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  • SLC to UK with 1 hr. 39 min. layover in ORD
    Aug 14, 2016
    3
    Hi. I am planning an anniversary trip for my parents on Labor Day weekend. Their flights are booked through United Airlines, and they will be departing from Salt Lake City on 9/05/16 with a 1 hr. 39 min. layover in ORD before catching an overnight Aer Lingus flight to London. Is that enough time to make the connection? Or will they have to pick up their luggage and re-check it, as well as waiting in line to go through Security and Customs again before boarding their connecting flight? Also, how should they get from the domestic arrival gate to the international departure gate? Any help, advice or clarification would be appreciated!

     

    There is no US Customs when leaving the US. If they are on the same reservation then they just have to take the ATS Train from Terminal 1 or 2 where they arrive to Terminal 5 where they will depart and then go through security. They have enough time.

     

    Thanks for the information! I just realized that I gave you the wrong departing airline. They are booked on a single ticket through United Airlines from SLC-->ORD, and then United Airlines again from ORD-->LHR. Does that mean that they will arrive in terminal 1 and depart from terminal 1, so they won't need to worry about picking up their luggage, changing terminals or going through security again? It would be very helpful if they arrived and departed in the same terminal without rushing to another part of the airport.

     

    Thanks for the information! I just realized that I gave you the wrong departing airline. They are booked on a single ticket through United Airlines from SLC-->ORD, and then United Airlines again from ORD-->LHR. Does that mean that they will arrive in terminal 1 and depart from terminal 1, so they won't need to worry about picking up their luggage, changing terminals or going through security again? It would be very helpful if they arrived and departed in the same terminal without rushing to another part of the airport.

     

  • 1h45min international to domestic connection in ORD. Is that possible?
    Aug 9, 2016
    3
    Hello, I am flying from London Heathrow connecting in Chicago OHare for a codeshare flight to Dallas (DFW) - British Airways with American Airlines. I land in Chicago at 3.05pm (BA1542) on a Friday and departure time of my connecting flight to DFW (BA4446) is at 4.49pm (1h45min connection time). Is that enough time from Terminal 5 to Terminal 3 departure gate, given I have to go through US Immigration, claim my luggage, go through US customs, and recheck my luggage at the recheck desk before hopping on the ATS to Terminal 3? There are about 4-5 international flight arrivals at T5 around the same time. I am not a US resident, non-European resident, not TSA approved, so no shortcuts. Also, at what interval are the ATS at Terminal 5? And how long does it take from T5 to T3? If I miss the connecting flight due to delays in security, immigration, will American Airlines book me on the next flight to DFW? Thank you

     

    That will be very difficult. The ATS Runs about every 4-6 minutes at that time of day. It's only one stop so once you're on the train it's only like 2 minutes to T3. If you miss your connection AA will book you on the next available flight. They have basically hourly flights from ORD to DFW.

     

    Thanks for your reply ZAP. Do you know if I should contact someone at the airport upon landing (e.g. AA official at the point of rechecking my luggage in) to advise that my connection time is very tight. I was hoping that someone from the airport/AA could help me avoid the long queue at security once I reach T3. I read about that somewhere online, but am not sure if that's possible. Any thoughts on that? Thanks

     

    Usually if it's a short connection time, AA will give you an express ticket. They will hang it on a wall on your way to immigration. With that ticket, the will know that you are in a hurry. It helps with the immigration part as you will go to an express line, however it doesn't help at a security check point as you will have to stay in line with everybody else. Express ticket means your documents will be check in an express line but doesn't mean you can jump the line through security check. You may have to run all the way, but if you miss your flight, AA will find you a new flight. Hope this help.

     

  • Shannon Ireland to Chicago to Seattle
    Aug 6, 2016
    1
    I am flying United from Shannon Ireland to Seattle with only a 52 minute layover in Chicago. Same airline, same reservation, is that even possible?

     

    Yes, that is possible. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Shannon. All you have to do in Chicago is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, both in Terminal 1.

     

  • one hour
    Aug 5, 2016
    1
    I am looking for a flight from Montréal (YUL) to Honolulu via ORD with UA express with a connection time of one hour and there is a terminal change. I am hesitant to book as cooection is short. Any opinion?

     

    Yes, that is enough time. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Montreal and arrive in Terminal 1 or 2 and depart from Terminal 1. 1 and 2 are connected inside security by a walkway. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. An hour is enough time.

     

  • DCA-ORD-NRT
    Aug 5, 2016
    2
    I have been looking for a flight from DCA-ORD-NRT via AA. I am interested in the flight 153, which has only 45 minutes for connection at ORD. But, both DCA-ORD and ORD-NRT legs bear the same flight number. I think they use different airplanes. Am I safe to say the second leg of flight 153 will not take off until the first leg arrives and I will not miss the trip to NRT? Thanks for your response.

     

    They won't hold the second flight if the first flight is heavily delayed, since you are correct, they are on different aircraft. However, it is an easy connection as all you have to do in ORD is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, both on the H/K concourse.

     

    Then, I probably should consider an earlier flight in to ORD, considering it will be in January. You never know what the weather might be then. Thank you.

     

  • T5/T2 delta terminal
    Aug 5, 2016
    1
    We are flying Ethiad AMD India via Abu Dhabi to ORD. We need to go to Delta terminal for domestic. We have a seperate ticket ORD to DTW. How can we transfer our bags? Is ATS train allow to take airport carts with checked bags? We will have 8 checked bags and 4 carrier.s (Family of 4). What are other options to transfer luggage from T5 to T2 if ATS train don't allow airport carts with checked bags? Thanks.

