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SFO / San Francisco International Airport: questions, connections, etc.

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SFO including Rental Car Center, free AirTrain and BART light rail points


SFO Terminals and Meetings Point’s map


SFO Terminal 2


SFO Terminal 1 (but note parts are under construction)

Link to AA SFO airport page

Link to official SFO airport page

Link to map with Terminal 2 concessions

Ticket counter: Terminal 2, Concourse D
Daily: 3:30 a.m. - 12 a.m.

Gates

Terminal 2 Concourse D: 56A, 56B, 57, 58A, 58B

Terminal 1 Concourse C: 45A, 45B, and 47

NOTE: Terminal 1 is under major redevelopment lasting to 2024. See current issues affecting gates through 48 here.

These are connected by an airside corridor above and alongside the tarmac. The Admirals Club is in Terminal 2 after security; allow 5-15 minutes to gates (C gates are farther) depending on gate and mobility.

Baggage carousels: downstairs, Terminal 2

Animal relief area: landside lower level outside baggage claim, turn right and look for dog paws.


Minimum Connect Times

STANDARD.D/D...D/I...I/D...I/I.
ONLINE .50 1.00 1.45 1.45
OFFLINE .50 1.00 1.45 1.45
** OR * ARE ALL
AA-AS DD .30 FLT 1 - 6099 - FLT 1000 - 1999
OPN -15SEP16
AA-AS DD .30 FLT 1 - 6099 - FLT 4000 - 4799
AA-AS DD .30 FLT 1 - 6099 - FLT 6000 - 6999
AA-AS DD .30 FLT 1 - 6099 - FLT 8000 - 8999
AA-AS DD SUP FLT 6100 - 9099 - ALL
AA-AS DD 1.15
**-AS DD SUP ALL - FLT 1000 - 1999 OPN -15SEP16
**-AS DD SUP ALL - FLT 4000 - 4799
**-AS DD SUP ALL - FLT 6000 - 6999
**-AS DD SUP ALL - FLT 8000 - 8999
**-AS DD 1.15
AA-** DD SUP FLT 6100 - 9099 - ALL

NOTE: SFO has two runway pairs:

10L/28R 11,870 ft 3,618 m Asphalt
10R/28L 11,381 3,469 Asphalt

and

1R/19L 8,650 2,637 Asphalt
1L/19R 7,650 2,332 Asphalt

These runways were designed and built with non-standard runway separation (centerlines of the parallel runways are only 750 feet / 230 m apart) Any time weather conditions affect SFO, ATC flow control is put into effect because only one runway of each runway pair can be used. This may mean delayed arrivals (and subsequent departures) as well as diversions (usually to SJC, but may include OAK).

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Old Sep 28, 15, 8:04 pm
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SFO / San Francisco International Airport: questions, connections, etc.

If I am coming in on SQ SIN-ICN-SFO landing 11:25am, is it reasonable to think I can make a connection to AA 16 at 12:25pm? I would have no checked luggage. Thanks!

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Old Sep 28, 15, 8:17 pm
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Originally Posted by GetSetJetSet View Post
If I am coming in on SQ SIN-ICN-SFO landing 11:25am, is it reasonable to think I can make a connection to AA 16 at 12:25pm? I would have no checked luggage. Thanks!
In my opinion, it is unreasonable. You'd have to be on time, be among the first off the plane, have Global Entry, walk quickly to the AA terminal, check in.

aa.com, check in requirements: "Minimum check-in is at least 30 minutes before scheduled departure in most locations. (Now superseded - 45 minutes for all domestic flights.)

If you're departing from our hubs or one of the cities listed below you'll need to check in at least 45 minutes prior to scheduled departure." "SFO"

Then you'd have to process security and get to the AA gates.

and "Arrive at the gate and be ready to board at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure."

https://www.aa.com/i18n/travelInform...rivalTimes.jsp

What do you think?

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Old Sep 28, 15, 8:17 pm
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FUTURE CHANGES FOR AA at SFO

In the next few years, AA (including LUS) gates will move to the Terminal 1 currently under construction. American Airlines is scheduled to move o/a 2020.

"The completed terminal will feature a new central area with improved spaces for passenger check-in, a consolidated security checkpoint, a “re-composure” area, a new common use baggage handling system and baggage claims and a new mezzanine with connections to the AirTrain and the central parking garage.

A welcome improvement will be connecting walkways located post-security that will provide easy access to International Boarding Area A and Boarding Area C." (Airways Magazine)

The plans include a modern children's play area, as well.

...SFO is redeveloping Terminal 1 (T1), one of its oldest terminals, to meet the needs of modern travelers and revolutionize the guest experience. T1 was built in the early 1960s and over time has become less able to accommodate the millions of passengers that it handles each year. When fully completed in 2024, T1 will elevate SFO’s standard of providing a world-class, environmentally friendly travel experience and is expected to meet or exceed the award-winning standards of Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 Boarding Area E. T1 is anticipated, at minimum, to receive an environmental LEED® Gold certification.

