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Consolidated Connection time/logistics-Domestic & International at DEN

Consolidated Connection time/logistics-Domestic & International at DEN

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Due to the length of concourse B, a connection under an hour when the arriving or departing flight is a UA mainline aircraft, is not advised. If you arrive on the far west end and depart on the far east end, then allowing for the time it takes deboard the plane, and the 20 minute cut off when UA starts to cancel seat assignments, you are unlikely to make your connection. Of course sitting in the front of the arriving plane helps as does having no green tagged bags.

However, if both aircraft are United Express, then a 45 minute connection is acceptable because all United Express flights arrive and depart on the east end of concourse B.
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Security (Non-TSA Pre):
• Terminal North TSA checkpoint - 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• Terminal South TSA checkpoint – 24/7
• A Bridge TSA checkpoint - 4:30 a.m. to 6 p.m

Security (TSA Pre):
• Observed Hours are different than normal hours for A Bridge: 7:30am
• All other locations are the same

Places to Eat on Concourse B (FT Favorites)
• Coffee: Caribou Coffee (Mezzanine level in center of concourse), Starbucks (B83 in the RJ Gates)
• Fast Food: Modmarket (Main level in center of concourse by McDonalds, NE corner), Steve's Snappin' Dogs (B24)
• Breakfast: Pour La France (Main level in center of concourse, NW corner)
• Lunch/Dinner: Elways (Main level in center of concourse, SW corner), Etai's Bakery Café (B22), Que Bueno! Mexican Grille (B52), Aviators (Mezzanine level in center of concourse)
• Drinks: New Belgium Hub (B80 in the RJ Gates), CRÚ Food and Wine Bar (B51)

Gate Configurations:
B11 – B29 & B31, 33, 35, 37, 39, and 41 - 48: Narrow body gates
B30, 32, 34, 36, 38, and 42: Wide body gates
B49-B95: RJ gates with the larger RJs consolidated in the B49-B60 range

"Suggested" Connection Times (Domestic to Domestic/International)
• 1hr to 1hr 30min (assuming a walk from B15 down to B90)
• Standard D/D MCT (UA-UA) is 30 minutes and 50 minutes for another carrier

"Suggested" Connection Times (International to Domestic, non-Pre Clear)
• 1hr 30 min to 2hrs (depending on use of GE/no-GE and security lines)
• Standard I/D MCT is 60 minutes and longer

United Club Locations (Two Clubs)
• B32 (West Club): 5:00am to 9:00pm daily
• B44 (East Club): 6:30pm to 11:30pm daily

Terminal map: April 2019

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Old Jun 20, 12, 10:27 am
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Consolidated Connection time/logistics-Domestic & International at DEN

I have a flight coming up SJC-DEN-LGA
Is that enough time?

1:45 p.m.
Tue., 10 Jul., 2012
San Jose, CA (SJC)
Arrive:
5:12 p.m.
Tue., 10 Jul., 2012
Denver, CO (DEN)

Change Planes. Connect time in Denver, CO (DEN) is 33 mn.
Depart:
5:45 p.m.
Tue., 10 Jul., 2012
Denver, CO (DEN)

Arrive:
11:27 p.m.
Tue., 10 Jul., 2012
New York, NY (LGA - LaGuardia)
Flight Time:
3 hr 42 mn
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Old Jun 20, 12, 10:32 am
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In Denver, I don't think so. Concourse B, where United flies out of, is literally just a straight line. As long as you deplane and head straight to your next gate, it shouldn't be a problem.
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Old Jun 20, 12, 10:34 am
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I am in FC so I can exit quickly.
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Old Jun 20, 12, 10:36 am
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Unless you are on a RJ and have to wait for any gate-checked carry-ons.
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Old Jun 20, 12, 10:37 am
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33 mins is pretty tight. DEN concourse B is a really loooooooong terminal. You can potentially arrive in to one end and leave from another. If you're sitting towards the back of the plane and/or your IB suffers a slight delay, you'll miss your cxn. I had a 24 min cxn after a delay, sitting in 2A, first one off the plane, ran down the concourse to the other end, and missed my cxn.

Get ready to run. If you see a delay in your SJC-DEN, be proactive and call UA asap and have them reroute you through SFO/LAX on a later or redeye. You're on the last flight out of DEN to LGA.

