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Realistic Connecting Time Through MSP?  
User currently offlineYellowstone From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3071 posts, RR: 4
Posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 7477 times:

A question for those of you who fly Northwest... I'm looking at fares to fly home (BOS-SJC) for spring break, and the best one that is coming up is a $350.00 round trip on Northwest. The SJC-BOS return looks especially nice - it would send me through both MSP and DTW (airports I've never flown through), and the MSP-DTW leg is on a DC-9--and any self-respecting A.netter has to have flown on an NW DC9 at least once, right?  Smile The only problem is that, in order to get the cheap fare, I have to take a specific outbound leg through MSP that has only a 37 minute connection. Obviously, NW thinks this is a sufficiently long connection, but airlines tend to be optimistic in this area. So - is a 37 minute connection a doable thing at MSP? The flight would be on a Saturday in late March, and the connection would be in the morning (arriving 0830, departing 0907).


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User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7661 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 7466 times:

I've routinely booked 35-40 minute connections through MSP and have had no problem whatsoever. My last one DEN-MSP-DTW was scheduled to be 39 minutes, but we arrived 15 minutes late and departed 3 minutes early, so essentially I had a 21 minute connection. This included going from C to F concourse as well and both my checked bags made it through as well. Granted it was the 10pm departure bank, which has relatively few flights.

Since the inbound flight (I assume BOS-MSP) will be the first flight for that aircraft & crew for the day the flight should depart on time and there is a good possibility it may arrive early. This is a very normal connection time, baring unforseen weather / mechanical issues, but you can't plan in advance for those.

btw, I believe that BOS-MSP flight is a Compass E175.


User currently offlineYellowstone From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3071 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 7453 times:



Quoting PSU.DTW.SCE (Reply 1):
btw, I believe that BOS-MSP flight is a Compass E175.

Yes, it is.



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User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 7453 times:

PSU.DTW.SCE seems to know more than I do about connecting in MSP (it's always the end of the line for me), but I'll add a little bit. Maybe it will help. I think the connection is doable. You would not have to clear security to transfer from one flight to the next because all of the Northwest gates are behind the same group of security checkpoints. Assuming your flight arrives in MSP on time, you could definitely get to the next plane in 37 minutes. Also, I've never been delayed out of or into MSP because of problems at MSP. It's possible that snow could mess up your plans in March, but that could happen at a lot of airports, so I wouldn't worry too much about it. Besides, flights will continue if the snow isn't too hard, which by that time in March, it probably won't be. Good luck and enjoy MSP. It's a great airport.

User currently offlineFI642 From Monaco, joined Mar 2005, 1079 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7415 times:

MSP is an easy airport to connect through. NWA will take care of you there. Good ole midwest charm will
kick in. Gates are now behind security, so it's not too bad to get from one gate to another. I love MSP.
When I worked there, everyone was really really nice!



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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21691 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7411 times:



Quoting Airplanetire (Reply 3):
Assuming your flight arrives in MSP on time, you could definitely get to the next plane in 37 minutes.

 checkmark  If your flight is delayed, that'll be a problem, but otherwise it'll be fine.

I wouldn't worry about the bags - I've had my bags make connections at MSP that I didn't even have time to make.

-Mir



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User currently offlineTootallsd From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 561 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7399 times:
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It also depends on how long you decide to spend in the restrooms. Some Senators, allow 3 - 4 hours.

User currently offlineAirbusaddict From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 415 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7396 times:

Minneapolis is easy to connect through. I have gone through there so many times! There is the Monorail Tram from Concourses A and B that goes all the way up to Northstar Crossing. And then they have a lot of moving walkways. Depending if you want to stop and get food or drinks for the plane, there are a bunch of places throughout the whole airport. A lot of people think it is really hard to connect through MSP, but it is really, its just a big airport.


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User currently offlineKL642 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 350 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7316 times:



Quoting Tootallsd (Reply 6):
It also depends on how long you decide to spend in the restrooms. Some Senators, allow 3 - 4 hours.

Tootallsd, you're too funny!
A 37 min connection @map should be doable.


User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21691 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7308 times:



Quoting Tootallsd (Reply 6):
It also depends on how long you decide to spend in the restrooms. Some Senators, allow 3 - 4 hours.

 rotfl  One of my advisors wants to go through MSP just to see the restroom where the whole story got started.

-Mir



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User currently offlineFeroze From India, joined Dec 2004, 794 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7305 times:



Quoting Mir (Reply 9):
Quoting Tootallsd (Reply 6):
It also depends on how long you decide to spend in the restrooms. Some Senators, allow 3 - 4 hours.

