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Minimum connection time at San Francisco Airport

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Minimum connection time at San Francisco Airport

Planning to fly on United from Washing DC to Hong Kong through San Francisco. What is the minimum connection time at SFO for domestic to international transit passengers?

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1. Re: Minimum connection time at San Francisco Airport

It does not matter what the MCT says on paper -- what matters is the following

1) ONE ticket -- all the way from IAD to HKG

2) At least 2 1/2 to 3 hours just to be on the safe side. Can you do it in 2 ? sure But you only have about an hour's buffer.

3) You mention United so you land at T3 and are already airside and can then just walk to your next gate if you fly say Delta or American -- then you have to transfer to the international terminal to say connect with Cathay etc and that will add about 40 minutes -- so go with United and have at least 2 hours if not more

Edited: 11 March 2018, 05:14
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2. Re: Minimum connection time at San Francisco Airport

The official MCT for UA-UA DOM-INT is 1 hour. That only applies on single ticket bookings and the airline will not sell you a ticket that doesn't meet this MCT.

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3. Re: Minimum connection time at San Francisco Airport

While we find SFO (at least on United) to be an efficient airport, it can be plagued with weather issues, so we always want 3 full hrs, for Do,estimate to International travel.

Even when weather has been good, we have had issues with runway construction, wild fires in Napa/Sonoma, and similar.

Have I made it with less? Yes. Have I almost missed flight, with 2:45? Yes, and barely made it both times.

Good luck, and I personally disregard stated MCT’s, as they only work in a “perfect world... “ 😱

Hunt

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4. Re: Minimum connection time at San Francisco Airport

1 hour does sound legitimate as a minimum connection time, as long as your incoming flight is on schedule. Might be about a 20 minute walk from the furthest gate of United's domestic terminal to the furthest gate of concourse G, which is the concourse United uses for international flights.

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