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  • connection time
    Sep 1, 2015
    Hi~ I'm looking at flying into IAD at 6:25am from Senegal connecting to an 8:15am flight to seattle, both operated by South Africa Airlines. Is 1 hr 50 minutes enough time to clear customs and catch the next flight? How long does it normally take to clear customs and collect and recheck luggage and are all flights operated by the same carrier housed in the same terminals? Thanks!


    It might be closer. There are a few large international flights that arrive at 6:00, Dubai and one from Africa. You need to board a shuttle to go to customs, then it is a matter of how many people are in line, but it could be a long line. Then you need to go back through security, which can be long, early in the morning. Good Luck. I always look for a back up plan in case I miss a flight.


    Please note that your second flight will be operated by United. You should have enough time, the SAA flight is really the only international arrival that uses the International Arrivals building that early in the morning (the Dubai and South America flights use the United facility). You will be transferred to the International Arrivals Building, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go up to the departure level, through security and to the C/D concourse where your flight to Seattle will depart using the AeroTrain or Mobile Lounge.


  • Connection United 3794 to United 5103 Oct 15, 2015
    Aug 31, 2015
    Hello, my mother will be travelling back to Ottawa from Kansas City on Oct 15, 2015. I am looking at getting her the tickets for United 3794 connecting to United 5103 in IAD, with only 60 minutes in-between the two flights. Is this ample time? Because I assume she will have to go through security once more between the two planes?


    No, she will not have to go through security. All gates at IAD are connected inside security. In fact both of her flights will be on the C/D concourse. All she has to do in IAD is walk from her arrival gate to her departure gate. She should have plenty of time.


    Thank you so much for you detailed answer. Much appreciated.


  • How long to clear immigration
    Aug 30, 2015
    Hi. I will landing on a Sunday morning from South Africa to Dulles with SAA at 6:25am. My next flight out is Frontiers to Chicago at 9:30am. Is that enough time to clear immigration&collect baggage?


    Yes, that should be enough time. Note that you will have to take your bags to the Frontier check-in desk on the upper level, you can't re-check it at the re-check desk.


    Thanks for the tip. Are people happy to direct if time is tight? I have read varying forums on time clearing immigration being up to 2 hours and otgers saying 45mins...


    It shouldn't take that long, there are not many early morning international arrivals and most of them use the United facility, not the International Arrivals Building like your SAA flight will use.


  • 35mins for changeover (both flight united) SFO to Paris
    Aug 30, 2015
    Hi, I have a reservation reaching from SFO to Paris with a change over at IAD. The flight will reach IAD at 4:45PM and the next one will leave after 35mins to Paris. Both are United planes. Is the changeover time enough to make the change?


    Yes, if your first flight is on-time that is enough time. All you have to do in IAD is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, both on the C/D concourse.


    Thanks a lot for quick reply. Probably I should ask this question to the airline, but still, since I will get the boarding passes of both the flights in SFO itself, wouldn't the airline make sure that in case of delay of first flight, the second flight's take-off is appropriately delayed? After all, United offered this itinerary on their website, so it becomes their responsibility, isn't it?


    Airlines don't hold flights for individual passengers. If you miss the flight because your first flight is late they will either put you on a later flight to Paris if there is one, book you to Paris connecting in Frankfurt, or book you on the next night's flight to Paris.


  • enough time for transfer
    Aug 27, 2015
    Hi there.. I am looking at booking a flight from MIA to Det with a 45 minute layover in Washingston. Is this enough time to make it? I am not familiar with this airport at all. Thanks


    What airline are you flying?


  • Security
    Aug 26, 2015
    I've had to re-enter the security line transferring to and from international flights in places like Chicago O'Hare. Will I need to do another security line in Dulles when I transfer? I'm flying Aer Lingus and connecting to United/Mesa


    If you are flying Aer Lingus from Dublin, they have US Immigration and Customs preclearance there. Therefore, your arrival into Dulles will be like a domestic flight and you will just have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. All gates at Dulles are connected inside security.


  • Do I have enough time
    Aug 26, 2015
    My family of four will be arriving at IAD from South Africa Airways at 06:25am on New Year Eve. Do we have enough time to catch a US Air flight to Charlotte at 08:40 a.m with check-in luggage?


