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  • What terminal will Ethiopian Airlines arrive in?
    Dec 24, 2015
    I'm taking a flight from IAD with Ethiopian Airlines in February. I'll be connecting from a flight from JFK. I haven't gotten my ticket for the JFK/IAD connection yet. Which other US airlines are in the same terminal making it a shorter walk for us.


    IAD only has one terminal. If you're purchasing two separate tickets you'll have to go to the main terminal to transfer your bags regardless of airline.


  • Emirates Arrival to United Departure in 2 hours?
    Dec 31, 2015
    Hi, my Emirates flight from Dubai lands at 8:15am. Can I comfortably make it to a United flight departing at 10:15am? Is that enough time for immigration, pick up bag, recheck bag, go through security etc.? Thanks.


    Forgot to mention that the United flight is to Chicago, and will be on a separate ticket.


    That's barely enough time if everything goes perfectly. You will have to re-check your bags at the United check in desk on the departure level.


    Will it be safer if I don't have any checked bags, only a carry-on? Thanks.


    Yes, no checked bags would make the process much easier and faster. You could check in online for your United flight to Dubai so you could go directly to the security checkpoint after clearing customs.


    Posting this from IAD airport. I did customs, immigration, 3 bags recheck, and domestic security in 25 minutes. I have global entry and precheck. One flag of caution, airport was fairly empty given its new year eve.


  • 1hr 10min connection
    Dec 23, 2015
    Hi, I'm considering purchasing a flight from Toronto to Washington and then to Cancun with only 1hr and 10min in Washington with United. Is it too tight. The next option is getting the early flight to Washington but I'm not keen with the 5hr layover.


    Yes, that is possible. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. All you have to do in Washington is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate, both on the C/D concourse.


    Thank You!


  • Connection
    Dec 19, 2015
    I arrive from Heathrow London for a connection flight from dc to fayetteville nc on Dec 25th. I have 1.15 mins. Will that be enough? And the ticket agent told me my bags will be checked the whole way though. Is that the case and what do I have to do when I get there


    By the way all flights are with United


    The agent is incorrect. You will arrive, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check your bags, go through security then take the mobile lounge to concourse A for your flight to FAY. That will be very difficult to make in 75 minutes. The minimum International to Domestic connection time at IAD is 90 minutes.


    So what do you suggest I do? Is there a later flight to fay if I miss that one?


    United might be able to re-book you to FAY through Charlotte on American or maybe they can just rebook you to Raleigh-Durham and you could drive to Fayetteville. There is a 5:44 and 10:15 PM flight to Raleigh-Durham.


  • 53 minutes connection time with baby between zurich and bogota
    Dec 18, 2015
    i get into dulles from zurich at 3:20pm with united. will i be able to catch an avianca flight that leaves at 4:13pm? the flights will be on the same reservation, so bags will be checked through. i will be traveling with my husband and baby


    No, that would be COMPLETELY impossible. You will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags, go through security and change concourses. It's completely impossible to do that in less than an hour.


  • fastest way to get from D29 to C1
    Dec 17, 2015
    is it faster to walk from D29 or take the mobile lounges or some other way? Im not familar with IAD Ive just looke at a map and have a tight intl connection. thanks!


    D29 and C1 are in the same building - you can't take the mobile lounge. You walk. It doesn't take that long, maybe 5-10 minutes.


  • 50 minutes connection between two United Airlines flight
    Jan 2, 2015
    I'm landing at IAD from Montréal at 4:35PM, and I have a connection 50min later at 5:25PM for Paris. The two flights being with United Airlines, how can I be sure that I get my plane? I have just one luggage in baggage hold, do I have to get it and re-check it? Thanks for your answer


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Montreal. You don't have to do anything with your baggage at IAD. You just have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. If your flight from Montreal is on-time you have enough time.


    My flight was late but it took me 15min (at a good running pace) to go from one gate to the other so I got my other departing plane. Also, I paid an extra to not have any "gated" luggage to pick up when I left the plane. Thanks a lot, ZAP!


  • Punta Cana to Munich via IAD
    Dec 15, 2015
    we fly from Punta Cana with United Airlines via Washington IAD to Munich. The flight to Munich is with Lufthansa. Both tickets are on the same reservation Our Connection time at IAD is 1.35. Do we have to go through customs or Immigration and do we have to re-check our bags in iWashington? Do we have enough time?


