There might never be a cheaper time to see Cuba. JetBlue just launched a nonstop service straight into Havana from New York City and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with one-way tickets starting at $54. Round-trip tickets from Fort Lauderdale are running around $135, while services out of New York City are hovering around $99 for one-way and $205 for round-trip.
Since the special prices are running on JetBlue’s nonstop service schedule (check the Best Fare Finder here), the dates are impressively flexible. That means that you can hop down to Havana on almost any day in December, January, or February and snag the same deal — and you’re not roped into paying the sale price for an allotted itinerary. A weekend round-trip is the same price as a month-long getaway. The only days where there is a current spike in price is on holidays.
Services out of JFK start on November 28, and Fort Lauderdale flights follow suit a day later, on November 29.
Can’t wait to get there? Southwest announced last week that they were offering a twice-daily nonstop flight from Fort Lauderdale to Varadero, Cuba, starting November 13. Southwest will be expanding its flights yet again on December 12, adding two daily nonstop flights from both Tampa, Florida, and Fort Lauderdale to Havana. And you’re not missing out on a sweet deal here, either. These flights are running for as little as $59 a leg.
Of course, not just anyone can fly to Cuba. According to the U.S. Embassy, traveling to Cuba as a “tourist” or for “tourist activities” is still prohibited. However, if you plan a trip that falls into one of the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control 12 categories of travel (below), you’ll get a general license to clear your travel to Cuba. If you fit the bill, take the flight — deals like this won't last as the barriers to entry continue to fall.
12 Department of Treasury–Approved Reasons to Travel to Cuba
1. Family visits
2. Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations
3. Journalistic activity
4. Professional research and professional meetings
5. Educational activities
6. Religious activities
7. Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic, and other competitions and exhibitions
8. Support for the Cuban people
9. Humanitarian projects
10. Activities of private foundations or research for educational institutes
11. Exportation, importation, or transmission of information for informational materials
12. Certain authorized export transactions