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  • Connection 40 Minutes Enough Time If On Last Seat of Plane?
    Sep 2, 2014
    We are traveling AA with a 40 minute connection to another AA flight. We'll be disembarking as of now from the next to last row of a smaller plane (EMBRAER EMB 175 Jet, row 22). What are the odds of making this connection so that our luggage follows us to the next connection? Would they be willing to change our seats on this basis? (Flight is a couple months away).


    Oh, and the next connection is NOT AA, so I'm a big concerned about luggage keeping up with us if we miss this flight.


    What airline is the second flight on?


    Both AA flights for the first and second leg. Not familiar with Chicago airport. And not sure if either flight tends to run on time. Thanks.


    If both flights are AA then they will both be in Terminal 3. If the flight is a few months away better seats should be available now - log into your itinerary on aa.com and check. If your flight is on-time this should be a very doable connection.


    Thanks for the input. Our seats have already been assigned and confirmed by the airport (I requested them side by side.) I'm not very sure how to go about getting them changed. I went through onetravel.com. I'll have to dig into this, but I didn't see a place to request a change. Is calling the airline the best idea on this? I really appreciate the advices.


    Ask the flight attendants to allow you to disembark before everyone else. They can make an announcement as soon as they pull up to the gate (or open the doors) that a passenger needs to catch a connecting flight and needs to get off first. Some people might grumble but in my experience most travelers try to help each other and will give you the courtesy of not stepping out into the aisle so that you can pass. Good luck


    Thank you so much. I had a plane stay on the ground for an hour once checking a malfunctioning light so that th connecting flight left ten minutes early--last flight of the night. We had a three year old and a baby then, had to find car seats, cab driver got mad waiting for us, left the van doors open, gunned the motor, throwing our luggage out. My husband, a very kind and soft spoken man, had to yell at him to get him to stop, step back out to retrieve our belongings from the street. All the while, we were trapped in the van with a smoker, and my toddler was coughing his head off asking why people smoked in an already tense environment. It was awful. We were spent, nerves frayed, didn't sleep all night trying to go into another day of travel. I was scarred. We asked the stewardess to let the connecting flight know and she said, "I'm sorry, we cannot do that." Really? We ran, carrying diaper bags and stroller, only to watch that plane taxi away ten minutes early. Probably had a whopping ten people on the flight if it was anything like ours. Good to know stewardess will help in a pinch. I sure hope so! I got our seats moved to the middle section last night, so maybe that will help a bit. Never hurts to ask in a pinch, right?


    The stewardess wasn't lying to you. They have no way to contact another flight, nor do they have any control when it leaves.


    Good to know. One would have thought that connecting flights would somehow be "connected" with communications. LOL


  • Terminal 2 to Terminal 5
    Aug 29, 2014
    Hi, I'll be travelling on Monday (Sept 1st) from Ottawa Canada to Seoul. I'll arrive at T2 and my flight to Korea departs at T5. I have 1h20 minutes between flights and I would like to know if that would be ok. The departure flight is KE38 around 1235 Thanks!


    That will be really tough as you will have to go through security again in T5. It will be impossible if you purchased tickets separately and have checked baggage as you will have to claim your bags in T1 or T2 and then take them on the ATS train to T5, by which time you will have missed the bag cutoff.


  • Terminals
    Aug 30, 2014
    Are all connecting (domestic) flights on United within the same terminal at ORD? It would be IAH connecting in ORD to BUF. Thank you


    Most flights are in Terminal 1 but some United Express flights are in Terminal 2. However, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 are connected inside security by a walkway.


    Thank you


  • Flying from PDX, then onto Dublin, Ireland
    Aug 29, 2014
    I'm arriving in ORD at 5:16 PM, then transferring to catch a flight to Dublin at 8:00 PM. Do you know what terminals I'll be going to and how do I transfer between them? Thank you! :-)


    What airlines are you flying? This question can't be answered without knowing that.


    Oh, sorry! (Doh!) United Airlines. :-)


    United doesn't fly from ORD to DUB, so that flight will be operated be Aer Lingus. As such you will arrive in Terminal 1 and depart from Terminal 5. Your baggage will be transferred, but you will have to exit Terminal 1, take the ATS Train to Terminal 5, and go through security again there. You still have plenty of time to do that.


    Thank you very much indeed; I appreciate the help.


  • LAX-ORD-ZUR United Airlines/Swiss Air
    Aug 29, 2014
    We are looking UA flight from LAX to ORD arriving 5:18PM:, connection time is 2 hours at 7:15pm to Swiss Air going to ZUR in late November Sat Nov 22 (weekend before Thanksgiving). Is that enough time for connection?


    Yes, that is enough time. Saturday is the least busy day. You will however have to take the ATS Train from T1 where you will arrive to T5 where you will depart and go through security.


  • Drop off baggage at 1:30 am
    Sep 1, 2014
    my son is 17, just arrive to ORD from an international flight and have conection to MBS (saginaw) at 6;30, Gate F1D terminal 2. He was said that drop off kiosk open at 3;30 am and he should left baggage at terminal 1. Should not drop the baggage at teminal 2 where is the conection flight? Does he need to wait until 3:30 am?


    United does not accept checked baggage in Terminal 2 even though they have gates there, so he will have to take it to Terminal 1. Yes, the check-in counters are closed from approximately 10:30 PM to 3:30 AM.


    thank you ZAP, it is difficult to find these kind of details are cause a lot of stress. I hope this could be useful for other travelers. Fortunately he could complete his trip safely.


