Every day it seems there’s a new way to go to Cuba. Even as we wait for the embargo to be lifted, airlines are announcing new charters and the historically isolated island nation is preparing for a continuing influx of U.S. travelers. Discover this newest luxury travel trend.
At the same time, separately, there seems to be a new smartphone-friendly private jet serviceannounced every other day. There are also a lot of companies trying to make hailing a jet as easy as hailing an Uber.So of course it didn’t take too long before these two travel trends came together. Beginning Oct. 5, on-demand charter service Victor will let travelers book private jet service along with a custom travel itinerary to Cuba from 19 U.S. cities with just a few taps and swipes on their smartphone. Oh, and $40,000.
That’s the starting price for the basic package of eight people for four nights. Victor is partnering with Cuba Educational Travel to plan the trips. The company is offering service from Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, Key West, Miami, New York City, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Oakland, Orlando, Palm Beach, Pittsburgh, Fort Myers, Tampa and Puerto Rico.
As expensive as it is, if you’ve got seven friends with the means, the $40,000 price tag — or $5,000 a pop — isn’t as bad as it first sounds for this trip. Travel to Cuba is expensive for Americans right now, since flights are by charter only — the New York City to Havana charter starts at $850 round trip — and nicer hotels have very limited inventory. High-end tourist activities also come in at relatively steep prices, and Cuba Educational Travel handles the somewhat complicated details of planning a trip to a country where U.S. citizens are still not technically allowed to vacation. (The itineraries qualify as cultural exchange.)
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“We’re in this unique window where the travel restrictions have eased but the infrastructure hasn’t improved,” David Young, Victor senior vice president, told Mashable. “This [trip] is really unique.” Victor, a four-year old company, is one of many services that are trying to make booking a private jet an easier and more seamless experience through technology. Its tech focus could help it compete with the charters currently serving Cuba. There are now nonstop charters from several major cities that are working with large airlines, like JetBlue, but require calling to book.
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