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AA Guide: MIA / Miami International Airport, MCT / Connection, etc.

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="3"%Check-in times as of March 2016 Link

In most locations, you must be checked in:

At least 45 minutes before scheduled departure, for flights within the United States

At least 60 minutes before scheduled departure, for flights to or from airports outside of the United States


If youre beginning travel from any of the airports below, the check-in time is longer:

Departing from: Check-in must be completed by:
(minutes before scheduled departure time)
  • Caracas, Venezuela (CCS) 90 minutes
  • Dublin, Ireland (DUB) 75 minutes
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE) 75 minutes
  • Maracaibo, Venezuela (MAR) 90 minutes
  • St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (STT) 90 minutes


="3"%Link to Miami International Airport website

Link to aa.com Miami International Airport page and airport app.

Link to thread with archived older posts.

Peculiarities: MIA can be affected by summer tropical storms and hurricanes. Knock-on effects during lengthy IROPS can manifest themselves systemwide. At peak times (e.g. early morning arrivals), arrivals processing and terminal facilities can get very crowded.

="3"%Special notice

We operate out of Concourses D and E. Check your flight status for gate information.

="3"%Ticket counters
American Airlines
Concourse D
Daily: 4 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Airport Map

AA Ticket Counter & Gates Map

Official MCT / Minimum Connection Times for MIA (assuming same terminal):
  • 0:40 Domestic to Domestic
  • 0:45 Domestic to International
  • 1:35 International to Domestic
  • 1:35 International to International


NOTE: Though 1:35 is the given MCT International to Domestic (and 1:35 international to international), one should not consider that useful for everyone connecting international to domestic unless one has Global Entry or luck.

International arrivals at MIA requires most passengers to fill out a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Declaration Form 6059B - one per family - process U.S. Immigration, retrieve baggage at arrivals carousels, process through U.S. customs, re-check baggage, proceed to either the TSA connections security processing queue or landside and process TSA security (with onward boarding pass) to return airside. (Read on for exceptions.)

This does not apply if you are connecting international to international and have red "ITI" tags on your checked baggage. You will have to produce the Form 6059B and still pass through USCBP, albeit without baggage.

Other than for U.S. passport holders and passengers with USDHS ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization under the Visa Waiver Program), who may use kiosks that expedite the arrivals process, Immigration, Customs and TSA Security queues can at times be tortuous and one would do better scheduling a connection time closer to 2:30 (or even 3:00) for a comfortable international to domestic or to international connection for non-ESTA / non-U.S. passport holders.

If one is enrolled in Global Entry and can use the dedicated kiosks and expedited queues, the process is speediest as there are clearly marked queues after the self-clearing kiosks and one is not required to possess a Form 6059B.


For general information, see:

AA FAQ: Will I make my connection?

AA Wiki: Minimum Connecting Times

MIA Airport Website

MIA North Terminal (Concourse D) Updates

Concourse D Skytrain (inside security) - transfers between all gates in Concourse D and between inbound international flights and Customs & Immigrations Halls in Concourse E. Concourses D and E are connected inside security via a walkway.
Connections between terminals at MIA (using the Skyride Connector moving walkways)

AA.com: Admirals Club Locations and Hours

FT: American Airlines Lounge Dashboard for Lounge information
="3"%MIA Concourses and Gates

The terminal at MIA is a single U-shaped building divided into 6 concourses. AA operates flights out of Concourses D & E.
Concourse D: Gates D1-D60
  • American Airlines ticket counters are located at Concourse D, Doors 1-7 and Concourse E, Door 10
    • American Airlines mainline flights depart from Gates D1-D51
      • American Eagle flights depart from Gates D53, D55 & D60


Concourse E: Gates E2-E11 & E20-E33
Gates E20-E33 are located at the International Satellite Terminal, accessible via people mover on Level 4 just past the Concourse E security checkpoint. If the people mover is out of service, signs will direct passengers to the shuttle bus departing from the E1 Bus Station on Level 1
  • American Airlines ticket counters are located at Concourse D, Doors 1-7 and Concourse E, Door 10
    • American Airlines mainline flights depart from Gates E2-E11 & E20-E33
      • airberlin ticket counter is located at Concourse E, between Doors 9 & 10; flights to Dusseldorf depart from Gate E10 and flights to Berlin depart from Concourse F
        • British Airways ticket counter is located at Concourse F, Door 14; flights using Airbus A380 equipment depart from Gate E6 and all other flights depart from Gate E8
          • Finnair ticket counter is located at Concourse E, Door 10; flights depart from Gate E30
            • Iberia ticket counter is located at Concourse E, between Doors 13 & 14; flights depart from Gate E23
              • Qatar Airways ticket counter is located at Concourse E, between Doors 9 & 10; flights depart from Gate E10
                • WestJet ticket counter is located at Concourse E, Door 12; flights depart from Concourse F


