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  • Is 1 hour 20 minutes layover at Seattle enough time
    Mar 24, 2017
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    HI I am travelling on alaska from portland , oregon to seattle and then from seattle to dubai. I have only 1 hour 20 minutes layover time in between.. Is this time enough? considering the tickets are in the same itenerary

     

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

     

  • TPE-SEA then SEA-ANC
    Mar 24, 2017
    3
    Hi, 7 Taiwanese arrive SEA/TAC 19:30 on BR26 , then 22:00 AS 89 to Anchorage, all separated reservation, is it enough time for immigration & claim baggage?

     

    No, that is not enough time with two separate reservations. I suspect there is not a later flight, so plan on spending the night in Seattle and flying to Alaska in the morning.

     

    Thanks for your help,we recheck the travel agent, she said our booking are one reservation. Is the connecting time enough? Should we claim the baggage and check in again at Alaska air desk? Thanks!

     

    You will have to claim your bags to take it through US Customs. If your bags are tagged through to Alaska, then you can re-check your bags at the re-check desk immediately after you clear customs. You should have enough time.

     

  • Denver to Vancouver via Seattle
    Mar 14, 2017
    1
    Hi, Im planing on flying from Denver to Seattle and then on to Vancouver with Alaskan Airlines. Is 1 hour and minutes enough time to make the second flight?

     

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

     

  • Layover in Seattle to Chicago
    Mar 7, 2017
    1
    Hi! I will be travelling to Chicago from China and there is a 2-hour layover in Seattle. Do I need to go through immigration? Or do I just go straight to the depature gate?

     

    Yes, in Seattle you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags, go through security and to your departure gate. 2 hours is enough time if both tickets are on the same reservation.

     

  • 2 hour lay over
    Mar 3, 2017
    1
    I'll be flying in from Hong Kong, and then have a connecting flight to Salt Lake. Does anyone know if 2 hours is a long enough layover to make the connecting flight?

     

    Yes, that is enough time if both flights are on the same reservation.

     

  • PHL-->MSP-->SEA-->PEK
    Feb 14, 2017
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    Hello, I'm arriving at 4.10 pm to Seattle and then I have to catch a flight departing at 5.00 pm. That gives 50 minutes of layover, however, the problem is that my next flight is to Beijing. Will I need to go through any additional checking/immigration inspection? Please, can anyone tell me if that is manageable in that time? I'd really appreciate it. Thank you.

     

    If both flights are on Delta all you have to do in Seattle is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. There is no US Immigration when leaving the US.

     

  • SFO to PVG via SEA
    Feb 4, 2017
    1
    Flying from SFO to SEA on Alaska. Arriving at 10:30am. Then flying to PVG departing at 12:00pm on a same reservation in S Gate. Do I need go through another security checkpoint again? Assuming 1 hour 30 is enough time? Thanks!

     

    You just have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You do not have to go through security.

     

  • YVR --> SEA --> JNU
    Jan 23, 2017
    0
    Is 50 minutes enough time to connect from Vancouver through Seattle en route to Juneau? Will I need to collect and recheck my bags in Seattle or can I go through a pre-flight customs process in Vancouver?

     

  • 10 hours layover - Can I leave the airport?
    Dec 18, 2016
    1
    Hi, I'm arriving SEA at 7:47am from HKG. My next flight doesn't leave SEA until 6:15pm. There is a total of 10 hours 28 minutes layover. Can I leave the airport? If yes, will I need to pick up my luggage or will it be checked through to my final destination? Both flights are Delta. Thanks a lot!

     

    Yes, you can leave the airport. 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 you can go to the main terminal to leave the airport on the underground train. Be back at the airport by 4 PM.

     

  • Vancouver - Seattle - Frankfurt
    Dec 7, 2016
    3
    Hey I have a connecting flight to frankfurt. Will 2 hours 45 mins be sufficient time to switch in Seattle? Under the same reservation. i.e Lufthansa. With one 'checked' in baggage? ThankYous

     

    Yes, that is plenty of time. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. All you have to do in Seattle is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

    Even though i am not a US/Canadian passport holder? Have a US visit visa though

     

    Yes, everyone departing Vancouver on a flight to the US pre-clears US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver.

     

  • Layover at SEA and connecting flight to Frankfurt
    Dec 1, 2016
    1
    My mother is travelling from San Francisco to Frankfurt (with Layover of 1 hour at Seattle Airport), Is it manageable to onboard connecting flight to on time at Seattle airport? Will there be departure flight to Frankfurt from Satellite S?

     

    Yes, you will depart from the S Satellite. If both flights are on the same reservation that is enough time.

     

  • 50 minute layover
    Nov 2, 2016
    1
    i'm flying dfw to kelowna, bc but i have a layover in SEA that is only 50 minutes long. will that be enough time and what all do i have to do when i get to SEA? can i just go straight to my next terminal or do i have to go through customs and everything else

     

    There is no US Customs when leaving the US. All you have to do in Seattle on your way to Kelowna is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

  • ORD-SEA-ICN layover
    Oct 31, 2016
    3
    I have two different reservations: Chicago to Seattle, then Seattle to Seoul South Korea. Do I need to re-check the bags? how much time do I need in between those flights? are domestic flights and international flights flying out from different terminals?

     

    Seattle only has one terminal. What airlines are you flying?

     

    I am flying to Seattle with Alaska airlines and flying out from Seattle with Korean Airlines at 12:55pm. and I haven't booked the ticket to Seattle yet, but there are two flights availalbe with Alaska airlines.

     

    Since you are booking two separate tickets you will have to go to the main terminal, claim your bags, re-check them with Korean, go through security and to your departure gate. As such I would want at least 2.5 hours, so arrive before 10:30.

     

  • 2hr and 40 min layover
    Aug 11, 2016
    1
    I am travelling from Beijing to Seattle by Hainan airlines and later by Alaskan Airlines from Seattle to Salt Lake City .Both tickets are on the same reservation.I will have one checked luggage. I have 2hr and 40min connection in SEA.The flight will arrive in SEA at 11:35 AM ,I wonder if that will be a busy period. Is 2 hr and 40 min enough time to through US Immigration,claim baggage, go through customs, re-check luggage ,go through security and get to the other terminal/gate?

     

    Yes, that should be enough time - no need to ask the same question twice.

     

  • ICN-SEA Layover - Leave the airport?
    Aug 11, 2016
    1
    Hi, I'm arriving to SEA at 1:16pm from ICN (Korea). I know I'll have to go through customs, but I'm wondering if I'll have enough time to leave the airport? My next flight doesn't leave SEA until 11:10pm. Also, will I have to pick up my luggage or will it be checked through to my final destination? Both flights into and out of SEA are on Delta. Thanks!

     

    Yes, you will have to go through S Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, and go through security. That is enough time if you want to leave the airport. Plan on being back at the airport by 9 PM.

     

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