Category: Cuba

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Ten Things to Know Before Traveling to Cuba

  I visited Havana shortly after the travel restrictions were loosened in early 2015. Here are my ten things to know before traveling to Cuba! For more information check out our American Travel Guide to Cuba.   Visa is required The visa is only a simple piece of paper, more like a ticket to enter Cuba. The visa can be...

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US Airlines are now flying to Havana for the first time in 50 years

On Monday, American Airlines was the first commercial flight to land in Havana in more than five decades. American Airlines Flight 17 was the first to touch down at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport after a quick jump from Miami. Other smaller Cuban cities have had daily service since September, but Monday’s flight was the first to the capital city. Back...

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Travel restrictions lifted on Cuban Rum and Cigars

Photo Location: Parque Central – Havana, Cuba © Thrifty Traveler   Good news for travelers to Cuba! The Obama administration on Friday further lifted restrictions on Cuba, announcing that US travelers can now bring back more Cuban cigars and rum. The actual limit is likely 100 cigars and 1 liter of rum, which is the limit of set by US Customs for travel...

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Historic JetBlue Flight Touches Down In Cuba

Earlier today, for the first time in more than 50 years, a commercial flight from the United States landed on the island of Cuba. JetBlue flight #387 touched down around 11AM after departing Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and landing in Santa Clara, Cuba (SNU) with around 150 people on board. Most of the flight was reported to be filled...

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[HOT Flight Deal] $261: New York to Varadero, Cuba (Round-trip)

Photo: Bruno via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License   Find the hottest flight deals! Subscribe to our Newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter & Instagram!   Flights to Cuba are now available from many US cities! Great sale on American Airlines round-trip flights from New York to Varadero, Cuba for $261! Great availability starting in September. Flights are also available...
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US DOT Selects Airlines for Routes to Cuba this Fall

Photo: Old Havana (Havana Vieja), © Thrifty Traveler   The US Department of Transportation announced this morning that six airlines have received approval to fly to Cuba as soon as this fall. This does not yet include routes to Havana, which will be announced later this summer. The United States and Cuban government signed an agreement, in February, to resume commercial flights,...

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Starwood signs first Cuba Hotel deal since 1959 Revolution

Wooo! We’ll soon be able to book Cuban hotels with SPG points! Last weekend, Starwood Hotels became the first US hotel chain to be permitted to operate a Cuban hotel since the 1959 Cuban Revolution. Starwood received special permission from the US Treasury Department to open the hotels, which is required due to the US economic embargo. Marriott has also secured special permission...

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How to Travel to Cuba on Points and Miles

International flights originating from the United States to Cuba will begin this fall, but until then you’re stuck taking a charter flight from the US or flying to Cuba from somewhere in the Caribbean. Last April, I traveled to Cuba by way of Cancun. From Cancun to Havana I flew on Cubana (Cuba’s state owned airline) direct to Havana. I flew from the...

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US and Cuba Sign Deal on Commercial Flights

The United States and Cuban government signed an agreement this morning to resume commercial flights, the first in 50 years. This sets in motion a bidding process for US Airlines to start operating up to 110 flights a day this fall. The agreement allows 20 daily flights to Havana and 90 flights to other Cuban cities. So far it sounds...

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US Airlines To Sell Tickets to Cuba in 3-6 Months!

The United States and Cuban governments reached an agreement yesterday to begin operating non-chartered flights between the US and Cuba. Depending on FAA approval US Airlines should sell tickets to Cuba in 3-6 months. Multiple US airlines have already stated they plan to open up flights once the FAA approval process is complete. United plans to fly to Havana via...