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  • ATL to RDU with Layover at IAD
    Apr 23, 2015
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    I am wondering if 40 minutes is enough connection time for a flight landing at IAD at 9:35pm and the next flight leaves at 10:15pm headed to RDU. We are not checking any bags and we are flying United Airlines. The first flight leaves from ATL if that helps and it is on a Saturday.

     

    That is enough if the first flight is on-time. All United gates at IAD are connected inside security.

     

  • 47 min connection
    Apr 22, 2015
    1
    I'm traveling from YYZ to IAH, then to Sao Paulo, Brazil, with a connection of 47 min. I have to get onto the Sao Paulo flight because I have another connection in Sao Paulo. The late afternoon flight in YYZ is easily delayed. Am I gonna able to make this one?

     

    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. It's possible to make if your flight is on-time. If it looks like your flight will be late leaving Toronto, proactively ask to be rebooked to connect through Chicago or Washington DC. They also have flights to Sao Paulo.

     

  • Transfer time
    Apr 20, 2015
    1
    Flying into ATL from Syracuse and transferring to Dominican republic.. all on Delta.. do we need to recheck bags or anything else.. is an hour enough time to go between terminals

     

    You do not actually have to change terminals. All you have to do is take the plane train from your arrival concourse to Concourse E or F where you will depart. You have enough time.

     

  • immigration help at us border
    Apr 20, 2015
    1
    Hi I'm not sure that can I ask this question? My question is that can my mother go with my friend to immigration counter together?

     

    No, she cannot.

     

  • Layover in dulles
    Apr 20, 2015
    1
    Hi I have a flight from frankfurt germany and its final destination is newark airport but i have a 2 hr layover at dulles airport. All my flights are with United Airlines. Do i got through a security check point and have to pick up my checked luggage at dulles airport or is it going straight to newark since its all united airlines but different planes.

     

    In Dulles you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the transfer desk, then go through security and to your departure gate.

     

  • Baggage during layover
    Apr 19, 2015
    3
    I am flying into Ohare in the morning on 4/21 from Houston, going to a client meeting downtown, and then back the same day to take a flight to Detroit at 6:30 pm- are there any options to have my bag checked for the 6:30 pm flight when I arrive in the morning? I dont' want to take the bag to the client with me if possible

     

    It depends what airline you are flying. Most airlines will take the bag in the morning.

     

    Flying American

     

    Yes, their counter in T3 will likely take your bag in the morning.

     

  • Enough time with layover?
    Apr 19, 2015
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    Hello, I am leaving Cleveland, Ohio for Mexico on Wednesday and on our way home from Mexico, our connecting flight is at CLT. We only have an hour and 21 minutes! I am worried that this will not be enough time to get our checked bag, get through customs and TSA, and then deal with checking bags again and get to our flight in time to board. Does anybody have any advice or experience with around the same amount of time during layovers? Thanks in advance!!

     

    That is only 9 minutes shorter than the minimum recommended time and Charlotte is not a congested airport. I think you will have enough time as long as your first flight is on-time.

     

  • Flight Connection
    Apr 17, 2015
    1
    5 of us will be coming in on a flight from Veracruz MX to IAH with a layover time of 1hr 23min. Is that enough time to get through customs? We are flying on united the whole way. We are connecting in IAH to ATL. And will we have to pick up our bags in IAH if we are getting back on a united flight?

     

    That is 7 minutes under the recommended connection time but it is doable if your first flight is on-time. You will arrive in Terminal E, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the transfer desk, then go to the departure level and through security. You will depart either from Terminal C, which is directly connected to E, or from Terminal B, which you will have to take the TerminaLink train to, which runs inside security. You'll have to hurry and hope everything goes smoothly.

     

  • International to domestic (non-U.S. citizen)
    Apr 17, 2015
    1
    My sister's coming from Thailand on Korean Air arriving at SEA at 12:20pm. Our final destination is ANC. I'm planning to buy Delta flight at 2:40pm but I'm not sure if 2hr layover will be enough. My experiences getting through custom at LAX were exhaustive to say the least and so I was wondering if my sis will be able to make it through the custom, get the bag, and go to Delta counter and check in again in less than 2 hours? Thank you!

