ValuePenguin ranks custom wait times at airports

ValuePenguin.com has announced reported wait times at customs for passengers returning to the US can be as long as 50 minutes, the company said.

In a study conducted by ValuePenguin, the company found travelers flying into Orlando, San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno and Miami are most likely to encounter the longest customs wait times in the country.

Airports with the shortest customs wait times are Palm Beach International Airport, Chicago´s Midway International Airport, Phoenix´s Sky Harbor International Airport, Santa Ana´s John Wayne Airport, and Baltimore´s BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Most improved airports are Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Denver International Airport and Sacramento International Airport where customs wait times dropped 35-45% from 2018 to 2019, making them the most improved airports for customs wait times. On the other end of the spectrum, San Diego International Airport airport saw a 107% increase in customs wait times. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport both saw a 14-23% increase in customs wait times.

August is the worst month for international travel. The month with the shortest average customs wait time is surprisingly November.

ValuePenguin.com analysts collected US Customs and Border Protection data from May 2018 to May 2019 to calculate the average customs wait time by airports.

ValuePenguin.com, part of LendingTree, Inc., is a personal finance website that conducts in-depth research and provides objective analysis to help guide consumers to the best financial decisions. ValuePenguin focuses on value, assessing whether the return of a particular decision is worth the cost or risk of that option, and how this stacks up with the other possible choices they may have.