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  • Connection time allowance
    Mar 1, 2015
    We are UK citizens and will be flying into Miami from Cancun and flying onto Barbados. How long would you recommend it takes to clear immigration, reclaim baggage etc.


    In Miami, I would recommend at least 2 hours.


  • Chicago-->MIA-->Grand Cayman
    Feb 24, 2015
    Hello, I am flying from Chicago-O'Hare to Miami, to Grand Cayman. Initially, I had a two hour layover in Miami before departing for Grand Cayman. However, AA changed the flight time to a departure an hour earlier, so the layover is only an hour. I am worried I will now miss the flight to Cayman from Miami, especially if I will have to re-check my luggage and/or go through security again.


    On your way to Grand Cayman you do not have to go through security or do anything with your luggage in Miami. You just have to walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. you will have enough time if your flight from Chicago is on-time.


    Sounds great thank you!


  • Toronto to Bridgetown Via Miami
    Apr 17, 2015
    Hi, we have an upcoming flight from Toronto to Bridgetown via Miami. All flights on the same ticket and purchased at the same time. On arrival in Miami from Toronto will we need to collect our checked bag then recheck it with the transfer desk? On the return from Bridgetown I assume we will need to clear US customs on arrival in Miami? I also assume we will need to collect our bags and recheck them with the transfer desk? Thanks in Advance.


    On your way from Toronto you will pre-clear US Immigration and customs in Toronto and only need to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate in Miami. On your return you will have to go through US Immigration and Customs in Miami, but you should not have to claim your bags since you are on an International to International connection, but confirm that with the AA agents in Bridgetown and Miami.


    Hi, thanks for the information. Flight was booked through British Airways but we have a full American Airlines itinerary. We will confirm for the return journey.


    Hey, I am flying from Montreal to Miami to San Jose Costa Rica.. All with AA. Do I need to claim bags in between? Or straight to the gate?


  • 1 hr 40 min layover
    Feb 24, 2015
    My husband is on his way from Madrid and has a connecting flight in MIA. His flight was delayed by almost 2 hours so he will not arrive until around 4pm-415. He has a 620 flight to Key West. do you think he will make his connection


    There's a good chance he can still make it. If he does miss it there is a 9:25 PM flight to Key West.


  • 1 hr layover
    Feb 23, 2015
    Hi, I'm a first time flyer taking a trip from Texas to the Bahamas with an hour layover in MIA. I have a few questions, do i just go straight to my departure gate when I arrive? Or will I have to through security again once in MIA? Will i need to go through customs in MIA? Will an hour be long enough? FYI, I purchased my tickets together,1st flight is AA, 2nd is AA operated by American Eagle.


    You will not go through customs or security in Miami. You can just go straight from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • 9 hours layover in MIA
    Feb 19, 2015
    HI, I am travelling from the Caribbean & I have a 9 hour layover in MIA; my destination is MSP. Is it possible to clear Customs etc, leave the airport and return in time for the flight to MSP. All flights are booked with the same airline so I presume that my checked bag will be sent to my final destination so I wouldnt need to clear luggage. Am I correct? Are my plans feasible?


    In Miami (assuming you aren't flying from Nassau, Freeport, or Aruba), you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the transfer desk. Then you will be outside the secure area and free to go wherever you want as long as you make it back in time for your second flight. Traffic in Miami is bad, so be prepared.


  • 50 minutes connecting time domestic to international - doable
    Feb 21, 2015
    Hi! We are young European citizens flying from Europe through Phildelphia and Miami to Colombia in July. We somehow missed the fact that we have only 50 minutes connecting time in Miami to Colombia and I am kind of worried. Is this doable? From PL to MIA we fligh on US airways, our fligh to Colombia is on AA. All flights are on the same ticket, but ticket is non-refoundable. If we miss the plane, does AA change it for later flight (next day in the morning) with no charges? Thank you for your answers.


    Yes, that is doable. In philadelphia, You will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags and go through security. In Miami all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. If your flight from Philadelphia is late and you do miss your connection you will be rebooked on the next available flight with no charges.


