See Gorillas in Rwanda Cheap

Secret Flying has found airfares from Phoenix to Kigali, Rwanda, for only $815 round-trip. These are available for certain date pairs in April and May, 2018.

The airlines involved on this multi-stop itinerary are JetBlue and Qatar Airways.

I have a friend who visited a gorilla place in Rwanda and she was very positively impressed. She brought back some photos of the gorillas, taken at very close range.

See the details here.

WSJ: Yes, You Can Visit Cuba On Your Own

The Jan. 13, 2018, issue of theĀ  Wall Street Journal has an article describing a recent visit to Cuba by two friends. They went on their own, not as part of a group tour. A sidebar to the article tells how anyone can do the same.

According to the sidebar, the rules still permit Americans to visit Cuba in “support of the Cuban people” without special authorization. Just go online to purchase an airline ticket from American, jetBlue, Southwest or Delta, and select that reason when the website prompts you. A visa will be needed, and you can purchase that for $50 at the airport ticket counter.

When you arrive in Cuba, you must not patronize any business related to the Cuban military. The list of businesses (some hotels, etc.), tourist agencies, marinas, stores and products (including Carney and Varadero rums) to avoid can be found on the State Department’s website.

According to the sidebar in the Wall St. Journal article, you must keep evidence of your interactions with Cubans for five years. Such interactions should be meaningful, which may spur Cuba toward democratic government. Such evidence can be receipts and selfies with locals. Staying in private residences (casas particulares), eating in private restaurants (paradares), and visiting galleries and community projects are recommended.

The United States has an embassy in Havana, although with reduced staff due to mysterious illnesses among staff (perhaps due to some sort of sonic activity). Airbnb continues to operate in Cuba, as do US airlines.

If self-directed travel doesn’t sound appealing, you can do as many Americans have by taking a cruise that stops in several Cuban port cities.

Another Pre-Christmas jetBlue Sale

With fares as low as $44 (or maybe $38) one-way, jetBlue is having another sale. It’s called “Hot Cocoa, Fares Loco.” If you have already purchased a ticket and notice that the price has gone down, you can call in and get a credit for the difference.

You must book today, Dec. 19, in order to get the sale price.

http://dealswelike.boardingarea.com/2017/12/19/44-jetblue-fare-sale-one-day/

http://willrunformiles.boardingarea.com/new-jetblue-sale-one-day/

Deal Alert: JetBlue Flash Sale With Fares From $38 One-Way for One Day Only

Southwest & JetBlue Both Having Sales Now

Southwest Airlines and JetBlue are both offering discounted airfares today and tomorrow…and Southwest’s continues into Thursday.

Save on New and Existing Southwest Flights – 3 Day Fare Sale!

$49 JetBlue Sale – Two Days Only!

Both airlines serve Austin.

The great thing about Southwest sales is that you can cancel and rebook existing reservations in order to take advantage of a lower price. I’ve done this numerous times.

How to Pass Muster for Travel to Cuba

For Americans, there are legal requirements that they must meet to travel to Cuba. This post clarifies what they are, how to meet them, and what records must be kept.

https://skift.com/2016/07/29/you-can-soon-fly-to-cuba-but-only-after-satisfying-all-the-rules/

American, JetBlue, Spirit and other airlines are cleared to begin scheduled service to the island, some as early as September. JetBlue will have fares as low as $99 (or 3500 points).

JetBlue Will Be First U.S. Airline Back to Cuba

Fly the Inaugural Flight to Cuba for Just 3,500 Points!

How to Get Double Signup Bonus on JetBlue Credit Card

The JetBlue Plus World Elite Mastercard normally offers a 30,000 point signup bonus. This blog post describes a method of, apparently, doubling that bonus to 60,000 JetBlue points.

Is This The Secret To Get A 60K JetBlue Signup Bonus?

The method isn’t guaranteed to work, and will probably quit working as soon as JetBlue discovers it.

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JetBlue offers award travel for very few points.