  • connecting flight AMS-ODR-SFO
    Aug 28, 2014
    I have connecting flight from AMS-ODR-SFO. Layover in Chicago is 1 hour and 45 minutes. I'm not an US-citizen, so my biggest concern is the lane at the migration. This is my first time at the O'hare airport, so I also don't know the distance from the migration to the baggage claim and from the baggage claim to the counter to drop off my bags again. Could you please tell me the connecting flight procedure? Is there a fast lane at the migration for people who need to catch their next flight? Is 1 hour and 45 minutes enough time to make the connection? And how far is the baggage claim to the drop off counter?


    I'm flying Lufthansa


    Both of your flights will actually be on United. you will arrive in Terminal 5, go through US Immigration, collect your baggage, go through US Customs, then immediately after, re-check your bags with United. Then you will follow the signs up 2 levels to the ATS Train, You will take the ATS train 3 stop to Terminal 1 where you will enter Terminal 1 and go through security and to your departure gate. You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time.


    thanks for the info! how long does it usually take to go through US immigration and customs. Arrival time is 1.25 pm


    another question, where do i need to recheck the bags? is it close to customs?


    It usually takes 30-50 minutes to get through Immigration and customs. The re-check desk is immediately after you clear customs.


  • landing and transferring
    Aug 26, 2014
    I arrive on a B.A. flight at terminal 5 with a connecting flight to Lexington at terminal 3.Lay over is 1 hour and 45 min... is this sufficient? What is the procedure after landing and then how do I transfer to terminal 3. Many thanks


    You will arrive in Terminal 5, be directed to US Immigration where they will check your passport, then you will claim your bags, then you will go through US Customs, then you will re-check your bags with American, then you will go up 2 floors to the ATS train and take it one stop to T3. Then you will go over the roadway and into the T3 lobby and through security and to your departure gate which will be on concourse G. You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time, but you have very little time to spare in the case of any delays.


  • 60 minute connection?
    Aug 25, 2014
    Incoming flight from PIT with a 1 hour connection. Both flights are on American/American Eagle so I believe both will be in Terminal 3. Is this enough time??


    Yes, if your first flight is on-time this should be plenty of time.


  • 40 minute connection
    Aug 25, 2014
    I arrive American at ORD at 4:55 pm and have an American flight at 5:35 pm to Paris. Is this enough time to make the connection?


    Yes, that should be enough time if your first flight is on-time. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate which will both by in Terminal 3. However, it doesn't leave much time for possible delays.


  • 70 minutes 2 transfer from intl flight
    Aug 24, 2014
    I just found out that my flight from ORD was cancelled and I have been rebooked on another flight that leaves 70 minutes after I land from England in T5. 70 minutes seems awfully close for me to clear customs, and transfer terminals. thoughts? thanks!


    Yes, it is very tight but since your flight was already trying this may be your best option. It's possible that your outbound flight will be delayed and you can make your connection.


    Aug 20, 2014
    My flight arrives at ORD from LHR to terminal 5 at 15:15. My connecting flight is again at 17:15 in terminal 1. Do I need to claim my bag and re-checkin again. Is 2hrs is enough to change the terminal


    Yes, you will go through US Immigration, claim your bag, go through US Customs, then re-check your bag immediately after with United, then take the ATS train to Terminal 1 or 2 and go through security and to your gate. Check the monitors - if your departing gate to Peoria starts with E or F, it's faster to ride the ATS to T2 rather than T1. Yes, 2 hours should be enough time if your flight from London is on-time.


    What about coming back is it the same way do I need to do a check in again at Chicago airport or it will be directly sent to London from peoria.


    On the way back you will only have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate in Chicago, no immigration and nothing with your baggage. Also, your flight TO London (if on United) will depart from Terminal 1.


  • 85 mins connection
    Aug 20, 2014
    I would reach ORD around 7.20 pm in Terminal 1 (United Airlines) and my International flight is at 8.45 pm in Terminal 5 (Qatar Airlines). Will i able to transit during this time , including security check - i dont have check-in baggage.


    Actually, Qatar Airlines departs from Terminal 3, concourse L. You can actually walk all the way from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3 inside security. You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time. However, if you don't already have your Qatar Airways boarding pass you may have to exit security to get it.


    Thank you, i am planning to take the print of Boarding pass - do i still need to go thru the Security check again in Terminal 3. After speaking with few people they were confusing me and i had decided to take earlier flight from Denver to Chicago. If 85 minutes is comfortable to get into Qatar Airways - i ll stick onto my original plan (ofcourse i ll check if first flight is on-time). Please advise. Thank you.


    If you have your Qatar Airways boarding pass you won't have to go through security again. You can just walk from T1 to T3 inside security. It's maybe a 15-20 minute walk.


  • 50 Min connection from YWG to EWR
    Aug 19, 2014
    I am looking at a 50 minute connection arriving in ORD from YWG, transferring planes to continue to EWR. Is 50 minutes enough time? And do you know if baggage wold have to be claimed and re dropped?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration in Winnipeg. All you have to do in ORD is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. Your arrival will be in Terminal 1 or 2 and your departure will be from Terminal 1. The two terminals are connected inside security by a walkway. You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time.


  • international connection in ORD - reclaim luggage & customs?
    Aug 18, 2014
    I am flying from Beijing PEK to Amsterdam, through ORD. Will I have to reclaim my luggage and go through customs in ORD? Is 90 minutes long enough to make my connection?


    Yes, you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your baggage, and go through US Customs then re-check your bags. Then if you are taking United to Amsterdam you will have to take the ATS train to Terminal 1 and go through security. If you are taking KLM to Amsterdam you will stay in Terminal 5 and go through security there.


    90 minutes should be barely enough time if your tickets were bought together. It will be not enough time if they were not.


    Yes, it's United. Ugh. Sounds like a pain.


    My tickets were bought together. I'll be hoping for an early arrival and be that person running through the airport. Wish me luck! Thanks so much for your quick reply.


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