I guess I never realized it before, but it was on my last trip to Dallas that I realized that DFW minimum connection times have been trending lower over the past 5 to 10 years. The Dallas-Fort Worth airport may be intimidatingly huge, but it’s awfully efficient.
In my opinion (and personal experience), the minimum time for domestic to domestic connections at DFW is 40 minutes. If you’re connecting from an international flight to domestic flight, I wouldn’t be comfortable recommending anything less than 2 hours.
For those of you who enjoy living on the edge, you’ll be happy to know that you could probably even get away with shorter connection times (I’ll explain how in a moment). For those of you prone to stomach ulcers, I suggest adhering to the minimum connection times I stated above.
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What is the minimum connection time for domestic flights at DFW?
As I’ve already mentioned, a connection time of 40 minutes is about as low as you can get at DFW. The problem is that it’s a huge airport, and even when taking advantage of the inter-terminal train, it takes a while to get from one end to the other. FYI, having a short connection time in Minneapolis is a problem for this exact same reason.
However, in my personal experience, it’s not very often that I’ll have a connecting flight at DFW which is at the opposite end of the airport.
Yes, it happens sometimes, but for the most part things are fairly well organized when it comes to domestic flights (especially if you’re flying the same airline).
What is the minimum connection time for international flights at DFW?
International flights at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport are a bit more complicated. The good news is that most of them will arrive into Concourse D, which is conveniently connected with all of the other terminals. The bad news is that passport control and customs at DFW is notoriously slow at times, and it’s impossible to know how long it’s going to take to get through it all.
Connecting FROM an international flight
Even though I have already stated that 2 hours is the minimum time that you would need to connect from an international flight to a domestic flight at DFW, more is better. Whenever I find myself in that situation, I try for 5 hours. At least. Which is saying a lot considering that 4 hours is my minimum time for an international to domestic connection at SFO (an airport with a LOT more international traffic).
Not to scare you or anything, but it has taken me over 3 hours to get through passport control and customs at DFW before. I missed my connecting flight, but thankfully, American Airlines automatically put me on the next flight headed to my destination without any issues.
Not showing up for a flight because you were stuck in customs isn’t a big deal at DFW. The gate agents know what the situation is like in customs (whether it’s busy or not), and they’ll simply rebook you on the next flight if it looks like you’re stuck.
Connecting TO an international flight
Going from a domestic flight to an international flight at this airport is just as easy as it is going from a domestic flight to a domestic flight. All of the terminals at DFW are connected, meaning that you will not have to clear security to enter each one. That kind of simplicity is what makes it possible to do a short layover in Honolulu (among other busy US airports).
Once you clear one security checkpoint, you’ll have access to all terminals. Therefore, my claim of a 40 minute minimum connection time at DFW still holds firm when headed out on an international flight. It’s totally doable.
A brief overview of the terminal layout at the Dallas / Ft Worth International Airport (DFW)
DFW was one of the first major airports I ever experienced when I first started flying, and I still remember the feeling of awe once we landed and we are taxiing to the gate. DFW is the 2nd largest airport in the United States (in terms of overall land size), and it certainly feels like it once you’re inside trying to find your way around.
There are six terminals at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. They are all connected via walkways and a very convenient (and well-timed) above-ground train system.
Note: the minimum connection times that I’ve stated so far assume that you use the train instead of walking.
The reason why short connection times are ok at DFW
If the above-ground connection train didn’t exist, minimum connection times Dallas / Fort Worth would be triple (or even quadruple) what they are today. It’s the only way to get around the airport in a relatively quick manner, and it’s absolutely vital to take advantage of it whenever you’re faced with a very short layover.
Note that the train stations for each terminal are located in the center of the terminal on the second level. They are accessible by either an escalator or an elevator.
If you’re flying American Airlines, there’s another reason why short connection times are OK: they will usually hold the flight for you If they know that you are coming from a very tightly-timed connecting flight.
