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I have a flight on AA arriving on Saturday 10/8 at 4:35 pm, coming from Cancun. Our flight to Chicago leaves at 5:57 pm. Will there be enough time to clear customs and make the flight? Carry on baggage only.
With carry-ons that should be just enough time if everything goes smoothly.
Hi I'm flying from London heathrow to Charlotte and then onto Las Vegas. My flights are with American Airlines - I have a stop over of 1 hour 45 mins will I make the connection. Will I have to collect my bags and check in again and will I have to go through passport control thanks
Yes, you 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. You should have enough time.
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.
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.