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Tight Connection At JFK - Possible?

Tue Jun 01, 2004 11:51 pm

I'll be arriving on AA flight 950 on Jun 26 between 6 and 6:30 AM on JFK terminal 8 (inbound from GIG through GRU). I then have to go to terminal 9 for my connecting flight to SEA, which leaves at 7:30 AM.
Having never been to JFK. but with full knowledge that it's bloody huge, I'm wondering if such tight connection is humanly possible. I'm thinking it is otherwise AA wouldn't have given it to me as an option, but I thought I'd ask the more seasoned travellers of a.net so I can get the real perspective.
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RE: Tight Connection At JFK - Possible?

Tue Jun 01, 2004 11:58 pm

Well in one week I have to fly through JFK as well. I bought a ticket which gave me an hour for connecting. After I showed it to a friend he almost murdered me, saying that that might not be enough for the customs and getting to another terminal. So I had to book another flight which was at a later time. So now I have 4.5 hours in New York.
So I suggest making more time.
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RE: Tight Connection At JFK - Possible?

Wed Jun 02, 2004 12:00 am

Gah. That'll be another 100 bucks for a change in itinerary. Bliddy 'ell... I'm a fast runner, but with the amount of luggage I'll be bringing, I might as well not make it.
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RE: Tight Connection At JFK - Possible?

Wed Jun 02, 2004 12:05 am

Anything's possible. The question is whether it's probable that you'll make it. There are many things beyond your control...weather, slow baggage handlers, long lines at customs and immigration, etc.

If AA issues the ticket with that connection, you won't be penalized if you miss your flight and have to take a later flight.
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RE: Tight Connection At JFK - Possible?

Wed Jun 02, 2004 12:09 am

You WON't have enough time!! I presume you have to get through Immigration in JFK???

Are the flights all AA? If so, and if it is under one PNR they SHOULDN't have issued the ticket and this does not meet th MCT. I think the MCT in JFK is at least 1.5- 2 Hours (especially for Internationl-Domestic Connection?)

(unless you cleared immigration already, therefore I think MCT = 30-40 minuted only, but I wouldn't risk it as the luggage guarantee will miss the flight (however I remember once my plane was delayed from SFO-LAX ( I wasn transiting in LAX to LAS) and when I got to LAX, I was ushered immediately to the next flight (Luckily the plane to LAS was just at the next gate!!!) Also my luggage made it through as well ( I was the last pax to join the flight, I think the flight dispatcher did went downstair and get ensured my baggage was loaded on the flight.

I must say AA does have good service @ times, and I also I never lost a piece of luggage before with them (even on CX I did, but that was because I did the following: HKG-AA), New Zealand">AKL-MEL-PER-SYD and it was QF that stuffed it up)


I always plan at least 2 hours in transit when I am in US (and that is with my CX Diamond MPO (Emerald Oneworld) and also on F or J Class.
The security and also immigration is bad (even with the express security).

You should phone the airline up and check with them (maybe they can offer you the next flight without additonal charge).

 
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RE: Tight Connection At JFK - Possible?

Wed Jun 02, 2004 12:12 am

I'd get a later flight.

The way things are these days, I'd be nervous if I only had an hour to make a domestic connection.

Good luck and have a safe journey!

 
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RE: Tight Connection At JFK - Possible?

Wed Jun 02, 2004 12:25 am

Well, I did the whole thing in one reservation through AA.com, but they say there's a fee for re-scheduling or itinerary changes.
I'm the adventurous type so I'll go for it. If any of you happens to be at JFK term. 8 at that day and time and see a guy in a suit and tie running like feck with a filled luggage cart, yep, that'll be me  Smile

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RE: Tight Connection At JFK - Possible?

Wed Jun 02, 2004 1:16 am

That connection will be tight. You'll have to clear customs/immigration in Terminal 8, and then make a mad dash for Terminal 9. At that time of the morning you'll also be up against a nice long TSA security line. You won't have to run with your bags though, after passing through customs there will be a baggage re-check desk. Just drop your bags and run.

The distance between Terminal 8 and 9 isn't too far, and the route between the two is pretty well defined. If it's any condolence, the South America flights have a nice tendency of arriving a bit early, so that may help you out.
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RE: Tight Connection At JFK - Possible?

Wed Jun 02, 2004 1:19 am

Good luck in making your connection - I concur with the others, you probably won't make it. Your luggage will probably make it, though.  Smile

There is no fee for changing an itinerary if the connection AA sold you was invalid or causes a misconnect. I would contact AA reservations to see what they can do. There are no direct flights from JFK-SEA after 7:30am, but there are a number of one-stop options for you afterwards.
 
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RE: Tight Connection At JFK - Possible?

Wed Jun 02, 2004 2:05 am

I just called AA, they said it's a legal connection and I should be fine on the connection, and that they would take responsibility if I missed the flight for reasons beyond my control.
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RE: Tight Connection At JFK - Possible?

Wed Jun 02, 2004 2:17 am

I show the AA flight from GRU arriving at 603am not 630am. The SEA flight still shows departing at 730am.

This shows as a valid connection in the Apollo system, the bad news is if you miss the connection you're looking at another connection, through BOS, LGB, DFW or ORD
 
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RE: Tight Connection At JFK - Possible?

Wed Jun 02, 2004 7:55 am

OK, well this changes the story a little. Since you bought both tickets through AA, that means if you miss your flight, they will arrange you on another flight by themselves. Now if it were two different airlines, you would have to reschedule. But it seems like you are ok.
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