That doesn’t always work if there are many flights headed to your destination city, because they’ll just put you on the next one. If it’s the last flight of the day to your destination, they’ll usually hold it rather than incurring the expense of putting you up in a hotel for the night.
Travel time between all terminals at DFW
Looking back on my flight log, I flown into and out of DFW 36 times so far. I know a thing or two about the time it takes to traverse this massive airport. Let’s take a closer look at exactly how long it’ll take you to get from one concourse to another:
From Concourse A
- To anywhere within concourse A: 1-7 minutes to walk (4 minutes via the train)
- To concourse B: 10 minutes to walk, 5 minutes via the train
- To concourse C: 12 minutes to walk, 8 minutes via the train
- To concourse D: 14 minutes to walk, 10 minutes via the train
- To concourse E: 16 minutes to walk, 12 minutes via the train
- To concourse F: 15 minutes via the train
From Concourse B
- To anywhere within concourse B: 1-7 minutes to walk (4 minutes via the train)
- To concourse A: 10 minutes to walk, 5 minutes via the train
- To concourse C: 10 minutes to walk, 5 minutes via the train
- To concourse D: 12 minutes to walk, 8 minutes via the train
- To concourse E: 14 minutes to walk, 10 minutes via the train
- To concourse F: 14 minutes via the train
From Concourse C
- To anywhere within concourse C: 1-7 minutes to walk (4 minutes via the train)
- To concourse A: 12 minutes to walk, 8 minutes via the train
- To concourse B: 10 minutes to walk, 5 minutes via the train
- To concourse D: 10 minutes to walk, 5 minutes via the train
- To concourse E: 12 minutes to walk, 8 minutes via the train
- To concourse F: 13 minutes via the train
From Concourse D
- To anywhere within concourse D: 1-7 minutes to walk (4 minutes via the train)
- To concourse A: 14 minutes to walk, 10 minutes via the train
- To concourse B: 12 minutes to walk, 8 minutes via the train
- To concourse C: 10 minutes to walk, 5 minutes via the train
- To concourse E: 10 minutes to walk, 5 minutes via the train
- To concourse F: 12 minutes via the train
From Concourse E
- To anywhere within concourse E: 1-7 minutes to walk (4 minutes via the train)
- To concourse A: 16 minutes to walk, 12 minutes via the train
- To concourse B: 14 minutes to walk, 10 minutes via the train
- To concourse C: 12 minutes to walk, 8 minutes via the train
- To concourse D: 10 minutes to walk, 5 minutes via the train
- To concourse F: 6 minutes via the train
From Concourse F
- To anywhere within the F concourse: 1-5 minutes (it’s small)
- To concourse A: 15 minutes via the train
- To concourse B: 14 minutes via the train
- To concourse C: 13 minutes via the train
- To concourse D: 12 minutes via the train
- To concourse E: 6 minutes via the train
Please note that these are just estimates based on my own personal experience. Yes, you may be able to shave a few minutes off of these times if you’re hyped up on caffeine.
You may also find these times impossible if you’ve got several frustrated children in tow. Use these estimates as a general guide, and adjust accordingly based on your specific situation.
What is the ideal connection time at DFW?
I’ve talked a lot about best case scenario connection time so far, so it’s only fitting that I talk about what an ideal connection time at DFW would be like (for me anyway).
If I could have it my way (that never happens lol), I want a minimum of a 2 hour layover. Especially since airlines aren’t serving very much food these days, and getting something to eat in the terminal is usually important. That won’t be very likely to happen with a 40 minute connection.
In terms of coming off an international flight and connecting to a domestic flight, having 5 hours would put me at ease. This would give me ample time to absorb any delays going through customs. It would also allow me to grab a bite to eat before my connecting flight at a relatively gentle pace. Ain’t no fun cramming a greasy slice of pizza into your face as you’re running to the gate!
