If you’ve been itching to travel to Cuba, now that relations between the U.S. and Cuba are thawing, flights just got cheaper.
Here’s more information from The Charlotte Observer:
“American Airlines is temporarily cutting fares on its planned flights to Cuba as it prepares to inaugurate the commercial routes in September.
Under the discount, travelers can book a round trip from Charlotte to any of five Cuban cities for $298, before taxes. The flights would connect through Miami.
American won federal approval for the flights earlier this month. The cities are Cienfuegos, Holguín, Camagüey, Santa Clara and Varadero. American is still awaiting federal approval to fly to Havana, the capital.
Other carriers including Delta, United, JetBlue, Southwest and Frontier Airlines also received permission to fly to various Cuban cities.
Travelers from Charlotte would still have to fly through Miami because there is no direct flight scheduled to Cuba. In March, American applied to fly nonstop from Charlotte once a day, year-round. The government might take a decision on that application this fall.
The current sale applies to flights from Sept. 7 to Nov. 15. The last day to buy tickets at the discounted price is July 11.
Travelers from the U.S. will still need a visa to travel to Cuba. To qualify for a visa, travelers will need to fall under one of 12 authorized categories such as family visits, professional meetings, educational and religious activities, among others.”
Cuba is roughly 90 miles off the coast of Florida. The price for a flight to Cuba from Miami on American Airlines is just $198. From the west coast – including San Francisco and Los Angeles – the prices jump to roughly $400.
Aside from flying to Cuba, there is also talk of cruise routes to the island nation.