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  • Concerned about making my connection
    Feb 23, 2015
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    My father's flight is HKG-->SEA, with 45 mins to connect for SEA--> YVR final destination. It's purchased under one ticket transaction through Delta. I want to know: 1) Will 45 mins be enough to go through US customer, re-claim baggage and go through security then departure gate. 2) Are there forms my father will have to fill out of just a brief encounter with the immigration officer at the custom gates? He doesn't speak English very well so I'm just concerned about the connection time and want to ask if there's anything I can prepare for him to make the transfer smoother. Thanks!

     

    No, 45 minutes is not enough. He needs at least 90 minutes.

     

  • Timing between connections?
    Feb 22, 2015
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    I'm flying into Seattle from Vancouver, B.C. on an ticket purchased by aeorplan and need to connect to another separate purchased flight for Denver within 45 minutes. Am I forced to go to the counter to check in to the second flight or can I just go to the gate? I'm concerned about timing between flights.

     

    If you do not have checked baggage and you check-in online for your flight to Denver, you can go straight to your departure gate. However, there's very little time to spare in case there are any delays.

     

  • baggage and customs
    Feb 19, 2015
    1
    I am flying to heathrow from boise via Seattle. Boise to seattle is one Alaskan airlines a d seattle to heathrow is one delta. The flights were booked together. What terminals do they arrive and depart from? Will I need to check out my baggage and check it in in again? Many thanks

     

    Seattle only has one terminal. Your flight from Boise will arrive at concourse C, D, or N. You will depart to London from the S Satellite. No you will not have to claim your luggage in Seattle. You will just take the Underground train to the S Satellite.

     

  • BOG-FLL-SEA-YVR
    Feb 16, 2015
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    Im traveling from Bogota, Colombia to FLL with avianca and then FLL to SEA and the SEA to YVR with Alaska. Do I have to go through customs in FLL and in SEA as well, or just in FLL? Im a Canadian Citizen...

     

    I only have a 20 minutes connection from Seattle to Vancouver, is that enough time? What happens if i miss my flight?

     

    You will only go through US Customs in FLL. 20 minutes is enough time if your flight in is on-time.

     

  • Flying to Amsterdam through Seattle
    Feb 13, 2015
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    Flying to Amsterdam through Seattle from Vancouver. YVR - SEA is on Alaskan, SEA to AMS is Delta, booking as 1 trip on Expedia. Wondering what the procedure in Seattle will be? Will I need to go through U.S. customs and recheck my bags? I have 1h 51m, is this enough time?

     

    You will pre-clear US Immigration and customs in Vancouver. All you need to do in Seattle is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You will have to take one or more of the underground trains to get to your departure gate which will be in the S Satellite.

     

    Thanks for the quick response! Do you reckon 1hr 51m is enough time for this? Alternatively I could opt for a 4 hour delay in SEA. Thoughts? Thank you!

     

    Yes, 1 hr 51 mins should be plenty of time.

     

  • YYJ - SEA - LAS
    Feb 9, 2015
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    I'm a mexican citizen living in Victoria, Canada (with visa). I will be travelling from Victoria to Las vegas on April 30. I arrive in Seattle at 6:30am and flight leaves at 7:48am. I will only have a carry-on (no checked luggage). Is this enough time to go through immigration?

     

    That should be barely enough time. You'll have to hurry.

     

  • SFO - SEA - PEK, two different airlines
    Feb 8, 2015
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    I'm flying SFO - SEA on Alaska 303, arriving in SEA terminal N. The connecting flight is Hainan 496, leaving SEA terminal S. Hainan airline doesn't offer online checkin. So my questions are 1) Do I have to leave the secure area in order to check in with Hainan at their main ticket counter? 2) Do I need to pick up checked luggage and transfer it? 3) Is the 1 h 40 m layout time sufficient? Thanks a lot for you help.

     

    Yes, if you purchased two separate tickets you will have to leave the secure area, collect your baggage, take it to Hainan and re-check it. I don't 1 hr 40 minutes is somewhat difficult. You will have to check your bags with Hainan at least 45 minutes before your flight. So you will have 55 minutes to get to the main terminal and get your bags and to the Hainan counter, assuming Alaska flight is on-time.

     

  • Connecting flight
    Feb 6, 2015
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    Hi, I will be flying from Ho Chi Minh City to Denver and layover at Seattle for 11 hours. Do i need to re-check my bags and go through security again?

     

    You will have to claim your bags to go through US Customs, then if your bags are tagged through to Denver, you can re-check them at the transfer desk in Concourse S.

