Miami Airport

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3/10

Miami Airport customer review

Even though the new E terminal is modern and spacious the rest of the airport falls behind. Arrivals area for international flights at D is shabby looking cramped confusing. Transferring between flights as noted by another reader is a joke. To recheck a bag one must leave the secure area follow some a path of yellow dots which lead only back to the terminal. Signage is unclear confusing. There's no intra-terminal TSA clearance like other major airport. It seems the airport has gotten better from a few years ago when I was there last but my biggest pet peeve about MIA is that the airport official language is Spanish not English. I was given directions several by airport staff in Spanish!
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3/10

Miami Airport customer review

Good but not great airport. It was spacious and clean though signage to our terminal was a bit tricky. Security check was not an issue. I was in the LTU/Air Berlin terminal and they only had a sandwich stand and newspaper shop after security which was very disappointing. Also upon arrival from Germany it was a long walk to passport control and they only had customs reports in Spanish! From my recent knowledge Miami is still part of the USA. It wasn't a perfect experience but I would have no big worries about using MIA again.
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3/10

Miami Airport customer review

Decent variety of shops and restaurants though better outside of security than inside. Various terminals not all linked so to get from one flight to another you may well have to exit the secure area walk a ways and then go back through another security line (similar to many other airports; need to keep this in mind when calculating transit times). Terminal J still in the process of being finished so fewer choices for dining and shopping than in some other areas (you can get to Terminal H without exiting security). One nice thing about MIA is the number of hotels near the airport. Even one inside the terminal itself though it is not cheap and the rooms are rather small. Car rental agencies are located a ways from the airport terminal.
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4/10

Miami Airport customer review

As with my most recent posting on LHR I have to speak as I find and MIA on 2 April was a good experience. It is a long walk from the gate (BA) to immigration but ours was the only flight and we were processed in five minutes. Officials were marshalling excess visitors into residents booths and keeping the whole thing moving. Surroundings were light and airy and fairly clean. They have introduced the ten digit scan but it was not unduly time consuming. My immigration official was pleasant. Baggage was fairly swift. The high outside temperatures seep into many parts of the building. The Alamo shuttle staff were very friendly. Alamo itself was a bit of a let down as there was a problem with our reservation and no easy access to baggage carts.
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1/10

Miami Airport customer review

Being frequent travellers through London Heathrow we thought we were prepared for anything until we had the misfortune to transit twice through Miami. After stepping off the plane into a rundown facility we then had a seemingly endless walk through a series of white-washed corridors only to emerge at the other end and be greeted with queues of hundreds of people and their baggage trollies spread across the whole of the concourse. The departure area for our continuing flight was equally unpleasant as it seemed we were leaving from the teminal that time forgot the 1960's decor not in the least bit updated. Our return trip was probably worse already delayed by an hour immigration into the USA took over an hour (compared with other US airports where we have been through in less than 10 minutes). We then had to encounter another security queue. Unfortunately we were going through at a busy period with a number of international flights leaving at the same time. Nevertheless the second TSA officer disappeared leaving one person to deal with the ever lengthening queue. Concerned at missing our flight we asked about the possibility of a quicker route through only to be bluntly told "you have plenty of time". Clearly this was not the case as we arrived at our gate as the boarding for our flight was well underway.
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1/10

Miami Airport customer review

Every time I visit Miami I have to wait over two hours to clear immigration as it is a free for all when you enter this department. I have been to Chicago O'Hare twice and each time it took less than half an hour. Perhaps the MIA staff should look at the O'Hare operation and see where they can improve.
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1/10

Miami Airport customer review

I recently had to do a trip via Miami (not staying there just in transit). I had 2.5 hour transfer time - had to wait 2hrs to get through passport control alone. There were about 20 people in front of me when clearing passport control I had to collect my hold luggage because Miami airport have a policy of not allowing baggage on connecting flights then I had to re-enter it into the system and I had a connecting flight. If you have a section for American residents and a section for Visitors why not do a section for people in transit who have connecting flights within 2 hours. Sorry if this insults the people in charge of the running of Miami airport but it really would help with the frustration of some of your passengers who are not entering the USA but on a connecting flight! It seems to work everywhere else in the world? When I came with my bag to the desk for my connecting flight I was asked why I was so late - can you imagine my frustration knowing I'd landed 2 and a half hours before and being asked why I'm late !? Get it right Miami!
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3/10

