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Transferring Between Two Different Airlines At LAX  
User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 5
Posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 8998 times:

I have a question concerning connection between two separate airlines. In November i'll be flying from AKL to LAX on Qantas and then flying LAX-ORD-CLT on United all in the same day. I've never changed airlines before and was curious if it was in anyway different and if I would possibly be able to have my luggage checked all the way through to Charlotte when I check in for the Qantas flight in Auckland.

I should mention that my Qantas flight arrives in L.A. at 10:30 AM at Terminal 4 and then the United flight to Chicago departs at 2:00 PM from Terminal 7. I'm thinking that will be plenty of time and even takes into account the possibility of delays on the Qantas flight. About how long is the walk from T4 to T7? The reason I ask is because I think those transfer busses at LAX are a pain in the ass, especially with luggage which is why I prefer walking...LOL  Smile

Thanks

Adam  Smile

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User currently offlineAS739X From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6194 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 8972 times:

Plenty of time. That connection is walkable. Just walk out from of T4, turn right and you can walk to T 6-7 which is used by UA. Tha is way more then enough time.

ASSFO



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User currently offlineVega From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 8956 times:

Easy walk. Fortunately you do not have to cross the airport and there are no street crossings just one long sidewalk. Done it many times. Look here : http://www.lawa.org/lax/terminalMap.cfm

User currently offlinePER744 From Australia, joined Mar 2003, 405 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 8935 times:

You'll have to collect your baggage at LAX to clear customs. At AKL ask if your bags can be tagged all the way through (this is usually even possible if you're on seperate tickets). Once you clear customs you simply take your bags to the re-check area before leaving the terminal (it's clearly signposted with quite a few staff around to assist you).

After that it's about a 5-10 minute walk to Terminal 7. (try not to choke on the diesel fumes!)


User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 8930 times:

Thanks guys for your help, yeah i've walked between terminals at LAX before and there were some fumes but the guys form the LAPD on their bikes made for good eye candy (when planes weren't insight of course)...LOL.

PER744....does United have a transfer desk at the customs facility in T4 even though United only operates out of T6,T7, and T8?

One other question.......my flight on United was purchased through US Airways (flew US to LAX back in June, see Trip report Charlotte to Wellington). On the e-ticket receipt it reads US flight #### operated by United Airlines. Would that be a problem or will the agents at Qantas be able to look it up and see what United flights to transfer it to?

Thanks again guys for all your help  Smile


User currently offlineTrolley Dolley From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 8910 times:

Hey Adam. I'd double check with QF direct about the through check-in. The transfer area is a non airline specific tarsnfer desk. They'll tag your bags, but you still may have to check in at T7 if you don't have your boarding pass. Last time I flew through LAX, on that bl**dy 64hr trip home from South America, I remember I had to lug my bags from Tom Bradley to T4. No big deal, you'll get a luggage cart to push and your legs will normally be wanting a bit of a stretch after the flight up from down under. Bruce

User currently offlineTrolley Dolley From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8898 times:

Forgot to say, the T4 transfer desks are multi-airline. It's not so much a place where you can check-in, more leave the bags to be transfered to the correct terminal if they've already been through checked. Most airlines are cool with codeshares. The friendly team at AKL will let you know what they can/can't do.

Still, I've had my luggage "lost" on quite a few occassions. Sometimes the hassle of walking it to the correct terminal is worth it. Imagine losing all your Dan Carter memorabilia now? he he he


User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8898 times:

Thanks Bruce,
So the transfer desk is used by all airlines? Yeah, i'll probably call Qantas and ask them about it. Worst case though i'll just lug them around with me to T7...LOL.


User currently offlineTrolley Dolley From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8895 times:

See reply above yours. We must have been thinking about the same thing and hit send at the same time, buddy.

User currently offlineHalophila From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 646 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8893 times:

Quoting Adam T. (Thread starter):
if I would possibly be able to have my luggage checked all the way through to Charlotte when I check in for the Qantas flight in Auckland

I've had mixed success with this. I've tried on separate tickets to go on the NZ side from ZQN to AKL and then a separate ticket from AKL to LAX, and they wouldn't let me go the whole way through; nor checking in from LAX to AKL and separate ticket from AKL to CHC. But looks like other know a lot more about transferring onto domestic flights here in the US.

Quoting Adam T. (Thread starter):
About how long is the walk from T4 to T7?

Around 10 mins, depends on how fast you walk! But it's an easy walk - my advice is stick to the ground level since negotiating the upstairs skycaps and curbside check-ins can be difficult, if you still have bags with you between terminals. Incidentally, if you're looking for a coffee place, then I'd backtrack to TBIT since there aren't any roadside (as opposed to through security) between T4 and T7.

