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Question About Connecting At DFW On AA  
User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 5
Posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4778 times:

Hey Everyone,
It's been years since i'm changed planes at DFW so I thought i'd ask this question, you know how pickey we aviation nuts can be when flying  Smile . Just for your curiosity here are the flights i'm looking at flying (I hope it's not too confusing):
12/26/2006-
AA 1741: Lv CLT at 9:00 AM - Arrive. DFW at 10:55 AM
CONNECT to AA 3797: Lv. DFW at 12:30 PM - Ar. HOU at 1:38 PM
OR
AA 1741: Lv CLT at 9:00 AM - Arrive. DFW at 10:55 AM
CONNECT to AA 3572: Lv. DFW at 1:40 PM and arrive HOU at 2:50 PM

RETURN: 12/30/2006
AA 3798: Lv. HOU at 2:15 PM - Arrive DFW at 3:25 PM
CONNECT to AA 1470: Lv. DFW at 5:45 PM - Arrive CLT at 9:10 PM
OR
AA 3526: Lv. HOU at 3:15 PM - Arrive DFW at 4:25 PM
CONNECT to AA 1470: Lv. DFW at 5:45 PM - Arrive CLT at 9:10 PM

I guess i'm wondering if roughly an hour and a half is sufficient time to change planes at DFW, also taking into account delays and stuff or if I should play it extra safe and book the flights that are between 2 and 3 hours connection time at DFW. Before you ask "Why not fly into IAH?"....the reason why we are leaning towards Hobby is because my family and I will be staying at my cousin's house, who lives between Houston and Galveston so it makes more sense for us to fly into Hobby.

Thanks in advance guys for your help  Smile

Adam

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User currently offlineCommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11976 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4771 times:

Assuming there is no weather delay problem, 90 minutes is more than enough time to connect at D/FW, especially now with the SkyLink trains that can get you between any two points in the airport in 15 minutes tops.

User currently offlineUtapao From Thailand, joined Jul 2005, 645 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4762 times:

Quoting Adam T. (Thread starter):
I guess i'm wondering if roughly an hour and a half is sufficient time to change planes at DFW,

Yes (barring unusual circumstances) The new SkyTrain will get you anywhere within the airport very quickly.



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User currently offlineJetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4756 times:

Getting around AA's terminal areas at DFW is a BREEZE. they have a new train system that connects the terminals in less then 3 or 4 minutes. i think there are two "stations" in each AA terminal. It's very fast and very reliable.

BUT... I would suggest you take the more time consuming connections.

Movement through DFW isn't a problem. Allowing enough time for weather or air traffic delays that delay your inbound flights to DFW is another issue.

Do yourself a favor, give yourself the extra cushion. With flights running at near capacity, chances are if you are delayed on your inbounds to DFW, there won't be any seats available on a confirmed basis on the next flight out.

And remember, if you do get into DFW on schedule and there is a flight leaving earlier than the one you are confirmed on, AA allows you to stand-by for the earlier departure for free. The only glitch is if you have checked baggage, it will arrive with the flight it was checked to arrive with. If you have only carry-on, no problems.

[Edited 2006-09-29 04:38:54]


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User currently offlineAirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4742 times:

AA at DFW is really no problem but you might also consider driving up to RDU and taking WN straight into HOU, probably is even cheaper.

User currently offlineCOERJ145 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1421 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4742 times:

Also, the extra time will give you plenty of time to do spotting on the skylink, and check out AA's terminal D if you are interested.
 Smile


User currently offlineEjmmsu From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1692 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4707 times:

Quoting AirRyan (Reply 4):
AA at DFW is really no problem but you might also consider driving up to RDU and taking WN straight into HOU, probably is even cheaper.

That drive is at least 2.5 hours... WN would have to be considerably cheaper to even consider that. Also, parking at CLT ($3) is half the cost of parking at RDU ($6) per day, so for this trip, RDU would need to be $15 cheaper just to make up for the cost of parking.

The drive from CLT to RDU is 160 miles, at 25mpg and $2.20 per gallon, that is about $15 more for the cost of gas. Now our break-even total is that the flight from RDU must be $30 cheaper. Then, factor in the time... that is 5 hours of extra driving time... what is your time worth? If it were me, the flight would need to be about $50 cheaper to add five hours of driving time, so add that to the costs discussed above, and the flight would have to be $80 cheaper from RDU....

The other option from CLT to HOU that might be cheap is FL.



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User currently offlineSHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4700 times:

Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 3):
Getting around AA's terminal areas at DFW is a BREEZE. they have a new train system that connects the terminals in less then 3 or 4 minutes. i think there are two "stations" in each AA terminal. It's very fast and very reliable.

There are actually two stations in each terminal, be it an AA terminal or not.



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User currently offlineN844AA From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4687 times:

Ever since they put in the Skylink, DFW is at the top of my list of airports for ease of connection. The system really is incredible, and certainly worth every penny they paid.

