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Speaking from personal experience: Firstly, I assume I'll be spending some of that time in customs, getting my bag, being searched, probed and whatnot. If you are a US citizen, you'll probably spend about an hour with immigration and customs. If you're not, wait times could be up to four hours during a busy period, and that assumes you're not ...


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It depends on how you weight fast/cheap/comfortable and how far south you'd like to go. My suggestion would be to take the FlyAway bus to Union Station ($7, ~45 min), then take Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner, which starts at $17 to Irvine (59 min) and $22 to San Clemente (88 min). The Pacific Surfliner is reliable and clean, and bypasses the 405 freeway's ...


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Some thoughts: That 29 miles sounds like it came from someone in PR—Google maps puts it at over 35 miles and 60-80 minutes with traffic. Back when I lived there, I'd have estimated that drive at about 90 minutes without traffic. Do you know what your schedule will be like during the trip? Unless you know you're going no further than a few blocks away from ...


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Yep, that's the nature of SuperShuttle... it takes twice as long and drives you batty, but it does save some money. Do you really have to fly to LAX? There are two commercial airports closer than LAX to Anaheim -- John Wayne and Long Beach -- both of which are pleasant, quieter airports.


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I can't answer for the free wifi or power charge points. Usually for electrical plugs, you'll see people sitting on the floor near a wall. All food facilities will take a credit card as long as it's VISA or MasterCard. Discover and American Express are less widely accepted. Update: Here's a link to LAX on wifi access: LAX - Airport Information - Internet ...


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Technically, you can. Practically, 4 hours is not that much time. If you're admitted to the US on arrival, you go out through the immigration and customs, and its up to you whether to turn left (connections) or right (exit), no-one forces you to go either way. I might have confused left and right, haven't been in LAX international arrivals for a while now. ...


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Your luggage will be checked through to China as American Eagle and American Airlines are code share flights assuming you booked it on the same itinerary. If not, you can request them to check it through to the final destination. Since all the flights except the last one are local flights, you will not need to collect and recheck in your baggage after ...


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Yes, you will need to go through Immigration, pick up your bags and go through Customs before you can connect to your domestic flight. I can't give you exact advice since the shiny new International terminal just opened last week as I type this, and the LAX website is stunningly useless, but there should be an AA service counter after Customs that can ...


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As it happened I did not go to Anaheim from LAX but to Carlsbad. However I have just taken the reverse trip. I booked a 5:05 shuttle from the Anaheim Hilton. We pulled out about 5:15 but proceeded to go back and forth from hotel to hotel and in fact drove past the Hilton for the last time about 6pm. We pulled onto airport property at 6:40, much to the ...


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Yes, it is allowed, unless your transit visa restricts you to staying inside the airport. I don't know whether there are any such transit visas, and there wouldn't be anyone to check. In the US, airports have no international zone: you land, you pass immigration, even if you're flying away immediately afterwards. However, since you only have four hours, the ...


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If you are a US citizen: Yes you can, when arriving at the US from any international flight you have to go through immigrations, then pick up your bags and go through customs, after that you will be able to leave and come back enough time before your connecting flight. If you are a non-US citizen: In addition to the above information, you will be on a ...


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Here's a list of stores at LAX: http://www.lawa.org/tenantLAXResult.aspx?airport=4&category=38&sindicator=qs Based on the name, "Luggage Store - Before TSA" (Ticketing Level) can probably help you out. Depending on your budget there's also a Coach store in the Great Hall as well. I'm sure there are other stores that sell luggage as well but I can't ...


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Super Shuttle and Prime Time Shuttle offer shared-ride vans between LAX and many cities around Los Angeles, including Irvine. The ride will probably take about an hour or so more than direct ride because of dropping people off in different parts of the city, though they usually do a good job of grouping people by location. I did a quick estimate for Super ...


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I've used the FlyAway in both directions twice already. It's very convenient to get downtown reliably. Traffic doesn't seem to affect much the duration of trips (45min seems like a good estimate) as they ride on the freeway in the ExpressLanes, reserved for buses and people who pay for a special pass. My only complaint is that one time, the bus wasn't ...


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LAX now offers Free WiFi throughout the airport, along with a relatively cheap upgrade for 'premium' connection speeds. Credit cards are accepted at most (all?) shops and restaurants, and power outlets can be found around the airport. Expect competition for an ideally located open outlet at peak times - traveling with a splitter or power strip can make you ...


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Are you transiting to another flight? Do you have frequent flyer status with any of the alliances? Some of the airline lounges have showers (Delta, United, etc) and some offer day passes that you might be able to purchase. They are in the secure areas, so you would likely need to show an appropriate boarding pass to enter that part of the terminal.


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The Gov.UK Official Website has a great tool to help you out in these situations. Feeding your information on the tool and assuming that you are a citizen of Zimbabwe, or for that matter, in this case most countries you won't need a transit visa if you already have a valid US Visa. Since you are traveling to Los Angeles, that would imply that you have a ...


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Normally yes, you should be fine if you booked the flights as one trip. Specially if you also check in and get all the boarding passes. If there is a longer stop somewhere and you would want to get your luggage out, you can say so during check-in. The chances where you cannot check your luggage through are only when you are entering a country and continue ...


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Just did it last night. Depends how many people are travelling for us it was 4 so we decided on a taxi. Bad idea it cost $110 from LAX to Anaheim, I should've taken the $18 pp in a shuttle. Hope that helps!


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The only potential problem is that you may be asked to show a return ticket (or evidence of an e-ticket, I suppose) in order to enter the US, as evidence of your intention to leave. In practice, I have never seen or heard of anyone being required to show that. If it should happen to you, the border guard would not care whether the return ticket is a ...



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