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  • where you clear customs
    Apr 24, 2014
    I am flying from Frankfurt, making a connection in Toronto and continuing to Chicago. Do I clear customs in Toronto or Chicago? I'm using Lufthansa to Toronto and Air Canada to Chicago.


    You will clear US Immigration in Toronto at the pre-clearance facility. You will not have to go through Canadian Immigration since both flights are in Terminal 1. Follow the signs towards US Flights upon arrival in Toronto.


  • 45 minutes in ORD
    May 7, 2014
    Toronto - ORD on JAL flight 7451 (Operated by Envoy Air AS American Eagle for AA) 45 minute layover ORD - Tokyo on JAL flight 9 What's the likelihood I make this connection?


    If your first flight is on-time it should be pretty easy. Both flights will be in Terminal 3 and all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate, which shouldn't take more than 10 minutes. You will pre-clear US Immigration in Toronto.


    I am planning on booking the exact same flight path for the end of the month. Can you please let me know how it goes! I'm extremely worried about the short layover time. Thanks!!!


  • 40 Minute Layover in ORD from Calgary
    Apr 23, 2014
    Hi, I am considering purchasing a ticket through Air Canada from Calgary - Chicago - Charlotte, however there is only 40 minutes between arriving in Chicago and leaving for Charlotte. Will we need to go through customs in Chicago? Is this enough time? Many thanks.


    You will pre-clear US Immigration in Calgary. Both flights will be operated by United or United Express. 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.


    Very helpful - thank you.


  • chicago to madrid
    Apr 23, 2014
    We are flying from Atlanta to Chicago on American Airlines and then on Iberius from Chicago to Madrid. Do we have to claim our luggage and re check in?


    No, your bags should be checked through to Madrid in Atlanta and both your arrival gate and your departure gate will be in Terminal 3. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Las Vegas -> Chicago -> Frankfurt
    Apr 22, 2014
    On 28th of June I'm flying Lufthansa at 16.05 from Chicago (Terminal 1) to Frankfurt. In order to catch this flight I was planning to fly from Las Vegas to Chicago with Spirit Airlines NK446, which lands in Chicago at 14.05 (I assume Terminal 3). Both flights are separate (CHI - FRA is already booked, LAS-CHI not yet). So I'll need to land, claim for baggage, go to another Terminal, drop the baggage. Is it do-able in 2 hours? (Lufthansa says that Checkin is possible up to 60min before the flight). Thank you!


    It's possible in 2 hours, but if you miss your connection due to a delay on your Spirit flight, Lufthansa will be of no obligation to rebook you and you may have to spend the night in Chicago. However, since you already purchased the CHI-FRA flight, the Spirit flight may still be your best option.


  • Air Canada to Air Canada connection times
    Apr 22, 2014
    July 4th connecting in Chicago from Air Canada 3221 to Air Canada 7402 (arriving in ORD at 12:45 pm, departing at 1:20 pm). Is this enough time ?


    Note that your first flight is a United Express flight. Your United Express flight will likely arrive in Terminal 2, but it may arrive in Terminal 1. Air Canada 7402 will depart from Terminal 2. Terminals 1 and 2 are connected inside security by a walkway. You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time.


  • Mia to ord connection
    Apr 20, 2014
    Mia flight leaves at 10:55am and arriving at ord at 1:15pm on aa. Will I have enough time to catch my flight to duss at 3:55 on aa?


    Terminal3 of O'Hare Airport is served by American's domestic flights & its international departures. T3 has Concourses G, H ,K & L (with corresponding gates) - just follow signs to your connecting concourse. You have plenty of time.


    Thank you!


  • Kitchener to Chicago one hour to make connection
    Apr 18, 2014
    We are flying from Kitchener, Ontario to Portland, Oregon with a one hour connection in Chicago, I know we have to go from terminal 5 to terminal 3. We are flying with American Airlines. Will our luggage go straight to the plane or will we have to collect it before going to Terminal 5? Is one hour going to be enough time? Thanks.


    No, one hour is not enough time. You need to go through US Immigration, claim your baggage, go through US customs, re-check your bags, and then take the ATS Train to Terminal 3, then go through security and to your gate. It's very hard to do that in an hour. For some reason American has been selling a lot of illegal connections on that Kitchener flight, probably because the software doesn't realize that it requires clearing immigration in Chicago. Unless you're willing to risk it, you need to call American and get your flight changed or refunded.


