Travel Noob; Is a 32 minute layover too short for two first time fliers?

posted 5 months ago in Travel
Post # 61
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Busy bee

curiouscat2017 :  I’m an experienced traveler and the one time I missed my connection I got royally screwed. Was flying home for Christmas and waited so long to book flights there were no directs left. I had to connect through a 4 gate airport in the southeast and missed my connection.  There wasn’t another flight going to HIA until Sunday that week and every other route was booked because, Christmas, so I had to rent a car and drive 20 hours home. Total disaster. I had never even thought about the fact that an airport wouldn’t have a later flight that day or the next morning available.

Post # 62
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Bumble bee

libellules :  This! Atlanta can be an absolute nightmare. It is consistently ranked as the busiest airport IN THE WORLD! I have traveled my entire life and was a flight attendant for almost a decade and would never, ever schedule a flight with a 30 minute layover in ATL. Even an hour would make me nervous, honestly. LOL. I actually try to avoid flying through ATL at all unless absolutely no other choice. 

Post # 63
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2020

I just got back from a work trip and had a connection in Atlanta. With the time it takes to get off the plane and get to your connection (mine was the same airline but in a completely different terminal), there’s no way I would have made it if I had a connection time of 38 minutes. Doors close 10-15 minutes prior to departure.

Post # 64
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I fly a lot and regularly have 30-45min layovers…but never anywhere like Atlanta. I make sure to have A LEAST an hour in Atlanta. Unless your flights arrivse at B2 and your next flight departs at B7 you likely, especially as a first-timer, will not make your connection once you factor in getting to the arrival gate, getting off, and getting to the depature gate.

Post # 65
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Sugar bee

I also want to point out that I am not the type of person to get to the airport 2 hours early.  I’m good with an hour, unless I’m checking a bag (which I rarely do).  I just can’t do super short layovers because I have gotten screwed one too many times. 

In general, I hate layovers, but they are a necessary evil to certain destinations.

Post # 66
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Minneapolis should be fine if it’s the same airline. The gates are a few steps from each other in the same terminal. However, Atlanta…. is a big fat no way. 

Post # 68
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Bumble Beekeeper

smalltownbigworld :  Those are good layovers! 2:40 min would annoy me on short domestic flights, but it’s perfect for a long trip like Hawaii. You’re not gonna mind having a couple hrs to leisurely get a bite to eat and stretch your legs between flights.

Post # 69
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

I had anxiety just reading through this thread imagining that short of layover in either MSP or ATL. I usually fly Delta, too, since it’s one of the few airlines that fly into where we live. We once had a delay in Boston which caused about 20 people (including us) to miss our connecting flight out of SLC and the gates were right next to each other. We all watched our plane pull out as we were walking into the terminal. Last flight out for the night. They couldn’t rebook us for another 48 hours so we got together with some random people, rented a car, and drove 8 hours through the night to our destination.

I fly a lot and have missed so many flights and connections for stupid reasons and am so glad you went with a different flight! It will be nice to grab a bite to eat in LAX and have a few minutes to chill.

Post # 71
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

smalltownbigworld :  The flights you booked are much better than the 30 min layover ones. Boarding usually starts about 30 mins prior to takeoff, so you would have barely landed (if the flight was on time) before your next flight was boarding. That would be a nightmare for me! You will likely barely have time to find your gate, stop at the washroom and grab a snack before your flight starts boarding on your 1 hr layover. I hope you have a blast in Hawaii!

Post # 72
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Bumble bee

smalltownbigworld :  You won’t even notice the one hour layover, you’ll essentially just walk from one gate to the next while hitting the restroom/grabbing a water on the way. It will be just about boarding time by then.  The longer layover will go by faster than you think.

Post # 73
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

smalltownbigworld :  I’m so glad, those are much better flights! 

Post # 74
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

smalltownbigworld :  That sounds perfect! I actually don’t mind long layovers- you can treat yourself to a meal at one of the sit-down places rather than grabbing something on the way to your next flight, or get your nails done, or whatever! Plus there’s the peace of mind that even if your flight is delayed a bit you’re still fine- longest planned layover I ever had was 5 hours in Toronto that got cut to 4 hours with a flight delay, and boy was I glad to have plenty of cushion there.

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