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1 hr 35 mins enough for domestic transit in SFO?

1 hr 35 mins enough for domestic transit in SFO?

  1. vade

    Hi guys,

    Following the recent post “Everything You Need To Know About Clearing US Airport Immigration”, I have a related question.

    I am scheduled to fly SIN-BOS via SFO. Originally, the SIN-SFO segment (SQ32) was scheduled to arrive 0705hrs, and the connecting SFO-BOS on VX departing at 0930hrs. I was just informed by SQ that my SIN-SFO has been pushed back and is now scheduled to arrive at 0755hrs, which leaves me with only 1 hr 35 mins to connect.

    Is that enough time, or should I reschedule? I understand that at SFO, I will need to clear immigration, collect my bags, and recheck-in at the transit desk. I have the APEC Business Travel Card, but not sure how much help that will be.

    Thanks!

  2. Gaurav

    [USER=1285]@vade[/USER], the travel card won’t help unfortunately. That connection is tight but might be doable if everything works right. You could proactively ask the airline to put you on a later domestic connection (I assume UA?). Otherwise they should rebook you if you cannot make it through in time.

  3. vade

    Hmm.. why do you say the ABTC won’t help? According to this link [URL]https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/1617/~/foreign-national-with-apec-business-travel-card-(abtc)[/URL], ABTC holders are entitled to use express immigration lanes. Unless you mean that express immigration lanes aren’t really express at all 😉

    On a related note, since both flights are on a single PNR/ticket, if I miss the connecting flight, SQ should rebook me. Usually, what are the rules/guidelines for rebooking? Does it only have to be on partner airlines? Or can they rebook me on any flight?

  4. Gaurav

    Sorry, my mistake. I thought you were referring to a credit card. That should help you tremendously. Still a tight connection but your chances get better.

    While your ticket is through SQ, on the day of travel the operating carrier takes control of the ticket. Since you’re transitioning between two carriers, you could call SQ for help but you’re more likely to find United/VX reps at SFO. SQ will rebook you on carriers that they have agreements with.

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