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  • 1h20mins is it enough to transfer?
    Aug 28, 2015
    Hi, there. I'm traveling from Victoria, Canada to Salt Lake City, Utah, via Seattle. I have 1h20m to transfer at Seattle airport. Both flights are Alaska airline, but one that is going to Utah is indicated as 'horizontal.' Is the terminal different from international to domestic flight? Should I take a train? and would it be enough to transfer within 1h20m ?


    I'm not a citizen of both Canada and USA.... Flight 2383 Operated by HORIZON AIR AS ALASKA AIRLINES ->This flight is from Victoria/ Flight 3458 Operated by SKYWEST AIRLINES AS ALASKA AIRLINES -> This is flight to Utah


    Also, it's booked at one time.


    Upon arrival in Seattle you will arrive in the S Satellite, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and to your departure gate. You will depart from a gate in C, D, or N. You have 10 minutes shorter than the recommended time for International to Domestic. If you don't have checked bags I think you can do it but with checked bags it will be tough.


    thank you so much about your kind explanation... I think I'll not check the luggage.. Just because baggage claim takes so much time... I'm very appreciated to your help :)


  • Transfer Time from INTL to Domestic
    Aug 26, 2015
    I have a flight from Calgary landing in the South satellite at 9:55, I won't have any luggage, but need to get to Jet Blue for a 10: 57 flight to Long Beach which is in Terminal D. Will I have enough time to get through customs/security? Thank you!


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Calgary. All you have to do, assuming you are already checked in for your JetBlue flight is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. All gates are connected inside security. You have enough time if your flight from Calgary is on-time.


  • Travelling to Canada on Student VISA via Seattle requires US Visa..??
    Aug 26, 2015


    Yes, in Seattle you will go through US Immigration, claim your baggage, go through US Customs, re-check your baggage at the re-check desk, then go through security and to your departure gate. You will need a US Transit Visa. Everyone entering the US needs to go through US Immigration, even if they are connecting to another country.


  • Hong Kong to Calgary Canada transit throu SEA
    Aug 26, 2015
    We will take DELTA from Hong Kong to Calgary Canada with 1hour 20 mins transit to DELTA flight from SEA to Calgary Canada on Aug 24. Do we need to go through US customs? Do we have enough time? Is the connected terminal far away from arrival gate.


    FYI, I am holding Canadian passport for the above Delta flights


    Yes, you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, and re-check your bags, then go through security. Both flights will probably be in the S Satellite.


    Also, that is 10 minutes shorter than the minimum international to international connection time at Seattle.


    I don't understand why I need to go through customs in US as my luggage will be checked all the way to Calgary Canada. I just transit to my connecting flight in Seattle to Canada. My final destination is Canada, not USA.


    There is no secure transit at any airport in the USA. All arriving international passengers to the US have to go through US Immigration, regardless of whether they are continuing on to another company or not.. Be glad that as a Canadian citizen you at least don't have to get a transit visa or complete ESTA.


    I see! Thank you very much for your explanation. I only have 1 hour 20 mins, Do I have enough time for transit?


    That is 10 minutes shorter than the minimum, it will be difficult.


  • Connectingflight
    Aug 18, 2015
    I am planning to take a flight from San Jose, California to Seattle by Alaska air, and then take Alaska Air to Vancouver. I will have 45 min layover in Seattle. Will I make it to the next flight?


    Yes, that should be enough time if your flight from San Jose is on-time. All you have to do in seattle is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. All gates are connected inside security.


  • 2.50 hours in Seattle
    Aug 16, 2015
    Hi, Im flying London - Seattle with BA arriving at 5.05pm and then Seattle - Fairbanks with Alaskan Airlines leaving at 7.55pm on 2 separate tickets. I understand I will have to go through US Immigration, claim our bags, go through US customs then go to the departure level and find the Alaskan Airlines check in counter. Will I have enough time to do all this? Thanks in advance for your help


    That should be enough time.


