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  • 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.


  • Brazilians flying from GRU (Brazil) to MIA
    Aug 26, 2016
    Hello, I'll be arriving MIA (LATAM) 6pm on a saturday and my connection flight for LAS is 8:17pm (AA). Will I have enough time? 2 people with 1 checked bag each. Thanks


    That will be very difficult. The LATAM flight arrives on the other side of the airport from where your AA flight departs.


    So, we'll have to run to see if we can make it! As we're already checked-in, how many minutes can we get on the airplane before it takes off, considering it's a domestic flight? Thanks ZAP.


  • Very little transit time
    Aug 25, 2016
    Hi, I am traveling from Cayman islands to Miami and towards los angeles as a visitor..I have only 1hr 40 min layover at Miami.I m not planning to carry luggage just a hand bag with me..will it be enough time to go through Immigration..my arrival time at Miami is at 1:45 pm..and also im flying same airlines..i.e.AA


    That should be barely enough time if everything goes smoothly.


    Can you give overview of Miami airport and how can i go through these process (like, Distances between concourse and how can speed up my process...) Thanks..


    Everything will be in the same terminal. You will arrive, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, go up to the departure level, go through security and to your departure gate.


  • Connecting Flight - LGA - MIAMi - Lima
    Aug 17, 2016
    Hi there We are flying in two weeks from New York LGA to Lima. We have booked the flight with AA and we have to change in Miami airport to our flight to Lima. I am quite worried as we are supposed to land in Miami at 16:43 and our connecting flight is at 17:59. Our luggage is being checked in straight to Lima so we don't have to claim it but I am still worried there is not enough time - I am not sure whether we need to go to customs. Also, I think we are landing in North termina, gatel D and our flight will be from South terminal, gate J. We were told it shouldn't be an issue as it is valid connecting flight but I am still bit worried. Do you have any similar experience?


    That is plenty of time. There is no US Customs when leaving the US. If both flights are on AA then you do not leave from J - is your flight to Lima on LAN Peru?


    Thank you so much - yes, The flight should be AA but operated by LAN - so you think it is going to be fine? Is there any chance that AA are waiting for their connecting flights?


    The flight to Lima won't wait for you if you're late. You have enough time as long as your flight from LaGuardia is on-time. You just have to go to J and through security.


  • Flying from Portugal
    Aug 15, 2016
    Arriving from Portugal on TAP airlines at 3:10pm @ Terminal 1. Departing onwards to Port of Spain via American Airlines at 6:05pm. Is this enough time? Should I nix the checked luggage if it isn't


    Without checked bags I think you can make it. With checked bags I think it would be very difficult.


  • 2:30 hrs From Miami to NY
    Aug 1, 2016
    Hi, i'm chilean. I first arrive to Miami intern (AA flight) at 4:30 AM and then leave to JFK (Delta Flight) at 7:00 AM. Are 2:30 hrs enough time to go out and then claim luggage and go through immigration all over again?


    You should have just enough time to make that connection. Where are you flying into Miami from on AA?


    I arrive to Miami from Chile(i'm a chilean citizen).


    Yeah, that's just enough time if everything goes smoothly. You'll have to hurry with your bags to the Delta check in in the South terminal complex.


  • Will layover time be adequate?
    Jul 4, 2016
    Hello, I'm an student travelling to the US for the first time. My British Airways flight from London lands in Miami at 18:25. My next flight is at 20:16, American Airlines. I have a layover at Miami for 1 hour 50 minutes. Will this be enough to go through immigration, baggage claim and re-check, etc?


  • London Miami Phoenix
    Jul 4, 2016
    I arrive from London via British Airways BA 209 at 18.25, @ Terminal 3 & I have a connecting flight Phoenix BA 4767 at 20.16. Considering I'm first time in U.S and have to pass thru Customs and Immigration, is the Layover time enough? And is BA 4767 British or American Airlines? Thanks!


    You might want to alow just a little longer time for Customs if your flight arrives late or gets delayed. Say 2hr 30min. BA 4767 is American. It says that because you bought it on British Airways & American is A Code share partner of British Airways. If everything goes smoothly and your first flight is on time you might have enough time, but you should alow a little bit longer like 2hr 30min.


  • Layover time
    Jun 14, 2016
    Hello, I'm leaving from Charleston (USA) to Montréal (Canada) on friday, but the layerover is 53 min. Is it enough or not? Thank you


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


  • 1hr 47min layover
    Jun 8, 2016
    Coming from Las Vegas to Trinidad via MIA. Leaving Las Vegas @ 9:17am and arriving at MIA @ 5:10pm and then departing to Trinidad @ 6:57pm. Would I make my connecting flight? Do I still have to go through Immigration in MIA? Would my checked luggage be sent straight through to Trinidad. My both flights are on AA.


  • 3h20h layover
    Jun 8, 2016
    In Aug. 10, I plan to have a 3h20m layover in Miami. Should arrive from Frankfurt at 14h50m and should depart to El Salvador at 1810h. I will have checked baggage and I am not American. Do I have enough time?


    Forgot to mention I would be using different airlines (arrive with Lufthansa, depart with Avianca)


    It's possible, especially if everything is on the same reservation.


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