Tips for making really short connections at DFW
Don’t worry. It’s really easy to feel intimidated bye the massive size of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Heck – my butt cheeks still clench up a little every time I step foot in the place. Here are some tips for getting through it if you have a very short connection time:
- First and foremost, relax! If you’re flying American Airlines, you’re very well protected. They’ll automatically put you on the next flight to your destination (you won’t even have to ask them to do it). DFW is one of American Airlines largest and most active hubs, and there’s nearly always another flight going to the place you need to go. If there’s not, don’t worry – they’ll put you up in a hotel for the night and you’ll be on the first flight out in the morning.
- Use the inter-terminal train. It’s the fastest way to get around the DFW airport – even within the individual terminals (each terminal has two stops).
- Have a good understanding of the terminal layout before you arrive. Showing up as a hot sweaty mess with absolutely no clue as to what you need to do is a fantastic way to ruin a trip.
- Avoid late afternoon flights in the summertime if possible. The Dallas-Fort Worth area is notorious for severe weather which can disrupt flight operations from April to September. I know this because I’ve lived this. Several times. And it’s extremely annoying.
I just traveled from Tokyo to San Francisco via Dallas. I cannot thank you enough for writing this excellent article. I was supposed to have 1 hr 50 minutes at DFW to make the connection from International (D) to domestic terminal (A). My flight from Tokyo got delayed by 40 minutes. But the immigration was fastest I have ever seen, literally 2 minutes with a very friendly officer, the bag recheck was smooth and efficient, so was the security. I am most grateful to the security officer who looked up the departure gate on his phone, walked me to the escalator to skylink and made sure I got on it. Needless to say, I made my flight as they were boarding with just enough time to use the restroom.
My first time at DFW and it is way up high on my favorites. Thank you for your detailed instructions. Couldn’t have done without it.
I’m happy to know everything went smoothly Rose! DFW is a massive (often intimidating) airport, but with enough planning, it’s easy to move through at a relatively quickly pace. Glad I was able to help!
Wow! Your detailed information is so helpful! I’m looking at American Airlines domestic flights, and the website is pointing out the less-than-an-hour connection times at DFW between the flights that they’re putting together. I know DFW is huge, but after reading your article and realizing both flights should be coming in & going out of the same terminal (right?), I think we should be okay:)
Glad you found this useful Madeleine! DFW is big, but you likely will not have any issues with a layover of less than an hour. Make sure to take advantage of the inter-terminal train if you need to change terminals. It’s fast (and easy)!
hi scott just like to know if 1hour and 55minutes layover in dfw to houston is enough?..we’ll be flying international flight and our layover will be in dfw..hope you could reply my queries..thank you
Hi Michelle – yes, 1 hour and 55 minutes will be enough time. There won’t be a lot of time to waste, but if you keep moving you should be ok. Have a great trip!
Hi Scott, Thanks for your article. Due to a cancellation, my travel agency is proposing me to transit via DFW; flying in from Phoenix, arriving à 7:51 pm and taking off to Paris at 9:05 pm. I am concerned about this short lay over time (1:14 minutes); is that ok to transfer and clear custom ?
Hi Raphael – 1 hour and 14 minutes will be plenty of time since you will not have to go through passport control, customs, or even a general security checkpoint. You’ll be able to walk directly from your inbound PHX flight to your outbound CDG flight without having to do anything. Have a great trip!
Super helpful blog! I’ll be flying back from Cozumel to ATL via DFW in about 10 days. I chose it for the home arrival time (10pm) but it’s only a 1 hr 40 min layover to connect, at 5 pm, on a Thursday, with a terminal change. Is this feasible in DFW if I don’t have luggage, only a carryon? I’m not young so won’t be doing any sprinting. I do have a changeable ticket and connect in Miami with a 3 hour layover, arriving only 30 min later (and for a little more $). Going by your advice, seems like it’s worth it to change to Miami? (Then I might even pack a bag). TIA
Hi Anne – the problem with Miami is that the time it takes to get through customs and immigration varies more than it does in DFW. MIA sees an influx of arrivals from Europe and Latin America multiple times a day, and when that happens, things get backed up. DFW doesn’t have as many international arrivals, so it’s (usually) not as chaotic. I’d stick with DFW if I were you. 1 hour and 40 minutes is enough time IMHO, and if everything is running on time there will be no sprinting required. Have a good trip!
