A question for Kiwis (and perhaps Aussies) for travel to NYC departing May 9th. I am looking at booking on AirNZ transiting through SFO, however the on line options are looking pretty tight for the connection (some less than 2 hours). I am looking at a United connection leaving at 14:10 after landing at 12:15 arriving at EWR 10:40pm. There are other flights but they all arrive after midnight (a Delta flight with a 4 hour layover). United look to have a few flights leaving after then so at least there are some options if the first flight is missed. EWR is not my first choice airport but all the JFK flights arrive after midnight.
The other route we are looking at is via Honolulu on Hawaiian. This is about $500 cheaper, but has two overnight flights and a 5 hour layover on the way there, plus an overnight stay on the way back.
I would be interested to hear feedback from fellow antipodean travellers to NYC especially if they have either travelled via Hawaii or had a tight connection at SFO.
Also, for other travellers through SFO, what has your experience been with the amount of time it takes to transit. I have done it 4 times but each had a longer layover, so didn't really pay attention to the amount of time it took (but know it wasn't as bad as LAX...)
thanks in advance for any info and sorry for rambling!