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  • 34 minutes enough?
    Jan 21, 2014
    Just had my flight plans changed by United. Flying from Newark to Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) with a lay-over in Houston of 34 minutes. United says this is enough time but is this realistic?


    It's possible. You will likely arrive in Terminal C and depart from Terminal E which are connected directly and all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. But it doesn't leave much time for any delays.


  • From GRU/Brazil to Tampa with connection in IAH
    Jan 19, 2014
    My flight United 978 from Brazil arrives at 5:45 in IAH and my connection to Tampa is at 7:17 . Please inform if 1.5 hours is enough for me to catch the plane to Tampa. Thanks


    Yes, it should be enough time. You will arrive in Terminal E, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through Customs, then re-check your bags, then go to the departure level, go through security and then to your departure gate in Terminal C. That should be enough time.


  • Connection flight
    Jan 19, 2014
    Hello, could someone pls inform if it is possible to make a connection within 1.5 hours? I am actually returning from Cancun via Houston back to Europe, so do I have to check out in Houston, take my luggage and check-in again?


    Yes you have enough time. 1. International departures: (a) don't need luggage check-in procedure; (b) United at Terminal E, all others at Terminal D. 2. Transfer: above-ground TerminaLink train, which starts its service at the Terminal A station, connects terminals A, B, C, D/E inside security (allow for 30 mins transfer from A to D)


    Thanks Sujan, but are u sure? I will be treavelling first from Europe to NY, then from NY to Cancun and as I wrote before, from Cancun via Houston to Europe. Somehow I am re-entering the US, so for me it makes sense that for example the luggage should be checked through but I am really not sure. Both flights will be with United and if I am not wrong, we are landing at terminal E and departure is from terminal C, so do you know by heart how the procedure will be? Thanks a lot!


    Sujan is 100% wrong. Ignore him. Your baggage will be checked through, but you will have to claim it after US Immigration and then Re-check it after clearing US customs. You will then have to go back through security. However, at least everything will be in Terminal E (all United international flights use E). 1.5 Hours is barely enough time for your transfer.


  • 1 hour connection with baby
    Jan 18, 2014
    Hi, I have a 1-hour connection at IAH arriving from Chicago (initial departure is Ottawa, Canada) before leaving for Guatemala city. I am traveling with an 8-month baby alone. Is this enough time?


    Yes, it should be anough time. All you'll have to do in IAH is go from your arrival gate (likely in Terminal C) to your departure gate in Terminal E. C and E are connected directly.


  • Connecting flight and custome
    Jan 17, 2014
    Arriving at 11:38am to IAH (from Canada) y taking the connecting fligh to Mexico at 12:46pm, is it enough time to make it? Should go trough inmigration once I arrive to Houston? Thanks


    Where in Canada are you coming from? If the airport you are coming from has pre-clearance, you will go through US Immigration at your origin. If not you will go through at IAH.


    Traveling from YYC, and in YYC there is a pre-clearance for travelling to US.


    Then all you will have to do in IAH is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate in IAH. All terminals are connected inside security by the TerminaLink train.




  • Connection time enough?
    Jan 17, 2014
    Please advice if I have a flight arriving 1605 at IAH terminal E and have connecting flight at 1735 terminal A ..is there enough time for immigration ? Please help


    Are you flying United? Yes, that should barely be enough time if your inbound flight is on-time.


    You have plenty of time: after recheck of your bags at recheck counter proceed to the Arrivals Lobby, which has an escalator down to the Inter-Terminal Train taking you to your connecting terminal A.


  • United assure me they do not book unless enough time between flights.
    Jan 15, 2014
    United assure me that 1.5 hours between an incoming flight from Costa Rica and a domestic flight back to Cleveland is sufficient. Looking at other feedback this seems almost impossible. Has anyone done it?


    It's not impossible, but it's tough. If you do miss your connection United has a lot of flights between IAH and Cleveland that you can be rebooked on.


  • Terminal B-E
    Jan 15, 2014
    I have client flying into Houston from Toronto landing in terminal B, then flyingt to Quito from terminal E. The connection time in 57 minutes. 1. Will she have enough time? I know she will clear US customs in Toronto. 2. How do you get from Terminal B-E? Is there a train - can she be met as she is unable to walk quickly. Thanks


    Terminals B and E are connected inside security by the TerminaLink train. Yes, she will pre-clear US Immigration in Toronto. If she needs wheelchair assistance she can request it from United by calling them.


  • Connection Times
    Jan 14, 2014
    I am looking to travel on United Airlines from Tampa to Houston then take another United flight to Narita Japan. The connection time from landing in Houston to departing to Narita is one hour and 17 minutes. Is that enough time. Will I arrive and depart from Terminal E?


    You will likely arrive in C and depart from E (although there's a chance you could arrive in E). You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time as C and E are connected directly.


  • Layover time to short?
    Jan 13, 2014
    I arrive on a 4:58 to Terminal A and depart at 5:40 in Terminal E. Do I have enough time to make this flight? Both flights are with the same airline.


    If your first flight is on-time you'll have enough time, barely. The TerminaLink train connects all terminals inside security.


  • Unrealistic Connection Time?
    Jan 10, 2014
    I booked a flight on United (using miles) travelling from Cancun to San Diego with a layover in IAH. I am travelling with my wife and two small children. When I originally booked the ticket (several months ago) I had a layover of just over 2 hours. In the last week, United changed the schedule and put us on new flights giving us an hour and ten minutes. I checked United's schedules and if we miss our connection, we will be stuck in IAH overnight. Considering customs/immigration/kids/luggage, is this remotely possible? Also, do I have any recourse with United as far as changing my flight? Thanks!


    Yes. Since there was an involuntary schedule change you can call united and ask for an earlier flight out of Cancun or a connection in another city. 70 mins on any intl-domestic connection is pushing what is possible.


  • Is this connection possible
    Jan 9, 2014
    I am looking at booking a trip to Cancun that has a 40 minute layover in Houston (IAH) from Calgary (YYC). Is it possible to make it through in that time. The flight arrives in Houston at 6:15pm and leaves at 6:55pm. Do I need to go through customs?


    You will go through US Immigration in Calgary. As such in Houston you will just have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You should arrive in Terminal C and depart from Terminal E, which are connected directly. You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time.


  • TerminaLink Train
    Jan 8, 2014
    I am so uneasy with the terminal trains, Can I get on the wrong train or does it go in a continuous link where I would always get to the right terminal if I stay on long enough?


    There's only one TerminaLink Train route and it goes to the stations in alphabet order. When it gets to the end, it turns around and goes the other way.


  • 34 Minute Connection Time, is it legal and will we make it?
    Jan 7, 2014
    We have booked a flight arriving Feb 1st from YYC at 1:44pm connecting in IAH on United and departing for Cancun on United at 2:18pm. Is this even a possible connection?


    Yes, it's possible, you will preclear US Immigration in Calgary and arrive in Terminal C and depart from Terminal E which are directly connected. It's not an easy connection by any means but it's certainly possible. Also, United does have later flights to Cancun if you miss your connection.


    Thanks Zap, that certainly helps!


  • Walk elderly parent to the gate
    Jan 6, 2014
    Can I get a "gate pass" and walk my elderly mother to the terminal gate?


    Probably yes. You have to request it from the check-in counter of her airline.


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