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  • Costa Rica to Houston to Dallas
    Nov 13, 2015
    My flight got changed by United. My incoming flight from Costa Rica arrives at 7:57pm. My outgoing flight to Dallas leaves at 9:15pm. Is that enough time to clear customs in the late evening? All flights are United and booked under the same ticket, so I would think they will handle the luggage transfer.


    You will arrive in Terminal E, 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 B or C. It's barely enough time as long as your flight from Costa Rica is on-time. That short of a time is only possible because as you said, it's fairly late in the evening and there shouldn't be long lines.


    I have to get my bags? United doesn't handle the transfer?


    Your bags will be tagged through to Dallas but you have to claim your bags to bring them through US Customs in Houston. This is a federal law. You can then re-check them at a re-check desk right after.


  • Houston to Mexico City
    Nov 10, 2015
    Flying United Toronto-Denver-Houston-Mexico City on the downward leg and only have 38 minutes to make the connection in Houston arriving terminal c departing terminal e , IS THIS ENOUGH TIME. Thank you PS flying close to xmas this was the best I could do.


    It's possible as long as the first flight is on-time.


  • from san josé to toronto
    Nov 14, 2015
    Hi ! Will be traveling from san josé costa rica to Toronto, CA, connecting in houston. Do I have to recheck my luggages ? And if so where can I get them...is it somewhere special for connection flight?s


    You should not have to claim your baggage in Houston because you are on an international to International connection, but confirm that with the United agents in Houston when you arrive.


    When you arrive at the international terminal in Houston from sjo you will be in an enclosed area that will force you through immigration then baggage claim carousel then customs then recheck then you go back through security. No one will force you to pick up your bags. But if you want them to have the best chance of traveling with you then definitely pick them up and recheck them.


  • Piorirty immmigration and customs
    Nov 9, 2015
    Hi, I may be flying through Hoston to San Jose coming from London. the connection time is very short, (75 min)but I will be flying business class and with only carry on. Does the airport have priority lanes for immigration and customs for business travellers?


    There is a priority lane because you will not have checked baggage and you will be the first off the plane. There will also be a priority line at security because you are business class. You should have barely enough time if your flight from London arrives on-time.


  • Houston to Costa Rica
    Nov 8, 2015
    Hi, do I have enough time to get my connecting flight, I arrive in Houston at 16:25 and depart to Costa Rica at 17:40? I'm concerned it does not give sufficient time to go through all checks and get to the departure gate?


    As long as your first flight is domestic and both tickets are on the same reservation then there are no "checks" before your flight to Costa Rica. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    thank you for your reply. I forgot to mention the flight is from London to Houston, would this mean there would have checks once arriving in Houston and before getting to the departure gate?


    In that case, then yes, you will have to go through US Immigration, US Customs, and Security in Houston and that 90 minutes is the bare minimum for that connection, you have 15 minutes too little to make your connection.


  • Houston to Las Vegas connection
    Nov 14, 2015
    I arrive into Houston at 5am and need to depart for Las Vegas at 6:30am. The arriving and departing flights are both with spirit airlines but booked separately. Is this enough time? I don't know if I can ask at San José, the departing airport, to have my bag sent all the way to Vegas. And is there anything I can do to get through customs etc faster and make the 6.30 connection?


    Since you purchased two separate tickets you will have to claim your bags in Houston and bring them to the re-check desk there. You will also have to change terminals. I think this connection is pretty much impossible.


    Oh :( that is not what I wanted to hear. Well I feel silly. One more thing, the arrival terminal is written as "M" on my ticket but Houston airport apparently only has terminals A to E? I'm confused about that.


    Spirit international flights arrive in Terminal D. However, all of their departures are in Terminal A.


    Thanks for your advice. Do you know if it's possible to request Spirit to have bags sent all the way from San Jose to Vegas? Even if it involves a fee. This is my last idea!


    (I already wrote to Spirit over a week ago about that and received no reply, so just in case you know if it's something they allow or not)


    The Spirit agent will not be able to check your bag through to Las Vegas. They also don't respond to emails.


