IAD check-in to gate timing - 9pm

Old Jun 21, 19, 12:12 pm
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IAD check-in to gate timing - 9pm

FT - I have to attend a dinner in downtown DC that wraps up at 8:30pm. Is this enough time to get to IAD, get through security, and get to either the C or D concourse for a 10pm flight back?

I don't necessarily mind cutting it very close - especially if this gets me home without having to spend another night in a hotel.

Anyone done this successfully - or am I setting myself up for failure?
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Old Jun 21, 19, 12:14 pm
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* Do you have a rental car?
* Do you have Pre-Check?
* Do you have CLEAR?
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Old Jun 21, 19, 12:19 pm
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Originally Posted by pseudoswede View Post
* Do you have a rental car?
* Do you have Pre-Check?
* Do you have CLEAR?
No rental, Precheck and Clear.
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Old Jun 21, 19, 12:28 pm
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That will be close. Itís 35-40 minutes from DC to Dulles at that time of night. Is the flight departing at 10 or boarding? Boarding you will be fine. Departing would be cutting close
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Originally Posted by 318i View Post
FT - I have to attend a dinner in downtown DC that wraps up at 8:30pm. Is this enough time to get to IAD, get through security, and get to either the C or D concourse for a 10pm flight back?

I don't necessarily mind cutting it very close - especially if this gets me home without having to spend another night in a hotel.

Anyone done this successfully - or am I setting myself up for failure?
If you actually mean you in are a vehicle heading to Dulles at 8:30, then you should be perfectly fine. But you won't have much margin for saying some final goodbyes, then calling an Uber, etc. starting at 8:30. I'd give 30-45 minutes for the trip to IAD depending where in DC you start, and my record is curbside at IAD 37 minutes before departure - I made it to the gate around T-19 and they were holding the door for me. My margin from Georgetown is 2 hours before the flight, but that's at a lazy "I should head out around now" pace.
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Old Jun 21, 19, 1:37 pm
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Yep, you should be fine as long as you have your ride at 8:30 and there's no accident on 66. If there's traffic on 66, I'd try to duck out a few minutes early. You can make it curbside to gate in ~20 minutes if you time trains/moon buggy right otherwise maybe 25-30 minutes. Security should be no more than 5 minutes with Precheck and Clear.
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Old Jun 21, 19, 1:42 pm
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Thanks so much all - going to see if I can make this work. Technically departure 10:05 and I can probably get out of dinner around 8:25... clearly the life of a last minute flyer...
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Old Jun 21, 19, 2:39 pm
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No one asked about checked baggage. I'll assume none, but if you're offering advice you should at least know what facts you need.
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Old Jun 25, 19, 11:31 am
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This couldn't have been any easier or gone any better, even out to the D gates last night. Dulles was a bit busier than I expected, but I left downtown DC at 8:25, arrived Dulles at 9, and was at my gate by 9:25.

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Old Jun 25, 19, 12:02 pm
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