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    Aug 31, 2015
    I will be flying from London Heathrow-Cancun, transitting at from MIA. Both flights are with American Airlines. I have 2 hours and 10 minutes to make the connection. I am not a US citizen. Will this be sufficient time? Many thanks


    Aug 31, 2015
    I am flying out of Wilmington NC (US Airways) to Charlotte, NC (US Airways) to Miami, FL (US Airways) with my final destination being Lima, Peru (LAN Airlines). My booking is through 2 different airlines (since LAN operates only out of certain cities in the US). I fly from US Airways from Wilmington to Charlotte, and then Charlotte to Miami. In Miami I fly LAN to Lima (with 1 hour layover in between each of those flights). My questions: With LAN, since it is US to Peru (international flight) I can only select my seat online (within 48 hours of departure) but not print out boarding passes. I will obviously already be within the "secure" or "departure" are of the airport when I arrive in Miami International Airport on my flight from Charlotte (LAN is in Concourse J). So when I arrive, where do I get my boarding passes for LAN? Do I get them at the gate of departure for my flight (Concourse J)? Any info on this would be great. Thanks.


    The whole flight is also on one ticket number. Since US Airways and LAN airlines are partners, will US Airways be able to check my passport info and print off my boarding passes for LAN Airlines?


    Yes, since everything is on the same ticket, US Airways should be able check your bags through to Lima and issue your LAN boarding pass in Wilmington. You will just have to go to Terminal J and through security in Miami (J is not connected to the US Airways/American terminals inside security).


    Aug 30, 2015
    I have purchased tickets separately for domestic Charleston to MIA and MIA to EZE. My flight leaves at 6:40P from Miami to EZE. Is 3 hours enough time to change terminals/gates? Because I booked the flights separately, do i have to retrieve my luggage and recheck it? Will most flights allow a guitar in a gig bag on the flight? I don't want to check it unless I absolutely have to.


    Yes, 3 hours should be enough time. Yes, you will have to transfer your bags yourself if your flights are on different airlines. If they are on the same airline they can be checked through. Yes, most airlines allow guitars on-board as long as they fit in the overhead bin.


    Aug 24, 2015
    I am flying from Phoenix to Barcelona via Miami. All flights are on American. Do I need to collect my bag in Miami and recheck internationally? Thanks in advance. J


    No, you do not need to do anything with your bag in Miami. There is no US Customs when exiting the United States.


  • layover
    Aug 24, 2015
    Hi I am a US citizen flying from NY to Guayaquil, Ecuador with a 1hour and 20 min layover in Miami. Both flights on American airlines first class. Would anyone know if I would have to recheck my luggage for my final destination?


    No, you do not have to re-check your luggage. All you have to do in Miami is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • From UK to Turks and Caicos Islands
    Aug 21, 2015
    Hi! I'm flying from Newcastle to Newark than Newark to Miami both on United, than Miami to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos on American. Would I have to go through security, customs and boarder control in Miami airport? I'm afraid I might miss my flight because of the 1hr in between flights and lately United has been delaying a lot. If I miss my flight to Turks would I have to pay for a new ticket? And what's the easiet route to get from United Arrivals to American Departure in Miami Airport? -Thanks in advance!


    No, there is no US Customs when departing the US. However, if you booked two separate tickets you will have to exit security, claim your bags from United, and then re-check them with American. If you purchased one ticket you will just have to change terminals and go through security. The only realistic way to get from United arrivals to American departures in Miami is to walk.


    Ok. I don't have to check a bag. It is possible to check in online and just go to the gate? And the tickets are separate.


    You will have to exit security to go to your departure terminal, so you will have to go through security again when you get there. But that's it.


  • SEA-MIA-UIO connections
    Aug 20, 2015
    We'll be flying SEA to UIO on AA with a 1.5 hour layover in MIA; I presume that's sufficient time. But on the way back, AA put us on a LAN flight with a 2 hour layover. Would we be better off carrying on our bags, or is that enough time to go through customs, retrieve our bags, and get from terminal J to D?


    Obviously doing carry-on only is safer. but 2 hours should be enough time with checked bags. Worst case AA should be able to rebook you to Seattle through Dallas or Chicago.


  • Customs clearance and bagage check
    Aug 20, 2015
    I am flying from Montreal to Liberia, Costa Rica, with a 90 min overlay at MIA. Do I pass customs at MIA? If so, do I need to retrieve my bagage before passiong customs? I ma concerned that 90 min won't be enough...


