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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am travelling from India to Albuquerque on 1st Aug, via Chicago in American Airlines. I have a single ticket for the entire journey, with a 2 hr layover at Chicago. 1. Do I need to collect my bags and re check them in Chicago 2. Is 2 hours enough for changing terminals and rechecking baggage (if needed)
American Airlines does not fly to India. What airline are you flying for your first flight?
Hi, I have similar situation. Travelling from India to DFW via London. From India to London it is British Airways and from London to Chicago to DFW -> these are American Airlines. My entire trip is on single ticket and my bags will be tagged to DFW, which is my final destination.
Do I need to collect and recheck my bags at ORD ? My ORD connection time is 2 hr 15 minutes.

Also, if I need to change the terminals am I allowed to take luggage carts on the terminal train for connections?
Yes, in Chicago 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 and go through security. You don't need to bring your bags with you to T3 so no need for a cart.
Thanks for your quick response. Now, considering this much to be done before I can reach my domestic gate, is 2 hr 15 minutes sufficient ?
That is usually enough time, unless of course your incoming flight is delayed.

I will be flying to ORD from the Savannah, GA airport and my connection time to Vienna is 1h35min. How long does it take to get to terminal 5 if I arrive in terminal 2 in ORD? I am worried that it will cut real close. I will not check in any luggage. Thank you.
You will have to take the ATS Train to T5 and go though security. You should have just enough time if the flight from Savannah is on-time.
Hi, I will be flying in from Phoenix to Chicago, then from Chicago to London and London to India.
This is a single ticket purchase. Airline- British Airways. Although the first two flights have British Airways flight number but is actually operated by American Airlines. My question is,
1- Once I check my bags in Phoenix, do I need to pick it up in Chicago and go through security?
2- I don't need to change terminal because it's American to American in Chicago, so once I get out of the gate, can I proceed to the next gate within the terminal without going through security?
3- Will the boarding passes for the consecutive journey from Chicago to London be issued at Phoenix it self or do I need to collect it at Chicago?
Thank you.
No, you don't have to do anything with your bags in Chicago. You won't see them again until you get to India. All you have to do in Chicago is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate in Chicago, no security necessary. You should be issued all three boarding passes in Phoenix.
Hi, I have a 30 min connection time from Portland to Richmond flying United. Will these both be in Term 1 or will it be Term 1 to Term 2? Is 30 enough time, assuming the flight is on time? Thanks
Your flight to Richmond could depart from Terminal 1 or 2. They are connected inside security by a walkway. This is possible but it obviously leaves no time to spare if the flight from Portland is delayed.
Keep in mind that "30 minutes" really is less, since United closes their gates 10-15 minutes before departure time. You will need to hurry!