One of my advisors wants to go through MSP just to see the restroom where the whole story got started.

Just tell him not to try out his tap-dancing technique whilst he is there.


User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7267 times:

How long is your connection at DTW? There's tons of flights between MSP and DTW, so maybe if you miss it, you can catch another one and still pick up your flight down to BOS, or get reaccomodated Straight into BOS.

-A



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User currently offlineMikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1400 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7265 times:

To throw in my two cents, I believe you'd only have a problem with this connection if you had to get to/from Concourses A or B from/to Concourse F, which are on opposite ends that require a fair amount of walking (i.e. the Tram connector only gets you so far). But an able-bodied person should still be able to make that at nothing more than a brisk pace.

From my experiences flying the E175 (on AUS and MSN routings as it were), they have all been on Concourse C or D, which is pretty centrally located to get you to connections at any of the other concourses.

Quoting Mir (Reply 9):
One of my advisors wants to go through MSP just to see the restroom where the whole story got started.

For the record, that bathroom, which is located on the southeast side of the Northstar Crossing (shopping area between concourses C/D/E and F/G) has become a bit of a tourist attraction. Ask any info desk where to find it and they'll happily point it out. The shoe-shiner right next to the bathroom entrance has a laminated copy of the news article too!

-Mike



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User currently offlineTVNWZ From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 2398 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7265 times:

Piece of cake on a Saturday. You should arrive into MSP early.

User currently offlineCBPhoto From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1567 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7248 times:



Quoting Mikey711MN (Reply 12):
To throw in my two cents, I believe you'd only have a problem with this connection if you had to get to/from Concourses A or B from/to Concourse F, which are on opposite ends that require a fair amount of walking (i.e. the Tram connector only gets you so far). But an able-bodied person should still be able to make that at nothing more than a brisk pace.

Actually it is easier then you think! The tram will get you a good portion of the way there, or you can also take the walkway from the C concourse to the G concourse and walk to the F concourse from there, that way you will avoid all of that congestion from the shopping center!

Quoting Yellowstone (Thread starter):
So - is a 37 minute connection a doable thing at MSP? The flight would be on a Saturday in late March, and the connection would be in the morning (arriving 0830, departing 0907).

If you dont dilly dally for too long, 37 minutes should be fine from anywhere in the MSP (main) terminal. Also, if the inbound flight is late for some reason, and the connection time is even shorter, ask one of the NWA carts to take you to the gate, and tell them you are running late for a flight. They will usually speed there way to your departure gate, and can take as little a few minutes to get from one side of the airport to the other. I would recommend carrying some loose ones, just as a tip....but make sure its for the driver and not the person in the stall next to you  Wink Enjoy MSP btw...



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User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2952 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7248 times:

Depends. Last time I was through MSP, I was on the first flight in from COS, going to DTW. Flight was 25-30 minutes late (mechanical, A320) into MSP. Rushed across the airport to make the connecting flight, which they held for my wife and I. No problem.

Loved that trip, flew the DC-9 30, 40 AND 50 all in one shot.



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User currently offlineYellowstone From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3071 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7242 times:



Quoting UN_B732 (Reply 11):
How long is your connection at DTW? There's tons of flights between MSP and DTW, so maybe if you miss it, you can catch another one and still pick up your flight down to BOS, or get reaccomodated Straight into BOS.

The DTW connection isn't the issue. Off the top of my head, I think the connections on the way back are 1.5 hrs in MSP and 2 hrs in DTW, maybe a bit longer. So I'll have plenty of time to planespot, although from what I've heard it'll be nothing but NW aircraft.  Smile It was just that one fairly short connection on the way out. And it turns out that they do have a second MSP-SJC flight, although it doesn't leave until around 5 pm, so if I miss the connection I still have another option.

Quoting Mikey711MN (Reply 12):
For the record, that bathroom, which is located on the southeast side of the Northstar Crossing (shopping area between concourses C/D/E and F/G) has become a bit of a tourist attraction. Ask any info desk where to find it and they'll happily point it out. The shoe-shiner right next to the bathroom entrance has a laminated copy of the news article too!

Wonder if they've marked the particular stall.  ill 



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User currently offlineN808NW From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 374 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7183 times:

if your are connecting thru MSP and DTW all in one trip i give your bags a maby 50% chance at best that they will make it. hub to hub flights are full of bags that are goin somewhere else or not even supposed to be on that flight, basically there a mess. the short connex time might be a problem too from what ive seen.


-Jason  swirl 



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