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I want to travel from Málaga (Spain) to Holguín (Cuba) checking-in luggage up to destination. There seems to be quite some connections, for instance:

  • AGP-HAV (Iberia) then HAV-HOG (Cubana)
  • AGP-MAD (Iberia or train) then MAD-HOG (Cubana) / MAD-FRA-HOG (Condor)

and some options via Canada. What I am unable to find (and Google Flights does not either) is this route in a single ticket.

I do not want to have to pick-up luggage in Havana, then rushing to a domestic flight to Holguín. Or even worse, having a short first leg in a separate ticket that, if delayed, makes me miss the main leg.

So I wonder if I can get some of these flights in a single ticket together with the rest of the route.

The question can be rephrased as if Cubana, Condor or Air Canada have agreements with major airlines (Iberia, LH, BA, etc.) to sell joint tickets.

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  • What time of year will you be flying? Air Canada does have interline agreements with LH, BA, and Iberia—the first one through Star Alliance—but it only has seasonal service (winter & spring, for the vacation trade) to Holguín. Jun 9, 2022 at 15:05
  • @MichaelSeifert February or March 2023
    – Miguel
    Jun 9, 2022 at 15:28

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New answer (assuming Feb 2023 travel)

I had no problem finding plenty of available dates on Air Canadas Web site for as little as $770

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Old answer (assuming July 2022 travel)

Tricky:

I was able to find a LH/Condor combo for a few dates but these were very expensive and only available through Online Travel Agencies not with the airlines directly https://www.justfly.com/checkout/billing/flight/58b134c3043e403fa00a503965488f2c/0e1185e72ae8af5cadfeeabd0af5250d?deeplink=1

Personally I would not book this.

My recommendation would be two separate tickets: AGP<->FRA and FRA->HOG non-stop on Condor. This would be a lot cheaper even if you budget an extra day in FRA on both the inbound and outbound for extra safety. Frankfurt is nice this time of year.

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  • Thx. Do you think I could book this as a single ticket with a standard (not online) Travel Agency?
    – Miguel
    Jun 9, 2022 at 15:34
  • You can try, but even if they do it will be very expensive. Availability in July was spotty with one date at 2300 Euros and average price of about 4000
    – Hilmar
    Jun 9, 2022 at 15:53
  • Somehow I forgot to check flexible dates and did not find these ':(
    – Miguel
    Jun 9, 2022 at 16:12
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    @Miguel: Be sure to look at different dates when you're actually booking your tickets; the quality of the connections varies a lot. In particular, the flight from Montreal (YUL) to Holguín appears to be later in the day and works better for connections from Europe, but it only runs once a week. Flying through Toronto (YYZ), you're pretty much stuck with an overnight layover. Jun 9, 2022 at 20:09
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There are multiple issues raised in your question:

What I am unable to find (and Google Flights does not either) is this route in a single ticket.

That one is easy: Google Flights will tell you if the flights aren't one a single ticket:

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(NB: "may" is a very important word here).

If you don't see this red warning, it should be single ticket. If you end up buying on the website of an airline, it's nearly necessarily a single ticket anyway. If you buy on a third party site (which everybody here will recommend against), then it's more difficult to know for sure/in advance, but generally if it's not Kiwi it should be a single ticket.

I do not want to have to pick-up luggage in Havana, then rushing to a domestic flight to Holguín

Having all flights on a single ticket does not guarantee that, at least not as written.

When you have multiple flights on the same ticket, luggage will be tagged through to the final destination, and in most (but not all!) domestic-to-domestic, domestic-to-international and international-to-international, you won't see them at all.

For international-to-domestic connections (and some international-to-international, with the main issues being connections in the US), the situation is a lot more variable, as there is the issue of customs.

In some places (e.g. the EU), you generally won't see your luggage at the port of entry (the first airport in the EU), and the system relies on customs at your final destination to be able to recognise luggage originating from within the EU (tags with green edges), not subject to declaration, and those originating from outside (no green edges), subject to declaration/inspection.

In many other places, you will go through customs at your port of entry (first airport in the country), at the same time you go through passport control/immigration. There is often a simplified procedure to reinject your luggage in the system just after customs (e.g. in the US there's usually a bag drop counter immediately after customs), but sometimes you may have to get your luggage yourself to departures and a check-in counter.

I have no idea what the procedure may be in HAV.

If you want to be sure to avoid this, then make sure your port of entry is your final destination (i.e. flight directly to HOG rather than hop via HAV).

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