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  • ORD connexion
    May 30, 2016
    We are traveling SAT-ORD-PVG on United with a connection time of1hr 20 mins and checked luggage. How do we navigate that and do we have enough time?


    This is a reasonable connection assuming your incoming flight is on time. Your United flight SAT-ORD will arrive in Terminal 1 or 2. Assuming your flight ORD-PVG is operated by United (not a code share) it should depart from Terminal 1. T1 and T2 are connected inside security so you do not have to go through security again. Ordinarily your checked luggage will be automatically transferred through to PVG (i.e. you will not have to collect and re-check it). Be aware that boarding starts and closes early for international flights: it may start as much as an hour before departure, and will likely close 20 minutes before departure. It would be a good idea to proceed directly to your gate after landing.


  • How Long do we need to get through security and to our gate?
    May 30, 2016
    Thanks for any help anyone can provide. I have a group of 56 senior citizens departing ORD Terminal 3 on 2 June 2016 on an Alaska Air flight at 9:35 AM. How much time will they need to get through security and to their gate? I have them arriving at ORD tentatively at 7:00 AM. Will that be enough time for them? Any helpful information for this situation will sincerely be appreciated!


    For 56 senior citizens, you will need to arrive at least three days prior to your departure.


    More seriously, this will depend on several factors. Ideally they will ALL be checked in ahead of time and will not have to check luggage. If anyone in the party has to check in or check luggage it could add a lot of time. O'Hare security has been very unpredictable lately so it is hard to say whether this is enough time.


  • Terminal connection for United from SAN to YUL through ORD
    May 30, 2016
    My arrival time on June 3 from SAN to ORD is 3:19 pm Departure time from ORD to YUL is 5:30 pm. Can I make it? What are the connection terminals in ORD for United?


    If your flights are operated by United (not code shares) they will arrive and depart from Terminal 1 or Terminal 2. The distance between is walkable and you will not need to go through security again. This should be an easy connection unless your incoming flight is long delayed.


  • enough time?
    May 25, 2016
    on June 3, arriving ORD from MSP on Delta at 2:34pm. Leaving on Aer Lingus for Dublin at 3:50. If bags are checked through, is this enough time to get from T3 to T5? Do we still go through security? And if I cannot get all the boarding passes in M'polis, where do I get them in ORD?


    You will need to exit the secured area at T3, take the ATS (train) to T5, and go through security again. I assume your bags will be checked through but I never check luggage so don't have experience with that. When I connected through T5 weekend before last it took a little over 2 hours to clear security. There are reports that things have improved since then. It would be wise to proceed immediately to T5 from your incoming flight without stopping for a meal or the like. There are restaurants and shopping (though not many) inside security at T5.


  • Not sure which terminal I come in on
    May 26, 2016
    Coming into ORD from NYC may I ask which terminal I will come into on a United Flight? Thank you so much this has been so helpful in the past!


    All United flights arrive and depart from Terminal 1 or Terminal 2. Which terminal will depend on your specific flight. Full-size planes use T1 while regional jets mostly use T2, though regional jets sometimes use T1 also. The two terminals are connected and you can walk between them, though the walk can be a little long.


    Slight correction, this applies to domestic flights only. International arrivals are at Terminal 5.


  • Will I have enough time
    May 25, 2016
    I am arriving on United in Term 2 at 4:50 pm on Fri June 10 and have to get my checked bag then get to Air Choice One Term 3 flight that leaves at 6:50 pm. Will I have enough time to make my flight?


    If your incoming flight is on time this should be no problem at all. You can walk from T2 to T3 without exiting the secure area. In fact when I am at T2 sometimes I will walk over to T3 because the restaurants are better. ;-)


    If my United flight does come in to T1 can I still make it to T3 gate? Not sure if I want to bring a checked bag if that will hold me up to get to my flight home. Thank you so much for your help you have no idea how much I have been sweating this!


    Two hours is more than enough, since you will not have to clear security again. For information, it turns out the longest possible walk within O'Hare is 1.04 miles. This would be if you arrive at the end of the C concourse of T1. You would then need to walk to the middle of C concourse, go down to a short tunnel that takes you to B concourse, and from there to the outskirts of T2 and onward to T3. All together this might take 30 minutes, more or less depending on how fast you tend to walk and how much you have to carry. No need to "sweat it" assuming your incoming flight is reasonably close to on time arrival. As for baggage, I do not know if Air Choice can interline your bag to United. If not, having to collect and re-check your bag would be a major hassle and could turn an easy connection into an uncomfortable one.


