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  • 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
    Dec 24, 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!


    Hi everyone, I just wanted to write abut my experience with my flight from Zurich to Grenada. It was very uneventful and stress free. There were some moments when we did wonder and worry but we got there without any problems. When we checked in with Swiss in Zurich we were lucky when the lady asked us if Miami was our final destination. We said no so she asked to see our boarding passes for the next flight which I had luckily printed out. Handed them over and she said that she can check us in all the way to grenada and all our luggage would be transferred to the next flight so we didn't have to collect them and carry them for the next flight. We were a bit skeptical about this but we went on our merry way. Flight was really nice and smooth. In Miami, we had to walked a bit to passport control. With our passports we were able to use the automated passport control but finding the line was tricky. It is the line with first line that says ESTA. Didn't see one that said automated passport control. And the line was lovely and short! For my daughter who is 6 the camera came down to her level in order for her to have her picture taken. Once all this was done we went to the baggage claim had a quick look to see that ours wasnt there so we went into the line to exit. This was where things were configuring because the exit was an exit out of the terminal and not a transfer so we didn't know if there was another direction that we had to go through. We asked and yes we had to exit concourse j and walk to concourse D. This was the longest bit and thank goodness we didn't have luggage. But once you exit there is a place to drop your luggage again for the connecting flights so you don't have to walk all the way dragging suitcases. Also to get to concourse D you have to walk all the way from J to D then take a sky train which would drop you at the gate you need. And yes you have to pass through security again. We were lucky and we were allowed to pass through the Pre TSA line so we didn't have to stand in a really long line to get through security. We made it to our flight with about 20 minutes to spare. Boarded the plane and arrived in Grenada with all suitcases and no stress. Thanks for the tips given and also for a great site! Loads of info available! Davina


  • 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.


  • Connecting flight
    Jun 22, 2014
    Hi I am arriving in Miami International Airport from Orlando and have a connecting flight to Heathrow. Can anyone let me know the process? Do I have to check in again after arrival? Mixed information all around the web. Thxs


    Only international arrivals, including US citizens, need to go through the immigration/ customs procedure at US airports. Your arrival at & departure from MIA depends on which airline you take. Most likely, you will arrive at Midfield Concourse C/D, at C or D gates, & depart from either Z or H gates of the Main Terminal. Your boarding pass, as well as the overhead screens on arrival at IAD, should indicate flight & gate number. While the Aerotrain runs its continuous loop between the Main Terminal and Concourses A - C -C gates C1-30 & D gates D1-32 are connected by a walkway. Hurry! For more details, I suggest you open www.ifly.com/mia, then click on 'Terminal Map' under 'QUICK LINKS', and scroll down to the detailed text. Note that if you use the same airline for both flights, or booked both flights on one ticket, your checked bags will arrive automatically at Heathrow where you need to go through their international arrivals procedure (open ifly.com/lhr) & click on 'Terminal Map'.


    Only international arrivals,including US citizens, need to go through the immigration/ customs procedure at US airports. Your arrival at & departure from MIA depends on which airline you take. Note that if you use the same airline for both flights, or booked both flights on one ticket, your checked bags will arrive automatically at Heathrow where you need to go through their international arrivals procedure (open ifly.com/lhr) & click on 'Terminal Map'.


    Please ignore sujun's nonsensical boilerplate responses. If both of your flights are on AA/BA you do not have to do anything with your bags in MIA. You just have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate which will be connected inside security.


  • MCO - MIA- MEX
    Jun 13, 2014
    I am travelling from orlando international to Mexico with AA. Flight 1638 arrives Miami international at 11.10am. Flight 1303 departs Miami 12.55pm. Is this sufficient time? Do I need to clear passport at Miami or will this take place in orlando? Do bags get checked through at orlando Ordovician I need to claim and recheck at Miami? Thanks :)


    Only a few minutes, you do not have to go through EU immigration, only security, and the Delta gates are usually all right next to each other.


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