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  • Is 90min layover time enough
    Oct 10, 2016
    I am travelling from Mumbai to roanoke and have through checkin via O'Hare. I will be having immigration at O'Hare itself and then have to take a flight to Roanoke. Are 90mins enough?


    There are no nonstop flights from Mumbai to O'Hare. Please double check your reservation and post your exact routing including airlines. I cannot help you with the limited information you have provided.


    My flight is from Mumbai to Zurich and from Zurich to O'Hare. I reach O'Hare at 12:25pm and have another flight to Roanoke at 1:55pm


    OK, so yes, you will arrive in Terminal 5, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then if your bags are tagged through to ROA (if everything is the same reservation they should be), you can drop your bags at the re-check desk, then go up 2 levels and take the ATS Train to Terminal 1 or 2 where your flight to Roanoke will depart if it is on United Express (check the moniitors - gate starting with B or C is Terminal 1, E or F is Terminal 2), then go through security and to your departure gate. 90 minutes is the bare minimum for an international to domestic connection through O'hare and is less than what I recommend, but it's not impossible if things go smoothly.


    Will I have to reclaim my bags and do a re checkin?


    Given that I have booked the whole journey from Mumbai to Roanoke on United airlines itself, will I have to reclaim the bags and do the rechecking and stuff or United will do it on itself. Because as per my conception, I only have to do the immigration and go on for the security check and then depart.


    Yes, as I said, you need to claim your bags in Chicago in order to go through US Customs. You can then immediately drop your bags off at the re-check desk. Your conception is incorrect.


    I will be flying from SBN to XNA with United with a 1 hr layover in ORD. I will have a checked suitcase, will this be enough time for my luggage to be transferred to the next plane?


  • Overnight in ORD, do I have to check in again?
    Jul 15, 2016
    Hi, I am arriving in ORD at 23:33 from Washinton-Dulles on my way to Memphis and my connection leaves at 8:55 the next morning. My ticket states I will have to pay the baggage fee again for the second flight which leads me to believe I will have to pick up my bags upon arrival that first night and re-check them the next morning. Is this right? So will i then be able to leave and get a hotel or can I stay at the airport? I got these tickets with miles as one trip and it stated an overnight in ORD, I was not aware of the particularities...I would prefer getting a hotel for a few hours of sleep but am unsure of what I can and cannot do in terms of leaving secured area, getting bags, etc...


    Yes, that is correct. You can stay in a hotel or in the airport. Check in will open again at 3:15, so you won't have to wait too long. You will already be outside the secure area to claim your bags.


  • Layover time at ORD - is it enough?
    Jul 15, 2016
    I have a 1h 46mins connection through ORD. I arrive with an international BA flight and departing with a domestic AA flight, do you think that's enough time for immigration check-in and customs clearance?


    It's a legal connection, but it will be very difficult unless your BA flight arrives early.


  • 6 h Layover-visiting Chichago?
    Jul 14, 2016
    I arrive at 5:30 am at Terminal 5, and my next flight is at 12:30 pm, it's possible to grab de blue line trains system ando go to chicago city very fast and be in the airport on time for my next flight?


    Yes, although there isn't much to see that early in the morning and you could only spend an hour or two downtown before having to go back to the airport. I would much rather just make my way to my departure terminal, go through security, and have a leisurely breakfast.


    Thank you very much, I'll follow your advice


  • Will I have enought time inORD for connecting international flight PVR
    Jul 13, 2016
    I'm flying into ORD on a Saurday, with United airlines at 8:05am. My international connecting flight with United is at 9:05am. This leaves me one hour. Is United domestic and international terminals close? In your opinion, will I make my connecting flight to Puerto Vallarta?


    You will arrive in Terminal 1 or 2 and depart from Terminal 1. 1 and 2 are connected inside security by a walkway. You have enough time if your first flight is on-time. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    Thank you so much for the quick response and details.


  • 2hr 42min Layover with a concourse change.
    Jul 13, 2016
    I have a couple of options I can do an 1hr 7min Layover with a concourse change or an 2hr 42min Layover with a concourse change. My next gate will probably be at the end of the concourse. Switching from H - K in Terminal 3. Also will I have time to go to Downtown Chicago and Come back?


    H and K are just two wings of the same concourse - your connection shouldn't take more than 5 minutes. Either connection is sufficient. No, that isn't enough time to go downtown.




  • terminal 1 to 2
    Jul 8, 2016
    i have 60 minute layover coming from toronto YYZ and heading to springfiled illinois is this enought time


    Yes, that is enough time. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. All you have to do in Chicago is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Layover in Chicago
    Jun 23, 2016
    My brother and I are flying in from Tokyo to Toronto. We are stopping at Chicago at Terminal 5 and have a connecting flight at Terminal 1. We only have 1 hour and 45 mins layover. Would this be enough time for all the procedure including going through immigration and checking in at a different terminal? Thank you


    That's barely enough time if everything goes perfectly.


  • Enough time?
    Jun 19, 2016
    On our flight from MUC to JAX we have 2 hous 15 minutes between flights (United). Will that be enough time?


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • Enough Time for Layover
    Jun 13, 2016
    We are flying from Grand Rapids (MI) to Montego Bay (Jamaica) with an hour and a half layover in Chicago O'Hare. Is that enough time for an international flight?


    Yes, that should be enough time. If both flights are on the same airline all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Info needed
    Jun 10, 2016
    I am travelling from DENVER to CHICAGO via AA , then from chigao eithad tu Abu dhai..it is a single ticket ..but two different airlines ...do I need to recheck my baggage from AA to eithad? or the baggage will go through on its own to Eithad airlines...also will I be getting all boarding passes at DENVER itself


    You don't have to do anything with your bags in Chicago. You just have to take the ATS Train to Terminal 5, get your boarding pass from Etihad if AA can't issue it in Denver, then go through security.


    But when I called airlines AA and eithad they said I will have to take baggage and recheck at chicago and the layover time is only 2 hours so I am little confused what to do ...


    If it's a single ticket it should be checked through. Often phone agents aren't very familiar with airline policies not related to their specific job.


  • Change from domestic to International flight
    Jun 6, 2016
    Hi! I am gonna fly from MKE to ORD with UA5013 (Terminal 2) and I am gonna depart to VIE (Vienna) with Austrian Airlines UA9850 (Terminal 5). I have a layover time of 1h 58min and I am European Citizen with J1 Visa. Will the layover time be enough if my first is on time? I suppose my baggage will be handed over automatically? I booked the flights together. Thank you for any help!


  • Enough Layover time?
    Jun 6, 2016
    I am gonna fly from MKE to ORD (Terminal 2) and then from ORD (Terminal 5) to VIE (Vienna) with a layover time of 1h58min. Is this meant to be enough? Do I need to check in my luggage again or will it be transferred automatically to my next flight?


    You don't have to do anything with your bags. You just take the ATS Train to Terminal 5 and go through security. You should have enough time.


    Jun 3, 2016
    How much time do I need for layover at O'Hare? Flying from Springfield, IL to NY through Chicago.


    I would want around 1 hour. United has hourly flights to both LaGuardia and Newark from O'Hare.


  • Recheck baggage
    Jun 3, 2016
    I will be traveling from New York to Edmonton, Canada, with a layover in Chicago for an hour and 20 mins. Will I have to re check my bags? Also doing the same layover on the way back would I have to recheck on return too? Thanks


    You don't have to do anything with your bags either way assuming all tickets are on the same reservation. On the return you will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Edmonton.


    Thank you for your response, what if on the return my layover is in Calgary, would I have to recheck my bags then?


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