(Closed) Which is the international flight?

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
345 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
13079 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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 # 8
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
18641 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

will you be switching planes in  miami? if you will be switching planes then thats where it would be considered international. 

Post # 13
2699 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@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
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@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
7777 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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
1813 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@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.

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