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  • 2 itineraries-- confused!
    Mar 27, 2017
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    I have two separate itineraries (Itinerary1 is domestic and Itinerary2 is international) and I'm concerned about whether I will be able to make my "connecting" flight. I am not checking any luggage. Itinerary 1: SJD to IAH arriving @ 3:36PM. Itinerary 2: IAH to MSY leaving @ 5:07PM Will I have to leave security when I arrive at IAH or can I just go directly to my next gate for my flight to MSY? Is 1.5 hours enough time? Thanks so much!

     

    Oops I meant to say Itinerary 1 is international and Itinerary 2 is domestic!

     

    You're going to have to be more specific about what airlines you're flying. Once you go through US Immigration and Customs in Houston you will be outside security. That is a very difficult connection.

     

    I'm flying United for both flights, no checked baggage. Does that help my chances of making my second flight at all? I did see that United offers the exact same flight combination as a single itinerary from SJD to MSY (with the 1.5 hour layover at IAH), was hoping that was indicative that the connection would be doable :(

     

  • overnight in Terminal C
    Mar 10, 2017
    1
    I will be arriving from Canada in Terminal C at 10:30 PM and my connecting flight leaves next morning at 9:00 am from Terminal C as well Will I be able to stay inside this terminal during the night It is nit worth it to get a hotel for six hours I never check any bags so no need to get my baggage either please advise

     

    You may have to leave the gate area at about midnight-1AM and not be allowed back in until around 3:30-4 AM.

     

  • 7 hour layover can I visit space center?
    Mar 5, 2017
    1
    My flight from Narita (Japan) arrives at 14:25 to Terminal E, I want to visit the Space center, which is an hour drive away, it closes at 17:00. Can I make it? Do I need to claim my luggage? How fast can I go out of the airport? (I have a non-citizen tourist visa)

     

    Realistically, no, that's not enough time.

     

  • 1 h 25 m SJO - YYZ
    Mar 4, 2017
    1
    I am flying from SJO, w. United to YYZ (Toronto), w. Air Canada: is 1 H 25 MIN in IAH enough? Thank you, Nick.

     

    That will be difficult. You will have to go through US Immigration, Customs, security and then take the Skyway train to your departure terminal.

     

  • Calgary to Florida with layover in IAH only 55 minutes
    Mar 1, 2017
    1
    United flight from Calgary to Florida with layover in IAH only 55 minutes - Is this enough time?

     

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

     

  • Overnight Layover Question
    Feb 28, 2017
    1
    I will have an 8 hour layover in Houston from Taipei to Little Rock arriving at 11:30pm and connecting flight departure time at 7:20AM. I am concerned about the TSA checkpoint closing at midnight? Also, would it be better to just stay and sleep in the airport?

     

    You will have to sleep/wait outside the secure area and go back through security in the morning when security opens at about 4 AM.

     

  • sufficient connection time
    Feb 15, 2017
    3
    I am thinking of booking a flight from Toronto back to Albuquerque with a connection in IAH of 59 minute layover. is this ample time to get through immigration and catch my connection?

     

    United Flight from Toronto to Albuquerque.

     

    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. The Skyway train connects all terminals inside security in Houston.

     

    thank you. super helpful.

     

  • International Layovers
    Feb 15, 2017
    2
    I have a flight on Fri Feb 17 that lands in IAH at 4:30 PM (AeroMexico from Monterrey.. Terminal D) and a departing international flight at 6:40 PM (Emirates.. Terminal D). I am from India. Do i need to collect luggage .. get custom cleared and checkin again ? Also 2 Hrs 10 Min layover time.. good enough to complete Immigration, Customs and catch the next flight..

     

    Yes, you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the Emirates check-in desk, and go through security. You will need a US Transit Visa. You have barely enough time if everything goes perfectly.

     

    Thanks for the reply.. Yes i have US Visa...

     

  • Family Has 3 hr layover. Can we visit them?
    Feb 13, 2017
    1
    Our kids from Idaho are flying to Puerto Rico for a cruise and have a 3 hr layover here. Can we go to the airport and visit them?

     

    Yes, but they will have to exit security to see you and then go back through security before their flight.

     

  • 37 Minute layover
    Feb 13, 2017
    1
    Flying from Philly to Puerto Vallarta, MX with a 37 layover through Houston (United Airlines changed the schedule on me) They're telling me it will be enough time. Seems like everything would have to go perfectly. Worried about them losing my bags in the process.Enough time?

     

    Yes, everything does have to go perfectly, but it is possible.

     

  • BOG - IAH - DFW
    Feb 12, 2017
    2
    We are flying from Bogota to Dallas, with a layover in Houston of 2 hours. Does airline (United) check luggage directly from BOG to DFW, or is it necessary to make customs and check luggage in again at IAH? if so, Do we have enough time?

     

    In Houston, 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.

     

    Also, you should have enough time if everything goes smoothly.

     

  • Flying in from Cancun...layover in IAH
    Jan 22, 2017
    6
    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!).

     

    Any of those is possible.

     

  • Toronto to Houston to New Zealand
    Jan 19, 2017
    1
    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
    1
    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
    1
    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.

     

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