George Bush Intercontinental Airport [IAH] – Ultimate Terminal Guide

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In 2018, George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) served 41,506,035 passengers, making it the fifteenth busiest airport in the United States.

IAH is the second-largest hub for United Airlines and is a focus city for Spirit Airlines.

Quick Information

Airport: George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
Terminals: 5 terminals — A, B, C, D, and E
Airport Address: 2800 N. Terminal Rd., Houston, TX 77032
Distance From Downtown Houston: Approximately 23 miles (37 km)
Website: fly2houston.com
Phone Number: 281-230-3100
Destinations Served: 118 domestic, 69 international
Flight Information: Departures and arrival information can be viewed here

George Bush Intercontinental Airport terminal map
George Bush Intercontinental Airport terminal map. Image Credit: fly2houston.com

Airlines Operating from IAH

Terminal A

Terminal B

Terminal C

  • United Airlines (domestic)

Terminal D

Terminal E

  • United Airlines (domestic and international)

IAH Airport Terminals

George Bush International Airport
George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Image Credit: fly2houston.com

IAH consists of 5 terminals (A, B, C, D, and E) that are all connected by the Skyway and subway train services.

Terminal A is separate to the other terminals with no access via any walkways; whereas, Terminals B to E are all connected via walkways inside the secure area.

Access to the airport is through roadway systems on the east or south ends of the airport looping all terminals and parking facilities.

Terminals A, B, and C operate domestic flights (Spirit Airlines also has international departures from Terminal A) and Terminals D and E operate domestic and international flights.

For all terminals apart from D, arrivals are on level 1 and departures on level 2. Terminal D utilizes Terminal E’s arrival hall.

A Marriott hotel is situated in the central area of the airport (outside of the secure area).

Terminal A

Departures

Terminal A at George Bush International Airport
Terminal A departures at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Image Credit: fly2houston.com

Terminal A has 2 departure concourses at the north and south ends. The north concourse serves gates 18 gates numbered A1, A2, and A3A-H, and the south concourse serves 11 gates numbered A17-A20 and A24-A30.

Terminal A has security checkpoints at the north and south ends of the terminal leading into the departure concourses. The north concourse has a United Club and the south concourse has an Admirals Club.

To connect to another terminal inside the secure area, passengers can take the escalator to level 3 to ride the Skyway. If exiting the secure area, then passengers can ride the subway on level LL.

Arrivals

Terminal A Arrivals George Bush International Airport
Terminal A arrivals at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Image Credit: fly2houston.com

Arrivals is on level 1 of Terminal A with baggage claim and access to ground transportation and parking.

Terminal B

Departures

George Bush International Airport Terminal B
Terminal B departures at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Image Credit: fly2houston.com

Terminal B also has north and south departure concourses with 1 security checkpoint to access the secure area. The south concourse has 30 gates numbered B1-B12 and B14-B31.

The north concourse has 9 gates numbered B76/A, B77/A, B79/A, B80, B81/A, B83/A, B85A/B, B87, and B88.

To connect to another terminal inside the secure area, passengers can take the escalator to level 3 to ride the Skyway or walk to Terminal C from near gate B85. If exiting the secure area, then passengers can ride the subway on level LL.

Arrivals

Terminal B arrivals at George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Terminal B arrivals at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Image Credit: fly2houston.com

Arrivals is on level 1 of Terminal B with baggage claim and access to ground transportation and parking.

Terminal C

Departures

George Bush International Airport Terminal C
George Bush Intercontinental Airport Terminal C. Image Credit: fly2houston.com

Terminal C has a security checkpoint that provides access to the secure area and the north and south concourses. The north concourse serves 14 gates numbered C1-C12, C14, C15, and the south concourse serves 16 gates numbered C29-C37 and C39-C45.

There’s a United Club Lounge in both the north and south concourses along with a good range of shops and restaurants.

To connect to another terminal inside the secure area, passengers can take the escalator to level 3 to ride the Skyway or walk to Terminals B, D, or E via the airside walkways. If exiting the secure area, then passengers can ride the subway on level LL.

