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Old 16th May 2019, 09:25 AM   #226
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For the transit at IAH, I was wondering if anyone ran into the same problem I did the last time I took the SQ flight out of IAH. I started my journey in another city and flew in on United to IAH to catch the SQ flight. The station that I flew in from could not figure out how to print my SQ boarding pass (they also couldn’t figure out how to print a bag tag to check my bags all the way thru, so interestingly they did a manual bag tag). No internet boarding pass either, so when I arrived at IAH, I was forced to leave the airside of the terminal to check in, then clear security again to return to the airside and to the Centurion lounge. Without a boarding pass I figured I wouldn’t be able to access the lounges, and also I wasn’t sure if I could have simply waited airside and expect the gate agents to print me a boarding pass (there were no agents yet since it was hours before the flight). Any tips on what to do when in this situation at IAH?
I'm actually doing the same routing - IAD-IAH-MAN-SIN next month, except that I'm flying from Washington D.C. a day earlier and spending the night in Houston. Partly because it's always a gamble flying two separate bookings as if it's a single one. You're at the mercy of the first check-in agent whether you can check-in for your next flight to get your boarding pass, and whether your checked bag can be tagged through. I've done it from Singapore to Chicago via FRA and JFK (SQ then Jetblue) and from Chicago to SIN via JFK and FRA (Delta then SQ). Another concern self-connecting is a delay in the first flight which leads to missing the second flight. The second airline is not obliged to rebook you. Hence I always leave several hours as buffer or fly the day before, especially if my second flight is the more expensive one (like on SQ).

Would love to hear if you have success this time checking in all the way from DC, Short Final. BTW I sent you a private message as well.
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Old 16th May 2019, 10:16 AM   #227
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I cant help with connecting on to SQ51 as I am always in Houston for a day or so at least before flying home. I do know connecting to and from SQ51/52 is difficult at times as UA still wont play ball with connections into and out of IAH. I know that is bizarre when one *A carrier is flying into a fellow *A carrier's hub, but it gives you a prefect illustration of the relationship between SQ and UA.
And also the attitude UA has toward their passengers in general. After spending 45 minutes in a "premium" queue trying to drop off luggage for a domestic flight at BOS last year, it made me seriously wish for another US-based *A player. It was the closest I've come in my life to missing a flight.
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Old 20th May 2019, 09:57 AM   #228
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I'm actually doing the same routing - IAD-IAH-MAN-SIN next month, except that I'm flying from Washington D.C. a day earlier and spending the night in Houston. Partly because it's always a gamble flying two separate bookings as if it's a single one. You're at the mercy of the first check-in agent whether you can check-in for your next flight to get your boarding pass, and whether your checked bag can be tagged through. I've done it from Singapore to Chicago via FRA and JFK (SQ then Jetblue) and from Chicago to SIN via JFK and FRA (Delta then SQ). Another concern self-connecting is a delay in the first flight which leads to missing the second flight. The second airline is not obliged to rebook you. Hence I always leave several hours as buffer or fly the day before, especially if my second flight is the more expensive one (like on SQ).

Would love to hear if you have success this time checking in all the way from DC, Short Final. BTW I sent you a private message as well.
Hi Jumbojet Lover, let’s see how it goes this time. I did read on this blog post http://blog.jackhake.com/review-sq-iah-man-business that it’s possible to get a mobile boarding pass at IAH and that the gate agents can then print a paper boarding pass at the gate.

MAN Flyer, ever done the mobile boarding pass at IAH? Theoretically, that would allow me to stay airside after my inbound United flight and avoid the hassle of going through security again and check in.
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Old 20th May 2019, 01:31 PM   #229
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MAN Flyer, ever done the mobile boarding pass at IAH? Theoretically, that would allow me to stay airside after my inbound United flight and avoid the hassle of going through security again and check in.
I used a mobile boarding pass at Manchester for SQ last week. No problems at all.
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Old 20th May 2019, 02:46 PM   #230
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I just read a review of the United Polaris lounge in IAH, the pics and review were glowing. Worth checking out in addition to the Amex Centurion lounge?
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