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  • Connection
    Nov 29, 2015
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    We have a 3 hr layover for a flight to NZ after arriving. (United flight) Will we have ample time to collect our luggage, check in at ANZ and go through security and make our flight? We can't check through from departure city.

     

    Yes, that should be plenty of time. It's usually faster to walk from T7 to the International Terminal vs. taking the shuttle.

     

  • Enough time?
    Nov 29, 2015
    1
    My family will fly from DCA (Washington National) to LIR (Liberia, Costa Rica) via Houston. United is allowing us to book a flight with a 40 min connection. Is that enough time? Do we check in for an international flight in DCA? Thank you!

     

    You will receive both boarding passes and your bags will be checked through to LIR at DCA. All you have to do in Houston is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time if your first flight is on-time but it doesn't leave much time to spare for any delays.

     

  • Tight connection
    Nov 28, 2015
    1
    When I booked my flight to Belize from NYC, I had a 1 hour layover to make connection in Houston. Now United has extended the first leg flight time by 30 min. giving me only 30 min. to make my flight. Can I change my flights (without penalty) since my layover time was shortened by United?

     

    Yes, you can call United, say that there was an "Involuntary schedule change" and that you'd like to be rebooked on an earlier flight from NYC and there should be no additional charge. This assumes you aren't already on the first NYC-Houston flight of the day. You may even be able to get them to rebook you on a nonstop Newark-Belize flight if there is one offered that day.

     

  • United BZE IAH to WestJet IAH YLW
    Nov 28, 2015
    1
    Thanks in advance for your help! I have exactly 2 hours to change flights in IAH. I arrive at 1500 from BZE with United and must connect to a flight to YLW at 1700 with WestJet. They are two separate reservations. I will tryto have cary-on only and will check-in ahead of time for the WestJet flight. Can it be done?

     

    With no checked baggage I think it's possible, especially if you are already checked in for your Westjet flight. You will have to take the "Subway"/"Inter-Terminal Train" from Terminal E to Terminal A and go through security there. With checked baggage you are correct in your assessment that this probably wouldn't be possible.

     

  • LHR-IAH-GUA
    Nov 27, 2015
    2
    I have a flight LHR-IAH arriving 18:15 My connection (international) departs at 19:30 The tickets are on the same reservation. Both flights operated by United. Although the first booking uses a codeshare code. Will I have to go through customs etc (British national)? And will be bags be transferred? Sorry, I'm sure you're sick of the repeat questions but do you think this is enough time to make the connection?

     

    Yes in Houston you need to go through US Immigration, US customs, and security. It will be very difficult if not impossible to make that connection in only 75 minutes. 90 minutes is the minimum and 2 hours is recommended.

     

    Thank you! It's frustrating that it's possible to book such a connection if the chances of making it are so slim! I will change my reservation. Thank you

     

  • PDX to Mexico
    Nov 26, 2015
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    I'm flying from PDX to Merida, Mexico and have a 55 min stop in IAH to get from Terminal C to E and change planes. Both flights are United, will this be enough time? Do I have to go through immigration?

     

    There is no US Immigration when leaving the US. All you have to do in Houston is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time if your first flight is on-time.

     

  • Flight from Amsterdam to Lima
    Nov 27, 2015
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    We will fly next Thursday from Amsterdam to Lima with Lufthansa operated by United. We will arrive at 2 p.m. in Houston, connecting flight (also United) will be at 4 p.m. Is this enough t ime to change? We have been told that we have to Claim our bags, you through Immigration and customs and have to pass sercurity and check-in again. I am afraid that we will miss our flight, as I think that we will not be in time for Boarding.

     

    That should be enough time. Note that since you are on an International to International connection through Houston with United you should not have to claim your bags, but confirm that with the United agents in Amsterdam and Houston. You will still go through US Immigration, customs, and security. You will be issued both boarding passes in Amsterdam so you won't have to "check in" again.

     

    Thank you. But what if we are really getting late, is there anything like a fast lane for immigration or security for transit passengers?

