cross posted in California forum. . .
We were originally on a flight from Vancouver BC YVR to LAX, then onto Auckland, but the flight from YVR to LAX was cancelled and now we are routed through SFO, so yvr to sfo to lax to aukland to perth. I have just read that changing terminals in LAX is a nightmare and means having to come out of the secured area and go back through the security line, etc.
So, would you suggest a 1hr 17min stopover in SFO (both on United) and 3hr stopover in LAX (United and Air New Zealand), OR 2hr 21 min in SFO and 2hr at LAX (same airlines as previous option)? We would be going from a United terminal, possibly terminal 8 to terminal 2 for ANZ, from what it says on the terminal map about which airlines fly into which terminals.
If we are coming out of the secured zone, would we collect our checked luggage and check in again, or would that go straight through?
We have two kids and don't want to be rushed in case there is a delay, or someone needs to go to the bathroom, etc.
The other option is a really early morning flight on Air Canada to LAX and have 11 hours to wait AND be in the same terminal.
Thanks for any suggestions or advice.