My wife and I are currently looking to travel from Canada to the United States in December. Looking at the itineraries currently on offer, one of the options is a Canadian domestic flight to Montreal, and then a flight to the United States that leaves one hour (and six minutes) later.
I have very little experience with pre-clearance in YUL and how it interacts with connecting flights. For almost all the Canada–U.S. flights I've taken, I have cleared U.S. Customs either at my point of origin, or connecting via YYZ. In my experience, U.S. Customs pre-clearance at YYZ has always taken a ridiculously long time, and I wouldn't feel comfortable allowing only one hour to connect to the US if I was going through YYZ. But would it be safe to book an itinerary with a one-hour connection in YUL? Or will I be sprinting through the terminal to make it to my connecting flight?
Other possibly pertinent pieces of information:
- Both travelers will be U.S. citizens, and will probably not have anything to declare.
- The connection would be in the mid-afternoon on the Monday after Christmas Day.
EDIT: If it makes a difference, the itinerary is available on Air Canada's website; and I'm aware that if an airline sells me the ticket directly, then they're saying it can be done and so I have some degree of assurance that I'll get to my destination eventually. I'd just rather avoid the large hassle of a missed connection if it seems predictable.