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As we neared completion of planning the itinerary for our trip to the USA and Canada we needed to figure out how to get back. It seemed the cheapest and easiest route that didn’t involve lengthy stopovers anywhere that potentially required overnight accommodation was to fly from Seattle to Los Angeles and then depart our international flight home.
La opción más barata incluía reservar los vuelos juntos, por lo que la reserva era Seattle -> Los Ángeles -> Sydney. Los vuelos fueron con Alaska Airlines desde Seattle a Los Ángeles y luego Qantas el resto del camino hasta Sydney. Sin embargo, la escala en LAX solo duró 1 hora y 30 minutos y tuvimos que llegar desde la Terminal 6 a la Terminal Internacional Tom Bradley. Mi instinto fue que esta vez es difícil para una transferencia entre terminales nacionales e internacionales en Sydney Aeropuerto, incluso sin equipaje facturado, y mucho menos en LAX.
So I did some searching around. I came across a lot of websites that talked about transfer times at LAX, but almost all were surrounding the time needed between arriving on an international flight and departing on a domestic flight. This isn’t much help to me since we don’t need to clear customs on arrival, only security as we enter the international terminal.
De hecho, la única información que encontré en cualquier lugar en línea que fue incluso remotamente útil fue esta Tema del foro de TripAdvisor y esto Pregunta de Yahoo Answers, both based on the same query but coming from a different terminal. Some of the answers here seemed to suggest that it was definitely possible, but it didn’t really put my mind at ease.https://stillaslife.com/wp-admin/post-new.php?post_type=thirstylink
Fortunately, a work colleague has flown through LAX a number of times and was able to give me some advice. She suggested that it was definitely possible, but she wouldn’t recommend it late in the day. The reason being that USA domestic flights are often delayed and run late, so the later in the day your flight is, the more likely it is to be later than scheduled and the more likely you are to have to rush and potentially miss your connecting international flight.
Los vuelos que estábamos viendo eran un vuelo nocturno con una conexión nocturna, así que definitivamente tarde en el día allí.
After speaking to a friend who has also been through LAX a few times they gave me more confidence that it is indeed possible, but I wasn’t entirely convinced.
In the end, we actually found a cheaper flight that has a slightly longer stopover but connects from Sydney on to Christchurch via Emirates. I assume it is cheaper to encourage people from the USA to fly to Christchurch with Emirates, but it works for us and solved our problem.
I am looking forward to finding out how long we actually need to transfer in LAX. If you’ve been through there and been in a similar scenario I’d love to hear from you. Is it possible to do a transfer like that in 1.5 hours? Are domestic USA flights really that late all the time?