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  • YYZ on Air Canada to SFO and connect with United Air to HNL
    Feb 12, 2015
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    Do i have to collect baggage and go through security at SFO or is this taken care of by airline?

     

    If you purchased your tickets together you will not have to do anything with your baggage or go through security in SFO. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. All you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

    Thanks ever so much ZAP. That certainly takes a load off my mind. I assume the same holds true for the return trip. But that goes HNL -> LAX -> YYZ. Job well done eh?

     

    Yes, but in LAX, United and Air Canada are located in different Terminals, so you will arrive in Terminal 7 and depart from Terminal 2, which is clear on the opposite side of the airport, so you either have to take a shuttle or walk across the parking garage to get between terminals, and then go through security once you get to Terminal 2. Also, I was recently made aware that Air Canada is now sometimes using gates in the A concourse of the International terminal at SFO, if you do arrive into one of these gates you will have to go through security on the way to your departure gate.

     

  • Hawaii - San Francisco - Chicago
    Feb 11, 2015
    3
    Sorry if this is a double post. I posted once but I do not see it on my screen. We are flying from Maui to San Francsico arriving at 4:50AM connecting flight to Chicago at 6:00 AM. We arrive at Chicago at 12:10pm with a connecting flight to London, ON at 1:30PM. Is there enough time at each airport for transfers? Will we have to pick up our luggage at each airport? I think we go thru customs in London - is that correct??

     

    sorry for the double post - I was on the wrong forum,

     

    Both transfers should be plenty of time. You will not have to pick up your baggage at either transfer. You will go through Canadian Immigration and customs in London.

     

    Thanks

     

  • Hawaii - SanFranscisco - Chicago
    Feb 11, 2015
    0
    We have a flight from Maui arriving at San Francisco at 4:50 AM, our connecting flight to Chicago is at 6 AM, arriving in Chicago at 12:10pm and departing for London, ON at 1:30 PM. Will we have enough time at San Francisco and Chicago for the transfers? Will we have to pick up our luggage in San Francisco and then again in Chicago? I think we will go thru customs in London??

     

  • EY to UA Baggage Recheck?
    Feb 11, 2015
    0
    Can anyone confirm that UA has a staffed baggage recheck in the international arrival terminal ?

     

  • YVR to SFO to SAN
    Feb 11, 2015
    1
    Flying YVR to SAN with 1 hr. 30 min. layover in SFO. Will we need to go through Customs and Immigration in SFO and is 1hr. 30 min. enough time to do that and make connection.

     

    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. All you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

  • YVR to SFO to SYD
    Feb 5, 2015
    1
    Flying into SFO from Vancouver BC Canada (YVR) then flying to Sydney Australia (SYD). All flights are operated by United Air (UA). Connecting time is 54 minutes. Are there sufficient time to connect between flights? Do I need to recheck baggage, and go through custom and immigration again?

     

    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, which will be connected inside security. You have enough time if your first flight is on-time.

     

  • YYZ - SFO - TPE
    Feb 3, 2015
    2
    Hi, I am looking into a flight from Toronto (YYZ) to SFO, and then from SFO to Tapei. The layover time between the first flight and the second flight is only 1 HR. Is it secure to book this flight? YYZ - SFO is operated by Air Canada. SFO - TPE is operated by ANA

     

    Will you be purchasing the tickets together? ANA does not fly SFO-TPE nonstop, so that segment will actually be operated by United. You will pre-clear US Immigration and customs in Toronto, so all you will have to do in San Francisco is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate which will both be in the G concourse of the International Terminal. Yes, that should be enough time.

     

    yes. my ticket is YYZ - TPE. you are right, the flight from SFO-TPE is with United. Great to hear reassurance from you ZAP, cuz you seem to know what you are talking about :D

     

  • Flight from mfr-sfo-sba
    Feb 3, 2015
    1
    Is 30 min enough layover time to make the transfer at sfo with only carryon

     

    Yes, that should be enough time if your first flight is on-time. The gates for both flights should also be located very near each other.

     

  • Calgary to SFO to Sydney Australia
    Feb 3, 2015
    3
    I am flying with 2 children and 2 adults from Calgary to SFO then to Sydney Australia. Bookings have only allowed for 1hr 51 min stopover. Will I make my connection to Sydney with this amount of time. Will I need to get my checked luggage and recheck it in SFO?

     

    Yes, that should be enough time. If both of your flights are on United then all you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You will pre-clear US Immigration and customs in Calgary.

     

    Awesome... apparently it is Air Canada 4022 Operated by UNITED EXPRESS/SKYWEST .... is that the same thing as United?

     

    Yes, that flight will be operated by United (you will check your bags at the United counter in Calgary).

     

  • Kelowna-SFO-AKL
    Feb 2, 2015
    1
    Flying into SFO from Kelowna(Canada) in March and have 2 hours before flight to Auckland - is that long enough? Do we have to clear customs and security in SFO?

     

    Yes, 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 go through security in the same terminal and to your departure gate. You should have enough time.

     

  • ICN - SFO - EWR
    Feb 2, 2015
    1
    I am flying into SFO from ICN via United at 1105am and I have a connecting flight to EWR via United at 110pm. The layover is about 2 hrs 5mins. Is there enough time?

     

    Yes, that should be enough time.

     

  • BOS --> SFO --> Auk, NZ and return... Min layover recommended?
    Jan 29, 2015
    1
    I'm flying roundtrip BOS-SFO-AUK in May on Air NZ but the US domestic leg is operated by United. Some options allow only 1.5hrs connection in SFO. I'm concerned that it may not be enough, ESPECIALLY on the return if I have to go through immigration at SFO. What should I look for as minimum layover times for both outbound and return? Thanks, Carlos

     

    On the way there an hour should be sufficient. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. Terminal 3 where you arrive and concourse G of the International Terminal where you depart are connected inside security by a walkway. On the return I would look for 1.5-2 hours since you will have to go through Immigration, customs, and security in SFO.

     

  • London to SFO Terminal 1 then SFO to Auckland New Zealand
    Jan 27, 2015
    2
    Is 2h 25min enough time to connect. Do I have to clear US customs? On a BA flight in and then Air New Zealand out

     

    You will not arrive in Terminal 1. You will arrive in concourse A of the International Terminal. When there you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, and go through US Customs. If you purchased your tickets together and your bags are tagged through to New Zealand, you can re-check your bags at the transfer desk. Otherwise, you will have to take your bags to the departure level and the Air New Zealand check-in counter to re-check them. Your ANZ flight will depart from the G concourse of the International Terminal. You should have enough time but do not have much time to spare in case of delays on your inbound flight.

     

    Also, you will have to go through security after your bags are re-checked before your departing flight.

     

  • LHR - SFO - SAN
    Jan 25, 2015
    1
    We're planning a trip from London to San Francisco then getting a connecting flight to San Diego. Is 1hr 40 enough time? Do we need to collect our bags and then check in again and SFO?

     

    Yes, that should be enough time. You will have to claim your bags after you go through Immigration, then go through US Customs, then re-check them at the transfer desk when you are in San Francisco.

     

  • Going to Toronto
    Jan 25, 2015
    1
    Flying into SFO from Reno in July via United and wonder if 1 hour is enough time to make AirCanada flight to Toronto?

     

    Yes, that should be enough time. Any checked bags would be transferred and you just have to walk from Terminal 3 where you arrive to International concourse G where you will depart. They are connected inside security by a walkway.

     





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