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  • 1 Hour Enough?
    Feb 16, 2016
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    I'm flying from Vegas to Dublin through Chicago - there was originally 2 hours 30 minutes layover in Chicago but my first flight has changed and now there's only 1 hour. I'll be arriving and leaving through Terminal 3 so will this be long enough? Will I have to go through security again?

     

    Yes, that is long enough if both flights are in T3. You do not have to go through security. Just walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, both in the H/K concourse.

     

  • Shuffling from Terminal 5 to Terminal 1
    Feb 8, 2016
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    We are flying into Terminal 5 on UA 969 6:15 PM Friday 9/23 from London connecting to UA 515 in Terminal 1 to Sacramento. The whole itinerary is on United and when we booked this flight, UA allowed this connection. Is it reasonable to get through Customs and transfer to Term 1 from Term 5 with 1 hour and 20 minutes, provided the flights are on time? Also, if we are delayed in Customs will United hold the flight to Sacramento to allow us time to get to that gate since all flights are on United?

     

    1 hr 20 minutes is not a reasonable international to domestic connection time at ORD. They will not hold the plane for you. The minimum time is 90 minutes and I recommend 2 hours.

     

  • UNITED CHANGED MY FLIGHT AND NOW I ONLY HAVE 1HR 40 MIN MINUTE LAYOVER
    Jan 26, 2016
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    I am travelling from EDI to ORD connecting from ORD to DEN. I had booked flights with 2hr 15 min layover. United changed my flights (without notifying me) and now I only have a 1hr 40 min layover. 1. Is that enough time to clear customs, transfer from terminal 5 to terminal 1? 2. Do I also have to collect my bags and recheck them? (we arrive at Chicago at 2:30 pm on a saturday)

     

    Yes, you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then take the ATS Train to Terminal 1 and go through security. That should be enough time on a Saturday afternoon.

     

  • Connection flight
    Jan 19, 2016
    1
    Traveling from Calgary to Chicago (T2) then connecting to Dublin (T5). Traveling alone with two kids. Wondering how the connection works- do I just go straight through to terminal 5? Do I have to get my bags again? Do they give you back your stroller? Thanks in advance.

     

    If both tickets are on the same reservation then you go straight to T5. If you check your stroller at the gate they will give it back to you at the gate in Chicago. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Calgary. You will have to go through security again in T5.

     

  • 90 Min International Layover Enough?
    Jan 15, 2016
    1
    I am flying from San Francisco to Stockholm with international connection at ORD with single reservation of SAS. SFO to ORD is shared code and operated by UA. I will arrive terminal 1 and transfer to terminal 5. The layover time will be 90 mins. Would this be enough time to catch connection? Thanks!

     

    That should be enough time. You just have to take the ATS Train from T1 to T5 and go through security.

     

  • 1hr connection time on international flight
    Dec 19, 2015
    1
    I'm booking the flight from Toronto to Japan with one stop on ORD. At the ORD, there is only 1hr 8min for transit. Can I make it to transfer? I will take the flight of UA8397 which is operated by AIR CANADA EXPRESS and transfer to NH113 from Chicago to Japan. Do I need to check the baggage claim at the ORD? Is this enough connection time to take a different airline?

     

    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. All you have to do in Chicago is walk from your arrival gate in concourse E of Terminal 2 to your departure gate in Terminal 1. They are connected inside security by a walkway. You should have enough time.

     

  • Will 2 hours be enough to clear the immigration & customs?
    Dec 7, 2015
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    Hi, I will be travelling by Korea to Chicago at Terminal 5 and have a connecting United Airlines flight to Detroit,MI from Terminal 1 on Saturday. Will 2 hours be enough to clear the immigration & customs,travelling to Terminal 1 & clearing the security check?

     

    If both tickets are on the same reservation that should be enough time. You will arrive in Terminal 5, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then take the ATS Train to T1 and go through security.

     

  • From Korea to Detroit via Chicago
    Dec 7, 2015
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    Hi there in flying in on the 28th From Korea to Chicago terminal 5 and then have a 2 hrs if connection to go through security and customs to get to terminal 1 and leave for Kansas. I've never flown before so as you can tell anxiety is getting the best of me but I was just wondering if that was enough time between flights?

     

    Yes, that should be enough time. You will arrive in Terminal 5, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then take the ATS Train to T1 and go through security.

