How long to allow for United Airlines transfer at LAX?

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Member since 04 Apr 2014

Total posts 136

I've made several 30 minute connections in the US but it's always tight. 1hr is better if you can, especially as often they'll start boarding 45-60 minutes before departure. 


United Airlines - Mileage Plus

Member since 05 May 2014

Total posts 1

I would never risk this too-tight connection at LAX unless you have it IN WRITING from a supervisor that UA will cover 3 meals and overnight accommodations if you miss the second flight. Since that guarantee will never be made, call UA and get an earlier/different flight to LAX. Because I don't run through airports well I don't like to book connections at LAX under 2 hours, legal or not. 

I just checked the UA website for a random weekday date next month. There are only 2 non-stops CLE-LAX, one at about 7am and the other at 7pm. Your alternative would be flights to LAX that connect, not optimum but a better choice. There is a 530am flight that makes a stop in Chicago with "no plane change." But just because the schedule indicates no change of aircraft, that doesn't mean a change couldn't happen. There are also many other options with connections.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 14 Feb 2017

Total posts 77

30mins is a little insane no matter what airport you're looking at especially LAX! You'd have to have all your stars in the universe lined up to make that one work! Good luck :)

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