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  • transfer
    Mar 12, 2017
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    i am intending to fly san franciso to miami via AA landing at 940pm and then miami to havana at 9am via delta. i dont want to stay in a hotel for the night, do you think i can sleep over at the departure gate, clear immigration, and then check in at 6am? travelling with only carry on, non-us citizen.

     

    There is no US Immigration when leaving the US. You will have to leave the secure area overnight and spend the night in the check-in or baggage claim area of Terminal H/J and then go through security in the morning.

     

  • Lima to Boston, connection in MIA
    Feb 17, 2017
    3
    We are flying AA and will arrive MIA at 5.10 am and leave at 7:00 am. We only have carry on baggage. Is it enough time for us to catch the next flight at 7:00am?

     

    Yes, that is enough time if everything goes smoothly.

     

    Considering we are not us citizens, will it be possible for us to go through US Immigration, customs, and security? ThX :))))

     

    Yes, that is a very early arrival, it shouldn't be crowded then.

     

  • BOS - MIA - LPB with only 1 hour
    Feb 17, 2017
    1
    Hi, we are flying from Boston to Miami, with 1 hour and 18 minutes layover and then on to La Paz, Bolivia. Both flights are AA flights. We really concerned about the layover time since we have to go through the US custom. And we don't need to claim any luggage. Is the layover time enough for us? Do we have to go out of the terminal, go through the US custom and then enter into the terminal? Thank you very much.

     

    There is no US Customs when leaving the US. All you have to do in Miami on your way to Bolivia is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time.

     

  • Layover
    Feb 17, 2017
    3
    Hi I'm flying from Atlanta to Trinidad but I have to layover in Miami for about an 1 hr and 11 mins is that enough time to catch my flight I am flying with American Airlines

     

    Yes, that is enough time. All you have to do in Miami on your way to Trinidad is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

    Will my check in luggage go straight to Trinidad or will I have to claim it in Miami and recheck it in

     

    You don't have to do anything with your bags in Miami on the way to Trinidad.

     

  • Lounge
    Jan 23, 2017
    1
    Hello, I have a 4h layover and access to a lounge in terminal J past security but my flight departs from terminal D. Could I access it and the go to Terminal D?

     

    No, J and D are not connected inside security.

     

  • Layover 12 hrs
    Jan 13, 2017
    1
    Hi I'm going to Nicaragua my layover is 12 hrs in Miami am I go out and do stuff see the city eat !!do I have to go true immigration or coustoms ?pls i need to know

     

    Where are you flying into Miami from? What is your citizenship?

     

  • SJO to NYC transiting at MIA with 1 hour 50 mins transit time
    Jan 6, 2017
    1
    I have a flight from San Jose Costa Rica to New York with a transit at Miami. Both flights are on AA. Is 1 hour 50 mins transit time enough? Do I have to go through immigration and pick up my check in luggage and recheck in luggage again?

     

    That's just enough time. Yes, you have to do all that and then go through security.

     

  • Domestic to International connection
    Jan 2, 2017
    4
    I fly into MIA from Las Vegas and have 3 hours layover before International departure to Sao Paulo. Flights are booked with separate airlines. Will this be enough connection time to collect bags and re-check in including customs etc? Thanks

     

    What airlines are you flying? There is no US Customs when leaving the US.

     

    Flying from Vegas with American Airlines arrive MIA 16:00 depart MIA on Latam Airlines at 19:05 bound for Sao Paulo. Enough connection time? Thanks!

     

    You have plenty of time. Just claim your bags from American, take them to the South Terminal complex, re-check them with LATAM, and go through security.

     

    Thank you!

     

  • Layover with different airline operators
    Dec 29, 2016
    1
    Hi, I have an American Airlines flight to MIA from San Jose (Costa Rica) arriving at 5.10pm and then have a Qatar flight at 7.40pm to Doha. Will there be enough time for this layover? Is there anything I must do to speed up the process? Thanks!

     

    Yes, that should be enough time if everything goes smoothly.

     

  • JFK to Miami layover connection time 55 minutes
    Dec 29, 2016
    1
    Hi There, I am travelling from JFK to St.Kitts and have a connecting flights as from JFK to Miami with layover of 55 minutes and then Miami to St.kitts. Will that be enough time to get MIA-SKB flight? Do I have to have to re-check the bags in miami? Do I have to cross immigrations or customs in miami? both flights are AA and its a single ticket all the way. Can I check in the bags all the way from JFK-SKB? Or do i have chances that i will not get my bags in time? Thanks for your help in advance.

     

    All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate on your way to St. Kitts. There is no US Immigration or Customs when leaving the US. you have enough time.

     

  • Time between connections
    Nov 30, 2016
    1
    I am looking tat AA flight from Barranquilla Columbia (BAQ) to Barcelona (BCN) with connection in Miami. BAQ arrives at 6:05p and BCN leaves at 7:10p. Can I make this with checked bags? What about carry-on? Will I have to go thru Immigration and Customs? Thanks

     

    Yes, you will have to go through US Immigration, customs, and security. That is a very difficult connection, bordering on impossible.

     

  • LHR-MIA-SJO Is 1hr 48mins enough?
    Nov 30, 2016
    1
    American Airlines have changed our time of connecting flight. Now due to depart from MIA to SJO at 18.13, after arriving in MIA from LHR at 16.25. Is that enough time between flights?

     

    It's not impossible but leaves very little time to spare.

     

  • LAX-MIA-GYE Connection time 2 hours 4 minutes
    Nov 21, 2016
    1
    Traveling from Los Angeles, arrive Miami 4:40pm, connection flight to Guayaquil departs at 6:34pm (2 hour 4 min layover)....is that enough time?

     

    Yes, that is plenty of time. All you have to do on your way to Ecuador is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

  • 1 hour 30 min layover in Miami International
    Oct 24, 2016
    2
    Hello, arriving from PHX in American , 1 hour 30 minutes layover, then taking LAN flight to Lima Peru, is this enough layover time to make the connecting flight to Lima, are the terminals close to each other?? Thank you for your help.

     

    They are on opposite sides of the airport. This is just enough time if the flight from Phoenix is on-time. you have to go through security again in the J-gates to access your LAN gate.

     

    Thank you very much.

     

  • 40 min layover too short?
    Oct 21, 2016
    1
    We have a 40 minute layover in MIA to change planes for St. Thomas. The flight to St. Thomas is the last one out that night. Incoming and departing flights are both on American. Is this too short a layover?

     

    it's possible if the first flight is on-time.

     

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