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User currently offlineflying-b773 From Singapore, joined Apr 2001, 390 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 1 month 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5152 times:

Hi fellow US/SFO members,

Good evening. I would like to ask on transit procedures in SFO.

I would be arriving from HKG on SQ and am thinking of hopping onto UA to LAS.
Do i have to clear immigration, or can i connect between flights in the airside? It would be 2 different tickets.
If i have to clear immigration, the choice of WN opens up too.

Thank you in advance for any reply, appreciate it!

Brgds,

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User currently offlinesfoa380 From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 186 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5151 times:

You would definitely need to clear customs at SFO. Happy travels!

User currently offlinealggag From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5100 times:

All passengers are required to clear immigration when they arrive into the US regardless of whether they are connecting or not.

User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5088 times:

One has always to clear US immigration at the first port of entry into the US.


Around what time does your SQ flight arrive?

A couple of months ago I flew CDG-SFO with an arrival around 1.30pm and the lines for immigration were really long. Took me close to 40 minutes to clear US customs, and I could only imagine how long it would take for the non-US citizens. I would at least allow 3 hours between the flights.


Also, pick WN, your bags will fly for free  .



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User currently offlineheysfo From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5078 times:

From the internationals terminal you have to clear customers and immigration and then you can walk to the terminals , WN Ter 1 is farther out UA is closer I believe a 5-10 min walk from the Int'l Ter. and VX is an option as well in the band new Terminal 2 which is worth the visit

User currently offlinelegacyins From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2077 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5070 times:

Quoting B747forever (Reply 3):
Around what time does your SQ flight arrive?

SQ 2 is scheduled to arrive at 2035 hrs into the G - Int'l Terminal.



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User currently offlineRoseflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9643 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5069 times:

You will clear immigration, collect your baggage and clear customs. If you are on an airline that interlines with SQ (which in this case would be UA), you can have your bags through checked and put them on the connecting baggage transfer belt and there is no fee. SQ should be able to do this even on separate tickets, however if they cannot tag the bag to LAS, then you have to pay bag fees.

You have the choice of UA, WN, or VX. VX has the best service, although you'd pay bag fees since I don't think SQ can through check a bag on VX unlike UA.



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User currently offlineStarAC17 From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 3380 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5062 times:

Quoting flying-b773 (Thread starter):
I would be arriving from HKG on SQ and am thinking of hopping onto UA to LAS.
Do i have to clear immigration, or can i connect between flights in the airside? It would be 2 different tickets.
If i have to clear immigration, the choice of WN opens up too

Yes to immigration as your UA leg would be domestic, in the US you have to clear immigration regardless even if your destination isn't in the US.

Since SQ and UA are in *A it is possible to get it on the same ticket. If it is then you will have to claim your bags in SFO and re-check them but the tag will be checked through to LAS so you just put it on the re-check belt.

Even if you do it in 2 tickets the bags can be interlined most likely and you will have to get your boarding pass at UA check in after immigration. Be warned if your bags are checked through then you will not be able to board a WN flight and move the bags easily.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 3):
Also, pick WN, your bags will fly for free  .

They will also on UA if interlined through, airlines follow the baggage rules of the first carrier on the ticket you initially check in with.



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5019 times:

Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 7):
They will also on UA if interlined through, airlines follow the baggage rules of the first carrier on the ticket you initially check in with.



Even though they are book separately?



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User currently offlinexjramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2461 posts, RR: 50
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5006 times:

Yes, just so long as the two carriers you fly have an interline agreement, you may provide the SQ check-in agent with your continuing flight info. Just make sure you have a printed itinerary directly from the carrier's website. It works both ways.


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User currently offlineStarAC17 From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 3380 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4959 times:

Quoting B747forever (Reply 8):
Even though they are book separately?

Yes, the only way UA is going to charge you if you check your bag a UA desk. Also IIRC on some US airlines that have bag fees for the first bag will waive them if you are connecting on a codeshare partner that is a long haul flight.

From UA's website.

Quote:
Note: Baggage allowances for codeshare partners or another airline may be different. If your flight originates with one of our codeshare partners or another airline you will need to check with that carrier for baggage policies.​



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4885 times:

Quoting xjramper (Reply 9):
Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 10):



I didnt know that. Being two separate itineraries I thought UA would charge for the bag.



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User currently offlineStarAC17 From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 3380 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 20 hours ago) and read 4831 times:

Quoting B747forever (Reply 11):
I didnt know that. Being two separate itineraries I thought UA would charge for the bag.

No because you are not checking the bag with UA. Now if UA said to its partners do not interline with 2 itineraries then you would have to pay but that would be a logistical nightmare to implement and would cost them business.



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