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1. Posted by twsmith (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

My older college children are traveling to London in May and returning in June. Their returning flight could be on Continental with 1h and 45m connection in Houston before heading home to Phoenix. Can they realistically make the connection? What is a reasonable amount of time to make the connection returning to the US? Thanks. I need to make the purchase SOON.

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

Well, I guess that is about the minimum of amount of time one should count on.
Of course, it can be done in less time, but with some minor delays it becomes tight.
I had 2,5 hours on average in LA last month and I didn't even had to collect my luggage again and check in for the next flight. Don't know if this is the case everywhere and with every airline though.
I did have enough time, but it took me 1,5 hours as well, which wasn't too bad I have to admit.

So it is reasonable but just to be sure: check if there are flights maybe an hour later or so.

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

Agree with Michael: at any airport I am familiar with, I'd say that 1:45 is too little time to make a connection, baggage being the main problem (of course they're homebound, so it's not a real problem if their bags don't make the connection). It would help if there is a dedicated lane at immigration in Houston for returning US citizens, so that they don't have to queue with us time-consuming foreigners.

4. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

It depends on whether the flight is with a budget airline, or a national carrier. If it's the latter, then your luggage isn't accessible to you and is loaded onto the connecting flight automatically. So 1:45 hours will even allow your children time to have a meal at the airport.

If it's a budget airline, then they will have to collect their luggage and check it in again for the connecting flight. In that particular case, it'll depend on how full the plane is. If it's fully booked, then it can take up to an hour to offload all the luggage, so they'd be stretching it a bit to make the connecting flight.

Hope this helps.

5. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

It totally depends if you will be flying with the same airline and if it is booked as a connecting flight. If it is the same airline then it will be fine. I have done flights with less than an hour connecting time but when its with the same airline someone will meet you as you come off the plane and rush you through to your next flight, well that is what should happen anyway.

6. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 7y

1:45 in Houston shouldn't be a problem at all, even if it is their point of re-entry into the US. If it were a much larger airport in another country, I would question it, but they should be fine. I just came back from Spain and flew into Miami, where I had to make a connection. Had to grab my bags, go all the way back out through customs (which can be crazy in Miami), and then run down to another terminal, and still made it just fine (and then discovered that my flight was delayed anyhow). My two cents worth... :)

7. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

Quoting bwiiian

It totally depends if you will be flying with the same airline and if it is booked as a connecting flight. If it is the same airline then it will be fine. I have done flights with less than an hour connecting time but when its with the same airline someone will meet you as you come off the plane and rush you through to your next flight, well that is what should happen anyway.

It doesn't have to be the same airline. Most airlines have Codeshare agreements with other carriers.

So for example, if you booked a flight from London to New York with Lufthansa, you'd most likely fly in a United airlines plane because that's one of the airlines Lufthansa has a codeshare agreement with.

There's also an organisation called the Star Alliance which operates in a similar fashion.

But to reiterate, provided you don't book with a budget carrier, your children should have plenty of time to make the connecting flight. Here's a list of budget carriers in case it helps: Low cost airlines

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Apr-2009, at 12:21 by Blinq ]

8. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

1 hour 45 is just so much time to me. I mean I'm not a youngster like your children, I travel to some totally disorganised airports (LHR included) for connections and done them in 1/2 an hour or less before now. Strooth - 1 hour 45 is paradise for me.
Good luck.