JetBlue Flights To Cuba Are Now On Sale, And They’re A GREAT Use of Points

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Now that sanctions between the US and Cuba have been lifted, US carriers will soon be flooding the Cuban market with capacity.

In March we learned the details of all the flights that US airlines wanted to operate to Cuba, which required approval from the Department of Transportation. Obviously a vast majority of airlines wanted to fly to Havana, though there were also available slots to other Cuban cities.

In June the DOT awarded slots to US airlines for all Cuban destinations other than Havana. That’s because there were enough available slots for all requested flights to cities other than Havana, since the demand wasn’t as high for those.

Meanwhile there’s a lot more demand for flights to Havana than available slots, so earlier in the month the DOT tentatively announced the routes to Havana that are approved, which include the following:

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However, these are just tentative approvals, and it will likely be a bit longer before any of these flights become bookable.

Anyway, American was the first US airline to put commercial flights to Cuba on sale, which they did in mid-June. The introductory fares were obscene, as American is charging almost $500 for a roundtrip ticket between Miami and Cuba, even though the flight is less than an hour long in each direction.

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Well, now JetBlue has started selling flights to Cuba, and they’ll actually be launching their flights before all other airlines that have announced service so far. If things don’t change, JetBlue will be the first US airline to offer commercial service between the US and Cuba. Here are the details of their service:

JetBlue will initially operate flights on three routes between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and:

  • Santa ClaraAbel Santamaría Airport (SNU)
    • Monday, Wednesday & Friday flights starting August 31, 2016
    • Daily flights starting October 1, 2016
  • Camagüey Ignacio Agramonte Airport (CMW)
    • Daily flights starting November 3, 2016
  • Holguín Frank País Airport (HOG)
    • Daily flights starting November 10, 2016

Unlike American, JetBlue is kicking off these new routes with some fantastic fares, starting at $99 one-way. For example, you can fly roundtrip between Fort Lauderdale and Santa Clara for just ~$204.

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Redeeming TrueBlue points is an even better value, as you can book the ticket for just 7,000 points plus $47.06 in taxes and fees roundtrip.

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That means you’re saving $157.10 for 7,000 TrueBlue points, which is ~2.25 cents of value per TrueBlue point. That’s incredible, since typically TrueBlue points are worth ~1.6 cents each towards the cost of a ticket on JetBlue.

Also keep in mind that if you have JetBlue Plus Card you get 10% of your points back every time you redeem, which means you’d get 700 TrueBlue points back on that redemption.

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Bottom line

Kudos to JetBlue for getting ahead of the competition by launching the first commercial flights to Cuba, and having great fares. Beyond that, kudos to them for making the relative value of a points redemption even better. No wonder people love JetBlue.

Anyone considering flying JetBlue to Cuba?

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Comments

  1. When do you get the 10% back in points with JetBlue (I have the JEtBlue MAstercard). Is it when you book the flight or not until after you fly? I assume it’s not until after you fly b/c as a Mossaic you can always cancel award flights and redeposit the points for free.

  2. Good info though it took you seven full paragraphs (plus one chart) to finally get to your main point.

  3. Even though the tickets are on sale, you must still fall under the 12 categories allowed, correct? Tourist related travel is still prohibited.

  4. @Mark… the bloggers need you to click through and not be able to see the answer from a feed or email. If you notice the email summary that is sent you can NEVER see the point until you click.

  5. Boycott JetBlue for establishing flights to Cuba, an oppressive dictatorship, lead by a murderous tyrannical government.

  6. I was just reading up on this because some friends returned from just such a trip to Cuba. However, JetBlue doesn’t go to Havana yet?! I wonder how straightforward/feasible it is to fly to Santa Clara Cuba and travel to Havana – and whether it’s worth it at this point. Or to wait until B6 does begin serving Havana…

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