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Is 57 Mins Enough To Connect In SFO?  
User currently offlineEBGflyer From Denmark, joined Sep 2006, 998 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5454 times:

I'm going to LHR in the end of August and will be flying from Santa Barbara (SBA).

The shortest trip total would be leaving SBA 5.30pm-ish on Skywest -> SFO -> LHR.

However, there is only 57 mins from arrival in SFO til departure. The UA flight leaving 7.46pm would also be the last flight out of SFO to London that evening, so in case I miss that flight, I would end up being heavily delayed into LHR.

Does any of you have experience connection with Skywest and do you think there would be an issue?


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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24888 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5435 times:

The official domestic to Intl MCT at SFO is 45min, so its certainly a legal connection.

However personally its not one I would try. SFO is simply too big a gamble in my book with weather and ATC issues.

Why don't you a do a simpler SBA-LAX-LHR or just drive from SBA down to LAX and catch a flight?



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User currently offlineEBGflyer From Denmark, joined Sep 2006, 998 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5418 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1):
However personally its not one I would try. SFO is simply too big a gamble in my book with weather and ATC issues.

Why don't you a do a simpler SBA-LAX-LHR or just drive from SBA down to LAX and catch a flight?


Those are my thoughts as well. Actually the flight from LAX leaves 5.55pm and arrives in London at noon, so pretty good flight times. I just wanted to avoid taking a shuttle to LAX.

Another way would be to take an earlier flight into SFO (which leave SBA 3.39pm) in order to get a longer connection time.



Future flights: CPH-BRU-CPHx2; CPH-BKK-MNL; MNL-GUM-HNL-LAX
User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5404 times:

57 minutes is enough. You should be OK. Don't worry until the day of travel.


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User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 618 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5399 times:

Quoting EBGflyer (Thread starter):
Is 57 Mins Enough To Connect In SFO?

No way.

Well, assuming everything and everyone is on time, sure, you'll be OK. But SFO is also one of the least on-time airports in the country. On the other hand, LAX comes in much, much better in timeliness.

Let me share with you one recent experience I had with OO and SFO.

I was flying PDX-SFO on UA Express / OO then connecting to BOS over spring break. When I booked the flights I had a 2 hour connection in SFO. But in January UA decided to change the damn flight schedules, only giving me an hour to connect.

The day of m departure came and my CRJ-200 flight to SFO was scheduled to depart PDX at 7:40 PM. For reasons that were never addressed or even explained to us, the flight didn't even start boarding until about 7:25. We pushed at 7:44 and didn't takeoff until 8:00.

Now, our scheduled arrival time in SFO was 9:33 PM, and my redeye to BOS was departing at 10:30. At around 9:45 we were still in the air when the captain told us that we were going to be "circling around" for a little while longer due to... you guessed it... weather and ATC delays in SFO.   

We don't land until 10:20, at which point I ask the FA if I will be able to make my connection. She told me that the weather will be affecting all flights out of SFO. We finally park at the gate at 10:28, and my flight is scheduled to leave in 2 minutes. I check the monitors and my flight to BOS is marked as "Closed."

At this point I was pretty darn sure that I would not be going to BOS tonight, but I decided to go over to the gate and see what was going on. The last few people were boarding when I arrived, and they made the final call.

So I was able to make my flight to BOS, but it was hairy, and I was worried that my checked bag wouldn't have made it. Miraculously, it did.

Moral of the story - Avoid SFO and plan longer connection times!


User currently offlineEBGflyer From Denmark, joined Sep 2006, 998 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5385 times:

Quoting AlnessW (Reply 4):
Let me share with you one recent experience I had with OO and SFO.

Thanks for sharing your story. I have already decided not to go through SFO or at least allow more time. The flight from SFO is not ideal either as I would only have 4 hours until a meeting I need to attend in London, so I cannot take the chance of any delays both in and out of SFO.



Future flights: CPH-BRU-CPHx2; CPH-BKK-MNL; MNL-GUM-HNL-LAX
User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 618 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5385 times:

Quoting EBGflyer (Reply 5):
Thanks for sharing your story.

Anytime!   

Quoting EBGflyer (Reply 5):
I have already decided not to go through SFO or at least allow more time. The flight from SFO is not ideal either as I would only have 4 hours until a meeting I need to attend in London, so I cannot take the chance of any delays both in and out of SFO.

