Megan asked in TravelAir Travel · 2 months ago

Flight connections? ?

I have never done a connection flight but about a week ago we found out that we would have to be doing about 3 connections 

Orlando to Atlanta 

Atlanta to Amsterdam 

Amsterdam to Glasgow 

And the delays are all an hour which is really shocking because flights are never on time. 

We didn’t book it ourself cruise1st booked the flight so does anyone have any tips on how to do it successfully 

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  • 2 months ago

    If you were not such a tight wad you would have chosen a sensible booking company that would not have put you on those flights. Orlando to New York, New York to Glasgow is all you should need!

  • 2 months ago

    The real world does not have GUARANTEED times.

    There is no International law that dictates how much time you need or have between flights.

    ALL the other passengers also want off first and also have an important thing to get to.

    Can the connection be done? SOMETIMES It is not Guaranteed any of your flights will depart on time

    There is no Guarantee what the weather may be the few minutes around your planes position for the entire route.

    You might arrive a few minutes early and an over the ocean flight can easily be an hour early or late when high winds or storms are nearby.

    SO WHAT you did not book it. The Airlines DO NOT hold planes because XXX company booked the seats.

    The Airline looks after their passengers first and then the others. YOU are not an Airline customer but a customer of CRUISE1 it can complicate or delay the process of getting to final destination.

    Suggest you find out the just in case policy for Cruise1 passengers.

    Should you not make the connection YOU DO NOT get a free holiday, you DO NOT get an UNLIMITED meal ticket or a room of your choice at the Five star resort if necessary.

    You DO NOT get next flight out. You get next available seat. Could be an hour could be days and days later.

    You look at your baggage tags and see where it is going. Does it have ATL AMS AND GLA on the tag?

    You might have to claim your bags along the way. YOU ASK when you check in the details for YOUR COMBINATION of flights and Airlines.

    YOU MIGHT have a Passport Customs inspection in Amsterdam. An hour between flights is not enough time. Look at the link below for the details on your combination of Airlines.

    IF you do not have one then you are in the transit area of the Amsterdam Airport and just go to next flight. NO TIME to wander.

    When you get to Glasgow expect Passport and Customs inspection. I suspect you will have two stops for this Amsterdam and Glasgow.

    An Hour in Amsterdam can be done for some but is pushing the limit for most connections.

    It can take 15 to 20 minutes just to get off your flight and boarding stops 10-15 minutes before departure.

    Your magic time comes from what? The SCHEDULED time or the actual arrival time of you getting off the plane?

    You are welcome to try and might make all your connections.

    What is your plan should you not make one of them? Do you expect your Glasgow lodgings to give you a FREE room for next day? A refund on your missed night?

    It is a good idea to have more time between flights in particular Amsterdam You can always ask the Airline in Amsterdam for an earlier departure. In most cases there will be no charge to change to the earlier flight if there is room.

    The important flight for you is the Atlanta Amsterdam segment as there is limited alternate flights if you miss it.

    NOT A GOOD IDEA to risk the short times to save a few dollars in fare. A day or many hours waiting for an alternate flight is not a free day of vacation.

    You MIGHT make it. If everything is in order and you move fast from one to the next.

    Connections are not a DELAY. Minute of Arrival and Minute of Departure is not the time you have to work with.

    The time you get off the plane and time you get on next flight is your concern which is 15-30 minutes less.

    It DOES MATTER the Airlines for each segment. MOST but not all will transfer luggage for you and give you all your boarding passes at first check in.

    IF you happen to have a flight from an Airline that does not share with others you might need to claim your luggage recheck it and get another security check . Plan at last two hours for this.

    Three hours for over the ocean flights is reasonable for most allowing for the normal variations of weather that can alter your arrival time.

    Many flights from Orlando to Atlanta WHY WHY are you pushing it.to have a marathon run at each stop?

    You MIGHT make it. Only you know the value of a day lounging near an Airport waiting for next available flight. You decide if the savings are worth the risk.

    YOU LOOK at both Atlanta and Amsterdam guides for YOUR flight connections.

    http://apps.atl.com/Passenger/FlightInfo/Search.as...

    TODAYS times have nothing to do with day you go.

    https://www.schiphol.nl/en/transfers/

    GOOD LUCK recommend a little more time to make connections. You have not allowed for any delays along the way.

  • AJ
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    An hour in Atlanta is more than enough time as long as you don't stop to window shop. AMS is not that big and passport control shouldn't be a big issue but again you can't window shop.

  • 2 months ago

    An hour should be enough time in Atlanta, although you'll have to change to the international terminal, which is huge. I wouldn't want to have to change in AMS in an hour. It's a long walk between terminals. I'm surprised the airline booked you with such short connections. Look and see if there are later flights to Glasgow they can put you on if you don't make the connection.

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  • 2 months ago

    You shouldn't have a problem with this if the planes are on time. When you deplane in Atlanta and in Amsterdam, check the monitors to find your next gate and go there. Fortunately, Scotland is non-Schengen, so you don't have to go through passport control or customs there. However, the gates can be a long walk apart. Schiphol is well marked in English. Just follow the signs. It might help to familiarize yourself with the layout of the airport before you get there. There are tips and maps for Schiphol airport here: https://www.schiphol.nl/en/transfers/ . There are maps for the Atlanta airport here: http://www.atl.com/maps/ .

    • bluebellbkk
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      Are you sure, Daniel? That's what he OUGHT to have been saying, but I thought his words were clear enough: "Scotland is non-Schengen, so you don't have to go through passport control or customs there".

  • 2 months ago

    DOUBLE check the gate of your next flight on the boards you'll see in the terminal.  Move quickly to your next gate.  ASK for help or directions if you don't know where to go. Once you get to your new gate, you can use the restrooms or get a snack.   A hour actually isn't much time at all in a large airport. Keep your passport handy.  

  • MS
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Just don't waste any time between flights. Get off the plane and head right for the next one. You will have to go through Immigration and Customs at least once, but possibly twice since Scotland is not in the Schengen area. Just follow the crowd. And again, don't waste any time. Save any snack or bathroom breaks until you get to your gate and then see if you have time.

    • MS
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      I thought that might be the case, but wasn't positive. 

  • 2 months ago

    Watch everyone else, and it should all fall in place.

    Also, When you purchase a connecting flight, checked baggage is usually forwarded to your final destination, and will change planes when you do. ... When you purchase a layover flight, you will need to claim your bags when you land at your layover destination. Then recheck them the next day when you continue your flight(s).

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