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  • 12 hours Layover
    Aug 5, 2014
    hi! I will travel from Paris to Mexico for a vacation, and they told me that I should have a long layover (12h) at Atlanta airport before I can continue my trip.. what I should do ? there is an internal hotel or I need to leave the airport to find one !! or I will stay on the chair for 12h after a flight of (10h 8m) from Paris to Atlanta ? thank you !


    There are no hotels inside the airport but there are several very close by. If you want to stay in the Airport that is also doable. Here is a guide to staying overnight at ATL -


    I can't leave the airport to find one by myself ? it will be very exhausting and disturbing to lay on the chairs or on the floor for 12h after 10h in the plane


    can anyone reply to me please !! my flight will be soon and I'm very puzzled about how I will spend 12h there !!


    Yes, of course you can leave the airport. However there is nothing you can walk to.


  • transit in LA, luggage
    Sep 14, 2014
    HI, urgent - check in luggage process in LAX Sydney to Cleveland: Sydney (SYD) to Los Angeles (LAX) QF Qantas Airways Flight: 107 Then same day transit Los Angeles (LAX)to Cleveland (CLE) UA United Flight: 1665 Can I make the luggage check-in at Sydney airport and go directly to Cleveland? ( without need to take check-in luggage out at LA airport) If not, what will be the procedure? and how far between Qantas and United? It is a 16 yr boy travelling alone for the first time so need to get the information clear before hand,Thanks for your assistance, appreciated.


    If you purchased your tickets together the bags can be tagged through to Cleveland. However, the bags still must be claimed in order to go through US Customs. If they were tagged through to Cleveland, they can then be immediately re-checked in the International Terminal re-check desk. If they are only tagged to LAX, the passenger must take the bags with him to Terminal 7 to check with United and pay a checked bag fee. It is approximately a 15 minute walk between the International Terminal and T7.


  • connecting flight - venice rome new delhi
    Jul 19, 2014
    hi Arriving at rome at 530 pm from alitalia flight at terminal 1 and onward flight to new delhi at 840 pm terminal 3. IS there enough time to grab luggage and go through security? Is there automatic transfer?


  • Connecting Flight Venice- Rome- New delhi
    Jul 19, 2014
    Hi I arrive at terminal one of the Fiumicino from venice on an Al Italia flight at 530 pm. My connecting flight to new delhi is from rome is at 8 40 pm from terminal 3. Will i have enough time to pick up luggage and navigate through security to catch my 840 flight from terminal 3? Both tickets booked separately....will an automatic baggage transfer happen or i need to collect luggae?


    If you purchased tickets separately you will have to transfer luggage yourself - that should be enough time for your transfer.


  • 20 hr delay in Amsterdam, do I need visa??
    Jul 16, 2014
    I will be arriving in AMS and have a 20 hr delay and I will be taking a hotel room near the airport. Do I need to pick up my luggage and also get a visa to enter Amsterdam? I am a US citizen and flying KLM throughout the entire flight.


    US Citizens do not need a visa to visit the Netherlands. But yes, you will have to pick up your luggage and re-check it the next day.


  • IAH connection from QTO mexico
    Jul 12, 2014
    I can take a flight with an hour 20 minute connection from QTO to Phoenix through IAH but it sounds a little short (we generally don't check bags) my next options is almost 4 hours. which flight would you book?


    80 minutes should suffice if arrival/ departure is not a rush hours mornings/evenings.


  • International Transfer
    Aug 18, 2014
    Hi everyone, I am flying via Houston, arriving to Terminal D and changing to Terminal C. Since both are international flights do I need to go through passport control and US customs? I have about 90 minutes for change and I do not want to miss my next flight


    Where are you flying from and to and what airlines are you flying? No international flights depart from Terminal C.


    That is weird.. I am flying from Istanbul (Turkish Airlines) to Guatemala (United Airlines).


    United flights to Guatemala depart from E.


  • 2 overnight layovers
    Jul 9, 2014
    I will be flying from Boise ID to Cacun Mexico. The flight itinerary is..leave Boise fly to Denver have a overnight layover. Board in the morning and fly to Mexico. When I leave it's from Mexico to San Francisco and have another overnight layover. Then board in morning and arrive in Boise. Where am I supposed to stay for those layovers? Does the airport have hotels available at all hours of the night? Or do I need to find a hotel on my own? And also will my bags be removed from the plane each time ? And will I have to re-check them every time?


    Yes, you will have to claim your bags and re-check both times. Yes, you will have to find a hotel or sleep on the floor at the airport.


  • 1:45 layover for IAD to BUF 11th August
    Jul 14, 2014
    the Lufthansa flight i have booked tickets from lands at Washington at 3:05pm and then, i got to board the Buffalo flight that departs at 4:50pm.. i was told that immigration at IAD takes quite long and i am not a US citizen either..Is it true? if so, what should i do for i don't want to miss my connecting flight? please help


    Immigration at IAD is actually usually quite short. You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time. If for some reason you do miss your connection, you will be rebooked on the next flight to Buffalo


    ZAP, firstly thanks for your reply. you say i will be "rebooked on the next flight to Buffalo"..who is going to do that for me? And secondly, isn't the period of 2pm-4pm one of heavy traffic at IAD? lot of international flights landing would make overseas immigration plus customs check longer and additionally, i need to get my luggage checked-in for my connecting general, are these all possible in my 1:45 hours window or do i need to worry?


