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  • Customs, layover and kids
    Mar 11, 2014
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    I am traveling with 4kids this summer and I am looking at going from Frankfurt to JFK to Austin. Will a 2hr layover in JFK allow me enough time to recheck my bags, go through customs and make my connection to Austin with 4 kids? Or am I better off take the ATL connection with 5hr layover?

     

    Would the tickets be bought together or separately? If together, 2 hours is enough at JFK, but it doesn't leave much room for error or delays.

     

  • Only 1.5 layout time Vancouver to Seattle to Tokyo
    Mar 7, 2014
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    Hi, I booked multiple ticket from UA with a section from YVR through SEA to NRT. I have only 1.5 layout time in SEA as follows: YVR 1110 (Air Canada Express operated by Jazz Aviation) to SEA 1200 Then SEA 1315 to NRT Do I need to go through Custom and get the luggage and I am worry that 1.5 hour is not enough. Previous section of the ticket is from SFO to YVR. Shall I be counted as first entry to US and have to go through custom? Please kindly advice Many thanks

     

    You will go through US Immigration and Customs at the Preclearance facility in Vancouver. In Seattle, all you will have to do is go from your Air Canada gate in Concourse A to your departure gate. United no longer flies from Seattle to Tokyo, so if you booked your flight through United it is probably operated by ANA and will leave from Concourse S. There is a train that connects A and S inside security. You should have enough time.

     

    thank you very much! That's reassuring!

     

  • Arrive from Milan into JFK then JFK to New Orleans
    Feb 28, 2014
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    I arrive at JFK on Emirates from Milan on a Sunday at 7pm. Connecting flight on JetBlue at 9:39pm. Is that enough layover time for customs, security, bagcheck (we will just have carry-on)?

     

    Many thanks for any opinions. Want to buy my ticket soon :-)

     

    Yes, that should be enough time. If possible, check in for your JetBlue flight on-line before you leave Milan.

     

  • Enough layover time
    Feb 26, 2014
    1
    My round trip US Airways flights from PHL to SAN stop at PHX. In each case I have 1 hour between flights. Is this enough time?

     

    Yes, that should be plenty of time. All US Airways gates at PHX are connected inside security.

     

  • Layover in IAH
    Feb 26, 2014
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    I have my flight from MSY to IAH (Delta airline) and IAH to DXB ( Emirates). I have only 1 hour 20 min layover in IAH. will be it be enough? Please suggest

     

    You arrive at Terminal A & depart from Terminal D. Take the above-ground TerminaLink train inside security starting at Terminal A station & connecting to terminals A, B, C, D/E (a 30 mins transfer).

     

    Delta does not fly from MSY to IAH. Please double-check your itinerary.

     

  • Layover of 1 hour and 5 minutes to trnasit from Rome to Madrid
    Feb 19, 2014
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    Please advise if one hour and 5 minutes transit time will be enough to transfer my luggage from a plane to another. I will be travelling from UAE- Abu Dhabi to Rome FCO Airport and then I will fly from Rome to Madrid as a final destination. I will have one luggage with me and I need to make sure that it will be transferred to my next plane during the one hour and five minutes layover. Thanks

     

    What airlines are you flying? I don't think that will be enough time as you will have to clear EU Immigration on arrival in Rome.

     

  • Houston layover, leave airport?
    Feb 13, 2014
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    Hello, we are flying in (with a 9 and 11 year old) from Cozumel to Houston and have a 6 hour layover. Can we leave the airport and see a site in Houston (perhaps the Space Center or even go out to lunch at a restaurant)? Just curious about the security issue, not sure if we go through US customs when we arrive in Houston or at our final destination in Boston?

     

    You will go through Immigration in Houston. Yes, after you re-check your bags you could leave the airport. However, the Space Center is over an hour each way from the Airport, so considering it will take you about 45 minutes to clear immigration and customs and re-check your bags and the fact that you have to be back at the airport a little over an hour before your flight to Boston, that would leave you with only maybe an hour and a half at the space center. You could go to a restaurant near the airport. The Deerbrook Mall is not far from IAH and has a lot of restaurants nearby.

