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  • 15 Hrs Layover
    Dec 24, 2015
    Hi, I arrive at 8 pm and departs at 12 noon the next day. Appreciate advise on what I can do - some quick sightseeing.


    By the time you get in nearly everything will be closing. Just get a hotel near the airport and get some rest.


  • International do domestic connection IAD, one ticket
    Dec 12, 2015
    we will reach IAD from Zurich (Switzerland) at 3.20pm (SWISS, operated by United, LX3200) and our flight to Nashville leaves at 5.05 pm (SWISS, operated by YV DBA united exp, UA 3993). Both flights are on the same ticket. Will this 1h 45min be enough to catch our flight to Nashville? Will we have to claim and re-check our bags? (We're Swiss citizens) Thank you!


    Yes, you will arrive in Concourse C/D, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and to your departure gate, also in the C/D concourse. You should have enough time.


  • United just rescheduled a Dulles layover from 68 minutes to 35 mins
    Nov 23, 2015
    1) arriving from Newark at 11:50am (UA 4859 regional commuter flight) Weds 12/30/15 2) departing to Savannah at 12:25pm (UA 3986 also commuter flight). This seems very tight for both 2 people and checked bags to make it to the connecting flight in time. Thinking a change will avoid a huge potential headache. Any thoughts appreciated.


    It's possible, but doesn't leave much time to spare. Since it's an involuntary schedule change you could call United and ask to be rebooked on a nonstop Newark-Savannah flight. Stress that this was an involuntary schedule change.


    Thank you - will give it a shot. We have a direct return flight already.


  • 1 Hour Layover
    Oct 21, 2015
    Im travelling from Ottawa, Canada on United Airlines to Washington DC, and then will be proceeding to a connecting flight from Washington DC to Paris, France on Lufthansa. I only have 1 hour for the layover. I have 2 bags checked, and I'm scared I won't have enough time to clear customs, collect my bags, recheck them in, and then proceed from Concourse A to C/D. What can I do so I don't miss my flight? I really need help.


    Lufthansa does not fly from Washington DC to Paris, so that flight will be on United as well. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Ottawa. All you have to do in Washington is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. Your flight from Ottawa could arrive in A, C, or D.


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