Arrivals

Terminal C Arrivals George Bush International Airport
Terminal C arrivals at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Image Credit: fly2houston.com

Arrivals is on level 1 of Terminal C with baggage claim and access to ground transportation and parking.

Terminal D

Departures (Ticketing)

Terminal D George Bush International Airport
Terminal D departures at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Image Credit: fly2houston.com

Terminal D is the main international terminal serving flights all over the world with airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, and Qatar Airways.

Level 1 is the ticketing level that has 1 security checkpoint leading through to escalators up to the departures level.

Departures (Gates)

Terminal D Gates George Bush International Airport
Terminal D gates at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Image Credit: fly2houston.com

Terminal D’s departure area is on level 2 with 12 gates numbered D1-D12. On this level, there is the KLM Crown Lounge, British Airways Lounge, Air France Lounge, Executive Club, and USO Lounge.

There is a small selection of shops and restaurants in Terminal D, including Duty Free shopping.

Arrivals

Terminal D shares its arrival level with Terminal E for baggage claim and ground transportation.

Passengers arriving on international flights must clear Customs and Immigration so will end up outside of the secure area in Terminal D/E arrivals. To connect to another terminal, you can ride the subway train on level LL.

Terminal E

Departures

George Bush International Airport Terminal E
Terminal E departures at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Image Credit: fly2houston.com

Terminal E is operated exclusively by United Airlines for domestic and international flights. Ticketing/check-in is on level 1 along with a security checkpoint leading through to the departure areas.

In the departure concourse, there are 23 gates numbered E1-E12 and E14-E24.

There is a United Club and United Polaris Lounge in the center of the concourse along with a range of restaurants and shops (including Duty Free).

Arrivals

Terminal E arrivals George Bush International Airport
Terminal E arrivals George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Image Credit: fly2houston.com

Arrivals is on level 1 and is used for Terminal D and E arrivals. For international flights, Customs and Immigration is on this level leading through to the central arrivals area for onward ground transportation.

Inter-Terminal Transport

IAH is one of the few U.S. airports that has a passenger train inside and outside of the secure area making terminal connections quick and easy.

Skyway Automated People Mover (Inside Security)

George Bush International Airport Skyway
George Bush Intercontinental Airport Skyway. Image Credit: fly2houston.com

The Skyway is an above-ground train that runs between all terminals inside of the secure area. Trains depart every 2 minutes with a total journey time of 4 minutes 15 seconds from Terminal A to the Terminal D/E station.

George Bush International Airport Skytrain
George Bush Intercontinental Airport Skyway map. Image Credit: fly2houston.com

Subway Train (Outside of Security)

The subway is a below-ground train that runs the length of the airport outside of the secure area. Stations are positioned in every terminal, as well as at the Marriott hotel. Trains operate every 3 minutes from 3:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.

George Bush International Airport Subway
George Bush Intercontinental Airport subway. Image Credit: fly2houston.com

Security and Customs at IAH

IAH has the following security checkpoints:

  • Terminal A North serves gates A1-A15 and is open from 4 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Terminal A South serves gates A17-A30 and is open from 3:15 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Terminal B is after ticketing on the west side of the airport and is open 5 a.m.- 9:05 p.m.
  • Terminal C North is open from 4:15 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Terminal C South is open from 5 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Terminal D is open from 4:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.
  • Terminal E is open from 4 a.m. – 12 a.m.

If arriving on an international flight, passengers or friends and family waiting for passenger collection can view the international Immigration and Customs processing times on the airport website.

TSA PreCheck

IAH has dedicated TSA PreCheck lanes at the below checkpoints with these hours of operation:

  • Terminal A North serves gates A1-A15 and is open from 4 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Terminal B is after ticketing on the west side of the airport and is open 5 a.m.- 7 p.m.
  • Terminal C North is open from 4 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Terminal E is open from 5 a.m. – 7 p.m.

