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Hi! I'm flying out of the States, from Detroit to Washington, then out to South Africa. All my flights/planes are South African Airways; the one between Detroit and Washington is operated by Mesa Airlines United Express.
My question is: since I'm only flying with South African Airways, do I need to recheck my luggage when I get get to Washington, or can I just simply send my bags straight to destination? Since I'm leaving the States.
In Detroit you will check in with United, you won't find a South African check in desk in Detroit. At IAD all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate on the Aerotrain or mobile lounge. You don't have to do anything with your bags. There is no US Customs when leaving the US.
I have 1h28min to get to that departure gate in Washington, will I make it?
And also, can I then just send my bags straight to the destination and not stress about it?
Yes, if both tickets are on the same reservation then you won't have to do anything with your bags in Washington on your way to South Africa. Yes, you have enough time.
Hi there. I will be connecting via IAD, landing on United from Cancun at 16:20 and departing on South African Airways (SAA) at 17:40 (thus 80 minutes layover). I will have no checked-in luggage, only my carry-on. Will I still need to go through customs and passport control, or can I do an international connection and proceed to my SAA gate directly? Both tickets are separate, but I will have my boarding pass already printed from online for the SAA flight. Thanks.
Yes, you will still have to go through US Immigration and Customs and Security. This is a difficult connection.
My flight with United airlines is departing from London heathrow airport and is arriving at IAD on October 25, 2016 at 11:05 a.m. I need to catch a separate flight at IAD with Southwest Airlines to Atlanta and it departs at 4:20 pm on the same day (October 25, 2016). This is NOT a connecting flight that was bought along with my flight from London. I bought the flight to Atlanta separately. I think I will have to go through customs and get my luggage after I land at IAD. Then, I will have to re-enter IAD, re-check my bags and go through TSA for my flight to Atlanta. I have 5 hours and 15 minutes between the time the flight from London (United) lands and the flight to Atlanta (Southwest) departs. This is without accounting for possible delays. Since these two flights are completely separate, do you think 5 hours and 15 min is enough time for me to leave the international terminal and re-enter the domestic terminal to catch my flight to Atlanta? What are some tips you have that can help me make this process more efficient? Thank you!
Yes, that should be plenty of time. IAD is not a delay prone airport.