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  • Short layover plus checked luggage
    Jun 28, 2016
    10
    Hi, We are flying from Dulles International Airport (IAD) to CLT where it's our layover to go to Aruba. However, our layover is only 36minutes. Can we and our checked luggage make it on time? It would be very disappointing if we don't get our luggage at our final destination. Our flight info is as follow: 9:25am from Dulles arriving in CLT at 10:54am - 11:30am from CLT and arriving at 3:35 in AUA. Thank you.

     

    Yes, that is enough time if the flight from IAD is on-time.

     

    Keep in mind, the arrival time does not factor in taxiing on the runway and apron as well as any possible waiting for a gate to open. There is also a few minutes before disembarking. Unless you are flying First class or Business will depend what order you exit the plane. Also, passengers fumble for minutes in coach to gather their things and exit the plane. Then you will have to walk from gate to gate which shouldn't take very long. I you were flying international, you would have to pass through CBP. I suggest you pay a change fee. It can be worth the money to ensure you make your connection so that you are not waiting on standby for hours to possibly overnight. You will feel sooooo much better knowing you aren't risking being late. I always also factor in time for delays in the first leg. I have an Admirals Club membership, so that certainly helps me on long layovers, which I don't mind.

     

    Thanks Justin. How do you pay the change fee?

     

    Taxi time actually IS factored in - stated times are gate to gate. You will NOT have to pass through CBP when leaving the country. Please ignore Justin's post as it is completely and utterly wrong.

     

    Thank you ZAP

     

    Don't listen to Zap, he is utterly and completely wrong. Lol. So, I usually have a more than 12 hour layover every time I fly international. I usually use the time to go where I am at layover to have dinner or explore for a few hours. If you have a layover that is more than 12 hours, THAT is when you have to collect bags and go through passport control. Apologies. So very sorry. Anyways, runways are almost never the runways in a flight plan. And most cases the taxiing is not factored in. Get caught on a far runway in Chicago O'Hare for example and your time even if factored won't be close to the time. It takes more than 50% longer. It's over 5 mile taxi. Factor in also possible delays from your origin such as a mere 15 minutes which kills your layover. And like I said, ride coach and tell me you CAN'T spend five minutes or more waiting to get off of a large plane. I can't remember, but does it also have a terminal change? Hmm. Do what you want and listen to somebody that has to pretend to be The Points Guy. I hope you don't have to crap on the way from gate to gate on your layover because you have had bubbly stomach on your flight from worrying. Unless you are catching a plane at a tiny airport and heading on a very short-haul leg, I will keep the peace of mind but like I said, I enjoy exploring a few hours in every country I stop in. When it comes to dealing with international missed flights, it's something you don't want to be stuck in. If you have both legs on a single reservation, the airline will of course put you on the next flight or provide you with food and lodging if necessary. It is still a problem to avoid. If humans were as fast As Zap, We would all be able to zip from gate to gate. And if you have two separate airlines or booked the two flights on different reservations, the airline does not HAVE to do anything for you. Zap, they might! I know you want to jump all over that. Thanks! I would pay the 150 to 200 to change. I couldn't imagine how you are taking an international vacation and are too cheap to insure yourself. That can be done by cintacting your airline. Let me know how it goes and have fun! Maybe Zap will help you out with any problems you might face! He is the expert! RESPECTFULLY AND NOT IGNORANTLY OR SUPERIORLY ACTING, Justin

     

    LMAO. This is hilarious. I am dying 😂

     

    Lil Homie, what say you? Would you space your layover and if you wind up with twenty five extra minutes to have a crappie cup of coffee in CLT and have more peace of mind, is the small price worth it to you?

