Please sign in to post.

ORD or DFW

I have a choice when coming back from Europe, enter via O'Hare or Dallas-Ft. Worth. Wondering which one you would choose as for passport control times.

Posted by
1268 posts

Jeepers, I have been thru it both places.... ord after Italy in 2016,
Dfw coming back from Mexico in 2018....

Both were tolerable, but I'll defer to someone who has been thru more recently

Posted by
1078 posts

It’s hard to say, but time of year might matter. I worry about ORD in winter (and distances seem further from time to time) but about DFW in the spring (with tornadoes). That said, DFW is my home airport generally, so I am familiar and the skylink is easy; in July my daughter said immigration was a breeze coming from AMS. If you are flying American, they have not yet quite seemed to have their act put back together. United in July at DFW was fine. Immigration time just seems to vary. Haven’t flown through ORD since before Covid.

Posted by
911 posts

ORD is my international airport. I live in WI but it is only 2 hours away and I can get direct flights out of it. I know a lot of people complain about O'Hare, but we've done pretty good with it. So I really think it is the luck of the draw if it works out or not.

Posted by
7485 posts

I have not done an international arrival at either airport.

Not knowing the time of year or where in Europe you are coming from, hampers those offering advice.

But I will point out LHR-DFW-ANC is 1000 air miles more than LHR-ORD-ANC.

If you are in Biz class, or better, the extra time in the air may not matter. In cattle class, it might be a consideration

Posted by
6841 posts

Go with the least travel time or with the ticket that costs the least amount significantly.

Posted by
1357 posts

I always try to lessen the time I spend on the domestic sector. If you are flying back to Alaska, then I would go with ORD

Posted by
438 posts

The trip is mid-October. Via ORD it's a 14 hour overnight layover, 2 flights. DFW is 3 flights with about 2 hour layovers between each.
Unfortunately either flight would be on American.

Posted by
7485 posts

The trip is mid-October. Via ORD it's a 14 hour overnight layover, 2 flights. DFW is 3 flights with about 2 hour layovers between each.

Kind of like the hangman asking if you want the blue rope or the green rope.

For the choices you have, I do not see passport control times as being meaningful in choosing the route.

My $0.02

Posted by
6 posts

You probably won’t have any weather issues in Dallas in October. My wife also comes back through Dallas from Mexico a few times a year when she scuba dives and has never mentioned any issues with re-entry (but she’s also got global entry).

I’d personally go for least amount of travel time if i was choosing between them.

Posted by
4998 posts

At first, it’s as if you have to choose between having cow manure or horse manure on your sandwich. Several years ago, I arrived at DFW from Europe, with a fairly close connection time to fly back to Colorado. The arrivals hall was absolutely packed, and the line wasn’t moving. After informing an extremely helpful airport person, I got escorted to the front of the passport control, and was on my way.

More recently, after an extremely unpleasant connection through DFW in March 2020, coming back to the USA just as the Pandemic was announced, I vowed to never have to fly there again. Well, next month, we’re heading to Italy, and were given the choice between connecting through ORD or DFW. Because of the much longer layover the Chicago connection would involve, we’re going with Texas - lesser of two evils.

Is either flight itinerary the same price? At least with your DFW option, you’re only stuck there for 2 hours. The quicker you can get out of that horrid airport, the better. The woman who got me onto my Denver flight years ago was the one, very bright spot in an otherwise dismal DFW airport.

Posted by
4602 posts

Joe32F, you made me laugh.

tdw, we usually return home through DFW, and it is a major slog. The only time we've come home through ORD, it went much better than I thought it would.

American flights home (to Tulsa, for us) out of DFW are always, always delayed or cancelled. In spite of some folks' bad experiences, I'll recommend ORD.

Posted by
438 posts

DFW it is. Cuts my total travel time about 10 hours. Thanks for all your replies.