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2 hour Boston layover long enough?

Hi all-
Just looking for anyone who flies through Boston and can comment if 2 hours is sufficient to get on a flight to LHR (assuming on time). It's Delta and one ticket and we won't check bags. They changed our first flight from a 4 hour layover to 2, and it shows on google flights that you can purchase this ticket so I assume they think it's a doable layover...but my flight change has an alert on it that I may miss my connection. I have called to see about a different flight (waiting for a call back) but the only other option on Delta would be through ATL. Leaves Nashville 2 hours earlier w a 3 hour layover. I may try to get that one just for peace of mind.
Flight is next week...thanks!

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Hi ferrin,

Ah, the ole "change a flight status..."

we won't check bags

To your advantage, you will have carry on only.

only other option on Delta would be through ATL. Leaves Nashville 2 hours earlier w a 3 hour layover. I may try to get that one just for peace of mind.

Perhaps you could choose that one. One never knows what may delay a flight and having extra time as a buffer would certainly help. You mention an alert, so, take heed a bit. Hopefully an agent will return your call Monday and advise you better or see what options you have.

I fly out of Logan since that is my base city. For international flights with BA, I always allow at least 3 hours of layover at Heathrow. Only one time, was my flight time changed by a half hour. So, it was not a huge issue. But, BA alerted me a couple of months in advance.

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Thanks Girasole-
They just called me back and he was pretty confident that our layover was sufficient, referring to it as "several hours". IDK about you guys, but 2 hours isn't several to me. I didn't ask about the ATL flight but I could call again and talk to someone else (he wasn't the friendliest agent lol). He said the message I got was a standard one and we should be fine. Not sure how concerned I need to be, possibly I am over-worried bc 2 years ago we missed our connection to Italy bc of a Nashville to NYC flight cancellation and missed a whole day of our trip. I wish we were on the direct to LHR but I couldn't afford that one for 4 of us.

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Ferrin I pulled up the flight on the Delta website, I did not see a warning. It shows an 1 hour and 59 minutes connect time. Unless your flight is way delayed, I would just stick with your current reservations. FYI the Delta website shows your flight from BNA to BOS to be on time 80% of the time.

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Thanks Girasole-
They just called me back and he was pretty confident that our layover was sufficient, referring to it as "several hours". IDK about you guys, but 2 hours isn't several to me.

I don't mean to chuckle, but I liked the "but 2 hours isn't several to me."

Jokes aside, I hope it all works in your favor. Again, having carry on only, "if" your flight connection becomes even tighter cross fingers that it doesn't, you just need to grab your carry on and runnnn. Your chances of making the tighter connection increase. I sincerely hope it does not get that stressful.

Have fun!

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Thanks Ed-it seems like we should be ok but we’re keeping everything crossed anyway!

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Do you know if you fly into and out of the same terminal at Logan? If you fly in and out of the same terminal, I don't see an issue, unless your flight is quite late.

If this is one ticket and you will be in the London area for a couple of nights after arrival (in case of the unlikely event of delayed luggage), it would be even easier to check your bags through. IMO. I'd rather be hurrying with my personal item than hurrying with my carryon and personal item. (Although, aren't you more apt to be late heading west?) Logan has a pretty efficient terminal to terminal bus system as I recall, and at least 2 terminals you can actually walk between. I fly out of Logan so haven't actually changed flights there.

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2 years ago we missed our connection to Italy bc of a Nashville to NYC flight cancellation and missed a whole day of our trip.

Hopefully this time you are not sabotaged by bad weather.

The 10 day forecasts for Nashville and Boston does not appear to include any wild weather--good luck!

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Thanks for the laugh Girasole! Let’s hope they’re more efficient than that! ;)
Thanks Wray-how do you know which terminals for landing and departure? Do I have to call and ask? I don’t see it on my ticket info. Would be nice to know...
Thanks joe-I’m also hoping no weird storms pop up! That’s what did us in last time.

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Hi Ferrin, As I don't know your flight number, I googled one of my regular flights. I googled "BA 213". The first thing that comes up is the Heathrow terminal and the Logan terminal for this flight. So try that with your flight. Delta indicates they use mostly terminal A at Logan, but sometimes use terminal E, which is the international terminal so that might just be arriving from Europe. More than likely, outgoing, everything will happen in terminal A for you...but see if you can confirm this via your flight number. Have a great trip! Wray

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Thank you Wray, it worked! Great tip! Looks like landing and leaving from terminal A, so that’s good :)

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Ferrin, You should have plenty of time then. IMO.

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That’s good to hear, and we’ll hope you’re right! Thanks!

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Just looking for anyone who flies through Boston and can comment if 2
hours is sufficient to get on a flight to LHR (assuming on time). It's
Delta and one ticket and we won't check bags.

Delta (SkyTeam alliance) and Lufthansa (Star Alliance) are not partners so I am a little concerned for you especially with only a 2 hour window in Boston.

This could be a real problem because if you miss your Lufthansa flight, your return flight to Boston will also be cancelled.

In Boston, you will arrive at Terminal A & need to go land-side to take a shuttle to Terminal E for Lufthansa which means you will wait at the security lines at Terminal E. You are taking a huge risk of missing that Lufthansa flight. If I were you, I'd change the domestic itinerary on Delta so you arrive in Boston with a 4 hour cushion.

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Delta (SkyTeam alliance) and Lufthansa (Star Alliance) are not partners so I am a little concerned for you especially with only a 2 hour window in Boston.

This could be a real problem because if you miss your Lufthansa flight, your return flight to Boston will also be cancelled.

Hmmm, I appreciate the concern but I'm not flying Lufthansa... It is Delta all the way from Nashville to Heathrow (LHR). And we are in terminal A for both arrival and departure (I already checked).

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Ohhhhhh I totally misread it! I saw LHR and thought Lufthansa. I am SOOO sorry.

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Thanks for the laugh Girasole! Let’s hope they’re more efficient than that! ;)

lol, you're welcome. Tim Conway was a very funny man.

Here's to your sunny skies, on time flights and happy travels!

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No worries continental! I’m glad I’m not flying Lufthandsa lol!

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Yes, I can't imagine this would normally be a problem (of course there is always the possibillity of weather or mechanical delays, but this is a normal routing and they have the responsibility to get you there on the next flight even if you miss the original one).

Have a great time!

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I live in and fly out of Boston all the time. Delta is my airline of choice. Fly out of there at least 6 times a year. All of their gates are together. Nothing is more than a 15 min walk. Usually less. Unless your flight is more than an hour delayed you shouldn’t have a problem. If you are late tell the flight attendant they usually usher you off plane first. All Delta usually goes out of Terminal A. That is where you will fly into. On a rare occasion overseas flights go out of Terminal E. That is a distance away. They do have golf carts that might meet you flight if you are running late. I’m not sure how to arrange one. Also how fast do you move? If Terminal A no need to redo security. If Terminal E I believe you do have to redo security check. Do you have TSA pre check. That is fast in Boston.

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How bad are the consequences if a flight is late (does that ever happen?) and you miss your connections? If you can live with that, ok, but if you don't want to live with that, what's your Plan B?

Usually it doesn't have really bad consequences on return flight coming home, but if it's going over.....