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Long Layover at San Francisco

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treksub wrote:
Dec 5th, 2018 10:51 am
Yes, now that I know there is plenty of time. It's the luggage that may be a problem. Most airlines only allow one to drop off checked luggage 3-4 hours before a flight. Will I have a problem re-depositing my checked luggage earlier than the 3-4 hours time window? Thanks
You’re not dropping your bag at the check-in counter where that policy is in place, but rather there is a connections conveyor, which you will drop whether you stay at thw airport or not. It’s been a couple of years since SFO so things may have changed.
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treksub wrote:
Dec 5th, 2018 10:51 am
Yes, now that I know there is plenty of time. It's the luggage that may be a problem. Most airlines only allow one to drop off checked luggage 3-4 hours before a flight. Will I have a problem re-depositing my checked luggage earlier than the 3-4 hours time window? Thanks
I had a similar layover earlier this year at LAX and was not able to check my luggage early for the next flight so I was stuck with it.
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RolandCouch wrote:
Dec 5th, 2018 12:01 pm
I had a similar layover earlier this year at LAX and was not able to check my luggage early for the next flight so I was stuck with it.
That was what we were afraid of Disappointed Face. Wondering if there is any luggage storage service at SFO. Thanks.
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treksub wrote:
Dec 5th, 2018 12:10 pm
That was what we were afraid of Disappointed Face. Wondering if there is any luggage storage service at SFO. Thanks.
I looked for the same in LAX. Apparently they used to have them at the airport at some point in time but I think due to security concerns they no longer do, at least I couldn't find any. Can't speak to whether or not SFO will have the same issue.

The luggage storage I did find off site costly. It was almost cheaper to rent a car for the day and store it in the trunk.
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Nov 28, 2017
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Traffic should be a non factor. For a 10 hour layover I'd be taking the BART into town.
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Mar 6, 2011
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Traffic shouldn't be as bad as a non-holiday week during that time, even if it's a Friday. Depending how much luggage you have, it might be better to rent a car, rather than lugging around bags through the city. Dress appropriately. The weather will be a lot cooler in SF than Australia.
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There is a bag storage facility at SFO but it's on the pricy side and it may indeed be less expensive to rent a car for the day to keep bags in the trunk.

https://www.airporttravelagency.org/

Driving in SFO is a bit of a hassle in my books but it might be worth it.

Come up with a plan B for what to do just in case though, OP. A few years back I had some time to kill so my wife and I decided to go with our then toddler son on the BART to Union Square to ride the cable car to Fisherman's Wharf. As it turned out, the cable cars were broken that day and the backup bus service was a total f-cluster. So after meandering around a bit we just ended up going back to SFO early!
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i wouldn't care what it costs to store the bags at SFO. if i only have 10 hours and i wanted to go into town then screw it - it costs what it costs. not the RFD way I know but if i think of all the thousands of $$$ i've already sent on a trip to Australia a few more dollars to keep my bags at the airport is not going to break the bank.

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