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First time flying into LAX via Spirit at 8:40am on Sunday 4/23, connecting flight to HNL is at 9:45am via AA. From what I found, Spirit is at Terminal 3 and AA at Terminal 4, which indicates we have to go through TSA again? I've research past flights and they tend to be on time. We have no checked bags, can we make it if we hustle? Thanks for the help!
Yes, you will have to go through security again. You can make it if the Spirit flight is on-time, you are already checked in for your American flight, and you hustle to T4.
Just a heads up...T3 is not as close to T4 as you may think. Each terminal is pretty much it's own building and they don't connect so you'll need to exit the terminal (on the same level/floor you arrive on), make a right when you get outside and follow the sidewalk around to Terminal 4, which will be the second building/terminal because Tom Bradley International Terminal is inbetween T3 and T4. And unfortunately you can't cut through the parking structures which is ridiculous. But on a good note, T3 is a pretty short Terminal compared to the others! So if possible, sit as close as you can to the airplane exit door so you can beeline your way out and run over to T4 to get through TSA 30min before your AA flight. Good Luck! And enjoy Hawaii!
PS I don't mean to be such a downer but I just want you to know beforehand because I've been in a similar situation in FLL and i had no clue what or where to go to get to my connecting terminal.
Im flying into lax on delta domestic arriving at 10:30am. I will have to pick up my checked bag and then get to Latam Airlines to check in and go through security for my flight departing at 2:05pm. Do i have plenty of time or is it cutting it close? I am on seperate tickets to save money so I can't check my bag all the way through, I don't think!
That should be enough time if the Delta flight is on-time.
Thanks. Can you tell me the best way? Its for my daughter. At what point will she not make it if the flight is late, in other words how long does she need to get her bag and get to lan and recheck and get thru security to the gate?
Also, on her return in sep. She arrives Lan at 0850 and is booked on DL domestic at 11;30...Does this give her enough time to get her one bag and go through customs/immigration and make the delta flight? Thank you. I have to re-confirm or cancel tickets today.
That best way between terminals is to walk. She probably needs to have her bag by noon to have a chance.
Also on the return that is barely enough time if everything goes perfectly.
Arriving LAX on KE. I do have GE. I'll have checked luggage. Arrive at 1540. I can depart for Denver on UA at 1748 or AA at 1920. 1540 seems tight, but GE is really fast. What do you all say?
With checked bags I'd still be worried about making the bag check cutoff with the 1748 flight. It's by no means impossible though
Thanks! I kept thinking that I'd done this same transfer in about 2 hrs. prior to the opening of new airside tunnel. Then I recalled that I was on one ticket; OZ to UA, so no need to collect my bag. If you're on one reservation, 2 hrs is certainly doable.
Hi all, I'm arriving at LAX @ 635 (QANTAS) from Australia, and then planning to fly directly to Mexico City (Volaris). I'm assuming that I will have to collect bags go through customs, change terminal, check bags, and go through exit customs. Any ideas on how long this will take - I'm looking at a flight that would give me 4.5 hrs to achieve this. Thanks in advance!
That should be enough time.
Arriving terminal 6 at 20.45 with luggage & need to reach Qantas desk in terminal 4 before 22.20 to drop bags. Pls explain the QUICKEST connection & interim process. Is there enough time????? Thanks for advice!
What airline are you flying in to Terminal 6 on and where are you flying into LAX from? Is it two separate reservations?
Arriving terminal 6 from Havana on Alaskan airlines. One reservation for 2ppl. Thanks for ur help with this worry!
Where are you flying to? Qantas doesn't use Terminal 4 either.

That is not really enough time to make this connection regardless.
arriving from SYD on AA at 6:10a - exiting from mid-aft of B777 aircraft... is 2+15 hours enough time to clear and connect to commuter terminal for LAX-ABQ flight departing 8:25a (we have global entry as well), thx in advance
Yes, with global entry that should be enough time. Note that in Mid-May the shuttle to the commuter terminal will move from Terminal 4 to Terminal 5.
I am arriving at LAX ( terminal B) on cathay pacific and have connecting flight to Vegas on American Airlines (terminal 4) aftet 3 hours. Do I need to collect my bags and re-check them in for AA? Also, what is the best way to go to terminal 4 from Terminal B
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 (if they are tagged to Las Vegas (LAS)) and then either go through the new connector security checkpoint in the TBIT and walk to T4 or walk to T4 and go through security there. T4 is right next to Terminal B (TBIT).
Must you exit the airport to get from an arriving flight from PHX to LAX and on to HND (Tokyo) or is there an inside the security area connector to allow you to go from Terminal 4 to the Intl. terminal avoiding the TSA lines again? All booked through JAL ( using American for part of the trip).
Yes, there is a new walkway from T4 to the International Terminal that runs inside security, so you can use that.
Arriving from TPE on EVA at 06:50 am (presumably Tom Bradley Terminal). No checked bags. I have Global Entry. Minimum connection time for United flight on a separate PNR?
I wouldn't book anything before 9:15 AM.
I am holding 02 separate tickets under one booking. I am arriving on QR739 in Terminal 2 in LAX at 01:30pm and the connecting flight is AA6047 at 04:45pm from Terminal 5 to San Jose. After claiming the baggage at Terminal 2 can I recheck-in with AA at terminal 2 or do I have to take the baggage till Terminal 5 and recheck-in ? Is it only baggage drop or do I have to take the queue to recheck-in ?
You will have to take it to T4 or T6 to re-check it since it's two separate reservations. Usually check-in lines at US airports are fairly short since most passengers on domestic flights don't check bags.
Thanks for the reply. I am having one reservation but separate tickets. In addition QR/AA are One World members. Is there a recheck desk at T2 ? We were advised that AA has shifted to T5. Is it correct ?
AA will begin using Terminal 5, but the majority of their flights are staying in Terminal 4.