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  • 1h 11mins
    Jan 8, 2016
    Hello, I have 1 hour 11 minutes to connect from my flight frpm Frankfurt Germany to the next flight to Las Vegas. Will I make it?


    No, the bare minimum international to domestic connection time in Houston is 90 minutes, with 2 hours recommended. Contact whomever booked your ticket to be rebooked.


  • rechecking bags before a long layover
    Jan 6, 2016
    Hi, we are arriving at IAH at 7 pm, staying with friends for our overnight layover and then departing again at 11:30 the next day. Is it possible for me to collect our checked bags from the carousel when we arrive and then immediately re-check them for the onward flight with United to Costa RIca for the next mornings flight, saving us from having to drag the big luggage to our friends for the night.


    No, you will have to take them with you. You won't be allowed to re-check them until the next morning.


  • 58 minutes to connect
    Dec 22, 2015
    Hello, My brother and I are traveling from Wichita to Managua, with layover at IAH. We bought the ticket together and have 58 minutes to connect on Christmas Eve in Houston. Do you think we have enough time?


    Yes, as long as your flight from Wichita is on-time that is enough time. 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.


  • ! hour layover from Montreal to Cancun
    Dec 21, 2015
    Hello! I'll be flying from Montreal to Cancun on the 16th of january, and have 1 hout layover time in Houston. Is that enough time?Thank you!


    Yes, you will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Montreal. All you have to do in Houston is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. All gates are connected inside security by the Skyway train.


  • 10 hour layover
    Jul 20, 2016
    Hi. I'm flying from Scotland to Honduras on 31st Dec via Newark then Houston. Arrive in IAH 10.30pm. Leave 9.00am next day. Prefer to stay at airport. Jet lag/time difference would make sleep an issue anyway. Any advice? Can I stay security side in terminal or will I have to collect luggage and recheck it? Arrival and departure both Terminal E. All flights with United. If I can't stay security side in terminal where's the best place hang out until I can check in (I think check in is closed from 11.30pm - 4.30 am).Many thanks.


    Yes, you can stay in the secure side of the Terminal. You will go through US Immigration and Customs in Newark. There is no US Customs when leaving the US.


    Did you have to collect luggage and recheck it? I'm having the same flight to Honduras from chicago


  • transit
    Dec 16, 2015
    flying with United, to YYZ fro africa i have only canadian visa, can i still fly united


    If you are a citizen of an African country you will have to get a transit visa to transit the US, even if you have a Canadian visa (or even if you are a Canadian permanent resident). So no, unless you can get a US Transit Visa, you can't take that flight.


  • 14 overnight hours
    Dec 14, 2015
    I arrive after 11pm to IAH & depart the next day at 1 pm. Where should I stay that will be economical and not require expensive taxi rides. Would uber be better? Any place close (nature wise) I can wander outside the next morning near a hotel?


    The airport isn't really in a place abounding with nature. It's in an industrial suburban area. There are a lot of airport hotels near the airport that offer free shuttles. Just stay at one of those.


  • Short Layover
    Dec 14, 2015
    I am flying from Frankfurt to Houston I have a 1h35 layover to make it to the next flight which to Panama City, is that enough time?, Do i have to go through customs? and then re-do security ? ... :S


    You will have to go through US Immigration, customs, and security. However, since you are on an International to International connection you shouldn't have to claim your bags. You should have barely enough time. This is assuming you are going to Panama City, Panama, not Panama City, Florida.


  • YYZ connectiing to air nz
    Dec 9, 2015
    I have a 1h 35 min layover at IAH arriving from Toronto is that enough time to connect to my air NZ flight to Auckland


    Assuming both tickets are on the same reservation yes that is enough time. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. The Skyway train connects all terminals inside security.


  • 39 Minute Layover to International Flight
    Dec 3, 2015
    Hello, I have a layover of 39 minutes in Houston this weekend coming from Newark and heading to Belize City. I have to transfer terminals and will have both checked bags and carry ons. Is this going to be a difficult transfer?


    It's possible if the flight from Newark is on-time. Obviously it leaves you no time to spare if the flight from Newark is delayed at all. All gates in Houston are connected inside security.


  • 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.


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