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  • ONT-SFO-YVR on UA & UA
    Mar 6, 2015
    HI I'M travelling with 2 seniors but are able to walk. we only have 35 min lay over in SFO, do you think we have enough time to transfer gate within the same terminal?


    If your first flight is on-time. yes, that should be enough time.


    thank you ZAP, this is very helpful


  • LIH-SFO-YYZ on UA & AC
    Mar 6, 2015
    Hi. Got revised itinerary from AC and my 1hr25m connection is now down to 57 minutes. Arriving from Lihue on UA into T3. Departing on AC from International Term. It looks like the walk is not too long, but do we have to go thru security? Good news is that it is late at night, bad news is my party includes 3 small kids. Is this connection feasible even if inbound flight is on time? Thx!


    Some Air Canada flights depart from the side of the International Terminal that doesn't require going through security and some do. You should still have enough time if your flight is on-time.


    Thanks for this. Last night's flight to YYZ went from gate G91 which I guess - based on its proximity to terminal 3 - would be a gate that would not require me to go through security?




  • can you go from an american gate to united without boarding pass
    Mar 4, 2015
    I want to fly in on American but have a meeting in the united terminal - near gate 67. Can I walk directly to there or do I need a united boarding pass? Thanks


    You need a United boarding pass. Those gates aren't connected inside security.


  • is two hours enough to connect?
    Mar 4, 2015
    I will be arriving to SFO at 8 am from an international flight, then I will have to connect to another flight to LAX that flies at 11 am. tickets were booked separately and are different airlines. now am I going to have enough time to catch up to my Lax plane? what about my bag, should I check in to SF and take it? are terminals far from each other? I'm really afraid that I will have to wait in the longest line to check in security.. what do you guys think?


    I can't help you very much unless you tell me what airlines you are flying and where you're coming from.


  • flying from Vcr to Kahului via San Fransisco
    Mar 1, 2015
    Hi - 3 of us are flying with United from Vancouver, B.C. to Kahului March 14. We land in SFO at 3:15 p.m. have a 1 hour stopover and leave for Kahului at 4:15. Do you know where we go through Customs? Vancouver or SFO? Will we land at the International terminal at SFO or different terminal 3? Is one hour enough time to get to the United flight that leaves for Kahului at 4:15? Would the 4:15 flight be domestic therefore leaving from terminal 3? thanks


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. All you have to do in SFO is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. All United gates in SFO are connected inside security (both T3 and the G concourse of the Intl Terminal) You should have enough time.


    Thanks so much for the information.


  • Connection from Swiss/LX in SFO into Jackson Hole (JAC) in T3
    Feb 28, 2015
    Great web-forum!!! One question: United has changed our flight on the 4th of July. We now arrive 16:15 pm on LX from Zurich and will connect to a United/Skywest into Jackson Hole ETD 17:45 pm. All booked in one ticket (award trip). Is that enough time to go through immigration, and do we need to pass security. I assume we can check our luggage through since it is all in one ticket.


    That should be enough time. Your bags will be tagged through to JAC, but you will have to claim them after US Immigration to go through US Customs, then re-check them with United at the transfer desk immediately afterwards. You will also have to go through security.


  • DEN - SFO - AKL
    Feb 25, 2015
    I have a southwestern flight from denver arriving at 7:25pm and have to catch an air NZ flight that leaves at 9:45 pm. They are not connected flights so I'll have to collect luggage. I'm a NZ passport holder. Will I have to go through customs? Will I have enough time?


    No, you will not go through Customs. There is no US Customs when departing the US. You just have to get your bags from the Southwest baggage claim and take them to the Air New Zealand counter in the International Terminal then go through security. You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time.


  • ICN > SFO > ATL
    Feb 25, 2015
    I'm flying from ICN into SFO on Singapore Airlines and flying again from SFO to ATL on Delta and the tickets were purchased separate. I originally had 4 hours of layover in SFO but Delta has changed my flight (SFO > ATL) and now I only have 1.5 hours to make a connection. After going through immigration, customs and all that, do you think I can make the connection with two cases: if I have a checked luggage, or I only have a carry-on? I'm a green card holder if that makes any difference in the immigration line.