     

  • Is 2 hour layover time enough
    Feb 11, 2014
    1
    I booked a wheel chair service of flight#DL128 for my parent next month because my father needs help, he can't walk far. They have 2 hour layover time at Seattle airport. Is 2 hour enough for them to get through International Visitor's Customs, pick up the checked baggage, and make the connecting flight#DL 9190(operated by Alaska air as AS 672)? Thank you very much for your advise!

     

    Yes, 2 hours should be enough time.

     

  • New Flyer
    Feb 6, 2014
    1
    Looking for advice please!?

     

    Are you looking for advice on anything in particular? Where are you flying from and to?

     

  • 7 hour layover
    Feb 6, 2014
    1
    I have a 7 hr layover. I have never been to Atlanta. What do you recommend that is closer and easier to visit? Thanks so much

     

    There is nothing worth seeing that is close to the airport. You can ride MARTA into downtown to the five points station and walk to Centennial Olympic Park and the CNN Center and a few other things. I don't think you would have time to go to the Georgia Aquarium. The MARTA ride from the airport to downtown takes a little less than an hour each way, so considering you should be back at ATL at least an hour before your second flight, you will probably have about 3.5 hours that you can spend downtown. There are also some nice restaurants downtown if you want to get a meal there.

     

  • Can we pick up our checked baggage for overnight layover?
    Jan 30, 2014
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    Hi - we will arrive from Calgary, AB around 10pm at night and don't catch our next flight to Costa Rica until 11am the next morning. Because our flight to Costa Rica is with a different airline than what we arrived to Houston with, do we get to pick up our bags did the night? Thanks.

     

    Yes, when you check your bags in Calgary make sure that they are only checked through to IAH, then you can claim them in IAH and re-check them in the morning.

     

  • Friday night in Houston with Saturday flight
    Jan 28, 2014
    2
    We're arriving at IAH at 20:00 on a Friday, but our flight back to Chicago isn't until 7:10. Is it worth going in to Houston for a night and staying at a hotel there? Any hotel that has its own entertainment or entertainment nearby? Thanks!

     

    Entertainment? What kind of Entertainment are you looking for. There is a hotel located inside IAH but it's a bit pricey. http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/iahap-houston-airport-marriott-at-george-bush-intercontinental/ With that short of a layover if you don't want to sleep on the floor in the airport, I would just stay in an airport hotel. It's a long and expensive ride into the city from IAH.

     

    Thanks! I thought that might be the case but wanted to check.

     

  • Enough Layover time?
    Jan 27, 2014
    3
    Next week I'll be flying from Brussels, Belgium to Philiadelphia and have a 2h 15min layover to get my flight to New York. Will this be enough time? I'm travelling with US Airways on both flights. And what kind of security control do I have to go through when I arrive in Philadelphia?

     

    Yes, that should be enough time but you may have to hurry. You will go through US Immigration, then claim your baggage, then go through US Customs, then re-check your baggage, then go up to the departures level and go through security. Then you will likely have to take a shuttle bus to Terminal F where most of the PHL-New York flights leave from.

     

    I'm arriving at Terminal A and my next flight is from Terminal C. Does this make a difference?

     

    Well if your departing flight is in C that makes it even easier, you can just walk from A to C.

     

  • is an hour enough to connect from domestic to international flight
    Jan 20, 2014
    2
    DL 961(MCI) to DL 583(PVG)

     

    Yes, all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate, which will both be located on concourse A of the McNamara Terminal.

     

    what a relief! Thanks!

     

  • 1 hour layover sufficient?
    Jan 18, 2014
    1
    My brother has a 1 hour, 10 min layover. He arrives in Terminal C, and departs from B. He was planning to go out through security (at B) to see us quickly then go back in. Will he have time to do that? How long does it take to go from C to B?

     

    He won't have much time to see you - maybe 10-15 minutes at most.

     





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