Fly the Inaugural Flight to Cuba for Just 3,500 Points!

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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.

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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!

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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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Comments

  1. It would be cool to take the inaugural, but the easy part is getting to SNU, then what?

    I’m not sure how the transportation, cell service, WiFi, and accommodations are? I look at the #1 rated hotel on Trip Adviser and it seems just ok. Anyone know of a guide to SNU?

    Also how far is the SNU airport from the city center?

    One other option would be to fly back to FLL with just a couple of hours in SNU.

  2. The infrastructure is just not there for the typical American tourist. If you are someone who is fluent in Spanish, and typically travels around 3rd world countries with a backpack, staying in hostels, this is for you. For the rest of us, not so much…

    • Indeed…I’m probably not adventurous to make the trip right now, but would be tempted to visit Havana for sure…and pack a hefty side of adventure and patience.

  3. As I was saying…

    Review of Cuban Starwood hotel from VFTW:

    “But the rest of our experience was pretty unpleasant. The hotel had been rebranded with great fanfare a month earlier, including promised amenities like Starwood’s comfortable “signature beds.” But our mattress was saggy, with a stained decorative cover and flat sheet tucked over the sort of squeaky rubber pad used for bed-wetting children. When I investigated why a bedside lamp wasn’t working (due to a missing bulb), I realized that the entire wall-mounted light was loose and balanced in the sole position that kept it from collapsing.”

    And that’s for the Starwood, so just imagine what the typical Cuban hotel without a Starwood connection will be like, 😉

  4. I wonder who the key target customer is for the SNU flights especially say for the first 6-12 months of operation?

  5. B6 – Please start flying from HOU FLL !! We’d like to fly you, but from HOU, you can’t get there from here!!

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