     

    Justin, my flight is already booked. I know I am taking a risk here but paying extra for all 4 of us it's a bit too much. I don't understand why they make layovers so short. For my international flights to Europe I don't mind long layovers either. As a matter of fact my last flight in Denmark got cancelled and on top of my 17 hrs layover which was well worth it I had to spend one more night in Copenhagen for free. However, this trip is short and more a family trip. I think the airplane from Dulles to Charlotte is rather a small one. So I am hoping all will ho well and according to plan. Pls cross your fingers Justin :)

     

    Depending on your airline fare flexibility and other factors, you may only need to pay one change fee for a whole reservation or possibly even none. One thing I would really be thinking about is luggage making it from plane to plane in such a shot layover. I have a trip coming up PHL-BOS-IAD(L.O.)-LHR-MUC-VIENNA (not exactly sure abbreviation)-LHR (70 min. L.O.)-OSL-CDG-LHR-LAS-BOS-PHL. The 70 minute layover I am more than confident in of course, but I am a US Citizen as well as British. (Born on Royal Air Force Base, Upper Heyford to both US Airmen parents stationed there. Anyways, travel as you know within the EU allows for easy connections to start. I wouldn't let any less time than 50 minutes for bags to be transferred. I check up to 3 bags and only carry a light backpack with me on the plane, which has a change of underwear, socks, umbrella toothbrush and electronics. Going off topic, but heck, I hate wheeling around luggage when I don't have to. American and British Airways includes 3 checked bags when traveling in First. I hope you have an amazing trip! I have never been to Aruba, but I hear it's wonderful. Planning a vacation for Honolulu next year for the fam. Four daughters (tell me that won't be expensive), a wife and my mother (we usually take 2 nights to ourselves on 2 week vacations.) That trip I can barely wait for. And miles award cost a lot less than international. BTW check out flight 5327. It looks like a daily alternative. Doesn't hurt to call the airline and ask. Enjoy!

     

  • Gate check bags
    Jun 28, 2016
    3
    How long does CLT usually take with gate checked bags? I have a 40 min layover but sometimes at dfw this is not long enough due to waiting on the bag or I make it to my next flight as the last one on and have to check my bag. Should I just check from the beginning?

     

    CLT is generally pretty good, but obviously that is highly variable. CLT is a lot smaller than DFW.

     

    How much time do we need to check in and get thru the check point on July 2

     

    If you are connecting you don't have to go through a checkpoint.

     

  • Transfer from Cancun to London
    Jun 28, 2016
    2
    Hi, Friday 24. June we arrive at Charlotte from Cancun 18.40, and our flight to London is at 20.20. Will this be enough time? Thanks

     

    That's barely enough time if everything goes smoothly.

     

    You may have to pass through CBP which can take a good amount of time. You may have to wait in line to speak to an agent. You will also have to declare any single thing you brought back, although you will likely have lax regulations coming from Cancun. Factor in taxiing on the runway and apron. Also, gathering things and waiting to get off of the plane.

     

  • international connection time
    Jun 16, 2016
    1
    my 16yr old grandson will be flying from Tampa to Dublin via CLT with a 56 minute layover is this too tight for an inexperienced traveler on an international flight?

     

    Yes, that is enough time. All he has to do in charlotte is walk from his arrival gate to his departure gate.

     

  • 38 minutes enough time?
    Jun 15, 2016
    2
    I'm arriving 6:52am from CHS connecting at 7:30am to SFO. Is this enough time to make the connection?

     

    Yes, that is enough time if the flight from Charleston is on-time. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

    Thank you very much!

     

  • MBJ TO CLT
    Jun 15, 2016
    2
    I have 1:35 minute delay from MBJ (Jamaica) into CLT. Is this enough time to make my connection?

     

    Its an afternoon flight on a Monday if that helps...

     

    You mean you have 1 hr 35 minutes to make your connection? That's just enough time if everything goes smoothly.

     

  • Connection Time
    Jun 13, 2016
    1
    Will a connection time of 45 minutes be sufficient ? I travel from Gainesville, Florida to Lubbock, Texas.

     

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

     

  • Will we make connecting flight?
    Jun 13, 2016
    1
    We fly into CLT from Cancun tomorrow at 6:40, will we have enough to time to get off plane, customs, security, etc and make connecting flight in one hour? Called customer service, they said yes....

     

    I really doubt that's enough time. Prepare to spend the night at CLT if there isn't a later flight to your destination.