IAH has a TSA PreCheck Enrollment Center located in the baggage claim of Terminal C operating 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Hot Tip: TSA PreCheck can be especially helpful if you regularly fly out of IAH as it officially ranks in the 5 U.S. Airports with the worst average security wait times

Global Entry

IAH has Global Entry kiosks for pre-approved, low-risk travelers arriving into the United States. All applicants are required to attend an interview that they can arrange at 1 of 2 Enrollment Centers at IAH:

  • Terminal E arrivals (outside of the secure area) open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Terminal E near Ruby’s Diner (inside the secure area) open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

IAH also participates in Enrollment on Arrival, so conditionally approved passengers may fulfill the interview portion of their application on arrival at IAH with a CBP agent.

Hot Tip: For more information, check out these frequently asked questions about Global Entry along with our advice to help. 

Mobile Passport

Passengers can use Mobile Passport Control when arriving at IAH from an international flight.

Just download the free app, answer the questions about your trip, and present your electronic receipt to a CBP agent.

CLEAR

There are dedicated CLEAR Security Program lanes at IAH available for eligible passengers. These are located at:

  • Terminal A North checkpoint open daily from 4 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Terminal A South checkpoint open Sunday-Friday from 4 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturday: 4 a.m. – 8 p.m.

IAH Airport Lounges

IAH has 14 lounges, with 7 of those lounges available for passengers to purchase day passes. The remaining lounges are for eligible passengers or credit card holders, excluding the USO Lounge which is reserved exclusively for active military.

LoungeLocationOpening Hours*Day Pass Fee Per Person**
Air France LoungeTerminal D, opposite gate D12Mon. – Sun.: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.N/A
American Admirals ClubTerminal A, near gate A25Mon. – Sun.: 4 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.$59
British Airways Executive Club LoungeTerminal D, near gate D9Mon. – Sun.: 1 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.N/A
British Airways First LoungeTerminal D, near gate D9Mon. – Sun.: 1 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.N/A
The Centurion LoungeTerminal D, near gate D6Mon. – Sun.: 5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.N/A
Executive ClubTerminal D, 1st floor, opposite gate D5.Mon. – Sun.: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.N/A
KLM Crown LoungeTerminal D, near gate D8Mon. – Sun.: 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.$35
United ClubTerminal A, across from gate A9Mon. – Sun.: 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 p.m.$59
Terminal B, south mezzanine, above the United Express ticket deskMon. – Sun.: 5 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Terminal C, near gate C1Mon. – Sun.: 5.30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Terminal C, near gate C33Mon. – Sun.: 5.30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Terminal E, between gates E11 and E12.Mon. – Sun.: 5 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
United Airlines Polaris LoungeTerminal E, near gate E12Mon. – Sun.: 5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.N/A
USO Lounge (Free for Active Military)Terminal D, near gate D2Mon. – Sun.: 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.N/A

*Hours are subject to change without notice. Lounge access may be restricted at times due to capacity.
**Day Pass for any passenger. Lounges marked as N/A only allow entry for eligible passengers in their premium cabins, frequent flyer programs, or participating credit card programs.

Hot Tip: Want access to lounges without paying the day-pass fee? Here are the best credit cards for complimentary lounge access to avoid entry fees to airport lounges.

Priority Pass Access

Subject to availability, Priority Pass holders can access the following lounges:

  • Air France Lounge
  • KLM Crown Lounge

Selected Priority Pass holders can use their membership to receive a discount at:

  • Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar: Open daily 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., located in Terminal A
  • Landry’s Seafood: Open daily 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., located in Terminal C

Find out more about Priority Pass memberships as well as the best cards for Priority Pass access.

Airport Dining and Drinks at IAH

There are over 100 restaurants, cafes, and food stations at IAH. Most are located inside the secure area, with only 3 Starbucks and 1 restaurant pre-security.

Plan ahead and view the range of restaurants available on the airport website.

IAH Airport Wi-Fi and Charging Stations

Free Wi-Fi is available in each terminal and the parking garages. To connect, select “Free Airport WIFI” from the available connections, agree to the terms and conditions, and click “Connect.”

For any technical issues, you can contact the Wi-Fi help desk on 844-310-990.

Charging Stations: Charging stations are available in each terminal with the option of rapid charging for a small fee.

Hot Tip: To ensure you’re connected at all times, check out the best mobile Wi-Fi hotspots.

