connect through LAX or SFO?

May 8th, 2019, 08:17 AM
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connect through LAX or SFO?

We are connecting through either LAX or SFO - any thoughts or recommendations? We will be coming from EWR and heading to SYD. Both options are on United.

Both are Boeing 787, similar seat configurations, seat availability, price, layover, flight times. The only difference is SFO vs. LAX. I guess I'll do a deep drive and see if there is a huge difference if we have to change terminals, etc?

Any input?
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May 8th, 2019, 09:41 AM
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I prefer LAX (call me crazy ) but for this itinerary -- I'd probably choose SFO mostly because United's terminal and Tom Bradley are so far apart at LAX.

Can be more fog delays at SFO though.
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May 8th, 2019, 10:00 AM
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Yesterday, the LAX-SYD nonstop departed from T7 and SYD-LAX arrived at TBIT. Maybe use both: xxx-lax-syd-sfo-xxx
You can expect fine weather at LAX
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May 8th, 2019, 04:41 PM
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Some great points have been made about the weather difference. I had a long layover last year at SFO (also flying United) and I thought it was a very nice airport. But the weather issues might tip the scale in favor of LAX.
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May 8th, 2019, 08:42 PM
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I could have mentioned that your EWR-LAX flight is likely to land at T7, the same terminal that your your flight to SYD is likely to use. I would definitely use LAX outbound.

I was surprised to see that yestereday's SYD-LAX arrived at the TBIT. I have arrived on United international flights at T7 and gone through security there, but it has been a few years since I have done so.

Thursday's SYD-LAX is arriving at TBIT. I see a pattern here.

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May 12th, 2019, 11:22 AM
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I'd use LAX . Too much crappy weather at SFO.
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May 12th, 2019, 02:35 PM
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thanks for thoughts. It may become a moot point ... the most recent flights have a few more options with 2+ hours layovers. Probably leaning towards SFO right now - since I think it is easier than switching in and out of TBIT and United has a hub there.

It will probably come down to seat selection since it is a 15 hour flight onward!
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May 15th, 2019, 10:51 AM
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Tom Bradley Intl Terminal at LAX is very nice. Use LAX airport bus to transfer terminals. SFO may have fog delays.
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May 15th, 2019, 01:07 PM
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Don't you also have to change terminals at SFO?
At least T7 and TBIT are close together.

I always find the gates at SFO crowded because of the fog delays. Hate that airport for departures.
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May 15th, 2019, 05:25 PM
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>>At least T7 and TBIT are close together<<

They are almost as far apart as is possible -- only T-8 is farther from TBIT.
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May 16th, 2019, 09:08 AM
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The TBIT is not going to be an issue for the outbound trip, EWR-LAX-SYD. That connection is probably going to be in T7. Both flights are going to be in a United terminal, T6, T7, or T8.

But your arrival gate from EWR could be the same as the gate for the departure to SYD.
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