1,000 free Vietnam Airlines Lotus miles, the troubles of Cuba travel

Vietnam Airlines loyalty program Lotus miles has a new offer that gives you 1,000 miles just for registering – use CODE TRIEUSENVANGW (HT TravelDaily)

Now Lotusmiles also offers the option to transfer miles from member to member for $10 for 1,000 miles.

The redemption options seem very standard Skyteam – here is the chart for trips from North America – fuel charges are to be added!

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– The Chicago Tribune runs a story about the difficulties of Cuba travel

While the rest of the Caribbean is hopping with the U.S. winter break crowd, Cuba has some unique problems. The big one is that airlines, with no real idea about demand, were overly ambitious when they jousted for the limited routes allowed by U.S. regulators. With a mandate for only 110 daily U.S. flights — 20 into Havana, the most popular destination — the carriers tumbled over each other last year to get a piece of the pie, leaving the island oversubscribed….

The airlines are also competing with limited hotel availability,” Popper said. And “you cannot pay for a room with a U.S. credit card, so you have to actually bring the cash. You’re going to be carrying around $2,500 to $3,000 in cash just to pay for the hotel room. And then you need to carry more cash to pay for other things you want to do.”

I have yet to make my trip to Cuba. I am in no hurry and will likely take the plunge when there are more cheap room redemptions – right now redeeming points seems no value option.