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SFO-LIS-MXP Schedule Change - Is 2 Hours Enough to Connect in LIS?

SFO-LIS-MXP Schedule Change - Is 2 Hours Enough to Connect in LIS?

Old Feb 3, 20, 12:28 pm
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SFO-LIS-MXP Schedule Change - Is 2 Hours Enough to Connect in LIS?

I booked SFO-LIS-MXP (TP 236/824) a few months back, with a generous 3:00 layover, given I've heard horror stories around immigration lines at LIS. I saw that they've changed the TP 824 LIS-MXP departure time and now my layover is only 2:00. It looks like TP 236 is often late, and TP 824 almost always goes out on time which means the time to connect could be as short as ~1:00.

How worried should I be that I'm going to miss my connecting flight? Is there any cutting of the immigration/security lines if there's imminent departure? I'll be in J if that helps.

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Old Feb 3, 20, 1:58 pm
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LIS in the early AM is such a disaster (even when flying J) I got shuffled into the main line. My average wait was nearly 60-90 minutes and this was all during the winter season when I couldnít fly direct to my destination.

One thing I have learned is to be adamant with the person who is guarding their fast track line. They will often pretend they donít understand you / speak English and Iíve even shown them my onwards connection for them to tell me I was fine.
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Old Feb 3, 20, 8:58 pm
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Originally Posted by Blondie85 View Post
LIS in the early AM is such a disaster (even when flying J) I got shuffled into the main line. My average wait was nearly 60-90 minutes and this was all during the winter season when I couldnít fly direct to my destination.

One thing I have learned is to be adamant with the person who is guarding their fast track line. They will often pretend they donít understand you / speak English and Iíve even shown them my onwards connection for them to tell me I was fine.
Is the fast track line for security or immigration?
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Old Feb 3, 20, 11:07 pm
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Originally Posted by bioyuki View Post
Is the fast track line for security or immigration?
Immigration. I did a SFO-LIS-BCN last year on TP and was short on time. When walking into the main Immigration area, it is on your far right. Usually, there are airline reps yelling for connecting flights. I showed my onward boarding pass and it took about 10 minutes. The main line, I would estimate, would take 60-90 minutes if full.
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Old Feb 3, 20, 11:20 pm
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Originally Posted by minhaoxue View Post
Immigration. I did a SFO-LIS-BCN last year on TP and was short on time. When walking into the main Immigration area, it is on your far right. Usually, there are airline reps yelling for connecting flights. I showed my onward boarding pass and it took about 10 minutes. The main line, I would estimate, would take 60-90 minutes if full.
Cool. How does one access Fast Track? Is it a Star Gold benefit (I'm *G but my BF isn't), or is it a business class benefit (we're both flying J)?
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Old Feb 4, 20, 3:50 am
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Originally Posted by bioyuki View Post
Cool. How does one access Fast Track? Is it a Star Gold benefit (I'm *G but my BF isn't), or is it a business class benefit (we're both flying J)?
This is neither a gold or a biz class benefit. It's a priority lane for seniors/disabled/pregnant and unofficially those on short connections.
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Old Feb 15, 20, 9:59 am
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Originally Posted by Palal View Post
This is neither a gold or a biz class benefit. It's a priority lane for seniors/disabled/pregnant and unofficially those on short connections.
I know it's unofficial but how short do those connections need to be to qualify? I'm flying TP 236 today, and inbound TP 237 is at least 30 min late so it's not looking like a good start.

Last edited by bioyuki; Feb 15, 20 at 9:59 am Reason: Clarity
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Old Feb 16, 20, 5:54 am
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Originally Posted by bioyuki View Post
I know it's unofficial but how short do those connections need to be to qualify? I'm flying TP 236 today, and inbound TP 237 is at least 30 min late so it's not looking like a good start.
There's no official answer to that question - it's all about your persistence with the dragon at the end of the line
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Old Feb 18, 20, 2:57 pm
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How did it work out?
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