Concourse F: Gates F3-F23
  • airberlin ticket counter is located at Concourse E, between Doors 9 & 10; flights to Dusseldorf depart from Gate E10 and flights to Berlin depart from Concourse F
    • British Airways ticket counter is located at Concourse F, Door 14; flights using Airbus A380 equipment depart from Gate E6 and all other flights depart from Gate E8
      • WestJet ticket counter is located at Concourse E, Door 12; flights depart from Concourse F


Concourse G: Gates G2-G19

Concourse H: Gates H3-H17
  • LATAM Airlines ticket counter is located at Concourse H, Doors 24-26; flights depart from Concourses H & J


Concourse J: Gates J2-J18
  • Delayed American Airlines international flights arrive at Concourse J when the federal inspection station at Concourse D is closed (generally between 11 PM and 3:30 AM)
    • LATAM Airlines ticket counter is located at Concourse H, Doors 24-26; flights depart from Concourses H & J



="3"%Checking in at MIA Link

Flagship Check-in: Yes

Arrival at the Airport

Longer security lines this spring & summer

The TSA recommends arriving at the airport 2 hours before your flight (3 hours for international). If you travel often, save time by enrolling in TSA PreCheck. Were working with the U.S. government to alleviate these delays.

Check-in Times

You must be checked in:
  • At least 45 minutes before scheduled departure, for flights within the United States (domestic flights)
    • At least 60 minutes before scheduled departure, for flights to airports outside of the United States (international flights)


Arrival at Gate

You must be at the gate and ready to board the aircraft:
  • 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure


Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of your seat assignment and the removal of your checked baggage from the aircraft.

Doors close 10 minutes before departure.

Time to baggage delivery: 30-55 minutes

AA Ticket Counters Link

Concourse D
Charter 1: Cuba charter check-in only; open dependent on charter flight schedule, located across from Door 1

Kiosk 1: self-service check-in; located between Doors 1 and 2

Main: full-service check-in; located across from Door 2

Flagship: full-service check-in; located between Doors 2 & 3

Priority: full-service check-in; separate queues for First Class & AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Business Class & AAdvantage Platinum, and AAdvantage Gold & Priority; late nights Priority and Main are consolidated at this counter; located between Doors 3 & 4

Kiosk 2: self-service check-in; located across from Door 5

Kiosk 3: self-service check-in; located across from Door 6

Rebooking Center: missed connection assistance for customers arriving on international flights only; located across from Door 6

Cuba Check-in: self-service check-in for customers traveling to Cuba only; located between Doors 6 & 7

Future Ticketing: located on Arrivals (lower) level, next to Carousel 27 Permanently closed


Concourse ECharter 2: Cuba charter check-in only; open dependent on charter flight schedule, located across from Door 10


="3"%Security at MIA

Link to security checkpoint locations map. All Concourse D and E gates are accessible from any D or E checkpoint. Connections to or from other concourses will require you to exit and reclear security.

If you do not have Priority or Pre✓, please allow at least 20-40 minutes to clear security. If you miss your flight due to security checkpoint wait times, you will be allowed to standby for the next AA flight to your destination.

Concourse D
Checkpoint 1: open 5 AM to 9 PM, best for Gates D1-D21, located across from Door 1

Checkpoint 2: open 24 hours, best for Gates D22-D24, available to Priority and Pre✓ passengers only while other checkpoints are open (4 AM to 10:30 PM), located across from Door 3

Checkpoint 3: open 4 AM to 10:30 PM, best for Gates D25-D29 & D41-D60 (via skytrain) and access to skytrain Station 2, located between Doors 5 & 6

Checkpoint 4: open 8 AM to 10 AM and 6 PM to 8 PM, best for Gates D30-D40, located across from Door 9

D FIS Checkpoint: open 4 AM to 9:30 PM, available only to passengers who have cleared customs at the D federal inspection station (non-precleared international flights arriving Concourses D, E & F), located to your left upon exiting customs


Concourse ECheckpoint E: open 4 AM to 10:30 PM, best for Gates E2-E11 & E20-E33, located between Doors 11 & 12

Priority lanes available at Checkpoints 2 and E

TSA Pre✓ available 24 hours at Checkpoint 2, available during peak times only at Checkpoints 1, E, and D FIS

CLEAR available at Checkpoint E & H

Tip: Upon exiting customs, you will be directed to the D FIS checkpoint. If you would like to use an alternate checkpoint, follow the signs to the Crew EXIT and Rebooking Center in order to avoid exiting on the Arrivals (lower) level and having to go back upstairs. Checkpoints 1-3 will be to your left and Checkpoints 4 & E will be to your right.

