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Old Sep 16, 18, 10:16 am
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Domestic Transfer Hamburg

Hi all -

I'm arriving in Hamburg via united at approx 715 am. Need to purchase separate ticket to CDG on air france. Would like to catch the 1010am to CDG. I've never been to Hamburg airport before.

I'm assuming United won't interline with AF (though if they did by some miracle, that would be ideal) and I'll have to clear customs and recheck in, security, etc.

Does anyone familiar with Hamburg have any idea if this is enough time for the connection?
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Old Sep 16, 18, 10:20 am
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Hamburg is a small airport for a city of its size and importance. 3 hours should be plenty. Arriving at 7:15am will be nice too, since there shouldn't be many other flights at that time arriving from international destinations.

I can't speak as to if AF will interline with UA, but my guess would be that don't. But like I said, you should be fine with 3 hours. Honestly 2 hours, if there's a flight to CDG at 9-9:30am, would probably be fine too.

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Old Sep 16, 18, 11:07 am
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I have flown EWR-HAM before. There are no other international flights at this time, and I cleared immigration within 5 minutes of getting off the plane (although I was one of the first off). Even if you are not at the front, 3 hours is more than enough time to pick up your bags, re-check in / go through security, and make the AF flight.
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Old Sep 16, 18, 11:10 am
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All major airlines interline with each other. There are numerous post on this in FT between AF and UA.
The success is highly correlated to the agent you get when you check in. And also if fees are involved: ifor example, if you have to pay a fee to check a bag on AF domestic leg but no fee on the UA portion. In this case you may not be able to interline.
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Old Sep 16, 18, 11:47 am
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While UA & AA, of course, have an interline agreement, UA's policy is only to check bags across separate tickets issued by *A. Thus, it is entirely luck of the draw. UA certainly will not collect fees for AF.

As to the transfer time, it is more than adequate presuming no inbound delay. It goes without saying that if your inbound is sufficiently delayed to cause you to no show for your second ticket, AF will cancel it and, presuming that it has no value, you will have to purchase a new ticket on the next available flight. That is always a matter of personal risk tolerance which is appreciably lowered when the onwards ticket is for short-haul.
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Old Sep 16, 18, 11:55 am
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Will transfer this query to the Germany forum where there are more likely to be folks familiar with the HAM airport and issues there with connecting between two different alliances.

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Old Sep 16, 18, 12:00 pm
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You should be fine. Nevertheless, the usual two tickets rules apply.
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Old Sep 16, 18, 3:14 pm
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Thank you all -

I purchased a full fare refundable ticket on AF just in case!!
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Old Sep 17, 18, 9:17 am
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If you fly hand luggage only I would assume that you do not even have to leave the terminal
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Old Sep 17, 18, 9:52 am
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Originally Posted by Flying Lawyer View Post
If you fly hand luggage only I would assume that you do not even have to leave the terminal
No need ever to leave the terminal!
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Originally Posted by LondonElite View Post


No need ever to leave the terminal!
to be precise. With HL only I would expect you can stay airside.
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