[Edited 2006-09-29 05:43:10]


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User currently offlineCommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11976 posts, RR: 62
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4667 times:

Quoting N844AA (Reply 8):
Ever since they put in the Skylink, DFW is at the top of my list of airports for ease of connection. The system really is incredible, and certainly worth every penny they paid.

Agreed. It has absolutely changed everything about the customer experience at D/FW, for those connecting or not. And the views from that thing are absolutely unbeatable -- if you are on the outside lane, leaning over against the airfield-facing side of the train car, you feel like you're going to fall down onto the tarmac and hit the planes! Amazing!

I highly recommend it for anyone who wants an easy connection and a great view.


User currently offlineMjlhou From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 154 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4648 times:

FYI....only 1 train is running on the Skytrain at DFW for approx the next 2 weeks! It could take up to 20 mins to wait for the train to show up during this time period, so plan accordingly.

Quoting AirRyan (Reply 4):
AA at DFW is really no problem but you might also consider driving up to RDU and taking WN straight into HOU, probably is even cheaper.

Unfortunately for all of us.........I don't believe WN has a RDU-HOU non-stop....unless u meant connecting as well.



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User currently onlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3359 posts, RR: 45
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4648 times:

Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 3):
BUT... I would suggest you take the more time consuming connections.

While I absolutely agree with you, 1.5 hours is MORE than enough time, even with a delay of upwards of 45 minutes. I regularly deal with connections in DFW that are < 1 hour, and have never, ever had a problem.

But...as you said, better to be safe than sorry, but 1.5 hours is probably more than twice as much time as you need to make a connection, which also gives you time for delays.

Just my  twocents 

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7365 posts, RR: 85
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4598 times:
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I enjoy the airport greeters at the Skylink stops helping pax with their connection gates.  bouncy 

User currently offlineSonOfACaptain From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1747 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4592 times:

Quoting Mjlhou (Reply 10):
It could take up to 20 mins to wait for the train to show up during this time period, so plan accordingly.

I think you are a little confused about that. Yes, one line will be closed for one direction, but the other line is running on schedule, meaning it is only going to take a few minutes to wait for a train.

The 20+ minutes is the time it takes to do a complete ride around the airport, meaning that it may be quicker to walk to a gate that requires a complete tour of all the cities that make up DFW.

-SOAC



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User currently offlineMjlhou From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 154 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4585 times:

Quoting SonOfACaptain (Reply 13):
think you are a little confused about that. Yes, one line will be closed for one direction, but the other line is running on schedule, meaning it is only going to take a few minutes to wait for a train.

The 20+ minutes is the time it takes to do a complete ride around the airport, meaning that it may be quicker to walk to a gate that requires a complete tour of all the cities that make up DFW.

-SOAC

ok.......I'm just quoting a special notice to employees that they should advise pax of this......given to AA employees in the last week. Maybe they did find a way to make it more efficient though. Meaning.....if u just missed the Skytrain....it'll be another 20 mins before it comes around again then right? and if ur not familiar with DFW....it might be better to wait for the train. Rather than get lost in the round concourses.....it's pretty huge to someone who's never been...or doesn't go very often. That's just my opinion though.

[Edited 2006-09-29 09:37:00]

[Edited 2006-09-29 09:40:24]

[Edited 2006-09-29 09:42:21]


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User currently offlineSonOfACaptain From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1747 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4577 times:

Quoting Mjlhou (Reply 14):
Meaning.....if u just missed the Skytrain....it'll be another 20 mins before it comes around again then right?

If it is, somebody got lost.  wink 

It will never be 20 mins before another train comes around again. At any given point, there are at least 10 trains on one track, which in theory means that every time a train is loading/unloading, every train is doing the same exact thing at every train station. Naturally of course, the times are going to vary a little.

It takes 20+ minute for one train to do one complete revolution.

-SOAC



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User currently offlineCltguy From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 598 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4507 times:

Last time I went to Houston to visit my family that lived in the Clear Lake area(halfway between Houston and Galveston)...we just flew nonstop to IAH....whatever time you might save by flying into HOU is deleted by the stopover in DFW.

Now if it were cheaper to fly to HOU than IAH...then I would do it...otherwise to fly non-stop to IAH is a lot easier then messing with connections to HOU.


User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4455 times:

Thanks everyone for all your help! The AA flights are still a possibility though now it seems that my Mom is leaning more towards Continental and flying non stop into IAH, it's about 20-30 dollars more but she likes their schedule, in particular the evening flights out of Houston which = more time spent with our family.

I'm glad to hear that the new skytrain has really cut down connection times at DFW! I haven't been through there in years but am glad to know that's a breeze now in case I do go through there.

CLTGuy.....I think my cousin lives in the Clear Lake area, how long was the drive between Clear Lake and IAH?

Again thanks everyone for all your help!  Smile

Adam


User currently offlineCltguy From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 598 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4350 times:

About 45 min...but since a lot of people will be off work and the schools will be out when you visit then you will probably be able to do that drive in less than 45 min.

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