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  • HKK -> SFO -> IAD
    Jan 5, 2017
    Planning a trip to Taiwan. My preferred return flight brings me through SFO from Hong Kong and then onto IAD (all on United). The scheduled layover is 2 hours and 10 minutes. I have flown internationally in the past just not via SFO, so I am not sure if the layover time will be adequate to clear customs and make it for the connection. Any help would be appreciated.


    Yes, that should be enough time if the flight from Hong Kong is on-time.


    Thank you for the response. I forgot to mention I have a Global Entry card so that is even quicker.


  • Domestic connection
    Jan 4, 2017
    Traveling from UK back into the states. do I have to go through security again and then into domestic flights?


    Yes, you have to 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.


  • Will I make it? - International to Domestic (Miami)
    Jan 4, 2017
    Arriving SFO from Sydney at 0710. Connecting flight to Miami is at 08.35, so 1hr 25mins layover. All flights with United on the one ticket. I am a non US citizen. I know it will be tight, but is it at all within the realms of possibility? There seems not many alternatives flying United, Syd - Miami..


    It's definitely possible if the flight from Sydney is on-time. If you miss your connection you will be rerouted to Miami through Houston.


  • 55 minutes Layover
    Jan 3, 2017
    Hi, I am a Singapore travelling on United Airlines from Calgary, 0715pm, landing at SFO, 0925pm, for my connecting flight to Singapore at 1020pm, same airline. Would like to know if the layover is sufficient for my connecting flight. Thank you


    Yes, that is enough time. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Calgary. All you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • 45 min connection?
    Jan 2, 2017
    I will be landing in SFO from YVR at 9:50PM and depart SFO-EWR at 10:35PM. I'm in first class on both flights. Same reservation... checked baggage. I am a US Citizen and have Global Entry. Is this enough time?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. If both flights are on United you just have to walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You should have enough time if the flight from Vancouver is on-time.


  • TPE-SFO-CLT - is 50 minute transfer crazy?
    Jan 2, 2017
    Hi, I am a non-US citizen and will be arriving from TPE to SFO at 0620am via United Airlines and have booked a American Airlines ticket seperately that departs on 0710am. Is the layover time too short? Thanks for your advice.


    Yes, that is completely impossible. In San Francisco you will arrive in the International Terminal, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then need to take the AirTrain to Terminal 2, re-check your bags with American and go through security. You need at least 2 hours for your transfer, preferably closer to 3.


    I absolutely agree – it's impossible. You may not be even able to clear the immigration in 50 minutes. And then you will have to check–in for the next flight and get to another terminal and do security check again. I agree that you need 2 hours minimum.


  • SYD-SFO-Dallas Fort Worth
    Jan 1, 2016
    Flying Qantas and AA domestic - QF arrives SFO from Sydney at 9:30 am and AA flight from Terminal 2 to DFW at 11:56 am. Is that sufficient transit time to get from International to Terminal 2?


    Yes, that should be enough time if everything goes smoothly.


  • taipei - SFO - IAD
    Jan 1, 2016
    I booked my ticket through united web side , I will be flight from Taipei with EVA airways connection to SFO , with 2hrs 30 minutes do I have enough time to clear immigration , custom and recheck my bag with united airline to IAD ( I'm going with 2 children (12 ,8 yrs old ) all of us U.S citizen .


    Yes, that is enough time.


  • United Airlines connection
    Jan 1, 2016
    arriving YVR-SFO at 9:36pm via United into Terminal 3. Connection to Singapore via United at Terminal I at 10:35. Is this enough time? Same airline, same reservation, baggage checked through from Vancouver to Singapore


    Yes, that is enough time. 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. There is a walkway connecting Terminal 3 with Concourse G of the International Terminal where you depart inside security.


  • Connecting Air Canada to Swiss
    Dec 30, 2016
    Arriving Air Canada into SFO after pre-clear of customs in Canada and have 60 minutes connection time for Swiss flight to Zurich. Will have checked baggage. Flights on same reservation and AC and LX both Star Alliance which means bags will be checked through. Agent claims connection legal. Is it sufficient time for international to international connection in SFO?


    Yes, that is enough time if the Air Canada flight is on-time.


    Dec 28, 2016
    Hi, I am flying ANA from Japan Narita to SFO, arrive 1015hr. Then, change of terminal to LAS with Virgin, depart 1340hr. As international non-US visitor, willl I have enough layover time of 3hr 25min?


    That should be enough time.


    Thanks, ZAP!!


    Dec 30, 2016
    My wife is flying from Vancouver to Sanfransisco through Air Canada, arriving at SFO at 9:49 pm. Her connecting flight to Sydney Australia is through Quantas Airways and departs at 11:25 pm (1h 36m Layover at SFO). Would that be enough time for her? What are the steps she would have to take in that time? Your help is greatly appreciated.


    Are both flights on the same reservation or two separate reservations? Does she have checked bags?


    She bought both flights all at once if thats what your asking, so i assume yes the same reservation. yes she will have checked baggage.


    Then she just has to walk over the the A Concourse of the International Terminal and go through security. She will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver.


    Oh good, sounds like she will have enough time then. Would she have to do anything with her bags? Or would they be changed to Qantas Airways for her?


    She shouldn't have to do anything with her bags in San Francisco on the way to Australia.


  • Transfer at SFO
    Dec 28, 2016
    Hello, I'm flying from Honolulu to Vancouver(transfer at SFO) by UA, arrive SFO on 4:53am departure on 6:30am, is that would be risky since the transfer time is only 1hr37min, thanks.


    That's plenty of time. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Is 75 minutes connecting time enough?
    Dec 24, 2016
    Will be arriving at SFO at 9:55am and leaving for China at 11:10am. Will need to change from domestic to international terminal. Is 75 minutes connecting time enough? Thanks!


    If both flights are on the same reservation that is enough time. What airlines are you flying?


    Both are UA. Thanks!


    Then you just walk from T3 to concourse G of the International Terminal. There is a walkway that connects them inside security.


    Great! Thanks a lot!


  • SIN - SFO - IAD
    Dec 21, 2016
    Arrive at 7:55AM on a Friday in mid-Nov 2017 using an award ticket on SQ. Need to buy separate ticket for SFO-IAD leg. Two Options: UA309 at 10:55 (3 hrs laters) or UA753 at 12:15 (4:20 hrs later). How risky is the early flight? US citizen, Global Entry, and checked bags.


    With Global Entry, I wouldn't worry about the 3 hour connection.


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