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  • Sufficient Layover Time?
    Aug 25, 2016
    Traveling Monday Sept 12 from TPA to CLT to CDG. Published layover time in CLT is 1hr 2min. Is this sufficient?


    Yes, all you have to do in Charlotte is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    Thank you.


  • Enough time!
    Aug 25, 2016
    Traveling from YUL to CLT and then GCM with a 1:25 lawover. Will it be enough?


    *layover =)


    Yes, that is enough time. You pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Montreal. All you have to do in Charlotte on your way to Grand Cayman is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.




  • Clearing Customs
    Aug 24, 2016
    Hi, I am a US citizen, flying American from Costa Rica to Boston, with a layover in Charlotte. Will 1 hour 26 minutes be enough to clear customs and recheck my bags for my connecting flight?


    That's slightly below the recommended minimum International to Domestic connection time in Charlotte. You may make it, but be prepared to miss your connection.


  • Clearing customs
    Aug 23, 2016
    Hi - American has changed my flight time for the 3rd or 4th time and now I only have an hour and 13 minutes to clear customs and make my connecting flight. This is on a Saturday night in November - 9:01 PM arrival from Costa Rica, 10:14 PM departure to DCA. Actually I should say I only have an hour and 3 minutes since they close the door on flight 10 minutes before departure. This is not enough time, right?


    Yeah, it's not enough time. I mean, considering it's such a late arrival into CLT it may be possible because the lines would be short, but it's so risky and if you miss it you would definitely be stuck at CLT overnight, I would definitely call AA and ask to either be rerouted through Miami or Dallas or if there's an earlier flight to Charlotte, be put on that.


    Thanks, It seems very obvious to both of us (and probably anyone who travels more than occasionally), so I am really getting angry at American for making this change to my itinerary. I have a lot on my plate and now I need to micromanage an airline that doesn't schedule enough time between connections? They did this to my outbound flight through Miami too, I booked flights that had a 2.5 hour layover and they changed the flight schedules to only have an hour layover and in my experience in Miami that's cutting it way too close, especially if you really want to make sure you don't miss your international flight and end up having to wait until the next day to catch the next one. I had to call them and fix that too. This one is even worse because we have to drive 4 - 5 hours to get to the San Jose airport, so now instead of a 3 PM flight with a 1.5 hour layover in CLT, which admittedly may not have been enough time either, I'm going to need to take a flight closer to noon, meaning we need to get on the road before the sun comes up, if not the night before and stay overnight in San Jose. I would think about taking this an opportunity to change our plans and stay longer and spend a few days in the central valley closer to San Jose, but no, that will be $200 each if you want to change to a different day, roughly half the cost of the actual flights in the first place. Ever since American bought USAir they keep changing their schedules and fares in the routes I take and the schedules are less and less convenient and the fares less and less competitive, and if you have, you know, a life where things happen, you can't change your flight without spending $400 (!) for two people. But they can change their flights and make you have to call them to fix what they should know is a problem themselves. Thank you whoever allows all these mergers, there is no competition at this point, what 3 major airlines that stay out of each others way and let each other have certain routes and time slots so they can price them however they please, your only hope is that Southwest can meet your schedule needs, they're awesome but they are all alone. Anyway, thank you again, needed to vent on this. Travel is such a hassle these days and it's only getting worse.


    I understand your frustration. However, you would be able to void the change fee if you called and asked for a schedule change. This is because they changed your schedule, so you're allowed one free change. It may be easiest for you to spend the night in San Jose. I agree that it is a shame that we only have three major airlines at this point. However, I reccomend flying Delta over American and United, as Delta actually has on of the better on-time ratings out there, while the opposite can be said for American and United. Also, if you frequently fly into Costa Rica, Southwest flies nonstop to both San José and Liberia, Costa Rica, from Baltimore, which is less than an hour drive from DCA, and the prices are probably tremendously lower.


