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  • Question about connecting flight in Philadelphia
    Feb 18, 2015
    Hi I am flying from Toronto to Philadelphia (with US Airways) and then I have a connecting flight to Barcelona (with Finnair). My layover is only 2 hours long.. I got worried that I won't have enough time if I have to go through customs. But from what I've been reading on the forum it seems that you do not need to get your bags and go through customs if you bought the tickets together. Is that correct??


    Note that both flights will be operated by US Airways. Finnair doesn't fly to Philadelphia. You will not have to go through Customs. You will pre-clear US Customs in Toronto and will go through Schengen Immigration and customs in Barcelona. All you have to do in Philadelphia is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    Thank you very much for your reply. How is it that Finnair does not fly to Philadelphia when on my Itinerary details it says my connecting flight will be with this airline?


    It's called a codeshare. If you look more closely at your itinerary it should say "operated by US Airways" or something like that.


  • Travelling from MAN in UK to Montego Bay via PHL
    Feb 17, 2015
    Hi We are travelling to Montego Bay in Jamacia via PHL. All with american airways, Both flights were booked at the same time. We have a4 hr layover on the outward leg and 2 Hrs in PHL on the return. Can we . a)Book the luggage through to Jamacia in Manchester b) avoid going through immigration in PHL as we will be in transit through US but not visiting or taking domestic flights.


    Please note that both flights will be operated by US Airways. On both directions in PHL you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the transfer desk, and go through security. No airport in the US allows international to international connections without going through US Immigration and Customs.


  • connection time
    Feb 17, 2015
    I am traveling buffalo to Sanfrancisco through american airlines. I have 44min layover. Will i make it on time?


    Yes, that should be enough time. Note that both flights will be operated by US AIrways. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. All gates at PHL are connected inside security, but if you arrive in Terminal F from Buffalo you will have to take a shuttle bus.


  • Enough time?
    Feb 15, 2015
    We are travelling from the UK to Las Vegas and have a change at Philadelphia. We have a gap of 2 hours. Will that be enough time to get our bags and go through immigration. We come in at Terminal A and go out through Terminal B.


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • layover
    Feb 11, 2015
    I am travelling from venice, italy to santiago, chile with 2 layovers in the us - first is a 2:45 min layover in PHL. will that be enough time to clear customs and catch my flight to Miami where i havethe 2nd layover. (i'm a non us citizen, and all of the flights are through AA


    Yes, both layovers should be quite sufficient. All you will have to do in Miami is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Terminal Connection
    Feb 9, 2015
    We will be flying from Shannon in Ireland and we will have cleared US Customs in Ireland prior to travel. We will be with someone who will be using a wheelchair. Just want to know is 1 hour 40min enough time to get from whatever terminal we arrive in to a connecting flight to Lexington (LEX), Terminal F i think. Thanks


    Yes, that should be plenty of time. The Wheelchair assistance person will either bring you on the shuttle bus or provide you with special transportation to Terminal F.


  • short layover dtw-ath
    Feb 8, 2015
    Hello, I am travelling from DTW to Greece with checked luggage via American. My layover is 1 hr 10 minutes. I am sure I will have enough time to make it to my gate, but Will there be enough time for my bags to get transferred?


    Note that both of your flights will be operated by US AIrways. Yes, that should be enough time. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Making a connecting flight
    Feb 2, 2015
    Hi - our daughter is flying Jet Blue into PHL and then onto Qatar airlines to Doha. She has 2 hours and 15 minutes to get to Terminal A. We are wondering if she has to claim her bags from Jet Blue and then what happens as she rechecks and gets her ticket for Qatar? Will she have enough time? Thanks! JFB


    Did you purchase her tickets together in one purchase or separately? If together then that is enough time. All she has to do is go from her arrival gate to her departure gate. If separately, then she will have to claim her bags from JetBlue and bring them to Qatar and 2 hrs 15 mins is barely enough time to do so.


