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Miami layover - enough time?

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Miami layover - enough time?

Anyone connected through Miami with a short layover? I'm ready to book the American Airlines flights from Pittsburgh that land in Miami at 9:05, and depart Miami at 10:25. I've never flown out of Miami, and I've never flown internationally before, so I'm nervous that we won't make the connecting flight, with Customs, Security, and all that. But I really, really want this flight. Gets us on Exuma at 11:30 am :-).

Thoughts, advice??

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1. Re: Miami layover - enough time?

Longer is always better, but nothing beats getting to Exuma!

The delays we have had were have been from our departing city (Houston) and arriving late for connecting flight. Nice thing about going to Exuma is that most people are headed to Nassau so IF you miss a connection, you'll probably get on a later one.

You won't (or shouldn't) have to go through security again provided you are catching another American flight and your bags are being transferred over.

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2. Re: Miami layover - enough time?

Littlejohn, I think the OP is on the direct flight from MIA to GGT, right? But still, you don't go through customs/immigration until you land in GGT (very small airport) and you should only have to go through security once when entering the airport in Pittsburgh. If flying direct on the return you will go through security in GGT and C/I in Miami and I've heard it can be a nightmare, although a recent traveler said it went really smoothly for them.

There is also a direct Delta flight from Atlanta to GGT on Wednesdays and Sundays. Check and see if that one works out better.

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3. Re: Miami layover - enough time?

I'll let you know on February 21. American is doing the same thing to me. I only have an hour and it makes me a little nervous.

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4. Re: Miami layover - enough time?

I was presuming they are on 'direct' flight. Some people fly one airline into MIA, then a different to GGT. If different airline, it could be an issue with bags and going back through security.

I have looked at booking separate airlines and could never make the flight times work!

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We are flying AA out of Boston at 5:30 arriving in Miami at 8:50. We leave for GGT at 10:20 (probably the same flight) arriving at 11:30. I'm pretty sure our last 2 year's flights were similar and we didn't have a problem. Miami is a big airport and you do need to hustle a bit to get to the next gate. You will go through customs in Exuma (tiny airport) and that goes nice and quick.

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6. Re: Miami layover - enough time?

@jungledriver Delta flies three times a week now wednesday, saturday and sunday.

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7. Re: Miami layover - enough time?

sweet, thanks Dash! Looking to come back this summer so I hope they keep that schedule.

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8. Re: Miami layover - enough time?

We've also done the BOS-MIA-GGT via AA and had about an hour in MIA.....wasn't a problem for us. Most of our Caribbean flights from BOS through MIA have been about hour and fortunately have not had any issues.

Enjoy!!!

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Last month I went through MIA with a short layover. There were huge lines for Customs and then again when we got to the TSA check. But, there was a man in the TSA check that was announcing times and if your flight left before the time announced, you were taken out of the regular line and placed in a special line with only one or two others. Because the lines in Customs took so long, we were very happy so see the fellow at TSA calling out times. When he called out our time, we just held up our boarding passes for him to see and we were escorted to the short line. We made it to our gate before boarding began.

MIA is a lot better than it used to be but, it is still not one of my favorites.

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