By Jacqueline Yang
Connecting flights can be quite a stressful ordeal but may be necessary if there are no direct flights or you simply want a cheaper option.
Airlines and flight search engines will automatically populate possible connections that allow as little as 30 minutes between flights. It may sound like a lot of time, but in reality it isn’t enough time, even if you are flying domestic.
You should aim for at least 1 hour for domestic connections and 2 hours for international flights. It’s best if you add another hour to these times as a buffer so you are not rushed and can stop to buy a snack and/or to use the restroom. Also, you need time to get your bearings to find your next gate.
If the connection time is shorter, ask yourself these things:
- How familiar are you with the connecting airport?
- Is it a large airport?
- Do you need to change terminals? Is there a shuttle for this?
- How is your fitness?
- Do you need to go through customs?
- Are you flying on the same airline company or a sister company?
- Do you need to collect your checked-in baggage and then check it in again?
Remember 35 minutes to an hour may sound like a lot of time but, practically speaking, it’s no time at all when you are making a connection. Be sure to avoid missing your flight by planning accordingly!
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