IAH Airport Lost and Found

IAH advises passengers to contact the following departments, depending on where an item was lost:

  • On an airplane: Contact the applicable airline.
  • Rental car center: Call 281-233-1013 or email david.davenport@firstgroup.com.
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Call 281-230-4672.
  • TSA: Call 281-443-530 or email iahlostandfound@tsa.dhs.gov.
  • Other public areas: Contact the lost and found office on 281-230-3299 or visit the office on the arrivals level of Terminal E. Passengers can report a lost item using this form.

Additional Airport Information

Information Services

IAH has 4 information booths located in the baggage claim of Terminal A and C, in the D/E international arrivals hall, and just past the security checkpoint in Terminal E. These are open daily from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Airport volunteers can be found throughout the airport and are identifiable by their bright red tops.

Interactive information kiosks are also positioned throughout the airport.

Children’s Play Areas

There are no children’s play areas at IAH. Keep the kids entertained with regular live music held in Terminals A or D, ride the Skytrain, or visit one of the airport’s art exhibits.

Given that there isn’t a dedicated Children’s Play Area, IAH doesn’t rank as one of the top kid-friendly U.S. airports.

Baby Facilities

IAH has private nursing rooms throughout the airport, located at:

  • Terminal A near gates A1 and A17.
  • Terminal B near gate B21.
  • Terminal C near gates C4 and C34.
  • Terminal E near gate E11.

2 nurseries with a crib and rocking chair are available in Terminal B on route to gates B85-B88 and in Terminal D opposite gates D8-D9.

Traveling With a Pet

While IAH didn’t make it into our top pet-friendly U.S. airports, IAH does offer pet relief areas. Pet relief areas can be found at the following locations:

  • Terminal A at the west end of the outside area, near the shuttle pick-up point.
  • Terminal B at the south side of the outside area, near the limousine pick-up point and near gate B1.
  • Terminal C across from gate C2.
  • Terminal D southeast of the terminal entrance and across from gate D6.
  • Terminal E across from gate E12.

Duty Free

IAH has 4 duty-free shops, located in Terminal B near gate B1, Terminal D near gate D7, and Terminal E near gates E9 and E24.

Smoking Areas

Designated smoking areas are located outside of the airport and must be at least 25 feet from the exits:

  • Terminal A at the north side on level 1, outside door A-113.
  • Terminal A at the east side on level 2, north and south of the entrance.
  • Terminal B at the south side on level 1, near the taxi pick-up point.
  • Terminal B at the east side on level 2, north and south of the entrance.
  • Terminal C at the south side on level 1, outside door C-105.
  • Terminal C at the east side on level 2, north and south of the entrance.
  • Terminal D at the west and east of the entrance on level 1.
  • Terminal E, northwest of the terminal exit on level 1 outside door E-101.
  • Terminal E at the west side on level 2, north of the entrance.

Prayer

IAH has 2 interfaith chapels located in Terminal C near gates C29 – C33 and Terminal D near gate D8. Both are open 24/7.

Money

ATMs can be found throughout all terminals at IAH, mostly on level 2, and currency exchange kiosks are in Terminals B, C, D, and E.

Luggage Storage

There are no luggage storage facilities at IAH.

Important IAH Phone Numbers

General Inquiries: 281-230-3100

Lost and Found: 281-230-3299

Parking: 281-233-1730

Travel To and From IAH

Transport Options

Buses

METRO bus 10 runs from IAH through to the downtown Houston METRO station with the journey taking 50-90 minutes. Buses pick up and drop off from the south side of Terminal C on the baggage claim level. The fee for 1 ride is $1.25.

Shuttles

The airport recommends SuperShuttle to book shared-ride and non-stop shuttles to/from IAH. Although advance reservations are recommended, passengers can also book on arrival at one of the ticket counters located in the baggage claim of Terminals A, B, and C and the Terminal E arrivals area.

Hotel shuttles pick up and drop off at Terminal A, B, and C south side and Terminal E west side.