     

    No there is not. Most passengers on your flight will be transit passengers.

     

  • Calgary to Panama City via Houston Connection
    Nov 24, 2015
    1
    I am flying from Calgary, Alberta to Panama City, Panama and have an hour between flights in Houston. Both flights are United. Can I make it in the time? Will I need to claim by bag and go through Customs?

     

    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Calgary. All you have to do in Houston is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time if your flight from Calgary is on-time.

     

  • Flying from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to Frankfurt, Germany
    Nov 24, 2015
    3
    I will be flying from Mexico to Frankfurt. The transit time in IAH is 1h22min, arriving with United, leaving with Lufthansa(same reservation). Will the transit time be sufficient?

     

    It's possible, but it will be difficult. 90 minutes is recommended for such a connection.

     

    Thank you for your answer. Do I have to go through US imm., customs and security? What about the luggage? I will also travel the opposite direction, arriving IAH from London, leaving for Guadalajara, Mexico(both United). Transit time 1h25min. What about US imm., customs and luggage?

     

    Yes, you will have to go through US Immigration, customs, and security. Since you are on an International to International connection you should not have to claim your baggage.

     

  • From Mexico to Amsterdam
    Nov 24, 2015
    3
    My parents will be traveling from Mexico to Amsterdam through IAH, landing at Terminal E and boarding at Terminal D. They will have 2:50 hours. Would that be enough transfer time? Do they have to recheck their luggage or it will be sent directly to Amsterdam. Is there Spanish speaking assistance personnel? Thank you for your assistance.

     

    What airlines are they flying? Were their tickets purchased on two separate reservations or one? They should have enough time. Houston sees thousands of thousands of Spanish speaking passengers daily, so many employees speak Spanish, especially in the parts of the terminal that handle international flights.

     

    Thank you for the answer. They travel from Mexico to Houston using United Airlines and then continue to Amsterdam with Lufthansa. There will be only one reservation (I am buying the tickets through the Lufthansa website and this is one of the options given). Thank you again.

     

    In that case yes, that should be plenty of time. If they are flying nonstop to from Houston to Amsterdam then actually both flights will be operated by United and will be in Terminal E. They should not have to claim their bags in Houston but they will have to go through US Immigration, customs, and security.

     

  • Flying to Belize to Lima via Houston
    Nov 22, 2015
    1
    Do we need to clear US customs and security for this? I believe it's in the same terminal and we have 1.5hrs to do it in. Worried as the next flight to Peru is the following day

     

    Yes, you will have to go through US Immigration, Customs, and Security. You should have enough time as long as your flight from Belize is on-time. Note that depending on your citizenship you may require a US Transit Visa.

     

  • Belize-Houston-LAX connection
    Nov 22, 2015
    1
    I am landing in Houston from Belize at 3 pm on Nov 24 - two days before Thanksgiving. I have only carry-on luggage. My flight to LAX is at 5 pm. Any tips for speeding through the process? I have a US Green Card.

     

    There will be a line for passengers with no checked luggage. You should have plenty of time as long as your flight from Belize is on-time.

     

  • 45 minutes between connections
    Nov 20, 2015
    1
    I am flying from Edmonton Alberta to New Orleans and will 45 minutes between flights in Houston. Both flights are United. Can I make it in the time?

     

    Yes, that is enough time if your flight from Edmonton is on-time. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Edmonton. All terminals in Houston are connected inside security by the Skyway/TerminaLink train and all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

  • I have one hour 7 minutes from terminal b to A, different airlines
    Nov 20, 2015
    1
    no baggage, TSA precheck, do I have to go through security again? Thanks so much

     

    All terminals are connected inside security by the Skyway/TerminaLink train. So if you are already checked in for your second flight, you'll have enough time.

     

  • 40 minutes connection time
    Nov 19, 2015
    1
    will 40 minutes be enough time to my next fly, from terminal Ato terminal E?

     

    If both tickets are on the same reservation it's possible but leaves no time to spare in case the first flight is delayed. If it's two separate reservations, no, that wouldn't be possible.

     

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