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  • 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.


    Nov 24, 2016
    Is 41 min layover at IAH too short arriving from AMA and departing to ATL? With two checked bags.


    That's just enough time if everything goes smoothly. If you have to change terminals the Skyway train connects all terminals inside security.


  • Layover Time Inquiry
    Nov 24, 2016
    I am planning to take a flight from Tokyo to Houston (United Airline operated by Air Canada) with 1 hr 55 mins layover time to connect to a flight from Houston to Toronto (United Airline operated by Air Canada). Would that be enough time?


    That is just enough time if everything goes smoothly.


  • Need to claim baggage or not for overnight layover
    Nov 23, 2016
    We arrive in IAH at 12:36 am after pre-clearing US customs in Canada. Connecting to Mexico at 11:50 am. It's an 11 hr 14 min layover. Do we need to claim our checked luggage, or will it be held and placed on the connecting flight to Mexico?


    You will have to claim your bags because of the overnight layover.


    I just found this on United's website, so the question is - which takes precedence - less than 13 hrs connection or overnight stay? If I'm arriving after midnight, is it still an overnight stay, or is it same day connection?: Connecting flights For a trip that includes one or more connections, United will check bags to the final destination stated on the ticket. United will transfer bags to a connecting flight on your United itinerary, or on a separate itinerary that includes a Star AllianceTM partner airline flight, if the connecting flight is scheduled to depart within 13 hours after arriving at the connection city. You'll need to claim and re-check baggage if you are: Making a voluntary stopover Making a connection that involves an overnight stay Connecting to an itinerary booked on a separate ticket that doesn't include a Star Alliance partner airline Traveling internationally and connecting to a domestic flight within your destination count


    Nov 21, 2016


    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.


  • Toronto - Houston - Liberia (Costa Rica)
    Nov 21, 2016
    Hi - I'm flying from Toronto (Canada) to Liberia Costa Rica) with a 6.5 hour layover at IAH. I'm a Canadian citizen - can i leave the airport for a few hours and come back to catch our flight to Costa Rica? Do i need to bring my check-in bags with me?


    Yes, you will pre-clear US Immigration and customs in Toronto. Once you arrive in Houston you will be free to go where you want. You will not have to do anything with your checked bags in Houston if the connection is during the day.


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