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Recommended Transfer/connection Time At LAX  
User currently offlineFlyboysp From Australia, joined Apr 2007, 739 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 4 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 8506 times:

In late November i will be flying from Sydney to Houston, with the following provisional routing and flight details

Depart Friday 28/11/08
Flight Number From To Departure Time Arrival Time
QF149 Sydney (SYD) Los Angeles (LAX) 11.30am 6.00am
AA2300 Los Angeles (LAX) Dallas (DFW) 11.05am 4.05pm
AA1001 Dallas (DFW) Houston (IAH) 5.10pm 6.20pm


My connection time in LAX is 5 hours and 5 minutes. Is this connecting time appropriate. Is it too long, too short or have i got it right. I am considering changing flight between LAX and DFW to AA2440 which leaves LAX at 10.22am and arrives at DFW at 3.25pm. I would still be flying on AA1001 from DFW.

On my return it is planned as

Depart Friday 19/12/08
Flight Number From To Departure Time Arrival Time
AA1790 Houston (IAH) Dallas( DFW) 2.00pm 3.15pm
AA2465 Dallas (DFW) Los Angeles (LAX) 5.35pm 6.50pm
QF150 Los Angeles (LAX) Sydney (SYD) 11.55pm 9.25am

On the QF website it states that check-in for the evening Australian departures at LAX opens at 2pm, i was considering, leaving IAH earlier so i can get to LAX around 2pm to check in for the flight back to SYD. After checking in i would go to the In-N-Out burger place nearby, gorge myself and do some spotting at the same time. Is doing this allowable feasable?

THanks in advance for all input,advice and comments.


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User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8494 times:



Quoting Flyboysp (Thread starter):
Is it too long,

My last time I made it off the plane (remote stand) during Asian and Mexican rush hour and made it through customs and immigrations in 45 minutes. Of course, it appears that you are traveling on a non-US passport which will increase your time in immigrations, but five hours just seems to long as least you shouldn't miss your flight. (Any reason why you're not on a non-stop to IAH? )


User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3205 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8492 times:



Quoting Flyboysp (Thread starter):
My connection time in LAX is 5 hours and 5 minutes. Is this connecting time appropriate. Is it too long, too short or have i got it right. I am considering changing flight between LAX and DFW to AA2440 which leaves LAX at 10.22am and arrives at DFW at 3.25pm. I would still be flying on AA1001 from DFW.

You should probably change your itinerary to get on the flight that leaves 40 minutes earlier, AA2440, as you should clear customs with many hours to spare. There should be no problem at all with your itinerary otherwsie.

I suppose with that in mind you should make your choice based on what a/c type you want. With a cursory glance to 28NOV, it seems that the flight you're currently booked on is a 738 and the earlier flight is a Super 80. With that in mind, I would definitely go with the earlier flight then!! Love the Mad-Dogs.

Quoting AirCop (Reply 1):
(Any reason why you're not on a non-stop to IAH? )

Because a good a-nut knows that nonstops are boring  Wink


User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8489 times:

Five hours and five minutes should be quite sufficient time to clear customs at LAX. You are in luck, also, that you are connecting to AA, as it is in terminal four, directly adjacent (to the south) from Tom Bradley International Terminal, so it is possible to walk, but there is a shuttle bus that runs between terminals.

65 minutes at DFW will also be more than sufficient, as the Air Train connecting all the terminals is a GODSEND to DFW!! The farthest gates apart are now barely nine minutes at the NASCAR-like speed of this shuttle. I had a 35 minute connection from terminal C to terminal B and had 25 minutes left over. It's that quick.

Coming back, if you want to change your itinerary, you can, but December twilight strikes early. It is possible to do some spotting from the park directly south of the In & Out, but it'll be kind of dark, so you make that judgement call.

The Theme Building restaurant, while TERRIBLY overpriced, gives some great spotting!!

However it works out for you, give us a trip report!!  cloudnine 



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User currently offlineFlyboysp From Australia, joined Apr 2007, 739 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 8479 times:



Quoting AirCop (Reply 1):
My last time I made it off the plane (remote stand) during Asian and Mexican rush hour and made it through customs and immigrations in 45 minutes.

Wow, thats a pretty good time.

Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 2):
You should probably change your itinerary to get on the flight that leaves 40 minutes earlier, AA2440, as you should clear customs with many hours to spare. There should be no problem at all with your itinerary otherwsie.

I suppose with that in mind you should make your choice based on what a/c type you want. With a cursory glance to 28NOV, it seems that the flight you're currently booked on is a 738 and the earlier flight is a Super 80. With that in mind, I would definitely go with the earlier flight then!! Love the Mad-Dogs.

And now for the shocking truth, i have never flown on any 737 or Mad Dog variant.The smallest thing i have flown on is an A310. If i switch from AA2300 to AA2440, i lose out on the 737 but gain another Mad Dog. Decisions decisions, i think i swill switch to AA2440 and just go Mad Dog for the domestic legs. I can always get on a 737 here.

Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 2):
Quoting AirCop (Reply 1):
(Any reason why you're not on a non-stop to IAH? )

Because a good a-nut knows that nonstops are boring

 biggrin  . Also there is no SYD-IAH non-stop. I kid, i kid. It is simply that i am Qantas Frequent Flyer, and will get points on the AA legs. After my trip here is done here in the states, i will have enough points for 2 SYD-MNL returns.

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 3):
Five hours and five minutes should be quite sufficient time to clear customs at LAX. You are in luck, also, that you are connecting to AA, as it is in terminal four, directly adjacent (to the south) from Tom Bradley International Terminal, so it is possible to walk, but there is a shuttle bus that runs between terminals.

