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  • 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.


  • 12 hour layover
    Feb 6, 2015
    i am flying with American airlines from Toronto to Washington 2 hour layover then on to Miami I have a 12 hour layover in miami do I collect my checked bags and check them back in when I leave Miami to the Dominican.


    Were all your tickets purchased together? is your layover overnight? If it's overnight you probably will have to claim your bags, but basically, you will need to ask the American Airlines agent in Toronto.


  • Connection to Cayman Air
    Feb 3, 2015
    Hello. I am a US citizen and will be flying from DCA to MIA on American/USAir, with one checked bag. I need to connect on Cayman Air to Gran Cayman. I don't know of any way to purchase these as one ticket. On my departing flight, will I need to pick up luggage in MIA and go through security to Cayman Air? How much time do I need to allow on the connection? Also, how much time do I have to allow on the reverse process, as I will need to go through customs? Thanks!


    Yes, if you purchase your tickets separately you will have to claim your luggage from American and then take it to Cayman Airways and re-check it, then go through security. I would allow 2 hours on your way to grand Cayman and 3 hours on your return for the process. did you already purchase a flight from Miami to Grand Cayman on Cayman Airways? If you do not want to go through that procedure I suggest you research other single-ticket options.


  • Catching a connecting flight
    Jan 28, 2015
    Hi. Im going on my honeymoon this year and will be flying from the uk then staying in orlando for 4 ights. We will then be booking a flight from MCO - MIA - UVF (st Lucia) I will be booking these flights through AA - If I book it all in one go once I land in MIA will I haveto go through customs and collect my bags and theen check in for the St lucia flight? Im just concerned how much time we will need. there is a flight that leaves Orlando at 05.20 or 07.35 to catch the flight leaving from Miami to St lucia that leaves at 09.59. Can someone explain the process please?


    On your way to St. Lucia you will only have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate in Miami. No customs or security checks. You do not go through US Customs when leaving the US. You will go through St. Lucian immigration and Customs when you get there.


    Thank you for your reply!


  • 3 hour connection from terminal H to D
    Jan 25, 2015
    Hi all I will be arriving at MIA at 6:51 am from LAX via Delta which is at Terminal H in the North Concourse and have to collect my luggage and get over to Terminal D for my 11:50 AA flight to Port au Prince. Hope that I can get my luggage and over to terminal D in an hour leaving me with roughly 2 hours to check in for my flight to Port au Prince. Do you think thats a reasonable connection? many thanks!


    Yes, you should have plenty of time.


  • Connect between E and D
    Jan 22, 2015
    Arriving on US Airways at Term E and leaving on AA from D. Does one need to go thru TSA Security between these terminals. They are close to each other but wondering if convenient for my mother who does not speak english? Thx


    There is a walkway connecting them inside security.


  • 1 hour connecting slot
    Jan 18, 2015
    Hi we have a flight booked from chicago-miami-punta Cana (domincan Republic) all booked together both American Airlines. We arrive at 17.55 at Miami and the connectigng flight is 18:45, this was selected for us. Is this enough time?


    Yes, that should be enough time if you arrive on-time. All you have to do in Miami on your way to Punta Cana is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Do I Have to claim and check bags again
    Jan 16, 2015
    We are travelling from MSP to SJU connecting at MIA 1 hr 59mins layover. We have to change Airlines, Delta to AA, do we have to claim and check bags again? And if we do Will that be enough time?


    Did you buy your tickets separately or together. If separately you will have to claim them and you will barely have enough time if your first flight is on-time.


    They aré together! We bought them online and the connection was like that.


    Will they go directly to the final destination if it was bought together?


    Yes, in that case they should go to your final destination


  • Connection time
    Jan 13, 2015
    Hello, I am considering booking a flight with American Airlines in April. The return flight from St. Croix to Detroit has a connection in Miami with a 42 minute layover. Will that be enough time to make my connection? I know American uses Concourse D and E of the. North Terminal. If I land in one terminal and leave in the other will I have enough time to make it? Assuming the flight coming in is on time ! 😊 Thanks!


    All AA gates in Miami are connected inside security. Yes, that is enough time if your first flight is on-time.


    Ok! Thanks so much!


  • International Through Miami From Baltimore
    Jan 12, 2015
    My flight begins in Baltimore, MD. I then fly to Mami, and then internationally to Ecuador. My question is... I am on the same airline the whole time (American), I believe the luggage will automatically be moved for us by the airline, but will I need to go to a separate desk or location to have my passport checked? Or do they do that right at the new gate? Are all the American Airlines flight departures (domestic and international) in the same area? I only have a 1 hour layover.


    They will check your passport when you check in in Baltimore. There is no exit passport control for the US. All you have to do in Miami is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. All American Airlines gates are connected to each other inside security.


  • Connecting flights on different airlines
    Jan 11, 2015
    I'm a British guy travelling back from Bogota to Miami on LAN Airlines arriving at 6.05pm. I then have a 8.50pm flight with British Airways from Miami to London. Will I have to collect my bags, exit then come back in and check in on my new flight, going through security again? Do I have enough time?


    Yes, you have the procedure correct. You should barely have enough time if your LAN flight is on-time and immigration lines aren't too bad. If you purchased your tickets together you can re-check your bags at the transfer desk and don't have to stop at the BA ticket counter before going back through security.


    Thanks Zap. I bought the tickets separately so fingers crossed I'll be OK...


  • layover non US citizen - checked baggage
    Jan 10, 2015
    hello, i am due to fly from st lucia in the carribbean to miami airport before i fly onto chicago. i have one & half hour layover. i will have a checked bag. is this a realistic timeframe to go through customs and be able to get my connecting flight? im a non us citizen


    It'll be really difficult, immigration and customs in Miami is notoriously slow. However, if you are flying American they at least have lots of flights to Chicago that you can be rebooked on if you miss your connection.


  • Transit Miami 1,45 hours
    Jan 8, 2015
    Hi, I fly from SJO San José Costa Rica tomorrow and arrive in Miami at 7.20 pm. My flight to London Heathrow is at 09.05 pm. Do I have enough time? I contacted an AA representative in Costa Rica concerning this, he told me 1,30 hours would be sufficient but that sounds optimistic. Concerning luggage he could not answer if it could be sent directly to London but told me to ask in the airport in San José and Miami. He mentioned something called ICI? Do you have any advise in general when it comes to international transit in Miami?


    It's ITI, not ICI. And yes, the policy is that for passengers transiting Miami on an International to International connection should not have to claim their bags in Miami. However, ask the agents in San Jose and Miami to confirm. 1 hr 45 is possible, but it depends on everything going smoothly.


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