Good plan. Hope you have a great trip!


User currently offlinelegacyins From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2054 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5336 times:

I have never had an issue connecting through SFO. Yes, ATC can delay flight but also can happen at any airport. Good thing about SFO and UA is that you do not need to go through security again as the domestic and IT G is connected by a sterile connector. less than 1 hr is tight, no matter what airport you are connecting through, especially if you have luggage.

SFO is much more pleasant to go through, IMO.



John@SFO
User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24888 posts, RR: 46
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5310 times:

Quoting legacyins (Reply 7):
Yes, ATC can delay flight but also can happen at any airport.

Sure, but does not help that odds are stacked against you when at SFO.

Airport has one of the nations worst ontime performance rates. Matter of fact the 2nd worst in the nation for major airports in 2011.

http://www.bts.gov/programs/airline_..._tables/2011_12/html/table_04.html

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From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
User currently offlineEBGflyer From Denmark, joined Sep 2006, 998 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5307 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 8):
Sure, but does not help that odds are stacked against you when at SFO.

I realize that is the case, which is why I have opted to leave from LAX instead. The flight out of LAX also has a more convenient arrival time in LHR, so I don't have to stress making it into LHR for my meeting.

Instead of taking a connecting flight from SBA (which only would have costed 14 USD more, but would have given me a 6 hour lay-over), I have chosen to rent a convertible instead and drive down to LAX. It's only 75 bucks anyway. Another option is to take the airport coach (44 USD).



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User currently offlineaklrno From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 923 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5226 times:

You did the right thing. The closer your departure is to SFO the greater the chance you will be delayed. SBA is fairly close. I go hundreds of miles out of my way to connect at LAX instead of SFO when leaving RNO. I have never had a problem at LAX.

User currently offlineaklrno From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 923 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5221 times:

One more warning: At some point you will be driving on the dreaded I-405. There is never a good time on the 405. Give yourself a few extra minutes and if you are early stop by the In-n-Out burger stand on Sepulveda Blvd. and watch planes land.

User currently offlinelegacyins From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2054 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5207 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 8):

Yes, I concur and do not want to drift from the OP original question. But, with delays in mind, air carriers keep adding flights and passenger numbers are within pre 9/11 numbers.

As was discussed before, I believe that the direction SFO is going toward is slot restrictions if the numbers keep rising.



John@SFO
User currently offlineEBGflyer From Denmark, joined Sep 2006, 998 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5189 times:

Quoting aklrno (Reply 11):
if you are early stop by the In-n-Out burger stand on Sepulveda Blvd. and watch planes land

In-n-Out Burger is my favorite and I love spotting planes. Couldn't be a better cocktail. What a perfect way to end a trip in USA.

Thanks for all your contributions.



Future flights: CPH-BRU-CPHx2; CPH-BKK-MNL; MNL-GUM-HNL-LAX
User currently offlineEBGflyer From Denmark, joined Sep 2006, 998 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5185 times:

Quoting aklrno (Reply 11):
Give yourself a few extra minutes

How long would it take for me to get from Car Rental Return (Avis or Hertz) to the Terminals for check-in?



Future flights: CPH-BRU-CPHx2; CPH-BKK-MNL; MNL-GUM-HNL-LAX
User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24888 posts, RR: 46
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5152 times:

If you want to avoid the 405 -- stick to the coastal scenic PCH route. Will be longer when all said and done, but you can drive much of the way avoiding much of freeways particularly between Oxnard to LA and thereby stay by the ocean. Should be fun in a convertible

 
Quoting EBGflyer (Reply 14):
How long would it take for me to get from Car Rental Return (Avis or Hertz) to the Terminals for check-in?

Unless you need go inside and wait in line to pay, it should be about 15mins. Simply drop the car, and hop on their bus which runs very frequently.



From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
User currently offlineEBGflyer From Denmark, joined Sep 2006, 998 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 5073 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 15):
stick to the coastal scenic PCH route. Will be longer when all said and done, but you can drive much of the way avoiding much of freeways particularly between Oxnard to LA and thereby stay by the ocean. Should be fun in a convertible

Yes, that's the plan.

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 15):
Unless you need go inside and wait in line to pay, it should be about 15mins. Simply drop the car, and hop on their bus which runs very frequently.

I'm a Hertz #1 Club Gold, so I will be heading for the bus directly. That is right after I have been at In-n-Out of course.  



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