    Flight to Charlotte is United Air


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • beijing-Dulles-Montreal connection
    Aug 26, 2015
    I arrive at IAD from Beijing on UA 808 at 19:55 and have a connection to Montreal on UA 3979 at 22:11. would you mind telling me is there enough time catch the connection and the procedure from arriving through departure. Thanks.


    That should be enough time. 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, then go through security and to your departure gate, which is also on the C/D concourse.


    Thanks again for your info. Just noticed that there are two immigration, one in the main terminal accessing by shuttle bus, and the second one in concours C, I believe that is the one I will go. Is this one by walking or also need take the shuttle bus? And how far from customers to the security?


    Yes, you will use the facility in C. You will walk directly to the immigration facility from your gate. The facility has its own security checkpoint for transferring passengers after you clear customs and re-check your bags, so it is a very short walk.




  • LAX-IAD-LHR 35 minute connection
    Aug 25, 2015
    I'm due to fly tomorrow from LAX on UA 1985, due into IAD at 21:25, and then connect to UA 924, departing at 22:00. One booking. Will I have enough time to make the connection? Thank you.


    That's enough time if the first flight is on-time. Both flights will be on the C/D concourse and all you have to do at IAD is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Connections
    Aug 25, 2015
    Can I make the connection between Ua1764 arriving at 4:00 and UA42 departing at 5:20?


    Yes, that should be plenty of time. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, both on the C/D concourse.


  • Connection time
    Aug 24, 2015
    Looking to book a trip on United from JAX to ORD with a connection in IAD on a Saturday morning. The IAD layover time is 1 hour 9 Minutes. If I have to go from terminal A to C/D or vice versa, is this connection doable? I have never flown thru IAD, but do know that not all gates are walkable, but by train/tram. I will have a carry on roller and if needed am physically able to run thru the airport! The other flight option has a fare which is $110 more then the one mentioned, but with a 2 hour layover. I prefer the cheaper fare, but want to make sure the connection is doable. Thank you!


    A and C/D are just concourses, not terminals. 1 hour 9 minutes should be enough time it's more than likely both flights will be in C/D anyway.


  • Domestic to International Flight connection
    Aug 24, 2015
    I am planning to purchase a United Airlines ticket from CLE to IAD, arriving at 8:56pm. The flight I wish to connect to is on Turkish Airlines, departing at 11:23pm to Istanbul. I will purchase these tickets separately, as I cannot seem to find them on the same reservation. My questions are the following: 1. Will that be enough time with one checked bag? The seven day arrival average for the flight is 8:53pm (according to Flight Aware), so it seems to be on time more often than not. I just need to know if 2 1/2 hours is enough time to grab the bag, drop it off again at the ticket counter, and go through security prior to 10:30pm. Also, I will be flying the day after Christmas. Please factor this into your answer if you feel the crowds will be large and may effect the security wait time. 2. If this is not enough time, would I be able to contact United and have them check the bag all the way though to Instanbul, as United and Turkish are Star Alliance members? Or does it have to be an official code-share flight? Any advice would be appreciated! Looking to purchase tickets this week.


    It should be enough time. And yes, there is a good chance that if you show your Turkish confirmation to the United agent in Cleveland that they will tag your bags through to Istanbul and may even be able to issue your Turkish boarding pass (although you might have to get that from the Turkish gate agent at IAD).


    Thanks!! Great info.


  • United Express to United Flight Connection
    Aug 24, 2015
    I plan on taking United Express #5109 to IAD and landing at 11:55 AM then departing on United flight #357 at 12:45, a 50 min. layover. Will this be enough time for me to change planes?


    Yes, that should be enough time. Both flights should be on the C/D concourse.


  • Arrive at Dulles at 7.40 with connection to toronto
    Aug 24, 2015
    Hi Appreciate the helpful comments. I will arrive at Washington Dulles at 19.40 and I then have a connecting flight terminal 1 to Toronto at 10.02 I am worried about the immigration waiting times and missing the connection.


    22.02 is when the flight leaves dulles


    Where are you flying into Dulles from?


    London Heathrow


    Yes, that should be plenty of time assuming all tickets were purchased on the same reservation.


  • connection
    Aug 23, 2015
    Hi I arrive at Washington (Dulles) from Dublin on United Airlines at 1530 and have connecting flight (UA) at 1720 to Mexico City. Is this enough time? Will I have to collect bags and go through customs again? Thanks!


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Dublin. All you have to do in Dulles is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. There is no US Customs when leaving the US. You should have plenty of time.


    Thanks very much - appreciate it!


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