    Thanks for your response, after a lengthy call to AA and US AIr, they insist this is a legal connection and that we should make it. So I guess we will risk it!


  • Immigration controls
    Apr 17, 2014
    How long will it take me to get out from the airport considering that I'm landing from europe at 15:30?thanks


    I would budget 30-45 minutes. It could possibly be longer but probably not.


  • Enough time?
    Apr 17, 2014
    We are flying to O'Hare on LH from WI and arrive at 2:12. WE depart for Frankfurt at 4:05. Will we need to change terminials, recheck bags, and go through security again? Will this be enough time? Thanks


    Lufthansa does not fly to Wisconsin. Your flight from Wisconsin will be on United Express. All you have to do in O'Hare is go from your arrival gate, which will likely be in Terminal 2, to your departure gate in Terminal 1. However, Terminal 2 and Terminal 1 are connected inside security by a walkway. Follow the signs. You don't have to do anything with your bags. You should have enough time.


  • connecting in chicago from frankfurt going to yyc
    Apr 16, 2014
    Hello I was wondering if i have to claim my baggage and get them rechecked in chicago. My final destination is Calgary Canada and Im coming from beirut lebanon on MEA with a layover in frankfurt and chicago, both those flights are with united.


    Yes, after you clear US Immigration, you will claim your luggage, go through US Customs, and then re-check it with United. Then you will take the ATS Train from Terminal 5 to Terminal 1 or 2 (check monitors for where your Calgary flight will depart) and go through security and to your gate.


  • Need info regarding luggage recheck
    Apr 15, 2014
    Hi there.. I am a mom travelling with 2 kids to DEL India from YYZ Toronto with a connecting flight at ORD Chicago. I am a Permanent Resident of USA. I know that my customs will be done at YYZ. I want to know if I have to just walk to my departure gate at ORD or do I have to recheck my baggage too. I am arriving at Terminal 2 at ORD (Air-Canada) and have to catch Air-India flight from Terminal 5. Any help would be much appreciated. thank you


    You will not have to go through any immigration in Chicago. If both of your flights were purchased together Air Canada should be able to check your bags through to India for you. If not, you will have to claim them at the baggage claim in Terminal 2. Regardless, you will then have to take the ATS train from Terminal 2 to Terminal 5 and go through security. If Air Canada is unable to print your Air India boarding passes you will have to obtain those from the Air India counter in T5 first.


    Thanks for ur quick response. Can u plz tell me if I have to claim my checked baggage n then recheck it with Air India..will there be anybody to help me with the luggage transport to terminal 5....I am travelling with 2 small kids.


    No, there will likely be nobody to assist with luggage in T2. Additionally, you cannot take rented luggage carts on the ATS train. If you need a luggage cart, you should buy a portable one now and include it in your packed luggage.


  • Montreal - chicago - shanghai
    Apr 14, 2014
    Hello, I will take UA8371 to O'Hare into terminal 2 (9:30AM). then catch my flight UA835 (10:50AM) to Shanghai at terminal 1). Will that be enough time? I saw the flight UA8371 delayed for 50 minutes today.


    That should be enough time. You will pre-clear US Immigration in Montreal. In Chicago all you will have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. T1 and T2 are connected by a walkway inside security.




  • Rome to Chicago/Bloomington
    Apr 11, 2014
    I fly Rome to Chicago with connection to Bloomington/Normal. I arrive terminal 5 . Will I have to clear security again to terminal 3. someone tell me not take tramway to walk . What you say ?


    Forgot to ask will I have to recheck my luggage .. will someone tell me what I should expect whole thing to cause me


    Yes, after you arrive from Rome you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, then go through US Customs, then re-check your bags. Then you will take the ATS train to Terminal 3 where you will go through security and to your gate. You cannot walk between T5 and T3.


  • Do I go through security again?
    Apr 14, 2014
    I am coming into terminal 3 at ORD on American Airlines and connecting in terminal 2 for US AIRWAYS. Do I pass through security again? I did last time I was at ORD but really felt like I made a mistake somewhere since it was my first time there.


    At ORD, you may use either the walkways at post-security areas of Departures level (follow signs) - at T3 the walkway is near Concourse G. (Taking the ATS train would require you to go through security check).


    Thank you!! that was the mistake I made.... I took the TRAM and wasted a lot of time and energy.


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