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US Customs, Which Should Be My First T Of Entry?  
User currently offlineHAMAD From United Arab Emirates, joined Apr 2000, 1161 posts, RR: 7
Posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5188 times:

I am so used to clearing customs at IAD for the last 10 years, I ljust adapted to their attitude which can be reasonable at times, and other times, lets say "difficult". A year after i moved back to Dubai, I would like to go back to the USA and visit. This Time i won't be going to IAD area, but i will go to Phoenix, AZ, my favorite city.

Looking at tickets and connection possibilities, i was faced with few delimmas. since I still hold my silver status with United Airlines, thus with *A, I would like to take United International Business, however i am confused on were would I clear customs as my first point of entry to the USA. (being used to IAD, I would like to experience clearing customs at other parts of that wonderful country)

1 - Should i clear customs at IAD since i am used to it?
2- Should I clear customs at ORD?
3- Should I clear Customs at DEN (if i take the LH code share)?

or should i just

4- take British Airways from Dubai, connect via LHR and just clear customs in Phoenix?

My questions are in terms of convinience of the Airport, attitude of immigration officers, finally ease of connecting to domestic flights from international, and finally the convinience of United Red Carpet club at the same airport. (all from the prospective of a non US citizen)

any opinions would be greatly appreciated


**** My own Airline to JFK (out of the question)

[Edited 2009-05-29 00:05:59]


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User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7428 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5168 times:

I avoid LHR like plague.
ORD is not my favorite for connecting in the U.S, neither is IAD.

The friendliest staff at immigration/customs in the U.S, from my experience, is at SFO and surprisingly IAH.

The worst I met are at LAX, EWR, BOS & MIA.

Quoting HAMAD (Thread starter):
Should I clear Customs at DEN

You could try this option ... never been there.


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6671 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5168 times:

It's probably easier to clear immigration and customs at IAD than ORd since at ORD, you need to change terminals to get to your next flight (although there is a train).

I have no experience of going thru immigration and customs in DEN or PHX.

Good luck!

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8913 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5152 times:

IAD midfield terminal can be difficult for clearing customs - some very long lines there.

DEN is probably your best bet - clear FIS on Concourse A, then take a short tram ride (or walk) to Concourse B. Plus, you get the long flight done (more time in Business Class) and it's maybe 90 minutes down to PHX.


User currently offlineHamad From United Arab Emirates, joined Apr 2000, 1161 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5151 times:

IAD can be always chaotic. If u arrive (from my experience) before 2 pm. Then u dont wait that long, but arrive after that. Then u r standing for god knows how long ; that is if they let u deplane.
I never experienced the united's customs in terminal c at IAD, only the one were all international flights gets to.



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User currently offlineQantasistheway From Australia, joined May 2008, 315 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5128 times:



Quoting FlySSC (Reply 1):
I avoid LHR like plague.

Why? Transferring at LHR is totally easy because of Terminal 5. The lounges are great and the it is one of the easiest places to transfer in Europe. The other terminals do tell another story though.

I think that if you want to take a new airline just choose that. I don't think that the US immigration should have too much to do with that.


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6671 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5126 times:

Terminal C gets a bit crowded sometimes but I assume you would arrive in the morning since you are coming from DXB ? Then it's not so busy to go trhu immigration and customs there.

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineDesertFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 516 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5098 times:

Customs in PHX for the 747 can get quite backed up since a couple Mexico flight come in right around the same time. I would try DEN personally since it is one of my favorite airports in the US.

User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5096 times:



Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 3):
DEN is probably your best bet - clear FIS on Concourse A, then take a short tram ride (or walk) to Concourse B. Plus, you get the long flight done (more time in Business Class) and it's maybe 90 minutes down to PHX.

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In order to be sure to make the connection, the OP should look into allowing around 2 hours to make the connection. I have seen people on a 1h45min connection miss their flights, due to lenghty queues at security after baggage recheck.
-HT



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User currently offlineTheGMan From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 687 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5069 times:

Why not something like:
DXB-MUC-CLT-PHX
OR
DXB-FRA-CLT-PHX

Easily do able with *A on LH and US.


User currently offlineAA757MIA From United States of America, joined May 2008, 265 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5057 times:

Quoting TheGMan (Reply 9):
I would try DEN personally since it is one of my favorite airports in the US.

  

Nicest airport in America!

[Edited 2009-05-29 20:29:56]

User currently offlineSKORD From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 562 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5053 times:

Not wishing to hijack this thread, but of the big, main, US airports JFK,EWR, BOS, ATL ORD, SFO etc, which are considered the best for Immigration and Customs, and which are the worst? (im thinking specifically East Coast)

User currently offlineIAirAllie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5037 times:



Quoting DesertFlyer (Reply 7):
I would try DEN personally since it is one of my favorite airports in the US.

One of my favorites too. The main concourse ticket area is so beautiful. I love the tented "mountain" look.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25983 posts, RR: 22
Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4996 times:



Quoting FlySSC (Reply 1):
I avoid LHR like plague.

A BA-BA connection is no problem since T5 opened. Otherwise I also avoid LHR but I've connected on BA at T5 4 times and had no problems. If it wasn't for your preference to use Star Alliance carriers, BA would seem the most convenient (and probably fastest, depending on their connections from/to DXB). I can't imagine customs at PHX would involve long waits, and avoiding several hours on a US domestic flight with minimal service would be a big advantage, as well as avoidng a double-connection.

You could also fly EK nonstop DXB-LAX or DXB-SFO with a short connecting flight to PHX.


User currently offlineHAMAD From United Arab Emirates, joined Apr 2000, 1161 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4993 times:



Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 13):
You could also fly EK nonstop DXB-LAX or DXB-SFO with a short connecting flight to PHX

that is an option i have been thinking about too.

however, the most convinient option for me is DXB - IAD - PHX ... IAD - PHX is a long connection, 12 hours, mean while during that time i can go into the city , visit with one of my friends and then go to the airport back in the afternoon. Wow, the thought it self brings fresh memories to my mind.



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