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  • 95 minute layover
    Jun 11, 2013
    I arrive in ord at 9pm in terminal 1 with united, will I have enough time to get to terminal 2 with Lufthansa, to frankfurt Germany, going through customs? also do I need to worry about getting checked luggage at the change?


    Terminals 1 & 2 have a walkway at post-security areas of the departures level - follow signs - you will arrive at your departure terminal T1's upper level. (Only international arrivals at US airports need to go through customs). Both United & Lufthansa are members of the Star Alliance - your bags will automatically be transferred. Note: your domestic United flight arrives in T2, your international Lufthansa flight departs from T1 which has Concourses B & C with corresponding gates.


    Lufthansa flights leave from Terminal 1, not Terminal 2. If your first flight is on-time and your Lufthansa flight does in fact leave at 10:35 PM you should have enough time.


  • international connection
    Jun 10, 2013
    Will I have enough time to connect from United express-arrive at 8:20 pm Wed night and fly out at 9:10pm Swiss not have to recheck bags. First time flying international, do not know my way around


    You will have to change terminals by taking the ATS train from T1 or T2 to T5 for your departure on Swiss. The connection will take you 30-40 minutes so there's very little room for error.


    Note that Terminal 1 has B & C gates; Terminal 2 has E & F gates. Terminal 5 has M gates M1-M21 divided into three gateways around the concessions court: M12-M21; M7-M1, & M8-M11. You arrive via ATS train at Terminal 5's ATS train station across from upper-level roadway - upon entering T5 you will be on the ticketing level, proceed up to the departures level & go through security check and on to your gate. Hurry!


  • Term 1 to Term 5
    Jun 9, 2013
    We are flying in on UA into terminal 1 at 2:05pm and fly out of Terminal 5 on Aer Lingus at 3:50pm. Will we have enough time to make our connection?


    Yes, if your first flight is on-time you should have enough time. You take the ATS train between terminals and go through security again in T5, but it shouldn't be that bad mid-afternoon (before the Europe flight rush).


  • Is 50 mins enough time?
    Jun 7, 2013
    Next week I have an upcoming flight from Fairbanks, Ak to Pittsburgh, Pa with a 50 minute layover at ORD with united my question is will this be enough time to make my connecting flight? I'm a little anxious flying already trying to get back home for a surprise visit I just do not want the surprise on me and miss my flight! Thanks in advance


    Yes, that should be enough time if your first flight is on-time. You will arrive in Terminal 1 and if your flight to Pittsburgh is on United mainline it will also be in Terminal 1, if it's on United Express it could be in Terminal 1 or 2 (but you can walk between the two terminals without having to go through security)


    Jun 3, 2013
    AER LINGUS-flight operated by UNITED AIRLINES - arrive on 08JUN @ 11:22am - Depart @ 3:50pm AER LINGUS - Is there enough time to get to T5 from the terminal where UNITED AIRLINES comes in? Also, how do I get to T5? Will I have to go through TSA or CUSTOMS and if so how long will that take? A travel agency booked my flights on one ticket. Thanks!


    You have plenty of time. You will take the ATS train from T1 to T5. It should take about 25 minutes. You will go through security in T5.


  • T5 to T3 in 50 minutes?
    May 30, 2013
    I flying on Aer Lingus #123 scheduled to arrive on Saturday June 8 at 1.45pm. I have a connecting flight out to SFO on Virgin American in Terminal 3 at 6.50PM but there is an earlier flight at 2.35PM. Do you think there's any chance I might catch the earlier flight at 2.35PM. I will have only carry on luggage and I think the Aer Lingus flight pre-clears customs in Dublin.


    If your flight gets in early there's a chance. I wouldn't bet on it though. Security in T3 will be pretty long that time of day.


    May 30, 2013
    I'm traveling from CVG to ORD by AA. After 2 hours, I'll go from ORD to DOH by Qatar Airways. Am I going to claim my baggage in this connection?


    Most likely you need to claim & re-check-in your bag as AA is, but Qatar is not yet (but by year-end or early '14) member of the Oneworld alliance - but check with AA. You arrive at ORD at Terminal 3 (T3) and depart from T5.


    Most likely you need to claim & re-check-in your bag as AA is, but Qatar is not yet (but by year-end or early '14) member of the Oneworld alliance - but check with AA. You arrive at ORD at Terminal 3 (T3) and depart from T5. You have a choice of taking the tunnel connecting all terminals or the ATS train, but need to go through security check at T5 and on to your connecting M gate.


  • What Gate Does Air Berlin Fly Out Of
    May 27, 2013
    Friend flies into T3 H10 and has less that 2 hours to make Air Berlin Flight 7421 connection. Today I saw his flight into O'hare was 38 minutes and Air Berlin flight left 10 minutes early. What terminal and what gate doe AB 7421 usually fiy out of.