Taxi

Taxis are available from outside baggage claim at Terminals A, B, C, and E. For all destinations within the Houston city limits, the flat zone rate or meter rate is charged (whichever is cheaper). Approximate rates are:

  • Downtown: $57
  • Galleria/Medical Center area: $65
  • Hobby Airport: $78
  • NASA Space Center: $102
  • NRG Park: $70

Ride Services

GetMe, GreenLight, Lyft, Uber, and Wingz are all approved ride apps that operate at IAH. Drop off for all terminals is on the departure level, and pick up is permitted at:

  • Terminal A south side, door A-115.
  • Terminal B south side, door B-103.
  • Terminal C south side, door C-106.
  • Terminal E west side, door E-102.

Directions by Car to IAH

Arriving From Downtown Houston

Take I-69 North and use the right 2 lanes to take the Beltway W./Sam Houston Parkway exit. Merge onto Beltway W./N. Sam Houston Parkway and then take the exit towards JFK Boulevard for access to the airport.

Arriving From Austin (Northwest)

Take US-290 East (toll road), then use the right lane to merge onto TX-36 S/US-290 east via the slip road to Houston/Bellville. Use the right 2 lanes to merge onto Sam Houston Tollway North (toll road) and then take the exit towards Bush Intercontinental Airport.

IAH Airport Parking Information

George Bush International Airport Parking
George Bush Intercontinental Airport parking. Image Credit: fly2houston.com

Official Airport Parking

Terminal parking is available at all 5 terminals, with each parking lot charging the following fees:

  • 0-1 hr: $5
  • 1-2 hrs: $6
  • 2-3 hrs: $8
  • 3-5 hrs: $10
  • 5-24 hrs: $24

Valet parking is also available from the ground level of the Terminal A and B parking garages, level 4 at Terminal C, and level 2 of the D and E parking garages.

The rates are $14 for 0-2 hrs and $28 for 2-24 hours.

Long-Term Parking

There are 2 ecopark parking lots at IAH that offer cheaper rates than terminal parking. These are located further away from the terminals and require passengers to ride a shuttle bus that picks up and drops off on level 1 outside of baggage claim at each terminal.

Rates

ecopark (JFK Boulevard)

UncoveredCovered
0-3 hrs$4.62 plus tax$5.54 plus tax
3-24 hrs$5.54 plus tax$7.39 plus tax

ecopark2 (Will Clayton Parkway)

  • 0-3 hrs: $4.62 plus tax
  • 3-24 hrs: $6.47 plus tax

You can guarantee a space in the terminal lots by pre-booking parking online. If you park regularly in the ecopark parking lots, then you can join the Parking Plus frequent parking program to earn award points towards free parking. 

SurePark guarantees members a parking space in the Terminal C east garage with rates slightly higher than the standard terminal parking rates:

  • 0-3 hrs: $9
  • 3-5 hrs: $12
  • 5-24 hrs: $26

SurePark requires an application fee of $200 and a $50 deposit for the membership card. Create a SurePark membership here.

Pick-Up or Drop-Off Parking

IAH has 2 cell phone waiting lots that family and friends can use to park for free until the passenger is ready for curbside pick up. These are located at:

  • John F. Kennedy Boulevard
    16834 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Houston, TX 77032
  • Will Clayton Parkway (covered)
    6135 Will Clayton Parkway, Humble TX 77338

Off-Site and Hotel Parking

Off-site lots such as hotels can offer cheaper parking than what is available at the airport.

Prices start at $4 per day when booking on airportparkingreservations.com, which is a handy site for comparing prices and distances from the airport.

Parking for Passengers With Disabilities

Parking for passengers with disabilities is available on each level of all official airport parking lots, including ecopark and ecopark2. Wheelchair-accessible shuttle buses are also available to transport passengers to/from the non-terminal parking lots.

Parking Contact Number

General parking inquiries: 281-233-1730.

Car Rental at IAH Airport

The rental car center is located on airport property, around 5 minutes from the terminals. Blue and white shuttle buses depart every 5-10 minutes from outside of Terminal A, B, C, and E arrivals, marked “Rental Car Shuttle.”