  • is 1 hour layover to S Korea enough time?
    Aug 14, 2015
    1st time international traveler. Not sure of all the procedures. I'm afraid the ticket may not give me enough time to make my connection. Departing from Phx on Alaska airlines. 1 hour layover in Seattle and flying on Delta to Seoul S Korea The flight was booked as a codeshare meaning different airlines but they all partner together. Bought the ticket on Expedia If its a codeshare does that mean I will be able to have my luggage checked in at Phx and not have to pick it up and recheck it in Seattle?


    Correct, you will not have to claim your luggage in Seattle. There is no US Immigrration or Customs when leaving the US. All you have to do is take the underground trains from the C, D, or N concourse where you will arrive to the S concourse where you will depart. You have enough time if your flight from Phoenix is on-time.


  • Will 80 minutes be enough time to change Int'l to Domestic
    Aug 16, 2015
    My son and I are arriving on Delta from Haneda (Japan) at 5:34pm and connecting to a Delta flight to San Francisco at 6:55pm. Will this be enough time? We'll both be on US passports, and will only have carry-on bags, nothing checked. I gather International flights arrive at South Satellite. Does anyone know which terminal Delta domestic flights to SF leave from, and how long it takes to get between terminals? Never been to Seattle Tacoma and starting to freak out about this.


    Since you don't have checked bags I think you can make it. Delta domestic flights leave from both the S Satellite and A concourse. The train ride from S to A if required is less than 5 minutes after you go through security after customs.


    Thanks ZAP, much appreciated. Fingers crossed we'll make it! (Showing my age but I have visions of OJ running through airports.)


  • PDX to Seattle (SEA) to Seoul (ICN) to Hanoi (HAN)
    Aug 13, 2015
    I will fly from PDX to SEA, then from SEA to Seoul Incheon (ICN). Where will I need to go through immigration/customs? Will I need to reclaim my bags too?


    You will go through Vietnamese Immigration and customs when you get to Hanoi. Assuming all tickets were purchased on the same reservation, that is the first time you will see your bags after you check them in Portland.


  • Transit
    Aug 7, 2015
    Hi there, I'm planning a trip from Sacramento, CA (SMF) to Vancouver, BC (YVR). The layover point would be Seattle Tacoma (SEA). I'm wondering what how much transit time I would need to get from one flight to the next? I found layover times which range from 45 minutes to 3 hours. What would you say is the minimum time needed? Also, what is the process? Would I need to collect my baggage and check in again? Is there a difference (in terms of layover processing) between taking Delta and Alaska Airlines? Thanks for your help! Much appreciated!


    The process both ways is that you walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You won't have to do anything with your baggage or go through customs in Seattle either way. There's no difference in flying Delta or Alaska when it comes to the connection. Alaska has more flights to Vancouver so if the price is the same, I'd probably go with them since it gives you more options in case you're delayed.


  • Enough time?
    Aug 7, 2015
    Arriving from Victoria at 6:40am. We need to be on our next flight to Orlando at 8:10am. Will we have enough time to clear customs? Both flights are with Alaska and booked together


    That should be enough time.


  • Transit to Portland
    Jul 31, 2015
    My daughter coming in from Japan with ANA and transit to Portland via Alsaka Airline in SEA and the layover time is only 1 hr 20 mins. We are wondering whether she had sufficient time to catch the flight to Portland and this is the 1st time she is at Seattle Airport and she has to go through immigration, pick up their bags, and check in at Alaska and check their bags again. Will 1 hr 20 mins hours be enough time for her to do all these things and not be late for check in at Alaska Airline. Appreciate any kind advise.


    That is below the minimum international to domestic connection time. That is not enough time. Since it sounds like she is on two separate tickets she needs at least 3 hours between flights.


    Thank you for the kind response. The ticket is booked thru' ANA which included the transit using Alsaka Airlines. I had sounded out our concern to ANA and their reply is that it is within the minimum standard. The bags are tagged to Portland but not sure about the boarding pass. I am wondering how much time is required to clear the immigration, get the luggage and recheck in the luggage and get the boarding pass and ahead to the departure gate. Do you think is it better to check with Alsaka Airlines? Thank you.


