Airlines Are Bidding Like Crazy on Routes to Cuba
U.S. airlines are preparing their Cuba itineraries—get ready to do the same.
The deadline closed today for U.S. airlines to bid on routes to Havana. American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, United, and Southwest all submitted requests, and the total number of bids far outnumber the flights available.
Both JetBlue and United want daily flights from Newark, while Southwest has its eyes on Florida: Fort Lauderdale, Tampa Bay, and Orlando. American has bid on 10 daily flights from Miami, in addition to weekly flights from Los Angeles and Chicago, among others. Miami is also appealing to Delta and Frontier.
For the full list, check out The Points Guy and T+L columnist Brian Kelly’s map of proposed routes to Cuba. In addition to Havana, airlines have also expressed interest in cities like Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, Varadero, and more.
Now, it’s up to the Transportation Department to decide which carriers can fly where, and selections are expected to happen this summer. JetBlue expects to be selling tickets as early as September 8.
While it’s about to get easier than ever to visit Cuba, passengers must still travel under the authorized travel categories, including family visits, humanitarian projects, and journalism. Find the answers to all your questions about flights to Cuba here.
Melanie Lieberman is the Assistant Digital Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @melanietaryn.