     

    Purchasing two separate tickets, I would want a little more time.

     

  • 1h 15 min Layover
    Apr 22, 2015
    4
    Hello, I'm going to be going to Canada with American Airlines from CUR. Now my connecting flight from miami to canada is 1h15 mins. Is that enough time. And since its an International Flight to an International Location, I do not need to recheck my bags right? Is the customs and stuff enough for 1h15 mins? THanks

     

    You do not have to claim your bags in Miami since it;s international to International, however, you will still have to go through US Immigration, Customs, and Security. It will be very difficult to do that in 75 minutes. Hope that your flight from Curucao is arriving early.

     

    Thank you for the reply, My flight from Curacao leaves at about 3 pm, and arrives there at 6:30pm. Then I have a 1h 15min laoyver to Montreal. Either that, or I have another option that leaves at 8 am, and arrives at 11:30 am, however the layover is still 1:15h. Which is better, and so in conclusion, the layover won't be enough? Thank you

     

    At least with the 8 AM flight they could probably re-book you to Montreal connecting in Chicago, Philadelphia, or New York if you miss your connection in Miami. With the later connection, it's more likely you'd be stuck in Miami overnight.

     

    Thank you so much for the information. I changed my flights to the 8 AM one, and got a 3h3o min layover with that. However, my returning flight from Montreal to Miami, I only have 1h 40 min layover to curaƧao. Better than the 1h 15 mins. But now that's the only connection I have to worry about. Will I be fine there? Thank you so much again.

     

  • Stopover at JFK for 8 hours
    Apr 16, 2015
    2
    Hi, between travelling from the UK to Brazil, we have a stopover at JFK for 8 hours. We we're thinking of taking the Airbus into Manhattan for a few hours. Can someone tell me what time we would need to arrive back at JFK for? All flights are at same terminal with the same airline. Thanks :-)

     

    You should be back at JFK 2 hours before your flight to Brazil. So figure an hour from Manhattan to JFK if you're leaving after 7 PM and 90 minutes if you're leaving before 7 PM for when you need to leave Manhattan.

     

    Great, thanks for replying!

     

  • 1 Hour Layover...US Air
    Apr 15, 2015
    1
    US Air flights lands at 11:11 am and leaves at 12:15pm, which leaves roughly an hour layover. Does that give me ample time to meet with someone who lives in Phoenix, if they meet me at the airport, and then board the plane in time. I understand that the meeting may be as short as 15-30 minutes, which would be fine.

     

    Well, yes, if your flight is on-time and you're OK with just meeting for 15 minutes, it might be possible, but you need to head back through security at least 40 minutes before your flight.

     

  • Germany to Panama. Enough 1h20 in IAH?
    Apr 15, 2015
    1
    Lufthansa big plane arriving in IAH, then 1h20 later United flight departs to Panama. United gave me this option so I believe can be done. Will I have enough time to clear customs and get to gate? Will my bags follow thru? If I don't make, is United responsible?

     

    You should not have to claim your bags since you are on an International to International connection. I think you can make this if your first flight is on-time. Yes, if you miss your connection you will be rebooked on the next available flight to Panama free of charge. However, that flight likely would not be until the next morning.

     

  • connecting FLight
    Apr 13, 2015
    1
    hi, i have a LAS-JFK Flight arriving JFK via JETBLUE at 6:45am then a different ticket with JFK-FLL via JETBLUE as well departing at 9:30am. would the connection time be enough? its a different ticket o i have to pick up and check in my baggage again.

     

    The JetBlue agent in Las Vegas can probably join your bookings and check your bags through to FLL. Even if you have to claim your bags in JFK, you should have plenty of time.

     

  • 2.5 hour domestic layover - enough time to meet non-passenger
    Apr 13, 2015
    1
    My 18yo daughter is taking her first flight alone. She has to fly back to school for a missions trip. She will arrive in ATL for a little over 2.5 hours on delta. Will she have time to meet her boyfriend for 45 minutes and get to her connecting flight? Where should she meet him and does she need to go back thru security?

     

    Where is she arriving from? She will only be able to meet him outside security.

     





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