United works out of Terminals C and E I think. You may not even have to change terminals...even if you do, 49 minutes is enough time. Use the TerminaLink if changing terminals.
Assuming your inbound flight to IAH is on time and that your luggage is checked all the way through to Guatemala, you have a decent chance, but be sure to let the flight attendant know, especially if you're arriving at one terminal and leaving from another.
Just to be safe, I'd check to see if you can arrange for an earlier flight into IAH, or see if there's a later flight into Guatemala in case of delays.
Thanks, Gehrig. Hopefully it'll be the same terminal!
Thanks, Gene. We will only have carry-on luggage. Hopefully the flight will land on time and it won't be an issue. Your suggestion of letting the flight attendant know is a good one. Thanks!
Yes, both flights are on United, so that's good. It would be great if they were in the same terminal. Don't know anything about your local airport. Thank you!
Having just had a trip spoiled due to delayed flights, I want to say something on this matter.
When we book online, most people (including me) assume the best case scenario. Alas, life does not work that way.
For example, my itinerary (booked through United) allowed an hour for a flight from Japan's Fukuoka airport to its Norita airport in Tokyo. Theoretically it should be okay. Upon arriving in Tokyo, to my consternation a bus ride was needed to get to the terminal. The ride took 10 minutes, plus we had to wait for everyone on the plane to get on board.
It turned out to be a very tight connection. I noticed, when I arrived in San Francisco to clear customs, that that my checked bag had a HOT tag attached to it. Apparently the people at the Norita Airport went out of their way to get my bag on the international flight in time for its departure, for which I am eternally grateful.
On another occasion, I arrived in Manhattan on time, but my checked bag did not -- apparently because the one-hour connect time at LAX was not enough for my little bag to be delivered from my commuter flight to the big jet in time for its departure.
I learned my lessons: allow 3 hours between flights to allow for (i) delayed flights, (2) transfer time for checked baggage between flights, and (3) getting lost in the airport.
Of course, you can still be out of luck if your flight is cancelled, but that's another story.Edited: 7:10 pm, October 18, 2013
I have to agree with AG. Had to watch last Superbowl in Houston. Knew it was tight..alerted agent as we deplaned...train broke down between terminals...arrived at gate before takeoff but gate closed. Give yourself plenty of time, including time for a coffee!Edited: 10:27 pm, October 18, 2013
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