EddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7619 posts, RR: 42 Posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3601 times:
I am flying to CPT in about a month and a half. I have already booked the MEX-ATL-JNB-ATL-MEX flight and need to book a separate JNB-CPT flight so as to get to CPT. How much time do I need to allow for the connection? I understand I will have to disembark, go through immigration, retrieve my luggage, go through customs, and then walk to the domestic terminal in order to catch my flight. If it is helpful, my arrival at JNB is at 17:25 local time.
Based on the search that I have conducted, I found the following:
SA has the following flights on March 31:
SA 0365 18:40 It might be cutting it too short and it is fully booked anyway.
SA 0367 19:30
SA 0377 20:45
SA 0375 21:00
It is noteworthy that the later the flight, the cheaper the fare.
JE (Mango) has on March 31:
JE 0149 18:50
Kulula, BA (Comair) and 1Time have nothing later than 18:00 on March 31, so they have all been ruled out.
I know that flying on separate tickets is always risky because the consequences of a cancellation or long delay would be terrible, but we are flying like this because my friend is flying on a reward DL ticket. Plus, what is done is done! LOL.
Anyway, assuming all goes well and our ATL-JNB does not get cancelled or delayed, should we book the Mango flight at 18:50, or should we choose something later with SA? Your feedback is appreciated.
By the same token, if someone could please summarize the immigration, baggage claim and customs process, that would be really lovely.
usflyer msp From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3592 times:
When I flew JFK-JNB-CPT last year it took me about 1.25 hours to clear customs and immigration and recheck my bag. Since you are on separate tickets I would not do less than 3 hours to account for any potential delays.
signol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3018 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3571 times:
I do this frequently (at least once per year).
If you decide to book Mango, buy their "Mango Plus" ticket, as you can then change the ticket later if you need to (choose Business rather than Leisure at the top of the search screen). Personally, I'd go for the latest departure on SA, giving you 3h35, or even a flight the next morning.
When you arrive at JNB, you'll have to pass Immigration, then get your bags from the luggage carousel. Then pass through the Customs post (they only seem to check random people's luggage), then out to the public arrivals hall. Go left towards the Domestic terminal, up in a lift to the checkin area, check in, continue in the same direction to Domestic security and the gates. All very easy but can take time in the respective queues.
AustrianZRH From Austria, joined Aug 2007, 1399 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3567 times:
For self-made connections there is the ticketsafe insurance by the German Travel Insurance Company. Costs 5 EUR, pays for the rebooking if you miss your connecting flight as long as you have allowed two hours for the connection, up to 1500 EUR per person. Maybe that would be a good investment on your multi-sector multi-ticket flight.
Unfortunately, the application website is only available in German, but you can choose any country as residence so the insurance does not seem to be restricted to EU citizens.