    No, you will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Montreal. All you have to do in Miami on your way to Costa Rica is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time.


    Thank you for your quick reply.


  • London to Tampa via Miami
    Aug 19, 2015
    Hi, I have a flight connection in MIA mid afternoon on a Tuesday in October. I am arriving from London Heathrow and continuing to Tampa. Flights booked on 1 ticket with BA flight from London, then AA to Tampa I have 2hr 5min layover and reading the comments, I'm not sure this will be enough time . What is the normal procedure when connecting from International flight to Domestic flight in MIA? Do I need to clear immigration, collect my bags & go through customs, then re-check my bags on the Tampa flight? Can you also tell me what would happen if I did miss the connecting flight. Thanks.


    Yes, you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the re-check desk immediately after, then go through security and to your departure gate. You should have just enough time if your first flight is on-time. If you miss your connection you will be rebooked on the next available flight to Tampa.


    Thank you very much. I notice from the airport website that there are 2 further flights from Miami to Tampa later in the evening. Would you have any idea if these flights are generally busy ones ?


    In October, they probably are not full.


  • Madrid to Ecuador through Miami Intl
    Aug 18, 2015
    I am flying from Madrid into Miami (arriving at 3.30pm), and then on to Guayaquil, Ecuador. AA have given me 1 hr 35 minutes to catch the flight at Miami for Guayaquil. Is this enough time? Do I need to go through immigration? I am travelling with only carry on luggage.


    Yes, that should be barely enough time. You will go through US Immigration, Customs, and security. If you are an EU citizen you will have to complete ESTA and if you are an Ecuadorian citizen you will need a US Transit Visa. You should barely have enough time.


  • Orlando-Miami-Nassau 44 min connection time?
    Aug 17, 2015
    Hi, I hadn't noticed that my (already booked!) American Airlines flight from Orlando arrives in Miami at 06:09 and my flight to Nassau leaves at 06:55 - that seems like an impossibly small connection time doesn't it? Any advice gratefully received. I am non US resident but coming from Orlando having arrived from the UK over a week earlier. Thanks for your help in advance.


    No, it's not impossible. All you have to do in Miami is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Connecting Flight
    Aug 15, 2015
    Hi, flying in from LAX to MIA with 1 hour layover before a flight to CDG (Paris). Both are on American Airlines, on one ticket. Is this enough time? It used to be a 3 hour layover but AA keeps changing the flight and now it's only 1 hour.


    Yes, that is enough time if your flight from LAX is on-time. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate in Miami.


  • London-Miami-grand Cayman
    Aug 15, 2015
    We are flying from London to grand Cayman via Miami all with aa with a 2 hour stay in Miami at 5pm on a Friday. AA have changed flight times twice. Very concerned about timing and whether we have to Get bags go through customs then check in again with bags even though all flights are aa?


    You do not have to claim your bags in Miami as you are on an international to international connection. However, you still have to go through US Immigration, customs, and security between flights. You should have barely enough time.


    Aug 13, 2015
    Hi, I'm a non-US citizen travelling with AA to Boston from Curacao with a 1 hour 40 min layover in Miami on a week day evening in a couple of weeks time. Will this be enough time to get through immigration? I was originally booked with a 2.5 hour layover, but AA changed both flight times. Thanks.


    It's slightly above the minimum international to domestic connection time in Miami, but it's about 20 minutes short of what I recommend. Since it was a pretty significant involuntary schedule change, you can contact American and ask to be put on a later flight to Boston if one is available.


  • Connecting Flight in MIA Heathrow-Miami-San Juan
    Aug 8, 2015
    Hi, I have a flight connection in MIA on monday. I am arriving from London Heathrow and continuing to San Juan, Puerto Rico (U.S.). I have 1h 40min layover and reading the comments, I am a bit worried if I will make it. What is the normal procedure when connecting from International flight to Domestic flight in MIA? Do I need to collect my bags, and before or after the customs? Thanks.


    ... and I am arriving with British Airways and continuing with American Airlines.


    You will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US customs, then re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and to your departure gate 1 hr 40 minutes is technically legal but very difficult at Miami. AA does have a 9:10 PM departure to San Juan so if you miss your connection hopefully you can be rebooked on that.


    All righty! Thank you.


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