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  • Connection Time just shortened by airline
    Nov 20, 2014
    We are flying with US Airways on Dec. 27 from DTW to MSY with a connection in CLT. This is our first time in CLT, first connecting flight, and first time with US Airways. Originally we had a one hour layover in CLT, but it has just been reduced to 34 minutes. Is it worth trying to make this connection, or should I try to change my flight now? If we miss the connection, how hard is it to get onto the next flight to MSY? Any advice from more seasoned fliers is appreciated. Thanks.


    34 minutes is not long but it will depend on what gate you fly into and out of. I had to go from Gate E to Gate A and it was brutal, they are on opposite ends of the terminal. I started out on US Airways but unfortunately had to connect with AA. If your solo and in good shape you'll be fine, if you have children I would rethink it.


  • Domestic flight connecting to international
    Nov 15, 2014
    I plan on traveling with united airlines from MSY to IAH arriving at 16:23 then connecting to a international flights with emirates to Dubai at 18:25 Is this enough time? the flights will be bought on 1 ticket so my bag should be checked all the way through


    Yes that should be plenty of time. Even enough if you have to exit the secure area to get your emirates boarding pass.


    Nov 14, 2014
    Flying in from TUS (Tuscon) to ATL on Delta...is 1 Hour 14 M enough of a layover to make it to the Int'l Terminal F to catch a flight from ATL to CDG (Paris) on either Delta or Air France? Are the Delta terminals close to or far away from Int'l Terminal F? Thanks!


    You don't actually have to change terminals. All you have to do is take the Plane Train from your arrival concourse to your departure concourse (E or F). It should take less than 20 minutes.


  • 2 hrs enough time to clear customs and change flights?
    Nov 14, 2014
    I am flying in from Prague, arriving at JFK at 4:35. The only connecting flight to Phoenix is at 6:45. Is this enough time to clear customs and change flights?


    Yes, that should be enough time if tickets are purchased together.


  • Connection time to allow flying different airlines?
    Nov 14, 2014
    Hello, I am flying in from DC to BOS the day after Thanksgiving on Southwest, then have a 3 hr layover, departing on SATA to Azores. 1 carryon bag only. Is that a long enough layover? I assume since going from Domestic to International we have to go through security and customs or immigration too, or is that on arrival in the Azores? Thanks!


    All you have to do in Boston is exit security to get your SATA boarding pass, get it, and then go through security. You will go through customs and immigration when you get to the Azores. You do not go through US Immigration when leaving the US. Both flights are in Terminal E.


    Thanks! So 3 hrs should be more than enough time? Someone told me people line up for SATA flights like 5 hrs ahead of time which seems crazzzzy. I could see that in S. American, but not Boston....


    I should also have asked, coming home then through immigration is 2.5 hrs enough to arrive from azores on sata and transfer to sw back to DC? As you can tell, we don't travel much - it will set my mind at ease to know in advance so thanks very much


    Yes, people do line up that early for some of those flights, but for no good reason. Yes, 2.5 hours should be enough on your return trip. If possible check in online for your Southwest flight before you leave the Azores and then you won't have to stop at the Southwest counter and you'll get a better boarding number.


    Thanks, great advice!


  • Terminal 4 to Terminal 8 in 2hours?
    Nov 14, 2014
    Hello everyone! I have booked tickets for a work associate's return journey to Germany, flying LAX>JFK>BERLIN. She is travelling on an ESTA. Her Virgin America flight from LA arrives at JFK T4 @ 3:50pm and her flight to Berlin departs at 5:50pm (air berlin). I have been told that because her flight into JFK is domestic she will not have to go through immigration and customs, but can continue from T4 to T8 (where the AirBerlin counter is) where she can check her bag? Does anyone know if this is correct? I don't know the procedures for domestic US flights for a non US citizen at all. Will 2 hours will be enough? All help is much appreciated!


    The procedure for foreigners flying on domestic flights is the same as US Citizens. 2 hours should be enough time to collect her bags, take the Airtrain to T8 and re-check and go through security. However, it does not leave much buffer if her flight to New York is late.


    Thanks so much ! That is good news!


  • 1:20 Minutes International Transfer
    Nov 14, 2014
    Hi - I am arriving from MNL (via NRT) into DTW and will need to make a connecting flight to CVG in 1:20 mins. Is this doable? The delta website seems to think so.


    It's doable but it doesn't leave much if any time to spare in case of delays.


