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Old Apr 9, 09, 7:54 pm   #1
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Is 35 Minutes between flights at O'hare enough?

That is the time between my flights. LGA-ORD-LAX (35 min in between. Also my other flight is LAX-ORD-LGA (40 min. between flights at O'hare)

Pls let me know since I have never been at O'hare.
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Old Apr 9, 09, 8:02 pm   #2
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It depends on whether your connections are in the same terminal (most likely in B or C). If your connecting flight and arriving flight are both in B or both in C, then 35 min should be fine. If one flight is in C while the other flight is in B, then it might get a little tight. That underground tunnel between B & C can take a little time.
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Old Apr 9, 09, 8:02 pm   #3
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Yes, if everything is on time. You may have to hustle between the B & C concourse. So depending on the gate locations you may need to hustle.
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Old Apr 9, 09, 8:12 pm   #4
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This is my Itinerary
United 0004
Depart: LAX 6:22 AM
Arrive: ORD 12:24 PM

United 0682
Depart: ORD 1:04 PM
Arrive: LGA 4:22 PM

United 0677
Depart: LGA 11:00 AM
Arrive: ORD 12:40 PM

United 0996
Depart: ORD 1:15 PM
Arrive: LAX 3:41 PM

I am freaking out here trying to learn at what terminals does United have its gates. What happens I am left behind on the LGA-LAX?
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Old Apr 9, 09, 8:18 pm   #5
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It might help your nerves if you review this in advance Airport Maps
Maps are also available in the on-board Hemispheres magazine. These airports are all well marked.

Even with itinerary information, it is impossible to know in advance which gates will be used. You can check for the flights on the days before yours but things do change.
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Old Apr 9, 09, 8:18 pm   #6
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I've made this kind of connection before, but I try to avoid a connection under 50 minutes at ORD, particularly in winter, unless i really need to. If everything is on time, you should be fine, even with a B to C connection (which I think is the norm for this kind of cnx, I believe most LGA flights leave/arrive into B, and LAX into C). I also try to make longer connections if I'm flying out of certain airports where on time % isn't great, LGA and EWR being two of them.

Of course, if for some reason you don't make the connection, UA will rebook you on the next available. The good news is that these two routes have frequent flights.
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Old Apr 9, 09, 8:23 pm   #7
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My first priority is arriving at NY on time of the first leg.

On the return trip to LAX they can hold me up a day if they want.
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Old Apr 9, 09, 8:24 pm   #8
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This is just my opinion based on hundreds of flights in and out of ORD: you're asking for trouble with such a tight connection. ORD, just the UA part, is immense. Even if your flights are on time, you may have to walk (run?) from C4 to B21. If so, good luck! Look at the map of the airport online. United concourses are shown as Terminal 1, in Blue.


And if your arriving flight is late? Then all bets are off.

Good luck - - - -
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Old Apr 9, 09, 8:27 pm   #9
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If your flight is late, you are totallz screwed. I mean totally. If it were me, I would not take the chance. The return is way too fight of a connection, especially if you have to go from B to C terminal. It is way too stressful. I would not do it, personally because of the stress during your whole flight out, once you are in the airport, and the torture that ensues if you miss that flight...
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Old Apr 9, 09, 8:34 pm   #10
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Speaking as a definite non-expert with ORD (e.g. I've rarely walked by the Butch O'Hare display), I'd agree it depends where you're arriving and where you're departing. This recent thread about the bus shuttle between C and F offers some opinions on walking times as well.

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Old Apr 9, 09, 8:37 pm   #11
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If everything's on time, you are fine. Given the frequency of the connecting flights to LAX, you could ask CSR to get you on the later flight to LAX if you miss the original one.
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Old Apr 9, 09, 8:40 pm   #12
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I have a hold on that Itinerary on ual, it came out at $500!!!

I would like to search for other flights but that website just gives me ORD as a stop. I have to be in NY by 6pm on a friday. Leave NY to after 11am.
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Old Apr 9, 09, 8:43 pm   #13
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I can tell you out of ORD, west coast flights usually use C gates, and east coast flights usually use B gates, with the exception of widebodies to and from IAD use C gates.
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Old Apr 9, 09, 8:47 pm   #14
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Today flight 4 arrived about 26 minutes early into gate C9, and the flight to LGA took off a few minutes late from B2. Those two gates are about as far as you can get from one another in the United terminals.

Yesterday flight 4 arrived 2 minutes early at C 11 (after leaving over 20 minutes late). The flight to LGA left something like an hour and 20 minutes late from B7, again quite a distance. There's no way to even begin to guess what gates they will use, they constantly change.

If everything is on time, and if the gates are close to each other, you can make it. But anybody who has flown through Chicago can tell you you can land and spend a half hour or more driving around to get to the gates, driving right by your connecting flight pushing back (seriously, seen it happen). Can you make it? Yes, there's a chance. But there's lots that can go wrong. And there can be quite a distance between gates.

You can try to make it better, sign up for flight paging to your call phone so when you land in Chicago you will get a page telling you what gate you are arriving at and what gate your other flight is leaving from. Check out the airport maps so you have a guess where you are running off to, it will save you a few seconds at the monitors. Get a seat up front as much as you can, you can lose 15 minutes just trying to get off the plane.

The good thing is there are also flights at 2 and 3:05 in case you don't make it, if they have space they will put you on one of those. I would try to book the later flight to LGA to be safe
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Old Apr 9, 09, 8:47 pm   #15
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I think I will go ahead an purchase one way ticket for each segment. I will leave either using US Airways, Delta or AA. This was getting too stressful for me.
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