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Re: cuba master thread
« Reply #150 on: May 10, 2016, 04:41:00 PM »
That was exactly my schedule, totally doable. I hope to go back for longer in the fall/early winter, but 3.5 days on the ground is definitely enough to see the sights.

You may want to be careful about the beach (see my post here).

Did you book that using miles? copa Via united over the phone? online they don't allow to HAV.  and can that be considered a stopover so its only 30K on J?

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Re: cuba master thread
« Reply #151 on: May 10, 2016, 05:15:06 PM »
Did you book that using miles? copa Via united over the phone? online they don't allow to HAV.  and can that be considered a stopover so its only 30K on J?

United can't book HAV, even through the Mexico office. We used 60k SQ for RT J on Copa.

Being that CM J is basically UA domestic F, you may want to consider using 35k SQ for Y instead.

Either way, you also get a free domestic stopover with SQ.
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Re: cuba master thread
« Reply #152 on: May 10, 2016, 08:27:12 PM »
Being that CM J is basically UA domestic F, you may want to consider using 35k SQ for Y instead.

Either way, you also get a free domestic stopover with SQ.

Can I book SQ all the way to HAV or only to Panama? If yes I check availability on Copa?
If only to Panama,  tickets from Panama-HAV are ridiculous expensive unless I purchase from NY

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Re: cuba master thread
« Reply #153 on: May 10, 2016, 09:05:22 PM »
Can I book SQ all the way to HAV or only to Panama? If yes I check availability on Copa?
If only to Panama,  tickets from Panama-HAV are ridiculous expensive unless I purchase from NY

All the way through. Check availability on Lifemiles (select Copa, don't rely on the auto feature).
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Re: cuba master thread
« Reply #154 on: May 11, 2016, 05:49:59 PM »
All the way through. Check availability on Lifemiles (select Copa, don't rely on the auto feature).
I know I'm getting off topic, so hopefully last one. If availability on Lifemiles I transfer SPG to SQ (or is there another points that I can use?) then call SQ to book? and how do I add an extra leg?  I would book JFK-PTY-HAV   HAV-PTY-JFK-LAX (a few months out)?
 Im assuming the amount of miles Lifemiles is quoting would be less with SQ?

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Re: Cuba Master Thread
« Reply #155 on: May 11, 2016, 05:55:03 PM »
I know I'm getting off topic, so hopefully last one. If availability on Lifemiles I transfer SPG to SQ (or is there another points that I can use?) then call SQ to book? and how do I add an extra leg?  I would book JFK-PTY-HAV   HAV-PTY-JFK-LAX (a few months out)?
 Im assuming the amount of miles Lifemiles is quoting would be less with SQ?

Thanks tons for all your help!

MR and UR transfer to SQ as well.

For the stopover you book JFK-PTY-HAV//HAV-PTY-JFK//NYC-XXX.

I think that LM will be the same amount as SQ, but it doesn't matter. You just need availability from there, but the price.
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Re: Cuba Master Thread
« Reply #156 on: May 11, 2016, 06:11:44 PM »
MR and UR transfer to SQ as well.

For the stopover you book JFK-PTY-HAV//HAV-PTY-JFK//NYC-XXX.

I think that LM will be the same amount as SQ, but it doesn't matter. You just need availability from there, but the price.
Do I have to do that on the phone for the stopover? as well as to extend the stopover in PTY?  If yes easier with Life miles or SQ?

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Re: Cuba Master Thread
« Reply #157 on: May 11, 2016, 06:13:08 PM »
Do I have to do that on the phone for the stopover? as well as to extend the stopover in PTY?  If yes easier with Life miles or SQ?

Partners always have to be booked on the phone with SQ. No idea if LM is better or worse, I've never really looked into it.

What do you mean "extend the stopover on PTY"?
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Re: Cuba Master Thread
« Reply #158 on: May 11, 2016, 06:16:09 PM »
Partners always have to be booked on the phone with SQ. No idea if LM is better or worse, I've never really looked into it.

What do you mean "extend the stopover on PTY"?

Online was only allowing a short stopover and wasn't allowing me an option to stay longer in PTY.  If I have to do it over the phone anyway Its a non-issue.

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Re: Cuba Master Thread
« Reply #159 on: May 12, 2016, 10:11:25 PM »
Partners always have to be booked on the phone with SQ. No idea if LM is better or worse, I've never really looked into it.

What do you mean "extend the stopover on PTY"?

Can you do it on a one way such as, HAV-PTY-JFK//NYC-XXX?
and if the nyc-xxx? route does not show business availability do you go on waiting list?

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Re: Cuba Master Thread
« Reply #160 on: May 12, 2016, 10:22:30 PM »
Can you do it on a one way such as, HAV-PTY-JFK//NYC-XXX?
and if the nyc-xxx? route does not show business availability do you go on waiting list?

Adding a stop over to a one way costs $100.

If there's no availability book a random date and pay the $20 change fee once it opens.
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Re: Cuba Master Thread
« Reply #161 on: May 16, 2016, 04:36:15 PM »
Adding a stop over to a one way costs $100.

If there's no availability book a random date and pay the $20 change fee once it opens.

There are some cheap tickets via Cuban airlines which is kinda scary to fly. Have you ever flown interjet? they have some cheap tickets via CUN.

I found on Copa for $550 so prob doesn't pay to use miles for that

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Re: Cuba Master Thread
« Reply #162 on: May 24, 2016, 06:18:00 PM »
If I bring along food do the apt (Casa) have fridge and ovens to warm up the food?
Casa or Airbnb?
 Or better off not brining perishables which will make the trick a bit harder?

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« Reply #163 on: May 24, 2016, 06:19:37 PM »
If I bring along food do the apt (Casa) have fridge and ovens to warm up the food?
Casa or Airbnb?
 Or better off not brining perishables which will make the trick a bit harder?

I used airbnb.

Some places have a fridge and an oven, some don't. Just like anything else.
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Re: Cuba Master Thread
« Reply #164 on: May 24, 2016, 06:22:07 PM »
For anyone going, I have around 50 CUC left over. You'll save 13% vs. getting it in Cuba.

Please PM if you want it (no reason you shouldn't, if you're going ;D).

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