764 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 651 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week ago) and read 7396 times:
IF your flight is on time, it should be OK. If not, then good luck! And yes, as long as you have one ticket from JFK-FLL AA will rebook you on the next possible AA flight. If you missed the connection due to a flight delay that was caused by AA, then they will usually also pay for accomodation if necessary.
If you have two separate tickets (back to back), then they sometimes choose to be difficult, but usually will be cooperative in the end.
ORD is my home airport. I fly both United and American.
From what you have described as your planned itinerary, you will be fine as long as your inbound flight is on-time.
AA has a reasonable gate arrangement at ORD. Depending on where you arrive - and depart - you may have a brisk walk, however. Use the "facilities" only after you have reached your new gate area and assessed the available amount of time you have to board.
Gate agents tend to close the doors promptly at ORD so be aware of the clock.
If you do arrive late, begin a fast-paced walk towards the nearest monitors and check your departure information. Often if inbound flights are delayed outbound flights will be as well. This is a pattern that is repeated often at ORD.
Under normal circumstances your connection will be successful but tight. Hope that the weather is good. That's ORD's most significant challenge. Weather delays, in virtually every season of the year, are common.
Have an enjoyable, but hopefully brief, stay in Chicago!
Jacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 15061 posts, RR: 59
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 7343 times:
Quoting N31029 (Reply 2): AA has a reasonable gate arrangement at ORD. Depending on where you arrive - and depart - you may have a brisk walk, however. Use the "facilities" only after you have reached your new gate area and assessed the available amount of time you have to board.
ORD used to be my hometown Airport for 30 years, and is only 2nd now to SJC...I agree....45 minutes should be ok as long as the departing flight out of JFK isn't delayed...
However, terminal-3 can be bad if the plane parks at say H20 gate and one has to go to the L-Terminal..then it gets to be a bit of a long walk...I had that happend to me a few months ago when I flew SJC-ORD-LHR....IB's A346 was @ ORD that day and so the 777-200ER which I flew on had to parked in the L-Terminal (IB-"OneWorld" gate)...
You can see from the map that the G Concourse is dedicated to Eagle flights.
Your longest trek would be from G21 to L9. This is still quite comfortable if you keep walking at a brisk pace, don't stop, and, so long as your flight from JFK is not too late in arriving. If you arrive on-time at ORD you won't have to hurry. You are perhaps 10-15 comfortable minutes away (and 7-10 brisk minutes!) But remember the doors close on-time at ORD so your target should be to arrive at the gate 15 minutes prior to departure time.
As Jacobin777 noted, there are times when the unexpected can occur, however, your planning can only take into account so many contingencies.
Stay positive and enjoy your trip!
ps - if you do encounter a layover in Chicago, spring for the cab fare and take a jaunt over to Lou Malnati's Pizzeria in Elk Grove Village. Classic Chicago-style deep dish pizza that will make your troubles disappear.
Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23879 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 7216 times:
One thing to keep in mind is that if it's a bad w/x day, the whole operation will be messed up and the AA employees will be aware of this. If your flight from JFK goes m/x, you're probably going to misconnect, but that would happen at any hub. But if it's just one of those days, you'll probably be fine.
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BatonOps From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 754 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 7119 times:
I had a 55 minute connection last weekend on UA at ORD. Flew MDT-ORD-PHX. Came into F and had to run to the Ted gates in B. I had plenty of time...but the weather was good and it was first thing in the morning.
Legacytravel From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1067 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 7098 times:
ORD can be a pain in the A** with delays especially in the late afternoon and early evening. 45 minutes while a short turn around you should be able to make it. I know UA has bus that will cross the tarmac and get to another terminal rather quickly. I do not know if AA has this or not.
I would be more worried that the luggage does not make it. LOL
Have a great trip and drop a trip report when you get back.
Mark in MKE
LOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 7094 times:
Quoting N31029 (Reply 6): ps - if you do encounter a layover in Chicago, spring for the cab fare and take a jaunt over to Lou Malnati's Pizzeria in Elk Grove Village. Classic Chicago-style deep dish pizza that will make your troubles disappear.
