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  • Flying in from Cancun...layover in IAH
    Jan 21, 2017
    looking to book a cancun trip. flight to cancun is direct from seattle. flight from cancun has a layover in IAH. trying to figure out the length of layover should be good. we will likely have checked bags. we are a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 kids under 10). without having to rush things and allowing time at customs and getting our luggage and re-checking them in, what is a good layover time? 2 hours? 1 hour and 30 mins? 3 hours? i was told i should look for a layover that is at least 2 hours....but there is a (cheaper) flight that has a 90min layover...thoughts?


    What airlines are you flying? 2 hours is good. 90 minutes is a little risky but not impossible.


    It's Alaska Airlines from Cancun to IAH.


    sorry...i meant AMERICAN airlines form Cancun to IAH.


    American Airlines does not fly from Cancun to IAH. Please double check what you're looking at.


    sorry about that...i have a couple of options...Cancun on AMERICAN to DFW with a 1hr 50 min layover....OR....Cancun on UNITED to IAH with a 1hr 36min layover or a 4hr 29min layover (YIKES!).


  • Toronto to Houston to New Zealand
    Jan 19, 2017
    Hi I'm coming from Toronto to Houston with a 90 min layover before going from Houston to Auckland. Will I have enough time? Flight is Air New Zealand


    Yes, that is enough time. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. All you have to do in Houston is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Fly from BOS to UIO
    Jan 17, 2017
    I will fly from BOS to UIO and connection time at IAH is 1 hour 19 min. Is it enough?


    Yes, that is enough time. All you have to do in Houston on your way to Ecuador is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • From Frankfurt to IAH and then to Los Cabos - 1hr 32 mins enough?
    Jan 15, 2017
    Hi! We are flying from Frankfurt to Houston and then to Los Cabos, Mexico. Do you think 90 minutes will be enough or we would need more time, going from Europe to another country through US? Many thanks.


    90 minutes is just enough time if everything goes smoothly.


  • 50 min layover
    Jan 15, 2017
    I am flying from IND to SJO with a 50 min layover at IAH. I am flying with United. Will this be enough time?


    Yes, that is enough time. You just have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate in Terminal E. The Skyway train connects all terminals inside security.


  • 48 minute layover to Honduras
    Jan 13, 2017
    I am flying from Washington Ntl, DC (DCA) to Houston Intercontinental (IAH) with a 48-minute layover in Houston before flying to Tegucigalpa, HN. Do you think I have enough time to make the connecting flight? I'm flying with United Airlines.


    Yes, that is enough time if the first flight is on-time.


  • EWR (New Jersey/New York - Houston IAH)
    Jan 11, 2017
    I have to do a layover in houston. I come from EWar I'm coming from (New Jersey/New york) to IAH and the layover is 45 minutes and i'm going to corpus christi , texas. I don't have to change terminals. Is 45 minutes enough?


    You likely will have to change terminals - you will arrive in Terminal C and depart from A or B. The Skyway train connects all terminals inside security. You have just enough time if your first flight is on-time.


  • Get a hotel or sleep at the airport
    Jan 9, 2017
    We arrive from Calgary at midnight, with the connecting flight leaving at around 8am. Is it worth leaving the airport to sleep in a comfortable bed at a hotel and maybe get 6 hours of sleep or should we just try and sleep at the airport to avoid customs in the morning?


    There is no US Customs when leaving the US. So there's no way you'd have to go through customs in the morning. It's a judgement call regarding how easy you find it to sleep in odd places, how much sleep you actually think you'll get in a hotel, and how tolerant you are of being tired.


  • Re-Check Baggage
    Dec 14, 2016
    I am on AC7709 flight from Toronto to Houston with a connecting flight UA1035 to Quito. Do I need to re-check my luggage?


    You do not have to re-check your baggage. You will pre-clear US Immigration and customs in Toronto. Just take the Skyway train from Terminal A where you arrive to Terminal E where you depart.


  • Enough connecting time?
    Dec 12, 2016
    Hi! I have a flight in a little over a week from Mia to Austin connecting in Houston. Is 59min enough to safely connect?


    Yes, that should be enough time if the flight from Miami is on-time. If it is late United has frequent flights from Houston to Austin.


  • 1 h 35 min layover enough time?
    Dec 10, 2016
    We are flying from Managua to Vancouver with a 1 hr 35 min layover in Houston. All flights are with United. Will we need to pick up our checked luggage and re-check it? Will we need to clear customs? Will there be enough time?


    That is just enough time. You will go through US Immigration, Customs, and Security, but since you are International to International all on United, you don't have to claim and re-check your bags. You can use the Onestop immigration lanes in Houston.


  • 1 hr 20 min layover in Houston
    Dec 10, 2016
    Hi there, my fiancé and I are going to Cancun for our honeymoon in June, with a layover in Houston on the way there and back (coming from Seattle). We are not concerned with the flight to Cancun, but coming home we are nervous about our short layover while going through customs and checking bags. We are flying on United Airlines, and our flight arrives at Houston at 4:15PM at terminal E. Our connecting flight then leaves at 5:35PM (also United) from Terminal C, giving us a 1 hr 20 min layover. Will this be enough time to pick up baggage, clear customs, and re-check bags? We booked through Expedia and I am worried it will be a hassle to change one flight..


  • 41 min connection time
    Dec 9, 2016
    Arriving from Chicago and 41 min to re connect to a flight to Panama. is that enough time to get on? what about luggage? Thanks


    Yes, that's enough time if everything goes perfectly. It leaves no time to spare.


  • Travelling to Acapulco on United from Toronto, changing in Houston
    Nov 28, 2016
    I have 1hour 8.min. layover. Do I have enough time - both United flights. 6073 from Canada and 6206 to Acapulco.


    Yes, you will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. All you have to do in Houston on your way to Acapulco is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time.


  • is one hour enough yyz to IAH to AUK
    Nov 27, 2016
    Hi am flying in from Toronto Canada to Houston to catch a connector to Auckland NZ - is one hour and 16 min layover enough time? do I have to go through customs?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate in Houston. The Skyway train connects all gates inside security. You have enough time.


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