I booked a ticket on Orbitz for an international flight that arrives from Europe into Washinton Dulles Airport during the thanksgiving weekend. Unfortunately, before buying the ticket, I missed the fact that there are only 2 hours 20 min. before my connecting flight to Phoenix. I am very concerned that there may not be enough time for me to make it to wherever the United airlines flights leave from. If they have separate terminals for international and domestic flights, that will add to the time.
So I am asking help from fellow fsuers who are familiar with that airport to tell me what are typical times going from international flights to domestic flights (on different airlines- in this case Austrian and United). I looked up the airport map on the internet but I don't see two different terminals. Yet they have a train to move around the airport. I see that it's a huge airport and distances could be an issue. If it takes too long to pick up the bags, get through customs and take a long time to go to my connecting flight, I could miss my connection and may have to buy a VERY expensive ticket to get back in Phoenix. This will be Fri. of Thanksgiving weekend, so not quite as busy as Sunday.
It was my mistake to choose this route, - I should have picked a flight landing anywhere in California- I can always find an affordable connection in CA even if I miss the flight-, but I went for the less expensive option. It is a non-refundable, non-changeable ticket that was bought on Orbitz. So there is no hope of getting it changed. Now I just have to see if it is even possible to make it to the United flight, after the international.
BTW I am waiting to get the ticket confirmed by the airline, but I believe Orbitz would not have sold me the ticket if the seats were not available.