    Thank you thank you! I realize that not checking my carry on is what makes TSA lines longer but this is exactly why travelers don't want to. ')


  • Minimum time get from Terminal 1 and through security at Terminal 5?
    May 25, 2016
    Arriving with United to ORD terminal 1 at 6.20pm, continuing to Stockholm with SAS from Terminal 5 at 9.05pm. Is 2 hrs 45 min enough time getting to Terinal 5 and through security, or should I try reschedule to an earlier United flight (if possible)?


    That should be enough time. The lines in T5 get shorter by the late evening when the SAS flight departs.


    I took this Stockholm flight weekend before last. Time to clear security was a little over 2 hours. O'Hare has been an absolute madhouse lately though there are rumors that things have improved slightly. You can probably make this connection but you should proceed immediately to T5 from your incoming flight and not dawdle with meals or shopping.


    Thanks so much for information. Flying this Friday. I'll run to the Terminal 5 :-)


  • T1 to T2 - Security?
    May 25, 2016
    I am flying from ATL into ORD T1 on United. I have a 1hr 20 minute layover before my flight to Toronto on Air Canada in T2. Will I need to go through security in ORD to reach T2? Is 80 minutes enough time?


    Sorry. Typo. Flying United not AA.


    No, you do not have to go through security. THere is a walkway from T1 to T2 inside security.


  • Need connection info
    May 25, 2016
    We are traveling ATL-ORD-YVR on AA (flts 367 and 1180) with a connection time of 2 hrs 9 mins and checked luggage. How do we navigate that and do we have enough time?


    That is enough time. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    Thank you. You are providing an invaluable service!


  • Transferring from T3 - T5
    May 27, 2016
    Do I need to exit security to transfer from American (T3) to SAS (T5). How long have security lines in T5 been at 8:00 PM? I only have 90 minutes between flights.


    Yes, you will have to go through security again in T5. This is a very difficult connection.


    Thanks. I called SAS. They said, it would not be a problem. Plenty of time, etc. I asked if I could change to an earlier flight and they wanted over $1,000 to make the change. New tickets on American for the domestic leg did not cost that much. Made it sound like I am their first customer to suggest there may be problems in Chicago. Go figure.


  • Two hrs enough time to get from Terminal 3 to Terminal 5?
    May 24, 2016
    Arriving Terminal 3 at 7:09pm on American to transfer to a 9:05pm Flight on SAS in Terminal 5. Is that enough time to switch terminals and go through security with only carryons?


    I have the same situation on May 29. It looks like you need to leave security to get to T5. Has American told you they will issue boarding passes on SAS and let you check luggage. They are not alliance partners but SAS booked me on AA so you would think they have an agreement in place for itransfers. That said, nobody at AA can confirm that.


    WA, that should be enough time. AA and SAS do have an interline agreement but are not alliance partners. AA can check your bag through to SAS if both tickets are on the same reservation, but they may not be able to issue your SAS boarding pass.


    thank you very much


  • Transfer T3 - T5
    May 24, 2016
    In July, flying from Tucson-Chicago on AA, arriving at 5:45 pm. We have a 9:05 pm SAS flight to Stockholm. These flights were booked separately and we only have carry-on luggage. I was told that we can't get our boarding passes until we're at the airport in Chicago. Is there enough time to get our boarding passes and go back through security (flying business if that makes a difference)?


    Yes, that should be enough time as long as the Tucson flight is on-time.


    May 25, 2016
    I will be traveling from Vienna, Austria to Chicago, ORD and then from ORD to Memphis. If my flight from Vienna to Chicago is on time I will have about 2 hours to make my next flight to memphis. I am afraid I won't have enough time to check bags and get through security. Any help would be appreciated.


    It should be just enough time if everything goes smoothly.


    Do you know if I can check bags all the way to memphis from vienna ? Only thing is I have two separate tickets. One from vienna to Chicago. The other Chicago to memphis .


    What airline are you flying to Memphis?


    I'll be flying United to memphis.


    I'm using Austrian Air to Chicago.


  • TUS to ORD to DUB
    May 24, 2016
    AA changed my flight times. I have less than an hour to connect in ORD, going TUS-ORD-DUB. Will we have to clear security again and will we land in the same terminal that we depart international to Dublin?


    I have a similar question: flying Vancouver to Burlington, VT (YVR->ORD->BTV), all on United, with only ~50 minute layover at ORD. Normally I would be very concerned about this short a connection at ORD on an international flight - but my ticket says we clear customs at YVR, and that both my flights are out of Terminal 1. Does this sound correct and will I make the connection? Thank you!


    Nic, all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time. Emily, yes, that is correct. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver and all you have to do in Chicago is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time.


  • ANA transit to United for ATL
    May 24, 2016
    Hi guys, Can you please share your experience with me if 1hr 50min is sufficient to connect arriving ANA flight to United for Atlanta? Is it wise to check in luggage?


    You can save quite a bit of time if you don't check luggage. This is a fairly difficult connection.


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