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  • do i have enough time?
    Apr 16, 2017
    1
    i'm going from Pittsburgh to Dulles and then to Peking airport in China. I have 1 hour 14 min to transfer at Dulles, would this be enough time? I don't know what I gates I would be using, but flight from Pitt to Dulles and from Dulles to Peking are United 6110 Operated by /MESA AIRLINES DBA UNITED EXPRESS and United 807

     

    Yes, that is enough time. Both flights will likely be on the C/D concourse. All you have to do in IAD is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

  • Arriving from Chicago and 1hr2min layover to catch next flight
    Mar 23, 2017
    1
    I am traveling from Chicago into IAD at 4:18pm, and will be departing from IAD to Rome at 5:20pm. Is this enough time to catch my flight to Rome?

     

    Yes, that is plenty of time. if both flights are on United then all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

  • Short layover/customs
    Mar 3, 2017
    1
    Flying out of IAD to Vic Falls, Zimbabwe, with an 80-minute layover in Addis. Is that enough time? (Will we have to go through customs/get our bags in Addis?)

     

    Are both flights on the same reservation? If so that is enough time in IAD.

     

  • Arriving from Mexico and 1h10 min layover to catch next flight
    Feb 22, 2017
    1
    We're a couple flying from Cancun (Mexico) to Geneva (Switzerland) and we have 1hour and 10min to get our next flight... Do we have to get our bags back and check them in again? If we have biometric passport is it quicker to go through immigration? What are the probability we will/will not make it? And in the case we dont make it because it's too crowded (and not because of weather conditions or othre type of delays) does united book us on the next flight for free/pay for the hotel? Thanks for your feedbacks

     

    Yes, you have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, go through security and to your departure gate. If you are a repeat ESTA user then you can use the Automated immigration kiosks, but just having a biometric passport doesn't get you anything. If your flight is delayed due to weather than United won't pay for your hotel. This is a very difficult connection.

     

  • LHR-IAD layover time to JAX
    Nov 17, 2016
    0
    Hello. We are flying in to IAD from LHR on December 31 and land at 3:50pm. We will have checked bags. We are planning to fly home to JAX on a separate airline, potentially United (direct flight of 2 hours) versus Delta/American (4 hours). How much time is enough to get through customs/immigration, (we have our interview for global entry/tsa precheck this week so we believe we will have the global entry pass by then), and recheck our bags. We will be flying first class in on VA and likely first class out on the next flight (not sure if that makes any difference or not). There are basically a few 6pm flights and then a 10pm flight. Any assistance is appreciated. Thank you so much for any advice you are willing to provide!!

     

  • layover enough?
    Nov 4, 2016
    1
    Is 1 hour 30 min layover at IAD enough? I will be flying from Haneda, japan to IAD (ANA) then transfer to Ottawa (UA) . Only carry-on bags.

     

    Yes, that should be enough time if everything goes smoothly.

     

  • Enough Layover?
    Oct 16, 2016
    2
    Is 1 hour 38 min layover at IAD enough? I would be travelling from Detroit to IAD (United) and leave for Istanbul (Turkish). Do I have to check out my baggage at IAD and check in again?

     

    If both tickets are on the same reservation you don't have to do anything with your bags at IAD. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time.

     

    Thank you. That is helpful.

     

  • IDA layover
    Oct 13, 2016
    1
    Im flying in from UK, with a 4 hour layover. My next flight is to LAX. I have a green card but ill have to go through customs since its the first flight into usa. Will I have enough time to go into the city and see anything?

     

    No, that is not enough time. You will only have about an hour to spare and IAD is over an hour from anything worth seeing.

     

  • Which trip would best?
    Oct 6, 2016
    5
    Please help. Which would be the best route to take? London Heathrow to Frankfurt then on to Orlando International or London Heathrow to Washington DC then on to Orlando International What layover time would you suggest for each option? Thanks in advance for any help given.

     

    Frankfurt will be easier - all you will have to do in Frankfurt is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate if both flights are on the same reservation.

     

    Thank you, that is very helpful. How long would you suggest for the layover in Frankfurt. There will be 9 of us travelling, 5 of which are children aged between 9 and 13? The flights will all be with United airlines.

     

    90 minutes or more would be ideal, but a little less is fine.

     

    Also, note that if you connect in Frankfurt both flights will actually be on Lufthansa.

     

    Thank you so much for your help.

     

  • Is this layover long enough
    Oct 6, 2016
    4
    Hi how long would you suggest for a layover if travelling from London (heathrow) to Washington Dulles before travelling onto Washinton with United Airlines

     

    Do you mean taking another flight to Washington the state (ie Seattle) or taking a car into the city of Washington DC? If making a connection to another flight I recommend 90 minutes if both flights are on the same reservation and 3 hours if they are not.

     

    Sorry, that should have been London Heathrow onto Washington DC with a layover before going onto Orlando International, all flights will be with the same airline. Would you still suggest a 90 minute layover? Thank you for your help.

     

    Yes, that is just enough time if everything goes smoothly.

     

    Thank you for your help.

     

  • 1 hour Layover
    Oct 3, 2016
    1
    Hi - is 1 hour layover time - flight is from Toronto (YYZ) connecting at IAD for 1 hour to New Orleans (MSY).

     

    Yes, that is enough time. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. All you have to do at IAD is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

  • Will I have enough time
    Sep 24, 2016
    5
    I am flying with United to Washington and arriving there at 9:30 pm. I have 1 hour layover for a flight to Munich with Lufthansa at 10:30 pm. Will I make the connection? Is the time enough once I will have checked in my luggage from the first flight with United?

     

    If the first flight is domestic that is enough time. All you have to do at IAD is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

    Yes, it will be domestic from Minneapolis. Thank you!

     

    Also, I am not US citizen.

     

    Yes, the procedure is the same regardless of your citizenship. There is no US Immigration or Customs when leaving the US.

     

    Thank you very much!

     

  • 65 min layover enough time? Arriving from Hartford flying to London
    Mar 15, 2017
    3
    Booked a vacation to london and had a 90 min layover at Dulles. My 2nd flight has been adjusted an my layover is down to 65 mins. Will that be enough time? Tickets were booked together if that helps

     

    Yes, that is enough time. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

    thanks! United vacation told me I needed a minimum of 2 hours in between flights but when I called they said it's a valid connection. I wasn't sure if I had to do anything different between flights since the 2nd leg is international

     

    Hi! My fiends and i have a united flight from cancun to dulles in july with a 36 minute connection before flying out to Munich. Is this enough time? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks a lot

     

  • Layover 40min from MSP to FRA
    Sep 16, 2016
    1
    We will arrive from MSP at IAD and will have a layover of 40 min. Is that enough time time to get the flight from IAD to FRA.

     

    If both tickets are on the same reservation that is just enough time if the flight from MSP is on-time.

     

  • Transit plan
    Sep 1, 2016
    1
    We reaching Dubai to IADat 8:40 am, next connecting flight to Detroit 5:35 pm. Pl suggest is there chance to visit Washington 3-4 hours. WE are not US citizen but having visa

     

    Yes, that is possible, but be aware that IAD is a long way from the sights and you will have to return to IAD during the beginning of rush hour.

     

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