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  • Overnight layover checked baggage
    Feb 3, 2016
    Flying from Ohio to Dallas to Germany with a layover of about 24 hours in DTW. Will my luggage be checked through to Germany or will I have to claim it in DTW and recheck it before my flight? Please help. Thanks in advance.


    DTW is Detroit. But I'm guessing since you said "Dallas, you mean DFW. With a 24 hour layover you will have to claim and re-check your baggage.


    Jan 30, 2016
    I have a terminal change/lay over question. Will I make my second flight to Belize in the short period in between the 2 flight. It is the only flight to belize that day. If I miss it. I am stuck in texas. Layover: 1h 11m How long is it to get to the next terminal and where is it?? I have Flight (AA 1114 America) for Sat, Apr 23 Depart 9:00 AM La Guardia, New York (LGA) i Terminal B Arrive 12:09 PM Dallas/Fort Worth Intl, Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Terminal 0 Info 4h 09m Boeing 737-800 Economy Layover: 1h 11m Flight AA 269 American AA-logo Date Sat, Apr 23 Depart 1:20 PM Dallas/Fort Worth Intl, Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Terminal D Arrive 3:10 PM Philip S. W. Goldson Int'l Airport, Belize City (BZE) Info 2h 50m 1189 miles Boeing 737-800 Economy Free bags: 0 pcs


    The Skylink train connects all terminals and gates inside security at DFW. If your flight from LGA is on-time you have plenty of time. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • eleventhhour@xplornet.com
    Jan 28, 2016
    am handi-capped have 4 hour layover in dallas for four hours..need a place to relax...lounge..or whatever thanks give me some options


    You can guy a one day pass to the American Airlines Admirals Club. There are numerous locations at DFW.


  • IS 40 minutes layover enough ?
    Jan 22, 2016
    I'm traveling San Diego to RDU with layover in DFW. Is 40 minutes layover in DFW enough to make the connecting flight?


    It's enough time but it obviously leaves no time to spare if the first flight is delayed.


  • travelling to Vegas via DFW from London
    Jan 19, 2016
    i will be travelling to USA for the first time in March. going to Vegas but via DFW, nothing got mentioned when i booked but we only have 1hr 40 mins layover between flights, both our flight to DFW and the connecting flight to Las Vegas are with AA. Will we have to collect our bags or do they go straight onto the Vegas flight and will we get through customs in time? I hadn't realised we would have to deal with customs at DFW when i booked as thought that would be done at Las Vegas. The day of the flight is a Tuesday(late afternoon/early evening) so not sure how busy it will be then


    In DFW You will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and to your departure gate. You have barely enough time if everything goes smoothly.


    thanks for the reply ZAP, would you suggest i try to re-arrange my flight to get the later flight to Vegas or leave it and just let AA put us onto the next available flight. Not sure how busy immigration/customs will be around 1700 on a Tuesday.


    Since your current connection is "Legal" I doubt you could be put on the later flight right now without paying a change fee, so I suggest just going with your ticketed itinerary and hoping for the best.


  • 1hr 45 mins connection is enough with custom and luggages?
    Jan 6, 2016
    i will have 1hr 45 mins connection in dallas from Tokyo and go to Pns with customs and luggages and 2 childs ( 4yrs and 6yrs ). will i have enough time to pass all gate without late? thanks


    That should be just enough time if everything goes smoothly.


  • Is 2.30 hour enough to make transfer for American Airline?
    Dec 29, 2015
    Hi, I will be flying to Dallas from Seoul (South Korea) for layover. My final destination is Houston. I have 2hr 45min and I will be flying all American Airline. Is this enough time? Many thanks!


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • 9 hours in DFW
    Dec 5, 2015
    I arrive at 5.30am from Santiago and then I take a domestic connection to Philadelphia at 2pm.. All on AA. So I've got nearly 9 hours in DFW. I think immigration and TSA and the such would be quick as its a very early arrival. So I guess that at 6.30am I'm free.. Anything I can do? Is it worth taking the train to Dallas? or Fort Worth? Irving?... I'd appreciate any ideas so I can do some recreation/relax for those hours! Thanks!


    You could take a shuttle to Fort Worth and walk around a bit, but it'll still be early morning and there won't be much to do there. There's also not really anything to do in Downtown Dallas, especially early in the morning. I would just buy a one day pass to the Admirals Club and try to relax there.


  • 13 hours - What to do with luggage?
    Nov 23, 2015
    Hi there, My husband and I arrive Jan 1, 2016 around 6am and have ALL the way until 8pm that day in Dallas. Lots of time to catch a shuttle into town, however, given it's over 12 hours it's my understanding we have to reclaim our baggage... How annoying! Any suggestions how ot make this a reasonably enjoyable layover?


  • Using Dallas as in-transit only
    Nov 18, 2015
    I'll fly in December Monterrey (MX) - Dallas - Buenos Aires. Hence, I'll be in Dallas only for 3 hours, just in transit to Buenos Aires. I was told that, in these cases, I don't need to pick up my luggage. Also, that there's a separate line, in Immigration, for people that is in-transit. Is this correct? Thanks!


    Yes, if both flights are on American that is true. You will go through US Immigration and Security during your layover.


    OK great. And regarding US Immigration process, is there a separate line for "in-transit people"? or is it the same line as for the non-US citizen? Thanks!


    I'm not familiar with the setup at DFW and it may depend on your citizenship/visa status.


    np. Thanks a lot for your help!


  • Transit Visa/Luggage Collection
    Nov 22, 2014
    Hi, I will be travelling from Vancouver to Dubai. I will have 3.5hrs layover in Dallas and connecting flight to London. My questions are: Do I need a transit visa to Dallas even if i am not going out of the airport? And do i need to collect my luggage and take on to my next flight which is to London? I'm a Philippine passport holder and my first time to transit to these places. Your reply will be very much appreciated. Thank you so much. :)


    If you purchased one ticket you will preclear us immigration in Vancouver so you will not have to claim your bags in Dallas. Yes, you need a transit visa.


  • 80min Int'l Layover
    Sep 13, 2014
    Hello - I have an 80min layover in DFW, arriving from Lima, Peru (LIM) and connecting to Incheon, Korea (ICN). Will this be enough time with immigration and rechecking my bags? I'm not an American citizen. Any assistance would be much appreciated - thank you!


    It's below the minimum connection time by 10 minutes. However, since there's only one flight a day to/from DTW to those locations, you might as well try it. If you miss you'll get rebooked over somewhere else or get to stay in Dallas overnight.


    Thanks for the info! Very helpful.


  • Layover/Connection-Same Terminal Will I be waiting in Custom/Security?
    Apr 4, 2014
    Have a layover in DFW (coming from inter nation, departing to international), andI know my connecting flight is out of the same terminal. This is my first time connecting at DFW, but have done intl-intl connections at JFK and ATL. People have told me that no matter where you arrive from and are departing too, you always clear customs are are re-screened. I remember this not being the case in ATL. What will happen this time?


    That is the case in ATL, DFW, and every other US airport.


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