    United or Lufthansa should be able to rebook you if necessary. Your amount of time is sufficient. Yes there are many international flights coming in at that time but IAD is built to handle it.


    Thanks again last thing I noticed and wanted your advice on. The issuing airlines of my flight booking is Lufthansa but the flight is operated by United Airlines. I will land at IAD by United Airlines flight and the departure to Buffalo is also by a United flight..will this fact help me in any way by quickening up the process? Lastly, I spoke to Lufthansa folks and they said they don't rebook passengers who miss their connecting flight due to Immigration delays. Rebooking is done only if their flight arrives late and connecting flight is missed due to that delay.


  • Layover
    Jul 4, 2014
    Hi! I'll be arriving to ORD at 2:25pm (ANA Air from Narita) and will need to catch a UNITED flight to Washington DC (IDA) at 4:15pm. Will I need to go to immigration and claim my baggage? My travel agent told me that my baggage will be directly send to Washington DC, is it true? Will the time be enough for me to go through all of these steps?


    Your travel agent is wrong. You will arrive in Terminal 5, go through US Immigration, claim your baggage, go through US Customs, and then re-check your bags with United (even though your bag will be tagged through to IAD in Tokyo you will still have to claim it to go through customs). Then you will take the ATS Train to Terminal 1, go through security, and to your departure gate. You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time.


    I found this note in ANA website: In Chicago If you are connecting from NH International flight, UA Connection Baggage Counter in Terminal 5 is also available for check-in. Can I use this?


    Yes, you are supposed to drop your baggage in Terminal 5 after you clear customs. However, you still have to take the ATS Train to T1, go through security, and to your departure gate since that's where your departure gate will be.


  • T1
    Jun 28, 2014
    how long i need from T1 to T3 as i dont have loggages and i have 1 hour to catch up my next flight


    At FCO T1 has boarding area B, T3 has boarding areas D & H (with D & H gates) When connecting from gate to gate, follow signs to "Boarding Area". You have enough transfer time.


  • Greece
    Jun 26, 2014
    I made a mistake looking at my itinerary. I actually have 2 hours and 15 minutes layover in Frankfurt. Will that be enough time? And how do I ensure my luggage will transfer from Lufthansa to Aegean? Also, the 45 minute layover is in Thessaloniki Greece going to Santorini. Is that enough time? I know that is a smaller airport. Thank you so very much.


    2 hrs 15 mins should be plenty of time. If you purchased your tickets together the bags will be tagged through to Santorini. Both Lufthansa and Aegean are in Star Alliance.


  • Layover and Luggage
    Jun 26, 2014
    I am coming from the US and traveling to Thessaloniki Greece with a layover in Frankfurt. My layover time is 45 minutes. I understand Frankfurt is a huge airport and I want to make sure that is enough time. Also, will my luggage be transferred or would I need to get my luggage and check in again?? Any advice or tips would be much appreciated.


    You will not have to claim your luggage but that is a very tough connection since you will go through Schengen Immigration and security on your way to your departure gate.


    I made a mistake looking at my itinerary. I actually have 2 hours and 15 minutes layover in Frankfurt. Will that be enough time? And how do I ensure my luggage will transfer from Lufthansa to Aegean? Also, the 45 minute layover is in Thessaloniki Greece going to Santorini. Is that enough time? I know that is a smaller airport. Thank you so very much.


    You barely have enough time fo ryour connection. Yes, you need to go through US Immigration, claim your baggage, go through US customs, re-check your bags with United, then take the ATS Train from Terminal 5 to Terminal 1 and go through security and to your departure gate. Just bringing a carry-on will save you a little time.


    Oooo wow. Thank you so much for you reply! I really appreciate it. It really has helped. I guess I should just bring a carry on... :(


  • layover
    Jun 25, 2014
    was the 2 hrs lay over in Vancouver would be enough? I'm flying from Edmonton (west-jet airlines) to Vancouver with a connecting flight (china airlines) to Taipei. Thank you in advance.


    Yes, that should be enough time. Westjet and China Airlines have an Interline baggage agreement so your bags should be checked through to Taipei and all you have to do in Vancouver is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    Thank you zap! I actually flying to Philippines, but I have a stop over in Taipei, Do I still need to check out my baggage in Taipei or it should be going directly to Philippines?


    In that case, no, I don't think you will have to claim your bags in Taipei either.


  • Is an hour layover long enough?
    Jun 22, 2014
    I had flights booked with United from Indianapolis to Beijing. My flight got changed due to the airline not having my original flight and so I was given the option to take a similar flight, but the layover is oy 59 minutes (between Dulles and going to Beijing). I'm using United for all flights so I don't need to collect baggage. Is this reasonable to get to the terminal to go to Beijing on time?


    United uses midfield concourse C/D; C gates C1-30 & D gates D1-32 are connected by a walkway. you have enough transfer time.


    You may also arrive at A, which is connected to C and D by the Aerotrain and mobile lounge inside security.


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