The Independent’s journalism is supported by our readers. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn commission.

Havana for the holidays? From £315, you'll need a reason to say no
Havana for the holidays? From £315, you'll need a reason to say no

Flight deal of the week: UK to Cuba from £315

Jack Sheldon
Monday 10 July 2017 19:06
Comments

Every week, Jack Sheldon from Jack’s Flight Club selects a flight deal from the UK for Independent readers that you can’t afford to miss. This week: Cuba for Christmas from £350 – and how to knock that price down even lower.

KLM is currently offering an incredible opportunity to visit Cuba this autumn or winter, with options and dates over Christmas for under £400 return from a dozen airports all over the UK. Cuba's dry season begins at the end of November, so it's a rare price during peak season – as well as covering always-pricey Christmas travel dates. Typical high-season fares to Havana will run you at least twice this price – think £650-£850 over the Christmas holidays!

How to book

Either directly with the airline, which will be slightly more expensive but removes the middle-man, or with an OTA (Online Travel Agent), which will often offer lower fares, but less flexibility in terms of date changes and cancellations. I recommend Momondo when searching for an OTA. Here are some of the return fares we were able to find from each city:

Birmingham (BHX) - £350

Southampton (SOU) - £350

London (LHR) - £362

London City (LCY) - £378

Edinburgh (EDI) - £378

Glasgow (GLA) - £378

Leeds (LBA) - £389

Manchester (MAN) - £348

Newcastle (NCL) - £382

Norwich (NWI) - £427

Aberdeen (ABZ) - £418

Bristol (BRS) - £417

Cardiff (CWL) - £419

When to fly

Availability is scattered throughout autumn and early winter, so I recommend using the Google Flights calendar tool, which will help you locate the best dates. For Christmas-time fares, I recommend setting your departure date between Dec 11-15th and return dates between Dec 26-28th.

When to book

With cheap fares, there is never a guarantee how long this will last, but I think KLM may keep these fares low for 2-3 more days.

Pro tips

KLM is a phenomenal option to fly with from the UK as it covers not only major airports, but also smaller ones, making regional departures very easy.

Many international airlines such as Hawaiian Airlines and Singapore Airlines try to drive tourism to their base by offering free extended stopovers for anyone flying through their home country/state. KLM's pricing system takes it one step further by often pricing fares even lower for any Brits wanting to get a day or two in Amsterdam on the way to a long-haul destination. If flying with KLM through Amsterdam, don't hesitate to change your itinerary to a 'multi-city' trip and you will often see fares drop even lower. In this particular case, you can fly from Birmingham on 13 December, spend a couple of days in Amsterdam and catch a direct flight to Cuba on the 15th, with a simple single-stop return after Christmas on the 27th, all for £315. That's an incredible price for a full-service airline.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in