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First Cuba Cruises in 50 Years, New Cheap & Award Flights to Europe, Las Vegas, China

First Cuba Cruises in 50 Years, New Cheap & Award Flights to Europe, Las Vegas, China

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1.   Carnival Cruises to Cuba Begin May 2016

Link:   Cruise to Cuba With Carnival / Fathom

Visiting Cuba is getting easier!  You can soon use miles & points to fly thereAnd now you can take a cruise!

Carnival Cruise Line’s Fathom brand sets sail to Cuba starting May 1, 2016.  This will be the 1st time in over 50 years that a cruise ship has sailed to Cuba.  And tickets are still available for the maiden voyage!

First Cuba Cruises In 50 Years New Cheap Award Flights To Europe Las Vegas China
Head to Cuba by Air OR Water! Now Cruising to Cuba Is an Option With Carnival Cruise Line Starting May 1, 2016!

Departures will be from Miami every other Sunday, and last 7 days.  You can get to Miami from anywhere in the mainland US for 25,000 miles round-trip in coach on:

  • American Airlines
  • Delta
  • United Airlines

If you’re near Miami, you can:

Southwest also flies to Miami.  And you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Southwest to book any available seat.  Remember, a friend can fly with you for only the cost of taxes and fees with the Southwest Companion Pass!

2.   China Eastern Begins Non-Stop Flights Between Chicago and Shanghai

Good news for folks who want to visit Shanghai!  China Eastern has already begun 3 new non-stop flights from Chicago each week.

This is excellent news for folks with Delta miles, Starwood points, or American Express Membership Rewards points, too.  Because you can use Delta miles to book award flights on China Eastern.  And, you can search for and book these flights directly on Delta’s website.

If you need more Delta miles, you can transfer AMEX Membership Rewards points to Delta instantly at a 1:1 ratio.  Or transfer Starwood points in 20,000 point increments to earn 5,000 bonus Delta miles!

3.   Norwegian Air Will Fly From Las Vegas to Norway

Link:   Norwegian Air Las Vegas to Oslo Flight Announcement

Link:   Norwegian Air US Route Network

Starting November 1, 2016, folks in Las Vegas can fly on discount airline Norwegian Air to Oslo, Norway.  This new route joins existing flights from Las Vegas to Copenhagen and Stockholm.

I like to see new routes like this, because more competition keeps prices lower.  That means more Big Travel with Small Money!  But keep in mind, budget airlines like Norwegian Air charge extra for seat assignments and checked luggage.

Condor also has relatively cheap flights from Las Vegas to Europe, including non-stop tickets to Frankfurt.

And of course, you can use your miles & points to get to Europe:

4.   Folks in Long Beach Are Getting More JetBlue Flights to Las Vegas, Oakland, Reno, and San Francisco

Link:  JetBlue Plus Card

Link:  JetBlue Card

Link:   JetBlue Business Card

JetBlue will add new flights from Long Beach to Reno beginning August 15, 2016.  They’ll also add an extra daily flight from Long Beach to Las Vegas and San Francisco starting August 15, 2016.  And an additional daily flight to Oakland from August 16, 2016.

JetBlue recently launched 3 new credit cards.  When you open the Barclaycard JetBlue Plus, you’ll earn 30,000 JetBlue points after spending $1,000 within the 1st 90 days.

30,000 JetBlue points are worth ~$420 (30,000 JetBlue points x 1.4 cent = ~$420).  And with the Barclaycard JetBlue Plus, you get 10% of your points back every time you redeem for a flight.  That’s worth another ~$42 (3,000 JetBlue points X 1.4 cents per point).  So the sign-up bonus is total of worth ~$462 toward JetBlue flights!

JetBlue also has cross-country First Class service.  And they fly to international destinations including the Caribbean, Mexico, and countries in South America.

I like more options to travel because it makes your miles & points all the more valuable.  Let me know if you’re excited about any of these new routes!

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® named a 'Best Travel Credit Card' by MONEY® Magazine, 2016-2017
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel.
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards

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@Laura – Excellent tip. Thank you!

“Southwest also flies to Miami.” Just a small head’s up- Southwest flies into Fort Lauderdale. It’s a lot easier to get to the port of Miami from the Miami Airport than it is from the Fort Lauderdale airport. If any readers are on the fence about which airport to fly into, I would highly recommend flying straight into Miami rather than Fort Lauderdale if all other things are equal.