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ATL Layover - Which Would You Pick?  
User currently offlineduckbilled From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 26 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 11 months 4 hours ago) and read 3495 times:

Hello, I am trying to decide which flight I should take. I will be arriving from Cancun and i will need to make a connection to Detroit. I want a comfortable amount of time but not too much. Of course, we will have to go through immigration, customs and recheck our bags to make our connection

Both flights from Cancun arrive on Monday evenings

Option 1: DL 536 arriving at 5:25pm with 1:55 between flights
Option 2: DL 538 arriving at 6:55pm with 2:50 between flights

Which would you pick? I am leaning towards DL538 but we don't want to get home that late.

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User currently offlineRamblinMan From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 1139 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months ago) and read 3444 times:

I don't think you'll have a problem with the shorter connection, but you may end up with no time to get food or anything.

User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2318 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3422 times:

Quoting duckbilled (Thread starter):
I want a comfortable amount of time but not too much. Of course, we will have to go through immigration, customs and recheck our bags to make our connection

I'd go with the 2h50 connection, but, provided the first flight arrives on-time, you'd make the first flight as well.

If you want to be truly comfortable and worry free... go with DL538...

User currently offlineemirates202 From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 237 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3413 times:

I'd go with the longer connection. I arrived in ATL from Liberia, Costa Rica, and even though I was in First Class, going through immigration, customs, and then dropping your checked in bag off on the connection belt, and then on to security, took about an hour to an hour and a half. That may have been because it was the end of thanksgiving weekend, but still, I had a 2 hour connection before continuing to JFK, so that was enough time to visit the (overcrowded) sky club, and go to the food court to get dinner. It gives you more time to relax, and you don't need to rush or worry if your flight from CUN arrives a little late.

Fly Emirates, Hello Tomorrow
User currently offlineduckbilled From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3365 times:

Thanks for the advice. I actually jumped on the shorter layover last night because the seats were going fast for the non-stop going down to Cancun. Delta dropped the price on that flight by $120 on Thursday night and I really wanted to make sure I got on it.

I picked the shorter layover because I figured that if I missed my connection, I'd still be able to get on the later flight to DTW. If something happened with 538, I wouldn't be able to get out of ATL until the next day. Also, I figured that the earlier flight would be less likely to be delayed since later flights are more susceptible to delays.

Hopefully I picked the correct one. I was also leaning towards 538 initially because it would have allowed us to check out of the hotel later. At an all-inclusive resort, you can eat for free until check out time and I probably could have gotten in two meals at the resort with the later departure. With the earlier departure, we will have to eat lunch at the airport. Last time I did that it was $90 for a couple burgers and a few beers.

User currently offlineKingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1307 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3284 times:

The shorter connection should be fine. ATL is really efficient when it comes to things like this; you shouldn't have a problem. And if something were to go wrong, they could always put you on that second flight.


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