The SkyTeam carriers KLM, Air France, and Air Europa are currently selling cheap business class tickets for flights from Milan, Rome, and Venice to Havana. You can book your return flight at prices starting around €1,286.
We’ve been promoting this deal for a while now. But prices have dropped for all three airports of departure! Also, availability is still decent.
Here are the prices for flights from three major Italian airports:
Your trip will include at least one layover. Depending on the carrier you’re traveling with, this could be Madrid, Paris, or Amsterdam. After the short-haul flight, which will be the typical European Business Class, you will experience the long-haul product. All three airlines have up-to-date business class cabins. But you might want to check out the three reviews to get a better idea of what you’re opting for.
And not only the on-board product differs from carrier to carrier. For what it’s worth, Air Europa also allows you to bring three pieces of checked luggage. Not just two, like KLM and Air France.
- KLM business class on Airbus A330
- Air France business class on Boeing 777
- Air Europa business class on Airbus A330
Search & Book
Fare rules state that tickets for this deal will be available until November 17th. The offer is valid for trips commencing between November 13th and April 30th, 2020. Within this time frame, availability is decent.
The minimum stay requirements are six days. Alternatively, you can also just spent the night from Saturday to Sunday in Cuba. If you’re planning on staying a little longer, you can. Up to 3 months, if you want to benefit from this fare.
Use Google Flights (instructions). The tool will make it easy to find all available connections. Choose your dates and have Google forward you to the carrier’s website for booking. Or use our Travel Dealz flight search to compare prices.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
As far as we know, the tickets will be issued in booking class O or J. Unfortunately, O won’t get you any miles at any program other than the carrier’s own programs. J results in an earning rate of up top 150% on many SkyTeam programs. But then it’s just the short haul flight. In other words: this deal is not worth it if you’re just looking to bump up your mileage account.
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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Source: YHBU – Thanks!