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  • Connection time with need to check-in between flights
    Apr 6, 2015
    Hi. I'm traveling from Denver on UA, arriving 11:26 a.m. at Terminal 1. I have separate ticket for Aer Lingus to Dublin leaving 3:50 pm from Terminal 5. I have to check in at Aer Lingus because they won't let me check in online because I used UA award miles. Can I get from T1 to T5, check in to Aer Lingus, get through security and to gate in time for 3:50 pm departure? Tips to make it work best are appreciated


    Yes, that should be enough time. Just follow signs to the ATS Train to T5.


    Apr 9, 2015
    Hi, i will be travelling from MKE to YYZ Tornoto on 2nd May. I am a non US Citizen. The connection time offered is 45 mins. Can you please tell if it is enough? Do i have to go through immigration, customs and security again at ORD ? I will have check in baggage with me.


    All you have to do in Chicago is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time.


    Thanx a lot, cheers.


    Apr 17, 2015
    Nov 7 flight with 39 min connection in ORD on Iberia. Flight leaves at 1655 terminal 3. worried about making connections. Should I?


    It's possible, but it leaves no time to spare if your ATL flight is delayed.


    My buddy(who is a marine) is coming home after spending time in Japan has a 4 hour layover between his flight from Japan->Ohare and Ohare-> Dallas-Forth Worth. Is there some sort of special procedure I have to do to gain access to the terminal area so I could see him?


    After he clears customs he will be outside security. You can meet him on the lower level of Terminal 5 at the exit of Customs.


  • brief connection
    Apr 2, 2015
    On april 24 I will arrive at ORD Terminal 3 at 4.01 pm with flight BA 5308 from Rochester MN, then at 4.40 pm I will depart from Terminal 3 to London Heathrow (flight BA 1543). Is the connection time (39 minutes) enough ?


    If the first flight will be delayed, does the company cover the cost for staying in Chicago one night if not able to find another flight in the same day ?


    It depends on the reason for the delay. Usually they do not. However, they will probably be able to get you to Europe that evening (probably with a connection in Frankfurt).


    Sorry, for some reason thought you were on United. There are multiple later flights to London on both British Airways and American that you can be rebooked on, you should be fine getting rebooked if you miss your connection.


  • Flight connection ORD to Bru
    Apr 1, 2015
    Looking at buying tickets December 19 arriving ORD FROM Phx UA FLIGHT 248. Departing for BRU UA FLIGHT 972. Is this enough time


    forgot to add arrival time is 4:26 departure 6:05. 1 hr 38 minute layover


    Yes, that should be plenty of time. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, both in Terminal 1.


  • 3 minutes layover--is it enough?
    Apr 1, 2015
    We arrive at ORD on AA#1444 at 4:08 pm from PHX and depart on AA#110 to Rome at 4:45 pm. Is that enough time? Thank you


    Yes, that is enough time if your first flight is on-time - all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, both in Terminal 3. However, there is no room to spare if your flight from Phoenix is delayed at all.


  • 59 minute layover
    Apr 1, 2015
    Coming in from Boston @ 8AM on 8/19 departing on Express Jet d/b/a United Express @ 9AM. Is this enough time? Does Express Jet d/b/a United Express usually use same terminal?


    Expressjet operated United Express flights can depart from Terminal 1 or 2. You will arrive in Terminal 1. However, there is a walkway connecting Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 inside security. You have enough time if your first flight is on-time.


  • connections between terminals
    Mar 30, 2015
    arriving with my child from Paris with united airlines flight 986 (terminal 5) than flying to LAX with united airlines also (terminal 1) I have around 2 hours ,is it enough? and what r the procedures and the best way to get connected thk u


    You will arrive in Terminal 5, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the transfer desk, then go up two levels to the ATS Train and take it to Terminal 1, then go through security and to your departure gate. 2 hours should be enough time.


  • 1hr 40mins Layover... Is that enough
    Mar 29, 2015
    I am arriving at Chicago ORD Terminal 5 from Dublin (Aerlingus) at 13.50 my connecting flight to Dallas Fort Worth with United Airlines is at 15.30 in Terminal 2. Is 1hr 40 mins enough time to get to my connecting flight or will I end up missing my flight? I fly in November.


