Frederic Lagrange

How about a trip to Cuba this winter?

Melanie Lieberman
October 20, 2016

In celebration of JetBlue’s inaugural non-stop service to Havana in November, the airline is selling round-trip flights from Fort Lauderdale and New York City to Cuba for as little as $135 round-trip, all taxes included.

JetBlue was the first U.S. airline to make a regularly scheduled commercial flight to Cuba with its arrival in Santa Clara on August 31.

Flights to Havana are available from New York City for $198 round-trip beginning November 28, and from Fort Lauderdale for $135 round-trip beginning November 30. Travel can occur through February. As The Flight Deal notes, travelers departing from other cities (Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Hartford) can find connecting flights for not too much more.

To search for flights, use JetBlue’s Best Fare Finder. Enter Havana as the destination, and then select the “full city list” to see all the hubs that will connect to Cuba-bound flights.

It’s getting exceedingly easy to travel to Cuba, though travelers should note that straight up tourism is still prohibited. U.S. travelers to the island must meet one of 12 the government-approved categories, including education and journalism.

And while independent travel is sanctioned, it’s still not an easy destination to visit.

If you’ve checked all your boxes and booked your flight, just be sure to leave plenty of room in your suitcase. Americans can now bring back an unlimited number of Cuban cigars and bottles of rum back with them.

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