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Southwest announced today that it will be opening options for award travel to Cuba from airports in Florida, with availability as early as November. Routes to Havana will be available starting on December 12th, and they are currently open for as little as 2,232 miles per segment! This is an unbelievable value to fly from either Tampa or Fort Lauderdale to Cuba.
Find Award Travel
We searched segments from TPA and FLL to HAV and found tons of availability as low as 2,232 miles per segment. The deal becomes even more incredible if you use your Companion Pass! These fares will likely go fast, so don’t delay. You may need to search from your home airport to TPA or FLL first and then from those airports to HAV. We found better options this way. American Airlines has also opened routes for 15,000 AA miles each way.
If you’ve had Cuba on your travel list, this may be your best opportunity to visit before it becomes a tourist haven. The more airlines to pick up routes, the more US tourists that will flock to the island. Right now, Cuba is still in what I call a “time capsule” mode. People still drive 1950’s cars and there are no high-rise hotels. This is sure to change soon!
Additional Requirements for Travel
Keep in mind that you must qualify for a trip to Cuba under the 12 approved reasons:
- Family visits
- Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations
- Journalistic activity
- Professional research and professional meetings
- Educational activities
- Religious activities
- Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions
- Support for the Cuban people
- Humanitarian projects
- Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes
- Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials
- Certain export transactions that may be considered for authorization under existing regulations and guidelines.
You will also need to purchase a visa at your departure airport from the USA and the airlines are requiring you to purchase Cuban health insurance at $50/person. In my opinion this is worth the opportunity to visit a place that has long been off-limits to US citizens.
What do you think? Will you take a trip to Cuba? Cheers!