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  • NAP - MAD - MIA - SFO
    Mar 19, 2016
    Hi, I already booked a flight from Naples to Sf. I have a 1hr 40min layover in Miami. I get into Miami from Madrid at 7:55 pm on a Friday and depart at 9:35 pm on AA. I will have to recheck one bag. Will I have time to make my flight? I downloaded the TSA Mobile Passport app to hopefully speed things along, I've just read that Miami customs is awful. Thanks for any input!


    Later in the evening like that it should be a bit less than horrible, so I think you have a chance.


    Thank you very much!


  • do i need to chage terminals?
    Mar 9, 2016
    my son will be arriving on a BA flight en route to Cozumel. He will be flying on to Mexico on American Airlines. Does he need to change terminals for the onward flight and will he therefore need to go through immigration. Will his baggage be checked straight through to Cozumel or will he have to reclaim it and check it again? thanks.


    Regardless of need to change terminals, in Miami he will have to go through US Immigration, claim his bags, go through US Customs, re-check his bags at the re-check desk, and go through security and to his gate. He will also need to complete ESTA before his trip.


  • LIM > MIA > SFO
    Mar 8, 2016
    We are US citizen and are considering a flight from LIM to MIA to SFO all with AA with a 2 hour layover in MIA. We will have checked luggage. Is that enough time to clear custom, recheck bag and get to next flight? The alternate is a 5.5 hr layover in MIA.


    2 hours is just enough time in Miami if everything goes smoothly.




  • Grand Cayman to Miami to LAX with 1 hr 45 min layover in Miami
    Mar 6, 2016
    Hi, we have a flight arriving in Miami at 1:45pm from grand Cayman, leaving at 3:30pm to LA. Just wondering if an hour and 45 mins is enough time to clear through customs and make the connecting flight since I assume we will have to clear customs, re drop off our checked luggage and then clear through security. Would it make sense to change that flight leaving Miami from 3:30 to 5pm? Thanks!


    It's possible, but I'd feel a lot better about that 5 PM departure. Miami immigration and customs can be very crowded.


    Thanks for the input, I appreciate it!


    Mar 4, 2016
    We are British Citizens fly on ESTA from Nassau via Miami to San Antonio TX. Arrival to Miami 4.55pm and departure to San Antonio is at 8.24pm. (3.5h between flights) Is it enouth time to go though US immigration in Miami?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Nassau. All you have to do in Miami is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have PLENTY of time.


    If we take shorter conection with 50min break between flights, will be still okay?


    Yes, 50 minutes is possible but obviously a lot more risky.


  • LHR via MIA to CUN
    Mar 3, 2016
    Swedish national on Esta with prev. visits to the US arriving on a AA 77W on a friday 12th of august 4.45 pm. Connecting to the last flight for CUN 6:38 PM. Will we make it? If not, do AA provide us with accomodation for the night? All flights on the same ticket. Thank you


    We will have checked in luggage as well. We have to re-check it right?


    As you are an International to International connection you will not have to claim and re-check your bags in Miami. You will have to go through US Immigration, Customs, and Security. You should have enough time if your flight from London is on-time. If the flight is delayed and you miss your connection you will likely only be given a hotel if the delay is due to a mechanical issue on the first flight. Also, you may already know this, but it will be brutally hot in Miami and Cancun when you will be there and you are travelling at the beginning of hurricane season.


  • Changing flights mia to pit
    Mar 3, 2016
    Hello I will be arriving in MIA from SJU on an American Airlines flight at 8:37 am. The flight to PIT is leaving at 9:20 am. This flight is american airlines operated by republic airlines as american eagle. We are both US citizens and are only travelling with carry ons. Will we be able to switch flights in time?


    Yes. Flights from Puerto Rico are treated like domestic flights so all you have to do in Miami is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • LHR via MIA connecting to AUS
    Mar 1, 2016
    Swedish national on ESTA arriving to MIA from LHR on a BA 380 on a Friday 19.45. Ticket is bought through AA (Biz). Would like to connect the same Friday night with the last AA flight to AUS leaving 21.29. Would 1 h 44 min be sufficient if the incoming flight is on time? Thank you,


    Should clarify that I am only traveling with carry on, and, have OneWorld sapphire status if that would give access to fast track etc.


