Transit from Qantas to Air Canada at LAX

By ohpiem | Jun 29, 2018, 09:20 AM
I'm transiting from QF to AC in LAX this coming Sunday and looking for advice re the LAX transit from TBIT to Terminal 6.

I think QF have an interline agreement with AC, so I should be able to check my bags all the way through to Montreal, but my understanding is after I clear US immigration and customs, get my checked bag and then drop it off on the tranfer belt, that I have to exit the customs area and the re-enter back through security?

Does anyone have any advice regarding whether it is better to clear security at TBIT and then use the connecting walkways to get to T6 staying airside, or to go outside and walk to T6 and clear security there.

I also need to figure out where to get my AC boarding pass as I doubt QF will be able to print one for me, so it might be best for me to try and get it from the AC desk in Sydney?
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By henrus | Jun 29, 2018, 09:41 AM
Is this on one ticket? If so then Qantas will check your bags through and possibly even print a boarding pass (otherwise you'll get it in LAX most likely at AC check-in desks)

If it's not one ticket then Qantas won't be interested in through check-in luggage as it's against their somewhat official policy (you might be lucky but I wouldn't count on it). In this case you'll need to collect your own luggage and take it yourself over to the AC desks.

You might be able to check in online and obtain the AC boarding pass by self printing it.
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By Mjkcan | Jun 29, 2018, 10:04 AM
I do this all the time - I generally pick up my bags at LAX, then walk the 400m or so to T6 and get a breath of “fresh” air. Then I check in with AC as normal.

If I fly with air New Zealand, then my bags will get checked through but I still go outside. The airside walkways connecting T4-T8 are only useful if it means avoiding a security check, which in this case it does not.
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By pab2025 | Jun 29, 2018, 10:39 AM
I would also make a call when you get there.
I flew United all the way back to New York last week, we flew into TBIT and so as I came out of customs I went through security at TBIT and walked to terminal 7 airside. Made that decision because there was no one at TBIT security.
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By ohpiem | Jun 29, 2018, 11:29 AM
Sorry, I should have said yes it's on one ticket.
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By aggie57 | Jun 29, 2018, 12:59 PM
Yes, because the transfer desk at LAX is outside security. Its essentially on the street.
Last edited by aggie57 at Jun 29, 2018, 01.01 PM.
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By flychrisfly | Jun 29, 2018, 01:13 PM
Anecdotally the security queues are shorter at TBIT than the terminals, at least in the mornings. If you have your boarding pass for AC in Sydney (QF issued me one for AC during IRROPS, so it's possible) then the choice is yours. Suggest that if it's hot or cold or wet or the transit time is < 2 hours that you use the TBIT security otherwise it doesn't really matter.
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By icarusol | Jun 29, 2018, 01:36 PM
On arrival into LAX, and once you clear customs, you'll find the transfer belts are outside security - no way around this on your routing.
If your return starts at Toronto or Yvr then you'll clear US customs there and arrive at Lax as a domestic passenger. If you are ticketed and bag checked all the way to Australia, then use the secure side connectors to get from T6 to TBIT. A tunnel goes from T6 to T4 and surfaces down around gate 49. The TBIT connector is up by Gate 41.

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By Mitchd31 | Jun 29, 2018, 03:41 PM
I dont believe Qf are interline as VA are now codeshare partners with AC,you might need to check with AC?
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By Morgan27 | Jul 01, 2018, 02:12 PM
You may need to still check your bags though they will probably be tagged all the way through check with AC and QF
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By KateD | Jul 02, 2018, 08:11 PM
I have a long transfer in LAX - arriving QF11 at 6.20am and departing next day at 6am on an AA domestic flight to JFK. I'm on one ticket SYD-JFK and my bags will be checked through, but I've been told I will have to collect them, carry them around with me for the day, then bring them back to the airport and check in the next morning, as the transfer desk will not accept transfer bags for the "wrong" date. Can anyone confirm if this is correct.
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By ohpiem | Jul 11, 2018, 04:34 PM
To tie this off - QF checked my bags all the way through from CBR to YUL, and printed my AC boarding pass in Canberra. All would have been good except QF11 was delayed into LAX, meaning I missed my onward connection to YUL. Fortunately, Qantas ground staff in LAX were able to book me on standby on the next AC flight, but it meant walking with my check-in luggage all the way to Terminal 6 along the concourse, to re-check at the AC desk (which then involved a further 45 wait as no-one was in a rush).
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