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Speculation: New US-Cuba aviation deal...how many flights for AA?

Speculation: New US-Cuba aviation deal...how many flights for AA?

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Speculation: AA and Commercial Flights to/from Cuba

As reported in several media the U. S. Department of Transportation has announced an agreement that would ultimately allow for up to 110 commercial daily flights between the USA and Cuba, including up to 20 flights to La Habana / HAV and up to 10 for nine other Cuban airports. Airlines will apply, USDOT will select. These airports might include Havana (HAV), CamagŁey (CMW), Cienfuegos (CFG), Jardines del Rey (CCC), Santa Clara (SNU), Santiago de Cuba (SCU) and Varadero (VRA).

Current USA-Cuba flights, flown by American, Delta, JetBlue, SunJet etc. are all charters through Cuba Travel Service / CTA. AA charter flights to Cuba do not earn AA miles, can not be flown as awards, do not allow for upgrades or recognize any AA perquisites or status.

Tourist travel to Cuba is prohibited under U.S. law for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and others subject to U.S. jurisdiction, as is spending American money for arrangements in Cuba or in Cuba itself. USA travelers must have a permit as allowed by the U. S. Treasury OFAC, as well as purchase tickets from CTS if flying between USA and Cuba.

Link to US Treasury Dept. Office of Foreign Assets Control / OFAC PDF (12 Jan 2016) governing travel to Cuba by U.S. Citizens and Residents.

U. S. citizens can legally travel to Cuba if they are engaging in 12 categories of activities such as professional research, participating in an athletic event, performing in a concert, working on a humanitarian project or taking part in educational activities benefiting Cubans or visiting for "people to people" educational and outreach purposes. Americans might now "self license" if traveling for covered reasons.

Authorized travelers to Cuba are subject to daily spending limits. See the Office of Foreign Assets Control page of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Link to PDF.

Currently, no AAdvantage miles may be earned flying AA or any oneworld airline to or from Cuba (e.g. Iberia).
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Old Feb 17, 16, 12:39 am
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Originally Posted by SJOGuy View Post
The requirements are still in place about fitting into the 12 permitted categories of travel to Cuba. Independent tourism is not among them. That has not changed. I do wonder how AA and other airlines will manage this.
The same way they manage it right now: if you don't have a visa, you don't get on the plane.

Americans who don't have a visa can still go via Mexico, the Bahamas, etc.
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Old Feb 17, 16, 2:15 am
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I think we will apply for flights from MIA, TPA, JFK and maybe MCO.
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Old Feb 17, 16, 6:33 am
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Originally Posted by MAH4546 View Post
The same way they manage it right now: if you don't have a visa, you don't get on the plane.

Americans who don't have a visa can still go via Mexico, the Bahamas, etc.
No. It's not the same thing. "Visa" is an incorrect term in this context. This is not a case of Cuba issuing a visa. The whole business of the 12 categories is a requirement of the U.S. government. Now that we are not required to apply for individual licenses, most people are not going to have the OFAC paperwork from the Treasury Department to present to the airline.
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