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jazzgal
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Connecting through Chicago in January
      #1666634 - 10/13/15 11:22 AM (67.42.237.98)

I'm traveling to Florida in January for a cruise. There's a flight using miles from PDX - CHI - FLL. My question is: how risky is it to connect in Chicago in January? I know no one can predict weather, but would you do it or would you look for an alternate route?

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GaKaye
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Re: Connecting through Chicago in January [Re: jazzgal]
      #1666635 - 10/13/15 11:28 AM (70.199.243.47)

After my experience in Chicago in May, I'll avoid that airport at all costs. Is it O'Hare? The airport code for O'Hare is ORD, so just making sure.

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jazzgal
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Re: Connecting through Chicago in January [Re: GaKaye]
      #1666642 - 10/13/15 12:37 PM (67.42.237.98)

Yes, O'Hare.

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GaKaye
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Re: Connecting through Chicago in January [Re: jazzgal]
      #1666675 - 10/13/15 05:06 PM (64.134.67.35)

Well, I have no experience in January, but I'd avoid ORD like the plague.

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Re: Connecting through Chicago in January [Re: jazzgal]
      #1666681 - 10/13/15 06:28 PM (199.120.87.151)

I agree with Georgia, I live in Iowa and avoid ORD at all costs! The last time thru there (for work, I didn't book) I spent an extra 15 hrs because of thunderstorms in August.I could have rented a car and driven home, but didn't cuz they would schedule the flight then delay, etc. Snow and ice is much worse.

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SXMScubaman
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Re: Connecting through Chicago in January [Re: madisoncty]
      #1666682 - 10/13/15 06:39 PM (71.212.34.116)

Been through ORD many times going and returning from SXM. Never had a problem. In fact we are returning from SXM through ORD this coming June.

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pat
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Re: Connecting through Chicago in January [Re: jazzgal]
      #1666684 - 10/13/15 07:32 PM (32.216.68.12)

Linda,

I personally have NOT flown through Chicago but it almost goes without saying, it's a known airport with lots of 'on time' issues. When I was still working our salesmen from around the country almost always hit delays when they were booked through there to come to the East Coast and a few of them just categorically refused to come to Corporate during the winter months because of all the potential weather related problems.

Again, I haven't experienced it firsthand so I'm only thinking that based on what I've been told, I'd avoid it like the plague if there are were any other possible routes in warmer winter climates. Good luck and enjoy your cruise. Lucky you.....have fun.

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Re: Connecting through Chicago in January [Re: jazzgal]
      #1666704 - 10/13/15 10:04 PM (69.138.217.199)

ORD connections are a "crap shoot" from November thru March. When I was flying a lot between the east and west coasts for work I would instruct my admin assistent to flat out refuse any connrction thru Chicago in the winter. When it is good weather, no problem...when it is bad weather...terrible.

When I HAD to change in Chicago I always had the O'Hare Airport Hilton set up for speed dial on my cell Phone so I could call from the taxiway and grab a room if I was going to miss my last connection.

I highly recommend talking with your airline and negotiating an alternate route that gets you from the Pacific Northwest to the East coast (like IAD) non-stop and then down to FLL.

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Leagle49
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Re: Connecting through Chicago in January [Re: Bill_S]
      #1666724 - 10/14/15 07:43 AM (68.42.253.57)

We connect through ORD all the time. I always make sure we get there as early in the AM as possible and rarely have a problem. The later you get the more problems there are. Late in the day it can be a zoo with late arrivals and departures all over he place.

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jazzgal
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Re: Connecting through Chicago in January [Re: jazzgal]
      #1666775 - 10/14/15 11:41 AM (67.42.237.98)

Thanks, everyone. I picked a different routing.

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SXMScubaman
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Re: Connecting through Chicago in January [Re: jazzgal]
      #1666792 - 10/14/15 01:49 PM (71.212.34.116)

Look out for Dallas. I've had problems returning through Dallas more times than I can remember. Thats why I'm returning through ORD this time.
Look into SXM - CLT -SEA and drive back to Portland or take a short plane ride over and back. There is a nonstop Direct from SEA to CLT with a connect to SXM. We are taking that one to SXM this May.


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pat
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Re: Connecting through Chicago in January [Re: SXMScubaman]
      #1666799 - 10/14/15 02:24 PM (75.133.113.202)

Scuba,

Am I missing something here?

Linda isn't talking about her usual SXM trip. She's asking about a trip in JANUARY through CHICAGO to FLL. I don't particularly like flying through DFW either but I'd rather that than CHICAGO in any of the cold weather months. Another part of the equation for Chicago might also be that you fly in May, don't you? That would be a huge difference, no?

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Re: Connecting through Chicago in January [Re: pat]
      #1666806 - 10/14/15 02:38 PM (71.212.34.116)

Right. I was just giving her another option to avoid both ORD and Dallas. Neither one is to reliable in January.

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silverfox82
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Re: Connecting through Chicago in January [Re: SXMScubaman]
      #1666855 - 10/14/15 06:53 PM (66.177.211.137)

Went to Kansas a few winters ago from JFK, booked a Dallas connection to avoid Chicago...... flight was changed to Chicago, snowstorm in Dallas, go figure!

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Re: Connecting through Chicago in January [Re: SXMScubaman]
      #1666869 - 10/14/15 07:58 PM (199.120.87.151)

Quote:

SXMScubaman said:
Been through ORD many times going and returning from SXM. Never had a problem. In fact we are returning from SXM through ORD this coming June.




Then you are an extremely lucky person.

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SXMScubaman
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Re: Connecting through Chicago in January [Re: madisoncty]
      #1666874 - 10/14/15 08:09 PM (71.212.34.116)

Maybe I should go to a casino. LOL

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jazzgal
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Re: Connecting through Chicago in January [Re: SXMScubaman]
      #1666970 - 10/15/15 12:34 PM (67.42.237.98)

I personally love going through DFW and, crossing my fingers, have had no problems so far. We'll see what January brings. Also, you generally assume my miles are with American, which they are not. They are with Alaska.

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SXMScubaman
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Re: Connecting through Chicago in January [Re: jazzgal]
      #1666978 - 10/15/15 01:03 PM (71.212.34.116)

That would make it easy to go through SEA to CLT as Alaska has many flights to and from Portland to SEA and AA honors Alaska miles. Was only a suggestion. Our friends used their Alaska Miles on that same route last year.

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trailer12b1
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Re: Connecting through Chicago in January [Re: SXMScubaman]
      #1667006 - 10/15/15 04:00 PM (104.129.196.64)

depends on the airline Assuming United it is one of the main Hubs and you should be ok. Always better to go through a warm weather connection like Houston. Problem is ORD is usually cheaper in January

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jazzgal
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Re: Connecting through Chicago in January [Re: SXMScubaman]
      #1667816 - 10/21/15 08:51 PM (69.64.233.2)

Quote:

SXMScubaman said:
That would make it easy to go through SEA to CLT as Alaska has many flights to and from Portland to SEA and AA honors Alaska miles. Was only a suggestion. Our friends used their Alaska Miles on that same route last year.




The issue with that approach is that I have to fly Horizon from PDX to SEA, and I really, really dislike flying Horizon.

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Re: Connecting through Chicago in January [Re: jazzgal]
      #1667984 - 10/22/15 05:06 PM (67.185.242.20)

I love Horrorzone. They give us peons free beer and wine.

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