Travelling next week with a 46 minute layover. I’m a bit concerned. But I’m also somewhat familiar with DFW. I’ll ask the flight attendant if they know the connecting gate to maybe give me a headstart when I fly out of the jetway. I’m using Am Airlines both legs of the trip, so this makes me feel a bit better.
Yeah sometimes they will announce the connecting gates just prior to landing. Even if they don’t, you’ll be fine! And be sure to take advantage of the inter-terminal train if you will be arriving and departing from separate terminals.
I’m so glad I found this! AA has changed our flight for next month twice already. We originally had a comfortable 2 hour layover at DFW, but now we have less than an hour. I was very concerned, but feel a lot better about it now. We’ll have our kids with us, but they can run if need be, and I guess I’ll just need to pack some filling snacks!
Yeah, you’ll be fine as long as you’re flying American Airlines. You likely won’t even have to run, as I’ve made plenty of gnarly sub 1 hour connections at DFW without even breaking a sweat. Have a great trip!
I’m flying with AA soon from an international flight, I’ll have a connection flight at DFW, and then I’ll go to Phoenix. Do you know if I’ll have to move my luggage to another place? Should I pick it up right after customs, or just head to my gate?
You’ll pick it up right before going through customs. Immediately after customs, there will be an AA baggage re-check area. Check your bag in there, and proceed to your gate. Have a good flight!
i am going to have only 55 minute layover on domestic flight to tampa. i am disabled and worried requested wheelchair will not be there, as it has happened twice before!
Hi Donna! Make sure you tell the flight attendants you’ll need a wheelchair and that you have a tight connection. Tell them as you board the plane, remind them during the flight, and then remind them again just before landing. They can call ahead to make sure that your wheelchair will be ready. Bribe them with cookies if you have to. 🙂 Good luck!
I am traveling to Thailand from Orland and first stop is at DFW from Orlando before flying off to Tokyo. My time from landing at DFW to taking off for Tokyo is only one hour. Should this be enough time? Should I not check a bag and instead do only carry on?
Hi Karen – one hour will be plenty of time, since you won’t have to go through any additional security checks before boarding your flight to Tokyo. After arriving from Orlando, simply walk to the gate of your connecting flight (you can take the inter-terminal train if you need to change terminals). Also, 1 hour will be plenty of time for them to transfer your bags. Have a good trip!
Thanks Scott! On the way back I fly into DFW from Tokyo. I have a 2 hour 20 minute layover before my flight back to Orlando. I read coming in to DFW from an international flight and then transferring to a domestic could be quite a bit longer. Unfortunately this is the only flight I can find so I’m hoping it will be enough time.
Hey Karen – I wouldn’t worry too much about it. That’s an itinerary that I’d book without any worries, and most likely, it’ll be more than enough time.
Great article we have a domestic connection 48 minutes through DFW via American Airlines to Charlotte NC in early October. My question I’m assuming the train connecting terminals goes in both directions and that there will be signs pointing you in direction.
Hi Fidel – yes, the train does run both directions and it’s very clearly marked. But even if you do end up getting on a train going in the wrong direction, just get off at the next terminal and get back on a train headed the other way. Have a good trip!
Hey Scott, Looking at a flight from Philly to Cabo via DFW. American the whole way. Looks right now like I would be looking at 45 minutes from landing to takeoff. Am I crazy to think I can make that layover happen?
