HAMAD From United Arab Emirates, joined Apr 2000, 1158 posts, RR: 7 Posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4951 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)
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8867 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4915 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.
Hamad From United Arab Emirates, joined Apr 2000, 1158 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4914 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.
HT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4859 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.
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.
Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
SKORD From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 562 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4816 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)
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.
HAMAD From United Arab Emirates, joined Apr 2000, 1158 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4756 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.