    Thank you. I hope we'll manage it.


  • 11 HR stopover in MIA - checked bag charge twice?
    Feb 18, 2015
    Hello: We are Canadian citizen. Booked with American Airlines (1 reservation). Our flight leaves Toronto and gets to Miami at 10pm. It departs MIA the next day to San Juan, PR at 9am. Does anyone know if AA will charge for checked bags twice? Is there an option to leave the checked bags at the MIA aiport? Thank you.


    Yes, you will probably be charged for checked bags twice because of the overnight layover. However, because bag charges are "one way" and you could argue that you are still on one "way" of your trip, you bay be able to get the agent in MIA to waive them for you.


    Thanks you. Eventhough its layover they will charge eh.


  • Cdn citizens travelling through Miami to Bolivia
    Feb 16, 2015
    We are cdn citizens flying from Calgary, Canada, to Bolivia with a connecting flight (from Houston) through Miami with American Airlines. The layover in Miami is only 59 minutes. Is that doable? I would assume no need to clear customs again in Miami? Thanks.


    Yes, that should be enough time. All you will have to do in Miami is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    Great; thank you!


  • Connection Time?
    Feb 16, 2015
    Hello, We are US citizens, coming from Frankfurt with connection in MIA to Nassau with separate ticket for the MIA-NAS leg. We'll have to go through immigration and customs in MIA and then check-in again for the Nassau trip? Would 1 hour 40 minutes be enough if we come in from Frankfurt on business or first class? Thank you


    I still think that would be really difficult, especially if you have to change terminals. There's lots of flights to Nassau. Pick a bit later one.


    Thank you for the input. I appreciate it


  • Cdn citizen travelling through Miami to Costa Rica
    Feb 14, 2015
    I am a cdn citizen flying to Costa Rica with a connecting flight through Miami with American Airlines. The layover is 1 hour 5 minutes. Will we have to go through customs again once we are in Miami? Both flights are with American Airlines.


    On your way to Costa Rica you will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Canada. There is no US Customs when you leave the US. All you have to do in Miami is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Connection time?
    Feb 14, 2015
    How much time should I allow for connection time traveling from Peru, on a Trans American Airlines flying out of Miami on a United flight?


    This is in June with checked luggage.


    If you purchased your tickets together on one reservation I would leave at least 90 minutes, preferably 2 hours. If buying two separate tickets I would want closer to 3 hours.


  • Customs?
    Feb 11, 2015
    I am a US citizen and plan on traveling from Austin, TX to STX. My connecting flight both directions is through MIA. I'm confused on when I need to go through customs? Is it before I leave STX or once I enter MIA? My connect flight from MIA to AUS is only 49 minutes. If I go through customs upon entering MIA will I make my connecting flight to AUS?


    You don't have to go through customs. St. Croix is part of the United States.


    Feb 15, 2015
    I arrive from Cancun on AA 1190 @ 7:21 p.m. for connecting to TPA AA 1474 leaving @ 9:20. Which terminal do I land? Would like to know what place to eat? Do I have enough time to get something to eat for kids? How far in between do I have to walk, keeping pace with kids 6 & 8? Any tips for clearing customs?


    All flights will be in the same terminal. You probably won't have much time to eat after you clear Immigration, customs, and security, but might have time for fast food. it's a very modern terminal with a lot of restaurants.


    Thank you... I was hoping for a quick pick up to eat on the plane. How far do I have to walk? and I'm reading about kiosks at customs?


    Yes, they now have kiosks that take your picture and you confirm all your info on before you go to the immigration officer, so they don't have to enter it and you spend less time with the officer.


  • 1h55m - connecting fligh
    Feb 11, 2015
    Hi, I'll be flying sunday with AA from SJ Costa Rica and arrive in Miami at 16.50 pm. My connecting flight to Madrid is at 18.45 pm. Do I have enough time? I just have hand luggage, but I am a bit worried...


    That should be enough time, especially with only hand luggage.


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