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  • 45 mins enough to change gates/concourses in T3?
    Jun 13, 2014
    I am flying from SFO to ORD and have 45 mins layover the before flying to Berlin TXL with Air Berlin at 3.25PM. Is it enough time and can I just walk from the arrival gate to the departure without going through immigration/security?


    Yes, you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your baggage, go through US Customs, and re-check your baggage with United. Then go through security and to your departure gate in Terminal C. You will have a tough time if there are any delays. Luckily United operates many flights from EWR to ORD that you can be rebooked on.


    Thanks that really helps.


  • 90mins transfer at O'Hare
    Jun 2, 2014
    Hi! I'll be arriving to ORD at 2:45pm (ANA 1012 arriving from Narita) and will need to catch a UNITED flight to Washington DC (IDA) at 4:15pm. Will I need to claim my baggage, go through security, change terminals, and then check-in again? Will the time be enough for me to go through all of these steps? I'm debating whether to just bring carry-on luggage so I don't need to worry about this short transfer time. Thank you very much!


  • Connecting at O'Hare - a few questions
    Jun 8, 2014
    My husband and I are traveling to San Antonio (SAT) on June 11 from Duluth, MN (DLH) and connecting at O'Hare, United Airlines. We have one connect to SAT. Are the gates close so we can make it ok? The flight #'s are 5292 and 3734. On the return we have a 4 hr layover at ORD to catch flight 5321 back home. I have a dear friend I would like to have dinner with at the airport if possible but she doesn't think we will have time and that we should stay in the gate area the entire time so as not to go thru security again. Any ideas or opinions? I don't see any gate or terminal info on my confirmation.


    Yes, you will clear US Immigration, claim your bags, clear customs, and re-check your bags with delta, then go through security again and back up to your departure gate all within the S Satellite. You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time.


    I am also on the same flight from ICN to SEA arriving at noon on Monday. I only have 1 hour and 20 minutes to make a connection to Atlanta. I don't know what terminal the SEA to ATL flight will be--are all the flights in the S terminal? Would I be able to make this connection?


    Virtually all Delta flights use the S Satellite. You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time. If you miss your connection, Delta flies several flights a day from Seattle to Atlanta.


  • Connection and baggage claim
    May 29, 2014
    My parents are flying from London tomorrow by British Airways and they have just 3hr connection time to Kansas City. They missed the connection flight at London today and were supposed to fly Lufthansa. Where will their checked-in bagge be held, at Lufthansa or British Airways? If Lufthansa, can it be transferred to BA0295 flight carousal when they arrive tomorrow? Thanks.


  • ORD connection from Terminal 5 to Terminal 2
    May 28, 2014
    Hi...I have booked 2 tickets from Germany to Chicago (with Lufthansa) and then from Chicago to Greensboro (with United). I have only 1 hr and 20 mins to change our plane at chicago (to go from T5 to T2). Is that enough time (we need to pass the US customs and recheck bags and then security)? also Could you please provide us the exact guild-lines to reach T2 from T5 ?


  • Help! Connection from Term5 to Term 1
    May 28, 2014
    We are moving back from Germany so we have a lot of bags and our pet. I am concerned about only a 2hr layover. Can someone tell me the sequence of events at O'hare? We must pick up our bags and pet, go through customs, recheck our bags and catch the train to term 2. Do we recheck our bags before we catch the train to term 2 or after. If after, how do I get a family of 4 plus a large dog carrier on the train since it only stps for a short period of time? Then on the term 2 end, are there carts available close to the train? Where would the baggage check be? Please tell me we recheck our bags on the term 5 International end.


  • Arrive Terminal 2 connect in Terminal 3
    Jun 3, 2014
    Arrive from PHX in Terminal 2 and then connect to an Intl American Flight in Terminal 3. Can I get from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3 without having to go through security again - do the terminals connect inside the security zone/


    Yes, that should be plenty of time. You will go through US Immigration, claim your luggage, go through US Customs, then re-check your baggage with Delta at the re-check desk, then you can go to the departure level, go through security, and then take the Delta shuttle bus to T2 or you can take the AirTrain/Air Terminals Train to T2 and go through security there.


  • 1 hour connecting time from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3
    May 24, 2014
    My flight departs Calgary, Alberta Canada with United, terminal 1 ( I belive) departs Chicago with American Airlines terminal 3. is 1 hour enough connecting time?