Security checkpoint operating hours may differ from published times due to TSA staffing constraints and security initiatives.



="3"%MIA Services, Shopping, and Dining

MIA VIP Services (expedited processing similar to AA Five Star Service): link.

Lounges: please see the Lounge Dashboard sticky for further lounge information at MIA
Concourse D: Admirals Clubs above Gate D15 and across from Gate D30; Centurion Lounge at Gate D12 (take elevator in rotunda to Level 3)

Concourse E: Premium Lounge (take elevators just beyond security checkpoint to Level 5)


Dining & Shopping: Link to MIA services, dining guide, and interactive map

On-Airport Hotel:
Miami International Airport Hotel (landside, Concourse E)

Currency Exchange: Coming soon!

Wi-Fi:
Paid WI-Fi service available throughout terminal. Link to pricing information and connection instructions

Charging Stations: Coming soon!

Smoking: Smoking is permitted only in designated smoking areas across from terminal sidewalks and at:TGI Friday's smoking lounge between Gates D34 & D36

Rental Cars: The Rental Car Center is located at 3900 NW 25 St, Miami, FL 33142 (across from the main entrance to the airport) and is served by 16 companies. Link. Access to and from the terminal is via the MIA Mover automated people mover.Arriving Passengers: After collecting your baggage, follow the black and pink signs to the MIA Mover station on the third level of the terminal, accessible via moving walkway. From there, board the MIA Mover to the Rental Car Center. Trains generally depart and arrive on the right track and run 24 hours a day. From 5 AM to midnight, trains run approximately every 3 minutes; from midnight to 5 AM, trains run approximately every 7 minutes. The train will reach the Rental Car Center in approximately 3 minutes. After exiting the station area, the rental car agencies will be located to your right.

Departing Passengers: Please return your vehicle at the Rental Car Center before checking in for your departing flight. After returning your vehicle, follow the black and pink signs to the MIA Mover station on the fourth level of the facility. From there, board the MIA Mover to Miami International Airport. Trains generally depart and arrive on the right track and run 24 hours a day. From 5 AM to midnight, trains run approximately every 3 minutes; from midnight to 5 AM, trains run approximately every 7 minutes. The train will reach the airport terminal in approximately 3 minutes. After exiting the station area, moving walkways to AA ticket counters and gates will be located to your right.


Animal Relief Areas:Coming soon!


="3"%MIA Parking

There are Valet and Garage parking options. Link for options, pricing, and maps

Accessible/Disabled Parking: Link

Cell Phone Waiting Lot: Link


="3"%MIA Transportation

Public Transportation: All buses and trains depart from Miami Central Station, which is co-located with the Rental Car Center and is accessible via the MIA Mover automated people mover. Link to map and directions to Miami Central Station
Metrorail Orange Line to Dadeland South, serving Downtown Miami

Miami Beach Airport Express bus to Miami Beach

Metrobus routes 7, 37, 42, 57, J, 238/338 & 297

Tri-Rail commuter rail to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach


Hotel Shuttles, Shared-Ride Vans, and Taxis: Link to area map and fare estimatesHotel shuttles pick up and drop off on the Departures (upper) level at Doors 3 & 7 at Concourse D; there are no designated stops at Concourses E-J

Super Shuttle shared-ride van service. Stands located on Arrivals (lower) level at Concourses D, E, F, and H.

Taxi stands located on Arrivals (lower) level at Concourses D, E, F, and H. Blue "Airport Region Taxi Service" taxis serve areas immediately adjacent to the airport. Yellow taxis serve all other areas.

Uber and Lyft rideshare services are technically illegal at MIA but will accept pick-ups and drop-offs. There are no designated stops; however, rideshare drivers will generally pick up on the Arrivals (lower) level.


Intercity Bus: Buses depart from Miami Central Station. Link to map and directions to Miami Central StationGreyhound bus service throughout continental United States

megabus low-cost express bus service to Orlando and Tampa



="3"%Things to Do

Is there anything to do at MIA? Coming soon!