  • Advantage: 800-777-5524.
  • Alamo: 888-233-8749.
  • Avis: 800-633-3469.
  • Budget: 800-218-7992.
  • Dollar: 800-800-4000.
  • Enterprise: 800-736-8222.
  • Hertz: 800-654-3131.
  • National Car Rental: 888-826-6890.
  • Payless: 877-283-0898.
  • Thrifty: 877-283-0898.
  • Zipcar: 866-494-7227.

Hot Tip: Want to avoid paying for expensive insurance through the rental company? Find out which credit cards include car rental insurance as a benefit.

IAH Airport Hotels

Courtyard by Marriott Houston Intercontinental Airport
Courtyard by Marriott Houston Intercontinental Airport. Image Credit: Booking.com

The Houston Airport Marriott at George Bush Intercontinental is a 4-star hotel situated on airport property. There is also a range of 2-4 star hotels from 2.2+ miles away, with most offering an airport shuttle service.

IAH Airport Hotels – Sorted by Distance

HotelAddress and Phone NumberStar RatingDistance From the Airport (Miles)
Houston Airport Marriott at George Bush Intercontinental8700 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Houston, TX 77032

281-443-12310

40.4
Hampton Inn & Suites Houston-Bush Intercontinental Airport15831 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Houston, TX 77032

281-442-4600

32.2
Courtyard by Marriott Houston Intercontinental Airport15838 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Houston, TX 77032

281-449-5400

32.2
SpringHill Suites Houston Intercontinental Airport15840 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Houston, TX 77032

281-442-2275

32.2
Airway Inn2221 Greens Rd., Houston, TX 77032

281-443-9922

22.3
Ramada by Wyndham Houston Intercontinental Airport East6115 Will Clayton Pkwy., Humble, TX 77338

832-412-1358

32.3
DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Intercontinental Airport15747 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Houston, TX 77032

281-848-4000

32.4
Red Roof Inn Houston – IAH Airport/JFK BLVD15675 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Houston, TX 77032

832-243-7650

32.5
Sheraton North Houston at George Bush Intercontinental15700 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Houston, TX 77032

281-442-5100

42.5
Scottish Inn & Suites – IAH Airport7827 Farm to Market 1960 Bypass Rd. W., Humble, TX 77338

281-973-9351

22.5
Best Western Plus JFK Inn and Suites15615 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Houston, TX 77032

281-987-8777

32.6
La Quinta by Wyndham Houston Bush Intl Airport E18201 Kenswick Dr., Humble, TX 77338

281-446-1300

32.6
Americas Best Value Inn & Suites IAH Airport North7825 Farm to Market 1960 Bypass Rd. W, Humble, TX 77338

832-995-5905

22.6
Comfort Suites Bush Intercontinental Airport5555 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Houston, TX 77032

281-442-0600

32.6
Country Inn & Suites By Radisson, Houston IAH Airport-JFK Boulevard15555 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Houston, TX 77032

281-987-2400

22.6
Holiday Inn Houston NE-Bush Airport Area18555 Kenswick Dr., Humble, TX 77338

281-540-3600

32.6
La Quinta by Wyndham Houston Bush IAH South15510 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Houston, TX 77032

281-219-2000

32.6
Hilton Garden Inn Houston/Bush Intercontinental Airport15400 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Houston, TX 77032

281-449-4148

32.7
Ramada by Wyndham Houston Intercontinental Airport South15350 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Houston, TX 77032

281-406-3524

32.8
Holiday Inn Houston Intercontinental Airport15222 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Houston, TX 77032

281-449-2311

33
TownePlace Suites Houston Intercontinental Airport4015 Interwood North Pkwy., Houston, TX 77032

281-227-2464

33.1
Fairfield Inn & Suites Houston Intercontinental Airport4025 Interwood North Pkwy., Houston, TX 77032

281-227-3434

33.1

Top 3 Hotel Stays Using Points

HotelAddress and Phone NumberStar RatingDistance From the Airport (Miles)Loyalty ProgramPoint Redemption Cost
Sheraton North Houston at George Bush Intercontinental15700 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Houston, TX 77032

