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  • 50 minute layover
    Feb 10, 2016
    I am looking at a flight on Friday in June from HOB to PLS connecting in IAH. Is 50 minutes enough time and is the flight on Friday consistent? It shows I can book it so I hope it will not cancel.


    50 minutes should be enough time if the flight from Hobbs is on-time. All terminals are connected inside security by the Skyway train.


    Thank you. Any word on the IAH to PLS flight accuracy? Currently I can book ok a friday or Saturday


    I don't know what you mean about "accuracy". If the flight is offered it will almost assuredly operate barring extreme weather.


    I know that is not a normal route and kmow of instances where United will completely cancel a flight. I hate to book a flight and it get dropped. Thanks!


  • 8 Hour Layover
    Feb 8, 2016
    Incoming flight Air Canada, departing flight United Airlines; will I have access to any of the lounges? My tickets are both economy, and I would like to avoid a hotel. Arrival at 10:30PM, departure at 6:30AM.


    The lounges close overnight. You will have to either get a hotel or sleep in the lobby.


  • United business class layover?
    Jan 30, 2016
    We will have a 5 hour layover starting at 4 p.m. Is the UA business class lounge the best place to be? Are there alternatives?


    The Terminal E or C-South United Club would probably be the best place. IAH has 5 United Clubs.


  • layover question food pickup
    Jan 28, 2016
    flt from JFK to trinidad & tobago gets in IAH @ 10:39A & leaves for trinidad @1:17. will i have time to come out the airport to meet my friend in the parking lot?


    What airlines are you flying?




    United doesn't fly to or from JFK. Please double check your itinerary.


    Sorry, I'm used to saying that.. Lol.. LGA


    Yes, it is enough time if your first flight is on-time. You'll have to head back to security at about 11:45 or noon.


  • meet family
    Jan 21, 2016
    I have a layover for about 2 hrs, will I be able to leave the secured and go into the common areas to meet my family briefly since they can't go past the security check and into the gates


    If your flight is on-time you would have a little time to do that.


  • 1 hour Layover in IAH to Merida, Mexico Enough time?
    Jan 19, 2016
    I have an hour layover from IAH to Merida, Mexico. Will I have enough time to catch my international flight?


    Assuming your first flight is domestic, yes, that should be enough time. The Skyway train connects all terminals inside security and you just have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Meet friend for layover
    Jan 11, 2016
    I would like to meet friend that has very short layover at IAH. She arrives at 3:56 PM on United and leaves at 5:45 on United. Is there anywhere I could meet her that would be easy for her to make her connecting flight?


    Is she arriving on an international or domestic flight.


  • 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
    Nov 4, 2016
    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.


    Its American airline flight from Toronto and then same American airlines from houston and shows terminal 0 for both still i would have to change the terminals?


  • 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.


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