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AA or US Air for GCM return flight?

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AA or US Air for GCM return flight?

We will be flying from Chicago to Grand Cayman in February, 2013. I used miles to hold our inbound flight on AA from ORD to Miami and MIA to GCM. I have enough AA miles for the return but am scared to use MIA based on all of the horror stories about immigration and customs at MIA. We would arrive at 3:35 on a Sunday and would leave at 7:15 (almost a 4 hour layover to make the connecting flight to ORD)We are taking our entire family so there will be 6 adults and a 1 year old. US Air has a flight that arrives in Charlotte at 4:20 p.m. They offer a connection of either 6:05 p.m. or 8:10 p.m. to ORD. I would need to buy 7 tickets, thought, as opposed to using miles. Not sure what to do. Also, is the 4:20-6:05 connection duable? Thanks

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1. Re: AA or US Air for GCM return flight?

4hr connection is absolutely doable. MIA isn't great but it's not that awful!

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I completely agree. I always allow a minimum 2 hours in between flights, never a problem. I would use the miles and book with AA.

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Just went through Customs and Immigration in Miami last weekend. Took less than one hour to clear. Plus, they are building a new facility that should be open by next Feb. And if you stay on American, that concourse is quite nice with a good selection of restaurants and shops. You will be fine unless there's a really bad delay in your flight.

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I agree go with AA.

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5. Re: AA or US Air for GCM return flight?

Agree... Stay with American. They are big in Miami

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