    If you only have a carry-on then I think you can make it if you check-in online for your delta flight before leaving Seoul. If you need to check a bag you'll have to transfer it yourself and won't have enough time. You need to call delta and ask to be rebooked on a later flight. They will have to honor your request without a change fee since they changed your booking. If they cannot or will not then demand a refund and book a ticket on another airline.


    Thanks! Looks like reducing my luggage into a single carry-on and having my eBoarding pass ready on iPhone before I leave Seoul is the best option. With the next flight I would have almost 10 hours of layover just on that day.


  • FAT to Auckland
    Feb 23, 2015
    We fly out of Fresno on United with 1 hour 45 minutes to get to our international flight on Air New Zealand. Our tickets are booked together. Our experience with flights from Fresno is we will land away from the main terminal and take a bus in. Then we will need to get to the departing terminal. How long would this take under normal/good circumstances? Will we need to go through security?


    United no longer uses the buses at SFO. You will now arrive in Terminal 3 and can walk directly to your departure gate in the G concourse of the International Terminal, no security required.


    Good news. Thanks for your help.


  • Orlando-San Frnacisco-Victoria BC
    Feb 22, 2015
    Hello, I'm traveling from Orlando Fl to Victoria BC. I will stop in San Francisco for 1 hour and 30min. Will this be enough time to go custom? Also, do I have to pick up my luggage and take it somewhere else?


    You will not go through US Customs on your way to Victoria. There is no US Customs when leaving the US. You will go through Canadian Immigration and Customs when you get to Victoria. All you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    Feb 19, 2015
    I'm flying into SFO on virgin arriving at 8:30 and need to get a United flight to Victoria at 9:20. I'll have my bag but need to get between the gates/terminals. Do I need to go back through security or can I go directly?


    Yes, you will need to go through security. The terminals are not connected inside security. Also, if you are not able to check in online for your United flight (because you may not be able to because it's an International Flight and your passport details must be confirmed). You will have to hurry to a United counter to do so in order to get there before the check-in cutoff.


  • domestic to international
    Feb 19, 2015
    Arriving SFO from BNA via American Airlines at 5:10pm. Need to check in at New Zealand Airlines for flight leaving at 9:45. Not worried about time, just layout of domestic and international terminals. Are they connected beyond security?


    American Airlines and Air New Zealand's gates are not connected inside security.


  • RDD to SFO to HNL with handicapped flyer
    Feb 13, 2015
    How far is it from Terminal 3, gate 76A to Terminal 3, gate 85? Need to know if wheel chair would be needed and where to find one if so.


    It's pretty close. If you do need wheelchair service you need to request it from United by calling them before your flight.


    Feb 12, 2015
    I am flying with United from Paris (CDG) to SFO and take the connecting flight to SLC. I will, if flight is on time, arrive SFO at 12:10pm and the connecting flight to SLC is at 1:30pm. Is this enough time for going though emigration, security, and recheck in the baggages?


    That is 10 minutes below the recommended minimum connection time. It is possible to make the connection in time but everything will have to go perfectly in order for you to do so.


  • YYZ - SFO - HNL
    Feb 12, 2015
    Time to connect as per booking is land at SFO @ 10:25 AM Terminal 1 (Int.) and depart 11:25 AM Terminal 3. Is 1 hour enough time. Can this be done by walking and what is suggested route to walk or should we consider a shuttle, if so, what is designation and stops. Thanks.


    There is no such thing as "Terminal 1 INT" Only Air Canada flies nonstop from Toronto to San Francisco and their flights arrive in the International Terminal. You will pre-clear US Immigration and customs in Toronto, you can walk from your arrival in the international terminal to your departure gate in Terminal 3. However, if you arrive on the A concourse, you will have to exit security, walk across the main hall of the international terminal to the G concourse, go through security and then walk to your departure gate in Terminal 3. Also, note that many United flights to HNL actually leave from the G concourse of the International terminal so you may not have far to walk at all.


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