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  • can we check our bag and then leave the airport
    Aug 19, 2015
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    we will have about a 6 hour wait between the time we arrive at the airport from the pier and our flight home departs, about 6 hours. is there a place to leave our bags so we can do a little sightseeing in seattle?

     

    The airport isn't really that close to anything, so I would try to sightsee with your bags and then go to the airport. But yes, you can check your bags and then leave the airport if you want.

     

  • Boston-Seattle-Vancouver - 1hr 6mins layover
    Aug 17, 2015
    1
    Hi there, we are a party of 4 - with Irish passports travelling from Boson to Vanocuver with Alaska air/Horizon. We arrive at 1004pm Sept 14 and leave at 1110pm for Vancouver. Will this be enough time. How far will the terminals be from each other - I have my elderly parents with me.

     

    Seattle only has one terminal. Alaska/Horizon use the C, D, and N concourses. N is connected to C and D inside security by an underground train. You should have enough time if your flight from Boston is on-time. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

  • Lay Over in SEATTLE
    Aug 17, 2015
    1
    Hi! I am planning to purchase a ticket to Victoria, Canada (end destination) via Delta Airlines (Manila to Tokyo to Seattle) and Alaska Airlines (Seattle to Victoria), vice versa for the return flight. Will I need to get a US transit visa if my lay over is 6.5 hours in Seattle? I have no plans to go out of Seattle airport. I am a Philippine citizen and I only have a Canadian tourist visa. Thank you!

     

    Yes, you will need a US Transit Visa. Either plan on going directly to Canada without stopping int he US or get a US Transit Visa.

     

  • Is an Hour enough?
    Aug 11, 2015
    1
    Hello, looking at a booking for Calgary - Seattle - San Diego with Delta Airlines. It is offering an hour between landing and boarding the next flight. We have a 5 and 6 year old that will be in tow. Is this an unrealistic connection time?

     

    That is very feasible. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Calgary. All you have to do in Seattle is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

  • Can I leave the gate to see a friend?
    Aug 11, 2015
    1
    I will be on my first solo flight and have a three hour layover in Seattle SEA airport. It is a domestic flight and my final destination is GEG Spokane. I have a friend who lives in Seattle and would like to meet her and have lunch. Can I leave the gate and reenter? Do I have to check in again? And if so will I have enough time to leave or should I invite her to meet me at the airport and dine in or near it before I have to leave?

     

    Yes, you can leave the gate area and re-enter, no, you don't have to check in again, just keep your boarding pass with you. I don't think you'll really have much time.

     

  • Is 55 minutes enough?!
    Jul 29, 2015
    1
    Flying from Edmonton > Seattle > Spokane...I assume we will have to go through customs during our flight change in Seattle (Alaska airlines, although it says that the Calgary>Seattle part is with Skyview airlines operating under Alaska) -- is it feasible to think we can change flights in such a short period?

     

    You assume incorrectly. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Edmonton. All you have to do in Seattle is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. All gates are connected inside security.

     

  • 45 min layover
    Jul 17, 2015
    2
    I am flying in from Incheon, Korea to San Fran CA with a layover in Seattle. My layover is only 45 mins, is that enough time to get to my next gate? I am 18 and this is my first time flying alone and only 2nd time flying to the states. Also, would I have to get my bags and recheck them in or will I be able to go straight to my gate?

     

    I forgot to mention I am flying Delta

     

    No, a 45 minute international to Domestic connection in Seattle is impossible. Yes, you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security. You need to contact your travel agent or Delta and get rebooked on a legal connection.

     

  • Short layover
    Jun 18, 2015
    1
    I am flying on Delta from Detroit to Anchorsge, connecting through Seattle. However, the layover is only 35 minutes. Is this too short of time to connect even though the flights were booked together through the same airline? I will only have a carry on bag.

     

    That should be enough time if your first flight is on-time. All gates in Seattle are connected inside security.

     

  • 3 hours
    Jun 10, 2015
    3
    I am flying by B.A. from London Heathrow to Seattle - transferring to Alaska Airlines and flying onto Spokane. Do I need to collect my bags from the Carousel and recheck in or will they automatically be transferred as I have just one ticket for the complete journey? If my bags are not automatically transferred etc. will I have plenty of time to do this (3 hours)?

