I am looking at flights to Ireland and back, and will likely be transferring in Chicago on the way there and also on the return flight. I am concerned about not having enough time to catch the connecting flights. I have the details below for two of the options that I am looking at, but want to make sure I’ll have adequate time to catch the connecting flights.
11/21 @ 7:30pm – domestic flight arriving at ORD, American Airlines
11/21 @ 8:35pm – departs ORD to LHR (London), FinnAir operated by British Airways; arrives LHR 11/22 @ 10:10am
11/22 – 12:35pm – LHR to DUB, British Airways
I will only have 1:05 at ORD so this may be tight. I’m guessing I’ll be flying into Terminal 3 and departing from Terminal 1? If so, I don’t think I’ll need to go through security again, but please correct me if I’m wrong. I’m booking this all together, so would my baggage also go through, or will I need to claim it and then recheck it? Would I have any issues with arriving somewhat last-minute at the gate for the ORD-LHR flight? I’ve heard sometimes the seat can be given away. Also, I am assuming that I will not go through any immigration checks or additional security in London, and that will be done in Dublin? If that is not correct, should 2:25 still be sufficient time to make the connecting flight from LHR to DUB?
12/1 – DUB to LHR, United Airlines
12/1 @ 3:15pm – arrives at ORD from LHR, United Airlines
12/1 @ 5:05pm – departs ORD, domestic flight to final destination, United Airlines
This has 1:50 at ORD between flights. Because I’m flying from Dublin, I have read that they do immigration and customs preclearance, and then would fly into the domestic terminals (T1-3) at ORD. Is this correct? So then when I arrive at ORD I would not have to go through the passport check, baggage claim, customs, recheck, security? I am assuming I would definitely not have to do anything with my baggage at the connections because United is the carrier for each of the flights?
If anyone could give me some feedback, I really appreciate it!Edited: 12:47 am, October 09, 2013