    Yes, in Washington you will arrive in the C/D concourse, 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. You should have enough time.


  • AddisAbaba-->SeaTac
    Dec 14, 2015
    I am planning to move to SeaTac. ETAirlines will land at Washington Dulles for connecting with United Airlines. What are the steps that I must pass through in Washington Dulles international airport (IAD)?


    You will arrive and be taken by shuttle to the International arrivals building where you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags and go through US Customs. If all your tickets are on the same reservation and your bags are tagged through to SEA you can then re-check them at the re-check desk, otherwise you will have to take them up to the departures level and check them at the United check-in desk, then you will go through security and to your departure gate in the C or D concourse using the mobile lounge shuttle or Aerotrain. I recommend 2 hours if everything is on the same reservation and 3 hours if purchasing two separate tickets.


  • San Salvador - Washington, short connection to San Juan
    Dec 12, 2015
    Hi. I'm planning on flying on a Friday evening flight from San Salvador to Washington with Avianca arriving 8.10pm; I would then need to connect with a United flight from Washington to San Juan (SJU) at 10.00pm. Is 1hr 50mins enough time to make this connection bearing in mind I'm switching from Avianca to United at Washington? Thanks!


    If both tickets are on the same reservation that should be enough time.


  • separate tickets, domestic to international connection IAD
    Dec 10, 2015
    i will reach IAD from pittsburg at 9 pm. Then, I have a SEPARATE ticket, leaving IAD to London at 10 pm. I am NOT checking in bags. When I land, can I simply get off my plane and walk to my London flight's gate at IAD within an hour if I have checked in online and have my boarding pass on my phone? If so, where is my passport checked and verified for the international flight?


    Yes, if you don't have checked bags and already have your boarding pass you can go directly to your departure gate. There is no US Customs or Immigration when leaving the US. Your airline has your passport details and transmits them to the immigration authorities to tell them you left the country. You show your passport to the airline agent when boarding the plane. An hour should be enough time if your flight from Pittsburgh is on-time.


  • Connection from London to Orlando
    Nov 24, 2015
    Hi, We are looking at making an indirect flight f rom Heathrow to Orlando via Dulles in August. The United Airliens flight lands at 10:50 and the next (UA) flight leaves at 12:30. Will we have enough time to get our luggage and go through customs to make the check in on the next flight? Thanks


    Yes, that is just about enough time.


    Thank you, but 'just about' doesn't fill me with reassurance. If I miss they flight are there many more flights to Orlando later ? And will I be charged to get my family on the next one? Thank you


    Yes, there are later flights to Orlando and you won't be charged to be put on one if you miss your connection due to your flight from London arriving late. However, the next flight isn't until 5:10 PM.


    Thank you


  • Transferring Flights
    Nov 23, 2015
    We are landing in IAD from ManchesterUK with around 2 Hrs between flights. We are connecting to Indianapolis. Do we have to go through security, collect backs, re check bags then depart?


    You will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, go through security and go to your departure gate. Everything should be in the United facility in the C/D concourse, but there's a small chance you'll have to take a shuttle to concourse A for your flight to Indianapolis. You should have enough time.


  • Mont to IAD to Costa Rica
    Nov 19, 2015
    We are flying from Montreal to Costa Rica with a 1 hr layover at IAD. Will we just say in the international terminal with no additional security or will we need to do the check in check out process all over again. Is 1hr enough time in your opinion?


    IAD does not have an "international terminal". You will pre-clear US Immigration and customs in Montreal. At IAD all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You should have enough time as long as your flight from Montreal is on-time and all flights are on the same reservation.


  • Connect to Boston
    Nov 18, 2015
    I have an itinerary offered by United with a 45 minute domestic connection from Ethiopian Air (arriving from ADDIS ABABA with fuel stop in Dublin. Do us bound pax on the inbound flight go thru USA entry in Dublin? Seems the only way the connection is possible.


    It is erroneous. The Ethiopian flight does not do pre-clearance in Dublin so that connection would be not possible. The United website probably assumes it does however (because all other flights from Dublin to the US do) and that is why it is selling that connection as possible when it is not.


    Thank you, but I wonder that United operating these flights daily would offer such an itinerary directly to me on their own reservations site.


    Remember that the Ethiopian flight is not operated by United and that the IT people don't have the ability to check every single offered connection to make sure it is valid - there are literally millions of possible connections.


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