American Airlines Questions....

Oct 26th, 2003, 01:20 PM
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American Airlines Questions....

Hi Everybody,

I was hoping someone can answer my questions regarding American Airlines 7:10 AM flight from Philly to Miami.

We are flying from Philly to Miami where we catch another flight on American to Curacao and there is only about 45 minutes between flights. Do both flights typically run on time or should I be concerned? And do you think transferring our luggage could be a problem?

Thanks in advance for your responses!!!

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Oct 26th, 2003, 02:30 PM
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It will be tight but doable.

In your favor, the morning flight from Philly is the first flight of the day for your plane. Usually that means it's on time barring any unforseen circumstances(wether, mechanical).

Possible problems:
a) Miami Int - Usally a mad house to begin with.
b) I believe your PHL-MIA flight comes in to Terminal E and your MIA-CUR flight goes out of Terminal C. That's a looonggg walk. Try to study the map of MIA on the AA flight magazine.
c) The MIA-CUR flight is the only daily AA flight there, so it may be beneficial to you to find out who else flies there from MIA on the same day. Sometimes the AA help desk in MIA is not up to par, but if you know exactly who has flights to CUR they will sign your ticket over to the other airlines.

Your luggage should be ok, but no guarantees. The time will be ok, but luggage gets lost even when there are 2 hours inbetween flights.

Good luck and have a great vacation!
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Oct 26th, 2003, 02:41 PM
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I just checked AA schedule, and while your flight is the only non-stop, there are couple of other possibilities with connection through San Juan. One leaves MIA at 11am the later one around 1:30pm. It will make for a long day if you miss your flight, but you will have options.

Good luck!
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Oct 27th, 2003, 04:03 AM
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If your flight does come into E and connect out of C, bear in mind that there is a connecting hallway between these terminals, as well as most other terminals in the American Airlines area.

As AAFrequentFlyer suggested, take a look at the airport layout in the back of the AA inflight magazine. Not only will it familiarize you with where the terminals are at, but you will also see where the connecting hallway is. That hallway will cut a lot of your walking time and distance, if you use it.

Good luck.
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Nov 1st, 2003, 05:04 PM
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Thanks eveyone for the input!

My husband's mother and my mother are traveling w/ us for the first few days of the trip and I have arranged handicapped transportation to try to help w/ the short connection time. Because of their health I don't think they could walk that far that quickly w/o having further health issues.

Thanks again!

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Nov 25th, 2003, 05:55 PM
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I don't know if this message is too late and you have already taken your flight, but be advised that you should DEFINITELY use the inter-terminal walkways behind security. This will avoid having to go through security @ MIA.

Second, as for the wheelchair assistance, AA @ MIA is notorious for not having wheelchairs available when you arrive. It does not mean you will not get one, but I requested one when I had a broken foot, and upon arrival in Miami, my wheel chair was given away to a younger man who was quite well and able to walk but did not want to. Mind you, I was in first class and first off the plane onto the jet bridge, but the other man passed me by and took the chair.

I had to wait 35 minutes for another chair and finally decided to walk with the crutches. I found two AA reps with chairs that were full of shopping bags, following other flyers to their gates. Absolutely appalling.

Just my opinion.
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