     

  • Quick connection advice thanks
    Jun 13, 2016
    1
    Hello returning from my US trip from San Antonio to Toronto at the end , looking at a flight with a 43 minute minute connection with American what is the scene like there do I just need to walk a little bit to the next gate or pass security again ? Thanks from 9:27-10:10 PM

     

    You just walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You should have enough time.

     

  • 53 min layover
    Jun 8, 2016
    1
    Hi, I have a layover in CLT going to CANCUN from ATL. It's a 53 min layover (we get in at like 6:50 AM) and I see I land in Concourse C, but depart form Concourse B. I was curious if this is enough time to get over there? Wanted to make sure it wasn't like our airport in ATL where you have to get on a train and all that stuff. Thanks!

     

    All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time.

     

  • How much time needed
    Jun 8, 2016
    3
    Good evening We are looking to fly from London Heathrow to Fort Myres and have a stop in Charlotte Douglas airport, at the moment the only flight we can find gives us 2 hours between the 2 flights, would you think this would be enough time to disembark, claim Bags, clear customs and check bags back in for flight to fort Myres Thank you Darren

     

    That should be just enough time if everything goes smoothly.

     

    Thank you, will book the flight and hopefully all goes well. It's myself wife and our little one travelling hope this flight works as we are really limited by choice of flights to get to fort Myres that time of year without having big stop overs or long flights or it costing the earth.

     

    Yes, Fort Myers is only popular with American tourists during the winter and spring - during the summer most find it too hot, so there are very few flights there during the summer and fall.

     

  • Can I make my connection?
    Jun 28, 2016
    5
    I am on an American Airlines flight arriving at 6:51PM on Weds 6/22. My connecting flight to SFO leaves at 7:55PM. Can I get through customs and make my flight? We are in first class, row 1 so we will be the first off the plane. American Airlines customer service says I fly into C gates, and leave out of a D gate. I can switch to a later flight, but don't want to if I can make the first flight.

     

    Where are you arriving from? I can't answer your question without that info.

     

    We will be coming from Turks and Caicos. (PLS) one hour will be tight. We are first class on both flights. It will help to be the first off our flight. What are your thoughts about our chances on making the connecting flight? I talked to American Airlines customer service, and they said they wouldn't have booked me like this if they did not think we could make the connecting flight. (Whatever that is worth from a customer service agent)

     

    Yeah, flying first class it's not impossible, especially arriving in the evening on a wednesday when immigration shouldn't be crowded. It obviously leaves no time to spare.

     

    Thank you very much. I appreciate your opinion. After getting your response, we are going to chance it snd see if we can make our connection.

     

    Please update with your experience. Thanks

     

  • flying from india to CVG
    Jun 7, 2016
    2
    Hi, i am travelling from Bangalore to CVG. i have layovers at london, Newyark and CLT. i got to know that i have to clear immigration at new yark, as it is the port of entry. my question is when i start from new yark to CVG, i have layover at CLT; at CLT do i need to check in once again to get the boarding pass? alos, i have 90 mins layover at CLT, will that be fine enough to catch the connecting flight to CVG? I am travelling by AA for the whole trip. thanks in Advance

     

    In CLT all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have plenty of time.

     

    Thanks ZAP

     

  • Tight connection in CLT... Will my Luggage make it?
    Jun 5, 2016
    3
    I fly Saturday morning 18 June from DC to Caymans with a 58 minute connection in CLT. I am worried about my dive gear making it from the DCA flight to the CLT to Caymans flight... any Advice on how to increase my odds??

     

    That should be enough time. If you're really worried you can pack your essential gear in your carry-on. Your regulator and mask shouldn't take up too much space and if you really wanted to you could probably make space for a wetsuit.

     

    Thanks.. I always carry-on my computer, mask, regulator, a wet suit, and a couple of changes of shorts/tees, but cannot fit my BC, flippers, etc. Will gate agents call down to the baggage handlers to confirm my checked bag transferred to my connection?

     

    No, that's probably not something that their workload would give them time to do.

     

  • Customs
    May 31, 2016
    1
    I arrive at 9pm on a Saturday with a connecting flight at 10:30. Can I get through customs and make the connection?

     

    It's possible, especially that late in the evening on a Saturday.

     

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