    If tickets were booked together then 90 minutes is the official required time. However, if she doesn't make her connection she doesn't have much to worry about as there are flights from Seattle to Portland leaving almost every 30 minutes that she can be rebooked on.


    Noted with thanks. Much appreciated and hope that she can make it without any hiccups in an alien airport. Thank you for the kind advise.


  • International Layover from Delta to Alaska
    Jul 24, 2015
    Family is coming from South Korea with Delta. Arriving in SEA and connecting flight to Los Angeles with Alaska. They have 3 hour layover time. They don't speak English so I want to give them as much information as possible, but I don't live in Seattle nor ever been to SEA-TAC airport. So, I found some info that they will be arriving in South Satellite, go through immigration, pick up their bags, and check in at Alaska and check their bags again. Will 3 hours be enough time for them to do all these things and not be late for check in at Alaska, including TSA? After they pick up bags, will they have to find an Alaska airline section/check in desk to check in again? or is there a separate section for them to go for re-checkin? Alaska airline seems big in SEA-TAC, does anyones have an idea where they will be going to (ie. Concourse C, D, North Sat)? Any information is much appreciated.


    Yes, 3 hours should be enough time. The re-check desk will be fairly obvious after they go through customs. A flight to LAX could depart from C, D, or N. You won't know until the day of the flight.


  • connecting in 30min
    Jul 21, 2015
    changing Delta planes on my way to Vancouver with only 30 min layover. Will there be enough time to get to my other gate? Is this a relatively small airport? I will only have a carry on but will have my 85 year old father in tow


    All the Delta gates are close together, it's possible.


  • Luggage Check in after Customs?
    Jul 14, 2015
    Hello, i would appreciate if i can get help, where my family can drop/check in the luggage after Immigration. On her return flight to Calgary from Alaska AIrline. Will it be at Alaska Counter? how would she where she had to drop her luggage for her flight to Clagary. Thanks


    Where is the other flight in this itinerary to? I understand Seattle-Calgary, but is that it?


    Thanks ZAP, its from KHI > DUBAI > SEATTLE > CALGARY i know there iwll be immigration process at Seattle, but for check in do i have to go the Alaska AIrline counter if not then how do my family determine where to put their luggage for check in? Thanks


    If their bags are tagged through to YYC, then they can re-check their bags at the re-check desk immediately after they clear customs. If their bags are only tagged through to SEA, they will have to have their bags transferred to the main terminal, take the train to the main terminal, then claim the bags again, and take them to the Alaska Airlines ticket counter and pay a checked bag fee. On the Calgary-Seattle-Dubai-Karachi route they will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Calgary. If their bags are tagged through to KHI then they won't do anything with their bags in Seattle. if they are only tagged through to SEA, they will go to the domestic baggage claim, claim their bags, and then take them to the Emirates check in counter in the main terminal.


    Appreciated ZAP, lets say they are tagged through to YYC, then they can re-check their bags by this you mean they have to collect their luggage and re-check again at re-check desk for Alaska Airline? Will there recheck counter for Alaska Airline? I am sorry i don't travel that much so its kind of new process to me. Because on itinerary it says 2 piece of luggage on return flight as well, and Alaska is partner flight of Emirates, so i am sure they will not charge for bags at seattle. Thanks for the help


    There is a re-check desk for connecting passengers who just went through customs right after the exit of customs. It will be hard to miss.


    Cool, now i am getting a clear picture, on last thing will this re-check desk for every airline? or is it for all connecting passengers and officcials will sort it out for their respective airline Thanks


    The re-check desk is for every airline, but Alaska has their own staff there to help since the majority of passengers connecting off international flights in Seattle are connecting to Alaska flights.


    Thanks a bunch ZAP, really appreciated. felling bit more comfortable now.


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