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Hi there - I am travelling on American Airlines from London to Costa Rica with a 1h 30 layover in DFW on the way over and 1h on the way back. I will be in business class. I have a valid ESTA. Can you let me know if I will need to go through immigration and if this will be enough time.
Yes, you will have to go through US immigration, Customs, and Security both ways. 1 hr 30 should probably be just enough considering you're in Business class, but an hour will be VERY difficult.
Hello! I am about to book this flight from Guatemala city to San Francisco in AA and I have transfer in Dallas. My lay over is only 1 hr. 20 mins. As I am not a US citizen, I am worried if i could make it on time to my connecting flight. And in case if I miss it, would the AA book me for next flight?
90 minutes is the minimum international to domestic connection time in DFW. I recommend 2 hours. Yes, if you miss your connection, then AA will rebook you on the next available flight to San Francisco.
Hello, I am flying from Mumbai to denver. Through London and Dallas. I have booked all my flights under same ticket through British airways. Though London to Dallas and Dallas to denver flights are operated by American airlines. I have 1 he 25 min layover. Is that enough to make connection? Considering immigration interview, recheck-in of bags and then terminals change?
Realistically no, the minimum International to domestic connection time in DFW is 90 minutes with 2 hours recommended.
I am supposed to go to terminal C for the TSA pre-check interview, but I have an American Flight out Terminal B later today. Is it possible for me to ticket/check-in and check my bag in Terminal C when i arrive if I am flying out of Terminal B? Will this cause my bags to get lost?
That is fine. People do it every day.
Hi, I am a senior veteran from India and booked from New Delhi and arriving DFW by EY 0161 from Abudhabi on 11 July. I have to catch AA 0460 for Austin {departure time at 18:00}. How do I manage to transfer from Terminal D to domestic and does my check in bag get automatically transfered to AA0460? I would have completed pre imigration at CBP Abudhabi.
Yes, all you have to in DFW is take the Skylink train from your arrival get in D to A or C where your flight to Austin will depart.
Thanks, that means my check in bag will be automatically transferred to AA 0460 flt to Austin ?
Yes, that is correct as long as both flights are on the same reservation.
No. Arriving international passengers will have to go through immigration in DFW. You have to get your checked bag upon arrival in DFW and move it to the transfer checked baggage area in same terminal as your arrival. They will get it to your departure terminal and plane.
Traveling from Costa Rica, connecting in Dallas to final in El Paso on AA. Have 1hr25 min between flights. These flights were bundled on AA.
After reading some posts, it appears we may not have enough time. Connection is last flight of the day. Need suggestions on how to make a plan B in case we don't make flight.
Your plan B is, I guess, to pack an extra set of clothes and be prepared to sleep in the airport.
I am flying from Jakarta to Columbus with Cathay (Jakarta-Hong Kong) and AA (Hong Kong-Dallas-Columbus). I have a 1h 50m layover in Dallas. Do I have enough time to pass the Immigration in Dallas? Should I claim my checked-luggage and re-check it or it will be transferred automatically as I made a direct reservation from Jakarta to Columbus? Thank you.
Yes, that should be enough time. Yes, you will have to claim your bags in DFW to take them through US Customs then immediately re-check them at the re-check desk, then go through security.
Hello I'm flying into Dallas from France and then Heathrow London, and I have only 1 hour and 25 min to claim my bags and go through customs... will that be enough time to make it to Denver? Thanks!
No, that's not enough time. You need at least 2 hours for an International to Domestic connection at DFW.
Well, then I'm not sure what to do!! The airline sold it to me that way!! What can I do about this?
Maybe I'm misreading your itinerary - where are you coming from and where are you going?
I don't think you are. I'm doing France -> London UK -> Dallas -> Denver. I tried calling AA and they said it should be enough time.
I don't think you are. I'm doing France -> London UK -> Dallas -> Denver. I tried calling AA and they said it should be enough time.
Will we need to get our luggage, and then re-enter security and get to International gate? or will AA connect our luggage if we fly from LAX on AA? If not, or if we fly a different airline to DFW, how long of a connection time should we allow? Thank you!
If both flights are on AA and on the same reservation then you won't have to do anything with your bags in DFW and can just go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. If it's two separate reservation on two separate airlines you will have to claim your bags, take the shuttle bus to Terminal D, re-check them, and go through security and in that case I recommend 3 hours.
Thanks so much!
Can you explain how customs works in Dallas please? My daughter is flying to Dallas from Tokyo Japan with my 10 month old granbaby by herself so trying to find out what the process is. She has a 2 hour 5 minute layover. Will she need to get her luggage and then recheck it? She is flying American Airlines.
She will arrive in Terminal D, go through US Immigration, claim her bags, go through US Customs, re-check her bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and to her departure gate on the Skylink train. She has just enough time if everything goes smoothly.