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  • Connection from ORDT5-ORDT3
    May 14, 2014
    I am flying with BA to ORD, then connecting to flight BA4668 (American Eagle) to Bradley CT. I have 2 hours between flights. Will my hold baggage be transferred automatically on to the flight to Bradley, or will I have to collect it and check it in again at the Republic Airlines check in desk at T3? Also will I clear customs and passport control at ORD or when I arrive at Bradley CT?


    On arrival at ORD, you need to go through passport check, retrieve checked bags, go through customs clearance and - if transferring to another flight - re-check-in bag; (at this point check overhead screens for your connecting flight & gate number - then proceed up one level to the Airport Transit System (ATS) station and take the ATS train, which runs every few minutes, to your connecting terminal, where you need to go through security check before proceeding to your connecting gate.


    Note that you will re-check your bags with American Airlines, not Republic (there are no Republic check-in counters).


    Samay and Zap, I never saw your reply in time - I wish I had, however, thank you so much as the procedure was exactly as you described. Travellers beware, although Passport control was quick, I had to wait 30 minutes for my checked baggage, once rechecked it took another 15 minutes via ATS to get from T5 - T3 security, then another 15 minutes to clear security, before going to gate. Total time transfer time was approx 1 hour 15 minutes, but that was with no problems. I would recommend a MINIMUM of 2 hours - more if possible to have a better chance of making your connection. The return was easier as it was not necessary to re-check my hold baggage, it went all the way to the final destination.


  • From LON-ORD-CID, 2 hrs connection time
    Apr 29, 2014
    I am a British passport holder traveling on ESTA authorization. I have a connection from London to Cedar Rapids at Chicago for 2 hrs. Would that be enough time for immigration. customs and re-check in for CID flight. Both flights are on United airlines


    Yes, that should be enough time. You will arrive in Terminal 5 where you will clear US Immigration, claim your bags, clear US Customs, and then re-check your bags with United. Then you will take the ATS Train to Terminal 1 or Terminal 2 (your flight will likely depart from Terminal 1) where you will go through security and to your departure gate.


  • lax-Chicago-London
    Apr 29, 2014
    My flight (British airways operated by American airlines) will arrive from los Angeles to chicago at 15:35.. I will have to make a connection for flight to London at 18:10. Do I need to change terminals and go through security again? If so - is it enough time? I would also like to meet with a friend there. Whivh terminal would be better for a brief meeting? Thanks


    Is your ORD-LHR flight operated by American or British Airways. If it is operated by American you will not have to change terminals as both flights will be in Terminal 3. If it is operated by British Airways you can either take a shuttle that British Airways operates on the secure side or take the ATS train between terminals and go through security in Terminal 5. It would probably be best to meet your friend in Terminal 3 as it is easier for people from Chicago to get to. You should have plenty of time in either instance, although not much time for your meeting.


  • 1hr connecting Terminal 2 to 3
    Apr 28, 2014
    Hi, I am flying from Edmonton, Canada to Chicago on Air Canada (United Express) arriving in Terminal 2 at 12:10pm, then departing to Philadelphia on AA4247 from Terminal 3 at 1:30pm. Philadelphia is not my final location, only another connection on the way to Lisbon, Portugal. Is 1hr enough time to get from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3? Will our bags be transferred on their own or will we need to collect them? Do we even need to go through customs if neither the starting nor final destination is in the USA? Thanks!


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Edmonton. Were your tickets purchased together or separately. If together they should be checked through to Lisbon and you won't have to do anything in O'hare, but if they can't be because you purchased separately, one hour is not enough time.


    The tickets were purchased at the same time, so it's good to hear we will be okay. We are trying to only have carry-ons anyways! Thanks for your help!


  • 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.


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