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The first regularly scheduled commercial airline service from the United States to Cuba to operate in decades will start up in just weeks, and it looks like the first flight to take off will be a JetBlue operated flight. JetBlue flight 387 is scheduled to take off at 8:50AM on August 31, 2016 from Ft. Lauderdale bound for Santa Clara, Cuba.
This flight is for sale for just $99 each way, and unlike the American Airlines flights to Cuba that are now also for sale, using points/miles for this flight does not require picking up the phone. You can make your award booking right on the JetBlue website! If you would rather use JetBlue points instead of dollars then you can use just 3,500 JetBlue TrueBlue points and $5.60 in taxes/fees to fly on the historic flight!
Let me say that last part again for emphasis…it is just 3,500 points to fly from the US to Cuba! Not even factoring the inaugural and historic nature of this flight, that is pretty fantastic and it represents a 2.6 cents per point return for your JetBlue points, which is also fantastic.
For those curious, The JetBlue Plus Card awards 30,000 bonus JetBlue points after you spend $1,000 in the first 90 days. If you were able to get in the realm of 2.6 cents per point in value when redeeming those points, it that means the sign-up bonus is worth well over $700! In practice, 2.6 cents per point is on the high end of average for a JetBlue redemption, but it is possible!
The JetBlue flights to Santa Clara will operate 3x per week beginning with the inaugural flight on 8/31/16 and then increase to daily starting 10/1/16. JetBlue will also operate daily service from Ft. Lauderdale to Camagüey beginning 11/3/16 and to Holguín beginning 11/10/16.
Pending final government approval, JetBlue will also fly to Havana from New York (JFK), Ft. Lauderdale, and Orlando at some point later this year. Who all plans to head to Cuba using miles and points this year?
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