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  • Connection on AA flights from Milan to Grand Cayman
    Sep 24, 2014
    I will be arriving from Milan to Miami on AA and connecting on another AA flight to Grand Cayman. Do I need to do immigration and transfer my luggage?


    Yes, you have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags, and go through security.


  • Flying from LHR - via MIA - to SDQ
    Sep 4, 2014
    Hello I am flying American Airlines from London Heathrow to Santo Domingo via Miami. Both flights are AA and I have been told I can check the bags straight through. I've just read that Miami have put in a new customs/ arrivals area that will enable quicker flight connections. Do I still need to collect bags? I am also travelling business. For the outbound flight I have 2hrs 45mins to connect but for the return flight I have only 2hrs 5mins. Also the return is with American Airlines, but then British Airways back to LHR on a codes fare flight. Grateful for your advice. I am a Brit.


    Your bags will be tagged through to SDQ but you will have to ask American whether you have to claim them or not. If you do have to claim them you just claim them, walk through customs, and then re-check them with American immediately after.


  • AA flights connections
    Sep 2, 2014
    Hi, I'll be arriving in Miami from Argentina in an AA flight and 2 1/2 hours later I have another flight to my final destination in Cancun, also with AA. I would probably check a bag in Argentina to get it in Cancun. Will AA let me do that or will I have to pick up my bag and go through the check in again even if I'm flying with the same airline? I understand I might have to pass through custums but Is there a transit area for passengers connecting with the same airline? Would you recommend taking a carry on instead of checking a bag for this trip to Cancun via Miami? Thank you!


    Yes, you will have to claim your bag to go through US Customs in Miami, and yes, you will have to go through US Immigration and Customs in Miami. You should have enough time even with a checked bag, but if you do want to save some time, only taking a carry-on will save you some time in your connection.


    Thank you!!


  • MIA Transit: LIM - MIA - FRA
    Aug 26, 2014
    I will be flying from Lima to Miami with AA and have more than 6 hours before my connecting flight to Frankfurt with LH. 1. Will I have to claim my luggage and re-check? 2. Can I re-check my luggage immediately, or will I sit there with my suitcases for a few hours?


    Yes, you will have to claim your baggage to go through US Customs. if your bags are tagged through to your final destination you can then immediately re-check them. However, if they are not you will have to take them with you to the Lufthansa check-in counter and check them there when it opens.


  • Terminal E to Terminal D
    Aug 26, 2014
    I arrive at 955am on Cayman Air and my AA flight leaves at 1115 in terminal D. Do I have time to get there?


    No, that is insufficient time for such a connection.


    Without luggage, only carry on, how long should that connection take?


    With carry-on only it's maybe possible in 80 minutes. It's really pushing it, but it might be possible. It really depends on how bad the lines at immigration are. You'll definitely have to check in online for your AA flight before leaving the Cayman Islands.


  • How to get to Terminal H from Terminal D
    Aug 10, 2014
    I am arriving to terminal D4 and I have 1h 54m to get to terminal H to catch a connection to Lima with LAN. Do I have enough time and how do I get there.


  • Distance gate D1 to D60b
    Aug 5, 2014
    I land from LAX at gate D1 and have 1 hr and 5 mins to make my connection to Key West from gate D60b. Will I make my connection in that hour? Thanks.


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • Swiss air to AA with 2h 15min layover
    Jul 30, 2014
    Hi, I have been reading all the comments about transferring from one airline to another and so far i think i am getting a good knowledge of what i need to do from when we land at Miami from Zurich with Swiss (arrive 14.35) and then catch out connecting flight with AA to Grenada (depart 16.55). Swiss will arrive from the south terminal (J) and then we have to go through passport control, collect our bags and go through customs then once we have cleared customs re check in our bags then head for the North terminal (D) to catch our connecting flight. Is this correct? I am just unsure about the re check in of the bags... is there an AA desk near by customs that will take our luggage for check in? I have heard that with the automated passport control things are going alot better so can you give me you thoughts on if we can make it in 2hrs and 15? BTW this is a great site. Lots of very useful information and i am tempted to buy the app. Many thanks Cakemama


    Yes, you have it right, there is a re-check desk just after you exit customs. You should have enough time.


