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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to travel. Additionally, keep in mind that discounted partner fares may not earn miles with US-based carriers.
With most travel restrictions eased, Cuba is now open for business. Many airlines have been pushing low fares to establish a foothold in the nation, and Delta is now offering flights from major US cities to Havana from just $257 round-trip. We’re seeing wide-open availability for trips from December 2016 through June 2017.
You can’t use Google Flights to search for this, so you will have to go directly to Delta’s website and book there. Make sure you choose the flexible dates option so you can see the lowest fare.
Havana is an amazing city, with plenty to see and eat, but Cuba has other great destinations like Santa Clara and Trinidad. Make sure you do some research before you visit, as access to internet is very limited and making international phone calls can be difficult.
Route: US cities to HAV
Cost: $257+ round-trip in economy
Dates: December 2016 – June 2017
Booking Link: Delta
Pay With: Chase Sapphire Reserve, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, Citi Prestige Card or Chase Sapphire Preferred
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Houston (HOU) to Havana (HAV) for $257 round-trip in January:
Washington D.C. (DCA) to Havana (HAV) for $257 round-trip in February:
Newark (EWR) to Havana (HAV) for $257 round-trip in March:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
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H/T: Thrifty Traveler
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