    Make sure you go through U.S. Customs at Calgary. If you bought both flights on one ticket your bags will automatically be transferred; otherwise you need to claim your bag & re-check it in with AA. On arrival at ORD you can use walkways at post-security areas of the Departures level - follow signs - or take the free ATS shuttle train runs every few minutes in the unsecured areas of the terminals and go through security check before proceeding to your gate.


  • 35 minutes enough to connect to Japan Airlines
    May 24, 2014
    I have 35 minutes to connect from a local AA flight from RIC in O'hare to Narita on JAL. Is this enough time?


    I have 35 minutes to connect from a local AA flight from RIC in O'hare to Narita on JAL. Is this enough time? AA's domestic flights & international departures are at Terminal 3, which has G , H, K & L concourses & gates: Concourse L to the left, the Y-shaped gateway to Concourses K & H in the center and Concourse G to the left. Check overhead screens on arrival indicating flight & gate numbers. Hurry!


  • Arrival & Departure
    May 22, 2014
    I will arrive at ORD from ATL @ 12:25pm and depart @ 01:55pm to Tokyo Narita (NRT) on flights operated by American Airlines,which terminal will I arrive and depart from ORD.


    Both flights will be in Terminal 3 - all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You should have plenty of time.


  • Plane change time short
    May 30, 2014
    I'm flying from Seattle, WA to Burlington, VT with only 45 minutes to change planes in Chicago. Both legs on United. enough tome for checked luggage?


    Yes, if your first flight is on-time that should be enough time. All United gates at ORD are connected inside security.


    You should not have to claim and recheck your baggage in Chicago. It will be checked in Seattle to your final destination and the same on the way back unless I am wrong?


  • Baggage
    May 17, 2014
    Hi. I've booked a single ticket flying from Memphis to London, UK via Chicago with United. Should I make my flight, but my baggage does not, how will I get my baggage? Alternatively if I miss my flight, what if my baggage goes ahead to London without me? How do I pick it up? I only have a 1h 2min layover (the airline assured me id be okay) and I need to get from terminal 2 to 1. Will there be staff around to tell me ASAP where to go? Never connected or been to Chicago before and very afraid of missing my flight as the next one to London is the next day and United have told me they "won't necessarily put me up in a hotel" :(


    You arrive at T2, Concourse F. exit the Concourse and look for signs to Terminal 1 at east end. At T1 you head to either Concourse B or C with corresponding gates (your boarding pass & overhead screens will indicate flight & gate numbers. You have plenty of time & your bags will automatically be transferred.


    You should have plenty of time if your first flight is on-time. United flies multiple flights a day on Chicago-London. If you are not already booked on the last one of the day you will be rebooked on a later one if your first flight is late.


  • Transfer within 50min from local to international
    May 14, 2014
    I am coming from st louis (AA1186) airport and it reaches Chicargo at 19.55 and my second flight to Doha (QR722) at 20.45. What are the steps i have to taken while tranfering. i am having a student having foreign passport 2 luggages (2 of 50lb)


    From what gate what


    All you will have to do in ORD is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate which will both be in Terminal 3. AA should be able to issue your Qatar Airways boarding pass in STL and your bags will checked through to DOH. You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time.


    If my first flight is late, say about 15 min, what can I do, will qatar flight wait ? Do I have to get by both boarding passes at STL air port or online?


    You will probably have to go to the AA counter in STL to get your Qatar Airways boarding pass (I'm not 100% up to date on's capabilities). If you are 15 mins late you should still have enough time, but not much more than that. The Qatar flight will likely not wait for you. If you miss your connection you'll have to spend the night in Chicago.


  • is 45 minutes enough between term 1 & 2 if flying international?
    May 13, 2014
    I will be arriving in terminal 1 and need to be in terminal2 45 minutes later for an international flight? How should I get there fastest? Is 45 minutes enough time? I do not have to go through security again, correct? Thank you


    Terminals 1 and 2 are connected by a walkway inside security - it is fastest to use this walkway. Are you sure you're leaving from 2? The only international flights that leave from 2 are United Express flights to Canada, Mexico, and the Bahamas, and Air Canada flights.


  • 65 mins connection
    May 14, 2014
    I'm flying from toronto to ord on AA arriving 12:00 then have AA flight at 1:05 to nashville TN. Do you think that's enough time. I booked the flights together as a YYZ to BNA


    Yes, if your first flight is on-time that should be plenty of time. Both flights will be in Terminal 3 and all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    Thanks do I have to get my luggage or does the airline transfer it?


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