     

    either pack a foldable luggage cart in your baggage or each person carry 2 bags.

     

  • T5/T3 to Delta Domestic Terminal
    Aug 5, 2016
    3
    Hi, We are coming from Ahmedabad (India) via Abu Dhabi to ORD in Ethiad Airline. We need to go to Delta terminal for domestic. Seperate ticket from ORD to DTW. How can we transfer our bags? Is ATS train allow to take carts with bags? Thanks so much.

     

    You will arrive in Terminal 5 and depart from Terminal 2. You will have to take your bags with you to re-check in T2. You cannot bring rental carts on the ATS Train. Either pack a foldable luggage cart in your baggage or don't bring more bags than you can carry.

     

    Thanks so much for quick response. We will have 8 checked bags and 4 carrier.s (Family of 4). What are other options since I cannot use airport carts in the ATS train for luggage? Thank you.

     

    As I said, either pack a foldable luggage cart in your baggage or each person carry 2 bags.

     

  • Connecting flights - layover timings
    Aug 3, 2016
    1
    Am flying BA Heathrow to O'Hare, Chicago with connecting flight Envoy Air/American Eagle to Grand Rapids with a 1hr 30m layover at O'Hare. I don't know yet what terminals I fly in and out of. Will I have to collect baggage and go through immigration and customs at O'Hare and then re-check baggage, and go through passport control/security again before taking the flight to Grand Rapids or can my baggage be booked straight through? IS 1hr 30 m enough time?

     

    You will arrive in Terminal 5, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, take the ATS Train to Terminal 3, go through security and to your departure gate. That is a very difficult connection.

     

  • Short Connection Time
    Aug 2, 2016
    1
    Hey there! So my boyfriend and I are traveling from Florida to LA and we have a connection flight at ORD.. our layover time is only 43 mins... it says on our itinerary that we enter at terminal 1 and that we would be leaving at terminal 1... is it at all possible to make this connection?

     

    Yes, it is possible if the first flight is on-time.

     

  • ORD Terminal Connection
    Aug 3, 2016
    3
    Hi, I am arriving on Qatar Airways to ORD (Terminal 5) at 2:35pm and my onward travel is at 5:10pm on AA2586 from Terminal 3 on 21 Aug. Is the time sufficient to make the connection ?

     

    That should be enough time if everything goes smoothly.

     

    Please advise how do I transfer from Terminal 5 to Terminal 3 ? Do I take a sky link train ?

     

    When arriving at Terminal 5 you first go through passport control. Then you pick up your luggage (if you have checked luggage) and go through Customs. After clearing Customs you re-check your luggage - usually this is quick. Take the escalator upstairs to reach the train (ATS) to Terminal 3. Important: the ATS is outside the secure area so you will need to go through security when you reach Terminal 3. Be sure to allow enough time for that.

     

  • DUB - Nashville via ORD
    Aug 2, 2016
    1
    Hey, I am travelling from Dublin to Nashville via ORD, its booked through aer lingus on one ticket. Arriving in T5 and connecting flight is from T1. I will clear CBP in Dublin and its a midweek flight in the early afternoon. Will 1 hour 55 mins be enough here or will it be very tight? Thanks for any help.

     

    Yes, that should be enough time. You just need to take the ATS Train from T5 to T1 and go through security.

     

  • Connecting Flight to Frankfurt
    Aug 1, 2016
    1
    I will be flying from Montrose, CO, to Denver, CO, to Chicago O'Hare, and then to Frankfurt, Germany, on United, and then Lufthansa to Frankfurt. Will my bags be checked all the way to Frankfurt when I check in for my first flight out of Montrose, CO? and what terminal will I fly arrive in in Chicago, and what terminal will I fly out of to Frankfurt?

     

    Yes, you won't see your bags until you get to Frankfurt. Both of your flights in Chicago will be in Terminal 1. All you have to do in Chicago is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

  • Travelling from Toronto via YYZ to Sacramento California
    Jul 30, 2016
    1
    Hi, we're Filipino citizens and a family of 3 travelling from Toronto (YYZ) to Sacramento, we have a 1 hr 42 min layover in Chicago (ORD) both are via United air. Questions are: 1) are we going thru immigration in ORD or there is already a preclearance in Yyz? 2) do we need to check in our luggages again in ORD or United air will do this for us? 3) Is 1hr 42m enough? 4) If we miss our connecting flight in ORD, is our flight to Sacramento free of charge?

     

    You will preclear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. You don't have to do anything with your bags in Chicago. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. Yes, if you miss your connection in Chicago you will be rebooked free of charge.

     

  • Transit time
    Jul 29, 2016
    1
    I only have 50minute transit on flight from Toronto to Portland via Chicago. Both United flights. Is this enough?

     

    Yes, that is enough time. You will pre-clear US Immigration and customs in Toronto. All you have to do in Chicago is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

  • Wait time for a travel from Montreal to Beijing
    Jul 29, 2016
    1
    On sept. 15th, I'll have only 1h20 to connect from a UA (Skywest) flight from Montreal-YUL to ORD, then from ORD to Beijing. Is it enough? Any idea of which terminal I'll be using?

     

    Yes, that is enough time. You will preclear US Immigation and Customs in Montreal. All you have to do in Chicago is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You will arrive in Terminal 1 or 2 and depart from Terminal 1. If you arrive in Terminal 2 it is connected inside security by a walkway to Terminal 1.

     

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