This is for my reference since I’ll be traveling from January-March. Due to past experiences with flight connections, I will do the following before I arrive at an airport to save myself a headache:
1. Make a connection with a longer layover (more than 45 minutes between planes). If I’m not given enough connection time, I will ask the agent to book a connection that gives me more time.
2. Check the security wait time: TSA Wait Time Calculator
3. Get flight-status alerts
4. Reconfirm my flights at TSA Real-time Flight Delay Information
5. Have backup connection plans. If my itinerary involves a change of planes, look up later flights to my destination just in case I miss my connection again. That way, I can go straight to the gate for the next flight once I finally land or at least know what my options are when I talk to an agent to rebook.
And oh yea, after the Chicago O’Hare experience, I will definitely find out how far the terminals are from each other for flight connection.
Some of those tips are from, you guess it, How to Travel Practically Anywhere.