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  • Lay over hours
    Mar 6, 2017
    Hi. I'm flying from Cayman Islands through Miami-Qatar-Philippines. I will reach to Miami at 9:45am and my next flight going to Qatar is at 8:30pm. Can I go outside the airport since my layover is 10hrs and where can I put my luggages and shall I go to the check in counter again and immigration before my next flight? Thank you.


    Yes, you can leave the airport but I believe you will have to take your bags with you unless they are already tagged to DOH.


    Oh ok. So since i will go outside the airport then. The time of my departure which way shall i go again? Shall i go to the immigration for checking again?


    You will go through US Immigration and Customs when you arrive in Miami. There is no US Immigration when leaving the US. All you have to do when you return to the airport is check your bags (if you haven't already), go through security, and to your departure gate.


    ok. so is there any place inside the airport that I can leave my luggages since I will go outside the airport for a couple of hours? how much is the rate?


  • Sufficient time in layover?
    Dec 26, 2016
    I have an American Airlines flight from San Jose (Costa Rica) to MIA due to arrive at 5.10pm and then an international flight to Australia with Qatar leaving at 7.40pm also from MIA. Is that a sufficient layover when I have checked baggage? I am unsure of the terminals.


  • LHR-mia-au
    Dec 18, 2016
    I am comming flying LHR - MIA - AUA all with AA flights, with only a 2,5 hour Connection in Miami, but I still cannot find a traight answer if I need to recheck bags in Miami. On their own webpage Miami Airport it states that it depends on airline,, most internet pages I've visited say that I need to re-check my bags. I have boarding pass en luggage tag all the way to AUA. Who has updated info, which I can trust, do I need to recheck bags in Miami or will they go all the way through. Regards


    Since the connection is international to International all on AA, then you don't have to claim your bags in Miami. However, you will have to go through US Immigration, customs, and security.


  • Connecting flights in miami
    Dec 17, 2016
    I have a flight from D.C to Miam then Miami to St Lucia. Will I have to get bags go through customs and security and recheck my bags? If so my flight lands in Miami at like 8:45 and then the flight to St Lucia starts boarding at 9:06. I don't think that's enough time.


    If both flights are on American that is enough time. You don't have to do anything with your bags. Just go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. There is no US Customs when leaving the US.


  • flying to SD-mia-cancun
    Nov 14, 2016
    im flying with AA from SD to cancun. i have a 12hr layover in miami. do i have to do anything about my laguages?? my laguages automatic to transfer to my next flight?


    Is your layover during the day or overnight?


    my layover is diring day from 5:30am to 5:00pm


    Then you won't have to do anything with your luggage in Miami.


  • Checked luggage??
    Sep 8, 2016
    I am flying from Atlanta to Miami. I will have a 5 and a half hour layover in Miami & then I am flying on to Lima Peru. Will I have to retrieve my checked baggage in Miami & recheck it for the next flight to Peru? Will I have to go through another security check? I haven't flown in over 13 years! Feeling very nervous about the whole thing!


    Are both flights on the same reservation or two separate reservations? What airlines are you flying? I can't answer your question without that information.


  • Help carring baggage
    Sep 3, 2016
    I'm going to the US with my wife y two little kids. I'm arriving with 12 suitcases and 8 boxes. Is there a service that we can pay to help us with our baggage at the carrousels.


    Most airports do not have such a service. You should pack a foldable cart (or multiple ones) in your baggage.


  • Luggage pick-up
    Aug 31, 2016
    I am flying from SCL to MIA to MXP, with a 13-hour layover in MIA (4:30AM to 5:30PM). I do NOT want my bags checked all the way through-- I want to grab them when I land in MIA. Is this possible, or am I forced to check them all the way through? How do I make sure I can get them in MIA? (Note this is an International-to-International connection).


    I forgot to mention, both flights are with American Airlines.


  • will I need to recheck luggage?
    Jul 9, 2016
    I am flying from toronto to maimi to grenada will I need to recheck my luggage? can I leave airport? 6 hr layover


    If both flights are on American you don't have to do anything with your bags in Miami. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. Yes, you can leave the airport if you want but you will have to go through a long security line when you return.


  • Need to know gate e number Qatar airways miami airport
    Jun 23, 2016
    What gate does Qatar airline arrived in Miami?? Where do i go to call shuttle for the court yard hotel miami??


    Qatar Airways will arrive in the Central Terminal concourse E.


  • connecting internationally from Amsterdam
    Apr 5, 2016
    I may arrive to Miami from Amsterdam with AA in june.. via technical landing in Philly. European citizen, and i will connect to Barranquilla (Colombia) the next day. Also with AA, do i need to claim baggage for the night? do i need to pass security when connecting internationally? and how complicated will that be?


    In Philadelphia you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through Us Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, go through security, and to your departure gate. In Miami all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    Thanks for claryfying answer


  • Re-check bag in Miami?
    Mar 31, 2016
    I am traveling from Nicaragua to Washington, DC, via Miami. In Miami do I need to collect my bag & re-check it? I have heard both answers so I want to clarify.


    Yes, when you arrive to the USA, from any country, you have to go through Immigration, then claim your bags and go through Customs. After that you are basically on the street out of the safe zone, so you have to recheck your bags. Some airlines will take them right away out of Customs, some other airline require you to go back to the checkin counter. Exception: Canada, you do immigration and customs at the Canadian airport so you arrive domestic to the USA


  • Short Layover
    Mar 4, 2016
    I am flying into MIA from CUR (curacao) for only 1:45 and then taking WESTJET to Toronto. Do i have to collect my baggage and clear customs and recheck it or will it be transferred for me to the next flight? If I need to do it myself, is 1 and a half hours enough time to clear customs and make my next flight? Thank you!


    Were both of your tickets purchased on the same reservation or two separate reservations?


  • Immigration & Baggage
    Mar 1, 2016
    We are flying to Miami from London Heathrow (British Citizens) and then onto Orlando all with American Airlines. Will we need to go through Immigration etc and pick up our bags and then recheck?


    Yes, in Miami you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and to your departure gate.


  • ???skycap
    Feb 28, 2016
    I am arriving on American and need to rebook my baggage on dleta can I pre-book a skycap to meet us and take us to delta speedily ??


    No, you can't. Most airports don't even have them anymore.


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