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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 you’re 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. We’re 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 Aug 22, 19, 3:27 am
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My last arrival with BA in MIA I was through passport check within minutes. No kiosk was used as only officers checking the passports.
I was totally confused as I cannot recall when I have ever entered the US so quickly.
The delay was then waiting for bags which took at least 45 min to appear...
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Old Aug 30, 19, 10:15 am
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Originally Posted by MorganB View Post
I think you can make the 9:55pm IF there isn't much wait anywhere and you can walk fast. I made a connection recently on a Thursday at around 4 pm in MIA, international to domestic, no checked bags, TSA-Pre and Global Entry. Connection involved taking a tram from the terminal I arrived in to the international terminal, lots and lots of walking in the International terminal, no wait at the Global Entry Kiosk or for an agent to take the global entry receipt and basically no wait to go back through security (TSA-Pre line was closed). Total time from stepping off the plane to my gate was 35 mins. I did not have to change terminals a second time as my departure terminal was connected to the international arrivals terminal. So 35 minutes is the minimum time if zero wait anywhere and you don't have to take further transit after clearing passport and security.
Originally Posted by jAAck View Post
Just IMO, if everything on your MEX-MIA flight goes perfectly that's enough time with GE and Pre. But the "everything perfect" flights are pretty few and far between at the moment, and it wouldn't take much delay for you to miss the connecting flight. Not sure I'd chance that myself, at least not without a solid backup plan.
Wanted to report what happened. The flight out of MEX was delayed by about 15 minutes and got in about 10 minutes late. I rushed out of the plane (T+3 minutes) and went through the GE line quickly(T+12 minutes). I had no checked bags. Rushed to the Pre-check line but it was closed. Got redirected to the regular line but got a blue Pre-check card to keep the shoes on and go through the metal detector instead of the scanner. Got through security (T+25 minutes) and ran to the gate (T+35 minutes) just in time for boarding. So, as MorganB and jAAck said before this is certainly doable when things work out.
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Old Aug 30, 19, 10:47 am
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Originally Posted by expressboy View Post
Wanted to report what happened. The flight out of MEX was delayed by about 15 minutes and got in about 10 minutes late. I rushed out of the plane (T+3 minutes) and went through the GE line quickly(T+12 minutes). I had no checked bags. Rushed to the Pre-check line but it was closed. Got redirected to the regular line but got a blue Pre-check card to keep the shoes on and go through the metal detector instead of the scanner. Got through security (T+25 minutes) and ran to the gate (T+35 minutes) just in time for boarding. So, as MorganB and jAAck said before this is certainly doable when things work out.
Glad you made it! Thanks for reporting back.
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Old Sep 5, 19, 10:51 am
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Transfer time AA Miami

Travelling to Tampa via Miami on November 8th on American from Varadero Cuba. Just received an email that my Miami flight has changed. I leave Varadero at 12:50 and arrive Miami international at 13:50. Miami flight now leaves at 15:52 to Tampa leaving only 2 hours to transfer to domestic will this be enough time?
The schedule shows this is the route and timing any assistance will be appreciated
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Old Sep 5, 19, 11:02 am
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Originally Posted by Lipscombe View Post
Travelling to Tampa via Miami on November 8th on American from Varadero Cuba. Just received an email that my Miami flight has changed. I leave Varadero at 12:50 and arrive Miami international at 13:50. Miami flight now leaves at 15:52 to Tampa leaving only 2 hours to transfer to domestic will this be enough time?
The schedule shows this is the route and timing any assistance will be appreciated
Yes 2 hrs is enough time. The only other option is a (much) later MIA-TPA flight that doesn't leave until after 9pm.

AA Guide: MIA / Miami International Airport, MCT / Connection, etc.
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Old Sep 5, 19, 4:54 pm
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Originally Posted by Lipscombe View Post
Travelling to Tampa via Miami on November 8th on American from Varadero Cuba. Just received an email that my Miami flight has changed. I leave Varadero at 12:50 and arrive Miami international at 13:50. Miami flight now leaves at 15:52 to Tampa leaving only 2 hours to transfer to domestic will this be enough time?
The schedule shows this is the route and timing any assistance will be appreciated
try to use Mobile Passport app if you are eligible to make sure you don’t get stuck at customs. 2 hours should be enough
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Old Sep 11, 19, 3:14 pm
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Looking at options to do CUR -> MIA -> GCM, all with AA in business class on 30th of Dec. Any reasonable lay-over gives 144 minutes/2hrs 14.
In case we don't make the connection, will AA get us on the next available flight (+8hrs later)? Or would you say, don't worry the 2hrs MCT will be sufficient?
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Old Sep 11, 19, 4:53 pm
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Originally Posted by Nik_Jr View Post
Looking at options to do CUR -> MIA -> GCM, all with AA in business class on 30th of Dec. Any reasonable lay-over gives 144 minutes/2hrs 14.
In case we don't make the connection, will AA get us on the next available flight (+8hrs later)? Or would you say, don't worry the 2hrs MCT will be sufficient?
2:14 is more often than not, plenty of time. (Assuming you’re a US citizen or have ESTA.) Since this is an ITI connection, you won’t have to wait to collect your bags either and can go straight through connecting security after immigration.

