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  • Layover 12 hrs
    Jan 13, 2017
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.


  • Enough time for customs and immigration?
    Oct 12, 2016
    Looking at booking a flight from Jamaica through Miami to LAX. We've missed a connecting flight there before and know Miami can be a bear to get through everything. We would be landing at 7:21pm and the departing flight is at 9:32pm, I'm sure the last flight of the day and probably the one we missed 12 yrs ago for our honeymoon. 2 hr and 11 minute layover. Both flights are AA. With checked luggage. What's the likelihood of making the connecting flight?


    It's possible if the flight from Jamaica is on-time. The lines shouldn't be too bad that late at night.


  • Do I have enough time???
    Oct 6, 2016
    Hi, I am flying with American AIrlines from Havana, Cuba landing in Miami 10:38am. My next flight (also American Airlines) is at 12:38pm from Miami to New Orleans. Do I have enough time to go through customs etc? I am travelling with 3 friends also.


    That should be just about enough time if everything goes smoothly.


  • Enough time layover New York -Miami- El Salvador?
    Oct 3, 2016
    Hi, We are travelling from New York to El Salvador via Miami. We have a layover of 1h 28 min in Miami. Is that enough time (we have checked baggage)? THANKS.


    If both flights are on American that is enough time. All you have to do in Miami is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Freeport-Miami-Helsinki
    Aug 30, 2016
    Hi, I m looking for a flight that has a tight 1 h 29 min layover in Miami. We ll get on in Freeport, change in Charlotte and be in Miami at 22.26. The connection is at 23.55 via Finnair to Helsinki, wich leaves us 1h 29 min if the flights are on time. Will we have enough time to make it?


    Yes, that is enough time. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Freeport.


  • Layover
    Aug 30, 2016
    I am travelling to London from Trinidad and Tobago and I am passing through Maimi with american airlines and leaving miami with british airways, My layover is two hours. Will I have enough time to clear customs and retrieve my baggage and get to my next flight ?


    That is barely enough time if everything goes smoothly.


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