Hey Zach – not crazy at all, but it will be tight. All terminals at DFW are connected airside (behind security), so all you’ll have to do is go from one plane to the next. And if it makes you feel any better, I’ve done plenty of 45 minute connections at DFW without issues. Go for it!
Hi Scott, great article. We’re flying in from Boston to DFW with a 1 hour connection to Palm Springs with AA. I originally had longer but AA has changed our flights. I’m satisfied now, thanks to your article, that this is enough time. However, do you have any advice on the shorter connection time for checked luggage? (We’re international visitors) I understand that getting your checked luggage at the moment is an issue everywhere, but just wondering if the shorter connection time will impact us arriving at PSP without our luggage? Thanks
Hey Darrin – glad this overview helped to alleviate some of your concerns! I haven’t heard of widespread lost/late luggage issues here in the US. Of course there is always a risk of your luggage not making the connection, but it definitely hasn’t been as bad here in the US as it has in other parts of the world. I think you’ll be ok!
Hi Scott, flying AA from Dtw to Puerto Vallarta have 1hr 8 min to change terminals I believe C to B or A not sure is time ok, great site very helpfull
Hey Chris – yeah, 1 hour and 8 minutes will be a piece of cake (even if you have to change terminals). Have fun!
Great post! Do the rules for connecting TO an international flight change if you’re not an international citizen? Or they remain the same? I am hoping to travel NYC –> DFW –> SYD but i’m not a US citizen. I’ve read that you clear customs and immigration at your first entry point to the US (so in this case it would be NYC) but then ive read elsewhere you clear customs/immigration at the first place you LAND (so would i have to clear customs/immigration again at DFW?). would you be able to clarify this to me? Thanks again for this amazing post! Hope to hear from you.
Hi! Since you’ll be coming from another US city, there will be no need to go through customs and immigration when you arrive at DFW. Simply go to your connecting flight – which is really easy at DFW since all gates can be reached behind the security checkpoint.
FYI, the only scenario where you’d have to go through customs and immigration at DFW before continuing on to SYD would be if you were coming in on a flight anywhere outside the US. Have a good trip!
Hi Scott we are flying from Louisville to DFW then on to Durango Mexico. The layover time in DFW is only 55 minutes…is that enough time to board the Durango flight? We have people picking us up in Durango so want to make sure we don’t miss our flight. Thanks
Hi Jeremiah – yes, you should be ok with a 55 minute layover. There are no additional security checks to go from a domestic to international flight at DFW, so as long as you don’t waste time, you shouldn’t have any issues. Have fun!
Hi Scott. Thanks for the article. Some really great and insightful information. I saw your response to AR’s question on September 14. I’m planning on traveling LGA to MEL via DFW. I understand that LGA does not have immigration facilities, so it would be a domestic flight to DFW, then international from DFW to MEL. My itinerary shows 1 hour stopover in DFW. (I’d be coming in from LGA on Qantas/codeshare AA, and departing DFW on Qantas. Are you able to advise whether that is enough time to go through immigration/customs at DFW to make the flight to MEL? Thanks in advance for any information
Hi! You won’t have to worry about going though customs and immigrations at all – it’s not required when leaving the US on an international flight. Once you pass through security at LGA, you’re cleared all the way to MEL. Upon arrival at DFW, head straight for your connecting flight – there will be no additional security checkpoints (or customs/immigration) that you’ll have to go through. You will have to go through Australian customs and immigration when you land at MEL of course.
1 hour will be plenty of time at DFW. There’s a train that connects all terminals that can speed up the process if you’re feeling crunched for time, but you shouldn’t have any problems. Have a good trip!
Brilliant. Thanks for the quick and informative advice Scott. It is very much appreciated.
You’re very welcome David – glad this helped.
Hi Scott. Great article. I will be flying from Bogota to Los Angeles. I have a connection in DFW. I have 1hour 30 min between the arrived time and departure time. is it enough time ?. Also, because I should do immigration and go to the gate.
