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  • From YVR to SFO to HKG
    Jan 25, 2015
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    Hi, I'm flying from Vancouver to Hong Kong and need to transfer flight from SFO (by Air Canada to arrive at Terminal I at 10:17, by United Airline to depart at Terminal I 12:50). Do I need to check baggage again?

     

    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. If you booked your tickets together you should not have to claim your bags in SFO - just walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

  • 2 minute layover
    Jan 20, 2015
    1
    i just booked a flight from LA to vancouver. and stopping over in SFO. it says the layover is 2 minutes . both at terminal 3 though. is this even possible. ive never been to sfo. thankyou

     

    No, 2 minutes is not possible. It should not have allowed you to book that ticket. You need to rebook it, likely with an earlier flight to SFO.

     

  • Flying from Shanghai thru San Fran on United - connection time needed?
    Jan 20, 2015
    1
    United changed a flight I had booked from Shanghai through SFO to Fort Lauderdale. Now I have a 3 leg flight and trying to make it shorter. Is 90 minutes enough time to get thru customs, etc in SFO if I get on another United flight? I would be flying to Orlando. Thanks!

     

    That would be barely enough time.

     

  • Minneapolis to SFO to Auckland
    Jan 17, 2015
    1
    I am flying delta from Minneapolis to SFO then a 2 hour layover before I fly air New Zealand to Auckland. Will I have to get my bags and recheck them at SFO as well as go through customs? Or will Delta send me bags all the way through to Auckland

     

    Did you buy your tickets together or separately. If together then your bags will be sent straight through to Auckland. If separately, then you will have to claim them and take them to the ANZ check in counter in the International Terminal. You do not go through US Customs when leaving the US.

     

  • Can I stay with my sister before she goes to transfer?
    Jan 17, 2015
    2
    My sister and I am coming from Korea to SFO but I go to school in berkeley and my sister need to go NYC. I want to stay around 2 hours with her. I wish to know what are the difference between the route for me and my sister so that I can prepare what ways I should go with her and not go with her.

     

    I forgot to mention that she is using United Airline for both to go San Francisco and to JFK

     

    You will both arrive in the International Terminal, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, and go through US Customs, then your sister will re-check her bags at the transfer desk. You will then be outside the secure area. Your sister will have to go through security to get to her flight to NY. She should head through security at least 45 minutes before her flight, you can hang out with her outside security until then.

     

  • Will I make the connecting flight?
    Jan 16, 2015
    1
    I am travelling on United from Sydney Australia --> stop over in San Francisco ---> then to Vancouver. I will arrive in San Francisco at 9:15am and then depart for Vancouver at 11am. So there is only 1 hr 45 minutes to change planes. Is that enough time to make my connecting flight? The itinerary says that from San Francisco to Vancouver I will be on "Operated by Skywest Airlines dba United Express. Aircraft: Canadair Regional Jet 200", I don't know if that makes a difference or what terminal I need to go to. Will I need to collect my bags in San Francisco and then re-check them in again? And do I need to clear customs? I don't know how long all this will take. I've never been to SFO before, so if anyone could help me out, I appreciate it.

     

    You will arrive in the International Terminal, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the transfer desk, then follow the signs to Terminal 3, go through Security and to your departure gate. You should have enough time if your flight from Australia arrives on-time.

     

  • Toronto (YYZ) layover in SFO to Sydney (SYD)
    Jan 16, 2015
    4
    Considering buying ticket package with a 1 hour 20 minute layover time in SFO. Same international terminal for arrival ( AIR Canada) 9:15pm and departure (United) 10:35pm. Just going myself, is it possible to make it through US customs with luggage in time?

     

    You don't have to go through Customs in San Francisco. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. All you have to do in San Francisco is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

    Thank you so much. I was not sure how the system worked. Thats great news. I really appeciate the help.

     

    Just to confirm. I should have plenty of time to catch the next flight, correct?

     

    Yes, that should be enough time.