     

  • from buffalo to tulsa, with a stop in chicago, the layover is 36m
    Nov 24, 2015
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    is it enough for me to transfer the flight? since its my first time to fly by myself in the US, i'm not sure I can make it :( . but the price is quite good

     

    It's possible, all you have to do in Chicago is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, but it leaves no time to spare if the first flight is delayed.

     

  • Layover time and Checked baggage
    Nov 17, 2015
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    Hey, I'm flying from LHR (London) and have a layover in Chicago to LAX. Arrival at terminal 5 and depart at terminal 3. I have 1:45 minutes to do this. Will this be enough time? Do I also have to recheck my baggage or will it go to my end destination? Much appreciated

     

    You will arrive in Terminal 5, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then take the ATS Train to T3 and go through security. You barely have enough time assuming everything goes smoothly and all tickets are on the same reservation.

     

  • 35 min connecting time in ORD, travelling route PHX-ORD-LHR
    Oct 20, 2015
    2
    I am travelling to India starting from Phoenix via chicago and then London. All in British Airways only. My query is I have only 35 min connecting time in Chicago to catch the next flight to London. Where will my immigration check be done - Phoenix or Chicago? And is 35 min enough time for me to make it up?

     

    There is no US Immigration when departing the US. British Airways does not fly from Phoenix to Chicago, so that flight will be operated by American. If your flight to London is also operated by American you will have enough time for your transfer, as both gates will be in T3 and you just have to walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. If your flight to London is operated by British Airways you will have to transfer to T5 and the transfer will be very difficult if not impossible.

     

    Thank You !!! And yes as per my itinerary my flight until London is being operated by American Airlines

     

  • Arriving from Europe 1,5h layover
    Oct 18, 2015
    1
    Hi! I'm flying from Stockholm and I have to catch a connecting flight to Oklahoma in 1h 33minutes. Will that be enough time for the immigration and switching terminal? My other option has a longer layover when flying from Europe to States, but the return flight from Oklahoma to Heathrow would only have a 1h 5min layover at Chicago O'hare. Which one would be better?

     

    1 hr 33 minutes on International to Domestic is doable but risky. 1 hr 5 minutes on domestic to international is fairly easy, so I would choose the second option.

     

  • International Flight to Shanghai
    Jan 11, 2015
    1
    I'm booking a flight from Wichita KS to Shanghai on either American or United. The international connection is ORD. What is the length of time I should allow for the layover in ORD to make sure we have everything covered to reach our international flight to Shanghai in enough time? Thank you!

     

    All you will have to do in Chicago on your way to Shanghai is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. 45 minutes is enough, but 60 leaves more wiggle room. On the return flight you will need at least 90 minutes, preferably a little more since you will have to go through US Immigration and Customs in Chicago in Terminal 5 and then change terminals. But again, on the way to Shanghai, all you will have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

  • 6 hours; no coat; suggestions?
    Jan 1, 2015
    0
    My wife and I have 6 hours (9am-3pm) layover on our way to SE Asia on Saturday Jan 10. Since we're packing light, we'll have no coats. Two questions: 1) is there any way to get to any downtown indoor attractions (Hancock or Sears tower, museums, etc.) without going outside at all? I was wondering about an in-airport train station to a skywalk/tunnel? 2) is there a place to store our carry-on bags at ORD? Thanks.

     

  • 1 and half hr enough time?
    Jan 1, 2015
    5
    I am flying from Wisconsin to ORD with American airline arriving at 4:30pm. then I have separate flight by delta from ORD to Philadelphia at 6pm. will I make it to delta airline?

     

    Delta does not fly nonstop from ORD to Philadelphia. Are you flying somewhere else first or do you have the airline wrong? You can make your connection if you do not have checked bags. If you do have checked bags and you purchased separate tickets you don't have enough time to make your connection.

     

    yes I bought separate tickets. I know delta is flying to Atlanta first and then Philadelphia. I don't have extra luggage. just hand carry. do u still think it will not be enough time?

     

    kindly please reply if its doable or not..I still have time to cancel my reservation.

     

    Without checked baggage yes, it is possible, you can walk from T3 where you will arrive to T2 where you will depart inside security. Print out your Delta boarding pass online before you leave Wisconsin or use the Delta app.

     

    thank you so much.. really appreciated :)

     

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