KLM will fly you to Amsterdam, Air France to Paris before your trip to the Caribbean continues. The flight time for the long-haul segment will be around 10 hours – perfect for traveling in a premium cabin.
Business Class products
Air France, as well as KLM, have an up-to-date Business Class on most of their aircraft. So you can check off lie-flat seats from your must-have list. Also, all priority services and 2 pieces of checked bags will always be included.
But there are differences you might want to know about. In many cases, Air France will operate a Boeing 777 and the flight to Havana, KLM an Airbus A330. While the French carrier went for a 1-2-1 configuration, KLM equipped its aircraft with a 2-2-2 layout. Of course, single seats offer way more privacy, especially when traveling alone.
Here are two flight reviews that give you a good overview:
Search & Book
According to the fare rules, this deal should be around until June 26th, 2019 and is valid for travel commencing between July 1st and March 31st, 2020. Availability is great starting from late August until early 2020 with some blackout dates over Xmas and New Year’s Eve.
You have to stay for at least 6 days or stick to the Saturday-night rule to take advantage of this excellent fare. You could take our time coming back since you’re allowed to spend 3 months in Cuba before returning to Europe.
Use Google Flights (instructions) to find your preferred dates. Afterward, you can either book directly on the carrier’s website or check out our Travel Dealz flight search to compare prices from OTAs. Since you have to dig deep into your pocket for Business Class tickets, we recommend purchasing your ticket from the airlines.
Tickets for feeder flights within Europe will be issued in booking class J. The long-haul segments in O. While the short connections in Europe can get you an earning rate of up to 175% with some SkyTeam frequent flyer programs, the flights to and from Havana are exempted from earning miles with all programs except for FlyingBlue, where you will earn revenue based miles.
Tips for Cuba
Information on Cuba
Cuba has developed its very own charm throughout the decades of embargoes and socialism and stands out clearly from the other islands in the Caribbean. In addition to the many fantastic beaches, cigars, rum, salsa and American vintage cars attract numerous tourists to Cuba every year despite the difficult political situation. Nevertheless, the island is still not nearly as touristically developed as many other islands in the Caribbean.
Best Time to Visit
Although Cuba has warm temperatures between 25 – 30°C all year round, the dry winter months between November and April are particularly popular. During this time the humidity is clearly lower than in the high summer during the rainy season.
For travel between June and October, one should be aware of the risk of hurricanes. The last hurricane to hit Cuba was “Irma” in September 2017.
Immigration and Visa Requirements
To enter Cuba, most EU citizens needs a passport valid for at least six months and a visa in the form of a tourist card (A1 visa) for up to 30 days. These must be obtained from the Cuban embassy in Berlin before entering the country. At least one person must appear there in person, but can also obtain the visa for other companions. This costs 22€ for the person appearing in person and 25€ for all other companions. It is much easier to purchase the tourist card directly from your airline: (all data without guarantee)
- Condor: 25€, in Frankfurt/Main at the ticket counter or transit area
- Eurowings: 25€, in Cologne/Bonn at the check-in desk / in Munich at the ticket counter & check-in desk
- Air Canada: Will be handed out free of charge on board before landing. In addition, however, an electronic travel permit (eTA) is required for the transfer in Canada!
Additionally you have to show valid health insurance coverage in Cuba, e.g. a travel health insurance. If possible, the policy should be in Spanish. German or English policies are also recognized nowadays. Otherwise you have to take out a Cuban insurance at the airport for 2 – 3 CUC per day.
All Dealz for Cuba
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