Booking HAV with Avios

Old Sep 16, 19, 3:08 pm
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Booking HAV with Avios

BA.com doesnít recognise HAV, either on a LHR/DUB-HAV or on a MIA-HAV basis. Is this just another IT glitch such as GYD & can be booked over the phone or is Cuba not actually bookable?
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Old Sep 16, 19, 3:11 pm
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Just type in HAV - don't worry that it doesn't autocomplete - and search. Works fine and shows availability on ba.com. Just tried for IB MAD-HAV.
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Old Sep 16, 19, 3:12 pm
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I haven’t tried HAV specifically but there are lots of airports for which BA.com does not recognise and auto-complete the airport name, but for which you can just enter the 3 letter code and the search will work anyway.
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Old Sep 16, 19, 3:16 pm
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Hmm. Thatís solved one problem, thank you KARFA. But any AA flight I select (for example I was looking 16 Jan and thereís loads of availability MIA-HAV) but an error keeps coming up saying I canít book these flights & please try another
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Old Sep 16, 19, 3:22 pm
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Due to the embargo you wonít be able to book, let alone travel on, the MIA-HAV flights
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Old Sep 16, 19, 3:24 pm
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I don't think you can book AA reward flights to HAV on aa.com using aa miles so the same restriction may also apply to AA reward flights booked with avios on ba.com. You may need to call to book those AA flights.

I don't think there should be any issue with IB flights - however if that's what you want to pick you would be better off transferring the avios to your IB account and booking on there since taxes/fees/charges for a return in J will be ~£150 compared to ~£450 when booking on ba.com.
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Old Sep 16, 19, 3:24 pm
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And don't use BA.com to book MAD-HAV on Iberia - it'll cost you hundreds in BA fees, even though it is an Iberia flight.

Make sure you have an IB+ account and transfer the avios over to there and then book direct with IB avios for the IB flight.

ps. Much higher "visa" fees for flights from USA to Cuba. Perhaps fly MAD-HAV HAV-MIA and then MIA-MAD, all transatlantic on Iberia. (and remember one-way ex-USA in BA CW or F on avios carries HUGE surcharges!)
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Old Sep 16, 19, 3:27 pm
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Originally Posted by Swanhunter View Post
Due to the embargo you won’t be able to book, let alone travel on, the MIA-HAV flights
I thought the restriction for travel from USA-HAV applied only to US citizens? Even if they apply to all there were plenty of US citizens as tourists in Havana when I was there in May which suggest the restrictions are not that restrictive!

I would agree though it is easier to go from MAD if the OP can go with that option.
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Old Sep 16, 19, 3:59 pm
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It was a huge ordeal trying to get this done last year

Booked IB MAD-HAV using avios on Iberia plus website with ease

Was unable to book AA HAV-MIA through BAEC online (despite availability showing up on avios search) nor by phone. The BAEC agent, after keeping me on hold for ages, gave the explanation that "as a company [they] don't sell tickets to Havana". This is untrue as both they and IB are part of IAG...

Eventually managed to book AA cash flights from HAV-MIA on the AA website for around $100 USD.
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Old Sep 16, 19, 4:06 pm
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The Cuba restrictions that had been loosened a couple of years ago were again tightened early this year. See:
Trouble booking avios redmption from Mia to Hav
BA avios redemption with AA - HAV-MIA - January 2020
https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/...ravel/cuba.jsp
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