Transit times (QF7 Sydney-Dallas, to American Airlines)

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cloud-9

British Airways - Executive Club

Member since 28 Mar 2014

Total posts 10

Take the later flight. DFW is a huge airport (larger than Manhattan Island) and the 5 terminals are only connected by bus, not train. You shouldn't have to wait mote than 10 minutes for a bus but if you haven't been there before you may need to seek advice in getting to the bus stops (last time I was there a man who was on the same train as I missed the terminal shuttle due to poor signage).

dfwbloke

Member since 23 Jun 2018

Total posts 1

Take the later flight. DFW is a huge airport (larger than Manhattan Island) and the 5 terminals are only connected by bus, not train. You shouldn't have to wait mote than 10 minutes for a bus but if you haven't been there before you may need to seek advice in getting to the bus stops (last time I was there a man who was on the same train as I missed the terminal shuttle due to poor signage).

sorry, but you are mistaken: there is a very good train inside security. After clearing customs & re-checking bags, you just have to go thru security & get on the train.

Carlzp

Member since 23 Jun 2018

Total posts 1

Book the later flight. I just flew QF7 in April and we had to wait for about 2 hours to get through immigration at Dallas airport- there was only 2 staff on, it was ridiculous! Lots of people missed their onward flights

Bhoyinoz

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 29 Dec 2016

Total posts 13

Personally I would rather take the later flight,I flew QF7 on June 8th and it took me 1.30 to get through immigration,thankfully I had allowed 4hrs between connecting flights.

flyingchris

Member since 05 May 2014

Total posts 8

I've had the opposite where from my seat on QF7 to being in the AA lounge after deplaning, clearing immigration, collect back, drop off, re-clear security within an hour. The next time I flew QF7 6 months later, took nearly an hour just for the bags to come out. Hit and miss with DFW. Though worst part was it was next flight to MCO was delayed and ended up being in DFW for 8 hours....

townaz

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 31 Jan 2018

Total posts 15

I would take the later flight. While passing through immigration is a breeze with the automated kiosks, luggage arrival can be hit and miss especially if you have oversized items like golf clubs.


The other issue is that once you have you’re luggage you have to line up again for customs which can be very slow. It was a 45 minute wait in line when I travelled through DFW last month.

However, once you have made it through it’s pretty painless all you need to do is drop off your luggage at the transfer desk re-clear security in terminal D and take the sky train to your next terminal.

X

British Airways - Executive Club

Member since 24 Jan 2012

Total posts 85

Earlier. I've flown into DFW four times this year with a domestic connection (admittedly never off QF). My personal best is arrive into Terminal D, clear immigration, customs, rescreened by TSA and Sky Train to Terminal A in 21 minutes. My worst is 56 minutes. Book on one ticket for protection in the event the flight is delayed.

BatteryBen

Member since 08 Aug 2017

Total posts 46

If you have carry-on only, you can take a short-cut through DFW arrivals I migration: look for a line off to the left immediately as your enter the immigration hall. If you take that, the earlier option should be fine. If you are OW premium there are premium lines to go back through security so even that will be quick. Don’t change terminals outside security. As noted above the train is airside. It’s very efficient but get off at the right stop in your departure terminal (there are two per terminal) check your departure gate before getting on the train. DFW is the easiest arrival transit from australia into the USA in my experience. I do it 7 or 8 times a year. On the way back home LAX wins because the lounges are better. (The lounge Qantas rents in DFW sucks.)


And... if you are both a premium OW pax and either your connection is on the same PNR or it is with a QF flight number you will get automatically rebooked to the later flight if QF7 has a substantial delay. The Admirals Club / Flagship Lounge Service Desks will help with reissuing boarding passes etc.

Last editedby BatteryBen at Jun 28, 2018, 09:18 PM.

TheCelt

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 08 Jul 2017

Total posts 8

Hi All,

I am travelling to on QF7 SYD > DFW arriving at 1300 and am waiting to transit to Nashville. I have to collect my bags and check in for a AA flight. My question is, there is a 1435 AA flight or a 1640 AA flight. Do you think it could make the 1435 or not worth risking it?


Thanks in advance.



Take the early one.

mancho90

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

Member since 13 Mar 2015

Total posts 1

Is always good to leave at least 2.5 hours between international/domestic connections... However, if your ticket has the connection on it (not separated ticket) and the delay is caused by QF flight, they should provide you with alternative connection with the next AA flight available and usually if you are in Eco and low fare they put you on a Y fare to make it flexible and easier to book on the next flights... difference on airfare is assumed by QF not you, but you should do that immediately before departure in SYD or upon arrival in DFW with the agent of QF/AA at the door. Sometimes the airlines preventing things, create a double booking in the system with the alternative flight in case the flight is delayed...but mostly do that when you ask for the alternative flight... Bit for your Peace of Mind... book with yourself with more room for connection... DFW is easy to going thru but it can take long before you reach your next gate... 2.5 hours is the minimum I use and it works great...

DavePlat

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 31 Oct 2017

Total posts 5

Take the later flight. DFW is a huge airport (larger than Manhattan Island) and the 5 terminals are only connected by bus, not train. You shouldn't have to wait mote than 10 minutes for a bus but if you haven't been there before you may need to seek advice in getting to the bus stops (last time I was there a man who was on the same train as I missed the terminal shuttle due to poor signage).

Not true. DFW has a great automated train connecting terminals. Wait time for me has always been <5mins.


I've had a tight connection twice when travelling SYD-DFW-AUS, and both times just after exiting the plane there were staff waiting in the terminal with a sign showing all the tight connections. You go to them, and they give you a personalised fluorescent sleeve for your onward BP. When you get to immigration, and then security they have staff who spot your flouro BP and take you past the queues. Very impressive.
Having said that, I still always err on the side of caution when booking connections

BJVincent

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 06 May 2016

Total posts 14

I weep when a read my earlier entry in 2018. How things have changed! Since the electronic terminal have been installed the change is appalling - twice during 2019 we missed the connection as the queues are so long and so slow. We used to have time to have a shower and refresh, but not any more. Just terrible.

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