Quoting Adam T. (Thread starter):
I'm thinking that will be plenty of time and even takes into account the possibility of delays on the Qantas flight

And delays at immigration too... that T4 line is pretty horrendous some days, but getting better. 3.5 h should give you plenty of time.

Quoting Adam T. (Thread starter):
Qantas flight arrives in L.A. at 10:30 AM at Terminal 4

Incidentally, I thought QF26/107 came into TBIT, has this recently changed? Of course they may still do the immigration processing in T4.



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User currently offlineHalophila From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 646 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8887 times:

Oh one more thing, I'm sure you know, but should mention anyway. Whereas QF allows you 2 x 70 lb bags (max), UA has recently changed it's policy (I think) to allow 2 x 50 lb bags. So, if you need to re-check them, don't have them 50 - 70 lbs or they'll slap you with some kind of excess baggage.

Best
Halophila



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User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 8851 times:

Quoting Halophila (Reply 9):
Incidentally, I thought QF26/107 came into TBIT, has this recently changed? Of course they may still do the immigration processing in T4.

According to the Qantas North America website it say's that Qantas flight 25 arrives into Terminal 4 and that Qantas flight 155 arrives into TBIT. QF 26 and 156 to Auckland both depart from TBIT.

Quoting Halophila (Reply 10):
Oh one more thing, I'm sure you know, but should mention anyway. Whereas QF allows you 2 x 70 lb bags (max), UA has recently changed it's policy (I think) to allow 2 x 50 lb bags. So, if you need to re-check them, don't have them 50 - 70 lbs or they'll slap you with some kind of excess baggage.

Thanks for the warning. It's going to be close with one of my bags being at the 50 lb. mark.

Adam


User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 8830 times:

Quoting Trolley Dolley (Reply 6):
Still, I've had my luggage "lost" on quite a few occassions. Sometimes the hassle of walking it to the correct terminal is worth it. Imagine losing all your Dan Carter memorabilia now? he he he

You've just convinced me to check it through to LAX and then walk it to T7.....my Dan Carter memorbillia is VERY important...LOL  Smile


User currently offlineEurofleetLHR From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 8820 times:

I transferred from a QF flight to a domestic flight in the US from LAX in Mar2003. What a pleasure it was to be the only flight clearing US Immigration in T4!!
Try and get a seat as far forward as possible on the QF flight - the quicker you are off the flight at LAX, the further forward you will be in the queue at Immigration (and the QF flight will probably be full !!!).

All bags - regardless of final destination - must be cusutoms cleared at LAX, so getting them labelled through to CLT from AKL will not save any time here.

Good Luck

EFL.


User currently offlineHalophila From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 646 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8730 times:

Quoting Adam T. (Reply 11):
According to the Qantas North America website it say's that Qantas flight 25 arrives into Terminal 4 and that Qantas flight 155 arrives into TBIT. QF 26 and 156 to Auckland both depart from TBIT.

I see. The plane will likely come into TBIT (southern side), then they herd you through this underground passage to clear customs in T4, where you eventually emerge. Makes for a nice walk if that's the case! Good to stretch your legs.

Quoting EurofleetLHR (Reply 13):
Try and get a seat as far forward as possible on the QF flight - the quicker you are off the flight at LAX, the further forward you will be in the queue at Immigration (and the QF flight will probably be full !!!).

Completely agree. And when you get off to go through customs - RUN! It's a bit of a race really to get to the desks. But don't worry. They're actually getting faster than they used to be maybe 3 years ago.

Quoting Adam T. (Reply 4):
guys form the LAPD on their bikes made for good eye candy

He he. And some immigration officers are the same  Smile



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User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 8657 times:

Quoting Halophila (Reply 14):
Quoting EurofleetLHR (Reply 13):
Try and get a seat as far forward as possible on the QF flight - the quicker you are off the flight at LAX, the further forward you will be in the queue at Immigration (and the QF flight will probably be full !!!).

Completely agree. And when you get off to go through customs - RUN! It's a bit of a race really to get to the desks. But don't worry. They're actually getting faster than they used to be maybe 3 years ago.

Thanks, I was actually towards the front of the plane when I flew to AKL and I was one of the first to go through customs on our flight, even with a bathroom stop I still went through fairly fast. When I looked behind me there was this whole crowd moving in. The thing is though I really want to visit the cockpit of the 747. However, i'll ask a.net user airnewzealand if he can arrange this for me in AKL instead of LAX.

Thanks for all your help,

Adam


User currently offlineTrolley Dolley From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 8652 times:

Dude, you are a yank. You'll be through customs in your home town faster than I ever could in LAX. In all my LAX experiences, even with priority baggage, I've cleared customs quickly, only to end up waiting for the bags in the reclaim hall. You'll be fine.

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