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  • International Flight to Shanghai
    Jan 11, 2015
    I'm booking a flight from Wichita KS to Shanghai on either American or United. The international connection is ORD. What is the length of time I should allow for the layover in ORD to make sure we have everything covered to reach our international flight to Shanghai in enough time? Thank you!


    All you will have to do in Chicago on your way to Shanghai is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. 45 minutes is enough, but 60 leaves more wiggle room. On the return flight you will need at least 90 minutes, preferably a little more since you will have to go through US Immigration and Customs in Chicago in Terminal 5 and then change terminals. But again, on the way to Shanghai, all you will have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Overnight Layover from Oslo, Norway to Jakarta, Indonesia
    Jan 11, 2015
    hi, I'm an Indonesian and I have a 12 days visa (Schengen to Oslo) valid from February 5th - February 16th. I will depart from Oslo at February 16th at 7 PM via Amsterdam. if I am to have an overnight layover in Schiphol for 23.50 hours from February 16th - February 17th (from 8.55 PM to 8.45 PM), do I need a visa on arrival? do I have to stay in airport or can I go sightseeing to the city? kindly to advise, thank you


    I suggest you leave a day earlier, your visa will be expired by the time you leave the Schengen Area and you will have overstayed your visa.


  • 50 min layover to International flight
    Jan 13, 2015
    I land in Atlanta at 10:07am and im flying out international to Guam at 10:57. Will I have to go get my bags and check them again? Also is that enough time to go through the international check in? Thank you!


    If both of your flights are on Delta and your first flight is domestic you do not have to do anything special in Atlanta. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. Also, Delta does not fly nonstop from Atlanta go Guam, so your flight is stopping somewhere else first.


    Yes I have a layover in japan I was just saying that I'm flying international with that being my final destination. All my flight are delta so that's good, but does 50 min give me enough time to get to my next gate? Also when I am going to the international concourse in Atlanta will I have to be going through custom as or anything or will it just be another terminal


    It is just another concourse. There are no special checks before getting on an international flight. The only difference is that you have to show your passport with your boarding pass when you board. 50 minutes is enough time if your first flight is on-time.


  • ATL layover
    Jan 12, 2015
    hey, im flying from montego bay ( jamaica) to manchester Uk. the is a connecting flight which stops in ATL for 1hr 48 mins. will this be enough time? this will be booked with Delta airlines. any help would be helpful. thanks


    Yes, that should be enough time. YOu will arrive in the International Terminal, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the transfer desk, then go through security and to your departure gate which will be in the same terminal.


    thanks for your help


  • Overnight in IAH
    Jan 9, 2015
    Just wondering if there are any lounges or spots in Houston for overnight layover (12 hrs) - don't have money for hotel but wonder if there's other option besides sleeping at gate?! Thanks!


    No, there are no overnight lounges but there are some good places -


  • seeing someone during their layover
    Jan 8, 2015
    My boyfriend has a layover in Hawaii for an hour before his connecting flight, is there any way for us to see each other before his next flight?


    With just an hour? No, not really.


  • arrive at midntight, flying international at 6:20 am
    Jan 7, 2015
    My flight arrives from Sask at midnight, and then I depart at 6:20 am. no sense getting a hotel, but can I get through get in/Us customs and if not ideas to spend 5 hours ??


    US Customs preclearance probably won't open until 4:30 or 5:00 AM. Just try to take a nap wherever you can


  • Easy Access Between Terminals?
    Jan 6, 2015
    I'm flying US Airways into and out of Rome. It appears that my gate will be in terminal 5, where there does not look to be much access to anything. I would like to access the various lounges in Terminal 3 because I'll have a wait between my flight times and my ground transportations (especially on the outbound flight). Is there easy access between the terminals or do I need to go through security for each one. Basically, if I'm leaving/arriving in terminal 5, am I stuck in nowhere land?


    Nobody arrives in T5. It is a departures only terminal. When departing T5 you just check your bags and go through security there and then are bussed to the T3 satellite. If you have an inbound connection to Rome then you do not have to go through T5 either.


  • 10 hour layover
    Jan 6, 2015
    hello I will be in IAH during 10 hours on February. I was thinking on visiting the Woodlands? Is it worth going there?


  • Long layover Hotel
    Jan 5, 2015
    I am flying into Newark from Israel on 2/12/15 at 0430 and out to LAX at 1930. Is there a hotel I can stay for a few hours?


    There are lots of hotels near Newark but I don't know how many you could check in at 6 AM. You might want to get a list of nearby ones (Wyndham, Marriott) and then call them when you arrive to see if any of them have any rooms available for immediate check in. You could also spend the day in the United Club. They sell day passes and the one near Gate C120 has shower facilities.


  • is layover enough
    Jan 6, 2015
    I am considering booking a return flight from DFW to TRS, with a 1hr:10min layover in DC (DFW-DC-MUNICH-TRS) and I am wondering if 1 hr and 10 min will be enough considering there will be 2 adults and two small kids.


    Yes, that should be enough time. If both flights are on United you just have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate which should both be on the C/D concourse.


    Thanks you!


  • Flying Separate airlines with layover in Rome
    Jan 4, 2015
    Hi, I am flying easyjet from Dubrovnik to Rome (terminal 2) with 3 hour layover and will catch Vueling flight to Palermo. My question is my checked luggage and being an international traveler. Do I have to get my bag and go through both immigration and customs, then check my bag again for my second flight? Is there a place to recheck a bag without going through customs? Is 3 hours enough time?


    Yes, you will have to go through customs in Rome as you will be entering the Schengen zone there. And yes, since Easyjet doesn't transfer bags to other airlines you will need to claim your bag and re-check it with Vueling at their check-in counter. You should have enough time.


  • 8 hour layover - can I get my bags?
    Jan 3, 2015
    I have an 8 hour overnight layover on Monday. Is it safe to assume I'll be picking up my bags and rechecking them? So I can get a hotel.


    Yes, you will claim your bags.


  • 6 hours; no coat; suggestions?
    Jan 1, 2015
    My wife and I have 6 hours (9am-3pm) layover on our way to SE Asia on Saturday Jan 10. Since we're packing light, we'll have no coats. Two questions: 1) is there any way to get to any downtown indoor attractions (Hancock or Sears tower, museums, etc.) without going outside at all? I was wondering about an in-airport train station to a skywalk/tunnel? 2) is there a place to store our carry-on bags at ORD? Thanks.


  • 10 hours layover BRU-JFK-SDQ, terminal 4 on DL flight
    Jan 1, 2015
    Hi, i'm arriving at 1pm on dl flight from BRU and leave on DL flight to SDQ at 11pm. Both flights from T4. Any idea? am i entitled to use the lounge in T5? I checked the website sleepinginairport and the jfk website, the information is contradicting... From one side the lounge is accessible to all passengers willing to pay 25USD, from another side it is restricted to T5 passengers. Any daypass possibility in a cheap hotel nearby? Thanks and happy 2015


    No, you can't access the club in T5, but for $50 you can use the Delta SkyClub in T4. It is very nice.


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