    Actually since it is the same airline they can through check bags on two separately purchased tickets but you will be required to present the other ticket not just itinerary. Electronic tickets have an actual ticket number. Generally around 16 digits. They can legally through check as long as you provide the ticket number. And FYI it doesn't have to be the same airline as long as the two airlines have an agreement. For example you could through check with united and delta but not united and southwest.


  • changing terminals
    Nov 7, 2015
    We are arriving from Newark to Houston and have 40 min to change terminals to get a flight to Costa Rica. Need to change from Term C to Term E. Do I have to get the train? Can we walk (run)? How far?


    You can walk from C to E. You have enough time if your Newark flight arrives on-time.


  • Toronto-IAH connection- Costa Rica
    Nov 7, 2015
    I have a 51 min connection time, coming in from Toronto, end destination Costa Rica. Will this be sufficient time to make my connection? Will I depart the same terminal as arriving? thanks!


    You will arrive in Terminal A, B, or C and depart from Terminal E. All terminals are connected inside security by the Skyway train, formerly called the Terminalink. You have enough time if your first flight is on-time. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto.


  • Does this work?
    Nov 6, 2015
    I arrive IAH from Belize on United at 2:50 PM. Can I make connection to an American flight, on separate reservation, to DFW departing 4:04 PM?


    No, that is not enough time. You need a bare minimum of 2 hours.


  • 45 min layover
    Nov 6, 2015
    Hi i am coming from Houston to Costa Rica would i have enough time to catch the flight


    As long as your first flight is domestic and on-time and both flights are on the same reservation that should be just about enough time.


    My flight to Houston is from Singapore and the reservation is on the same ticket. Is that ok?


    No, in that case that connection time is completely impossible. The Minimum International to International connection time in Houston is 90 minutes. You will have to go through US Immigration, customs, and security during your connection.


  • Time enought to clear US Customs
    Nov 5, 2015
    Im a canadian, flying from Bonaire to Toronto, connecting in Houston. I land at 11:30 am and my flight leaves at 12:50 pm all with United. Do i have time to clear customs and make this connection?


    That is 10 minutes shorter than the recommended international to International connection time in Houston. It's possible, but it depends on your flight from Bonaire arriving on-time, preferably early.


    Thanks for clarifyng that. Rescheduled our flights :)


  • yyz-iah-uio
    Nov 4, 2015
    United flight from Toronto to Quito with 1h 4m layover in Houston. change terminals. Is this enough time for you and bags to make it?


    Yes, that should be enough time. You will pre-clear US Immigraiton and Customs in Toronto.


  • How much time to make terminal change
    Nov 4, 2015
    Flying in from Lake Charles at 12:02 pm and connecting on flight to Tampa at 12:50 pm. I believe there is a terminal change. Will this give me enough time to make that connecting flight?


    Yes, you will arrive in Terminal A or B and depart from terminal C. The Skyway train, formerly called the TerminaLink, connects all terminals inside security. You should have enough time if your flight from Lake Charles is on-time.


    Nov 4, 2015


    Sorry for all the caps


    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, then go through security and to your departure gate in Terminal C. This is a difficult connection as the minimum international to domestic connection time at IAH is 90 minutes, with 2 hours recommended.


  • 1hr Layover - Chicago - Houston - Costa Rica
    Nov 4, 2015
    I will be flying from Chicago to IAH, with an hour layover, and then going from IAH to Liberia, Costa Rica (all flights thru United Airlines). Is 1 hour layover enough time? Will I need to go through any other customs or can I just hop from arrival gate to departure gate? My bags will be tagged in Chicago to fly straight to Costa Rica so I shouldn't have any bags to worry about. Just my person. Also, from the looks of the map of IAH, it appears all non-express United Airlines flights operate out of Terminal C, is this correct? I would imagine if that's the case it'll be easy peasy to get between gates (hoping so!). Thanks everyone!!!


    There is no US Customs when departing the US. All you have to do in Houston on your way to Costa Rica is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You will arrive in Terminal C or E (likely C) and depart from Terminal E. They are connected inside security. You should have enough time


    Thanks for the peace of mind, ZAP!


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