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  • 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!


  • 39 minutes connection
    Jan 14, 2016
    I'm travelling from O'Hare to SFO, and then from SFO to Las Vegas. I'm sitting at the front of the plane to SFO. Is 39 minutes enough for a connection?


    It is enough time if the flight from ORD arrives on-time. All you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, both in Terminal 3.


  • Toronto to San Francisco to Maui
    Jan 17, 2016
    Please help! I was wondering if 1hr 20 mins layover is enough time to switch planes in San Francisco before heading to Hawaii. We are coming from Toronto so I don't know if we have to go through customs as well. Thank you!!


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. In SFO you just have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. Air Canada uses both the A and G concourse of the International Terminal. If you arrive in A you will have to go though security.


    Thank you! So I am assuming that the airport is small enough to get there in time. Where would you pick up your tickets for the transfer flight?


    You should be issued both boarding passes in Toronto.


  • LV - SFO - Dubai
    Jan 13, 2016
    Hello - we are travelling from Las Vegas to SFO and onto Dubai. Tickets will be reserved separately on Jet Blue & Emirates. There is 3 hrs 40 mins between flights. Couple of questions please; can we check the bags all the way through? Do we have to clear customs/immigration or just transfer between Domestic - International terminals? LV is a side trip from SF. If we leave some extra luggage at the Left Luggage facility at SFO do we need to exit the airport to collect it & then go back through security/immigration? Thanks so much for your help - great forum :)


    No, you will not be able to check your bas through. No you do not have to go through Customs or Immigration in SFO - there is no US Immigration when leaving the US. You will have to exit the secure area, claim your bags from JetBlue and collect any left luggage, then take it to the Emirates check-in desk to re-check it to Dubai. Then go through security. You should have enough time.


    Jan 13, 2016
    Hi, we will be flying from DCA to LAX with 50 mins layover at SFO by Virgin America. Do we have enough time?


    Yes, that should be enough time if your first flight is on-time. You just have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Southwest to United Connection time
    Jan 12, 2016
    How long does it typically take to get from Terminal 1(Southwest arrive at 3:55pm) to Terminal 3(United departing at 4:15pm) if I only have carry on luggage? Would I have to go through security?


    This connection is impossible. You will have to go through security in Terminal 3. You need to change your Southwest flight to an earlier one if you have already booked this.


  • Time to catch connecting flight
    Jan 11, 2016
    I will be flying in from New Orleans with lax as a stop over en route to sfo. There is only an hour and a half between the two flights. Will I have enough time to reach the gate and which terminal will it be in. I am travelling on southwest


    Southwest uses Terminal 1 in LAX. They use Terminal 1 at SFO as well. 1.5 hours should be plenty of connection time.


    Thanks so much for your quick response!


  • SFO connecting flight to NYC
    Jan 13, 2016
    Hi, I am flying into SFO from Sydney, Australia on a QANTAS flight and arrive 9.30am. I need to book a connecting flight to NYC and was wondering how much time I would need to leave between flights?


    If you're booking two separate reservations I would want 3 hours between flights.


    Great. Thanks so much!


    What about if you're not on 2 separate reservations? What is the minimum time you would allow to transit from, say, Qantas from Sydney onward to O'Hare on American on a single ticket. Not what is comfortable, but what is generally possible. Assuming also that the passenger has Global Entry and a checked bag


  • Vegas through SFO to Singapore
    Jan 11, 2016
    Hi, travelling out of Las Vegas through SFO on to Singapore. I have 2 options: one being a 2 hour window, the other being a 4 hour window. Travel agent says minimum 3 hour connecting time. Question is; can i check baggage all way through from Vegas to Singapore? Flying UA / Singapore Airlines. And is 2 hours from landing to connecting flight enough time to move terminals / immigration etc? Thanks all!


    If all tickets are on the same reservation your bags will be checked through to Singapore in Las Vegas. There is no US Immigration when leaving the US. All you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. 2 hours should be enough time.


    Thanks Zap, that's great


    Jan 9, 2016
    Hi, we are travelling from Sydney to JFK, and have a layover of 1hr 45 min in San Francisco. We arrive SFO Terminal 1 and depart for JFK in terminal 8. Do we have enough time to clear customs/check baggage, get to other terminal?


    SFO does not have a Terminal 8 and no flights from Australia arrive in Terminal 1. What airlines are you flying?


    Sorry, typo - we depart for JFK from terminal 2 in SSFO.


    Sorry. We are flying Qantas - QF 73 Syd to San Francisco. Then QF4885 (on American Airlines) to JFK.


    OK, so 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 take the AirTrain to Terminal 2, go through security and to your departure gate. You have just enough time if everything goes smoothly.


    Thanks for the information. So we re-check bags while in the international area? I hope there aren't any flight delays.


    Yes, assuming your bags are tagged to JFK you can drop them right after you clear customs.


    Thanks again for the informaion.


  • Qantas connection
    Jan 6, 2016
    We will arrive at Terminal 2 on a Qantas/American Airlines flight from Philly. Then we need to connect to the Qantas flight to Sydney. Will we need to re-check bags and the like, or do we walk from arrival gate to departure gate? All flights booked on one ticket through Qantas. There is 2.5 hours between flights. Thanks for your help.


    You will not have to claim your bags at SFO, you just need to take the AIrTrain from T2 to the International Terminal and go through security. You have enough time.


    Thank you


  • departure gate number AC756 Jan 5
    Jan 5, 2016
    What is correct departure gate number for this flight


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