b777a340fan
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SFO Question

Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:48 am

I will be flying via SFO for a conference, so I need some advice.

(1). I will be flying in from the east coast on United and need to make a connection to a JetBlue flight. The SFO website says that B6 is based in the international terminal. Is that true for domestic flights as well? I have a connection of 56 mins between flights, will that be enough? Is there a shuttle between terminals or do I need to go through security again?

(2). On the way back, I’m meeting a bunch of my buddies for couple days in San Fran. We all will be flying in from different parts of the country. Most of us will be flying United. Is there a good unique meeting point in the airport that we can meet at? I cant really say meet by the Starbucks in Terminal 3, there’s probably a ton. I want something specific/unmistakable and easy to find.

Thanks,
 
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Re: SFO Question

Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:23 pm

United's terminal (terminal 3) is connected to the international terminal via a walkway behind security. You won't need to re-clear security. It's been a few years since I've made that connection, but just follow the signs. It's not hard to find.

I've never flown JetBlue out of SFO, but my guess would be yes, even their domestic flights depart from the international terminal. I'm not sure they even have international flights from SFO. Probably just the only place they could find gate space.

Edit: Wait, the connector is between terminal 3 and the G gates. I just realized JetBlue uses the A gates. I'm not sure if there's a way to get from G to A without going back through security.
 
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Re: SFO Question

Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:48 pm

b777a340fan wrote:
(2). On the way back, I’m meeting a bunch of my buddies for couple days in San Fran. We all will be flying in from different parts of the country. Most of us will be flying United. Is there a good unique meeting point in the airport that we can meet at? I cant really say meet by the Starbucks in Terminal 3, there’s probably a ton. I want something specific/unmistakable and easy to find.

Thanks,


Just meet by one of the doors or a baggage claim carousel. They're all numbered. If you're talking post-security maybe near the flight info screens in the rotunda of T3.
 
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Re: SFO Question

Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:12 am

b777a340fan wrote:
(1). I will be flying in from the east coast on United and need to make a connection to a JetBlue flight. The SFO website says that B6 is based in the international terminal. Is that true for domestic flights as well? I have a connection of 56 mins between flights, will that be enough? Is there a shuttle between terminals or do I need to go through security again?


No chance you make that. There's the AirTrain to go there, but it's outside of security. JetBlue leaves from A, and the only way into A is to go through the A checkpoint, which you'd need to do.

b777a340fan wrote:
(2). On the way back, I’m meeting a bunch of my buddies for couple days in San Fran. We all will be flying in from different parts of the country. Most of us will be flying United. Is there a good unique meeting point in the airport that we can meet at? I cant really say meet by the Starbucks in Terminal 3, there’s probably a ton. I want something specific/unmistakable and easy to find.


Either the A or G food court. Easily recognizable and good food. Since most of you are flying UA, you should go to G.
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Re: SFO Question

Sat Aug 04, 2018 2:30 am

Yflyer wrote:
United's terminal (terminal 3) is connected to the international terminal via a walkway behind security. You won't need to re-clear security. It's been a few years since I've made that connection, but just follow the signs. It's not hard to find.

I've never flown JetBlue out of SFO, but my guess would be yes, even their domestic flights depart from the international terminal. I'm not sure they even have international flights from SFO. Probably just the only place they could find gate space.

Edit: Wait, the connector is between terminal 3 and the G gates. I just realized JetBlue uses the A gates. I'm not sure if there's a way to get from G to A without going back through security.


There is no connection between T3 and the A-International Terminal. The OP will need to exit security and be rescreened to enter the A-Pier. B6 flies exclusively from the A-Pier.

My guess on time to walk from a United gate and go through security again would be ~30 minutes.
 
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Re: SFO Question

Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:01 am

It can be a long walk from United if you get a gate that’s at the end of T3 connecting to the end of A. You have to go through security at A. Assuming Jet Blue boards 30 minutes before departure you have 26 minutes if you arrive on time. Doable, but don’t stop to use the rest room. But then consider this is SFO where runways close for low clouds. Since you are arriving long haul domestic you have a better chance of being on time than if you were flying from the west coast so you can hope your jet blue flight might be delayed if it is coming from a west coast airport. I wouldn’t try this unless I were desperate. Especially if you are on separate tickets and will have to pay a fortune if you miss the connection. My flights to/from SFO are delayed about 1/3 of the time. I now give myself at least 3 hours to connect at SFO. Sometimes I fly RNO to OAK and spend 75 minutes on BART to be sure I can make an international connection.

For a meeting at UA terminal 3 I suggest the T3 rotunda. Lots of seating and acceptable food. If enough of you have AMEX Platinum cards use the AMEX Centurian lounge near gate 74. Great food and drinks, all free (after paying extortionate card fee).
 
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Re: SFO Question

Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:55 am

56 minutes, that's extremely tight for a self-connection. Specially if you need to change terminals. Personally I wouldn't do this, I'd take more time inbetween. The risk of missing your flight is too high. What if your incoming flight is delayed? What if deboarding doesn't go smooth? What if there are queues for security?

My advice would be to rebook that JetBlue flight for a later flight.
 
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Re: SFO Question

Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:13 pm

As a United 1k from SFO, I'm thinking that 56 mins is doable but far from guaranteed. A long haul domestic flight will likely arrive into the 80 gates. From there, I would walk all the way into the international terminal (G) inside security and exit there (near the Polaris lounge.) Then, head straight through the international check in area to A security. It'll probably take you 10-15 mins depending on how quickly you walk.

Security may take up to 20 mins or so if you don't have precheck.

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