    Thank you. I was assuming that American would only let me change the flight within the same day but I think you are right that they should allow a change and if not I will just tell them their new schedule doesn't work and they need to refund and then I'll rebook new dates, if I decide to stay longer. I did not realize the Southwest out of BWI non stop was there, unfortunately it is only one day per week i.e. Saturday but knowing that in the future it may still be a better option than one of the major carriers. Downside is I live only about 6 miles from DCA and the BWI flights are very early in the morning and my wife and I are not morning people :-). Thank you again.


  • BWI to CLT to FRA
    Aug 22, 2016
    I am traveling to BWI to CLT to FRA and then back. All airlines are American Air. Outbound I have a connection layover from BWI to CLT 3:19 to FRA 4:35 Inbound I have a connection layover from FRA to CLT 1:00 to BWI 2:54. Is this enough time for a layover ? Will i need to go to baggage to pick up my checked bags ?


    Both connections are sufficient. On the way to Frankfurt you don't have to do anything with your bags in Charlotte - just go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. On the way back you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and to your departure gate.


  • Layover Curacao - CTL - London
    Aug 19, 2016
    Is 1 hour and 40 minutes enough time to transfer planes coming from Curacao going to London through Charlotte? Flying with American. Thank you!


    That's barely enough time if everything goes smoothly. You will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, go through security and to your departure gate.


  • flights rearranged
    Aug 19, 2016
    Flights been rearranged so now flying into CLT on AA 733 due 14.30 connecting to AA1802 16.43to MSY. As UK citizens assume we will need to clear immigration etc will 2 hours 13 mins be enough. Will we need to change terminals as wife not so quick on her feet nowadays


    Yes, that is still enough time. Charlotte only has one terminal.


  • Connecting time
    Aug 19, 2016
    I am flying into CLT from Portland Maine and connecting to PHX. Says I only have 45 minutes. My seat is row 26. Will I have time to get off the plane and make my connection? I could change my seat but have to pay more. I will but not thrilled to keep paying add-ons.


    Yes, that is possible.


  • Is 35 minutes enough time for layover?
    Aug 18, 2016
    I am arriving on American Airlines in Charlotte from Cincinnati and have a 35 minute layover before leaving for Jacksonville. Not sure what concourses yet. Is that enough time for a layover if I am checking my bags? I'm sure I can make it but will my checked luggage make the connecting flight?


    It's barely enough time. It obviously leaves no time to spare if there are any delays.


    Aug 16, 2016
    Hi, I'm looking at booking flights from LHR- BHM. There is an option to go through CLT with a 2 hr layover between the LHR-CLT flight and the CLT-BHM flight. Is this enough time to connect?


    Yes, if your flight from London is on time. You will go through customs and immigration, recheck your bags at the recheck desk, and enter the terminal through security from there. Two hours is enough time.


  • Connecting flight CLT to miami
    Aug 15, 2016
    American airlines connecting Portland to Miami. Is the distance and time eady???


    It is not a difficult connection, although you did not post how much time you have.


    Aug 15, 2016
    Not a flyer so feeling lost but want to be prepped, ok on flight there but will picking up my gdaughter to fly her back with me. With only carryon bag purse stroller (and a 1 yr old) will I be able to maneuver from one flight to another AA in a tad less than an hour it will be late too so are there places to grab drinks or snacks nearby?


    I'm assuming by "BHAM" you mean Birmingham, Alabama? Yes, you have enough time, but you barely have enough time to stop for food.


  • Connection NAS to LAX via CLT
    Aug 15, 2016
    I only have 1hr 4 min for this transfer; is this enough, all flights are with AA and do I have to uplift any luggage and will this go through to my final destination with is New Zealand


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Nassau. If all tickets are on the same reservation your bags will go straight through to New Zealand. All you have to do in Charlotte is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • connection to flight to Canada
    Aug 14, 2016
    arrive on connecting flight 57 minutes before departure on international flight to that enough time?


    Where are you flying into Charlotte from?


    comoing in from New Bern, NC (small airport Eastern NC)


    Yes, that is enough time. All you have to do in Charlotte is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Connection
    Aug 12, 2016
    We are arriving from PHX into CLT with a connecting flight to BOS with just a 50 min. layover. Is this doable?


    Yes, All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


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