krasof
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1.5 Hrs, Enough To Connect From Mex To SFO At IAH?

Sun Oct 15, 2006 11:42 pm

I´m flying CO from MEX to SFO next October 31st. I have 1.5 hrs to clear immigration at IAH and catch my connecting flight. I´ll be arriving at IAH at (19:44 CO 1525) and my next flight is at 21:15 (CO 1428).

I´m afraid I might not have enough time.

I´ve been twice at IAH. The first time it was very quick but the second time I spent a lot of time.

Do you think I will make it on time?

Thanks

Fernando
 
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RE: 1.5 Hrs, Enough To Connect From Mex To SFO At IAH?

Mon Oct 16, 2006 4:06 am

Fernando: Saludos desde Grand Rapids.



Yes, the 1,5 hours will be fine for your connection MEX-IAH-SFO assuming everything is on time.

You will keep moving, and not have idle time - which is good!

A couple of notes:

-Make sure when you check in at Aeropuerto Juarez that you get your boarding pass and through-check luggage tag to SFO. This will save you the most time.

-When you clear customs at IAH, use the connecting luggage drop-off (located immediately outside of the customs) and simply have your boarding pass IAH-SFO ready.

Enjoy your trip.
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RE: 1.5 Hrs, Enough To Connect From Mex To SFO At IAH?

Mon Oct 16, 2006 4:18 am

Looking at the gate information you should arrive at gate E15 and depart through gate C39. Gate C39 is close by once you clear though Customs...You will have ample time to clear customs and even stop to have a Lone Star beer in the pub.

[Edited 2006-10-15 21:20:30]
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RE: 1.5 Hrs, Enough To Connect From Mex To SFO At IAH?

Mon Oct 16, 2006 4:23 am

Quoting B4real (Reply 1):
simply have your boarding pass IAH-SFO ready

One more thing... Gate assignments being subject to change, arrow  CHECK the flight display as you exit customs to see if your SFO has moved.  airplane   alert 
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RE: 1.5 Hrs, Enough To Connect From Mex To SFO At IAH?

Mon Oct 16, 2006 5:30 am

Fernando, I just flew to YYZ via IAH and I had an hour and seven minutes to connect. I almost lost my flight to YYZ because it took me hours to go through the x-rays (when I arrived at my gate, the door was already closed and they opened it for me because it was the last flight of the night). If you are going to check luggage, you will have a very tight connection, as you will need to claim your bags in order to go through customs. The most important factor for you will be if IAH is busy with international flights arrivals at the time of your landing or not. My conclusion is that you will make it, but you need to run!
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RE: 1.5 Hrs, Enough To Connect From Mex To SFO At IAH?

Mon Oct 16, 2006 5:39 am

I found doing ZIH-IAH-DFW on CO that IAH's customs was very smooth. It was a busy hour that we arrived too. We went through real quick.
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RE: 1.5 Hrs, Enough To Connect From Mex To SFO At IAH?

Mon Oct 16, 2006 5:48 am

Quoting Krasof (Thread starter):
I have 1.5 hrs to clear immigration at IAH and catch my connecting flight. I´ll be arriving at IAH at (19:44 CO 1525) and my next flight is at 21:15 (CO 1428).

CO1428 is CO's last IAH-SFO departure of the day; the MEX-IAH flight immediately prior to CO1525 will increase your layover to more than 3.5 hours; something to consider if concerned with a connect time when city pairs on both sides of a connection do not have frequent departures. Would the peace of mind factor justify for you the costs associated with reticketing to increase your time between flights?



Quoting Krasof (Thread starter):
Do you think I will make it on time?

According to the latest information I have, the minimum connect time for international to domestic flights at IAH is 1 hour. There is typically some cushion allowed in determining minimum connect times, so you should do more than fine as long as you have all your proverbial ducks in a row with regard to documents required for entry to the U.S. from Mexico. There is, of course, always the possibility of a missed connection if your MEX-IAH flight is significantly delayed in which case CO will reaccomodate you on the next available (next day in your case) flight for no charge; whether they would cover costs of hotel, etc., is based on the cause of the missed connection and criteria tends to be very much on the subjective side and ultimately at the discretion of the airline and their customer service agents.
 
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RE: 1.5 Hrs, Enough To Connect From Mex To SFO At IAH?

Mon Oct 16, 2006 5:58 am

In theory, CO won't let its last flight of the day to a specific city leave if all passengers are not on board. I have seen this at IAH before. However, it seems this is not always the case, as my plane to YYZ was ready to push back without me. I'd say do not reticket, just move swiftly.
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RE: 1.5 Hrs, Enough To Connect From Mex To SFO At IAH?

Mon Oct 16, 2006 6:14 am

You'd have time connect, go shopping, have dinner, etc....
An hour and a hour for the same airline with connected terminals is more than enough....particularly CO here at Intercontinental...
 
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RE: 1.5 Hrs, Enough To Connect From Mex To SFO At IAH?

Mon Oct 16, 2006 6:45 am

Hi, Fernando.

I´ve been through immigration at IAH many, many times, both for connections and with IAH as a final destination. IMHO, 90 minutes is usually extremely close if you are a non-US citizen. The CBP officers there really take their time and sometimes the new immigration facilities are rather understaffed.

If I were you I would sit as close to the front of the aircraft as possible, run up the stairs (as opposed to taking the escalator)...and pray.

In your case, what I think will be working in your advantage is your MEX flight´s arrival time. If I´m not mistaken, the only other international flight coming in near that hour is a 767 from AMS (can´t remember at exactly what time does it get into IAH).

I´ve waited in line for passport control there for nearly an hour, being the first off the plane and before it gets really crowded there, so I can´t even begin to imagine what it must be like with 400-500 people ahead of you.

OTOH, since the new terminal was opened my luggage has been waiting for me at baggage claim and, save for once, I´ve really had no trouble going through security upstairs for my connecting flight.
 
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RE: 1.5 Hrs, Enough To Connect From Mex To SFO At IAH?

Mon Oct 16, 2006 6:55 am

Airlines won't sell you a connection that they don't think you'll make, so unless you built the connection by purchasing two separate itineraries (MEX/IAH and IAH/SFO), you should be fine.
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krasof
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RE: 1.5 Hrs, Enough To Connect From Mex To SFO At IAH?

Mon Oct 16, 2006 11:46 am

Thank you all for your comments. After reading all of them thouroughly I´ve decided to stick to my current itinerary and run like hell at IAH. I really hope I don´t have to write to you from an airport hotel in Houston saying that i´ve lost my flight !

Regards

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