     

  • can I make the connection?
    Jan 12, 2015
    4
    I fly into terminal 3 on United at 8:05am and fly to Vancouver on united at 8:35. Can I make the connection? United changed me to this!

     

    That's barely enough if the first flight is on-time and delays at SFO in the morning are common due to fog. You can ask to be rebooked. Where are you flying into SFO from?

     

    From Dallas International. Wil lwe also have to change terminals, Domestic to International? Thanks.

     

    No, you will not have to change terminals. All United gates at SFO are connected inside security. Since United changed the schedule on you you could perhaps call United and ask to be rerouted with a longer connection through Denver instead of San Francisco. This this was an involuntary schedule change they should allow that change without an additional charger.

     

    Thank you! I took your advice and called United. They changed my flight through Houston for free. Thank you so much for your help.

     

  • Honolulu to SF to Chicago
    Jan 10, 2015
    1
    I have a flight from Honolulu that arrives 4:54 AM. I then have a flight through Southwest to Chicago that departs at 6:20 AM. Will United transfer our checked bags or do we need to go through security? If yes, whats the best way to go from terminal 3 to 1?

     

    Southwest does not transfer bags to or from any other airline. You will have to claim them from United and get them to Southwest ticket counter in T3. You have to take the AirTrain to get between terminals

     

  • Connecting between Alaska and American
    Jan 10, 2015
    1
    I am looking at a flight that arrives into San Francisco on Alaska at around 4 and leaving on an American flight leaving a little after 5. This would be a connection of 1 hour and 7 minutes. Is this enough time?

     

    It will be difficult but it's possible. You will have to take the Airtrain from the International Terminal to Terminal 2 and go through security.

     

  • Enough Time to catch domestic flight?
    Jan 7, 2015
    2
    My friend is arriving from HongKong to SFO around 8:30am and leaving from SFO to Chicago at 10:57am. Questions below: 1. The ticket from HongKong to SFO and SFO to ORD is separate, but same airline. Can he check-in his bag at HongKong? 2. Is there enough time to go through Immigration/CBP-->Re-Check In Bag and go through Security again? 3. Someone said there is a walkway inside security zone from International G to T3, is it true? (Then he doesn't need to go through TSA again) Really appreciate your help!

     

    Whether or not he is able to check his bag through is up to the United agent in Hong Kong. He should have enough time even if his bag is not checked through. There is a secure connection between T3 and I-G. However, after customs on an international arrival, all passengers with onward connections must go through security anyway, so in this instance that passageway does him no good.

     

    Thanks! I will ask him to talk to United agent in HongKong for baggage send to ORD then.

     

  • Air-side
    Jan 6, 2015
    1
    Can I transfer from term 2 to term 3 air-side?

     

    No, you cannot.

     

  • Terminal 1 to Intl Terminal - Security?
    Jan 5, 2015
    2
    I'm flying in April into SFO with US Airways into Terminal 1. I have 50 minutes to connect to a Hawaiian airlines flight that leaves out of the International terminal (not sure why since it's a domestic flight). Will I have to go thru security? Will I have enough time? Should I walk or take the airtrain? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

     

    BTW ^^ I will not be checking any luggage.

     

    You barely have enough time if your first flight is on-time. Walking will probably be faster, but it's probably about the same amount of time. You need to check-in for your Hawaiian flight online before you leave on your first flight.

     

  • ATL-IAH-SFO-SYD
    Jan 4, 2015
    1
    I arrive at terminal 3 gate 90 SFO where I then have to change to the international terminal; I have 1 hr and 11 minutes to change. Do I have to go through security?

     

    If your flight is a United or star alliance flight from the G concourse of the International Terminal, then no, you do not. There is a walkway inside security.

     

  • Enough connection time?
    Jan 3, 2015
    1
    Hi. I'm flying into SFO on United 1292, scheduled to arrive at 10:04am. My next flight is United 893 scheduled to leave at 11:00am. Is that enough time to make the international connection?

     

    If your first flight is domestic then that is enough time. There is a walkway between Terminal 3 where you will arrive and concourse G of the international terminal where you will depart inside security.

     





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