Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 08 May 2018
Total posts 12
Hi all - travelling from Sydney to Vancouver through LAX in a couple of weeks on VA1 business. We're away for a couple of weeks so I think we will need larger and therefore checked bags. We arrive at LAX with 3.5 hours before our CA flight through to YVR. Do you think we have enough time to go through and get our bags, then back through all the security stuff ? Can anyone provide some narrative on the procedure?
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 15 Apr 2016
Total posts 36
3.5 hrs should be fine. The biggest delays Mrs B and I’ve had have been coming through immigration cf customs. (We’ve done tbit to terminal 5, checked in and on flight in 20 min). It’s not a huge walk to terminal 6.
Thanks, Really appreciate that. Our trip includes an leg from Canberra to Sydney the night before. We're working out whether to keep our large bags with us over night and check them in for the morning flight to LAX. I guess we'll have to go all the way out to bag collection, then over to international terminal via taxi (Staying in a hotel next to International Terminal over night).
Member since 05 Mar 2015
Total posts 24
Your VA and AC tickets can be connected, if they were booked separately, pursuant to the VA-AC interline agreement. That means that your baggage should be checked through and your boarding passes printed to YVR at SYD. At LAX, you'll clear immigration, collect your bag and clear customs. Immediately after customs, turn right at the exit hallway and follow signs for connecting flights. This will lead you into the TBIT baggage re-check, where you can leave your bags. As you leave the baggage re-claim, turn right again and you should see signs for the transit security checkpoint. This is probably the quietest security checkpoint at LAX, and I would be astounded if security took you more than ten minutes, given the time that VA1 arrives. At that point you'll be airside, and you'll be able to follow signs through Terminals 4 and 5 to Terminal 6. Signs are very visible, and while it's a reasonable walk, it's a much faster and less stressful experience than trying to transit to Terminal 6 land-side. Keep in mind that before boarding, you may require a passport verification at the gate or in the lounge. I would estimate that from clearing customs to the AC lounge will take you less than thirty minutes. As always, US CBP processing times are variable, but with 3.5 hours layover, you'll be just fine, and probably in for 1.5-2.5 hours to spare.
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