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Hi all, Just looking for a little bit of sage advice from members who have travelled a lot more thru LAX than I have. Arriving into LAX TBIT with 4 ...
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    Transfer at LAX TBIT QF - AA

    Hi all,

    Just looking for a little bit of sage advice from members who have travelled a lot more thru LAX than I have.

    Arriving into LAX TBIT with 4 pax on QF11 late November and will need a transfer to Pheonix. Looking at an American Eagle flight that departs a little over 2 hours after arrival into LAX.

    AA's terminal is close to TBIT but is this enough time assuming QF11 is on time (currently 09:40) ?
    I was last in LAX in Dec 2005 (ex QF175 from BNE) and seem to remember immigration and customs clearance was fairly painless and quick and we were in our hire car in no time. Realise this was a long time ago though.

    Would like to use AA as One World Ruby and won't have to pay extra for baggage it seems.

    Is the 2 hours achievable or would we be cutting it way too fine.........?

    Many thanks

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    Re: Transfer at LAX TBIT QF - AA

    Don't risk it. Go for a min. 3hr transit between arriving at TBIT on QF and departing AA T4. I've had times where I've been kerbside at TBIT in ~30mins, but last time (May) I was stillin the immigration queue at least 45mins after disembarking. It can be good,it can be horrid - it's entirely unpredictable. And then you can get to T4 & face long lines at security ...

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    Re: Transfer at LAX TBIT QF - AA

    Best from TBIT to airside T4 was 35 minutes when travelling First on QF93.

    Worst was 80 minutes after taking 55 of that waiting in the immigration queue.

    Process is:


    • Check bags through to PHX at checking in Oz
    • Fly to LAX
    • Disembark Aircraft
    • Walk through the dungeon like corridors to TBIT immigration (some travelators may be working)
    • Queue up
    • Be processed by Immigration
    • Collect bags
    • Proceed to/through customs processing
    • Head up ramp, look for signs for baggage "re-deposit"
    • Re-deposit bags
    • Head out landside
    • Get upstairs one level at TBIT (lift/stairs)
    • head right and walk the 100 metres or so to T4 (150 metres if having rights to Priority AAccess)
    • Go through security
    • Await ongoing flight ...


    The queue before being processed by USA immigration is generally the longest part.
    I presume you will already have your PHX BPs'.

    Finally AA flight from LAX tend to commence boarding ~35 minutes before scheduled departure

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    Re: Transfer at LAX TBIT QF - AA

    As you said, this all assumes that QF11 is on time.

    Too tight IMHO.
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    Re: Transfer at LAX TBIT QF - AA

    Thanks all for your comments. Really appreciate the advice.

    Travelling with a couple of teenagers as well so need less stress......not more.
    Will look for an option that provides 3-4hrs between flights.

    Cheers

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    Re: Transfer at LAX TBIT QF - AA

    Quote Originally Posted by jetranger View Post
    Thanks all for your comments. Really appreciate the advice.

    Travelling with a couple of teenagers as well so need less stress......not more.
    Will look for an option that provides 3-4hrs between flights.

    Cheers
    That would be very sensible in my experience. LAX immigration can work but on the other hand it can't - big time .

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    Re: Transfer at LAX TBIT QF - AA

    Quote Originally Posted by jetranger View Post
    Thanks all for your comments. Really appreciate the advice.

    Travelling with a couple of teenagers as well so need less stress......not more.
    Will look for an option that provides 3-4hrs between flights.

    Cheers

    Good call.....always prepare for the worst.



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    Re: Transfer at LAX TBIT QF - AA

    It can be done. Last month I arrived LAX on QF11, on blocks at 09:40, off the aircraft 9 minutes later, in the AA lounge showering at 10:15....however I had no luggage and was at the front of economy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprucegoose View Post
    Good call.....always prepare for the worst.
    Especially in LAX!

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    Quote Originally Posted by serfty View Post
    ....

    Worst was 80 minutes after taking 55 of that waiting in the immigration queue.

    ....
    Exactly. 2 hrs is ample. Any more than that and you are guaranteed to be bored.

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