PVG to LAX Transfer to Domestic
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Dec 5, 2012 10:10 PM Last Post By: Saigon27
Dec 2, 2012 11:29 PM
PVG to LAX Transfer to DomesticHi Everyone,
I will be flying BKK to PVG, then PVG to LAX. Once I arrive in LAX I will take a domestic flight to DEN. How long should I allow in terms of the layover from LAX to DEN? I am American, so I'm not sure if that would speed things up at all in Immigration and Customs. I know LAX is a mess when arriving internationally, so I don't want to cut it too short. My flight arrives at 10:05a I noticed Southwest has nonstop flights at 12:20p and 2:10p to Denver. Would the 12:20p flight be cutting it too close and adding too much stress? If anyone has traveled through LAX lately from an international destination, any advice would be helpful.
Dec 3, 2012 12:06 AM
1The 12:20 flight will not give you enough time especially if you are flying near the hollidays. Do yourself a favor and opt for the 2:10 flight.
Since you are coming from an international flight you must clear customs at your first stop inside USA, this will add 15-20 minutes, plus the deplaneing, walk through the concourse, passport control, and the ever increasingly invasive security check point. I once missed a flight at LHR because of the long and slow security check. It can really piss you off so give yourself some extra time. No need for the extra stress.
Dec 3, 2012 12:54 AM
2Thanks 99dragons! I agree man, I'd rather have extra time waiting around than to be stressed out and worried the whole time! The last time I arrived in the US from abroad I went through SFO which was pretty smooth. But I hear LAX is a lot more complicated and time consuming. So I'll go with the 2:10p flight! :-)
Dec 3, 2012 3:24 AM
3We've flown internationally in to LAX four times in the last decade, and on three of those we had onward domestic flights with AA ... on each occasion we have required every minute of our 2-hour (or more) layover.
We are non-Americans, so we do get the slower queue through I&C - but you also need to factor in possible delays at either BKK or PVG, or possibly both. We were flying direct from Australia, with little delay ... although on one occasion we missed our landing slot (gate) at LAX, and had to circle LA for a very long time.
Dec 3, 2012 5:51 AM
Dec 3, 2012 6:31 AM
5Last 2 int'l flights it took me 90 minutes to clear I&C. Also remember that Southwest does not have any interline arrangements so you have to take your bags over there and check them in, then clear security at Terminal 1 which always seems to have VERY long lines (I refuse to fly out of there because of that).
One other thing, if your plane does not have a gate assignment at the Bradley (where most int'l flights clear), you have to park on the tarmac, deplane via stairs and climb onto these little buses which then drive you over to the Bradley terminal.
Dec 3, 2012 7:44 AM
6Passed thru LAX last week. coming back from the UK....and i got lucky. Took about an hour but not worth the hassle, not to mention you'd have to do a terminal change. Was meeting up with a friend coming in from Asia, and he got stuck.. Three 747's worth of Asia coming in and for some reason, 80 % of immigration officers were on the foreigner side.... Take the later flight.
Dec 3, 2012 8:53 AM
Dec 3, 2012 8:01 PM
8Thanks everyone, I never realized how frustrating traveling into LAX can be ;-). I'll definitely do the later flight, since it's LAX and there could be delays landing and the SW flights are on the other end of the airport. Oh well, this is a lesson learned, I think next time I come back from Asia I'll travel to SFO or SEA where it seems less chaotic. I think like many others, I chose LAX since I'll be flying on China Eastern. But, oh well, as long as I get to my connecting flight at 2:10p, it'll be all good!
Edited by: Saigon27
Dec 3, 2012 9:02 PM
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