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Flying through MIA with only short stop of 1 hour 20 mins. Flight delayed by 40 mins. Will I make connection?
Yes, you can still make it.
Flying American Airlines from St Louis to Miami and then connecting to Belize with only a 54 minute layover in Miami. Are the terminals close as to have enough time to make the transition? Assuming the connecting flight to Belize begins loading 30 prior to take off.
That is enough time. All AA gates are connected inside security. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.
Hi all,

I am arriving into Miami International with AA in June (assuming D Gates)

I am then departing to London Heathrow, with Virgin Atlantic, (assuming F gates) around 2 hours later,

Do I need to leave the airside area to connect to the other terminal? & is the quickest way of doing so by the moving walkway on level 3 I have read about?

I do not have luggage with me (only carry-on)

If I need to pass through Security again at the F gates, is there a First Class/priority lane as I will be travelling in First.

There are two hours between flights, does this seem an achievable time?

Thanks for your help!
Also - do I need to pass through Passport Checks/Immigration when landing in Miami or will i just exit the north terminal? (I know I will have security check-point when entering F gates)
Yes, you need to leave the airside, walk to F, and go through security. There is no passport control when leaving the US or when traveling on domestic flights. There should be a priority line in F.
Thanks ZAP! I assume 2 hours should be sufficient time?
Yes, if the AA flight is on-time that's enough time.
Thanks so much for your help!
Flying out from Madrid to Miami and connecting to Cali Colombia flight, all with AMERICAN AIRLINES only been given 1hr this enough time to connect, and will checked baggage be automatically transferred?
Anyone know if the gate for cali colombia flights is far from where i arrive in miami airport?
Am worried i will miss the flight due to all immigration and security checks.
Please reply Zap you seem to be the Guru and i need your advice deperately
Your checked bags will be transferred but you will have to go through US Immigration, Customs, and security in Miami. You have barely enough time if everything goes perfectly. The gates should be fairly close together, but you will have to go to the immigration hall and back through security, so you will have to do a bit of walking.
Arriving MIA from POP @ 5:50 pm connecting flight to IND at 7:25 pm. Both on AA. Is there enough time to pick up bags, clear customs, recheck bags and clear TSA?
That is barely enough time if everything goes perfectly.

After I get through customs does it takes a lots of minutes to get to AA desk to re-check?
I have 3 hours between my connection flights. I bought both tickets at AA separately because it was cheaper.
Can someone explain me the route? I don't know how long it will take to get through immigration and customs at miami international airport. In 2015 it was a nightmare. We arrived at the hotel almost after 4 hours.
I'm still traumatized.
I'm flying from the Caribbean to miami with AA and will take a connection flight with AA to orlando.
If you get your reservations joined together then you can use the re-check desk right after customs. If they are not tagged through to your final destination the AA check in desk is just upstairs.
Also, where in "the Caribbean" are you coming from?
I'm going to try that. My bookings have different booking numbers.
I'm flying from Curacao.
Thank you for your answer.
I'm flying from Freeport to Miami, then to Lisbon with 3:15 layover in MIA. First flight is on American Airlines, the second (MIA-LIS) is on TAP Portugal. Will I have enough time to make this connection on time?
You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Freeport. All you have to do in Miami is claim your bags from AA and re-check them with TAP and go through security. You should have enough time.
ZAP, thank you for the information. But what you are saying is that I will not have to go through the Immigration in Miami?!? How is that possible?
Everybody has to go through immigration.
You will not go through Immigration in Miami because you will go through it in Freeport.
Thank you ZAP. I thought I had to go through Immigration in Miami regardless. Perfect.. 3 hours will be enough to make my connection. I appreciate it. Just one more question - Is the TAP Portugal gate far from AA arrival gate?
Yes, TAP is on the opposite side of the airport from American.
I'm flying from Mexico City (MEX) on May 17th to Miami (MIA) then on to London Heathrow (LHR) with 1h35 layover in MIA. Both flights are on American Airlines (AA1031 then AA38). Will I have to transfer myself my checked in baggage? And will I have enough time to transfer (with our without checked in baggage)?
Since it's an International to International connection all on AA then you don't have to claim your bags in Miami, but you do have to go through US Immigration, Customs, and Security. You have just enough time if everything goes smoothly.
We are flying Manchester to Grand Cayman 1st flight on Thomas Cook 2nd flight Cayman Airways all booked on one ticket through Thomas Cook. Will we have to collect luggage or will the bags go straight through to Grand Cayman?
Yes, you will have to claim your bags to take them through US Customs in Miami.
Hi ZAP, I'll arrive at 1.30pm and my next flight is with Jetairfly at 3:35pm but they've never leave on time. Do you think I can make it? No checked baggage and I have to check in at counter
With no checked luggage you have the slightest of chances. You'll have to go all the way across the airport from the American gates where you arrive to the JetairFly check-in counter.