Post # 1
I have received so many tips/bits of advice from reading these boards and thought this would be the perfect place to get some advice on our honeymoon travel arrangements.
We are going to Jamaica for our honeymoon which requires us to fly from Hartford, CT to Miami, then to Jamaica. My questions are:
1) Do we have to get to Hartford airport in time for an international flight (3 hours early) or is it considered a domestic flight (2 hours early)?
2) Is there anything special we have to do once we get to Miami?
3) Once in Miami do we have to re-check our bags since it is now an international flight?
4) On the return flight I know we will go through customs when we get into Miami; however, does this mean we will have to re-check our bags?
5) Is there anything in particular I should be aware that we have to do once in Miami (on the return flight)?
Thank you in advance for clearing my confusion!
Post # 3
Best to ask your airline these questions as every airline is different
When I flew from the UK to Boston via Canada (with Air Canada) they transferred my luggage to the next fight for me, and I just had to go through Customs
With United Airlines we had to pick up our luggage ourselves and put it on the transfer belt and go through Customs
With both of them they checked us in automatically for our connecting flight, so we had to be at the first airport 3 hours prior as we were being checked in for the international and internal fights
Post # 4
Hartford to Miami is a domestic flight, because you are not leaving the country. Miami to Jamaica is an international flight. Your bags should be transferred, but you might want to make sure when you check in. If you have to get to baggage claim, you will have to go through security again. If you are just transferring flights, you should not have to go through security. (If you’re in a different terminal, check for inter-terminal shuttles to avoid repeating security).
You’ll go through customs coming back. It’s easy. You fill out a card on the way back in about having anything to declare, you give them the card and the passport, and they welcome you back home.
Post # 5
You should be fine with 2 hours
You will have to show your passport in Miami and maybe at the gate inHartford. You may have to walk further in Miami if you leave from the international terminal
You won’t have to recheckflight bags in Miami on the way there
You will have to retrieve your bags and go through custome in Miami on the way back. Most of the time, you basically just drop your bag off at a counter ten go through security again (any liquids you bought over 3oz since your firstchecked your bags have to go into your checked bag)
You’ll be fine, it’s a well oiled machine set up for people who haven’t done it before.
Post # 6
@applecore: Thanks for the advice! I was going to talk to our travel agent as well and see what her opinions were but thought I’d try to get initial information from brides who might have experienced it before, first.
Post # 7
@nhoh: Thanks! I like your analogy to a “well-oiled machine”. I’m sure I am not the first one to go through this…just like to be prepared for what lies ahead.
Post # 8
Did you book each leg searately? Or did you book a round trip that happens to have a layover in Miami?
If you did the later than all should run smoothly. Dependent on the airline they may consider the first leg of you journey as the start of your intetnational trip with regardsto bag check-in time so check eith the airline on that.
If you booked your domestic and international legs separetly, you may haveto pick up and recheck luggage bothways, otherwise you should only have to do that on ypur return through Miami.
Post # 9
When we have flown internationally, we had to show our passport at the ticket counter of the first leg of the flight. Some of them will have you go back to the ticket counter on the later flights but that isn’t common (we had to do this with United). If you booked the tickets on the same itinerary, you shouldn’t have to recheck your bags going there. You might have to coming back but it depends on the airline. I would arrive a little early just to be safe though.
Post # 10
will you be switching planes in miami? if you will be switching planes then thats where it would be considered international.
Post # 11
@sparrow02: We will be switching planes in Miami going both ways…will be have to do something “special” there?
Post # 12
@KatNYC2011: We booked them together – Hartford to Jamaica with layover in Miami.
Post # 13
@danicimp: No. You should check in in CT and your bags should automatically get transferred to Jamaica. The only thing you’ll have to do in Miami is go through security,
Post # 14
@ticatica: You shouldn’t have to go through security in Miami on your way there It should jut be a refular connection.
On the way back is when you will probably have to get and recheck your bags and potentially go through security again, so make sure your layover is long enough.
Post # 15
On your way there, you can go right through. On your way back they will probably make you go through customs and then recheck your bag.
Post # 16
@danicimp: I woul check with your airline. Although the first part of your flight is domestic, usually if you have connecting flights you check in at the first airport and collect all boarding passes at that checkout, if you booked the flights at the same time with one operator. I would imagine that is what you’ll be doing, so it may be that you need to treat it as an international flight.
Ask if they can transport your luggage from one flight to the next – even if it’s not with the same flight company, if it’s a connecter they will usually do this for you.
A little bit of advice, I don’t know how long you have to wait between flights, but I always give the fight attendant a heads up if I’m catching a connecting flight. I was so glad I did this at Christmas, because I got fast-tracked in customs, whilst a poor lady on the same flight who didn’t say anything was at the back of the queue and I persume she missed her flight.