Do I have time to go to Miami or Miami Beach?
Downtown Miami Due to increased security checkpoint wait times, you should allow yourself at least 3 hours between connections if you do not have Priority or Pre✓. A taxi to the city center should take approximately 12-17 minutes and will cost approximately $22. Because traffic to and from the airport can be unpredictable, consider taking the Metrorail Orange Line in lieu of a taxi. It is a 15-minute ride from the airport to the city center and trains run every 10-15 minutes except late nights. A roundtrip is $4.50.

Miami Beach Allow at least 3 hours between connections due to the possibility of heavy traffic on the highways between the beach and the mainland. A taxi to the beach should take approximately 22-27 minutes and will cost $35 (flat rate) if going south of 63rd Street. For reference, South Beach and most of the tourist spots are south of 23rd Street. Consider taking the 150 Miami Beach Airport Express bus from the airport to the beach. It is a 31-minute ride from the airport to the Lincoln Road Mall and buses run every 20 minutes. A roundtrip is $4.50.


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Old Sep 25, 21, 8:33 am
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A Miami Connection Question

Could you tell me if this is do-able. We arrive from EWY at 12.4 and have an onward to LAX at 13.40. Will we have time? These would be separate PNRs and we would be hand luggage only but on Envoy you have to wait for them to bring it to you. MIA is a great barn of an airport. What do you think?
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Could you tell me if this is do-able. We arrive from EWY at 12.4 and have an onward to LAX at 13.40. Will we have time? These would be separate PNRs and we would be hand luggage only but on Envoy you have to wait for them to bring it to you. MIA is a great barn of an airport. What do you think?
Coming out of EWY? Personally no way. Saying that you would likely get re-accommodated same day (but remember if it's separate PNR you likely won't be automatically rebooked) but if you care about your seat selection that's an issue.
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Old Sep 25, 21, 10:06 am
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Originally Posted by MiamiAirport Formerly NY George View Post
Coming out of EWY? Personally no way. Saying that you would likely get re-accommodated same day (but remember if it's separate PNR you likely won't be automatically rebooked) but if you care about your seat selection that's an issue.
I also personally would not do it, especially since it's a separate PNR.
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Do you mean EYW? If so, I would not hesitate to book a 1 hour connection on a flight from Key West. The planes on that route have overhead space for carry ons so there is no wait for luggage.
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Do you mean EYW?
That was my assumption, given there is no airport assigned the EWY Code.
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Do you mean EYW? If so, I would not hesitate to book a 1 hour connection on a flight from Key West.
But aren't there flight delay issues at Key West because of crowded terminals and limited ramp space?
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But aren't there flight delay issues at Key West because of crowded terminals and limited ramp space?
Yes the delays there are awful. I certainly would not do a one hour connection onto a separate PNR. And I wouldn't do it if I had chosen seats.

Moreover, all Eagle flights come into the Eagle's nest area which means at least 10 minutes, if not more if the 2nd flight is departing from the lower D gates or E gates, for connecting.
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Originally Posted by PUCCI GALORE View Post
Could you tell me if this is do-able. We arrive from EWY at 12.4 and have an onward to LAX at 13.40. Will we have time? These would be separate PNRs and we would be hand luggage only but on Envoy you have to wait for them to bring it to you. MIA is a great barn of an airport. What do you think?
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Coming out of EWY? Personally no way. Saying that you would likely get re-accommodated same day (but remember if it's separate PNR you likely won't be automatically rebooked) but if you care about your seat selection that's an issue.
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I also personally would not do it, especially since it's a separate PNR.
Originally Posted by MiamiAirport Formerly NY George View Post
Yes the delays there are awful. I certainly would not do a one hour connection onto a separate PNR. And I wouldn't do it if I had chosen seats.

Moreover, all Eagle flights come into the Eagle's nest area which means at least 10 minutes, if not more if the 2nd flight is departing from the lower D gates or E gates, for connecting.
Given there are 5+ flights a day MIA-LAX, seems like it would be better to move the MIA-LAX to later in the day and give yourself a wide birth for potential delays.
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Old Sep 26, 21, 5:56 am
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Given there are 5+ flights a day MIA-LAX, seems like it would be better to move the MIA-LAX to later in the day and give yourself a wide birth for potential delays.
Thank you all who were kind enough to advise me - and I have done what you said and booked a 5.50 departure to LAX and moved the EYW (sorry about my typos!) to a couple of hours later so that the wait would not be too long. There are some most pleasant Lounges in which we as BA Golds can wait and the flight gets to LAX at about 20.30 so we can drive up to Palm Springs on quieter roads.