AA has been operationally iffy lately, but if you miss your connecting flight, they’ll rebook you on the next one, assuming there’s availability.
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Old Sep 16, 19, 2:16 pm
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I am flying into MIA in a couple of months on a BA flight (arriving 19:10) and connecting to a flight to MCO (leaving at 22:07). I've got checked luggage to collect and although it's not my first trip to the US, I've also got a new passport and a new ESTA.

I've read through the thread and I'm reasonably comfortable that I should have enough time to connect but I wasn't sure if I'm arriving at the same time as a lot of other international flights, which might create a pinch point? If so, is there anything that I can do to avoid or mitigate it to speed through or is it just a case of grin, queue and bear it?

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Old Sep 18, 19, 5:10 pm
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Originally Posted by 1nfrequent View Post
I am flying into MIA in a couple of months on a BA flight (arriving 19:10) and connecting to a flight to MCO (leaving at 22:07). I've got checked luggage to collect and although it's not my first trip to the US, I've also got a new passport and a new ESTA.

I've read through the thread and I'm reasonably comfortable that I should have enough time to connect but I wasn't sure if I'm arriving at the same time as a lot of other international flights, which might create a pinch point? If so, is there anything that I can do to avoid or mitigate it to speed through or is it just a case of grin, queue and bear it?

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Outside of extraordinary circumstances, that is plenty of time. Not much you can do except adjust your expectations. If your inbound is roughly on time, you may have to wait around quite a bit, but you'll make your onward connection.
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Old Oct 19, 19, 10:26 am
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Hey guys, quick question here. Next month I'll be coming back to the US flying GIG-MIA-CLT. 3+ hour layover and I recently got Global Entry anyway, so not so much concerned about making the connection - more just want to confirm my understanding of what I've read here on the Wiki re: international / domestic connection process. Only my second international flight in 20 years!

If I'm reading this correctly - even if I arrive into D, and then will be departing out of D, after going through customs/immigration you have to go back through security to get "airside" again? Is that correct?

Thanks!
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Old Oct 19, 19, 11:29 am
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Originally Posted by jerseytom View Post
Hey guys, quick question here. Next month I'll be coming back to the US flying GIG-MIA-CLT. 3+ hour layover and I recently got Global Entry anyway, so not so much concerned about making the connection - more just want to confirm my understanding of what I've read here on the Wiki re: international / domestic connection process. Only my second international flight in 20 years!

If I'm reading this correctly - even if I arrive into D, and then will be departing out of D, after going through customs/immigration you have to go back through security to get "airside" again? Is that correct?

Thanks!
That is correct.
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Old Oct 19, 19, 10:21 pm
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Originally Posted by jerseytom View Post
Hey guys, quick question here. Next month I'll be coming back to the US flying GIG-MIA-CLT. 3+ hour layover and I recently got Global Entry anyway, so not so much concerned about making the connection - more just want to confirm my understanding of what I've read here on the Wiki re: international / domestic connection process. Only my second international flight in 20 years!

If I'm reading this correctly - even if I arrive into D, and then will be departing out of D, after going through customs/immigration you have to go back through security to get "airside" again? Is that correct?

Thanks!
Three options depending on how awful it is that day (and I bet it is one of the 20 5-6-7 a.m arrivals with 5,000 passengers arriving at once):

1. Use the ITI connection security facility after the bag drop with its never open TSA Pre lane. If the line is out to the luggage drop, you're in for a wait. If by a miracle Pre-check is open, post a picture so we can send it to Guinness.

2. Leave the secure zone and go upstairs and go to D Pre-check lane if you can find it. I tried last time and could not.

3. Go to E which can have shorter lines because the sheeple see D on their BP and go to D (or ITI if connecting) even though E and D are connected after security. Because E has fewer gates it usually has fewer people in line. But...also fewer TSA. If you have Pre-check they give you a dog-eared blue card you put in your tray and you can leave your shoes and belt on (but laptop out). E also has CLEAR. Maybe D does. I could not find it.

In 3 hours you would surely get through ITI but it never has A/C and can be annoying. You could do either of the other 2 if ITI seems ridiculous.

There is a 4th option for some itineraries, especially Central America , northern South America, which is to connect in Panama, SAL or GUA even SJO and avoid all of this, though not on AA. I dropped AA for almost all flights to CA for Copa years ago.
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Old Oct 20, 19, 6:48 am
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Originally Posted by ricktoronto View Post
Three options depending on how awful it is that day (and I bet it is one of the 20 5-6-7 a.m arrivals with 5,000 passengers arriving at once)
Indeed you are correct... I didn't realize how many flights land early morning until checking out the MIA arrivals board just now!

That's good information, I appreciate it. I do have PreCheck as part of Global Entry. From MIA's website it sounds like that's only open at Checkpoint E starting 7am. They claim Checkpoint 2 has PreCheck 24 hours, guess I'll be trying to find that one!

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Old Nov 9, 19, 12:53 am
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Intl- int'l @ mia

I have not been doing a lot of flying lately.

International AA to International AA connecting MIA.

Is luggage claim at MIA or checked through?

THANKS
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