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  • Can I Make My connecting flight?
    Aug 2, 2015
    On 2/10/16 I arrive from Cancun at 7:43 pm depart for OKC at 9:15 pm Will I make my flight? ( I'm a camerican citizen on vacation)


    Do you consider yourself a really lucky person? IF you arrive to IAH on time, IF you don't arrive at the same time as about 5 other international flights arrive or if you have Global Entry, IF your bags have the United Priority tag so you can get them at baggage claim first, and IF there is not a long line for customs (or once again, if you have Global Entry) then you have to recheck your bags just past customs and you will probably have to go to another terminal by walking or via the tram. In a perfect world you could make the connection, but not likely.


  • Connection Time from brazilian flight
    Jul 31, 2015
    Flying from Sao Pablo to San Francisco with a connection in Houston. I have to go from TERMINAL E To C. Is 2 hours connection time enough?


    Yes, in Houston you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and to your gate. That should be enough time.


  • PHX to IAH to FRA: sufficiient connection time?
    Jul 30, 2015
    United #810 arrives IAH @ 5:59pm. United #46 leaves IAH @ 6:50pm. 51 minutes. Enough time to make this connection to an international flight during what I assume is rush hour at IAH?


    All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time. You will likely arrive in Terminal C and depart from Terminal E. They are directly connected to each other inside security.


  • MEX to LGA via IAH
    Aug 2, 2015
    Hi, i have a 95 minute connection but i've heard that immigration can be crazy. my flight lands at 8:40am and my connecting to LGA is at 10:15am. I don't have GE. Is this enough time or should i just reschedule for the 12:45pm flight? thanks!


    It's possible. If you haven't booked your tickets yet I would probably go with the 12:45 flight, but it's possible to do your connection in 95 minutes if everything goes smoothly.


    I would reschedule. I just explained the process if you read above about a flight to OKC, Since you don't have GE you could be delayed due to many flights arriving, your flight could arrive late, you may find long lines at immigration, customs, and since ALL international flights with connections have to go through customs and recheck you could find long lines at the recheck, then you still have to get to your other terminal. If you only have carry on then you might make it.


  • Connection Time from Canadian Flight
    Jul 29, 2015
    Flying from Toronto to Austin with a connection in Houston. Once i get off the plane in Houston do i need to go through security/customs or can i simply walk to my gate? Is a 70 mins connection time enough?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. All you have to do in Houston is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. All gates are connected inside security.


  • Enough time?
    Aug 4, 2015
    My United flight from Denver arrives at Houston 1:30 pm and my United connection to Panama City leaves at 2:20 pm. Is 50 minutes usually enough to make our flight and is there a good chance for our checked bags to make it as well?


    Yes, if your first flight is on-time you will probably make it and so will your bag. All you have to do in Houston is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    I disagree. Flights from Denver usually come into Terminal A or B. Times are from gate to gate so if they pull up to the gate at 1:30 (if they are on time) then if you are in coach you have to wait for everyone to depart in front of you, get out through the crowd and over to Terminal E, now you have to go through security and run like crazy to your gate. Problem is if you are not at the gate 30 minutes prior to boarding and the flight is overbooked, they will give away your seat. You probably won't even get to the gate by 2:20 let alone 30 minutes prior to flight time. Your bags will be checked to Panama in Denver, so they might make the flight but if not they will be on the next one and brought to your hotel, but since you probably missed your flight you won't be at the hotel to receive your bags.


    United flights from Denver to Houston NEVER use Terminals A or B. What are you talking about? You don't have to go through security either. The TerminaLink train connects all terminals inside security.


  • Flight by United with connection through IAH
    Aug 2, 2015
    I'm going to travel to the US, and my flight has a connection at IAH. The time to get to the next flight is 1h58min. I will arrive at Terminal E and, since my second flight is domestic, then I will have to go to terminal B by train, right? Is there any guide of what I should expect? I've never been to a flight before, never walked through an airport before, so I'm afraid that this first time might be too overwhelming. I'll have to clear immigration, so I will have way less than 2 hrs to go from one terminal to another, for the very first time. This seems too much for a beginner to do alone. Should I be worried? Is there any guide or walkthrough of what to expect?


    It should be enough time. You will arrive in Terminal E, go through US Immigration, follow signs and instructions to get in the right line to do so, then claim your bags, then go through US Customs (you just hand a form to a guy and walk through), then you will re-check your bags at the United Airlines re-check desk that will be right after that, then you will follow signs to departures and security, go through security and then follow signs to your departure gate. That may involve taking the train to Terminal B if your flight is operated by United Express. Check your departure gate on the monitors or on your mobile phone at united.com or the United app.


    Thank you for the help. I'm trying to understand this map: http://system.gocampaign.com/netisd_org/images/imagelibrary/620/74/9244/537873-Terminal%20E.pdf Based on this map for Terminal E, it seems that I will have to do the following steps: (1) upon arriving at International Arrivals, go through "US Customs and Border Protection", to clear customs and immigration; (2) go to an escalator down to baggage claim; (3) walk to baggage recheck; (4) take an escalator up to security checkpoint and (5) walk to the TerminaLink to get to the connecting flight's terminal; (5) follow the signs to the gate. Is that correct?