This is what is so priceless about FT - you Boys and Girls tell me as it is. AA show it as a proper connection if on the same PNR - I had my doubts. What you Gentlemen will not fully appreciate is that running around in heels is not my idea of a fun time. I have better things to do that ruin a pair of Jimmy Choos - if that reference means anthing.

Enough frivolity, this is the AA Forum! Tell me do they have a Flagship Lounge?
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There is also the Amex Centurion lounge at MIA if you have access.
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Originally Posted by PUCCI GALORE View Post
Thank you all who were kind enough to advise me - and I have done what you said and booked a 5.50 departure to LAX and moved the EYW (sorry about my typos!) to a couple of hours later so that the wait would not be too long. There are some most pleasant Lounges in which we as BA Golds can wait and the flight gets to LAX at about 20.30 so we can drive up to Palm Springs on quieter roads.

This is what is so priceless about FT - you Boys and Girls tell me as it is. AA show it as a proper connection if on the same PNR - I had my doubts. What you Gentlemen will not fully appreciate is that running around in heels is not my idea of a fun time. I have better things to do that ruin a pair of Jimmy Choos - if that reference means anthing.

Enough frivolity, this is the AA Forum! Tell me do they have a Flagship Lounge?
In Miami there is a Flagship Lounge, a Centurian Lounge, and if you have Priority Pass with the restaurant option, two restaurants. (And of course a few Admiral's Clubs)
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I have better things to do that ruin a pair of Jimmy Choos.
Jimmy Choo for the win!
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I'm flying BOG-MIA-DFW. I currently have 1hr50m hours to connect in MIA, or I can take a flight that gives me 5h30m. I'd obviously prefer to get into DFW earlier but do not want lose my confirmed seat and have risk of standby.

Is it safe to stick with the 1h50m or should I just take the later flight for 5h30m hour connection? I won't have checked luggage and I have GE. 5h30m hours is a bit long to hang out at the AC/Amex lounge. I'm in J but neither that or AAEXP/AS OW*E allows access to FL lounge in MIA since they got rid of BOG access . It will be a Thursday and I land at 530am in MIA. 720AM or 11AM choice for the connection flight.

I'm usually good with this amount of time but never connected INTL in MIA before. Will flying in from BOG cause extra screening, even with GE? Curious what the traffic is like in the morning from South American flights and also not sure how bad BOG-MIA can be delayed(it's the redeye, and the flight always comes in from DFW-MIA). Doesn't seem like too often when I look up AA1126 BOG-MIA.

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Twice, before Covid, I connected in MIA from international to domestic with only 1:30 between arrival and departure. I ended up with time to visit the Admirals Club. The first time, the hoarded masses without Global Entry who, by and large, did not speak English, were blocking the GE members - who had already gotten the GE slip at the kiosk - from entering their dedicated line to see the CBP officers. There were several of us, so we firmly demanded to be let through and with a bit of gentle pushing we made it through.
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Arrived last night at the 7pm rush on an international arrival on an Eagle flight that did not have pre-clearance.
The pilot announced we would arrive D60P and take a bus to customs. I'm EXP but never arrived on Eagle internationally before at MIA.
I thought great. The bus will take us to the customs area in the middle. That's the way it works almost everywhere in the world, right? You suffer through the bus but it takes you right to the hall and you get to avoid the walk.
Wrong.
We had to wait for everyone, including wheelchairs, to get on the bus.
It literally drove us for 1 minute from the D60 area to right where the outside gates stop around D55.
I guess there is no secure corridor to let us access the international arrivals area and here I thought we would at least get the advantage of being driven to the customs/immigration hall.
We then walked all the way to the customs area. No one broke off for SkyLink. I'm not sure why but we walked anyway.

At immigration I would say the middle GE kiosks had about 3/6 working. They were directing people to regular lines instead. I noticed one whole wall of GE machines at the far side (I guess coming from the low D's maybe) were all switched off.

After the recheck we went to the PreCheck line for connecting flights. It actually took longer than the regular lines. PreCheck had one line open and it was backed up as they had one staff member having people put their bags in trays for the new system. Why they had so many lines open for non-PreCheck and just one for PreCheck I don't know. This also caused big delays if you bag was pulled for secondary.

I guess getting off the aircraft at D60P and clearing security about 55 minutes later is pretty good for MIA but to me it was still really inefficient.
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