourse of the International Terminal and will depart from the G concourse. If you arrive in G you just have to walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. if you arrive in A you will have to cross over to the other side and go through security. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto.


  • Flight 5391 Feb 20th From EUG to SFO
    Jan 19, 2016
    I am wondering...arrival time into SFO is 0730. Departure time to OGG (Maui) is 0800...seems kinda tight for time, but are the gates close and do you think it is doable?


    Yes, it's doable if the first flight arrives on-time. If you miss your connection due to a delay there are later flights to Maui you can likely be rebooked on.


  • connection time
    Jan 19, 2016
    I will be flown from San Francisco to Hong kong but the connection time is only 1 hour 30 minutes, I wonder would it be too tight?


    Are both tickets on the same reservation? What airlines are you flying? Where are you flying after you arrive from Hong Kong?


    I take United on both trip. Hong Kong is my final destination. I am not sure if I need to go thru "Security"....


    If your first flight is domestic then you don't have to go through security in San Francisco, just walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    1 hour 30 minutes layover should be okay?


    If that's the case then, yes, it should


    Thank you so much!


  • To Zurich on Luftansa via SFO
    Jan 19, 2016
    I am flying in from Reno on SkyWest (United Express) with a 51 minute layover in SFO for flight to Zurich on Lufthansa. Bags will be checked through from Reno. That seems a little tight to me-- is it possible? If not, would it be possible if we got pre-check registered for security?


    You don't have to go through security in SFO. You just have to walk from your arrival gate in T3 to your departure gate in concourse G of the International Terminal. There is a walkway between T3 and G inside security. You have enough time if your flight from Reno is on-time. Also, if you are flying nonstop to Zurich that flight will be operated by Swiss, not Lufthansa.


  • How long is security at SFO terminal 3
    Jan 19, 2016
    How long is security at SFO terminal 3 and is there a TSA pre separate line for expedited security. We have just 1 hour to depart Hawaiian air in international terminal to get to our United flight in terminal 3 bound for ORD Will we have any time to spare?


    There is PreCheck in Terminal 3. If you have Precheck and your Hawaiian flight arrives on-time and you don't have any checked bags to transfer you should be OK.


  • International to Domestic
    Jan 18, 2016
    I have seen a lot of questions on this one, but not the recommended connection time from international to a domestic, separately ticketed flight. Istanbul to SFO landing at 4.30 p.m. and on to San Diego on Southwest. Many thanks.


    You need a minimum of 3 hours.


    Many thanks!


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