By the way, my both flights are American Airlines
Hi Jul – 1 hour and 30 minutes will be a little tight, but as long as the lines at passport control and customs at DFW are moving, you shouldn’t have any issues. I wouldn’t worry about it. Have a good trip!
This articleis insanely helpful!! Many many blessings to you!
Thanks Ebony! DFW can seem like an intimidating airport if you’re not familiar with it, so I’m glad this helped to alleviate some of your concerns. Happy travels!
Flying for first time in January 2023. And I am going international. I fly from Birmingham to DFW then to Tokyo. My layover in DFW is only 1 hr and 16 minutes. Will I be able to make the flight after landing and taxi in?
Hi Robby – yes, that will be plenty of time. You won’t have to go though any additional security or customs checks upon arrival in DFW, so it will be a matter of simply walking from one plane to the next. Have a good flight!
Hi Scott, thanks for the article! Similar to Robby‘s question: I will fly from Frankfurt to DFW (Terminal D) then to Cancun with AA. Do I need to go through passport control? Or directly to the gate at DFW? Thanks.
Hi Marie! Yes, you will need to pass through customs and immigration upon arrival at DFW. All passengers arriving in the US must do this – even if you are continuing on to an international destination. Enjoy Cancun
Hey, great info here!
I leave Ft Lauderdale and connect to a flight to Seoul at DFW on December 29th.
Only have a 49min layover, and need to transfer from terminal C to D. Is this time doable?
Hey Paul – that’ll be really fast and easy! It’ll probably take just as much time to walk from C to D as it would to take the train, but either way will take hardly any time at all. C to D is a quick transfer (you won’t have to go through security again), so you’ve got nothing to worry about. Have a great flight!
Thank you for your blog! We are flying from Belize City into DFW with an 1 hour 40 minute layover to Syracuse. We have Global Entry, should I be concerned?
Hi Barbara! You shouldn’t have any issues with Global Entry – that’ll be an easy connection to make. Have fun in Belize!
I am arriving at DFW from CDG on Air France at 1:30pm I am looking to book an AA domestic flight back to SDF at 4:30pm. Is this enough time? There will be 5 total passengers, 3 with checked baggage. We will have to go back through TSA and recheck the bags, then get to the gate. Is 3 hours enough time, given we are on award tickets with AF but paid tickets on AA? Also hoping to hit the Centurion lounge for a quick meal if possible. You think this is doable?
Hey Steve – yes, three hours is easily enough time (though I would consider you lucky if you end up having enough time left over for a meal in the lounge). Having to check in for your AA flights will add extra steps to the process, but I have no doubt that you’ll be able to pull it off.
Hi Scott. First of all, thank you for this excellent post.
I have a question concerning a flight I’m booking from Madrid (MAD) to Auckland (AKL) via DFW. I know that I’ll have to go thru customs and immigration, but I’m not sure if I’ll have get my luggage or AA will do it for me. The planned layover is 2h45m, is it enough? The entire itinerary is with AA.
You’re very welcome Alex! Yes, you will have to retrieve your luggage before you go through customs at DFW. There is a baggage drop to re-check your bags immediately after going through customs though, so at least you won’t have to lug them all the way to the AA ticket counter. 2 hours and 45 minutes will be plenty of time. Have a good trip!
Great article! Settled a little off my nerves! I’m travelling from London through Dallas to Cancun but only have an hour and 45 mins layover. Is this enough time? I don’t think it will be
Hi Mit – it’ll be tight, but if everything goes smoothly, you’ll make it with time to spare. It’s also a good idea to study the terminal map before you go so you’ll have an idea of what you need to do when you get there.
Great and thoughtful article! Thank you! Traveling from Nashville to DFW to Cancun with a 40 min layover. Not too concerned with making ME making the connecting flight as I am with checked luggage! What has your experience been with layover times and checked baggage? Are you familiar with AA policy if the baggage doesn’t make the connecting flight? Thank you again for your great write up!