    WIll this be two separate reservations or one? Will you have checked bags? With checked bags on two separate reservations, I don't think you could do it.


    Sorry, didn't see your second post before I posted. Without checked bags and Sapphire status I think you can make this.


    Thank you ZAP, very appreciated! Re. tickets, it will sadly need to be two different reservations as the LHR-MIA leg is already bought. This might be a bit of OT but if any AA FF knows please do answer... Given that the minimum connecting time in MIA seem to be 1.35 (please do correct me if I am wrong), if I would miss the flight to Austin, would AA then help me and put me on the next flight to Austin next day, or would I need to buy a completely new ticket? Many thanks!


    As a Oneworld Sapphire they would probably help you out.


    Feb 26, 2016
    II am taking the last flight of the day out of LAX and will arrive at 6:55am in MIA. My next flight leave at 8.am. Is a two hour delay enough time to transfer in the same terminal. What if my LA flight is late and I have less time. Don't know if I should take an earlier flight out of LAX.


    That should be enough time. Redeye flights out of LAX are rarely late.


    Feb 26, 2016
    Going from Montego Bay to Miami to Seattle. 2.5 hour layover in MIA. If I check a bag will it be automatically transferred by AA or will I have to pick it up and recheck it? If not, is 2.5 hours enough time?


    You will go through US Immigration, claim your bag, go through US Customs, then re-check your bag at the re-check desk. You have enough time.


    Feb 25, 2016
    We're flying AA Cancun to Miami and are scheduled to arrive at 2:42 pm on Saturday. We hold B12 Visa and our flight to ZRH (Swiss International Airlines) departs at 5pm. Two separate bookings. Is that enough time to recheck our bags after clearing customs, etc.? What's the smartest way to do it?


    That should be just enough time. Once you clear customs just follow signs towards the South Terminal/J and re-check your bags at the Swiss check-in counter.


  • Iberia Flight LHR-MIA-MGA
    Feb 23, 2016
    I am flying from LHR to MIA next Saturday on an Iberian flight operated by AA arriving 4.25pm. The connecting flight to MGA also operated by AA departs 7.06pm. I have an Irish passport and an up to date ESTA. Is this sufficient time to avoid missing the connecting flight?


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • Bue - Miami -London
    Feb 23, 2016
    Hi, I´m flying with AA from Buenos Aires to London with a 1:45 minutes connection in Miami. I´m italian with ESTA, will I have enough time? I hope I can check my luggage in Bs As and only get it back in London, right?


    Yes, that should be enough time. Since both tickets are on AA and you are International to International you should not have to claim your bags in Miami, but confirm that with the AA people in Miami.. You will still have to go through US Immigration, customs, and security.


  • AA flight from Madrid to Gran Cayman trough Miami
    Feb 22, 2016
    We arrive to Miami on Saturday 14th May with an AA flight operated by Iberia at 3.10pm. We have the connection flight to Grand Cayman with AA flight at 6.10pm. We are Italian citizens with ESTA. Do we have enough time for the connection? Do we have to collect our baggage and go through security and customs clearence?


    Yes, that should be enough time. you will go through US Immigration, Customs, and Security. You will have to ask the agents upon arrival whether you have to claim your bags or not.


  • Orlando - Miami - Cancub
    Feb 21, 2016
    Hello, we are flying in to Miami from Orlando on 16 May, our flight lands at 11:24 and our connecting flight to Cancun is at 12:30. Is that enough time? We are British citizens, both flights are American Airlines and we will have checked bags. I have read you just go from your arrival gate straight to departure gate but do we have to collect our bags and go through security again or will our bags be transferred to the next flight for us? Thank you for your help :)


    No, you don't have to do anything with your bags or go through security on your way to Cancun. You have enough time.


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