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Seattle Connection Time

Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:29 pm

Happy New Year everyone,

I have just booked a trip from Calgary to Miami with a connection in Seattle. I'm arriving into SEA in Horizon at 19.55 and then changing planes to American's SEA - MIA nonstop redeye which leaves at 21.25.

For anyone with experience in SEA connections, would you say 90 minutes transfer time is more than enough, considering that I have to go through immigration and customs?

Thanks!

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RE: Seattle Connection Time

Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:36 pm

According to SABRE, these are the minimum connect times:

T*CT-SEA/ASAA/ID«
STANDARD.D/D...D/I...I/D...I/I.
ONLINE 1.10 1.10 1.30 1.30
OFFLINE 1.10 1.10 1.30 1.30
** OR * ARE ALL
AS-AA ID 1.00 FLT 2000 - 2999 - FLT 5600 - 8599
CANADA - ALL
AS-AA ID 1.00 FLT 3450 - 3499 - FLT 5600 - 8599
CANADA - ALL
AS-AA ID SUP ALL - FLT 5600 - 8599
AS-AA ID SUP FLT 1000 - 1999 - ALL
AS-AA ID SUP FLT 4000 - 4799 - ALL
AS-AA ID 1.30
**-AA ID SUP ALL - FLT 5600 - 8599
AS-** ID SUP FLT 1000 - 1999 - ALL
AS-** ID SUP FLT 4000 - 4799 - ALL
AS-** ID 2.00
**-** ID 3.30 INTER SEA - BFI
**-** ID 3.30 INTER SEA - LKE
 
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RE: Seattle Connection Time

Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:36 pm

I would think you'd clear customs and immigration in in YYC so should be no problem at all.
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RE: Seattle Connection Time

Tue Jan 07, 2014 4:17 pm

Quoting doug_Or (Reply 2):

Exactly. You'll pre-clear US immigration at YYC, arrive into SEA as a domestic flight, and have plenty of time to stretch your legs before departing.
 
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RE: Seattle Connection Time

Fri Jan 10, 2014 4:51 am

Thanks a lot for the replies!

The US immigration and customs pre-clearance at Canadian airports is news for me, and I think that's just terrific. Great idea to allow for such procedures, and that definitely allows me to be more relaxed about the connection.

Quoting bnatraveler (Reply 1):
According to SABRE, these are the minimum connect times:

Thanks bnatraveler... How do you interpret this? What's "online" vs. "offline"? Hadn't seen this kind of data before.

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RE: Seattle Connection Time

Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:10 am

Quoting AM (Reply 4):
Thanks bnatraveler... How do you interpret this? What's "online" vs. "offline"? Hadn't seen this kind of data before.

This is an AA SABRE entry to display connect times. Online would be an AA->AA connection where offline would be anything coming from another airline.
 
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RE: Seattle Connection Time

Fri Jan 10, 2014 1:32 pm

You will arrive into the C concourse (most likely) and be departing from the D concourse. It should be relatively easy for a connection. You don't need to even leave security in SEA. I would highly recommend checking in for your AA flight before leaving YYC and having your boarding pass either on your mobile phone or printed. If you end up at the N gates, it is a short train ride (2nd stop) and make sure you head to D and not baggage claim. AS should through check any baggage for you to MIA.

Give a little extra time in YYC for immigration. It can take a few extra minutes if you aren't a citizen of the United States or Canada. It might only be a Q400 flight, but make sure you arrive at least 90 minutes early.
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RE: Seattle Connection Time

Fri Jan 10, 2014 4:55 pm

Quoting AM (Reply 4):
The US immigration and customs pre-clearance at Canadian airports is news for me, and I think that's just terrific. Great idea to allow for such procedures, and that definitely allows me to be more relaxed about the connection.

After checking in for your flight, you go through US passport control prior to security screening. After security, you will be in a secure area of the airport where the gates are used exclusively for departures to the USA. It's a nice system that generally makes things more efficient for the airlines, for passengers, and for US CBP. My experience (as a US citizen) is that entering the US via Canadian pre-clearance ports is pretty easy. I've heard many people on this board and elsewhere say that flying from Europe to the US via YYZ or other Canadian airports is easier that making the same connection at American ports like JFK or ORD. Certain Canadian airports allow you to bypass Canadian immigration and go straight to the USA pre-clearance area. I've only done it once--making a KL to DL connection at YVR--and it was pretty slick.

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