Havana is one of the top destinations in the Caribbeans. Especially during European winter tickets usually are pretty expensive since people like to get away from the nasty weather and spend some days in the sun. This deal is an exception: From Milan to the capital of Cuba for 1.249€. In Business Class. When it’s getting really cold at home!
Your trip will bring you from Milan to Rome in Economy Class and from there on you’ll enjoy the long-haul Business Class including lounge access and lie-flat seats. To get an impression of Alitalia‘s premium product, have a look at this flight report.
Is Alitalia a safe bet?
This is one of those deals that sound so good that there might be a catch. And honestly, there is. Since Alitalia is in big financial trouble, there is a chance that the airline might not exist anymore by the time you want to get on board of one of their aircraft. But there is a way to add some extra security. We highly recommend using you credit card to book this fare. That might save you from paying for a flight you’ll never be one. In many cases, credit card companies will refund your money if you never received a service.
Search & Book
If you decided that this deal is worth taking the risk, then we have further information for you.
According to the Fare Rules, this deal can be booked for the time period between October 29th and December 16th, 2019 and tickets will be sold until April 15th. Minimum stay requirements are until the first Sunday after departing from Milan and can’t be in Cuba any longer than one month.
As always, we recommend using Google Flights (instruction) to check for available dates. Once you found the perfect travel period, book directly via Alitalia’s website or use our Travel Dealz flights search to find the best price. And remember: use your credit card to pay for the ticket! Booking on Alitalia’s website might seem more secure. But from what we experienced from other airlines bankrupting, there is not much the carrier will do for its customers after they became insolvent.
Business Class tickets will be issued in booking class I while in coach it will be booking class Y. For the premium cabin flight this could get you a multiplier of up to 300% on the miles traveled! And even for the lower cabin class, you’ll still pick up 100% to 200%. Since Alitalia is also a partner of Etihad Guest, this should be the most exciting option to earn award miles. Etihad will most likely not get into financial trouble, offers multiple ways to spend your miles and has the highest rate for earning miles.
Tip 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.
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