Here is an updated version of MileValue’s award-chart comparison for major United States airlines:
The chart covert the Big 3 mainline airlines in the U.S. – American, Delta and United. The fourth column is for American Airlines off-peak awards, which come with a considerable savings.
The chart does not cover Allegiant, JetBlue, Frontier, Spirit, Southwest and other smaller airlines.
The title is somewhat of a tease, since you cannot yet use your frequent flyer miles to buy a ticket from the U.S. to Cuba. But that time is rapidly approaching, and the article tells you what is known at this point.
Airlines covered are American, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest and United. Keep in mind that most flights will go to Cuban cities other than Havana, due to a current limit of just 20 flights per day to that city.
Lima is the gateway to World Heritage sites Machu Picchu and Cuzco, and to the mysterious Nazca Lines.
This low fare is available on JetBlue for various date pairs in April.
For a tested method to avoid the altitude sickness that afflicts many visitors to Machu Picchu via Cuzco, click here.
MommyPoints has the details for frequent flyers on several airlines.
Buying an airline ticket at the last minute can be very expensive in dollars, less so with frequent-flyer miles / points. If you have elite status, there may be no additional cost in miles.
All the major US airlines (nine, maybe ten) are vying for the 20 daily flights to Havana which are slated to become available soon.
US Airlines Battle Over Havana
More and more Americans are making the trip, and they all return with the advice that “you’d better go now, before it opens up completely.”
One conclusion is that the Big 3 legacy carriers have nearly identical numbers of frequent-flyer miles needed for any given route.
Maybe a comparison including JetBlue will be published later.
Southwest Airlines does their frequent-flyer program in a very different way, so it can’t really be compared to the others.
UPDATE: The Washington Post newspaper reports that President Obama plans a visit to Cuba next month.
As the United States slowly opens up access to Cuba, airlines are applying for airport “slots” so they can provide scheduled service to the island nation.
Bidding for Cuba, Airline-Style
Cuba recognizes that a huge influx of Americans would overwhelm their tourist facilities.
Book today, for travel Feb 24 to May 18. Just a few routes have the $39 fare. A representative long-distance fare is Boston to Los Angeles for $169.
JetBlue offers similar fares fairly often.
There is no universal answer, because the value of a point/mile depends strongly upon whether you prefer to fly Coach, Business or First Class; whether you prefer upscale or downmarket hotels; and whether you have status in a particular program.
Given all that, here is the updated list of values from The Points Guy:
For travel on Leap Day only, which is a Monday so this could be part of a long weekend. No flights to or from Austin are on the list. One-way only.
The Points Guy calls them “$28 flights”.