Member since 24 Apr 2014
Total posts 230
United Airlines have booked me onto a flight from CLE to LAX.
After it arrives I have 35 minutes to catch the flight to MEL.
I rang them up and they said its no problem.
Is 35 minutes really possible for transfer to the UA flight to MEL?
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 23 Oct 2013
Total posts 767
The Minimum Connection time for United is 30 minutes at LAX. It will be tight but it's still a legal connection.
Member since 28 Oct 2011
Total posts 245
Yes, it's a legal connection. But no way would I risk it. Tell them you either need to leave CLE earlier or leave LAX later.
Would I clear Customs/Immigration in CLE or LAX?
Member since 20 May 2014
Total posts 91
Would I clear Customs/Immigration in CLE or LAX? [/QUOTE]There is no 'exit immigration' in the US the same way there is in Australia. Exit immigration is automated and back-end in the United States, so you do not have to queue or get your passport checked on the way out.
Member since 11 Sep 2013
Total posts 1
If you're changing terminals in LAX, you'll need to go through TAC screening - if you have checked bags, they might not/unlikely yo make it. Given the frequent in-bound delays in LAX, I wouldn't risk it.
Member since 13 Feb 2017
Total posts 8
This is a terrible idea.
Thanks, it's not my idea.
Member since 22 Jul 2015
Total posts 83
Very tight. Everything depends on on time performance. One slip, late departure, ATC or whatever and you get to spend a night in LA. I fly on QF and AA. That means T4 to TBIT. That connection requires a sprint like Usain Bolt and I sure am not he!
Thanks, I had a look, both flights are terminal 7
Member since 11 Oct 2014
Total posts 378
Not sure what class you are flying, but if forced to do this less than ideal connect, a few hints:
Member since 09 May 2013
Total posts 347
I certainly would ask for atleast 60mins or more, domestic travel in the U.S is crazy (especially during winter). Slight delay somewhere in the morning would mean your flight will be delayed significantly.
You would need to know the "what if"? What if you do not make it to your MEL flight, do they give you accommodation and guaranteed next flight out and compensation or is it very important for you to arrive with the original flight, if so connection time that is longer would be your best option
Thanks all, will let you know how it goes
Member since 02 Dec 2016
Total posts 104
No, all the terminals have tunnels connecting them so you won't need to exit the terminal and go back in through security.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards Plantium
Member since 19 Jun 2013
Total posts 82
Hi Guest, join in the discussion on
How long to allow for United Airlines transfer at LAX?
Already have an ET account? Log in below.
Signing up with Executive Traveller only takes a second and lets you
interact with our community. It's completely free and we'll never pass your information on to
Didn’t receive an activation email? Resend one to yourself here.
If you’ve forgotten your password, simply enter your email address
below, then click 'Submit'. We’ll send you an email to re-activate your account and enter a new password.
If you have not received the activation email, simply enter your email address below, then click 'Submit'. We’ll send you an email containing the activation link.
Subscribe to our free newsletter and get the latest news, reviews, tips and more sent straight to your inbox