    Thanks so much!


  • Flight connection from BA209 arriving 6.00pm
    Jul 29, 2014
    I am arriving on Sunday 10th August from London on BA209 and have a connection at 7.40pm US Airways to Tampa. Arriving on business class but connecting to coach. Will I make it or likely have to rebook to a later flight to Tampa?


    BA209 arrives at 5:06 PM? Yes, you should have plenty of time, especially considering that you will be getting off first due to being in Business class.


    The BA tickets say it is due to arrive at 18:00?


    That should still be enough time as long as your flight is on-time.


  • Will I make it to my connecting flight?
    Jul 28, 2014
    I leave Lima and connect to Miami International with a 2 hour 25 minute layover before my flight to Reagan leaves. With American Airlines. I know I have to go through immigration, claim and recheck my baggage and then go through customs. Will I have enough time and if not, how soon does the next flight from Miami to Reagan take off? So worried I do not want to stay the night and if I do will the airline really pay for it? Thank you


    You should have enough time if your flight from Lima is on-time. I can't tell you what time the next MIA-DCA flight on American is unless I know which flights you are currently booked on.


  • baggage
    Jul 15, 2014
    Hi I'm flying from Philadelphia to Miami, and from Miami to Santo Domingo, DR. I wanted to know if I have to re-check my baggage in Miami or does the airline automatically sends the baggage to the final plane? Thank you!


    On your way to Santo Domingo you will not have to do anything with your baggage in Miami. On the way back you will have to claim it after you go though US Immigration, go through US Customs, and then re-check it with US Airways/American immediately afterwards, then go to the departure level and through security for your flight to PHL.


  • Connection time
    Jul 12, 2014
    Hi. I have a connection in Miami of 1 hour 35 minutes. I land in terminal D from Providenciales (Turks and Caicos) at 5:03. I have to get through customs, and depart at 6:40 PM to Philadelphia on a flight operated by US Aiways from Terminal E. Do I have enough time? When are the busiest hours at Miami's immigration hall? Thanks.


    You arrive at Concourse D of the North Terminal, go through passport check, retrieve bags, go through customs clearance, then re-check-in bag on level 2 from which you connect to your next flight - which is in the Central Terminal, Concourse E - having gates E2-11 on level 2 & satellite gates E20-33 reached from level 4. Your transfer time should suffice. I suggest you open www.ifly.com/mia,then click on 'Terminal Map' under 'QUICK LINKS', and scroll down to the detailed text.


  • 1h35 is enough?
    Jul 4, 2014
    I arrive at Miami from Brasil in a TAM flight at 06:18pm and have a connecting flight to LAX leaving at 7pm:55; in a American Airlines flight. I will only be taking hand luggage, will there still be enough time to clear immigration and make my flight?


    Yes, that should be enough time but you will have to hurry.


  • Connecting through MIA from the DR
    Jul 3, 2014
    Hello, I am flying on a Tuesday from Santo Domingo to MIA with a 2hr connection time to get to my flight for LAX. Will this be enough time to make my connection?


    Yes, that should be enough time if your first flight is on-time.


    Thank you for the reply. My flight is with AA and they have a pretty good track record for being on time with the early DR departure.


  • Connecting flight miami-Dallas
    Jun 26, 2014
    I arrive at Miami from Grand Cayman at 3:20pm and have a connecting flight to Dallas leaving at 5:25pm; both flights are with US Airways. I will only be taking hand luggage, will there still be enough time to clear immigration and make my flight? Miami has a history of missed flights and delays due to building works and long immigration lines. I have another connection once in Dallas only 2 hours between so timing is important.


    Actually both of your flights will be operated by American. 2 Hours should be enough time, but as you mentioned, things at Miami are a bit unpredictable, however, I've heard that immigration there has gotten a lot better than it once was.


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