changing planes--which airport worse?

Old Aug 1st, 2009, 11:54 AM
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changing planes--which airport worse?

I finally have enough miles on United to get to Paris! Unfortunately, there is no nonstop from San Francisco anymore. It looks like my choices for layovers are Dulles, Philadelphia and O'Hare. Which would be the least torturous?
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Old Aug 1st, 2009, 12:21 PM
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PHL is not fun; don't know about the others!
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Think of the destination, not the connection.
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I always fly out of Dulles and have never had any problems. Flown out of PHL once with no problem.

I try my best to not flight into/out of O'Hare because it is known for having major delays.

Happy travels!

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Old Aug 1st, 2009, 05:29 PM
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What time of year?

O'Hare is usually the worst - esp in winter - or late summer when thunderstorms often through arrivals and departures out by hours.
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You should also consider the length of the layover. Give us the time of year and connection times, and we can provide better advice.
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No brainer for me, Dulles. Cleaner, less crowded, and easy to get around.

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Old Aug 1st, 2009, 08:16 PM
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In our 7 years overseas - for 6 of those years we flew thru Dulles. O'Hare was a hassle (well, that was many 8 years ago) and we just flew thru Philly and it was a mess. Dulles, to me, (and I was doing it with kids) was a breeze.
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Old Aug 1st, 2009, 09:43 PM
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Wow, I'm surprised that Dulles is getting so many favorable (relatively) votes. The last time I changed planes from Paris there was awful. Such huge lines to get our luggage on the domestic flight to SFO that we almost missed our flight. My question was prompted by wanting to avoid Dulles.

Maybe I will have to bury that stressful memory and move on. Thanks for answering, everybody. Wish my FF miles were on Delta/Air France--they have a nonstop. But of course, Kerouac, you are right--I'm thrilled to be going at all!
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Kerouac, maybe you haven't had the great pleasure of traveling 10 hrs in steerage as we on the west coast of the US are forced to endure.
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From reports it seems that since the new runway opened that Chicago is getting a lot better
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"Kerouac, maybe you haven't had the great pleasure of traveling 10 hrs in steerage as we on the west coast of the US are forced to endure."

roflmao. What wimps! What about Australians travelling to Europe? It takes us about 24 hours.
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