My family is planning a return trip to Barbados from Cleveland, Ohio next Spring. We had an absolute nightmare connecting through Miami this past April and do not want to repeat the chaos and horrible experience there.
Our other options appear to be through Charlotte on U.S. Air or through Toronto on Air Canada. Both require overnight stays for us before the fight to Barbados. Air Canada is significantly cheaper than U.S. Air so we are leaning that direction.
Has anyone out there flown either route? How is customs to get through normally?
Obviously, flying through Toronto will have extra trips through customs for us, and we expect lines, but want to avoid misery. We have had positive experiences in Atlanta and O'Hare which are certainly busy, but seem to be able to handle the crowds better than Miami.
If we have an overnight layover, do our bags get checked all the way through? Does that mean we can't take them to a hotel for our overnight stay? Or is that not an issue?
Any and all advice, opinions and experiences would be great!