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  • will i make it
    Feb 28, 2014
    'm a U.S. citizen flying from Toronto to O'Hare on to San Fran then Honolulu. I have 1.38 hours in Chicago. Will I make it. United booked this for me but it sounds tight. On United all flights. Thur. 1:35p arrival.


    Yes, if your first flight is on-time that should be plenty of time. You will pre-clear US Immigration in Toronto so all you will have to do in Chicago is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate, which are all connected inside security.


    Thank you. One more question. I'll have checked bags. Will I have to recheck? Or do they get sent straight through? Much appreciated!


    You won't have to claim your bags in Chicago


    Thank you. You have been a great help!


    All went well. Thanks again.


  • Connection Time
    Feb 22, 2014
    Arriving at 1315 on UA929 from LHR into T5 then need to get to T1 for the 1455 UA3390 flight to STL. Purchased as one ticket. We will have checked baggage. Will 1.40hr be enough?


    Yes, that should be enough time. After you clear customs you can re-check your baggage with United. Then you will take the ATS Train to Terminal 1 or 2 (3390 could leave from either, so check the monitors before you depart) and go through security.


    Many thanks for your speedy reply, much appreciated.


  • Do I have enough time between flights
    Feb 23, 2014
    I'm scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 9:16am on UA3620 on May 25, 2014, and depart on an ANA flight NH011 at 10:50am. I believe the UA flight arrives at Terminal 2 and the ANA flight departs from Terminal 1. Is it possible to transit between terminals 1 and 2 without going through security again? If so, where is the connection between terminals?


    Yes, that should be enough time if your first flight is on-time. Terminal 2 and 1 are connected beyond security by a walkway that connects to T2 at the base of the concourse and to T1 near B3. There are plenty of signs.


    Thanks. Through another source I see there are two options, depending on which concourse my departing flight is leaving from. It seems there's a free shuttle to one concourse and the walkway you describe leads to the other.


    I wouldn't take the shuttle - it runs very infrequently and is slow. Also, the ANA flights always leave from Concourse B (the high-numbered end - B15 or B16)


    Thank you very much for your advice. It looks like I'll head straight for the walkway.


    I was just at o'hare yesterday and it appears ANA is using C10 as well.


  • Do I have enough time between flights
    Feb 19, 2014
    I fly to O'Hare from Kitchener, Canada at 7:25am and the connecting flight leaves at 8:00am for Tampa. Do I pick up my luggage and go through customs at O'Hare? Is 35 min enough to catch my connecting flight? Are the flights in the same terminal? US Airways 1679 to USAirways 8060? Thank you!


    I assume you depart from Ottawa which has US customs clearance (Kitchener-Waterloo AP has no US Airways). Your bags will be transferred as you arrive/ depart in same Terminal 2 - US Airways uses both E or F gates - your ticket & overhead screens will indicate flight & gate number. You have sufficient transfer time.


    Completely disregard safeb's post. You are likely on American Eagle from Kitchener to O'Hare and American from O'Hare to Tampa. If that's the case you will NOT have enough time as Kitchener does not have pre-clearance. You will arrive in Terminal 5, have to claim your bags after you go through immigration, go through customs, then re-check them. Then take the ATS train to Terminal 3, then go through security. You need at least 90 minutes to do all that. However, please double check the flight times for all that as I'm not showing that those flights arrive and depart at the times you say.


    I depart from Kitchener. I talked to a customer service representative and they told me the same about Terminal 2 E & F and that I would clear customs in Tampa. Let's hope!


    US Airways 4408 Operated by AMERICAN EAGLE AIRLINES US Airways 229 Operated by AMERICAN AIRLINES My mistake about the flight numbers. These are the correct ones.


    Whoever told you that is wrong. You will go through US Immigration in Chicago. 35 minutes is not enough time for your connection. None of your flights will be in Terminal 2. The US Airways customer service agents probably aren't familiar with ORD connections yet. Unless your flight from Kitchener arrives very early or your flight to Tampa is delayed you have no chance of making that connection.


    My research so far tells me that I land in Terminal 2 and the second flight from Terminal 3 but the gate they note is not on the map. Gate F79.


    Your research is wrong. No American or American Eagle flights use Terminal 2. Here is the Kitchener-Chicago flight from yesterday morning. You can see that it arrives in Concourse M, which is in Terminal 5-


    Interesting that the airlines offer such flights!


    US Airways and American are in the process of merging. All the airports in Canada that US Airways currently flies to have preclearance. They and their systems probably weren't aware that Kitchener didn't have preclearance when they allowed the ticket to be sold.


    After speaking to AA & US Airways and Kitchener Airport it appears this flight should have never been scheduled and they have reported it to their IT department and changed my flight! I feel much better now! lol


  • Enough Connection Time?
    Feb 10, 2014
    Will be arriving at Terminal 5 coming from Montego Bay at 4:40 PM. Connecting flight leaves from Terminal 1 at 6:00 PM. Is this enough time?


    It'll be tough. Where are you flying to and on what airline(s)?


    Flying on United 1705 from Montego Bay, returning to Springfield, MO on United flight 3416


    If you don't have checked bags you should have enough time if your first flight is on-time. Check the monitors or on your mobile device to see what terminal your gate to Springfield will depart from - it will likely depart from concourse E or F of Terminal 2 but it could depart from Terminal 1. If you have checked bags you will have to claim them after immigration, go through customs, and then re-check them in Terminal 5, then take the ATS train to Terminal 2 or 1, then go through security and to your gate. Everything will have to go very smoothly to have enough time if you have checked bags.


