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Would two hours between landing in SFO, and flying to Vegas be enough? I have to claim and recheck the baggage

I just learned that I have to claim and recheck my baggage in SFO. Would 2 hours be enough to do that?
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United Airlines - Manila to Montevideo (via SFO) layover seems too short

I am from Uruguay (South America), and I am trying to book a flight that goes from MVD to Tokyo, and goes back via Manila to MVD. I have found this flight with United, but the return seems too risky, ...
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Is there a quiet area to do some work on a laptop on a table before passing the security at SFO airport?

I wonder whether there is any quiet area to do some work on a laptop on a table before passing the security at SFO airport. I know that after the security, there are some tables that one can use to ...
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Is 2 hours enough time to connect through SFO with customs?

I'm flying from Taipei (TPE) - San Francisco (SFO) - Toronto (YYZ). I have a two-hour layover in San Francisco. This trip was booked as one ticket with one airline. However, the second leg of the trip ...
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Layover at SFO for Dubai

I’ll be traveling from Portland to SFO through Alaska. I have a layover of 1 hr 40 mins to fly to Dubai through Emirates. Both flights in one ticket through emirates. Did some research and Alaska's ...
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carrying HDDs on international flight as a carry-on?

I purchased 2 x 4TB WD Reds in USA and I want to carry them with me back to my home country i.e. India. My flight is direct flight from SFO to BOM. Its Indian airline. I chose this flight to try out ...
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When a US permanent resident enters the US via SFO's Global Entry lane, do they have to speak to any officers or is the entry process fully automated?

I wonder whether, when a US lawful permanent resident enters the US via SFO's global entry lane, they have to speak to any US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers or whether the entry process ...
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How can I know ahead of time in which aisle the check-in counter will be located at the airport?

For example, let's take the case of flight Qatar Airways QR 738, which departs from SFO airport. Searching the flight number on Google will indicate the departure terminal, not the check-in counter ...
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If a flight ticket indicates that the maximum luggage weight is "50 lb/23kg", is the limit 50lb or 23kg?

23kg = 50.7 lb. I know that typically the check-in counter agents would allow check-in luggage to be above 1 lb the maximum free authorized weight, but just in case some agent decides to strictly ...
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What is the process to raise a complaint to the manager at the check-in counter?

From my understanding, the hierarchy at the check-in counter is base employee < supervisor < manager. The supervisor is typically around the check-in counter, but I don't know about the manager....
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Where can one print a document at San Francisco airport (SFO)?

The document is a PDF on my Google Drive. I have to print it at the airport because some paperwork officials want a hard copy, and I may not get the document prior to my arrival at the airport.
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Is there any physician at SFO who issues fit-to-fly certificates? [closed]

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, to be authorized to board the plane, some countries require a COVID-19 RT-PCR test done than 48 or 72 hours prior to the departure of the flight, followed by a ...
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Is it possible to clear immigration, get luggage and recheck in at SFO in 4 hours?

Would someone help me calculate the connection time at SFO? I shall arrive from Europe at 2.30 pm into Terminal 3. Later on I want to fly to Las Vegas, on separate flight. I am travelling with my ...
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Delays in SFO in late February

Our cruise line has booked us on a flight from Charlotte (CLT) through San Francisco (SFO) on to Sydney (SYD) in late February, but the connecting time is only 1.5 hours. The cruise line says it’s a ...
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Connection time SFO (ZRH-SFO_KOA)

We are travelling from Zurich (Switzerland) to Kona (Hawai'i) and have the following flights to choose from: ZRH-SFO-KOA with 1.5h connection time in SFO, all flights operated by United or ZRH-SFO-...
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storage facilities at the San Francisco airport [duplicate]

Hello we will be travelling onwards from San Francisco on the 30th of June and will return on the 2nd evening. We would like to leave our heavy luggage behind and travel light. What are the options of ...
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(SFO > BKK) Will I have to go through customs at SFO when transferring to the international terminal?

I'll be traveling from Texas (DFW) to Thailand (BKK) late May this year and had a few questions about transferring from a domestic terminal to international terminal at SFO. This will be my timeline:...
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Are There Baggage Lockers at the San Francisco International Airport?

My plane from SFO back to Germany leaves at 10 p.m. tonight, I thought I'd take an Uber from my Hotel in San Jose to the airport early, lock up my baggage there and then go downtown to explore the ...
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1.5-hour connection time for an international flight from Vancouver (YVR) to Sydney (SYD) through San Francisco (SFO)

My partner (Australian) and I (American) are visiting Canada and the US in October. Our last flight back home involves either a 4.5-hour layover in LAX or a 1.5-hour layover in SFO. Both options are ...
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Is there a Philz coffee at SFO airport? Where is it?

I can't see one listed on either the SFO website https://www.flysfo.com/shop-dine-relax/dining or on the Philz site https://www.philzcoffee.com/locations. A friend tells me there is one and I saw a ...
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Rechecking checked in baggage when there's a stopover in the USA

I will be traveling Johannesburg to Dubai to Seattle. There is a stopover at San Francisco. Do I nave to collect my luggage and recheck it in or will it go through automatically as I M flying Emirates ...
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Places to seat/sleep at SFO pre-security

I wonder if there any seat or couch at the pre security area in SFO. Best,
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Free place to shower in San Francisco?

Well I sorta screwed up my itinerary flying out to California. I have a conference I'm attending for work in Santa Clara and I thought I'd fly into San Francisco instead of Santa Clara. Well, long ...
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Getting from SFO to Berkeley during rush hour

I will land in SFO on a Friday at 5 pm. I will be by myself. It is a domestic flight, and I assume that it will be some time between 5:30 and 5:45 when I pick-up my luggage and leave the airport. I ...
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Day use/hourly rooms convenient to SFO or Sunnyvale?

