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Help Needed: Info On UA To SYD/MEL  
User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3217 posts, RR: 16
Posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3123 times:

Hey all,

This Thursday I'm hoping to fly to SYD and then onward to MEL. I'll be flying nonrev so my itinerary isn't 100% sure yet, but I'm pretty sure I'll be doing UA863 SFO-SYD and then UA839 SYD-MEL.

My question is this. At which city do I do immigrations and customs?? Is it upon arrival in SYD, and then SYD-MEL is treated as a domestic flight, or is SYD-MEL still considered international and I'll do customs on arrival into MEL??

Secondly, for the return flight I'll be doing UA840 MEL-SYD-LAX. Does Australia have any variety of outbound passport control?? Will I have to go through security or anything like that while transiting in SYD??

Thanks in advance for all responses!!

One last thing, if anyone knows how to look it up. Can anyone try to find in advance what the tail or ship# of the planes that will be used on UA863 and UA839 on 24APR?? If you don't want to post it feel free to PM me. Thanks!!

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User currently offlineVhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1499 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3107 times:



Quoting Transpac787 (Thread starter):
My question is this. At which city do I do immigrations and customs?? Is it upon arrival in SYD, and then SYD-MEL is treated as a domestic flight, or is SYD-MEL still considered international and I'll do customs on arrival into MEL??

SYD-MEL is an International sector so you will clear immigration/customs in MEL.





Vhq



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User currently offlineN104UA From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 921 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3101 times:



Quoting Transpac787 (Thread starter):
My question is this. At which city do I do immigrations and customs?? Is it upon arrival in SYD, and then SYD-MEL is treated as a domestic flight, or is SYD-MEL still considered international and I'll do customs on arrival into MEL??

Secondly, for the return flight I'll be doing UA840 MEL-SYD-LAX. Does Australia have any variety of outbound passport control?? Will I have to go through security or anything like that while transiting in SYD??

Thanks in advance for all responses!!

You will go to the international transit area after you deplane in SYD and then clear customs in MEL, OZ does have outbound passport control in MEL and then go to the international transit area in SYD again. can't wait for the TR



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User currently offlinePlatinumfoota From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3077 times:



Quoting Transpac787 (Thread starter):
but I'm pretty sure I'll be doing UA863 SFO-SYD and then UA839 SYD-MEL.

Why not UA839 LAX-SYD-MEL??



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User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3217 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3069 times:



Quoting Platinumfoota (Reply 3):
Why not UA839 LAX-SYD-MEL??

Because it would be a redundant line on my Flight Memory page, since I'll be doing UA840 MEL-SYD-LAX on the way home  Silly

Talk about vain, I know!!


One more question then. When UA839 arrives in MEL, what should I expect as far as customs wait times?? Are there a lot of flights that arrive around that time, or should it go relatively fast??


User currently offlineN104UA From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 921 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3059 times:



Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 4):
One more question then. When UA839 arrives in MEL, what should I expect as far as customs wait times?? Are there a lot of flights that arrive around that time, or should it go relatively fast??

With the loads if you are in F or C it should be in no time depending if you check bags



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User currently offlinePlatinumfoota From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3054 times:



Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 4):
Because it would be a redundant line on my Flight Memory page, since I'll be doing UA840 MEL-SYD-LAX on the way home

 rotfl  I just did LAX-SFO-ORD-ATL-DEN-BFL-LAX on a trip to ATL



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User currently offlineAzncsa4qf744er From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 697 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3032 times:



Quoting Platinumfoota (Reply 3):
Why not UA839 LAX-SYD-MEL??

Maybe because LAXSYD UA839 is often weight restricted....... SFOSYD has a better chance of getting on....

Transpac787

Is there a reason why you don't want to list for First class?


User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3217 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3006 times:



Quoting N104UA (Reply 5):
with the loads if you are in F or C it should be in no time depending if you check bags

I won't have checked bags. I think I might sit in Y though, simply because the load is so light and it's a bit cheaper on that segment.

Quoting Platinumfoota (Reply 6):
I just did LAX-SFO-ORD-ATL-DEN-BFL-LAX on a trip to ATL

That's the way it's done!!

When people ask us "why??", there really isn't much you can say to explain it to them. It's just our credo, haha.

Quoting Azncsa4qf744er (Reply 7):
Maybe because LAXSYD UA839 is often weight restricted....... SFOSYD has a better chance of getting on....

Exactly. However, on the 24th both LAX and SFO have abnormally light load factors, so both of them should operate without restriction.

Quoting Azncsa4qf744er (Reply 7):
Transpac787

Is there a reason why you don't want to list for First class?

First class is pretty pricey compared to Business, so I think I'm going to do C-cabin for the transpac's and Y-cabin for the SYD-MEL and MEL-SYD flights.


User currently offlineAznCSA4QF744ER From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 697 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2993 times:



Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 8):
Exactly. However, on the 24th both LAX and SFO have abnormally light load factors, so both of them should operate without restriction.

Just because the booking is light doesn't mean there won't be a restriction. When booking are light they jam cargo on the plane, especially out of LAX.


User currently offlineWunalaYann From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2839 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2932 times:



Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 8):
First class is pretty pricey compared to Business, so I think I'm going to do C-cabin for the transpac's and Y-cabin for the SYD-MEL and MEL-SYD flights.

Gee, I wish I could even consider the difference...  Smile

Fear not, EK and QF, I will still enjoy your  crowded  Y products for years to come...


User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3217 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2873 times:



Quoting WunalaYann (Reply 10):
Gee, I wish I could even consider the difference...  

Fear not, EK and QF, I will still enjoy your    Y products for years to come...

Well, be careful what you wish for!! I'm nonrevving the whole way, is the only reason I can come even CLOSE to affording it!! Haha.

If it's any consolation, I've been on the same three airlines my entire life. I enjoy no variety  cry 


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