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  • Layover 1.40 min in Miami
    Jan 13, 2016
    Hi, My family with 2 kids travelling from Delhi to London and from London to Miami and Miami to Costa Rica. In Miami they have 1.40 hour layover to catch another flight to Costa Rica. All AA flights. Would like to know if they have to pass to US immegration? Pick baggage and submit again? and is this time ok to take another flight? Please help with your valuable response.


    Yes, in Miami you will have to go through US Immigration, customs, and security. Since you are on an International to International connection through MIA you will not have to claim your bags. You have barely enough time if everything goes smoothly. If you are Indian or Costa Rican citizens you will need US Transit Visas.


    They have US Tourist Visa. Thanks for information. I am having bad experience with Houston US immegration, they have more then 40 counters and open counters are only 5-7 at a time which takes long time for immigration. Is it the same case in Miami?


    Miami is pretty bad too.


  • International to Domestic transit at MIA
    Jan 13, 2016
    I am planning to fly in to MIA from Curacao, and flying out to Los Angeles. Both flights are American. I only have 2:15 hours for the transit. Do you think it is enough? Is is safe to have 3 hours? I have a checked luggage. Thanks!


    That is barely enough time if everything goes smoothly. if you can choose 3 hours instead, I would do that.


    Hi Zap, Thank you for your advice! (I see in your comment on 12/29, you have responded 2 hours was enough for Ecuador-MIA-Orlando transit. Is this because 12/25 is not busy day? So do you think 2 hours transit time is too risky for the regular weekday...?)


    Yeah, it was also because there are more options if he were to miss MIA-Orlando (UIO-MIA arrives early in the day and worst case you can drive or take a bus to Orlando) also, 2.5 hrs vs. 2 hrs 15 minutes is a meaningful difference.


  • TAM to AA - Worried about short interval
    Jan 2, 2015
    Hi, I'm flying from Brazil (GRU) to Miami (mia) by TAM. The arrival time will be 4:40 am (sunday morning) and I have another to Cancun by AA departing 7:10am. Considering I'll have baggage to claim and imigration. I'm very worried to lose the AA flight. TAM terminal J and American terminal D, right ? I found that I should do my check in at AA at least 45 min before the flight. This interval is enough ? Thanks


    You should have enough time if your TAM flight is on-time.


    Thank you for your time Zap


  • Connection AA Boston-MIA-Bogota. 1 hr long enough?
    Nov 29, 2015
    Hi! i'm taking a flight with AA on decemner 27th from boston to bogota with connection in miami with a 1hr long layover... would that be long enough? Thanks in advance!


    Yes, as long as your flight from Boston is on-time that is enough time. All you have to do in Miami on your way to Bogota is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. All AA gates in Miami are connected inside security.


  • Connection Time
    Nov 29, 2015
    Hi, we will be arriving at MIA from an international flight departing from Quito - Ecuador on December 25th, and have 2 hours to make it to our connecting flight to Orlando. Since its Christmas Day and we have to re-check our baggage and go through customs, I was wondering if the 2 hours will be enough. If it helps, we arrive at MIA at 12.00 pm and our flight to Orlando leaves at 2.00 pm


    2 hours should be enough time. Christmas Day itself is not a busy travel day.


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