Miami Airport customer review

MIA is my hometown airport. For someone who has been using this airport all his life I'm use to the construction/traffic etc - so I know how to plan my way around these obstacles. Concourse J (the new one) is beautiful and different to the rest of the terminal. Immigration lines are a breeze as well as check in. As for the rest of the airport; and I mean AA territory (literally) this is where most of the complaints stem from. The check in area is very small the roof is low it feels gloomy the carpet is outdated etc. Then you have the entrance to Concourse D in addition to a very popular restaurant all established right smack in the middle of this small check in area. In other words it does get very crowded at times in this extremely busy part of MIA. To add insult to injury Concourse A is temporarily closed - so all traffic that was shifted to that area at one point is now back to Concourse C/D. Folks brace yourselves if you are flying AA from MIA for the next 2-3 years because the lines will be outrageous. Check in online at home if you can (unless you have bags or traveling internationally) and get to the airport EARLY. Regarding customs/immigration arriving with AA this should no longer be an issue (time wise) as most other carriers that shared the E immigration facility together with AA have now moved to the new Concourse J. So AA (together with only a few OneWorld partners) has the E immigration facility to themselves. The frustration may start once immigration/customs is clear - bags have been rechecked and one has to "find" the connecting gate. The signage is pretty clear for those who have to endure this but it can be a bit complicated I will admit. Just ask for directions and you will be guided accordingly. It does involve having to go to level 2 since the exit for E Immigration is in level 1. The elevators and escalators are behind recheck. Once all construction to what will be known as "The North Terminal" for AA is complete (someday) then things will start to ease out for AA passengers at MIA. Unfortunately it will still take some time as building an airport on top of another one without being able to close it is extremely time consuming. For those with a layover in MIA its like any other airport - you have your shops restaurants and there is a hotel inside the terminal by Concourse E where you can go to the Top of the Port Restaurant and enjoy a meal or cocktail while waiting for your next flight - away from all the terminal drama. It almost feels like an airline frequent flyer club. Surprisingly the hotel is known as "The Miami International Airport Hotel". Regarding some comments complaining about how everyone at the airport only speaks Spanish or speak something that sounds like French Miami's population is predominantly from Latin America and the Caribbean. Please don't feel stunned or out of place just because you hear anything but English in your surroundings. All employees that work directly with customer service do need to speak English. For someone who lives in South Florida I will continue to use MIA. Even if the fare is slightly higher then departing from FLL unless the drive is worth it I will stick to MIA. FLL is also becoming heavily congested perhaps worst then MIA.
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4/10

Miami Airport customer review

Flew in from LHR arriving one hour late at what was supposed to be the peak time for European arrivals. Having read numerous reviews negatively commenting on the airport I was prepared for the worse but - I found the airport clean and tidy and although it was a very long walk from the arrival gate to immigration it was well sign posted. Immigration took some while to get through (one passenger every 12 minutes) simply because all of the computers broke down just as our flight got to the desks. Apart from some very unusual questions (why was my wife not travelling with me?) immigration was straight forward and polite. By then because of the computer delay all of our bags had arrived and been unloaded off the conveyor belt. After negotiating the two floors change between arrivals and passenger transport to the city getting a fixed fare taxi was easy. The return experience was just as straightforward. Security was very thorough and duty free very efficient. There were plenty of seats at the departure gate (A18) although the departure area is somewhat light on passenger facilities such as shops and eating places. A good travelling experience.
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1/10

Miami Airport customer review

The lack of "no stars" means I have had to give Miami 1 star. This airport is truly the last stop before Hell. I travelled around the States for 2 months late last year and found the majority of airport staff to be professional friendly and helpful - until I reached Miami "International" which is filthy expensive and the unfriendliest place in the States. My partner & I are keen to return to Key West next year but even keener to avoid flying into Miami again.
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