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Travel advice - BA to JFK then change

#1
I'm on a business trip next week and due to some faffage (v. to faff), I can no longer fly direct. I'm now flying on one BA booking from Heathrow - New York (JFK) with BA then JFK - San Diego with American Airlines. All of these are on the one booking with BA with AA being a partner airline. What I need to know is if anyone has done a similar thing and whether I will need to pick up my bags at JFK and re-check them, or if they will meet me in San Diego. I know (from past experience) I shall have to go through immigration at JFK as point-of-entry to get on the AA domestic flight, but I'd just like to get it clear what I have to do as there is 2 hours between connections and I don't want to end up in San Diego with no bags, or be at JFK with bags but miss the connection due to messing around.
Any help?
 
#2
AIUI, you will have to clear customs and immigration at JFK as this is your point of entry into USA. This means picking up your bag and taking it through customs EVEN IF it has been checked through to your final destination. Then hand it in again.

Check this with BA at LHR but you must NOT assume that they have the correct answer, regardless of how confident they sound. Check again with a BA or AA rep at JFK who will know the definitive answer.

I have experienced this myself within the last 24 hrs on BA/AA on an international-to-international transfer in the US. Bon voyage!

HK
 

CplFoodspoiler

War Hero
Book Reviewer
#3
Yup. Septics insist you pass through as if you just walked in off the street. Mrs F and I did Fiji - LAX - LHR and had to do the whole thing. Even thought the Border Security was looking at our flight details and had already asked about our onward flight, he still said 'What is your purpose for visiting and how long are you staying'. Having had experience of these dour, humourless functionaries in the past I answered concisely and politely.
Customs were good though. They began to fuss about some toiletries, bought duty free in Fiji, and still security sealed. After a conflab it was smiles and 'have a nice day'.

Have a good trip!
 
#5
As per previous posters, you need to pick up your bags from baggage claim and get them re-checked for your next flight. It's all straightforward, if a bit pointless.
 
#6
Why JFK? God! I'd much rather fly into EWR and take the train from there. If I REALLY want to make it easy (and someone else was paying) I would take the LCY-JFK. You clear customs at SNN, it become a domestic from there. Land at domestic terminal and avoid all the lines.
 
S

syledis

Guest
#7
Dont even think about joking with the gormless idiots in homeland security as they are usually hugely overweight African Americans of limited unelligence and power mad
 
#8
The only time you DON'T need to clear Customs is when you're only transiting one airport in the US and then flying on elsewhere. An example is Air New Zealand, LHR>AKL, which stops in LAX for gas before the big Pacific crossing. The bags are customs-bonded in the hold at LHR, and you don't get them back in LAX. I think from memory it was 2 or 3 hours on the ground in LAX.

If you're landing in the US and entering general population, you WILL clear Customs (& Immigration) at your point of entry. It makes perfect sense, because if you are flying from JFK or ATL to Buttfuckville, Idaho, it isn't going to have a Customs or Immigration section at the airport. A bit different from the UK, where pretty much every airport is an international airport. Even quite large cities sometimes don't have international facilities, if the only international flights are from Canada. On those flights, you clear US Immigration & Customs actually in Canada, so there's no need for the same process in the US.
You can clear customs and immigration at various CBP outside the U.S. actually - Canada, Ireland, The Caribbean..come to my mind.
 

Cutaway

LE
Kit Reviewer
#9
I'm on a business trip next week and due to some faffage (v. to faff), I can no longer fly direct. I'm now flying on one BA booking from Heathrow - New York (JFK) with BA then JFK - San Diego with American Airlines. All of these are on the one booking with BA with AA being a partner airline. What I need to know is if anyone has done a similar thing and whether I will need to pick up my bags at JFK and re-check them, or if they will meet me in San Diego. I know (from past experience) I shall have to go through immigration at JFK as point-of-entry to get on the AA domestic flight, but I'd just like to get it clear what I have to do as there is 2 hours between connections and I don't want to end up in San Diego with no bags, or be at JFK with bags but miss the connection due to messing around.
Any help?
American Airlines ?
Just keep them the fcuk away from tall buildings.
 

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