Lou Malnatis sucks, awful bread and those huge tomatos. Real Chicago pizza is Giordano's not that crap that comes out of EGV/Schaumburg (Where I live )
BowflexBrennan From Australia, joined Jul 2006, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 7081 times:
More than enough; if your on time. I flew YYZ-ORD-MCO back in March of 2005, and I had a half hour connection block. Well our plane came in late, so we had 10 minutes to get off our plane, and to the other plane (which just so happened to be at the other end of the airport). We had to run, actually sprint to get there, and it didn't help that we had no clue where we were going, and everybody we asked kept giving us different directions.
PER744 From Australia, joined Mar 2003, 405 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6931 times:
If you have checked bags, definitely not. AA assured me repeatedly one time that a 42 minute connection was enough when I flew IND-ORD-YUL. They were both Eagle flights and the gates were next to each other.
I walked off one flight and straight onto another with them closing the door behind me, my luggage arrived in YUL 6 hour later.
GOTbound From Sweden, joined Oct 2006, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6866 times:
Money and or time (as mentioned earlier) is not the issue, as much flying as possible is! But if I brake down the money:
GOT-BRU-JFK-MIA, FLL-ORD-BRU-GOT 751$ (incl. tax) + 60$ for a rental car.
GOT-JFK-ORD-FLL, FLL-ORD-BRU-GOT 758$ (incl. tax)
You are right about svaing time (about 3-4 hours) but since it's lesiure trip I'm not in a hurry.
I might follow your advice and go for the MIA option or take the direct BRU-ORD flight, only because I might not want the hassle whith delay bagage (last time it took NW 4 days to deliver my bags). Insurance would cover any bagage delays, but it might not be worth the hassle.
AEroc From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6858 times:
I Love you people that book 30-45min connection times then worry about it after you already paid for it......well you get what you deserve! If ORD is have a typical day you will easily miss you connection, but if ORD is running ontime then maybe you have a shot.........GOODLUCK!
GOTbound From Sweden, joined Oct 2006, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6847 times:
I love your know it all attitude! Did I write anything about that the ticket was all ready paid for? You should know (by looking at your profile) that all tickets don't have to be paid for at the time you make your reservation... this ticket don't. Also changes are permitted after the tickets it's paid for.
Reason I asked was because I would like to have the option to change flight connection(s) IF this was to tight (even that AA says it's enough connection time) Why would I ask if I couldn't change my flights?
Who knows, I might even end up going through DFW or STL... Love they joy of traveling on flexible tickets!
EMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 24, posted (8 years 9 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6821 times:
Quoting GOTbound (Reply 21): GOT-BRU-JFK-MIA, FLL-ORD-BRU-GOT 751$ (incl. tax) + 60$ for a rental car.
That routing will run you more money because your not departing from your arrival city. Also, you have not really said when your flying... but you want to avoid ORD anytime between Nov-March due to winter storms, even on a warm summer day it can be a nightmare. JFK runs a close second to avoid at anytime just through shear volume. I did some digging and you can go BRU-LHR-MIA..! That might be a better option.
[Edited 2006-10-30 15:01:53]
"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
: Remember, if its all on one ticket (one PNR) and you miss the plane, AA is liable for it...but if you purchase two tickets and miss the plane then yo
: EMBQA, Actually, if I subtract the cost for ground transportation, arriving at MIA instead of FLL will be cheaper by a few $. Going GOT-BRU-JFK-MIA, l
: You shouldn't have a problem, but I think its best to give AA a call..that would probably be the most prudent thing to do... Cheers....
: GOTbound, Sorry I didn't mean to be off the deep end on that one. It was a rotten day at work and I guess I just to some of the frustration out on th
: AEroc, No hard feelings, aplogize accepted. I guess we all have our days now and then. I did get a share out of ORD delays last February, when I was r
: Yes, on a normal day in ORD 45mins is plenty of time to connect even if you have to go from the G to the H or K concourses. Are the flights your booke
: I did a 37 minute connection last week. Had it not been for my onward flight being cancelled, I would have made it to the gate 20 minutes before depa
: AEroc, I guess I arrive and depart in the middle of rush hour... You got a point about last flight leaving ORD for FLL. I will have that in mind. EK