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Arrive LAX from Australia, how much time before onward domestic flight?

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Hi, we are travelling from Australia to LAX then booking a separate flight to Albuquerque, having a driving holiday then flying back from Denver to LAX, then home.

How long should we allow between arriving in the US and our next domestic flight? We definitely don't want the stress of cutting it too fine, I was thinking of allowing 5 hours between arriving and departing. Is that enough for immigration, customs and transferring between terminals?

We will be flying to the US with either Qantas or V Australia (Virgin) and onwards maybe with Southwest. No idea about reputation/safety of internal US carriers so comments on that would be helpful too.

Thank you.
Kay

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