  • united connections
    Feb 9, 2014
    Hi-- I'm flying in on June 11 on flight UA5842 and leaving on flightUA371. I have an hour and tweety minute layover. Is that enough time to make connections? Thanks


    Yes, if UA5842 is a domestic flight then you should have enough time. All United gates at ORD are connected inside security.


  • how much time for customs?
    Feb 9, 2014
    We are arriving at T5 on Turkish Airlines at 6:50 pm and need to catch a flight that night to San Francisco. How much time should we allow to get through customs and to get our departing gate for AA or United? We are not checking bags, carry-ons only. Thanks!


    I would leave about 2 hours which is about perfect because both of those airlines likely have a flight to SFO that leaves at about 9 PM.


  • USAir Flight operated by American Eagle - will my gate be in Terminal
    Feb 6, 2014
    Hi! I am booked on US Airways flight # 3007 Operated by CHAUTAUQUA AS AMERICAN CONNECTION and my connecting flight with an hour layover is US Airways 4480 Operated by AMERICAN EAGLE AIRLINES. Will I be in Terminal 3 with American or Terminal 2 with USAir? My return trip has the same connection, but I only have 35 minute layover. Will I switch Terminals or are these flights considered American Airlines? A bit confused. Thanks!


    Both flights will be in Terminal 3 - they're both American flights. You should have enough time if the first flights are on-time, but it's still a tight connection.


    Feb 6, 2014
    United flight from LAX lands at ORD at 1700 terminal 1 we then depart on Aer Lingus at 915 terminal 5. Purchased as one ticket. Will 2.25 hrs be enough? What would happen if we miss the Aer Lingus flight?


    Yes, that should be enough time. Your connection shouldn't take more than maybe an hour. If you miss your connection you'll probably be put on the Aer Lingus flight the next day. However United may be able to rebook you on their late flight to London and then on to Dublin.


  • T2 to T3 in 60 minutes?
    Jan 31, 2014
    Hello, I will be arriving at ORD on US Airways (T2) at 8:32pm from Phoenix. Departing American Airlines (T3) at 9:35pm to London (with checked bags). Possible to make that connection? Will I need to re-check bags and go through immigration?


    Your bags will be checked through to London. You will not have to go through immigration or security. T2 and T3 are connected beyond security by a walkway.


    Thank you!


  • 40 minute layover
    Jan 28, 2014
    We are arriving from Toronto at 2:51 pm Terminal 2 and departing for Houston at 3:31 from Terminal 1. Is there an airside shuttle bus? What's the best way to get to Terminal 1? Thanks


    Terminals 2 and 1 are connected by a walkway inside security. You do not have to take a shuttle bus. Just follow the signs pointing the way to your departure gate.


  • Getting from T5 to T3 on AA
    Jan 26, 2014
    I am arriving ORD in T5 from Cancun on AA Flt #1417, arrives 4:40pm. My connection to Boston AA Flt #2474 departs T3 at 5:55pm leaving 70-80 minutes to make connection. - Do I need to pick up checked bags in T5 and go through Customs? - Is 70-80 min enough time to make my connection in T3?


    Yes, you will have to claim your baggage after clearing Immigration, go through customs, and then re-check your bags in T5, then take the ATS train to T3 and go through security. It's possible to make that connection but it will be tough to make it. If you miss your connection AA has two later flights from ORD to Boston that you can be rebooked on.


  • T3 to T5 in 80 min?
    Jan 23, 2014
    Hello, I will be flying into ORD on AA (T3) at 7:00pm. Departing British Airways T5 at 8:20pm. Only carry on luggage, will I have time to rush and make it? Is the BA bus/shuttle an option that time of day? If so, where do I pick it up?


    Yes, the AA/BA bus should be running at that time. It departs from gate G17 and K20. Even if you take the ATS train you should have enough time.


    Thank you ZAP for the reassuring comment. Is the AA/BA bus pickup area marked & easy to find? I'm supposing it is down on the lower level via an escalator? If I do take the ATS train to T5, is security checkpoint normally expedient? Thank you!


    There's a few signs on the main level showing you how to go down to the lower level to get to it. Security in T5 shouldn't be too bad after 7, especially in the winter.


  • Blue Line to Terminal 5
    Jan 9, 2014
    This is my first time at O'Hare. I usually do Midway so I'm not familiar with the transportation system. How much time/where should I go to get from the Blue Line to Terminal 5?


    It takes about another 10-15 minutes to reach T5 from the Blue Line stop. The fastest way is to go into T2, go up 3 stories and over to the ATS station, and then take the ATS to T5.


  • Transfer from AI(Terminal 5) to Delta (Terminal 2)
    Jan 8, 2014
    I am traveling from Delhi to Minneapolis via Chicago. My international flight(AI) is getting down at Terminal 5 and i need to board the domestic FLIGHT(Delta) from Terminal 2. Since i need to re-checkin, can i do the same at Terminal 5 for delta and then get into ATS train? or i will need to carry the check-in bags to Terminal 2?


    If your tickets were bought on the same reservation Air India should be able to check your bags to MSP and then you can drop them in T5. If not, then you will have to take them on the ATS Train to T2 and check them with Delta there (and pay checked bag fees).


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