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YVR preclearance on a Monday morning

Old Sep 8, 19, 2:27 pm
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YVR preclearance on a Monday morning

I have a Monday 7am flight to ORD (then transferring to an international destination). I don't have Nexus or Global Entry. I'm Star Alliance Gold and will need to check-in baggage.

How many hours in advance to do I need to be at the airport?
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Old Sep 8, 19, 3:08 pm
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You are missing the critical datapoints: citizen of what country, where do you reside, and have you encountered any issues with US immigration (or customs) in the past?
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Old Sep 9, 19, 3:42 am
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Canadian citizen residing abroad. No issues with US immigration/customs.
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Old Sep 9, 19, 5:49 pm
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Good news is no cruise traffic but there may be lots of business traffic. I'd give it at least 2 hrs as CATSA is very slow and immigration may be too. The only priority you'll get is check in and even that can be slow even with *G..
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Old Sep 11, 19, 8:32 am
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In my experience, US departures CATSA gets *very* busy from around 5am to 6am for the bank of flights that leaves around 6 (2xSFO, LAX, MSP, DEN, SEA). You can expect a wait of 30 minutes without NEXUS just for that. Immigration is generally not as crowded because they process people faster than they come out of the CATSA bottleneck.
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Old Sep 14, 19, 12:23 pm
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CATSA is the security screening? Is there priority for *Gold or Amex Plat holders?
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Old Sep 14, 19, 3:24 pm
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Originally Posted by jetplane86 View Post
CATSA is the security screening? Is there priority for *Gold or Amex Plat holders?
Yes, CATSA is security screening. The only priority is for Trusted Travelers (NEXUS and Global Entry).
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