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Need Help: Inbound Intl Connection To SFO  
User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3217 posts, RR: 13
Posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2202 times:

Hey all,

I'm hoping to be doing KIX-SFO on 16FEB on UA, which is scheduled to arrive into SFO at 1118a. My question is... what is the shortest possible connection that can be done?? More specifically, is it realistic for me to make a 1245p connection if I have no checked baggage and am one of the first off the plane??

The connection will be from UA to UAX, if that matters at all. Thanks in advance for all help and responses!!!

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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23295 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2196 times:

Assuming you're a citizen and don't have checked bags, I'd say it's doable. Other things being equal, UAX is more likely to be delayed than an international mainline flight, so that helps some. You'll need to reclear security, but at that hour, that shouldn't be too bad.


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User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3217 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2174 times:

Is there a separate international arrival terminal like ORD, or do the UA Intl inbounds arrive into the UA terminal??

User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23295 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2165 times:



Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 2):
Is there a separate international arrival terminal like ORD

Yes. Actually, the setup is very similar to ORD... you clear customs and then can take the train over to the UA terminal and go through security like a 'regular' domestic passenger. I've actually never connected from international to domestic at SFO (I'm just piecing together how long it ought to take from other experiences there), so I'm not certain if you can clear security at the international terminal also and then connect airside somehow... perhaps someone else can help you with that question.



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User currently offlineAnonms From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 623 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2162 times:



Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 3):
you clear customs and then can take the train over to the UA terminal and go through security like a 'regular' domestic passenger.

Well, the UA terminal is right next to the International Terminal... Taking the train would take longer than walking over.



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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23295 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2153 times:



Quoting Anonms (Reply 4):
Well, the UA terminal is right next to the International Terminal... Taking the train would take longer than walking over.

...unless you are as lazy as I am (or are or are traveling with a heavy packer; the OP evidently is not).



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User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3217 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2116 times:



Quoting Anonms (Reply 4):
Well, the UA terminal is right next to the International Terminal... Taking the train would take longer than walking over.

Excellent, thanks!!!

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 5):
...unless you are as lazy as I am (or are or are traveling with a heavy packer; the OP evidently is not).

On a normal day I would be, but it seems I may have to set the world record for the mile run if this is going to work!!

Thanks for your replies!!


User currently offlineAnonms From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 623 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2114 times:

Well, it's an interesting run from the arrivals hall. You need to go upstairs to the departure level and then downstairs to the connecting corridor and then you'll be in the UA terminal.


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User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3217 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2102 times:



Quoting Anonms (Reply 7):
Well, it's an interesting run from the arrivals hall. You need to go upstairs to the departure level and then downstairs to the connecting corridor and then you'll be in the UA terminal.

Will there be signs marking it fairly clearly or will I have to take a bit of a shot in the dark to find it??


User currently offlineLegacyins From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2100 times:



Quoting Anonms (Reply 7):
Well, it's an interesting run from the arrivals hall. You need to go upstairs to the departure level and then downstairs to the connecting corridor and then you'll be in the UA terminal.

It appears you were taking the long route. There is a connecting exit door to Terminal 3 that keeps you on the same level as the deaprting domestic flights. It is not more than a six minute walk to Terminal 3.



John@SFO
User currently offlineReality From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 513 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2056 times:



Quoting Legacyins (Reply 9):
It appears you were taking the long route. There is a connecting exit door to Terminal 3 that keeps you on the same level as the deaprting domestic flights. It is not more than a six minute walk to Terminal 3.

I've never seen that door. Do you mean that there is an exit from customs that connects to Terminal 3? Or maybe you can go past the escalator and then turn right to stay on the same level? Maybe you can explain how to utilize it--and I'm not doubting that there is an exit door to Terminal 3 on the same level--I'm just unaware of it. My usual path is consistent with the explanation below:

Quoting Anonms (Reply 7):
Well, it's an interesting run from the arrivals hall. You need to go upstairs to the departure level and then downstairs to the connecting corridor and then you'll be in the UA terminal.

Even so it is less than a 5 minute walk.

I too don't recommend taking the train. The 1st security line that you get too while walking to Terminal 3 is usually the shortest. If you find that it looks crowded, check out the entry points in the middle of the terminal--or the security entrance at the far end of Terminal 3 by American Airlines which is usually less crowded and connects to UA once past security.

Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 8):
Will there be signs marking it fairly clearly or will I have to take a bit of a shot in the dark to find i

The signs should be clear if you don't rush and take your time to find them and read them. Basically, when you leave customs you go to the right and up the escalator. Turn right at the top of the escalator and then follow the signs to Terminal 3.

Going thru customs rarely takes longer than 15 - 20minutes (unless 2 or 3 747s have just arrived from Asia), so your connection time should be more than adequate.


User currently offlineLegacyins From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2000 times:



Quoting Reality (Reply 10):
I've never seen that door. Do you mean that there is an exit from customs that connects to Terminal 3?

It is quite visible. If you arrive on an International flight into the G-Terminal, after you pick up you luggage and complete Customs, look to you left and you will see a Huge sign saying "Connecting Flights". It is actually written in four different languages. When you exit the door, you can walk directly over to Terminal 3 for UA domestic flights and will be on the same level.

If you exit to the right, you will be existing into the San Francisco Arrivals hall. This is when your tour will start to navigate over to the other terminals.



John@SFO
User currently offlineAnonms From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 623 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1976 times:

You'll hardly end up navigating into other terminals. The G-side is right adjacent to the UA terminal. Navigating to any of the other terminals requires more adventuring. Although I do recall signs on the A-side pointing to the right that said "Connecting Flights" (I've never been on the G-side).


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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23295 posts, RR: 20
Reply 13, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1937 times:



Quoting Reality (Reply 10):
If you find that it looks crowded, check out the entry points in the middle of the terminal--or the security entrance at the far end of Terminal 3 by American Airlines which is usually less crowded and connects to UA once past security.

This can be a great time saver, actually. If there's any line at all, it's probably at least worth wandering down to the AA end of the terminal; that part isn't a long walk.



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