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Connect In LAX Or SFO?  
User currently offlineCOERJ145 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1421 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5408 times:

Hi all,
I'm gonna be flying UA from BOS to PHX in april and I have two choices for outbound flights, a 2hr LAX connection(mainline to UAX) or a 50 minute SFO connection(mainline to Ted, both flights arrive around the same time. Having been through LAX multiple times, I found it easy, but I havn't been through SFO in years, so I was wondering which airport you found easier for connections.

Thanks for the input!

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User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24834 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5398 times:

I'd stick with the longer LAX connection. You just never know what might happen with Bay Area weather (rain / low ceilings) that might eat into that tight 50mins. LAX connection as you state is rather easy on UA all being under one roof.


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User currently offlineJfrworld From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 365 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5356 times:

It all depends on which you would rather do, spend more time on the ground or in the air.

at SFO, TED and UA mainline are under the same roof, in the same terminal. So, from a connection perspective, its easy. Flight time from SFO-PHX is usually ~1:45, whereas flight time from LAX-PHX is ~ 1:05. Although you might be on the ground in LAX an hour longer than you would if you connected through SFO, the flight time is also less. Also, I believe that LAX-PHX is all UA Express. I'm not sure if that matters to you.

Since, SFO is my home airport, I'm partial, but I don't think it really matters in the grand scheme. Oh, and the terminal in nicer in SFO.


User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 30565 posts, RR: 84
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5352 times:
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I vastly prefer SFO as an airport to LAX, but it might be better to have the extra time buffer at LAX.

User currently offlineUnited319 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 522 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5324 times:
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SFO definately. UA's facilities in LAX are run down, and flat out falling apart. Also it is tough connecting in LAX at times. I once had 15 minutes to get from gate 88 (express) to gate 66 and there are no moving walkways at all. It was quite a hike. SFO has moving walkways, and is more compact. Also I would rather fly on a Ted A320 over an OO CRJ. Go with SFO.


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User currently offlineJasp25 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 615 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5310 times:

I prefer SFO.  airplane   thumbsup 


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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17051 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 3 days ago) and read 5298 times:

I would go for LAX, because of the 2hr connection time, and because you haven't been in SFO for years, and the time is really tight.


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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5294 times:



Quoting COERJ145 (Thread starter):
I'm gonna be flying UA from BOS to PHX in april and I have two choices for outbound flights, a 2hr LAX connection(mainline to UAX) or a 50 minute SFO connection

Only if you really have no other option than to fly transcon from the Eastcoast to the Westcoast and than backtrack to PHX, I would prefer the 2-hr connection at LAX. Like "Laxintl" said, the 50 min connection might be eaten away by wx-issues in the Bay Area.

I respect your wish to fly via SFO or LAX, but are there no suitable connections for your timings available via DEN or even ORD or IAD when staying with UA ?
Any options on US (HP) ?
-HT



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User currently offlineMauiman31 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5286 times:
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I prefer SFO terminal and services, but I have had more weather delays (fog) over the years at SFO than LAX.

User currently offlineHA_DC9 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 653 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5247 times:



Quoting Laxintl (Reply 1):
I'd stick with the longer LAX connection. You just never know what might happen with Bay Area weather (rain / low ceilings) that might eat into that tight 50mins. LAX connection as you state is rather easy on UA all being under one roof.

My feelings as well even though I love both airports. I did have one situation at SFO though that raised a red flag for me. I flew UA RNO-SFO-LAS a few years back and we parked at the international terminal at SFO. I presume the aircraft (A319 mainline) was going to an international segment for its next flight. However, the FAs told us as we were parking that we would have to exit outside of the security zone at the intl terminal and then go through security again at the domestic side if we had a connecting flight which I did as my LAS flight was a Ted flight that was scheduled to depart 45minutes later. I barely made it in time as I had to fight the midday rush through security. I am not familiar enough with UA operations at SFO, but I hope that was just and isolated "incident" and not a normal occurance.


User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5223 times:

Personally, I would take the US Airways NON-STOP between the two cities and you would still be able to collect the UA Mileage Plus miles.

User currently offlinePaddy From Taiwan, joined Jul 2003, 390 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5206 times:

As long as the 3rd World Refugee Camp...err I mean the Tom Bradley Terminal... isnt involved I would choose LAX over SFO for the above-posted reasons.

User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7531 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5205 times:

Everytime i flew United into San Francisco its been late, LAX offers more to see, and SFO wasn't a spectacular airport IMO.

Quoting Jfrworld (Reply 2):
at SFO, TED and UA mainline are under the same roof, in the same terminal.

Thats not entirely true, i flew DEN-SFO and we arrived at the international terminal, of which you must go outside of security then come back through even for domestic flights.

Personally id go for LAX.



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