  • connecting flights
    Feb 2, 2015
    Hi I'll be flying from Manchester England to Manchester New Hampshire with a connection in philadelphia using us airways. I have a connecting time of just over two hours. Do I have to claim my baggage in Philadelphia or will they go on to my final destination?


    You will have to claim and recheck your bags. Should be an hour.


  • Getting from Trminal D to F
    Feb 5, 2015
    My wife and I will arrive on Alaska (terminal D) and depart on US Airways Express (Terminal F). Since they do not codeshare we need to claim baggage at D and get to US Airways check-in at Terminal F. Alsaka will provide a wheelchair for my wife to D baggage claim. How do we get from there to Terminal F?


    As a clarification, my wife can walk short distances (100 feet or so)


    If you purchased your tickets separately, yes, you will have to claim your bags from Alaska and re-check with US Airways. However, they do interline so if you bought your tickets together your bags will be transferred. If you made two separate bookings you will need to request wheelchair service from US Airways as well (maybe you should call them anyway and make sure that it is in her US Airways record). Also, if you need to re-check your bags you can use any US airways counter, not necessarily the one in F. F is connected to the other terminals by a shuttle bus inside security.


    Thanks for the info. Yes, tickets were booked separately. So, after picking up luggage at D and giving up Alaska wheelchair we will be outside of security. Can we walk from outside baggage claim D to US Airways counter at F (where we will pick up wheelchair from US Airways)?


    Terminal F does not even have its own check in counters. Use the counters in E. Yes, you can walk from D to E outside security.


  • CUN to PHL to BTV
    Jan 28, 2015
    Flying from Cancun to Burlington, VT with a 1.5 hr layover in PHL. Is that enough time to clear customs? If not, how long should I allow? Thanks for your help.


    Yes, that should be enough time.


    Thank you.


  • international connection
    Jan 28, 2015
    i am flying from canada to phl through us airways and have a connecting flight to doha...where is the qatar airways check in desk? do i have to check in at the qatar airways desk? is two hour enough to make it?


    If you purchased your tickets together you will not have to go to the Qatar Airways check in Desk. You will pre-clear US Immigration and customs in Canada unless you are coming from Quebec City. All you will have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. if you arrive in Terminal F, it is connected to the other terminals inside security by a shuttle bus. If you purchased two separate tickets you will have to bring your bags to the Qatar Airways desk in Terminal A. If you purchased your tickets together you should have plenty of time.


    thank you..i bought them together.


  • International Conncections - Is 2hr long enough?
    Jan 23, 2015
    I'm flying through Philadelphia to get to Tampa from Manchester, UK this summer and want to know if 2 hours for immigration, baggage reclaim and security is long enough as last year, we had a LONG queuing time in security. Do you think I'll make my flight in time or have any tips on how to get passed it all and still have enough time to make it to the gate?


    2 hours should be enough time. There's no tips for making it faster. Since you are now a returning ESTA user you should now be able to use the faster lane that US and Canadian citizens can use.


  • Customs on connecting flights
    Jan 20, 2015
    I am leaving from halifax Yhz with a connecting flight in Philadelphia going to orlando with 48 minute layover. Do I go through customs in halifax or philidephia?


    You will go through US Immigration and Customs in Halifax. In PHL all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. However, you will likely arrive in Terminal F, which requires taking a shuttle bus, which runs inside security, to your departure terminal.


  • Staying at the Marriott in terminal B- can I walk to terminal E
    Jan 20, 2015
    Can I walk from the Marriott at terminal B to get to southwest airlines at terminal E without going outside. And what is the best way to enter the airport from the hotel for security check. I am not checking a bag.


    If you print out your boarding pass ahead of time you can go through security in B and then walk to Terminal E inside security. However, if you don't already have your boarding pass then you will have to walk along the curbfront to E. Hotel staff can advise you on the best checkpoint to use.


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