Mileage Runs & Immigration

Old Mar 23, 19, 10:29 am
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Mileage Runs & Immigration

I was wondering if there are any specific airports in Asia/Europe where it is relatively easy to do an MR on a tight schedule because you donít need to clear local immigration before boarding a return flight to the US. Is this the case anywhere?
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Old Mar 23, 19, 6:42 pm
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AMS and SIN come to mind.
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Old Mar 24, 19, 2:04 am
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Originally Posted by nobodyherebutme View Post
AMS and SIN come to mind.
Not the new T4,
so airlines like VN/CX cannot do direct turns anymore
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Old Mar 24, 19, 10:51 am
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How would that process work for SIN.. check in for both flights before departing the US or check in for the second leg online upon arrival in SIN?
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Old Mar 24, 19, 4:08 pm
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airlines have transit desk that you can check in at after you land in SIN
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Old Mar 24, 19, 4:19 pm
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HNL

I did it recently in HNL - no immigration procedures required, due to US preclearance!
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Old Mar 26, 19, 4:03 am
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HNL airport in in US. You are not leaving your country, it is domestic flight.
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Old Mar 26, 19, 11:50 am
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Originally Posted by mileq View Post
HNL airport in in US. You are not leaving your country, it is domestic flight.
Based on his profile, he's from Canada.
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Old Apr 11, 19, 4:17 pm
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Originally Posted by safra1 View Post
How would that process work for SIN.. check in for both flights before departing the US or check in for the second leg online upon arrival in SIN?
SIN is a very easy airport to navigate. I always get all boarding passes, on card stock, before I leave the US. They have a security officer at the transit desk who affixes a sticker to the passport. Due to a tight connection, only once did I have to go straight to another gate. They told me I should have gone to the transit desk, but they took my US minted boarding pass. Itís a very easy airport to transit.
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Old Apr 11, 19, 4:29 pm
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Originally Posted by mileq View Post
HNL airport in in US. You are not leaving your country, it is domestic flight.
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Based on his profile, he's from Canada.
Yeah, but as OP noted, he precleared and landed HNL as a US domestic flight.
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Old May 9, 19, 7:15 pm
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NRT, BKK, HKG and TPE are easy. You'll just need onward boarding pass to go through transit security. Both HKG and TPE have free wifi everywhere to get mobile boarding passes. No need to go through immigration at any of these to turn around.

ZRH was pretty easy. I don't remember even any transit security. It wasn't a turn-around. I went onwards to Africa.

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Old May 10, 19, 11:56 am
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For SIN only T1/2/3 can do direct turns. The new T4 that hosts CX/VN is not possible.
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Old May 10, 19, 12:03 pm
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Originally Posted by Antonio8069 View Post
I did it recently in HNL - no immigration procedures required, due to US preclearance!
The same would be true for most transborder (USA and Canada) flights.
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Old May 17, 19, 3:58 pm
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How would that process work for SIN.. check in for both flights before departing the US or check in for the second leg online upon arrival in SIN?
One more quirk about SIN. I fly from LAX through SFO to SIN on United. It used to be the case that I had to wait until 24 hours before the time of departure of the return flight: UA2 being my favorite. Recently, however, if I ask to print a boarding pass in the early afternoon of the departure of UA1, all four boarding passes print out. When Iíve done back-to-back MRs, Iíve been able to print out everything at SFO for the next trip as I wait at the airport for the LAX leg of my first MR.

Finally, one quirk is if you have status on United and print the boarding passes early, you wonít appear on the upgrade list for the last leg. The solution is to call customer service and have them check you out of the final leg, then check you back in. Poof: you magically appear on the upgrade list.
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Old May 18, 19, 7:58 am
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Originally Posted by Guanran Wang View Post
For SIN only T1/2/3 can do direct turns. The new T4 that hosts CX/VN is not possible.
If I arrive from an United flight, how do I get to T4 for VN flight? Thanks.
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