This summer, I'm planning on going to Iowa for a few weeks to visit friends. I will fly from ARN to DSM with connections at AMS and MSP on the way to DSM and MSP and AMS or DTW and AMS on the way back. Now I have some questions
How much time do I need at MSP for immigration and do I have to claim my luggage and check it in again for my flight to DSM? How much time will I need all together?
I have 3 options:
1. 3 hours at MSP
2. 3 hours and 50 minutes at MSP
3. 6 hours at MSP
My transfer time at AMS is 1 hour and 30 minutes. Will that be enough?
Transfer through MSP or DTW on the return leg?
Since I'm transfering at MSP on the way to DSM, it would be nice to see another airport. I have 4 options:
1. 2 hours at MSP and 50 min at AMS
2. 1 hour and 20 min at DTW and 1 hour and 55 min at AMS
3. 2 hours and 10 min at DTW and 1 hour and 5 min at AMS
4. 1 hour at DTW and 2 hours and 50 min at AMS
Will I have to claim and check my luggage in again at DTW and MSP?
Which of these options would be the best choice?
Also, what aircraft does NW use on AMS-MSP and AMS-DTW? I recall it being the DC-10 on AMS-MSP-AMS and the A330 on AMS-DTW-AMS. Am I correct?
Sorry if these are stupid questions but I'm not a frequent long-haul traveller and I have never been to MSP or DTW before.