In a few weeks I'll be travelling to Silicon Valley with a very early morning arrival at SFO and a room booked for the night at a hotel in Sunnyvale, which may not allow me to check in until 3 PM. ...
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Connecting between terminal 1 and 2 at SFO

Can I walk between terminals 1 and 2 at SFO or do I have to use air Train? Do I have to reclear TSA?
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When do I collect my luggage?

I will be flying from Lithuania to Amsterdam with a stop by at some other country. From Amsterdam, I will fly to San Francisco which will be connected to the other city. Will I need to collect my ...
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International arrival and departure at SFO

If I arrive at SFO from New Zealand and then have a connecting flight to Calgary, will I still have to collect my luggage, go through immigration, then re-check in my luggage, go through security? Is ...
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How far (and shortest route) from SFO International arrivals to the Departures level

Apparently Uber pickups are supposed to happen on the Departures level. A friend is somewhat handicapped due to carpal tunnel. ( a ) would there likely be an exception made. ( b ) if not then ...
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Process for booking an AWD/4WD car online

I am trying to rent an all-wheel-drive or 4-wheel-drive (AWD or 4WD) car. However, none of the sites I normally use to look for cars (AutoSlash, Kayak, CarRentals, directly at a few rental companies' ...
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Gate checking a stroller at San Francisco with Singapore Airlines

I am traveling with my son on Singapore Airlines from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Singapore Changi Airport (SIN). Does anybody know if they allow gate checking the stroller?
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Measuring my options to reach the SF airport

One of the hardest things for me, when in a new country, is to understand how public transportation works and if the taxis are worth it (i.e. whether the higher price you pay is not that much, given ...
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Can I weigh my luggage at San Francisco airport for free?

This might be a piece of cake question for people going to the airports usually. Is there any way to weigh my luggage before going to the kiosk of the airliner to take my ticket? If so, some rough ...
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Cheapest way to get from SFO to Stanford? [closed]

I'm flying into San Francisco and need to get to a house near Stanford University. Anyone have good/bad/fun experiences they'd recommend? Besides walking.
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How will I receive my boarding pass when my itinerary involves several airlines?

So I am flying from SBA-SFO on United and then SFO to SAL on Avianca. Both flights were booked via United and obviously I will check in with United at SBA. My question is how exactly will I get the ...
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Is 1hr 25mins long enough to go through international layover processes in the USA?

I am travelling from Vietnam to Washington via Hong Kong and San Francisco, the trip looks like this: SGN - HKG - SFO - IAD. The layover in SFO is only 1hr 25 mins, and I'm not Canadian or American, ...
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Is it possible to buy luggage after security to check in (Airport is SFO if that matters)?

I'm planning for someone who isn't going to be able to get proper luggage before going to the airport. They're going to be leaving from SFO, and want to know if they can buy luggage there to use for ...
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Checking in baggage early with United Airlines at San Francisco

I've got like a 10 hour stopover in San Francisco (SFO) and I want to check out the city quickly. How early can I check in my luggage or are there any other solutions for the baggage problem?
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Only one hour for changing flight from Victoria BC to SFO to LHR

United changed our departure from Victoria, BC, Canada to SFO which only leaves us one hour to transfer in SFO to our flight to LHR. Is this even possible? Any advice or experience is welcome.
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Pick Up Wheelchair Passenger at SFO airport

I need to pick up a 94-year-old passenger at San Francisco International Airport. She requested wheelchair assistance when she booked the flight. Where do I go to pick her up? Is there a special ...
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Visiting Yosemite in December - Will car rentals provide me with snow chains?

I will spend some time in San Francisco in December and want to take the opportunity to visit the Yosemite National Park over the weekend. However I have read that there might be the need for tire ...
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Do I need to claim and recheck baggage at each of two connections between US and UK?

I am flying from Birmingham (BHX) > New York (JFK) and then a connecting flight to Phoenix (PHX) and another connection to San Francisco (SFO). All three flights are with same the airline (US Airways) ...
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Layover at San Francisco International Airport [duplicate]

We have a 6 hour layover at SFO. Is that enough time to see the town? Is there a bus or should we take a taxi? What about our 2 carry-on 17 lb. bags?
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Going from SFO Airport to San Francisco downtown

We will go on vacation this summer to California. What is the best/designated solution to go from SFO Airport to San Francisco downtown? Update: What does best means? On vacation, you would like a ...
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Is 2 hours transit time in SFO enough for a NZ-citizen flying Kelowna,BC - SFO - Auckland?

I am travelling from Kelowna via SFO and have a two hour layover - is this enough time to make the Air NZ flight? - coming in on Air Canada so luggage can be checked through to Auckland. We are NZ ...
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What do I need to know when renting a car at SFO airport?

I will be renting a car at SFO International Airport - beside the usual thing to check when renting a car (damages etc.) is there anything I should know when renting a car in USA? I was told that ...
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Disabled access at San Francisco international airport?

Assuming a wheelchair-bound person is dropped off, is there airport staff support to help the passenger through security etc and all the way to the plane?
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Transfer time San Francisco coming from Canada onward to Maui

On December 25th I am flying from Canada to Maui, with a transfer in San Francisco. We have 1.5 hour transfer time. I understand that I go through customs in San Francisco. Is 1.5 hrs during ...
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What my options on getting between San Francisco and San Jose?

I am soon going to visit an event in San Jose, but due to too few connections to SJC, I decided to arrive at San Francisco. What are my options in getting to San Jose, most preferably the cheap ones?
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Do Lyft or Uber pick up at San Francisco International airport?

Are Lyft or Uber allowed to pick up at San Francisco International Airport? SFO appears to be within Lyft's coverage map, but I know special rules sometimes apply at airports. I waited till the last ...
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