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  • Short stopover from MAN (UK) to Dallas/Reno
    Dec 8, 2014
    Hi Advice needed please. We have flights from Manchester to Reno next Summer. Stopover is at Chicago then an internal flight to Dallas then on to Reno. The connection time between Chicago and flight to Dallas is 1 hour 35 min. This seems very tight to get off the plane, get luggage, get through customs and then re-check luggage in. Is this manageable? All flights are booked with American Airlines - do they have a responsibility when selling flights to ensure that connection times are adequate? Is there any way of fast tracking through Chicago if required? As all flights are booked together will be able to re-check our luggage back in at T5 and just get ourselves over to T3? Sorry for all the questions, but any advice appreciated


    Yes, the minimum time for that connection is 90 minutes, so 95 minutes is enough, although has little to spare. Yes, you can re-check your bags in T5 after clearing customs and then just get yourselves to T3 and through security.


    Thanks for quick response ZAP. I'm just concerned that immigration queues may be long. We went to Orlando a couple of years ago and took 3 hours to get through. If queues are long when we arrive (11.50am) will we be able to get fast tracked through because we have a short turnaround or will it just be a case of 'tough luck'. Would you recommend trying to get an earlier flight in so that we have a bit more time, or just stick with what we've got? Thanks We have an option of going direct to Reno from ORD, but that would entail an 8 hour wait. The flights we have are best for connections, but just may be cutting it a bit fine?


    ORD handles a lot of international connections and is generally staffed appropriately to have fairly short immigration wait times. I would stick with what you have. If you do miss it you can ask to be put on the nonstop.


  • Customs YUL to ORD to SFO
    Dec 8, 2014
    Hi, In a couple of weeks I will be flying from Montreal (YUL) to ORD to SFO. My layover in ORD is only 1 hour 10 minutes. Because I am flying in from Canada, will I have to go through customs and claim my bags in ORD? Orbitz insists that I will have enough time because since I am flying a American Airlines for both flights, they will check my bags all the way through to SFO. I was under the impression that you had to go through customs at your first port of entry to the US. Thanks for the help!


    Montreal has US Immigration and customs pre-clearance. You will clear US Immigration in Montreal and your arrival into chicago will be like a domestic flight. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have plenty of time.


  • T2 to T5
    Dec 8, 2014
    I am going to fly from DTW to ORD on Dec. 9 at 10:15 and I have check in bag, and then I have connect flight at 2: 55 at T5. Do you think I have enough time? How to go from T2 to T5? Many thanks.


    If you bought your 2 flights on one ticket, your bags will automatically be transferred, if not and your airlines don't have a 'code-share agreement; you would need to pick up your bags on arrival at T2 & check them in at T5 before proceeding to your connecting M gate. The ATS train (follow sign) will take you to your connecting Terminal. You have plenty of time for transfer.


    Thank you so much for the reply.


    What airlines are you flying? I can help you more if you tell me your airlines.


    The first one is Delta, the second is Hainan Airline


    Yes, you probably will have to take your bags on the ATS train to transfer them to Hainan Airlines. But you still have plenty of time.


  • DCA - ORD - SFO
    Dec 6, 2014
    Good morning, I am looking at booking a flight from Washington to San Francisco with a 45 minutes stop in Chicago and flight change. All will be booked with AA, carry on baggage only. Should I look at something with a longer stop over to try an limit the chance of missing out connection. Or is 45 minutes OK for the change. Thanks for any advice


    That should be enough time.


  • T1 to T5
    Dec 6, 2014
    my fligft will arrive to ORD from Yow by UA 1.20 pm terminal 1 then my connecting flight to Viena terminal 5 at 4.10 pm. Do you think i have enough time for my connecting ? How I go to T5 from T1 ?. Thank you


    Yes, you will have plenty of time. You will take the ATS train from Terminal 1 to Terminal 5, it takes about 15 minutes, then you will get your Austrian boarding pass if you don't already have it, go through security, and to your departure gate.


  • BA to United connection
    Dec 6, 2014
    Hi - we land in ORD from London Heathrow at 13.45 and are due to have a flight with United to Duluth (domestic) at 15.45. Is that enough time to go through immigration, sort bags etc & get onto the Duluth flight?


    Yes, but it doesn't leave much time to spare. Did you purchase tickets together or separately? If together then you can re-check them in T5 where you will arrive at the United transfer desk. If separately you will have to take them to T1 to re-check.


    Separately - thanks for quick response


  • Short connection
    Dec 5, 2014
    We are flying in from Newark, landing 8.05 pm at O'Hare with United. I guess that will be Terminal 1? Departing 10.05pm from Terminal 5 with SAS (Scandinavian). Tickets bought separately. Will it be possible to transfer that fast? Do bags have to be picked up?


    Sorry: we are arriving 9.05 pm, so only one hour between flights


    If you can get United to check your bags through to SAS that is BARELY enough time. If you cannot get them to, then you have no chance as there's no way you can get to T5 with your bags before the bag cutoff. You need to change to an earlier flight into Chicago.


  • Which terminal to go to?
    Dec 5, 2014
    I have an international flight to Shanghai from O'Hare. First I have a layover in Dallas. Which Terminal should I go to first? Terminal 5 or domestic terminal? My flight is at 6 AM. Can I stay in the airport overnight?


    You go to the terminal of the airline you are flying on your first flight. For United that means Terminal 1, for American, Terminal 3. Let me know your airline and I can help you more. You can stay in the ticketing areas and baggage claims overnight, but not on the concourses.


  • It will be enough time to connect flights
    Dec 4, 2014
    I am arriving at 12:09 at ORD Chicago airport from ATLANTA and taking a connecting flight to Madison at 1:15, there will be enough time with tkts already bought and one bag to check-in?


    Yes, that should be plenty of time. Assuming both tickets were purchased together you won't have to do anything with your baggage in Chicago. You just have to walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • YVR > ORD > DUB during holiday season
    Dec 4, 2014
    Flying on Dec 20th from Vancouver to Dublin via O'Hare, arriving at T1 at 5:00pm and leaving T5 at 7:15pm. Do I need to pick up and recheck my bags when I arrive at O'Hare or can I proceed straight to T5 (both flights were booked at the same time). Also, given the busy holiday season, will the ~2hrs connecting time be sufficient?


    Yes, you can proceed directly to T5 via the ATS train, get your Aer Lingus boarding pass if you don't already have it, and then go through security. Your baggage will be transferred. you should have plenty of time.


  • London to Fort Lauderdale via Chicago on American Airlines
    Dec 3, 2014
    Flying in to terminal 5 from London then have to connect via terminal 3 for flight to Fort Lauderdale - only have 1hr 25 between flights , is this enough time ? Both flights are with American Airlines.


    It is 5 minutes under the minimum connection time. You'll probably be OK, but you'll have to hurry.


  • 1hr 20
    Dec 3, 2014
    I only have 1 hr 20 to get from terminal 1 to terminal 3 is that enough?


    Yes, but why do you have to make such a connection?


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