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Hi, I am arriving in ORD at 23:33 from Washinton-Dulles on my way to Memphis and my connection leaves at 8:55 the next morning. My ticket states I will have to pay the baggage fee again for the second flight which leads me to believe I will have to pick up my bags upon arrival that first night and re-check them the next morning. Is this right? So will i then be able to leave and get a hotel or can I stay at the airport? I got these tickets with miles as one trip and it stated an overnight in ORD, I was not aware of the particularities...I would prefer getting a hotel for a few hours of sleep but am unsure of what I can and cannot do in terms of leaving secured area, getting bags, etc...
Yes, that is correct. You can stay in a hotel or in the airport. Check in will open again at 3:15, so you won't have to wait too long. You will already be outside the secure area to claim your bags.
I have a 1h 46mins connection through ORD. I arrive with an international BA flight and departing with a domestic AA flight, do you think that's enough time for immigration check-in and customs clearance?
It's a legal connection, but it will be very difficult unless your BA flight arrives early.
I arrive at 5:30 am at Terminal 5, and my next flight is at 12:30 pm, it's possible to grab de blue line trains system ando go to chicago city very fast and be in the airport on time for my next flight?
Yes, although there isn't much to see that early in the morning and you could only spend an hour or two downtown before having to go back to the airport. I would much rather just make my way to my departure terminal, go through security, and have a leisurely breakfast.
Thank you very much, I'll follow your advice
I'm flying into ORD on a Saurday, with United airlines at 8:05am. My international connecting flight with United is at 9:05am. This leaves me one hour. Is United domestic and international terminals close? In your opinion, will I make my connecting flight to Puerto Vallarta?
You will arrive in Terminal 1 or 2 and depart from Terminal 1. 1 and 2 are connected inside security by a walkway. You have enough time if your first flight is on-time. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.
Thank you so much for the quick response and details.
I have a couple of options I can do an 1hr 7min Layover with a concourse change or an 2hr 42min Layover with a concourse change. My next gate will probably be at the end of the concourse. Switching from H - K in Terminal 3. Also will I have time to go to Downtown Chicago and Come back?
H and K are just two wings of the same concourse - your connection shouldn't take more than 5 minutes. Either connection is sufficient. No, that isn't enough time to go downtown.
i have 60 minute layover coming from toronto YYZ and heading to springfiled illinois is this enought time
Yes, that is enough time. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. All you have to do in Chicago is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.
My brother and I are flying in from Tokyo to Toronto. We are stopping at Chicago at Terminal 5 and have a connecting flight at Terminal 1. We only have 1 hour and 45 mins layover. Would this be enough time for all the procedure including going through immigration and checking in at a different terminal? Thank you
That's barely enough time if everything goes perfectly.
On our flight from MUC to JAX we have 2 hous 15 minutes between flights (United). Will that be enough time?
Yes, that should be enough time.
We are flying from Grand Rapids (MI) to Montego Bay (Jamaica) with an hour and a half layover in Chicago O'Hare. Is that enough time for an international flight?
Yes, that should be enough time. If both flights are on the same airline all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.
I am travelling from DENVER to CHICAGO via AA , then from chigao eithad tu Abu dhai..it is a single ticket ..but two different airlines ...do I need to recheck my baggage from AA to eithad? or the baggage will go through on its own to Eithad airlines...also will I be getting all boarding passes at DENVER itself
You don't have to do anything with your bags in Chicago. You just have to take the ATS Train to Terminal 5, get your boarding pass from Etihad if AA can't issue it in Denver, then go through security.
But when I called airlines AA and eithad they said I will have to take baggage and recheck at chicago and the layover time is only 2 hours so I am little confused what to do ...
If it's a single ticket it should be checked through. Often phone agents aren't very familiar with airline policies not related to their specific job.