Connecting in Vancouver

 
Old Aug 18, 15, 7:00 pm
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Connecting in Vancouver

Taking advantage of good fares YVR to SCL. My incoming positioning flight to YVR turns out to be arriving on the same aircraft as my outbound flight, since both connect through DFW. Are deplaning passengers able to wait in the gate area? The inbound flight arrives at 12:01 pm, and my next flight would presumably depart the same gate at 12:53 pm. To be more specific, I am arriving on itinerary TPA-DFW-YVR and departing the same day on another itinerary YVR-DFW-SCL. Will this work, or should I schedule arrival in YVR the previous day?
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Old Aug 18, 15, 8:45 pm
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Your theory doesn't sound wrong, but for all practical purposes, you will miss your return flight if you are looking for a same-day turnaround.
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Old Aug 18, 15, 9:40 pm
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Originally Posted by gapilot
Taking advantage of good fares YVR to SCL. My incoming positioning flight to YVR turns out to be arriving on the same aircraft as my outbound flight, since both connect through DFW. Are deplaning passengers able to wait in the gate area? The inbound flight arrives at 12:01 pm, and my next flight would presumably depart the same gate at 12:53 pm. To be more specific, I am arriving on itinerary TPA-DFW-YVR and departing the same day on another itinerary YVR-DFW-SCL. Will this work, or should I schedule arrival in YVR the previous day?
YVR is in another country, and AA flights from YVR to DFW utilize the U.S. pre-clearance facility at YVR. Even if you could somehow avoid clearing Canadian Immigration and Customs, I do not see how you would be permitted to (re-)board the aircraft for the flight back to the U.S. without first clearing U.S. Immigration and Customs at YVR.
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Old Aug 18, 15, 9:50 pm
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More info here:

http://www.yvr.ca/en/navigating-yvr/...n-summary.aspx
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Old Aug 19, 15, 6:50 am
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Long story short, arrive the day before; same day turn with 53 minutes is not doable. YVR will want you to go through Canadian customs where you would receive "in-transit" status if going to Europe, Asia, etc. But as is pointed out, you will have to clear Canadian Customs and leave airside, walk to the US-pre-clear section, check-in, put all bags through x-ray (they have now entered the US), then go through CPB (you have now entered the US), then TSA. Beware Alaska cruise ship days: The Kettles are flying and they have a lot of bags.
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