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US Hubs - The Good, The Bad And The Ugly!  
User currently offlineGilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3055 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5474 times:

Traveling from Europe to the US and flying onto a destination on the west coast, what Hubs would you recommend and which ones would you avoid?

I will be traveling to Seattle in January and looking for a suitable hub to change flights. I am a US Airways Dividend member and would ideally like to fly with a Star Alliance member but is not however essential.

People who know me, know I am a person that can't sit still long and will not be able to make non-stop flight from the UK to Seattle and need to break the journey.

I am only familiar with Philadelphia and Charlotte which I think are both excellent hubs, especially now the new A Terminal at Philly is open. But I am however a little apprehensive about flying with US Airways with their current cash flow situation.

I am looking for a place that has short Passport Control and Security Queues and just generally a light, airy and easy to use airport.

These are not based upon my personal experience but friends/family have told me to avoid Newark, JFK, O'Hare and Dullas.

Have heard good reports about Detroit, Houston and Dallas FW.

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User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7771 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5431 times:

My personal list



I know this question is very opinionated, and everyone will have different results.

User currently offlineSESGDL From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3489 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5428 times:

I recommend flying through MSP or CVG on NW or DL. Both are very smooth flowing hubs and are nice airports. LGW-MSP-SEA, you could get on an NW DC-10, which will be rare in the near future. LGW-CVG-SEA on DL. Just my personal suggestions. Enjoy your trip!


User currently offlineFlyabunch From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 517 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5427 times:

I would vote for Houston or Denver. However, I do not know if Houston would work for any Star Alliance to then go straight to Seattle. Denver works with United and they have several flights a day from there to Seattle.


User currently offlineSonOfACaptain From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1747 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5419 times:

Fly US. They are defiantly not going out of business by Jan., I promise you. I would also pick CLT, a lot less hassle than PHL.


Non Illegitimi Carborundum
User currently offlinePlanespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3541 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5327 times:

I wouldn't pick O'hare, unless you don't care about Delays, and really want to see a crazy US airline hub terminal and a lot of sweet airplanes. It's my fav airport to go too, just all organized chaos. It's great. I go through O'hare as much as i can, i consider the delays and waiting and crowds to be just part of the experience. But if you want to go through an economic hub that your flight probably won't be delayed i would go DEN, DFW, MIA, CLT, SFO, LAX, MSP, DTW....

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User currently offlineJfklganyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 3628 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5292 times:

I luv JFK or EWR for interesting spotting while connecting.



User currently offlineJasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 39
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5257 times:



Or should I say DAAllAAs?

User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5179 times:

Well as a US citizen I go through different lines of course but I've always had good experiances at Houston-IAH and Chicago-O' Hare

Good and Bad- Newark-Liberty, Boston-Logan

always Bad experiances-
Miami, JFK and DFW

A northern tier hub would probably be easiest in terms of connection flight times but the north in January can be *snowy*  Smile

Good luck!

Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
Capt-AWACS, Veni, Vidi, Bibi

User currently offlineTnsaf From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 123 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5155 times:

Houston customs are brutal for European arrival times.

700 hours and counting...
User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5137 times:

EWR isn't that bad if you are going from one CO flight to another. If you have to change terminals, it can be a hassle, but the monorail makes the journey less stressful. Overall, EWR isn't that hard to get around in, since all the terminals are right next to each other and the monorail makes life easier.

Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineAa777jr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5087 times:

DEN IAH or LAS = good

DFW ORD or SFO = bad

User currently offlineCory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2692 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5044 times:

As Newark777 said, EWR is very easy for connections if you are traveling only on CO - all of Terminal C is accessible post-security, and unless you are going from or to ATL, DFW, or ORD (in which case you probably would have flown there nonstop anyway via DL, AA, or UA, respectively), it is a very smooth airport for connections. This is especially true for international to domestic connections, as CO has their own international arrivals facility that does not get clogged with all of the other international flights at EWR.

User currently offlineORDflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5038 times:

If you want to be on star alliance flying UA via ORD would be a pretty good route. I always have pleasant experiences with ORD immigration, and the trasnfer to the UA terminal is an easy ride on the airport train.

User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 5022 times:

Want to stick to Star Alliance, stay with CLT. Avoid ORD like the plague, unless you enjoy sitting and waiting, and waiting, and waiting.

User currently offlineBananaboy From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1593 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4955 times:

I always found ORD to be a doddle. Very easy.

IAD on the other hand. What a dump.

Could you do SFO?


All my life, I've been kissing, your top lip 'cause your bottom one's missing
User currently offlineWillbdsp From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 4853 times:

It's too bad that US pulled down the PIT hub because it is an excellent airport to fly in/out of. Just a great airport anyway you look at it!

But, since they did, I would say DTW, MSP, CLT, or IAH

User currently offlineRCS763av From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4396 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 4830 times:

MIA= Ugly!!!!!!!!!!

User currently offlineBuckieboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4829 times:

I'm again potentially going to be controversial:

This just may depend on the time of arrival. In April, I flew AA into DFW, whilst colleagues took their normal DL flight into ATL; all of us ending up in BTR through the hubs.

Whilst, I thought that 90 minutes to clear customs, immigration and to get to the next gate was unacceptable, my colleagues missed their flight. We were all booked on "scheduled" connections.

The delay for myself meant one less beer; for my colleagues, potentially an ineffective meeting the next day.

Conclusion: Avoid arriving at a US hub around 10:00 to 16:00 hours in post 9/11 times.

Back on topic & for the record, my favourite hubs have been ORD & MEM.



User currently offlineThrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2691 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (10 years 9 hours ago) and read 4771 times:

Don't really have any hubs that I hate. Favorite hubs would have to be BOS, JFK, ORD, DEN, IAH, and DFW.

Fly one thing; Fly it well
User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3180 posts, RR: 19
Reply 20, posted (10 years 3 hours ago) and read 4756 times:
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EWR and IAH are both excellent, entertaining, and seamless for transfers if you fly with Continental. That said, especially comparing trans atlantic coach products, there is no other US-based airline thats better!

LGW-EWR on a 762 or 772
EWR-SEA on a 73G/8 or 752


User currently offlineCragley From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 428 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (9 years 12 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4704 times:

I say avoid ORD and DFW.

EWR is a sure shot as its roomy and not that crowded. Customs and Immigration is a walk in the park and you won;t get hassled.

User currently offlineChristian From Sweden, joined Oct 1999, 348 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (9 years 12 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4697 times:

I'm going to fly ARN-ORD-SFO in march with SK and UA, with a 2,5h connection at ORD.

Is that enough?


If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough
User currently offlinePortcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1615 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (9 years 12 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4669 times:

I've had nothing but good experiences connection in PIT, ORD, and DEN.

User currently offlineDelta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 11
Reply 24, posted (9 years 12 months 18 hours ago) and read 4667 times:

I have connected thorough ATL, CVG, DFW, EWR, IAH, LAS, LAX, and STL. LAX was the only one of them that was confusing.


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