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  • 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.


  • Layover for 1 hour
    Nov 4, 2016
    Hey i have a flight to Auckland from Toronto with 1 hour layover at Houston . Is it a safe connection ?


    No, that is completely impossible. You will have to 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 in a different terminal. You need at least 2 hours.


    I have America airlines from toronto nd then houston also American Airlines to auckland at the same terminal 0 do i still have to go through all tgis


    American Airlines does not fly from Toronto to Houston or Houston to Auckland - please double check your reservation. However, I misread your post, I see now that you're going TO Auckland. In that case you will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. In Houston you will just have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate if both flights are on the same reservation. You have enough time.


  • Luggage
    Oct 26, 2016
    Hi! We have a 15hour layover in IAH. Coming in from LHR and going on to Costa Rica. Can we check bags all the way through since it is an intl connection? Would like to avoid claiming them but if we follow signs for intl connections, we cannot leave the airport, right? And if we do have to claim them, will we be charged twice by United when we check in for the CR leg? TIA!


    If your connection is overnight, you will have to claim your bags and re-check them in the morning. Do you have excess baggage? If not you won't be charged. You can leave the airport - once you clear US Customs you will be in the US and free to go where you want.


  • connecting flight must clear customs or directly to third country
    Oct 25, 2016
    my flight is ua6 from nrt - iah and connecting fllight through out in the third country ( flying with ua 5625 to gdl mex city) my bag should be collect in iah or not ? cuz the last time I flown with nh 174 connecting flight with ua I can clear custom in mexico city, i do nervous for this time. thx for answer me


    You will have to go through US Immigration, Customs, and Security, but you won't have to claim and re-check your bag in Houston.


  • Our Marine has a 2 hour layover
    Oct 18, 2016
    Our son is a Marine. He has a layover of 2 hours connecting to another flight. I was just wondering what the rules are around layovers these days. We would love to come hang out with and have a bit to eat while he waits. I know some airlines allow this for military families and other don't. Does anyone know? If not how much time would he have to go to a restaurant with us?


    If he is flying into Houston on an International flight he won't have enough time to meet with anyone, he'll have to hustle to his next flight. You'd have to ask his airline if it's a domestic flight and he does have time.


  • Do i need US visa?
    Oct 15, 2016
    i am travelling going to Cancun from Canada, my layover is on Houston Texas airportand i have 4 hours lay over there, do i need US Visa for that lay over? Thanks in advance


    What is your citizenship. I can't answer your question without it. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Canada.


    Filipino Citizen. Holding a Philippine Passport but Permanent Resident of Canada


    Yes, you will need a US Transit Visa. Your Canadian permanent citizenship doesn't get you anything in the US.


    Sorry, I mean permanent residency.


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