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#124050 - 06/22/06 04:47 PM Canadians in transit through Houston
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As a Christmas gift from us, our son is joining us in San Pedro in January. He lives in North Vancouver so the most cost efficient way is to fly him out of Seattle through Houston.

There is only one logical choice for SEA - BZE which has a layover of 1:40 in Houston. I'm guessing since his luggage will be checked through from SEA to BZE, that will be enough time.

However on the return flight, when he will have to pick up and recheck his stuff in the International queue, we have 2 choices - a 1:30 or 3:20 layover.

We really want the 1:30 to be long enough to make his flight since he has to drive back to Vancouver from Seattle once he lands. Any advice from Canadians or other international travellers who have gone through Houston airport in transit as to the timing?
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#124051 - 06/22/06 05:01 PM Re: Canadians in transit through Houston
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Although HOU is a sprawling airport, 1.30 is enough time to get around and make connections. Recently flying thru there with a 60 minute layover to Cancun was not a problem...so long as you don't leave the passenger areas and have to go back thru security.

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#124052 - 06/22/06 05:58 PM Re: Canadians in transit through Houston
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Another way to do it, but it means an overnight each way, is through Calgary to Houston. We overnight in Houston one way and Calgary on the way back. When you think of the cost driving and storing the car in Seattle, it might be close to the cost of the hotels.
When we last went through Houston, most of the hotels were full, and when we finally found one, the shuttle busses had stopped running, so we had to take a $50 cab ride to the Ramada, so reserves at a hotel close to the airport would be a good idea.

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#124053 - 06/22/06 05:58 PM Re: Canadians in transit through Houston
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The last time I flew to Belize (Oct 05), we went through Houston, on Continental. We had a 35 minute layover!! Belive it or not, both Us and our luggage made it.

The time before (March 05) we went through Houston also. We flew into to Houston on Continental and transfered to TACA. We had almost 4 hours and almost didn't get on the plane and our luggage got there 1 1/2 days later. Go figure. :rolleyes:

I agree with Dueller though, 1 1/2 either way should be enough time.

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#124054 - 06/22/06 06:20 PM Re: Canadians in transit through Houston
renski Offline
hi hon we are from vancouver island and we leave via vancouver-san fransico-charlotte n.c you may want to check into that

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#124055 - 06/22/06 06:29 PM Re: Canadians in transit through Houston
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I always return via Houston from Belize and have similar connection times. An hour and a half can be a very, very tight connection depending on the lines at immigration and customs. I always book the later flight and go standby on the earlier one if I get lucky and get thru quickly. I would rather know that I have confirmed reservations that I can make as opposed to relying on a tight connection and missing it.

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#124056 - 06/22/06 06:37 PM Re: Canadians in transit through Houston
Hon Offline
Thanks everyone.

evirdhgih & renski,

I can get Continental SEA to BZE for 600 CAD all taxes in right now and I expect the prices will go down at the end of November when I intend to purchase the ticket. Is that higher than the rates you pay for your multi-stop itineraries?
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#124057 - 06/22/06 06:51 PM Re: Canadians in transit through Houston
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travelqueen: I probably should just let this go. But, sometimes people's logic leaves me scratching my almost bald head. If someone is making advanced - months in advance - airline reservations, how can checking the weather at the time of the return flight have any factor on that decision? confused

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#124058 - 06/22/06 06:54 PM Re: Canadians in transit through Houston
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Hon-I live in Vancouver and have made the trip down three times. There are daily flights out of Vancouver on Continental that generally leave about 8 am.

You arrive in Houston at 2:30 ish in the afternoon which requires an overnight stay.
Personally, I don't mind the overnight at all, as it breaks up the trip nicely and you feel refreshed for the next leg. The next morning, flights leave to Belize from Houston at 9 am....you are on the island just after noonish.

On the return, travel is all in one day.
(Leaving AC at 1 pm.....arrive back in Vancouver at 11:30 pm after changing planes in Houston.)

Cost (all taxes included) is on average $900-1100.

I suppose it comes down to personal choice between driving the 3.5 hours to Seattle and home again, or doing an overnight in Houston for around the same price (once all things considered.)

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#124059 - 06/22/06 07:09 PM Re: Canadians in transit through Houston
bywarren Offline
I admit I need help. Does anyone understand this? confused

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