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  • Layover Vancouver to Guatemala City
    Nov 30, 2015
    I'm flying from Vancouver Canada to Guatemala City with a 9 hour layover in Houston u was wondering if I am allowed to go out into the city? Thanks.


    Yes, you will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver and then after you land you will be free to go where you want in the US while you are there. However, it's a long ride into the city from the Houston airport and there's not much to see when you get there.


  • Can I leave the airport?
    Nov 22, 2015
    I'm flying Miami - Houston - Auckland, so domestic to international, with a seven hour layover at IAH. Will I be able to leave the airport and go into the city, even if my bags have been checked through?


    Yes, you can, but it's a long ride into the city and there's not much to see there. I so don't know if I'd really recommend it.


  • 1 hr 22 min layover in IAH to NYC from Guadalajara MX
    Nov 6, 2015
    Im flying from Guadalajara to NYC with a connection flight in Houston by United. Wondering if I will have enough time to go through immigration and US Customs in time to get the flight to NYC? I got only 1 hr and 22 mins (assuming my flight arrives on time) Should I get my luggage and re-check it or does United do that for me? thanks!


    In Houston you will arrive in Terminal D or E, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, go through security, and to your departure gate, likely in Terminal C. The minimum International to Domestic connection time in Houston is 90 minutes. I recommend 2 hours. I would try to get a longer connection.


    Thank you! I don't think I can get a longer layout :( I just wonder why the airline offers this connection flights when you can barely make it and in most situations you will lose the flight. So, if I lose my flight would United send me on the next flight for free or they charge?


    Yes, if you miss your connection United will rebook you on the next available flight. However, you really might want to call them or whoever booked this ticket, as this is an unallowably short connection which they are obligated to rebook.


  • Does IAH offer day-rooms for an 8 hour daytime layover?
    Oct 29, 2015
    Flying United, we arrive from Vancouver at 4 pm and leave for Brazil at 10 pm. Are day rooms available at the airport. If not, is it practical to stay at a hotel at/near the airport? Is the United business class lounge a comfortable alternative?


    I would just go to the United lounge. It's not worth it to get a hotel room for such a short period of time. 4 PM to 10 PM is only 6 hours.


    Thanks -- I mistakenly said arrival time is 4 pm; it is 1.30 pm


  • is 140 minutes sufficient to transfor
    Oct 29, 2015
    we will arrive Houston Geroge Bush airport at 1:15pm on 14th Jan 2016 by Air NZ, then take United Airline to Orlando at 4:00pm, is there sufficient time?


    That should be enough time.


    thank you very much. What is the process once we arrive in houston, do we need to take the luddges through US immigration and customs, then recheck in at united airline to Orlando? i am so worried that there might be too rush and miss the next flight.


    Yes, you will arrive in Terminal D, 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 in Terminal C. You should have plenty of time.


  • Overnight in IAH
    Jan 9, 2015
    Just wondering if there are any lounges or spots in Houston for overnight layover (12 hrs) - don't have money for hotel but wonder if there's other option besides sleeping at gate?! Thanks!


    No, there are no overnight lounges but there are some good places - http://www.sleepinginairports.net/usa/houston.htm


  • 10 hour layover
    Jan 6, 2015
    hello I will be in IAH during 10 hours on February. I was thinking on visiting the Woodlands? Is it worth going there?


  • Arriving at 1am - leaving at 8am
    Dec 19, 2014
    I'll be Arriving at 1am - leaving at 8am - anything open at this hour? any recs?


    Pretty much everything will be closed until around 4:30. You could go to a hotel, but it's probably not really worth it.


  • Nice restaurant for breakfast in Terminal C?
    Dec 16, 2014
    I'm arriving from SFO at 5:10am Saturday, and departing for Mexico at 11:38. My son is going to drive to Houston from Beaumont to have breakfast with me at the airport. What restaurant is nice and relaxing to hang out for a few hours? I guess I'll have to leave security and we'll meet in a public part of the airport.


    Can my son who isn't flying get a Gate Pass to meet me at a restaurant in Terminal C?


    No, he can't.


  • 40 min layover with checked bag
    Dec 2, 2014
    I have a united flight that gets into Houston at 5:05pm and a united flight that leaves at 5:45pm, if I check my bags do i have to get them and re-check them, or does the airline handle that?


    You do not have to do anything with your bags in Houston if the first flight is domestic. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. The TerminaLink train connects all terminals inside security.


  • Meeting someone arriving in IAH
    Nov 7, 2014
    My friend will be flying on United Airlines from Gulfport, Mississippi to Houston, Texas on December 21. She will fly on flight UA4588. Her flight arrives in Houston at 7:57 AM, and then she will fly out at 11:25 AM that morning. We plan to meet during this time, which is the reason for her long layover. Arriving in Terminal A that morning, where would be the place to meet her at? I will not be going through security as I will not be flying, so I need somewhere to meet that is outside security. She will need to head back through security and get to Terminal B to catch her departing flight. I have 2 questions: a) Where does she go after arriving in Terminal A to meet me? b) Where do I go after parking to go meet her? Thank you very much for any help!


  • 6 hour layover with 5-yr old kid
    Oct 21, 2014
    I have a 6 hour layover with my son. Any ideas on what to do that's nearby to get him out and about? Is there something nearby we could explore?


  • Layover meet & greet
    Oct 21, 2014
    I will be flying from DCA to IAH at 10:22am to connect on an international flight at 1:14pm. All via United. I have a friend who lives in Houston who would like to meet me. I am not sure how long the actual layover is with the time zones. Is there anywhere where we can grab a coffee and still allow me enough time to get through security & to my gate?


    Look at your schedule and see when your flight arrives in IAH. I don't think you will have much time to spare.


    Thanks for the prompt reply! I land at IAH at 10:22am and according to my itinerary I depart at 1:14pm. Based on your response I don't think I can afford to take the chance for fear of missing my international flight. Thanks again.


    I thought you left DCA at 10:22. You have plenty of time, almost 3 hours. However, there aren't many places outside security at IAH to meet. Maybe in the Hotel.


    Hi, I actually posted an old itinerary time. My bad. I do believe I will have time as I actually arrive at 8:13am and my international connection leaves at 1:05pm. Is there somewhere just to have a coffee at that hour?


    IAH has dozens of coffee shops.


  • Thanks for your reply. to my first question my flt has changed
    Oct 8, 2014
    I will be flying from Victoria to IAH . Once I go thru security is there a place for coffee as I will have about a 2 hr wait.


    IAH has numerous places that sell coffee inside security.


  • I have a 30 min layoff from Houston to Austin.
    Oct 3, 2014
    Will I be able to get off the plane and get to the gate for the Austin flight?


    Where are you coming from? Are both flights on United?


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