bhxdtw
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ORD Connection Info..

Mon Aug 21, 2006 6:51 pm

Hi guys,

Im off doing the following routing in November...
I have my EI flights booked and just need to find myself the internals to DTW from ORD... can anyone look at the routing and tell me if you think I have enough time to get between terminals ??

Thanks...

Jordan

EI 125 Y 10NOV DUBORD HS1 1330 1550
AA 4362 Y 10NOV ORDDTW HS1 1720 1940
OPERATED BY AMERICAN EAGLE
UA 153 Y 19NOV DTWORD HS1 1614 1631
EI 124 Y 19NOV ORDDUB HS1 1800 #0720

The AA/UA flights are the best matching..
 
apodino
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RE: ORD Connection Info..

Tue Aug 22, 2006 1:08 am

90 minutes is really pushing it. Bear in mind it will probably take you about 30 minutes to clear customs in Terminal 5 (Never cleared there so not sure how bad it really is), then you have to take the train over to terminal 3, and then deal with TSA, and at peak time, the TSA line at AA can be pretty long. I would probably allow another 30 minutes to an hour at the least for the connection that way.

Going the other way 90 minutes is pushing it that way too. For one thing, ORD is a very delay proned airport, so if the weather sucks, you won't be in ORD early enough to catch the DUB flight. Also, if your united flight arrives on the C concourse you will have to walk through the underground tunnel to the main terminal, which can take a few minutes, but it is still nice to look at. Then you have to take the train all the way to terminal 5, and then reclear TSA when you get to terminal 5. Not sure how bad it is over there, especially with one checkpoint. I would probably allow a little more time that way as well.
 
BDL2DCA
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RE: ORD Connection Info..

Tue Aug 22, 2006 6:07 am

I think Apodino has spent too many bad days in O'Hare  Smile

90 minutes on the inbound is definitely one of the closer shaves there is. There are two more flights after that one on AA to DTW however. If your flight is changeable, you might consider bumping yourself to the later flight.

90 minutes on the outbound should be no issue at all. It is, maybe, a 10 minute walk from C to the train. Quick zip over to Term 5. With no bags and no customs to deal with, should be pretty easy.

Oh and November in Chicago is one of the better months weather wise. Thunderstorms are gone and the snow hasn't started in earnest yet.
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roseflyer
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RE: ORD Connection Info..

Tue Aug 22, 2006 6:27 am

I don’t recommend doing that, since it would mean booking separate tickets and that can get bad when you miss a connection. 90 minutes from international to domestic at ORD can be cutting it a bit close. It takes time to clear customs and immigration. You'll have to recheck luggage and then catch the train to terminal three and clear security. For comparison's sake, I arrived at the parking lot at ORD 60 minutes for a flight, checked no luggage and already had a boarding pass and used priority security, but still came close to missing the cutoff for my flight. By the time you leave the international terminal, you'll have 60 minutes if everything is going well, but if not, you'll be stuck.

Also about the UA/EI connection, that one is better, but you have to take the train from T1 to T5, and even though November isn't the worst month, you'll be travelling on a busy weekend before Thanksgiving. Those short flights in and out of ORD can get really delayed. 1 hour delay is very common, and if you are delayed an hour, you have missed your flight since check in cutoff for international is usually 60 minutes before a flight.

Now it would be different if you were flying a single airline. That would be fine, but rechecking in and transfering terminals will be a mess. And worst of all if there are delays, airlines will not be helping you since it won't be their fault since you are on multiple itineraries and you might have to pay a lot if you miss a flight.

I recommend at least two hours if you are going between domestic and international especially late in the day and if you are switching airlines. Domestic to International connections are typically easy, but domestic flights at ORD late in the day get delayed a lot, and international flights tend to remain on time. International to domestic is bad since you have to clear immigration and customs and all international flights arrive in terminal 5 and domestic flights leave from T1-T5. It takes 10-15 minutes to get between T1 and T5. It is a decently long train ride and the trains leave only 4-6 minutes apart.
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bhxdtw
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RE: ORD Connection Info..

Tue Aug 22, 2006 9:46 pm

Thanks for the info guys...
Im still trying to sort some flights out that will work...

will post my flights once I choose..

Joe
 
bhxdtw
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RE: ORD Connection Info..

Tue Aug 22, 2006 11:05 pm

Hi guys.. here is my itinerary...
Have booked EI flights as I had a staff rate on them..
The AA flights are on hold with AA.com and Ive booked the NW flights myself (on KL paper as it happens as we dont have an NW plate)
Any idea if this looks do able !!??

(please say yes..hahaha  Wink )

EI 125 Y 10NOV DUBORD HS1 1330 1550
AA 1543 Y 10NOV ORDDTW HS1 1820 2040
NW 1241 Y19NOV DTWORD HS1 1511 1533
EI 124 Y 19NOV ORDDUB HS1 1800 #0720
 
roseflyer
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RE: ORD Connection Info..

Tue Aug 22, 2006 11:22 pm

Quoting BHXDTW (Reply 5):
Any idea if this looks do able !!??

(please say yes..hahaha )

EI 125 Y 10NOV DUBORD HS1 1330 1550
AA 1543 Y 10NOV ORDDTW HS1 1820 2040
NW 1241 Y19NOV DTWORD HS1 1511 1533
EI 124 Y 19NOV ORDDUB HS1 1800 #0720

Two and a half hour connections in ORD are pretty safe. And it isn't like ORD is a boring place if you have extra time. There are plenty of things to go see. It is really fun to wander around the airport. To get from the edge of AA's gates in terminal three to the end of UA's gates in terminal one takes about 45 minutes and is an interesting walk all within security for a plane person.
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bhxdtw
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RE: ORD Connection Info..

Tue Aug 22, 2006 11:59 pm

Thanks guys..
I'll go ahead and book these now !!

Your all stars !!  Smile

Joe