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  • Claim baggage?
    Feb 11, 2017
    I'm flying to ORD to catch a flight to Tel Aviv. I'm flying United Airlines for both flights. Will I need to claim my checked bag and re-enter security/customs or is it possible to check my bag all the way through?


    There are no nonstop flights from Chicago to Tel Aviv. Where exactly are you flying from and to?


    I'm flying to Austria and from there to Tel Aviv.


    I fly to ORD from BHM.


    Your bags will be checked through all the way to Tel Aviv if everything is on the same reservation. However, the flight to Austria is operated by Austrian Airlines and departs from the International Terminal (Terminal 5). You will arrive in Terminal 1 or 2. In Chicago you will have to take the ATS Train from your arrival terminal to Terminal 5 and go through security. There is no US Customs when leaving the US.


  • Enough time to connect?
    Jan 18, 2017
    I am looking at purchasing a ticket to ORD from ATL, on Delta, arriving at 0824. I have a connecting flight, on ANA, from ORD to BKK that departs at 1100. I will have a checked bag from ORD from ATL. Will the 2hr 30mins be enough time?


    That's just enough time if the Delta flight is on-time. You will have to claim your bag in Terminal 2, take it to Terminal 1, re-check it with ANA, and go through security.


  • 5:15 am, Term 3, how early?
    Dec 28, 2016
    I have a 5:15am flight on Spirit, so I think T3. Two travelers, not pre-check and need to check one bag each. How early should I arrive?


    Sorry - should have added that this will be on a Friday morning (March 3).


    3:45 AM


  • Arriving from MSY (AA) and departure ARN (SAS)
    Dec 28, 2016
    I am flying AA from MSY to ORD (arriving 05:52PM) and departing on SAS to ARN (07:45 PM), 1h 53 min between flights. Is that enough time to make connection? What ORD terminals sill be for arrival and departure?


    You will arrive in Terminal 3 and depart from Terminal 5. Is this two separate reservation or one reservation? Do you have checked bags?


  • Is transit visa required
    Dec 22, 2016
    Hello, I'm a student travelling from India to Toronto via Chicago ORD, I would be taking an Air India Flight and reach Chicago ORD at 6:30 AM on 30 December, my connecting flight is an Air Canada Flight departuring at 8:50 AM from Chicago ORD. Would I require an transit visa and also do I need to collect my baggage and and again check in with it.


    Yes, you need to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then take the ATS Train to Terminal 2, get your Air Canada boarding passes if you don't already have them, then go through security. You need a US Transit Visa. You should have enough time. You probably should have asked about this more than 8 days before your trip.


  • International Travel
    Dec 19, 2016
    Will arriving 2 hours early for a 7:40 PM flight on a Wednesday night be enough time for international travel? Suggestions on the best place to park (for quick access to check in) would also be appreciated.


    What airline are you flying? Do you have checked bags?


    United or Air Canada and I would most likely check a bag. Thanks for your prompt response ZAP 👍


    Yes, that should be enough time. The closest place to park is the Long Term section of the main parking deck but it's expensive ($35/day). The Economy Lot is further away but you can still reach T1 and T2 in less than 20 minutes and is $17/day for lot E and $10/day for lot G.


  • Customs and Baggage
    Dec 19, 2016
    Hi, I'm flying with Delta to Chicago, then Air France from Minneapolis to Paris, then Bulgaria Air to Sofia. Will my luggage be checked to my final destination? Where do I clear customs?


    If all flights are on the same reservation then you will first see your bags when you get to Sofia. You mention you are flying Delta to Chicago and then Air France from Minneapolis to Paris - what happens in between?


    Thank you for your reply. Nothing in between. We have layovers in between flights. So 1 layover in Minneapolis and 1 in Paris before we pickup our flight to Sofia. Do you think we would clear customs in Paris?


    Then why did you mention flying TO Chicago? Are you actually flying Chicago-Minneapolis-Paris-Sofia? If so the first time you will see your baggage is in Sofia. You will not go through passport control in Paris as Bulgaria is not in the Schengen Area even though it is in the EU. There is no US Customs when leaving the US so all you do in Minneapolis is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    SORRY, you're right. I didn't mean to put flying to Chicago. I'm flying from Chicago. So do we clear customs in Sofia then? Sorry for the confusion.


    Yes, in Sofia you will go through Bulgarian Immigration and Customs.


  • Waiting times thru customs to Cancun
    Dec 16, 2016
    I have a 7am flight out to Cancun on Dec 25th. How early do I have to arrive at O'Hare?


    At least 5 AM if you have checked bags.


  • 6:30 pm American Airlines to Newark on Sat Nov 26th
    Nov 25, 2016
    How early should I be at the airport to clear TSA. Will there be long security lines on Saturday the 26th To make a 6:30pm domestic flight with ease?


  • when to arrive?
    Nov 23, 2016
    We are a family of 6 flying out of O'hare on a friday in January. Flight is American 2;55pm departure. How early do I have to get there usually if I need to check 6 bags? Is 1:30 early enough? I'm asking beacsue our timing is very tight.


    1:30 should be early enough but doesn't leave a whole lot of time to spare, especially if it's MLK day weekend.


  • Arrival time for international flight Nov 26
    Nov 16, 2016
    I am flying to Ireland at 4pm on Sat Nov 26. Due to the holiday weekend should I arrive earlier than 1pm?


    There's no need for that. The International Terminal won't be any more busy than normal.


  • Traveling to Mexico - Thanksgiving travel
    Nov 11, 2016
    My flight leaves at 6am the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. What time should I be at the airport?


    Security opens at 3:15. I suggest arriving by 4.


  • do we need to clear customs
    Oct 26, 2016
    We are flying from Dublin Ireland to terminal 3 O Hare arriving @11.45 with connecting flight to Dallas departing @14.25 also from terminal 3 both flights with American Airlines. Do we need to clear customs or can we just transfer to departures from arrivals. I am assuming that our baggage will transfer directly. Any information please.


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Dublin. All you have to do in Chicago is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, both in Terminal 3. You have plenty of time.


  • Pay $10 to get to the Water Tower place (downtown chicago) from ORD?
    Oct 21, 2016
    Hi! For all those who travel back and forth from the city to the airport, given the current traveling options (Train, Bus, Uber), will you pay $10 for a car service to get from the Water Tower Place to the airport?


  • 7:20pm How early to arrive?
    Oct 20, 2016
    How early should I get to OHare for a 7:20pm Thursday flight to London on American with checked luggage? TSA pre


    Since you have checked bags, I'd want to be there between 5-5:30 PM just to be safe, even though with precheck security shouldn't take very long.


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