Hey Katy – yeah, 40 minutes will be easy. You’ll have to hustle, but there should be no issues. I honestly don’t know what AA’s policy is on checked bags at the moment, but I wouldn’t worry too much about it. 30 minute connections are legal at DFW, and they’ve pretty much got the logistics of moving bags from one plane to another in a short amount of time down to a science. I’d actually be shocked if your bags don’t make it all the way to Cancun with you. Enjoy your trip!
If you are flying American Airlines to the Dallas Airport and the connecting flight to Texas is with American Airlines will it be in the same terminal?
Both are small planes (like 2 seats on each side of the row.
Hi Melissa – there’s no guarantee that you won’t have to change terminals, but it’s not a big deal if you do. All terminals at DFW are connected and you can walk (or take the train) between them without having to go through any security checkpoints. It’s fast and easy.
I just booked flying American from Cedar Rapids to Dallas then Dallas to San Francisco. I have a 40 minute layover time. Will this be enough time? I don’t know which gates yet, as my trip is in early mid May. I also have been to DFW once before, and taken the train which is very helpful. But I have never connected in DFW. Thanks!
Hi Aaron – yes, 40 minutes will be tight, but it’s totally doable. Take the train if you have to switch terminals (it’ll be a lot faster than walking). You’ll make it!
Hello Scott. I have an international (mexico) to international (Vancouver) flight this June with a 2:15 hour layover in DFW during the evening. Do you think I would be OK considering the summer and evening rushes in customs? Do I have to pickup my checked bags after customs or go straight to board the connecting flight? I also have the option to schedule the connecting flight to next day’s morning and spend the night in a hotel near DFW. What would you suggest? Thank you in advance.
Hi Miguel – you will have to go through customs and immigration upon arrival at DFW (which will require you to retrieve your luggage). 2:15 should be enough time, and if it were me, I’d stick with it instead of overnighting at DFW.
It’s hard to tell how long it will take to get through, but things will have to go very wrong if 2:15 isn’t enough. Good luck!
Thanks for the detailed review , would like your thoughts on a 40 minutes connecting time on AA ,traveling from Miami and going to Champaign, IL both flights are on AA.It will be the last flight , I we don’t make it will have to stay over night
Hi Danish, you’ll be perfectly fine with 40 minutes (especially considering that it’s the last flight of the day). Trust me – they’d rather hold the flight for a few extra minutes to give everyone time to arrive rather than paying for hotel rooms. You’ll make it!
We are travelling from London to Las Vegas via Dallas we only have 80 mins now as flights have been changed. All flights are with AA so I am hopping we don’t have to collect luggage .. I know we have to clear customs and immigration in Dallas as our first point on entry but found you talk we thought the process as not done any connection flight before thank you
Hi Emma – yes, you will actually need to retrieve and then recheck your luggage before getting to your connecting flight.
Upon arrival in Dallas, the first thing you do is go through passport control. Then, you’ll have to retrieve your luggage from the baggage carousel. Once you’ve done that, you’ll need to go through customs. Immediately after customs, you’ll have to recheck your bag with American Airlines.
It sounds like a very complicated process, but 80 minutes will more than likely be enough time.
If it’s not, don’t worry. There are many (many!) flights between Dallas and Las Vegas on any given day, so they’ll just put you on the next one if you get hung up during the customs and immigration process. Have a great trip!
Firstly, thank you for the helpful article. It helps me calm some of my nerves as I have a connecting flight from Dallas.
We will be travelling from LGA to Dallas to Melbourne. The flight from LGA to Dallas is via Qantas codeshare AA flight and from Dallas to Melbourne is via Qantas airlines. We have a 2 hour layover in Dallas airport.
Are you able to advise if 2 hour layover is sufficient?
Do we need to collect our luggage and recheck again and go through custom in Dallas airport?
