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  • 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.


  • Connect from Jetblue to Cathay
    Jan 14, 2017
    Flying Jetblue from FLL to SFO on Wed, scheduled to arrive SFO 11pm. Then I have SFO to HKG on Cathay Pacific next morning at 11am. SFO websites indicate both Jetblue and Cathay Pacific gates inside International terminal. But I assume I still need to exit terminal, check in at counter, pass security then back to Cathay gate normally? Anyone know if I can just walk to Cathay gates and get check in done there without exiting? I am Asia Mile member and brought ticket on cathay website so assume I can check in online but how about luggage drop off? Can it be done at gate? The first domestic flight has on time average of 59% and severe weather forecast next Wed for SFO, hence my anxiety. Plan to stay overnight inside SFO since it's only a few hours apart. Any advice on how best to made sure I can made the connection will be greatly appreciated as I'm attending a funeral in HK.


    Yes that is correct, you also won't be allowed through security until the morning and you won't be able to check your bags until the morning.


    Thank you! In the worst case where my first flight is cancel and I take the next available flight that arrive SFO at 10am. Can I just ran from Jetblue gate to Cathay gate? (since it looks like it's inside the same terminal) Assuming I don't have luggage to check in and I able to check in online before the flight?


    Yes, if you don't have checked bags you can do that.


  • Domestic to international
    Jan 12, 2017
    Arriving from Orlando fl @ 9:28 pm flight depart @ 10:20 to Singapore can I make the connection. Thank you. CK


    If both flights are on the same reservation that is enough time. You just have to walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    Jan 12, 2017
    I am arriving in SFO from FRA with an LH flight (operated by UA). Ticket says I am arriving at Terminal 1, but I am not sure if that is actually the International Terminal concourse G (which I thought is used by UA). Anyway, I continue to SAN 2h later. Is that enough time to pass through immigration, get my luggage, pass through customs, re-check my luggage and get to my SAN flight (Terminal 3). There is nothing that I can change about it now, but knowing that I at least have a chance would make my travel less stressful. thanks!


    Yes, it's an I not a 1. You arrive in the International concourse G. You have enough time.


    Many thanks! That helps me a great deal. Now I just have to keep my fingers crossed that my flight from FRA is on time.


  • tpe -san - iad
    Jan 10, 2017
    I booked the flight on united web , from TPE to san Francisco with 2:30' connect flight to IAD , right now they changed it to 2hrs for connection to IAD , I do not know I do have enough times to going through immigration and custom .....we all U.S citizen


    the code for San Francisco is SFO, not SAN. 2 hours is still enough time for your connection.


  • Anxiety about traveling
    Jan 9, 2017
    hey y'all! I have a 45 minute layover from my flight to SFO which connects me to my final destination at palm springs, is that enough time to get to my next gate once I land? this is my first time traveling and i am very nervous.


    Where are you flying into SFO from? What airlines are you flying?


    I am flying from Atlanta on United airlines. I'm scared I'll miss my connecting flight


    All you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time if your flight from Atlanta is on-time.


  • 54mins is enough connection time from SFO- SEA by UA?
    Jan 9, 2017
    Flight schedule on 14th Feb is from 6:55am (IAD) to 1:12pm(SEA) by UA. There is 54 mins layover at SFO with plane change. Is this 54mins enough time to connect other flight in terms of the same airline? As far as i know, if there is connection time with the same airline i don't need to go to baggage claim. Is this right?


    Yes, that is enough time. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    Super Thanks! What if the schedule is delayed, my time will be without doubt whole problem?


    Your flight could be delayed up to a half hour and you'd probably be OK. If you miss your connection you'll be rebooked on the next United flight to Seattle.


  • Domestic flight changing into international flight with United Airline
    Jan 8, 2017
    Hello, I am German-passport holder. I will fly from Orange County with United Airlines to SFO Airport. I have 1,5 hours to get my connecting flight with United Airline back to Frankfurt. Will that be enough time to get my connecting flight?


    I just found out that I'll arrive at T3 and my departure is at T1... that means I have 1 hour and 50 minutes to get my connecting flight! Would that be enough time?


    Yes, that is plenty of time. You don't depart from Terminal 1. You depart from the International Terminal (specifically concoiurse G). There is a walkway connecting T3 to concourse G. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have plenty of time.


    Thank you very much for the helpful information!!!


  • Hong Kong - SFO - Salt Lake City
    Jan 6, 2017
    Flying United Airline HK - SFO arrive : 0915 To get to domestic to SLC depart 11:25 2 hr 10 min transfer time, is that enough? Return SLC - SFO arrive at 12:17 pm Flight to Hong Kong depart 13:50 Is 1 hr 33 min transfer time enough? I am not US citizen, nationality Hong Konh


    Yes, that is enough time. On the return all you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Connection advice
    Jan 6, 2017
    I'm coming from Frankfurt heading to Kahului OGG stopping in San Francisco for 4hrs transit. The label on the luggage says OGG. Shall I collect the luggage in SF for custom check & redrop?? Do you think 4hrs are enough for passport control, custom check & luggage redrop ping?? Please advice


    Non US citizen


    In San Francisco you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, go through security and to your departure gate. You have plenty of time.


  • Enough time
    Jan 7, 2017
    I landed from Manchester, England at 15:15 into terminal 1 and my flight to LA departs at 17:45. That should be enough time to pass customs and board my flight?


    You arrive in the International Terminal. What airline are you flying to LA? Do you have checked bags?


    The flight to LA is with delta, I will have checked bags aswell


    If the first flight is on Virgin Atlantic that should be enough time. If it's on Thomas Cook that will be pretty difficult.


    Yeah I'm flying in with Virgin Atlantic, thanks for your help it's put me at ease now.


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