Final Call for Spirit Airlines Service to Cuba

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Just a few months after starting up service, Spirit Airlines has decided to end their flights to Cuba effective May 31, 2017. Spirit is currently operating one to two daily flights from Ft. Lauderdale – Havana, depending on the date of travel until June 1st. Some dates that Spirit had planned on operating two daily round trips will be going down to one, so your travel plans on may be impacted even if your reservation is before June 1st.

 

Similar to what Frontier and Silver cited when they announced their decisions to end flights to Cuba this spring, Spirit says that “overcapacity” and the costs associated with operating in Cuba made it an unsustainable route for them, at least for now. After Spirit, Frontier, and Silver finish up their service this spring, the remaining US airlines to fly to Cuba will include: American, Alaska, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, and United.

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If you are looking to pick up a Spirit Airlines roundtrip flight to Cuba before they end service, the starting prices are about $180 for trips from Ft. Lauderdale – Havana. The flip side of all of this is that with capacity costs on the horizon, we may be reaching a low water mark on cheap flights to Cuba.

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Comments

  1. Loved being able to redeem 5,000 Free Spirit Miles RT from FLL to HAV during low season. With the credit card offering 2x points per $1, only $2500 worth of spend for a free ticket. Guess the next best option is BA miles on AA.

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