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  • Clearing customs/immigration and making a connecting flight
    Aug 6, 2016
    Hi, I will be flying into SFO from SYD on AA in Jan at 930am, I need to make a connecting domestic flight to ORD, which is also AA which leaves at 11.17am. Will I have enough time? I'm seriously freaking out that I won't, even called AA wanting to change my flight so I could have some leeway in case of being held up by a long customs line and all they kept telling me was that I had sufficient enough time. Thoughts or experiences please?


    It is a legal connection and if the flight is on-time you can make it. If you don't you have all day for them to get you to Chicago. AA has lots of flights from LAX to Chicago.


    Sorry, I meant SFO to Chicago. Also AA doesn't fly from Sydney to SFO so that flight will be operated by Qantas.


    Yes, sorry, it does say operated by Qantas although it says AS on my ticket. Thank you for responding. If you were me would you be pushing for them to change the flight? I've never been to the states before so I'm really stressing about missing the Damon flight.


    AA* Damn* Sorry, auto correct .


    You should have enough time.


    Thanks mate. I hope you're right. I've tried to get a seat at the front so hopefully I may be able to get off the plane a little quicker. Is it far to get to terminal 2 from the international part of the hotel? Also, do you think 50mins in Chicago is enough time to catch my other flight to SDF? They're both AA flights. Sorry for all the questions. I appreciate your kindness in responding.


    Airport * not hotel, this tablet is killing me! >:-(


    It's not far to T2. Also 50 minutes should be enough time in Chicago. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, both in Terminal 3.


  • How early should I arrive?
    Jul 23, 2016
    I'm flying from SFO to LED on AA to JFK as my first leg. If my flight is at 7:15am, how early do I need to arrive? Also, will I be going through customs at SFO or at JFK?


    There is no US Customs when leaving the US. All you have to do in SFO is go through security. Arriving at 5-5:30 should be OK.


  • Time to transit
    Jul 16, 2016
    I will be flying in on United via Hong Kong and will have 1h35 before my flight other United flight. Non US citizen. Will that be enough time?


    That's barely enough time if everything goes perfectly.


  • Inmigration check?
    Jul 15, 2016
    I'm traveling to Hawaii from San Francisco on May way back do I have to go thru inmigration check? Since it's international terminal?


    No, There is no US Immigration or Customs when traveling within the United States.


  • SFO Moving around
    Jun 30, 2016
    How to connect From Hawaiian airline to American departure at SFO.


    You will arrive in the International Terminal and depart from Terminal 1 or 2. If you have checked bags you will have to claim them from Hawaiian, walk or take the AirTrain to your departure terminal, re-check your bags at the AA check-in desk, and go through security. If you don't have checked bags and are already checked in for your AA flight you can go directly to your departure terminal and through security.


  • Time in advance
    Jun 30, 2016
    I have a flight to LAX from SFO (with AA) at 14:15. How time in advance should I get to the airport? Thanks


    If you get there at 12:15 that should be totally OK.


  • Transfer question
    Jun 27, 2016
    We are flying in from Auckland into San Francisco on Air NZ, arriving at 11:05am. The flight we are considering out of SF leaves at 1:45pm going to Chicago O'hare. Will 2 hours and 40 minutes be enough time or should we try finding an alternative?


    Yes that should be enough time.


  • SFO > LAX > SJD
    Jun 27, 2016
    I'm flying from SFO to Cabo San Lucas, with a layover at LAX. I didn't consider the layover portion when I booked. If my first flight is within the US, with my final destination being Mexico, at what point will I go through customs? I'm worried i won't make my connecting flight now. Any tips appreciated.


    There is no US customs when leaving the US. You will go through Mexican immigration and customs when you arrive in Cabo.


    Jun 9, 2016
    I have 1.5 hours to connect and my bags are scheduled to be checked all the way through with Star Alliance. Do I need to pick up my bags and go through immigration? Will I require more time if so? Thank you


    Yes, you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, got through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and to your departure gate. You have just enough time.


    Jun 8, 2016
    Hi - A few months ago I booked a flight from ICN to BWI with a 4-5 hour layover at SFO (travel date 26 Oct 2016). I was just notified that my connecting flight was "canceled" and I am now on a connection from SFO to ORD and I have one hour and 20 minutes. My connection from ORD to BWI is one hour and 55 minutes. I am booked on United all the way through and will be carry on only. Is this enough time to make the connection?


    No, 1 hr 20 minutes is not enough time for an international to domestic connection at SFO. You need to contact United or your travel agent and request an alternate routing or a refund.


  • Flight Transfer
    Jun 2, 2016
    Hello! I have a question regarding a flight transfer, where my final destination is Salt Lake City. I'm a Norwegian citizen travelling from Oslo.. I will arrive at SFO 18.50 at terminal 1 with Virgin Atlantic. The only flight that leaves to SLC after my arrival is at 8.40 with Alaska airlines from the international terminal. Will this be enough time to get through customs and check in my bags? Thank you!


    You will arrive in the International Terminal, not Terminal 1. 1 hr 50 minutes is very difficult for an international to domestic connection on two separate reservations. I would plan on spending the night in San Francisco if you have already booked the flight there.


  • TSA Lines?
    May 25, 2016
    We have a 6am Southwest flight tomorrow 5/26 and just wondering what we should expect as far as lines? What time should we arrive at security?


    Arriving at 4:30 should be OK if you aren't checking bags. Arrive closer to 4 if you are checking bags.


  • Check in times
    May 24, 2016
    How early do you need to be at the airport for a domestic flight with the current heightened security. I have an 11 am flight tomorrow morning (Wed) SFO -> FLA


    There is no "current heightened security". Getting to the airport at 9 should be fine.


  • Late Flight
    May 14, 2016
    I have a one-hour time between flights. Arriving from Toronto Canada, International Terminal, then on to Santa Barbara with United, Terminal 3. I am wondering what I should do if my flight from Toronto is late, and I miss my flight to Santa Barbara. Thanx.


  • First time in San Fransico Airport
    May 14, 2016
    Arriving from Toronto Canada at International Terminal. Connecting flight to Santa Barbara via United Airlines. 1 hour time between flights. Need walking directions to United Terminal 3. Thank you.


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