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  • Can we pick up our checked baggage for overnight layover?
    Jan 30, 2014
    Hi - we will arrive from Calgary, AB around 10pm at night and don't catch our next flight to Costa Rica until 11am the next morning. Because our flight to Costa Rica is with a different airline than what we arrived to Houston with, do we get to pick up our bags did the night? Thanks.


    Yes, when you check your bags in Calgary make sure that they are only checked through to IAH, then you can claim them in IAH and re-check them in the morning.


  • Friday night in Houston with Saturday flight
    Jan 28, 2014
    We're arriving at IAH at 20:00 on a Friday, but our flight back to Chicago isn't until 7:10. Is it worth going in to Houston for a night and staying at a hotel there? Any hotel that has its own entertainment or entertainment nearby? Thanks!


    Entertainment? What kind of Entertainment are you looking for. There is a hotel located inside IAH but it's a bit pricey. http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/iahap-houston-airport-marriott-at-george-bush-intercontinental/ With that short of a layover if you don't want to sleep on the floor in the airport, I would just stay in an airport hotel. It's a long and expensive ride into the city from IAH.


    Thanks! I thought that might be the case but wanted to check.


  • 1 hour layover sufficient?
    Jan 18, 2014
    My brother has a 1 hour, 10 min layover. He arrives in Terminal C, and departs from B. He was planning to go out through security (at B) to see us quickly then go back in. Will he have time to do that? How long does it take to go from C to B?


    He won't have much time to see you - maybe 10-15 minutes at most.


  • Meeting someone who has a layover
    Jan 17, 2014
    I am planning to meet my brother who has a 3 hour layover. Where is the best place to meet him at the airport, and do I go through security check to meet him?


    You can't go through the security checkpoint to meet him. He will have to exit security to meet you and then go back through when you're done. The best place to meet him would be the baggage claim of whatever terminal he arrives in.


  • checked baggage on overnight layovers
    Dec 2, 2013
    I get into IAH around 1:00 am and leave for Panama the next day around 8:30. If I check luggage, will I be able to retrieve it from baggage claim or will they hold it somewhere for the next flight? I'm currently deciding whether or not to take advantage of the in airport Marriott.


    I assume you mean you are arriving at 1 AM and departing at 8:30 AM. If you have your bags checked through to Panama you will not be able to claim them in Houston.


  • Enough time to wine and dine?
    Nov 22, 2013
    Hi, I am coming in from the Los Angeles airport, arriving in terminal C, and have a connecting flight to Brazil. My flight arrives at 4:30 and leaves to Brazil at 9:15. Do I have to go through Customs/migration ? Is this enough time to leave the airport and get some fresh air? I assume my luggage will already be checked in. Thanks.


    No, on your way to Brazil you don't have to go through any immigration or customs or do anything with your bags. Yes, you can go step outside.


  • 1hr Layover enough time?!
    Oct 14, 2013
    I have 1hour to catch my flight from terminal D to terminal A - do you guys think I'll be able to make it?!


    Yes, 1 hr transfer at IAH will suffice: The above-ground TerminaLink train, which starts its service at the Terminal A station, connects terminals A, B, C, D/E inside security (allow for 30 mins transfer from A to D).


  • coming from College station terminal A ,leaving houston for frankfurt
    Jul 16, 2013
    layover time 2 hour 20 minutes. Is it sufficient ? internation flight from terminal D. how to reach from terminal A to terminal D? surface train or under ground? will United A will transfer the kuggage to Lufthansa?


    You take the TerminaLink train between terminals which runs inside the secure area. Yes, if your tickets were bought on one reservation then United will transfer your bags to Lufthansa. You have plenty of time.




  • Smoking area
    Jun 10, 2013
    Is an 1 hour and 15 min loyover enough time to exit security and smoke and get back through security?


    Yeah, that's probably enough time. Especially if both of your flights are in the same terminal.


  • flight connections
    May 13, 2013
    I'm arriving at IHA on United UA 3262 at 0637 hrs. to connect with United UA 3262 at 0727 hrs. I have a problem walking at times Will I have enough time to make the transfer?


    Are both of your flights really 3262? If so everything will likely be in Termianal B and close together.


  • 7 hour lay over
    Apr 28, 2013
    we have a 10 hour lay over at IAH. We get to IAH at 1am with connecting flight the next day at 10:30 am. Besides sleeping at the airport floor, do you have any suggestions?


    According to Google Maps there's 2 Denny's not too far from IAH - you could take a cab there then call another cab when you're sick of killing time there. There's also an on-site hotel at IAH if you want to actually try to sleep. http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/iahap-houston-airport-marriott-at-george-bush-intercontinental/


  • meeting someone on layover for lunch
    Apr 2, 2013
    can I meet someone for lunch at IAH terminal B without going through security?


    Terminal B has no outside security restaurants and you won't be able to go through security. The only place on airport grounds that I can find to eat at would be the Marriott - http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/iahap-houston-airport-marriott-at-george-bush-intercontinental/ I wouldn't recommend trying to do that unless your friend's layover is at least 3 hours, preferably 4.


  • IAH to HOBBY 3 hrs 25 min layover
    Mar 26, 2013
    We are arriving at IAH 16:25 and needd to catch another domestic flight from HOBBY at 19:45. For an Indian passenger arriving first time in US,is the layover enough to clear immigration, baggage customes, travel to Hobby visa taxi and checkin over there


    That is barely enough time - you will be traveling during the middle of rush hour and Houston traffic is pretty bad. However, I think it will be enough time.


  • how to re enter boarding area?
    Mar 18, 2013
    We just found out that close friends are just 45 min from the IAH airport. We have a 1 hr layover in Teminal C. Is there an area of the airport that we could visit with them for a few minutes before reboarding our flight? Can they enter the resturant area? Or can we exit to a pre boarding area and then re enter to board our plane?


    You could exit security and re-enter, but realistically with just a 1 hr layover you would only be seeing your friends for 15 minutes tops before you have to get back in the security line again.


    Thank you! It would be worth it! We haven't seen them in over a year and didn't realize they were that close to the airport. Thank you!


  • stop over
    Feb 28, 2013
    is 1 hr. and 30 minutes enough to go terminal c from terminal b


    On arrival at IAH take the above-ground TerminaLink train, which starts its service at the Terminal A station, connects terminals A, B, C, D/E inside security. Terminal C has three gateways - follow signs to your gate - hurry!


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