281-442-5100

42.5Marriott Bonvoy15,000 – 20,000 Marriott points
Holiday Inn Houston Intercontinental Airport15222 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Houston, TX 77032

281-449-2311

33IHG Rewards Club15,000 IHG points
DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Intercontinental Airport15747 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Houston, TX 77032

281-848-4000

32.4Hilton Honors25,000 – 30,000 Hilton points

The Sheraton North Houston at George Bush Intercontinental Airport offers guests both comfort and convenience. Guests have access to the airport shuttle, outdoor pool, and fitness center. Guests of the hotel who have Platinum status or higher with the Marriott Bonvoy program will receive a complimentary hot breakfast each morning. With the transition to peak and off-peak award night pricing, a free night will cost you 15,000 points on off-peak nights, 17,500 on standard nights, and 20,000 on peak nights.

The Holiday Inn Houston Intercontinental offers guests access to a fitness center, basketball and tennis courts, a sand volleyball court, and an outdoor pool. The hotel is perfect for traveling families as up to 4 kids ages 11 and under eat free any time of the day in any on-site restaurant. When it’s time to head home you can load everyone up into the free shuttle back to the airport. Award nights start at just 15,000 IHG points per night. 

Stay rejuvenated at the DoubleTree Houston Intercontinental Airport hotel with a fitness room equipped with cardio machines and weights, outdoor pool, hot tub, quiet gardens, and complimentary airport shuttle. Hilton Gold and Diamond members can enjoy a hot breakfast each morning of their stay. Award nights run between 25,000 to 30,000 points per night depending on demand and season. 

Hot Tip: If you’re looking to top off your points to stay at any of these options, see our guides on the best ways to earn more HiltonMarriott, or IHG Rewards Club points.

Final Thoughts

George Bush Intercontinental Airport is the busiest airport in Houston and the second largest in Texas after Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).

It’s a well laid-out airport, with easy connections between terminals due to the Skyway and subway trains that run inside and outside of the secure area. Passengers also have the option of walking between most terminals inside of the secure area if connecting from a domestic flight.


FAQ

Is Houston International Airport the same as George Bush?

The official name for Houston Intercontinental Airport is George Bush International Airport (IAH).

Who is George Bush airport named after?

George Bush Intercontinental Airport is named after George H. W. Bush — the forty-first President of the United States.

What terminal is United Airlines at George Bush Airport?

United Airlines operates out of Terminals B, C, and E for domestic flights and Terminal E for international flights.

What airlines fly out of Houston George Bush?

United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, and Frontier are some of the domestic airlines operating from George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Lufthansa, and EVA Air are some international airlines that operate from IAH.

How big is George Bush Intercontinental Airport?

George Bush Intercontinental Airport is 40.5 km2 and has 5 runways. The airport has 5 terminals — A, B, C, D, and E.

Does Southwest fly to George Bush Airport?

Southwest Airlines does not fly to George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The airline operates out of William P. Hobby Airport in Houston.

How do I know which terminal to go to at IAH?

To check which terminal your airline operates out of, check the list above or you can search for your flight on the airport’s live online departure boards.

Does JetBlue fly out of IAH?

JetBlue does not fly to George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The airline operates out of William P. Hobby Airport in Houston.

Can I walk from Terminal C to E at Houston airport?

Passengers can walk from Terminal C to Terminal E inside of the secure area by continuing along the walkway past gate C45.

Does IAH Terminal E have TSA Precheck?

The Terminal E security checkpoint has a dedicated TSA Precheck lane that is open from 5 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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2 comments

  1. Bsears86 · November 13, 2019 · Reply

    I have a few questions listed below:
    1) 800 Daily Departures…do you mean 800 just for United or as a whole for IAH? It seems to imply you mean just United which incorrect.

    2) Terminal C – Delta Airlines? When did this happen or was it a typo?

    3) JetBlue and Air Canada are missing from your list of airlines. And Ethiopian is starting service Dec 19th (I may be off by a day or 2). Might be good to as pending under terminal D.

    • Catherine Luther · November 14, 2019 · Reply

      Hi,

      Thanks for your feedback. We’ll take a look at the article for some updates.

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