     

  • PEK to SFO via SEA
    Feb 5, 2015
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    I have a flight coming up with Delta from beijing to San Francisco connecting through Seattle. My Chinese travel agent is afraid that 1 hour 44 minutes is insufficient to make the connection. It seems like a lot of time to me. Anyone else have experience about the connection time needed from an intl flight?

     

    That should be enough time. Everything in Seattle is self-contained in the S Satellite. There you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the transfer desk, and go through security and then be right by your departure gate to San Francisco.

     

    Thanks for that. Expedia and Travelocity offer the same flight schedule and usually those flights would "pop" if the transfer time were below the industry standards. Hopefully it is a slow day at passport control and customs.

     

  • HKG to YVR via SEA
    Feb 3, 2015
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    Hi, I have a question regarding custom procedure for a connecting flight. I will be travelling from Hong Kong to Vancover via Seattle as a round trip (bought trip as one ticket) operated by Delta. I have the following questions: 1. will I have to claim my check-in bags at SEA, go through custom and recheck my bags before doing the SEA to YVR part of the trip? 2. For the return trip of YVR > SEA > HKG will I have to do the same or my check-in bags will actually go straight to HKG? I am thinking I don't have to do the recheck-in since YVR have preclearance? Thanks for your great help in advance

     

    Yes, on your way to Vancouver 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 to your departure gate. You will go through Canadian immigration and customs when you get to Vancouver. On your return trip you will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. All you will have to do in Seattle on that trip is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

    Thanks for the validation :)

     

  • 41 minutes enough time?
    Feb 3, 2015
    1
    Expedia booked me as follows: SFO to Seattle on Delta Connection, then a 41 minute layover before Seattle to Tokyo on different Delta equipment. Is that enough time? Where will I need to go through the longer customs process?

     

    That should be enough time. There is no US Customs process when leaving the United States. You will go through Japanese immigration and Customs when you arrive in Tokyo (assuming that is your final destination). All you have to do in Seattle is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

  • 6hours layover enough to go out of the airport
    Jan 29, 2015
    1
    Flight from Amsterdam to Honolulu with 6hours layover in Seattle purchased in 1 ticket. Would it be possible to get out of the airport to meet a friend for a couple of hours or isn`t it allowed to exit the security zone as my final destination is Hawaii? Despite the immigration time..

     

    Seattle is a tricky airport. If you are a connecting passenger off an international flight after customs you follow a route to re-check your bags, then go back through security, then you are back in the secure area. Passengers ending their journey in seattle follow a different route and have to put their bags on a conveyor to be taken to the baggage claim and then take a train to the main terminal. If you do want to see your friend, you can do that, but you will have to first follow the path for a connecting passenger and re-check your bag and go through security. Then you will take the train to another concourse, such as A or B. Then you can walk from A or B to the baggage claim where you will be outside the secure area. There are no checks for people exiting the secure area. To get to your departure gate, head back through security and to your departure concourse. So, generally, yes, it is possible, but it's a big hassle.

     

  • YEG to PVR Layover
    Jan 27, 2015
    1
    I am flying from YEG to SEA then have 1 hour 50 minutes to make my connection to PVR, all on Alaska Airlines. I know I will pre clear customs in Edmonton but do I still need to pick up my bags in Seattle or do I just need to go to my next gate?

     

    No, you will not have to pick up your bags in seattle assuming you purchased your tickets together. You just have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

  • ORL to YVR layover
    Jan 19, 2015
    1
    Previously when I booked a flight with one stop I was warned after paying that the layover was too short. For a flight from MCO (Orlando, FL) to YVR (Vancouver, Canada) through SEA , is 55 minutes at SEA long enough? This is the combination offered to me on Expedia. What happens if the first flight is late? Thanks.

     

    Yes, that should be enough time. If the flight is late and you miss your connection you will be rebooked on the next available flight to Vancouver.

     

  • Can I leave the airport with a transit flight?
    Jan 18, 2015
    1
    I am flying on Delta from Tokyo, arriving at SEA in the early evening and then connecting on a Delta Connection flight the following morning. Do I check my bags on the Delta Connection flight immediately after the international Delta flight, and then stay at the airport all night, or can I go to a hotel and then catch the connecting flight the next morning. If I can go to a hotel, do I take my bag and recheck it the following morning, or is the bag already checked in for the connecting flight from the night before? Sounds a little confusing, but any information would be greatly appreciated, as I would like to make a hotel reservation. Thank you in advance.

     

    It depends whether your bags are tagged to your final destination or not. If they are tagged to your final destination, you can re-check them immediately if you like. If not then take your bags with you and leave the airport. Honestly it's hard to know and even if you call Delta, their answer would probably be a guess. If your connection is over 12 hours I'm pretty sure it will only be checked to SEA.

     





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