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IAD - Connecting Time  
User currently offlineDens From Switzerland, joined Sep 2001, 309 posts, RR: 6
Posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 7719 times:

Dear all,

I will be flying in October GVA - IAD - LAS with a connecting time of 1h40 at Dulles airport.
I transited through Dulles last May and even if I had 2 hours 10 of connecting time, I almost missed the flight. The flight arrived from Geneva ontime but it took me almost 2 hours for the immigration.

I'm quite worried of missing my flight to LAS and it's the last flight of the day. What will happen if my flight arrives from Geneva ontime but I miss the connecting due to immigration. Will United Airlines take care of me and give me a room for the night or will United say that they are not guilty?

Thanks for your replies.

Dens

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User currently offlineKGAIflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 4301 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7706 times:
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I assume you are flying United Airlines, yes?

First, United will automatically rebook you for the next available flight if you miss your connection.
But there is a FPS / INS sub-station within the United's "C" concourse for connecting passengers who are continuing on with United domestic.

Unfortunately, if you are *changing* airlines, be sure your luggage is correctly tagged for the transfer. And then you would be right -- one hour forty minutes is not enough time.


User currently offlineYYZRWY23 From Canada, joined Aug 2009, 561 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 7700 times:



Quoting KGAIflyer (Reply 1):
United will automatically rebook you for the next available flight if you miss your connection

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Quoting KGAIflyer (Reply 1):
if you are *changing* airlines

You will not make, unless there is no line at INS, which is very unlikely.

Jason



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User currently offlinePWMRamper From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 638 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 7697 times:

United will rebook you if you misconnect, but may not give you a hotel. Depends on the reason you are late getting in.

If you're NOT late getting in and you misconnect, they will almost certainly not give you a hotel. The minimum connection time for international passengers in IAD is 60 minutes I believe...


User currently offlineDens From Switzerland, joined Sep 2001, 309 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 7691 times:



Quoting KGAIflyer (Reply 1):
I assume you are flying United Airlines, yes

You're correct. I will be flying United Airlines.

I will be flying on a Sunday, is it possible that it will be less busy at immigration?


User currently offlineFuturestar68 From Austria, joined May 2004, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7684 times:

What about telling the people at the immigration that you're having a close connection and that you need to be at the gate at .... ? I'm sure they won't tell you anything like "bad luck for you - stay in the line and wait!"

User currently offlineDens From Switzerland, joined Sep 2001, 309 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7680 times:



Quoting Futurestar68 (Reply 5):
What about telling the people at the immigration that you're having a close connection and that you need to be at the gate at ....

I tried this last time I was in IAD...
Answer of the staff : "Everybody waiting at immigration has a connecting flight... If United Airlines sell ticket wilth a close connection, it's United's problem... "

BTW, I don't think that 1h40 can be considered as a close connection.. at least in Europe...


User currently offlineKGAIflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 4301 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 7669 times:
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Quoting Dens (Reply 4):
Quoting KGAIflyer (Reply 1):
I assume you are flying United Airlines, yes

You're correct. I will be flying United Airlines.

I will be flying on a Sunday, is it possible that it will be less busy at immigration?

Perhaps -- after public school resumes August 31st and all families on annual vacation are out of the airports. But the last time I came through Dulles (Wednesday night) the place was packed.

Okay, hypothetically, I have you arriving on UA 975 from Geneva at 3:08pm. But according to the United Airlines online timetable, their next flight to Las Vegas would be at 5:30pm with an additional departure at 7:59pm.

In theory -- assuming you are connecting from United international to United domestic -- you have plenty of time to connect, and in addition, you have a back-up flight if you misconnect.

[Edited 2009-08-21 15:20:47]

User currently offlineDens From Switzerland, joined Sep 2001, 309 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 7615 times:



Quoting KGAIflyer (Reply 7):
Okay, hypothetically, I have you arriving on UA 975 from Geneva at 3:08pm. But according to the United Airlines online timetable, their next flight to Las Vegas would be at 5:30pm with an additional departure at 7:59pm.

Unfortunately that's not correct. I will be flying the last Sunday of October, that means the 1st day of the new winter timetable. UA 975 arrives from Geneva at 3.24pm and flight to LAS is at 5.05pm and there is no flight after during the winter timetable.


User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7583 times:

The only two true varaibles here are weather delays leaving Geneva (not likely) and coming/goign from Dulles; and the "bucked up" IAD customs and immigration (C&I) process. Everytime I come through IAD on an international flight, C&I at Dulles seems to take forever; never enough staff, little real customer concern. I try to fly non-U.S. carriers and arrive at non-peak times, so that the line of Americans coming is is the shortest. By the way, there is also a real jerk at customs who acts like a high school bully if you are not careful.

You have been there before, just be polite and keep moving, you will be fine.



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User currently offlineKGAIflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 4301 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7560 times:
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Quoting Dens (Reply 8):
Quoting KGAIflyer (Reply 7):
Okay, hypothetically, I have you arriving on UA 975 from Geneva at 3:08pm. But according to the United Airlines online timetable, their next flight to Las Vegas would be at 5:30pm with an additional departure at 7:59pm.

Unfortunately that's not correct. I will be flying the last Sunday of October, that means the 1st day of the new winter timetable. UA 975 arrives from Geneva at 3.24pm and flight to LAS is at 5.05pm and there is no flight after during the winter timetable.

Hmmm.

Okay. The following variations for that date came up on the UA (USA) web site trip planner.

First Variation
UA975 --11:00-3:24 -- GVA-IAD
UA961 -- 5:13-6:30 -- IAD-ORD
UA110 -- 8:00-9:56 -- ORD-LAS

Second Variation
UA975 -- 11:00-3:34 -- GVA-IAD
UA433 -- 6:55-9:37 -- IAD-LAX
UA864 -- 10:40-11:58 -- LAX-LAS

Variations also came up using codeshare-partner USAirways

None of these are perfect.
Nevertheless, what do you think?  wave 


User currently offlineDens From Switzerland, joined Sep 2001, 309 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7550 times:



Quoting KGAIflyer (Reply 10):
None of these are perfect.
Nevertheless, what do you think?

Thanks a lot for the timetable!

It would also be great to transit in LAX... Then I would say that I have ever been to California  Smile It's almost the last state I've nerver been.


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