Good luck!
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Old Jun 20, 12, 10:38 am
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Originally Posted by Continental250K View Post
10-15 minute delay on your outbound and you can kiss your connection good bye.
That's what I was thinking. Although, according to flightaware, it's been on-time for the past two weeks. However, I wouldn't be willing to risk it...
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Old Jun 20, 12, 10:40 am
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The flight you're on often arrives early, and an F seat should mean a quick exit from the inbound plane.

That said, a delay of 15 minutes at any point could mean a missed connection.
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Old Jun 20, 12, 11:02 am
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What the others have said regarding a delay and being hosed and I personally wouldn't do it as it's asking for trouble
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Old Jun 20, 12, 11:06 am
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More info (and similar advice) here:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unite...en-merged.html
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Old Jun 20, 12, 5:50 pm
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You can make it. I connected from Delta on A to United on B with 35 minutes between flight times.

The Delta flight did arrive early, and the United flight was near the escalators from the trains.

It was really no sweat at all, given the conditions. I did get a seat near the front of the Delta flight and of course no checked bags. That helped too.

B is a long concourse, but the moving walkways will help. And talking glass half full, the flights could be near each other on B. However, the regional jet flights are the long walks on that concourse.

You can do it.
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Old Jun 20, 12, 6:28 pm
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As always, depends on your tolerance for risk and how large a disaster it will be if you miss it. Theoretically, no problem, you can walk briskly from any United gate to any other United gate in less than twenty minutes. If your flight is more than a few minutes late you're hosed, but if you're willing to accept that risk then you should be fine.

Out of curiosity, and for future reference, if a passenger misconnects on (say) DEN-LGA, are the agents who rebook him on the next flight authorized to change his destination to, say, EWR, if the passenger indicates this would be an equally acceptable alternative? Or do you have to wait around for the next LGA flight?
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Old Jul 10, 12, 1:17 pm
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insufficient (illegal?) connection time?

IAD-ABQ-IAD in October. Outbound on a Thursday evening, nonstop. Return leg is via DEN (nonstop leaves too early in the a.m.). I've taken this route several times in the past few years and the timing of the outbound nonstop is like a ping pong ball; it changes often, and no doubt it will change between now and October.

Original booking had a 50ish minute connection time in DEN on the return. Schedule changes now show a 30 minute connection time (arrive DEN 3:16, depart DEN 3:46). I didn't know the system would even accept such a short window.

So, who thinks this is too short a time? Next flight to IAD is 5:49; i'd hate to have that long a layover. What do you think of leaving it alone, taking my chances, and assuming there will be a seat for me (even if a crummy seat) on the 5:49 in case i miss the connection (hub to hub, Monday holiday, it's feeling iffy to me)?

There are of course multiple options i can explore between ABQ and IAD that also leave at a time that makes it do-able for me; if i go this route, hoping i don't get grief re paying a change fee, since I think the change UA made isn't technically ok.

As always, all thoughts very much appreciated.
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There are of course multiple options i can explore between ABQ and IAD that also leave at a time that makes it do-able for me; if i go this route, hoping i don't get grief re paying a change fee, since I think the change UA made isn't technically ok.
Your experience on this can be all over the map. Some agents will argue it's legal so it's fine (easiest way to get you off the phone). Some may understand your concern but aren't interested in getting into a 20-minute reissue frenzy with SHARES to change your ticket to another connecting point. Others will be more willing to help.

I wouldn't like the 30-minute connection, so I would just call until you get what you want.
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How's your walking speed?

United allows half-hour connections at DEN because it's possible to make half-hour connections at DEN. It's a pretty easy airport to get around. Of course, your plane might be fifteen minutes late... but in my recent experience United planes are never fifteen minutes late. They're fifteen minutes early *or* two hours late.

Personally I'd definitely take my chances and go with the half-hour connection.
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Old Jul 10, 12, 1:35 pm
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DEN layout

Originally Posted by Jorgen View Post
How's your walking speed?

United allows half-hour connections at DEN because it's possible to make half-hour connections at DEN. It's a pretty easy airport to get around. Of course, your plane might be fifteen minutes late... but in my recent experience United planes are never fifteen minutes late. They're fifteen minutes early *or* two hours late.

Personally I'd definitely take my chances and go with the half-hour connection.
thanks. I've flown through DEN often, but what I can't remember is if ALL UA flights arrive at the same terminal. Flights from ABQ are on regional jets, so i'm wracking my brain trying to remember if they park close or not to where the rest of the fleet's gates are.
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