The $2.4 billion project includes:
  • design and construction of T1’s north, south and central areas

  • a new Boarding Area B (B/A B) with improved passenger circulation and access to its 24 gates, new passenger loading bridges and new concessions

  • a refreshed Boarding Area C

  • a new central area with improved spaces for passenger check-in, a consolidated security checkpoint, a re-composure area, a new common use Baggage Handling System and baggage claims and a new mezzanine with connections to the AirTrain and the Central Parking Garage. (FlySFO)

Future T-1 plans c/o Airlines Magazine

Link to SFO redevelopment plans for SFO Terminal 1

Link to Airways Magazine article

YouTube video with time lapse of redevelopment stages:


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Technically an I to D connection at SFO is 1:45. If you miss the flight you won't get much in the way of sympathy.... You can't buy this ticket due to the MCT issue so trying to circumvent the MCT is not a good idea.

Suggest you buy a single ticket that follows the MCT rules. You can buy an SQ to AA ticket (TA or even direct from AA). Doing so offers you all the protections needed if the flight is late and you misconnect.

You also have a terminal change/very long walk. Not worth the risk.
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Old Sep 28, 15, 9:21 pm
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sounds like it makes more sense to spend a night in San Francisco. I suppose after flying SIN-ICN-SFO, a night in a real bed isn't the worst idea.
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Originally Posted by GetSetJetSet View Post
sounds like it makes more sense to spend a night in San Francisco. I suppose after flying SIN-ICN-SFO, a night in a real bed isn't the worst idea.
Smart.
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If you are an EXP, just book a later connection, and if you make it in early, ask to be transferred to 16.
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Old Sep 29, 15, 10:51 am
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Originally Posted by ShortDog View Post
If you are an EXP, just book a later connection, and if you make it in early, ask to be transferred to 16.
This. Confirm on the 20 to be safe..

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Old Sep 29, 15, 10:57 am
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Originally Posted by ShortDog View Post
If you are an EXP, just book a later connection, and if you make it in early, ask to be transferred to 16.
Originally Posted by msv777 View Post
This. Confirm on the 20 to be safe..

Cheers.
Or even if not an elite, it may still be worth the $75 same-day change fee to book AA20 but change to AA16.
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Old Sep 29, 15, 11:51 am
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It is theoretically possible to make that connection, but your checked baggage will almost certainly not make it, because of customs inspection time.

You won't be able to book it, because of MCT.

The way I know it is possible is that a ground departure delay out of HKG on CX put me in that exact spot. CX radio'ed ahead, to have an agent waiting for me on the jetway. Shortly before landing, they moved me and my carryons to a vacant seat immediately adjacent to the hatch. I was the first person off the airplane at SFO, got the escorted forced march through Fast Track immigration and security, and then power-walked through the terminal. The agent went ahead to tell the airplane crew I was on my way, just behind him. I got onto the airplane about 10 minutes before scheduled departure, last one on. A few minutes later, the FA came to tell me they weren't going to be able to get my checked bags onto the airplane, as there just wasn't enough time.

I do not ever want to try that again.

There was another flight out, about half an hour to an hour later, so I wasn't going to have to find a comfortable section of floor to sleep on until morning arrived, but still...
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Old Sep 29, 15, 8:45 pm
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Totally feasible if you have global entry. If not, no, I would not chance it.
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Old Oct 23, 15, 1:11 pm
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HELP! I need the AA experts familiar with SFO...

Mods, if there's a thread that these questions apply to please move, I've searched but can't find what I'm looking for.

Situation: I have a group of clients (18pax) arriving on an AA flt from PHX to SFO this Sunday. It's a US A321 and for the last week it's been arriving in Terminal 1 (usually Gate 45)

Question 1: Does anyone know if the bags arrive in Terminal 1 or Terminal 2? I'm asking because I have a motorcoach staging in the Courtyard to pick them all up (there will be a 2nd staff person meeting everyone in baggage claim) and I'd love to know in advance where to have the staff and the coach positioned.

Question 2: They all leave 3 days later back to PHX (which has also been departing from Terminal 1) and I'm curious if they need to check-in at Terminal 2 and then walk to Terminal 1, or if there is still check-in/ticketing for this flight at Terminal 1.

Thank you in advance for your help, I really appreciate any insight you might be able to provide.
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Old Oct 23, 15, 1:17 pm
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pmAA used T2. pmUS used T1. I presume the flights from pmUS hubs are continuing to use T1, but I guess this isn't 100% for certain. The two are connect airside however. I can't answer the bag claim question, I could only guess.

As for the departure question, AA.com states that all SFO check-in is now at T2 (this is new as of the October 17 reservation system merge). There will be no AA check-in available at T1, even if the flight departs from T1.
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I'm not sure about the baggage carousels, but those are often announced. Your party can also inquire from nearby gate agents.

Special Notice: Link

SFO: We operate out of Terminals 1 and 2. Ticket counters are only available in Terminal 2.

Ticket counter hours
Terminal 2, Concourse D
Daily: 4 a.m. - 12 a.m.

Gates
Terminal 2 Concourse D - 56A, 56B, 57, 58A, 58B
Terminal 1 Concourse C - 45A, 45B, and 47
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Ticketing and check-in counters are only in Terminal 2.

Not sure about baggage claim. The link below from AA may be of some help.

http://www.aa.com/i18n/travelInforma...fo-airport.jsp
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