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1. Posted by Andre316 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

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Hi,

I am due to fly from London, England with US Airways to Philadelphia, then connect to Pittsburgh. The flight home is the same. US Airways are flying all connecting flights. I have 51mins between arriving at Philadelphia from Pittsburgh on the way back, and boarding the flight from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh.

My question: Is 51 mins enough time to make the connecting flight? Will my luggage be transferred automatically or do I have to spend time waiting for it and then board it again, if so this seems impossible to do in 51mins.

My worries have been made worse reading the terrible reviews of US Airways, although reports are now suggesting they are improving. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, or maybe you can at least point me in the direction of finding these answers.

Thank you,

Andre.

2. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 7y

i have to be honest, it will be a bit of a squeeze. I'm guessing you will have a much better chance making your return flight connection, than your arrival connection, since you will still have to clear customs on the way over. The good news is, you will be arriving at the International terminal, A-West, which is relatively new and customs tends to move pretty quickly these days. you'll be departing from either B or C to get to Pittsburgh (USAirways' terminals). The distance itself isn't too bad, however, assuming you get off the plane and clear customs in record time, you will still be pushing it to clear security at the next terminal. When you arrive and put your luggage back into the system, there is a hallway to terminal A-East for connecting passengers (See Here), then you make your way to B or C. I would ask the airline to inform your connection that it will be close. Your luggage will have a much better time of making the flight to Pittsburgh on arrival than you do. But on the way home, you should be fine. Good luck!

3. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 posts) 7y

It's incredible the US Air would allow such a tight connection, but didn't you see it before you put down your cr card data? The chances of a flight being more than an hour late are quite high, but at least you won't be charged extra if you miss that connection.

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 7y

In Philadelphia, US Airways flights to Pittsburgh will depart from Terminal B or C. London (either Gatwick or Heathrow) will arrive in Terminal A-West, which means transferring Terminals. Check out the map here.

So in addition to clearing customs and immigration, you'll have to change terminals. Also, based on what I have read on PHL, transferring International to domestic does require you to pick up your bag and then drop it off again. So that will take more time.

Given all that, I would say that no, 51 minutes is not enough time. I would call US Airways and see if I could get rebooked on a later flight to Pittsburgh. I would think that 2 hours should be enough.

Greg

5. Posted by Andre316 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Thanks everyone for your comments, much appreciated.

Daawgon, I should have mentioned that this problem has arisen due to the fact that the flight from Pitt to Phil has recently been moved to a later time. Originally when I booked it there was more time. So, if the flight is delayed, even due to bad weather, and I miss the connecting flight to Heathrow, will US Airlines put me on a following flight with no extra charge?

Soupatrvler, going to Pitt I should be fine, I have 3 hours 5mins between connecting flights at Philadelphia.

GregW, I think I could have worded my post better, my issue is when I arrive in Philadelphia FROM Pittsburgh. I have then 51 mins to make the flight to Heathrow. So, should my bag automatically be put through from the Pitt-Phil flight to the Phil-Heathrow flight?

Or should I just fork out the extra cash now (not sure what my insurance covers, need to double check) and book and earlier flight from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, as a delayed flight seems to be my biggest obstacle?

Thanks again everyone for their input.

Andre.

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 7y

Quoting Andre316

my issue is when I arrive in Philadelphia FROM Pittsburgh. I have then 51 mins to make the flight to Heathrow. So, should my bag automatically be put through from the Pitt-Phil flight to the Phil-Heathrow flight?

Yes, the bag will be transferred automatically, and there are no customs or immigrations procedures.

Quoting Andre316

Or should I just fork out the extra cash now (not sure what my insurance covers, need to double check) and book and earlier flight from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, as a delayed flight seems to be my biggest obstacle?

Is this all on one ticket? Seeing as the airline changed the flight, I would think they would be willing to adjust your flights without penalty to you, as it was there change that made the connection bad.

Greg

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Last week I rechecked our flight times for November to discover they jigged the times and left us with 25 minutes to catch a connecting flight at Charles de Gaulle--in another terminal. That's somewhere in the range of 99.9999% impossible.

But I called the site we booked with and they changed our 1st flight for free--so we now have a 2-hour window. There were no questions asked and I was even picky about wanting a direct flight. Call and see--the peace of mind alone will be worth it!

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 14, 2008, at 8:32 AM by tway ]