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  • 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?


  • 1:35 hrs from London to Memphis layover
    May 25, 2016
    I am reaching terminal 5 at 6:35 pm by British Airways from London. I have a connecting flight to Memphis from terminal 3 at 8:10 pm. Is this time (1 hr35 mins) enough for the transit?


  • Meeting times
    May 16, 2016
    Flying into Chicago Friday arrival on American Airlines 5:43 pm depart 8:09 pm. Will I have time to meet family in the terminal for coffee and check back into security? Is this feasible?


    No, don't even think about trying this - security at O'Hare is a complete mess right now.


  • American Airlines Connection time
    May 15, 2016
    Travelling from MAN (Manchester, England) to BNA (Nashville, TN) with a 2 hour layover in ORD (Chicago O'Hare). I have a UK Passport and will have to go through Customs at Chicago O'Hare. Flight is tomorrow, 5/16. Is the 2 hour layover enough time to get through Customs, through security and to my next terminal/gate? Flight times are landing in O'Hare at 3:00 pm at Terminal 5. Departing at 5:00 pm at Terminal 3. Also, will I have to pick up my bags before going through customs and then have them re-checked or will they go straight through? I have had both experiences even though I always have all flights on same reservation.


  • Layover
    May 16, 2016
    I have a 49min layover in Chicago before my flight to Shanghai. I am flying United throughout the whole trip. Will I be able to make it to my second flight?


    Yes, all you have to do in Chicago is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You should have enough time.


  • 2 hr 25 mins
    May 16, 2016
    I am a foreigner taking United 3842 from Lansing to Chicago and then CX 807 to Hong Kong. Is a 2 hr 25 min layover enough? Do I have to claim my luggage and recheck it at ORD? Thank you very much.


    If you purchased two separate reservations you will have to claim your bags from United in Terminal 1, then take them on the ATS Train to Terminal 5 to check with Cathay, then go through security. You have barely enough time if everything goes perfectly.


  • Layover Time
    May 12, 2016
    Hello, we are making a connecting flight from YYZ (Toronto) - ORD - PEK (Beijing) this July. The layover is scheduled for 1h36m in ORD. Would that be enough time to make it to our connecting flight? Would we need to go through security and customs again?


    We will also have to go from terminal 1 to terminal 2 in ORD to make our connecting flight.


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and customs in Toronto. You will arrive in Terminal 2 and depart from Terminal 1. They are connected inside security by a walkway. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, you have enough time.


  • PEK-ORD-CMH 2:05 layover time enough?
    May 5, 2016
    Traveling from Beijing to ORD on Sunday May 29th (Memorial day weekend) and have a 2:05 layover to change from international to domestic, all on AA. Is this enough time???


    Yes, that should be just enough time if your flight from Beijing arrives on-time.


  • 1h 10min enough time?
    Apr 16, 2016
    hello im Flighing with united from Memphis to Chicago and from Chicago to Shanghai. The layover in Chicago terminal 2 to reach my flight to shanghai terminal 1 are only 1h and 10 min. i dont know if i have to get my baggage. and if i have to get my baggage, is this enought time?


    You don't have to do anything with your bags. All you have to do in Chicago is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time.


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