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  • Arriving SFO onto New York in 2 hours?
    Apr 18, 2016
    I'll be arriving SFO from Sydney at 9:30am, and need to get on a connecting Delta flight to New York at 11:30am. So I need to get from international arrivals to pick up baggage and re-check in at Terminal 1-C - is that likely to be enough time?


    Also I should add that this will be September on a Thursday morning


    Yes, that should be enough time. If all tickets are on one reservation you can re-check your bags at the re-check desk after clearing customs. You don't have to bring them with you to Terminal 1.


    Thanks. They are separate reservations


    Apr 15, 2016
    Hi! Flying from Medford (MFR) to PVR with a layover in SFO. The layover is 1 hour & 43 minutes, will that be enough time to get us through customs? We are on all United flights. Thanks!


    There is no US Customs when exiting the US. You just have to walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate in SFO on your way to Puerto Vallarta. You have plenty of time.


  • Layover in SFO to ICN
    Apr 12, 2016
    I have a 51 minute layover in SFO from BWI on my way to ICN. both flights are United. Is this enough time?


    Yes, all you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    Apr 12, 2016
    Hello. I'm looking at a PDX to SFO flight that gets me to SFO at 10:45pm to make a 11:25pm flight SFO to SYD. Is this cutting it too fine? We wouldn't have to go through customs, but the tickets are with separate airlines. PDX-SFO would be Alaska. SFO-SYD is Qantas. Your advice would be appreciated!


    If both tickets are on the same reservation that would be just enough time if everything went perfectly. If it's two separate reservations that's not enough time.


  • Virgin America Transfer
    Apr 8, 2016
    Flying Virgin America red eye in October from SAN to EWR with 43 minute transfer in SFO. Will this be enough time, or should we take the earlier Virgin American flight into SFO and have a 2hr layover instead of 45min in case of fog delays. Although if we arrive late due to fog, wouldn't the departure also be delayed? Thanks in advance for your help!


    I would prefer the 2 hour connection.


  • Clearing Customs
    Apr 8, 2016
    Arriving from heathrow to sfo @ 5pm(BA)..would there be enough time to clear customs, grab checked-in bags and check them in again on a seperate flight bound for Seattle @ 8:30pm with Alaska Airlines? I've heard Heathrow does pre-clearance to the US? should that help?


    There is no preclearance in Heathrow. That is enough time to to through immigration and customs and transfer your bags to Alaska and then go through security.


  • Short connection + fog question
    Apr 7, 2016
    Travelling YVR-SFO-LIH on United arriving at SFO at 10:34am mid-September: Is 43 minutes enough time to change planes and if arrival is delayed due to fog, would that also delay the outgoing flight to LIH so we could make our connection?


    Yes, it is enough time. you will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver so all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate in Terminal 3. If your flight is delayed by fog the flight to LIH may or may not be delayed by fog as well. It depends where the aircraft operating that flight is coming from.


  • Local to International layover United
    Apr 5, 2016
    Great site.. I am trying to book from LAX- SFO - AKL (Auckland) all ticketed through United. We want to take flight 917 SFO-AKL. The first flight from LAX options are a 1 hour or two hour layover. Can you confirm my suspicion that one hour is too short. I assume we will have bagage ticketed through, but will need to clear immigration and security out. Thanks


    1 Hour is possible. There is no US Immigration or any special security when leaving the US. All you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. That being, said, I'd probably book the 2 hour connection.


    Apr 7, 2016
    We have a 1.5hr layover in SFO from YVR before departing for IAH; is that enough time? We'll have a carry-on with us, do we have to go through customs or security check again? Thanks in advance


    Sorry, I should add that we're arriving from YVR via Air Canada, and our SFO-IAH-BEZ legs are UA. (no checked bags)


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. If you arrive in concourse A of the International Terminal you will have to go through security again but if you arrive in concourse G you will not. Air Canada uses both concourses.


  • international to international
    Apr 4, 2016
    we are flying from Sydney to San Francisco with air New Zealand and arrive at 12.45pm then have to fly to Calgary international on United flight leaves at 3.20pm. Do we have to check our bags again and go through security and do you think we will have enough time


    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 re-check desk, then go to Terminal 3, through security, and to your departure gate. You should have enough time.


  • International to International Connection
    Apr 3, 2016
    Hi, I will be arriving on a qantas flight from sydney and connecting to a air canada flight to vancouver. They are on seperate tickets so bags not checked through. Will I have to go through immigration / customs and then come back through security to check in for the flight to vancouver? How long would this likely take? thanks for your help


    Yes, you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then take your bags to the Air Canada desk, check them, and go through security and to your departure gate. I recommend at least 3 hours between flights.


  • Qantas to AA connection time?
    Apr 8, 2016
    Hi, I will be arriving at SFO from Australia at 9:30am and would like to get a domestic American Airlines flight at 11:20am. This will be on a different ticket, but both are oneworld alliance airlines. Will there be enough time? How long does it take to clear SFO Intl and get to the domestic AA terminal?


    That would be barely enough time if everything went perfectly and Qantas tags your bags through to AA. It's not difficult in terms of distance. It's just that you'll have to wait in two fairly long lines (Immigration and security).


    Thanks, I think it will be tight, but it sounds like I can make it if Qantas can tag my bags through to AA. I've also been told SFO now has the Automated Passport Control Kiosks which should help me skip the long Immigration lines.


  • Connecting ANZ to Virgin
    Apr 2, 2016
    Flying Air NZ from Australia to New York with connecting flight (Virgin) at SFO, all on one reservation. Transit time is 1hr 45min - is this enough time to get through customs to make the connecting flight?


    That's barely enough time if everything goes perfectly.


  • SIN - SFO - LAS
    Mar 30, 2016
    I'm will be arriving on SQ2 at 9.15pm. Will I make it in time for a UA flight out to LAS at 10.35pm? Luggage will be tag to LAS.


    That's 10 minutes shorter than the minimum International to Domestic connection time at SFO. So it will be very difficult.


  • DC to Vegas
    Mar 29, 2016
    Considering a flight to LAS from IAD, with a 39 minute connection in SFO. No checked bags. Would 39 minutes be enough?


    On what airline?




    It's possible, but it doesn't leave much time to spare if the flight from Vegas is delayed.


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