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    Mar 10, 2016
    We are UK visitors on ESTA planning a visit to Florida in November.and our flight is due to land in MIA at 18.45. I want to know if we would have enough time to clear immigration and customs to catch a 19.45 onward flight to Orlando. Think it is too tight, but just want confirmation we would make a 19.45


    No, 1 hour is absolutely not enough time to make an International to Domestic connection in Miami. You need to contact whoever you booked that ticket to and get it changed.


    Thanks for that - haven't booked that flight yet just wanted to know if possible!


  • 1:50 minutes layover
    Mar 4, 2016
    My flight from colombia arrives at 8pm. Then i have a connecting flight at 9:50. Only traveling with a carry on, US citizen. Will it be enough time? I have done layovers in MIA but during the day. I dont know if its just as bad in the evenings.


    It shouldn't be as bad in the evening. With carry-on only I think you can make it.


  • Elder couple - enough time to connect between flights and customs?
    Feb 11, 2016
    My elder parents (from abroad) will land in NY before catching their next flight to MIA, which leaves 2 hrs later. They walk slow and my mother needs a wheel chair. Do they have to go through customs in NY or in MIA? Will they have enough time? Thank you!


    In New York they will go through US Immigration, claim their bags, go through US Customs, re-check their bags, and go through security. What airlines are they flying and where are they flying from?


    They are coming from ZRH (Switzerland) with AA; business class. Can they manage to catch their flight in a 2hrs frame? Waiting for a wheel chair might take some time too. Ty.


    I forgot to add, they will continue with AA to MIA.


    2 hours should be enough time.


  • Bahamas transfer for London Flight
    Jan 27, 2016
    Hi - I am on a flight from the Bahamas on March 3, 2016 that gets in at 1536, we then have a connecting flight to London at 1725. So we have just 1 hr 50 minutes to make the connection. The flight is booked as BA outbound and AA / BA on the return. I am wondering a) is baggage checked straight through from Bahamas or do we have to go through immigration / customs etc. Is there enough time for this?


    If you are coming from Nassau or Freeport you will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in the Bahamas and not have to go through US Immigration or Customs or do anything with your bags in Miami. If you are coming from Marsh Harbour or somewhere else you will have to do that in Miami. You should have enough time.


  • enough time
    Jan 25, 2016
    we are a party of 5 adults and 1 child arriving miami from heathrow we have about 2.30 hours before we connect out flight to orlando will we have enough time


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • Cuba > Miami > Chicago
    Jan 20, 2016
    Hi. I arrive on a charter from Cuba to Miami at 2:45pm. I am considering buying a 4:45pm flight to Chicago. Is that enough time to obtain bags and go through customs? Thank you for your help.


    No, I wouldn't book anything until 6. Immigration and Customs in Miami is notoriously slow and you will have to transfer your bags to your second airline yourself, possibly in a different terminal.


    Jan 17, 2016


    If both tickets are on the same reservation then 2 hours is recommended. If two separate reservations I recommend 3 hours.


  • Miami American Airlines Baggage Claim Contact Info
    Jan 6, 2016
    I recently had an issue with some lost bags while traveling with American Airlines that caused my bags to be stranded in MIA instead of getting all the way to California. Contacting the right people at AA was a nightmare, but eventually I was able to find the number for AA baggage claim at MIA Airport. The numbers are: 305-526-7773 305-526-1761 They were able to better assist me there, and had more information than the standard AA number for baggage claims (1800-535-5225). Hope this helps!


  • MEX - MIA - SCL
    Dec 23, 2015
    going to be on AA from MEX to MIA with a layover for 2 hours. is that sufficient? but i'd be on LAN airlines (codeshare AA) from MIA to SCL


    That's barely enough time if everything goes smoothly. You will arrive in the North terminal and depart from the South terminal J gates and will have to go through US Immigration, Customs, and security in Miami.


  • International Flight
    Dec 7, 2015
    I will arrive 3 hours before an international flight from Concourse E. However the checkin counter will close 90 minutes before the flight. Will that be still enough time? Also is the checkin counter before the security checkpoint?


    Yes, all check in counters are before security checkpoints. Yes, you should have plenty of time. Also, if your first flight is on the same reservation as your second flight then you don't have to check in again in miami - I assuming by you saying you "will arrive 3 hours before" you are connecting in Miami.


    No it is the First flight. However current travel arrangements only allow me to be there about 3 hours before the flight.


    That is PLENTY of time.


  • Connecting flight MIA
    Nov 13, 2015
    Hi I will arrive in MIA saturday 5 december at 3:40PM, and I have a connecting flight for Cancun at 6:20. That's mean that I have 2 h 40 min. Is enough time to inmigration control and customs? To save time, is possible apply for ITI program avoiding the step of recollect luggage? Are there different queues for passenger in transit that have to be faster in the procedure? Thank you very much Kind regards Stefano


    That should be enough time. If all tickets are on the same reservation on AA then ITI baggage should be done automatically - there's no applying for it. The different lines are based on your immigration status. If you are a US or Canadian citizen or ESTA user then you can use the APC kiosks, but if you are a first time ESTA user or using a transit visa you have to wait in the regular lines.


    sorry, I meant "repeat ESTA user" can use the APC Kiosks.


  • International to international connection at MIA
    Nov 12, 2015
    We are planning (tickets not bought yet :)) to go to Jamaica thru Miami. Will arrive on 2:20 PM from Germany (AA). Next flight to Jamaica (on separate ticket!) at 6 PM, also AA. Will the time be enough? We are European citizens.


    That should be enough time, but if both tickets are on AA I think it would be best to buy them together. However, even if you buy them separately you should be able to combine them into one reservation after purchase.


    Thank you ZAP so much! We're considering separate tickets due to the massive difference in cost - even though the flights would be the exact same... Still, we should be fine (with checked luggage) if we're unable to combine the tickets?


    Yes, 3.5 hours should be plenty of time.


  • Rental Car Center - shortest queues?
    Nov 4, 2015
    I'll be traveling to MIA, soon and I remember that you'd sometimes stand in line forever to get your rental car which - after a 9 hours flight - I'd like to avoid. Does anyone know which ones are the rental car companies that usually have short queues? Thanks for your support, upfront. Alex


  • Making Connecting Flight
    Oct 18, 2015
    I'm flying from PHL to Quito with a layover at MIA. I land in MIA at 8:50 AM and my flight to Quito leaves at 9:45 AM. I'm not checking any bags or traveling with kids. Do you think this is a doable lay over?


    Yes, all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


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