2 hour Intl -> Domestic transfer @ JFK?

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  1. Mal

    Mal Enthusiast

    Dec 25, 2004
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    In November, I will be arriving at JFK from LHR (BA J) and then wanting to fly domestically on AA.

    The BA plane is expected to arrive at 1:30pm. I have several flight options including:

    3:30pm (ex JFK) (Gets me where I want to be around 3 hours earlier than LGA option)
    5:40pm (Ex LGA).

    Havn't looked at other airlines yet.

    I know that you can transfer from JFK to LGA in around an hour via shuttle bus or taxi.

    Normally a 2 hour Intl-Dom connection in the U.S fits outside my transfer risk profile. I would prefer 3 hours at a minimum at JFK. (Leave plane, clear customs, checkin/recheck bag, clear security). I'm not sure if I would have express security clearance or not.

    What's the general consensus on whether I should risk the 2 hour connection @ JFK (probably hand luggage only but maybe checked bag) or should I just take the 5:30pm flight ex LGA and all the mucking around it entails?

    There is a ~$100 price difference between the two fares as well with the LGA one being more expensive.

    (I also have a 3 hour AA Y Intl-> BA J Intl @ JFK as well, but not too worried about that. Should be ok esp if just hand baggage and hopefully BA would be kind if I misconnected even though seperate tickets)

    Any weather type delays normally occurring in November? Should be too early for snow...

  2. stryker

    stryker Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    I have a bit of a similar situation to negotiate next week. I am ticketed to transfer SFO Intl-Intl in just less than 2 hours. I'm not confident it will happen, though the computer says it is a legal connection. If I don't make it, there is another flight to my destination with seats available about 90 mins later, so this may be an option. Failing that, I will be having a night in SFO at my own expense (but I can handle that).

    As for your own situation, unless the airline will cover you, I would not attempt a 2 hour connection at JFK, particularly when you have to change terminals. A taxi to LGA shouldn't take more than 40 mins, unless you are very unlucky. But what about other options ex JFK, eg US, DL, etc, etc. I know you might not get the miles, but at least you will get there (wherever it is).

    I always try to have a plan B and C, because if you don't and events conspire against you, you may have big problems.
  3. Mal

    Mal Enthusiast

    Dec 25, 2004
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    I ended up taking a 5pm connection out of LGA. Booked myself into P class (F cabin) which will give me flexibility if my incoming is late for only around 3x the cheapest price available. (and due to LGA and JFK being "similar" airports, I have the ability to shift onto an earlier flight at JFK if for whatever reason if I fly in way too early and there are seats free).

    The other good thing is reasonable refund rights if American immigration takes offence to me or my plans change :)

    I have a crazy cascade of flights on this trip and little room for misconnects. Hopefully the dominoes will correctly fall into place.
  4. Reggie

    Reggie Established Member

    Mar 20, 2006
    stryker, I had a int to int transfer at SFO, but longer time difference. Assuming your flight arrives on time, the 2 hours should be no problems, it was the easiest and quickest entry I have had into the US.
  5. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

    Oct 10, 2005
    I would expect to make the connection. Is it genuinely a connection i.e. are you booking it as a single ticketed itinerary; if so, then there is no reason not to go for it since , should there be a delay, the airline is responsible for getting you to your destination.

    If it is 2 separate bookings, then there is a risk, but personally, I would go for it. 2 hours should be ok to get from T7 to T8/8

    If concerened about the 2 hour connect, rather than going to LGA, couldn't you take an earlier departure out of LHR. BA has an 08:55 departure and AA has an 08:30 departure which arrive at 11:20 and 11:00 respectively

  6. stryker

    stryker Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Thanks for that Reggie.

    My experience with SFO is that the UA flight from SYD can land just after a flight from TPE where few of the Pax have clear entry papers.

    Then what???
  7. cssaus

    cssaus Active Member

    Dec 13, 2004
    That's when it's nice to have an APEC card:D

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