65 minutes at DFW will also be more than sufficient, as the Air Train connecting all the terminals is a GODSEND to DFW!! The farthest gates apart are now barely nine minutes at the NASCAR-like speed of this shuttle. I had a 35 minute connection from terminal C to terminal B and had 25 minutes left over. It's that quick.

With that in mind,i think i will walk between the terminals. I'll be taking everything in.

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 3):
However it works out for you, give us a trip report!!

There will definitely be a TR.I'm buying a new and bigger memory card just for this trip.



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User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3205 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 8476 times:



Quoting Flyboysp (Reply 4):
With that in mind,i think i will walk between the terminals. I'll be taking everything in.

Taking the shuttle between TBIT and T4 would be the most monumentally lazy act possibly imaginable  Silly

You could probably throw a rock and hit T4 from the front doors of TBIT. So you should definitely walk, absorb the sights, sounds, and just general kick-ass-ness of SoCal, before you head off to Texas  Wink


User currently offlineHeyWhaTheHay From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 8473 times:



Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 5):
Taking the shuttle between TBIT and T4 would be the most monumentally lazy act possibly imaginable

LOL....I was just about to post the same thing.

It would probably take longer to board the bus, stow your luggage,and find a seat, then it would to walk to 60 seconds to T-4.

As to walking to enjoy the "sites and sounds of So. Cal." ..... It's gonna smell like a combination of bus fumes and jet exhaust...just like most other big airports with double decker roadways. It is a unique smell to the airline industry though.

Now, people watching at LAX? That is something most out of towners really love. It's a regular U.N. function, 24-7

Hey


User currently offlineFlyboysp From Australia, joined Apr 2007, 739 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 8472 times:



Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 5):
Taking the shuttle between TBIT and T4 would be the most monumentally lazy act possibly imaginable

Well i have been known to be monumentally lazy at times  Wink






Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 5):
You could probably throw a rock and hit T4 from the front doors of TBIT. So you should definitely walk, absorb the sights, sounds, and just general kick-ass-ness of SoCal, before you head off to Texas

When i started a thread about what to do in Houston, i pretty much just started WW3.  Silly

Having said that, i have just booked the tickets. So my itinerary will be
Friday 28/11/08
QF149 SYD-LAX
AA2440 LAX-DFW
AA1001 DFW-IAH

On teh return it will be
Friday 19/12/08
AA1099 IAH-DFW
AA2421 DFW-LAX
QF150 LAX-SYD

I have decided that on the way back i will pay the In-N-Out store a visit  Big grin



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User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8453 times:



Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 5):
Taking the shuttle between TBIT and T4 would be the most monumentally lazy act possibly imaginable

Doesn't the QF flights from SYD clear customs and immigrations in T4?


User currently offlineFlyboysp From Australia, joined Apr 2007, 739 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8446 times:

Just a further question, how much would a taxi cost from LAX /In-N-Out to Santa Monica. I might try and do both considering my 11hr 40 min layover .


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User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8443 times:



Quote:
Just a further question, how much would a taxi cost from LAX /In-N-Out to Santa Monica. I might try and do both considering my 11hr 40 min layover.

THAT can definitely be walked as well - Southern California has the most expensive taxis on the planet, and this distance is not that long. According to Google Maps, driving it is 1.2 miles on the quickest pedestrian path, which is the west side of Sepulveda Blvd and the north side walkway.

From TBIT or T4, head along the north side of the airport walkway, passing terminals 3,2, and 1. After passing Terminal 1, follow "Sky Way" up to Sepulveda Blvd (this is where all the incoming airport traffic from the north is entering LAX). From there, Sky Way blends into Sepulveda Blvd, and you'll see the In & Out Burger.

Looking forward to your trip report!!



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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8898 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (6 years 4 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 8435 times:

Taxi up to Santa Monica is relatively expensive; could cost about $25-30 one-way depending on traffic (I made the drive from Marina del Rey to Malibu on a Friday a couple of months ago and it took some time to get through the stretch before hitting the Pacific Coast Highway).

Best bet might be to rent a car. Given that it's a Friday afternoon at holiday time, business travelers will be sparse and you should be able to get a car for about $25-30 for the day. That alone covers cab fare up to Santa Monica plus makes it easy to go to In-N-Out (it took me 10 minutes to go from In-N-Out to dropping my rental off, and that included time to fill up the gas tank).

What I'd do is grab the rental car, hit up In-N-Out for lunch, at about 3 p.m. drive up to Santa Monica; hang out at the Pier (they've got some good restaurants up that way too); head back to LAX by 8:30 p.m.; drive back, dump the car off and then go grab your flight.


User currently offlineFlyboysp From Australia, joined Apr 2007, 739 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 4 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 8410 times:

I thought i was all out of questions to ask, but a few have risen after checking my booking on the airline websites.

I have two reference numbers. One for QF and one for AA. For some reason, on the QF section, the IAH-DFW segment is missing. It is showing all other QF and AA sectors. On the AA site, i checked out my booking there, and everything is present and correct. With these discrepancies, went here http://www.checkmytrip.com to check things out again. Under the QF reference number it was the same result as on the QF site. I tried the AA number but got an error message saying that the confirmation number cant be found. Any ideas as to why these variances exists, and should i mention it to my travel agent?

Also my name on the system is Michaelmr Wright, when it should juts be Michael Wright. Is this something i should worry about?

Thanks again for all answers



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