fraspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2427 posts, RR: 10 Posted (3 years 1 week 5 days ago) and read 5689 times:
So I'm currently stationed in Korea and am coming back 23 May. My charter flight lands in SEA at 0930 and my flight UA1717 to SFO is leaving at 1123. Arrives in SFO at 1330 but my connecting flight to PHL UA552 leaves SFO at 1400! This is the itinerary the government travel office lady gave me in Korea and seems kinda insane as I know how crazy SFO can get though it has been over 10 years since I was there last. What are the chances of me both making the flight in SEA as well as the flight in SFO? I'm confused as to what terminals I would be trying to connect to in SFO as UA mainline (according to Wikipedia) uses 1-B, 3-E (from Late 2013), 3-F, I-G. I know specific gates probably aren't assigned this early but would anybody atleast know which concources I'd be dealing with? I'd be huffing it regardless but anyhelp would be appreciated.
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Prost From United States of America, joined Oct 2012, 1853 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 week 5 days ago) and read 5636 times:
Seattle should be OK, but you will have to take the train from the S gates to the main terminal, transfer to another train, then transfer to another train to the N satellite. Its easier than it sounds. Customs in SEA at 0930 shouldn't be too bad, but don't dawdle getting to the N satellite.
The SFO connection is one that I think you should be concerned about. You might have a better feel for it once you land in SEA and have the SFO gates. Tip for you: travel in uniform. Airline employees will go out of their way to help uniformed soldiers. I'm not saying they'll hold flights, but there might be other considerations that are afforded to you. Good luck.
as739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6391 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 week 5 days ago) and read 5623 times:
Your SFO connection is mainline to mainline, so there should be no problems. Your arriving from SEA on a Sub-CO ac and departing on a Sub-UA can we rarely use the Int'l terminal for domestic flights that time of day. Both flights will be in T-3
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Roseflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 11166 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (3 years 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5276 times:
The biggest problem I see is that you are coming in on a charter carrier, which means they may not through check your baggage. If that is the case, you would have to recheck in SEA (you always have to reclaim it for customs, but if it is already tagged, you can just put it on the transfer belt and it is gone). Getting through customs & immigration and then getting your luggage from the South Satellite all the way to the north end of the terminal to check in takes a while. It would be very difficult to do that and get your bags in before the minimum bag check cutoff time. UA has no transfer desk that I know of in the South Satellite.
If you have no baggage, or your charter carrier can through check it, make sure to check in online for your UA flight and print out your boarding passes. SEA has no transfer desks for international arriving passengers. It can be quite a trek to get to the UA check in counters, and if there are lines, you may miss minimum check in time.
SEA is always among the best for on time performance. I wouldn’t worry about that. I would only worry about checking in and transferring because it is a relatively long transfer from international to Domestic UA.
I wouldn’t worry too much about SFO. Mainline to Mainline should all be in terminal 3. Also, flow control and delays are common in the morning, but by lunchtime, usually any delays have cleared up and the afternoon tends to run relatively smoothly. Also, check to see if UA has a flight leaving later from SFO. There may be a 4pm departure from SFO, so if you miss your flight, you can be reaccomodated.
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