    If your tickets were purchased together that should be enough time. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Dublin. All you have to do is take the ATS Train from T5 to your departure terminal (check your departure gate first, many DFW flights, even on United Express leave from Terminal 1) and then go through security.


    It was all booked together through aer lingus. Do I need to go through customs in Chicago at all? Is it just a matter of rechecking my bag? Thanks for your help. I was in a bit of a panic


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Dublin. Your arrival into Chicago will be like a domestic flight. You don't have to do anything with your bag.


    That is great news. Thanks for all your help. Hopefully it will all work out.


  • International flight
    Mar 29, 2015
    My parents are flying into ORD Terminal 5 from Dubai. After clearing immigration and customs they have to board a delta flight to MSP. Question is - can they check in their luggage to MSP without having to move from terminal to terminal carrying their luggage? Just a little worried since they are older and might not have guidance at ORD.


    If they purchased their tickets together they can re-check their bags at the transfer desk in T5. However, Delta does not have staff in T5 to re-check bags not tagged to their final destination, so if they did purchase two separate tickets they will have to take them on the ATS train to T2. It's fairly easy to navigate. Once they exit customs they just need to follow the signs to the ATS Train and Terminal 2 - the symbol for Terminal 2 is a 2 inside an orange square. When they arrive in T2, pretty much the only check in counter left is for Delta.


    Thank you for the quick response. Much appreciated. Unfortunately we have 2 separate tickets. Since they fly internationally they have 2 big sized bags each. I am concerned that they have to take the ATS carrying 4 bags. The other alternative is to skip the flight to MSP and me just drive to pick them up from ORD and make the drive back. What are your thoughts?


    There are elevators and escalators on the way to and from the ATS Train. As long as your parents aren't very elderly I think they will be OK. However, if they each have two large bags the bag fees alone to MSP on Delta will be $120, assuming all of the bags are under 50 lbs each. So maybe it's worth it to drive because of that.


    Thanks once again. The decision to drive to ORD is not a financial one for me. I don't mind the $120 bag fees as much as the 6 hour drive one way. Here's one more question - if I bought the ORD-MSP through another airline (say United) - would they have a transfer desk at T5? Your help is much appreciated.


  • Running?
    Mar 28, 2015
    Arriving at Terminal 1 at 8:15 a.m. on a weekday morning in April. Connecting flight leaves at 9:15 a.m. from Terminal 2. Is this enough time to make the connection without running? How does one change terminals, here?


    Yes, that should be plenty of time if the first flight is on-time. There is a walkway inside security between T1 and T2. Also, note that many United Express flights leave from Terminal 1.


    Thank you!


  • 40 minute layer...is it enough?
    Mar 26, 2015
    Travelling in May from Springfield, MO to Chicago on American. Arrive at 8:00 am. Leave at 8:40 also on American. Want to be sure it is enough time. Thanks so much in advance...great site!


    That should be enough time if the first flight is on-time. All AA gates at O'Hare are connected inside security in Terminal 3.


  • Alaska ->American SEA ORD Shop?
    Mar 19, 2015
    Arriving Alaska 6:34 pm ORD - depart American 9:10 pm, teenage son would like to spend time at new mall 17-10 min from airport. 1 - Does Alaska transfer checked baggage directly to American flight? 2 - Does 2-1/2 hours allow safe time to check out mall?


    If you purchased your tickets together then your bags will be checked through to American. 2.5 hours is enough time to get to the Rosemont mall but realistically leaves you very little time there, since its close to 30 minutes journey each way and you will have to go through security when you return.


  • Connection
    Mar 18, 2015
    I am looking at booking a flight through UA and there is only a 1 hr and 9 minute layover. Is that enough time to make our connection. I may have a slow elderly person traveling. Will that make a difference?


    Is your first flight domestic or international?


  • Customs clearance and checkin connecting flight
    Mar 18, 2015
    HI Arriving on AA (AA111) from Europe. Landing at 15:10 and catching connecting flight to Phoenix on AA 640 at 17:00. With just under 2 hours of transit time will I have enough time to clear customs and make my way from terminal 5 to terminal 3 ? Thank you for your help.


    Yes, that should be enough time.


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