  • GRU-ORD and ORD-IAH for 1 hr 55 min
    Nov 14, 2014
    Hi, my flight will arrive in ORD from (Sao paulo/GRU) at 5.35am and my next connection to IAH will depart at 7.30am. Both are with United and under the same ticket. Will this 1 hr 55 min connection be enough?


    Yes, that should be enough time. You will arrive in Terminal 5, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the transfer desk, then take the ATS train to T1 and go through security and to your departure gate.


  • Term 3 - Term 1 shuttle connection
    Nov 13, 2014
    Do the shuttles between term 3 and term 1 operate 24 hours a day? If not what time of the day is their first ride?


  • Connecting flights
    Nov 13, 2014
    Looking at booking a flight which would arrive in T2 with connecting flight leaving from T4. Only 1 hour for the connection. Is that enough time?


    Yes, that should be enough time. Delta has a shuttle bus that runs between the two terminals inside security.


    Nov 13, 2014
    Return from HYD >> ORD : Air India, ORD>>YYZ: Air Canada my friend told me, after customs,last time he had to carry luggage thru Train to another terminal, as there is no way to transfer baggage thru Transfer Desk? What should I do to ensure it can be sent thru transfer desk? who will take care this? Air India or Air Canada? In the event, I need to take luggage (8 large bags) all by myself to other Terminal by Train, will there any Porters for paid luggage carrying service? Onway connection time: 5 hrs Return connection Time : 6 hrs is there any child Play Area?


    Booked all flights in one ticket


    Did you purchase your tickets separately or together? If separately, yes, you will have to take it on the ATS train and no there are no porters. There are child play areas in most terminals, but they are nothing special.


    Ah, now I see that you did book on one ticket. On your way to HYD you won't have to do anything with your baggage at all in ORD and on your way back you will be able to re-check it at the transfer desk after clearing customs in T5 and won't have to bring it on the train.


    Thanks for your prompt response. Do I have to ask Air India folks in India to tag all the way to Toronto? I am coming at 6.30, I guess Transfer Desk will be available at that time.


    Yes, you ask the Air India desk in India to tag your bag through to Toronto. That way you can use the Transfer desk at O'hare.


  • Southwest Airlines to International Terminal
    Nov 13, 2014
    I'm arriving at 9:30am on a Southwest flight. How long (if our bag come out in a timely manner) will it take me to get from there to the International Terminal using the Airtrain?


    I imagine you could be in the International Terminal sometime between 10 and 10:15.


    Thank you! :o)


  • Connection time from International to domestic flight
    Nov 13, 2014
    HI Guys, I will be arriving at IAD from Brazil on January 6 at 645am and my next flight is 811am to MCO. 1h45min is sufficient to do everything I need (immiigrations, bag check, etc..)?!


    It will be both UAL flights...sorry


    Yes, that should be enough time. Your flight will be the only international flight arriving at that time so the immigration lines should be short.


    arriving from a international flight means that I will need to walk a lot until the domestic gate?! thanks


    Probably not - United has an immigration facility in the basement of Concourse C and your flight to MCO will likely depart from that building as well. Since you do have an early morning arrival, you may go through Immigration at the International Arrivals building instead, in which case a train will take you to your departure concourse after you clear customs.


  • T5 to T1
    Nov 13, 2014
    HI, I am arriving from Dublin on the 18th of November to T5 at 15.30 and need to catch a flight to SF at 17.00 from T1, Is this enough time?


    Yes, that should be enough time. As all flights from Dublin now go through US Immigration and Customs Preclearance in Dublin, all you have to do is take the ATS Train from T5 to T1, get your boarding pass if you don't already have it, and go through security.


    Thank you for being so prompt on this!


  • Arriving JFK Terminal 4, Departing 5
    Nov 13, 2014
    Hello! Departing Abu Dhabi on Etihad, arriving in terminal 4 and departing for Denver from terminal 5. All flights booked through Etihad, although JFK-DEN is a Jetblue codeshare.In Abu Dhabi you clear US customs there. Will I have to get my bags in NY and take with me to terminal 5? Or do I just go through customs and drop the bags again? Is there a way to go from terminal 4 to 5 and stay within security? Or will I have to go through security again when I reach terminal 5?


    Since you pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Abu Dhabi and you purchased your tickets together, your bags will be sent straight through to Denver. All you have to do in JFK is take the AirTrain from T4 to T5, get your Jetblue boarding pass if you don't already have it, and go through security.


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