Thank in advance for your advice.
Hi Mary – 2 hours will be more than enough time! The entire process is a lot easier than you think, as you won’t have to do anything at DFW but walk (or take the train) to your connecting flight. There are no additional security checks to go through, and you will not have to retrieve/re-check your luggage.
You’ll get your DFW-MEL boarding pass when you check in at LGA, and your bags will automatically transfer. Have a good trip!
i am booking 7 flights from phx to costa rica in july
the fare schedule shows a 40 minute connection time
is that enough time
Hey John – yeah, if it’s all the same airline (I’m assuming American?), then it’s a totally doable connection. That said, it’s going to be stressful – especially if your inbound flight is even a few minutes late. I personally wouldn’t book it unless it was your only option.
Hi Scott- thank you the article. It’s helpful.
I am considering booking a flight from NYC to Hawaii in August connecting in Dallas. Is one hour 40 min enough time？ how concern should I be with summer thunderstorms? Thanks！
You’re very welcome Brenda! Yeah, 1:40 will be more than enough time to make a connection to Hawaii out of DFW. You’ll have no worries about that. You also shouldn’t have to worry too much about weather. Of course there is always a chance that you’ll be delayed a bit because of a storm, but things have to get really bad before everything starts unraveling at DFW.
Besides, DFW is probably one of the best airports in the US to be at if you’re facing a delay or cancellation. It’s a busy place, and they’ll find a way to get you there no matter what happens. Have a good trip!
Hi ..thank you so much for yr article. AA has changed my flights twice (so far) for a Sept. trip this year. Flying ABQ to Dallas then with a 50 minute connection to Envoy Air/American Eagle to Santa Rosa (STS). Going w carryon. I am concerned about connection time. Do I understand correctly that I will go from Terminal A to Terminal B and that it’s doable? It’s the only direct flight from Dallas to Santa Rosa. Thanks Scott.
You’re very welcome Carla! It’s too soon to know what terminals you will be flying in and out of, but a 50 minute connection at DFW on American Airlines is super easy. Walking from one terminal to the next takes 5-10 minutes, but you can go across the entire airport in 10-15 minutes using the inter-terminal train.
I’ve done multiple 35-minute connections at DFW with ease, so you shouldn’t have any issues. Have a good trip!
Hi Scott! Your article is very good. Congrats! I will be flying from Mexico City to Grand Island, NE with American Airlines. I have a layover in DFW. When I bought my ticket, it was a 5 hours layover between flights but they changed it yesterday to a 4 hours 15 minutes connection time (it got shorter). I am thinking of not check luggage, just carry-on and backpack. After passport control and customs…Will I have to do a security screening process before my next flight? I think the plane to Grand Island departs from Terminal E. One last question…Do you know if I still would have to remove my shoes and liquids? I have read that this proceeding is changing a little bit in some USA aiports. Thank you for your kind help!
Hi Claudia! 4 hours and 15 minutes will still be more than enough time (even if you have checked luggage). You have absolutely nothing to worry about – you will make your connection with lots of time to spare.
And yes, you will have to go through security again to re-enter the terminal. This will require removing your shoes and any liquids from your carryon, but you’ll have plenty of time for this. Have a great trip!
Thank you for this!!!!! I just spent two hours on the phone with amex travel trying to rebook flights with American with no luck bc I was concerned about a 1 hour 10 min layover. Flying from Msy to dfw (land at 130pm) on AA and then dfw to Rome (on Iberia operated by American) at 231. Is this still considered “same airline”. Will have 2 small kids and 4 carrry ons in tow. Freaking out but feel a little better after reading your post.
You’re very welcome Jc! You’ll be fine with a 1:10 layover, as you won’t need to go through any additional security checkpoints to reach the gate for your Iberia flight. You will very likely have to change terminals though, but it won’t take long if you take the inter-terminal train. Have a good trip!