    Air Berlin flights depart from Terminal 3. The gate is probably one of the gates at the end of the K concourse but I don't know for sure what gate they use. They don't list it on their website.


  • T5 to T3
    May 24, 2013
    I'm a bit nervous about my connecting flight at ORD Arrive AA at T5 gate M1 at 5:00pm. And then depart AA at 6:40pm from T3. I checked connecting times and it said 1hr30mins. So I feel it can be done if everything is in time. But I don't know the routine. What will I have to do? Leave secure area and recheck in at the new terminal? Customs? Get bags?


    Yes, you will claim your bags in immigration, then re-check them with American when you exit customs. Then go upstairs and take the ATS train to T3, then go through security again and go to your gate. Since both of your flights are on American you should get both boarding passes when you check in for your first flight. Immigration has been pretty slow lately so there's a decent chance you'll miss your connection. Hopefully there's another later flight to your final destination that you can be rebooked on if that's the case.


  • BA297connection
    May 21, 2013
    We arrive on BA 297 on a Wednesday, and as another poster mentioned it is always late. So assuming, a 6:30pm arrival can we make an 8:05 AA FLIGHT out of terminal 3? We are US citizens if that matters in clearing customs. There ate no later flights that day so I guess we will be stuck, if we can't make it.


    It's possible. Immigration has been pretty bad lately but there aren't many other flights getting in that late so it shouldn't be too bad. You'll still have to hurry to re-check and the ATS and through security in T3.


  • Terminal Q.
    May 19, 2013
    Like many people on here, I'm nervous about connecting terminals. How often does the ATS tram run? I'm flying BA (AA flight into Chicago), and I have 2 hours and 5 min to get from Terminal 3 to Terminal 5. I don't think I'll have to re-check my bag as AA and BA are partnered airlines, but I'm nervous about making the connection (especially since people have been saying BA usually runs late...?). I'll be departing/arriving this coming Wednesday if that helps. Any previous experience or advice would be much appreciated!


    An ATS train comes about every 5 minutes and it will take about 2-3 minutes to get from T3 to T5.


  • Meeting Up for International Flight
    May 19, 2013
    A friend and I plan to meet at O'Hare for a flight to Paris. We are both flying on American--she is coming on 4176 from Little Rock and I am on 898 from St. Louis. Our arrival times are just 5 min. apart. I was told we can't check our luggage all the way through to Paris. We'd like to meet up near baggage claim and then go down to Terminal 5 together. Any suggestions to help us?


    Yes, you could meet at the baggage claim or maybe at the Terminal 3 ATS station. What airline are you flying to Paris? Did you buy two separate tickets?


  • Do I have to go through Security Again?
    May 19, 2013
    I will be arriving in Chicago in Terminal 1 and have to go to Terminal 3 for my next flight. I think it's a transfer by tram?? Will I have to go through security again?


    At ORD, Terminals 1 & 3 are connected by walkways inside security - at T3 you would arrive near Concourse G. You can also take the ATS shuttle train but need to go through security check before proceeding to your gate. Terminal 3 has Concourses G, H, K & L with corresponding gates.


  • 35 min. layover enough?
    May 19, 2013
    I had booked a flight for me and 2 friends through American Airlines/British Airways from St. Louis to London with a layover in Chicago of 1 1/2 hours. They changed when the flight leaves St. Louis to an hour later and the flight out of Chicago to only 5 mins. later than the original (to get them within their time limit). That now leaves us only 35 minutes to disembark, find the tram, make the transfer to the other terminal, get checked in and board. Is this even possible?! I'm so frustrated with the airline for changing the flights!!


    AA & British are part of OneWorld Alliance - your bags will automatically be transferred. AA uses Terminal 3, British Terminal 5 (M gates). Take the ATS train which runs continuously in the unsecured areas of the terminals, above the upper-level roadway (signs will guide you), but you need to go through security check at T5 before proceeding to your gate. Gates wrap around concessions court: left gates M12-21; right M7-M1 and in center northward M8-M11. Alert your flight attendant that you need to be first ones out leaving the plane!


  • Time btw T1 and T3 with checked luggage
    May 17, 2013
    I will have to connect flying in from Houston with United Airlines and out to Waterloo (IA) with American Airlines 3005 at 7:55 pm. I will have luggage to check. Would UA 1575 arriving at 6:20 pm allow sufficient lay-over time, or should I take UA 1299 arriving at 5:09 pm to be on the safe side ?


    Yes it would be a better idea to use UA for both flights, as baggage claim, re-check & going through security check would make it extremely tight.


    United does not fly to Waterloo, Iowa so it's not an option. You could however fly American for both flights. Taking UA 1299 would leave you plenty of time assuming everything runs on-time. If you book your tickets on one itinerary you can even have your bags checked through to waterloo in Houston.


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