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Flying US Airways Out Of LAX  
User currently offlineUnited777ORD From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 261 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 5 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4358 times:

I am flying US Airways on Thanksgiving Day for a 7:25am flight to Pittsburgh. How early do I need to check-in. I know that Southwest dominates Terminal 1 and I have heard about the congestion. Also, with the possibilities of a major storm approaching the east coast, should I expect my flight to be delayed? Also, are there any good restaurants in Terminal 1 @ LAX? How is the AirMall at PIT? Thanks in advance for any feedback/suggestions.

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User currently offlineJfrworld From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 365 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4321 times:

I would arrive at least 2 hours before your departure. In my experience, the early morning flights create a huge rush. Since most major airlines start their day with 6 or 7 am flights, it creates a huge rush at security that doesn't seem to exist later in the day.

User currently offlineSwabur From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4315 times:

You probably need to be at the terminal two hours prior to your departure. If there are storms back East your plane might be a tinge delayed, I'd call US Airways before you get there to check there. Regarding the food, LAX is limited in Terminal 1, there's a California Pizza Kitchen, McDonalds, Starbucks, El Paseo (pretty good but a little pricey), and a Backlot Cafe. PIT is awesome, its like a mall in the terminals, im sure you'll be able to find something good there. Hope this helps.


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User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2770 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4151 times:

Arrive with plenty of time. In my experiences, LAX on Thanksgiving morning is ridiculously busy, especially the Southwest terminal.

User currently offlineTornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4098 times:

Quoting Swabur (Reply 2):
If there are storms back East your plane might be a tinge delayed, I'd call US Airways before you get there to check there

It looks as if your plane will be an RON plane. Also, PIT is rarely affected by east coast ground stops/flow controls because it is laid out better (simultaneous parallels) and has less traffic so that should not be an issue either. Welcome to the Steel City for your Thanksgiving!! I'll be in SW PA as well for the holiday, except I'll be driving it on Wednesday, mountain snow permitting.


User currently offlineWjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 4973 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3965 times:

You should check-in online and print your boarding pass before you go to the airport. This gives you significant protection against being an involuntary bump, and also it means that the first line you get into is the security line, not the check-in line. (Tell me you're not checking anything.)

Best,

Bill


User currently offlineUnited777ORD From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 261 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3838 times:

Tornado82- is it possible for me to fly standby on Wednesday evening if there is availability? I would like to arrive in PIT on Thursday morning if possible.

User currently offlineTornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3781 times:

You're asking the wrong person about actual seat availability I'm sorry to tell ya, I don't work for US. That said, I assume its worth a try, but that is probably the worst possible day to try a stand by on. The weather will be much better out here (PA) tomorrow (Wed) versus today, sans mountain snows, so if they try a goofy LAX-PHL-PIT routing it shouldn't be too bad for delays in PHL either. By Wed. evening there should be some light to moderate snow and some gusty winds at PIT, but nothing to significantly affect ops there. Like I said earlier, PIT is very hardy to weather with the simultaneous parallels and whatnot. However by Thursday morning that same clipper may be producing some snows and gusty winds at PHL if they give you that, and we all know what happens with bad weather at PHL. Have a nice trip, Happy Thanksgiving.

User currently offlineGilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2987 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3762 times:

All I can say is good luck... You will need it!

We arrived at Terminal 1 at LAX at 5am for our flight to LGW connecting via CLT and the terminal was a nightmare.

We queued 1.5hrs for check-in and the queues were going outside the terminal to passenger drop off points. Once we checked in, had to go back outside and queue to get through security.

The staff in ther terminal were miserable and all seemed to have got out of bed the wrong side. We arrived at the boarding gate with 20mins to spare and had no time to get some breakfast or coffee

We was going to buy some food on the flight but the trolly had ran out by the time it got down to us. We were rather hungary by the time we got to Charlotte! The A321's they operate on the trans-con flights are very comfortable!


User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 48
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3694 times:

The best advice anyone can give you on flying at or on the Holidays is: DON'T.

If you must, you must. But if at all possible, try and time your flights to either the day before or after the rush, perhaps at odd times of the day. Plan on plenty of lines and be sure to have plenty of patience.


User currently onlineByrdluvs747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 2313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3686 times:

If you are elite(Gold and higher) on HP or US, you should be able to use the elevator to bypass all the WN vermon at the security line. I've done it a couple of times at LAX.

Otherwise, I wouldn't take the chance of arriving just two hours ahead. I'd get there at least 2.5 hours ahead of departure.



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