    Yes, that is correct


    Consider this-What if your flight is late? What if you arrive when 5 other international flights arrive and there are long lines at immigration? What country are you coming in from? Just because you may have US visitors visa does not guarantee entry into the US. At immigration, especially depending on what country you are coming in from, it may be 20 questions. If the immigration officer is not 100% happy with your answers they will write a code on your blue customs form and let you go. Now you go down to get your bags (unknown amount of time for them to arrive on the conveyor belt) and you get in line. This could be a short or very long 3 lines, no telling. Now when you hand your blue card to the customs official at the podium they will either pass you along or if there is a code on the card you will get pulled into one of the inspection rooms for another 20 questions. This happens frequently to people from Central America, Columbia, and Peru and certain African countries. My brother in law just spent 2 hours from the gate to them releasing hime from customs. I was waiting for him outside and they actually callled me and gave me 20 questions to confirm who he was and why he was in the US. Another friend from Costa Rica had his visa from the US Consulate in San Jose but they would not admit him into the US and he was sent back to Costa Rica. If you can get a later flight you should do it. After all that you still have to get to either Terminal A, B, or C. They all go domestic.


  • Connection time
    Jul 28, 2015
    Hi I am looking for flight back home and are worried about connection time. I found an offer flying from Grand Cayman to IAH and then have to get a connection flight to Washington Dulles Intl IAD and from there I fly on to South Africa. They only allou 1hr24min for my to get from IAH international terminal to the domestic terminal. Im not sure if I can clear customs security etc. in shuch a short time. Please help


    That's 6 minutes below the minimum International to domestic connection time in Houston and about 30 minutes shorter than I recommend. is there a later flight leaving Houston that still gets you to IAD in-time for the flight to South Africa?


  • Connection and Customs
    Jul 28, 2015
    I am flying in from Ecuador 9/07/15 on Avianca. I'll need to go through customs and I plan on a connecting flight to Phoenix on Frontier. Arrival time is 1310 and departure time is 1525, Is that sufficient time or should I book the next flight at 1925.


    I would book the 1925 flight. You will have to transfer your bags yourself outside security on the Inter-Terminal Train from Terminal D to Terminal A to re-check them with Frontier. I don't think a little over 2 hours is enough time to do that when you consider you will have to go through US Immigration and Customs first.


    Thank you very much for your reply


  • Enough Time?
    Jul 27, 2015
    I'm arriving at IAH from Denver via UAL. I have 35 minutes to get to UAL departure gate to Panama City Panama. Will that be enough time?


    Yes, that should be enough time if your first flight is on-time. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate both on Concourse B.


  • Connection
    Jul 27, 2015
    I'm traveling from London to lax via Houston and i have only 60 min. is necessary to go to passport office to check in or i must go direct to my other connection.


    Yes, in Houston you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and to your gate. The minimum time to do this is 90 minutes and I recommend 2 hours. Contact your travel agent or United to get rebooked on a later flight to LAX. They should do this without a change fee as this is an illegal connection.


  • Connecting flights
    Jul 27, 2015
    Hi I'm a british citizen & I'm flying from Miami to San Francisco and we stop off at Houston IAH aiport, I only have 40 minutes between my flight from Miami landing & then departing from Houston. I'm flying with United Airlines, will 40 mind be enough time? I'll have checked a bag in at Miami & will I need to go through customs again ( I did this we I arrived at Miami) ?? Thanks


    You do not go through Customs on domestic flights. All you have to do in Houston is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. 40 minutes is enough time if your first flight is on-time. Both flights will likely be in Terminal C.


  • Enough time ?
    Jul 25, 2015
    Flying from Guatemala and going to Paris through Houston and Chicago, we just have 1h15 to go from terminal E to the terminal C. Is it enough ? Do we need ESTA ? We are Europeen and we can change the time btw.


    That will be very difficult. The minimum international to Domestic connection time at IAH is 90 minutes. Yes, you will have to complete ESTA.


  • International connection and baggage re check-in?
    Jul 24, 2015
    Hi, I'm arriving to IAH from Europe on July 31st and need to catch my connection flight to Guatemala. Do I need to pick up my luggage, go through customs and re check-in again (drop the luggage agian, etc) to take my connection? How long are waiting lines for customs at around 18:00 on a friday? Thanks a lot in advance.


    Since you are on an International to International connection on United through IAH you should not have to claim and re-check your bags. I can't accurately predict immigration and customs wait times, but 90 minutes should be sufficient for your transfer and 2 hours is even better.


  • 40 mins enough layover time to get from Terminal C to E?
    Jul 23, 2015
    Hi there I have a return flight on 15-Aug from Aruba landing at IAH at 20:10 (Terminal C) and my next flight departing IAH to UK at 20:50 from IAH Terminal E. I'm concerned I may not make this latter flight. Will I have enough time? Do I have to go through security? What is the fastest way to get from Terminal C to E. Any help will be most appreciated.


    No need to ask the same question twice.


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