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  • Luggage and Connections
    Sep 12, 2016
    I am flying from SCL to MIA to MXP, with a 13-hour layover in MIA (4:30AM to 5:30PM). Both on AA. I do NOT want my bags checked all the way through-- I want to grab them when I land in MIA and leave the airport for a while. Is this possible, or am I forced to check them all the way through? How do I make sure I can get them in MIA? (Note this is an International-to-International connection). (Sorry, I posted this on another forum and didn't get a response)


    You can ask the agent in Santiago if that is possible. Sorry I don't know for sure - it's an unusual request.


    Yes, every time you fly international you must pick up your bags and re-check them so you can take them and check them again later without a problem


  • 2hr 33min Enough?
    Sep 1, 2016
    I have to switch from CLT-MIA to an International AA flight by rechecking bags. Will that be enough time?


    Also will 2hr 15min work to switch to Alitalia in CDG?


    If both flights are on AA you don't have to do anything with your bags. That will be a difficult connection in Paris.


  • International Connection
    Aug 31, 2016
    We are flying from belize to doha via miami. the first leg is with AA and the second one is with qatar. the layover at miami is 2:50 min. do you think it is enough time in the evening to make the connection, considering the immigration, baggage pick up and re-checkin of the bags?


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • transit
    Aug 30, 2016
    We are flying from London to New Orleaans via Miami. Do we need to collect our bags and go through customs?


    Yes, in Miami you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, go through security and to your departure gate.


  • madrid to las vegas connection
    Sep 7, 2016
    Hi, I am flying from Madrid to Miami with Iberia arriving at 19:55 and I would like to book a flight to Vegas with frontier airline which departs at 21:20. I have one check-in bag. will I have enough time? do I have to pick my luggage and recheck it in?


    That would not be reasonably possible. Yes, you will have to claim your baggage take it through customs, and re-check it with Frontier in G. You do not realistically have enough time for that connection. Plan on spending the night in Miami.


    You might have a chance to make the connection if you had carry on luggage, not checked in bags.


  • International connection via Miami
    Aug 25, 2016
    Hi, I will be flying from Paris CDG to Kingston via Miami with AA. Do you know: (1) if I need to collect my checked in luggage in Miami; and (2) roughly how much time customs/etc... will take at Miami airrport? Thank you!


    You do not have to claim your bags and re-check them in Miami since you are on an International to International connection on AA. You need at least 2 hours for your connection as you still need to go through US Immigration, customs, and security.


    Thank you so much for your helpful reply!


  • Arriving MIA from GRU (Brazil)
    Aug 24, 2016
    Hi, I'll arrive MIA 6pm on saturday and my connection flight for LAS is 8:17pm, flying AA. Will I have enough time? I'll be with 1 checked baggage and 1 handbag. Is there a "fast (or quick) connect" line on immigration? Thanks


    No, there are no expedited lines for passengers with connections as most passengers on your flight will have connections. You have enough time.


    Thanks a lot.


  • DCA to GRU connecting MIA
    Aug 23, 2016
    Will 1hour 25 minutes be enough for this connection with carry-on and TSA precheck/Global Entry (to USA) on American Airline?


    All you will do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time.


  • Gate distance
    Aug 22, 2016
    How long does it take to walk from gate D3 to gate D47. I have 1 hour to make my connecting flight. Both flights are American Airlines. Thank you!


    As long as the first flight is on-time and domestic that should be enough time.


  • Airline responsibilities
    Aug 20, 2016
    Hi we recently booked a flight on AA from curacao returning to Newark with a connection in Miami. Originally we had 3 hours to allow us to get through customs and recheck our bags and go through security. AA just changed our flight and now we only have an hour and 45 minutes! My travel agent said that is a "valid" connection so she can't do anything. What is the airline's responsibility if we are unable to make that connection? There is one other flight that is much later but very full. Is AA responsible for putting us up in a hotel if they can't reschedule us until the next day. We are two families traveling together, 8 people in total including children. How can they just cancel a flight that was pretty full and throw us on another changing the time we had considered for our layover when we booked our original flights?


    They are not responsible for putting you in a hotel. If you want, you can get a refund due to the schedule change and buy a whole new reservation on another airline to Curacao.


    If American changed your flight, American can make one free change. Call American and tell them that you'd like to change your flight and an AA representative will help you find a new itinerary that works best for you.


    Do you think there is any reasonable chance that we would make that connection with only 1 hour and 45 minutes? We were considering paying the upcharge fee to move all 8 of our seats from the back of the plane to the front in hopes of speeding things up. Really appreciate your thoughts!!


    You can definitely make the 1h45m connection if your inbound from CuraƧao is on time and you walk quickly.


  • Skb to Mia to gcm
    Aug 18, 2016
    Hi I arrive in MIA on Saturday at 10:39 am from St Kitts and connect at 12:21 to Gcm do you think I have enough time?


    You will have to go through customs, pick up your bag, go through immigrations, check them at the recheck desk, and go through security before finding your departure gate to Grand Gayman. You just barely have enough time if everything goes smoothly.


    Actually since you are on an Intenrational to International connection all on AA through Miami, you don't have to do anything with your bags. You have to do the other stuff though.


    Sep 7, 2016
    Hi i arrive from LHR and then transfer to go to San Juan, i understand i need to clear customs but do i need to then check back in for the flight? it is a stright through ticket all with AA (code share with BA) or do i just drop my bags somehwere? when flying before via newark they had an area to drop back for connecting flights. thanks in advance!


    Yes, you will go through customs, pick up your bags, go through immigration, check your bag at the recheck desk, go through security, and walk to your departure gate. There will be signs pointing towards the recheck desk. You need at least 1h45m, 2 hours to be safe.


    Andy has the correct answer, just to add, after security, drop off your bags at the transfer/transit belt, make sure your bag tag is to your final destination., then head to the gate with your boarding pass to SJU.


  • 2 hour layover
    Aug 15, 2016
    I will be arriving from Guyaquil on 11/20 at 12:59 am on American, connecting to Denver on Frontier at 1:50pm. Will that be enough time to get thru customs and to my gate? Will it make a difference if I have only carry on vs checked luggage?


    Are you arriving at 12:59 AM (almost 1 AM, in the middle of the night) or 12:59 PM (in the middle of the day). If you are arriving in the middle of the night you have plenty of time. if you are arriving in the afternoon you absolutely do NOT have enough time.


    Assuming that Frontier doesn't operate a 1:50AM flight to Denver (there are no east to west red eyes), you do not have enough time, even if you don't check luggage. With checked luggage, I would allow at least two hours (still cutting it close). Without checked bags, you should allow at least one hour and 45 minutes.


  • Connecting flight
    Aug 18, 2016
    Hello flying from MAN/MIA on MT830 through ticket to GCM KX107 same day Cayman Airways, do we go through customs ,collect luggage & recheck in? was thinking of leaving airport as long layover can this be done with bags?


    Yes, you have to do all of that. You need at least 3-4 hours for your connection.


    Thanks, we may have cancel the Cayman flight but willl not know until nearer departure, so could this be done on the day of travel? we have esta's for USA as due out on a cruise a few days later,but will this cause a problem with immigration/airline if we just advised locally on arrival? thanks in advance


  • Time conection
    Aug 13, 2016
    Hi, Im traveling in LATAM airlines and arrive in miami at 8.10 am and we have the connection in AA at 12.30 to turks & caicos, is it enough time? we are traveling with a baby


    Yes, that should be enough time.


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