O'hare to Dublin

Old Sep 2, 16, 12:10 pm
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O'hare to Dublin

Hello, I'm flying from O'hare to Dublin in 13 days. I'll be flying out on a Wednesday evening on Aer Lingus. Does anyone know how busy O'hare is on a Wednesday? I'll be flying in and have to switch over to terminal 5. Also how likely would there be extra empty seats next to me?
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Old Sep 3, 16, 2:48 am
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Originally Posted by flygirl314 View Post
Hello, I'm flying from O'hare to Dublin in 13 days. I'll be flying out on a Wednesday evening on Aer Lingus. Does anyone know how busy O'hare is on a Wednesday? I'll be flying in and have to switch over to terminal 5. Also how likely would there be extra empty seats next to me?
The UK/Ireland forum is probably the wrong place to ask this.Why not try the Chicago sub-forum of MidWest.
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Old Sep 3, 16, 7:49 am
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Agreed, for specific questions about ORD, post in the Chicago forum.

Wednesday night will be a normal night at ORD, not particularly busy like a Thursday or Sunday night. T5 is of course a separate building and you'll need to go through security again, so if you have a short connection time, you will need to hurry. There's a train between T1-3 and T5.

I don't think anyone can answer the question about seats two weeks out. My favorite tactic is to approach the gate agent, smile and be friendly, and ask if there's a seat that's likely to go out with an empty next to it. Probably my imagination, but I like to think they remember not to automatically assign that one to a standby unless it's full.
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Old Sep 3, 16, 9:27 am
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I asked a mod to move the thread so getting it to the right place is in hand i.e. the Chicago board. Though the Aer Lingus board might be an alternative.

It's impossible to say if you'll have an an empty seat next to you. Depends which cabin you are in.There are people who have access to seat maps via expert flyer but you'd need to post your flight numbers and dates.


Sometimes seat allocation algorithms are illogical. Once I was doing OLCI check-in and had been sat next to someone else in J yet there were empty rows elsewhere in the cabin and I was travelling on my own!
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Old Sep 3, 16, 1:50 pm
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Originally Posted by UKtravelbear View Post
...Sometimes seat allocation algorithms are illogical. Once I was doing OLCI check-in and had been sat next to someone else in J yet there were empty rows elsewhere in the cabin and I was travelling on my own!
That's not entirely illogical. The computers might try to put singles next to each other to save pairs of seats for people traveling together. You can always pick a different seat at OLCI if it's available, or move in flight if there are still two unoccupied seats together at that point.
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Old Sep 4, 16, 12:43 am
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As requested, moving to the Chicago forum to find out about O'Hare. It's my kinda forum.

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