When traveling, you want to do everything you can to make it as pleasant an experience as possible. Lord knows, the security experiences and priority passengers getting to board first could make the calmest person ready to explode.
Here are a few tips about MIA you should read before you fly:
It’s difficult to find anyone who’s a fan of Miami International Airport. Some sections are old, some are new, and no one seems keen on flying through there.
A few hours’ layover may be bearable, but suppose you’ve got to spend longer than that before your next flight?
You could take advantage of the Tri-Rail Miami Airport station that is now open, linking you to the great outdoors, shopping and restaurants, or you could book a day rate room at the airport hotel.
Not everyone knows that the MIA hotel at Concourse E offers a day rate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. that is less expensive than an overnight rate. You get a nice hotel room with all the amenities you’d expect, plus it takes you away from the noise of the airport.
You don’t have to be a triple platinum card holder to get into a lounge at this airport. Almost all will allow you in for a fee, which can absolutely be worth it if you have a few hours to kill.
Expect to pay around $50 for a day pass. Look for the AA clubs in Concourse D; Avianca VIP in Concourse J; Amex Centurion Lounge in Concourse D; Club America in Concourse F; Delta Sky Club between Concourses H and J; Premium Lounge in Concourse E; and VIP Lounge Miami in Concourse J.
You need a green or gold Amex even for paid entrance to the Centurion Lounge, but it’s one of the newest in the airport and it’s fabulous.
If you are a British passport holder, you can now apply for the coveted Global Entry program which helps you jump past some long lines with ease.
You have to go online to register. The whole process takes about three weeks and costs around $200 when all is said and done. You also have to schedule an interview at MIA when next you fly there.
The above may sound like hassle, but it’s actually pretty simple, and when it makes entering the country a breeze, you’ll be glad you bothered.