First, let me preface this post by saying we're very infrequent air travelers (we usually road trip everywhere and have only taken direct flights in the past). I think we made a major mistake in booking our 1 stop flight to MZT in a few weeks.
We are booked on one airline (American Air) from MZT-PHX-SJC. Our party of 5 all have Global Entry but my mother-in-law always checks luggage. I assumed that checked baggage would just go straight through to SJC but I just saw a thread that someone flying from Europe into ORD was told they will have to pick up their checked luggage, go through customs, and then check the luggage back in for their final destination. Does that same policy apply for flights from Mexico? If so, we'll never make it as American has us on a VERY short connection time (about an hour).
Yes, I saw the warning that it was a short connection time but I wrongly assumed that since we have front of the plane seats, speed walking and using Global Entry would get us through in time. Plus, I figured American would know what's realistic or they wouldn't suggest that itinerary to us. Rookie mistake, I'm sure....
It's too late (and likely very expensive) to change flights as we're now just weeks away. Should I just resign us to the fact that we're likely to miss our connection and desperately hope American can get us on the last flight that same day (4 hours later)? Since we're booked on the second to last flight of the day, there's a chance there won't be space for 5 passengers on the last flight of the day. I can see on American's site that 7 seats are left at the Basic Economy price and 7 seats at the Main Cabin price (but does that mean only 7 seats total or 14 seats?). What happens if we miss our connecting flight? Will American pay for us to get a hotel room in Phoenix? I know my mother-in-law purchased trip insurance for all of us but I don't know their policy re: missed connections...I
Thanks for your insight.