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  • ransfer from in-bound QF flight to outbound United flight to Vancouver
    Jan 28, 2017
    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.


  • Vancouver to Sydney
    Jan 27, 2017
    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.


  • San Fran Connection
    Jan 27, 2017
    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.


  • Toronto to Sydney via SFO
    Jan 25, 2017
    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.


  • International to Domestic
    Jan 23, 2017
    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.


  • Hong Kong --> SanFran --> Miami
    Jan 22, 2017
    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.


  • Domestic to International
    Jan 21, 2017
    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.


  • Flying into SFO on Southwest - then flying to Maui/OGG On V. Atlantic
    Jan 19, 2017
    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.


  • SYD to SFO for domestic transfer to final destination
    Jan 19, 2017
    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.


  • Enough time for connecting flight?
    Jan 18, 2017
    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.


  • Connecting domestic flight to international in SF
    Jan 18, 2017
    Hi, I m leading a group of students from Chicago to Singapore via SF. We have 1h 40 connection to change terminals. Will this be enough time? When getting off the Chicago flight will we have to collect our bags and check them in again? We are flying United.


    If both flights are on United then all you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. There is a walkway from Terminal 3 where you arrive to concourse G of the International Terminal where you depart inside security.


  • Help!
    Jan 17, 2017
    I land from Vancouver in San Francisco tomorrow at 21:49 via Air Canada and I leave for Sydney at 23:25 through Qantas, same reservation. I have never been to SFO - any tips on navigating my way through? I am worried I won't make it on the Sydney flight.


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. In SFO you will likely arrive in the G concourse of the International Terminal and depart from the A concourse of the International Terminal, which means you will have to go through security to get to your departure gate.


  • Domestic to Intl
    Jan 17, 2017
    Hi, am flying LAX-SFO by United and the to Panama by Copa with 1:30 layover. Do I have enough time? do I need to recheck luggage?


    If both flights are on the same reservation then you don't have to do anything with your bags in SFO.


    Jan 14, 2017
    If I get a ticket on UA to AKL on their website flying into SFO in UA834 arriving 0937 to and flying out in the evening on UA917 departing 1045pm. Will my bags be checked through in LAS all the way to AKL so I can go around San Francisco for the day without my check in bags?


    You have to claim your bags in SFO when entering the US in order to go through US Customs. If everything is on the same reservation you can then re-check them at the re-check desk. If it's a separate reservation you have to take them to the United check-in desk.


  • Connecting flights - Separated tickets
    Jan 13, 2017
    Hi, I am travelling with BA and arriving to SFO International terminal at 2PM. I have a connecting flight with United at 4.15PM (2h15m) from Terminal 3. I am wondering if I will have enough time to go through the border, customs, re-check my luggage and board in the next flight... Additionally, I was wondering if I could print my UA luggage tags in London to speed it up, by dropping my luggage on the international exit? Any help would be much appreciated!


    No, you won't be able to get your United bag tags in London. You will have to take your bags to T3 to re-check them. This is a very difficult connection, probably impossible unless the BA flight arrives early.


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