     

    In Seattle you will arrive in the S Satellite, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, and re-check them at the re-check desk immediately after, then go through security and take the underground train to your departure gate in the C, D, or N concourse. You have plenty of time.

     

    Thank you very much - would it be the same procedure in reverse on return?

     

    No, on the return you will only need to go from your arrival gate in C, D, or N to your departure gate in S. There is no US Customs when leaving the US.

     

  • Connecting Flight time
    Jun 10, 2015
    3
    I will have about 90 mins to connect in SEA to SFO coming from PEK on Delta. Is this enough time to clear customs, get to the gate, etc?

     

    that should barely be enough time.

     

    Thanks ZAP, My other question is: I'm a U.S. Citizen, on 10/12/15 will take DL128 flight form PEK, should arrive in SEA at 1:10 pm, then I need to catch a 2:45pm DL5738 flight to SFO, since only have 95 minutes layover, if I missing the flight due to delete, customs, etc; will Delta assign a next available flight to Me? If they don't have any seat available the day, do I have chance to get on other airline?

     

    Yes, if you miss your connection they will rebook you on the next available Delta flight. If the delay was your fault and what they offer you is unacceptable you can press them to put you on another airline. They can book you on a United or Alaska flight to SFO if necessary, but they are reluctant to do so unless forced to.

     

  • layover only 1hr & 10 minutes
    May 16, 2015
    2
    am flying from PDX to JED saudi arabia, i have two stops: 1st in SEA with 1hr layover & 2nd in Paris, then from paris to saudi arabia. My ques. is: after check-in in Portland, and arriving SEA; Do i'll have to go through customs and collect my bags and re check-in ? or i can go directly to my next flight gate. Knowing that i purchase 1-tkt with one reservation. And should 1hr is enough time !!? pls advice.

     

    You do not go through US Customs when leaving the US. All you have to do in Seattle is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You should have enough time.

     

    thanks...

     

  • Getting Through Customs
    May 6, 2015
    5
    I have a flight from Dubai to Seattle with Emirates, then Seattle to Calgary with Atlantic Airlines. Will I need to go through customs? Can the procedure be explained step-by-step (where do I collect my bags and how do i get to customs, etc) and will 3hrs30mins be enough?

     

    In seattle you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, and go through US Customs in the S Satellite. if you purchased two separate tickets, you will then have to put your bags on a conveyor belt to the main terminal and take a train there yourself. There is no such airline as Atlantic Airlines serving Seattle. Do you mean Alaska Airlines?

     

    Sorry. Yes, I meant Alaska Airline. I purchased one ticket not two. What happens in that case? And is 3hrs30mins a sufficient amount of time? Thank you for your response.

     

    Since you purchased one ticket, in Seattle you will arrive in the S Satellite, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the transfer desk, then go through security and take the underground train to your departure gate, which will be in the C, D, or N concourse.

     

    3 hrs 3 mins should be enough time.

     

    ZAP, thank you so much for your help! Truly appreciated!

     

  • Layover questions
    May 10, 2015
    3
    I have a flight from calgary to seattle with alaska airlines with a 4;21 hr layover at SEA-TAC, then a connecting flight with emirates to dubai.... do i need to go through customs at the airport or can i directly go to my gate?

     

    Did you purchase your tickets on one reservation or separately? You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Calgary.

     

    i purchased my tickets on one reservation. Thank you!

     

    Then you can just go from your arrival gate in C, D, or N to your departure gate in S. Your bags will be transferred for you.

     

  • International to domestic (non-U.S. citizen)
    Apr 17, 2015
    1
    My sister's coming from Thailand on Korean Air arriving at SEA at 12:20pm. Our final destination is ANC. I'm planning to buy Delta flight at 2:40pm but I'm not sure if 2hr layover will be enough. My experiences getting through custom at LAX were exhaustive to say the least and so I was wondering if my sis will be able to make it through the custom, get the bag, and go to Delta counter and check in again in less than 2 hours? Thank you!

     

    Purchasing two separate tickets, I would want a little more time.

     

  • What terminal does British air departe from
    Mar 14, 2015
    1
    What terminal at Seattle airport The British airways leave from flying to London Heathrow

     

    Seattle only has one Terminal. The British Airways gate is in the S satellite.

     





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