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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to travel. Additionally, keep in mind that discounted partner fares may not earn miles with US-based carriers.

Cheap flights to Cancun are around once again for travel this winter. If you’re looking for a warm-weather destination, you can find low fares from Baltimore (BWI), Chicago (ORD) and New York (JFK) to Cancun (CUN) in January and February. Most of these flights are operated by American and Delta, although it seems that Aeromexico also has a few competitive rates as well. Flights on Delta from Chicago start at $265 round-trip, while flights from the East Coast start around $280 on American. There’s plenty to do in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, and winter is one of the best times to visit.

Airlines: American and Delta
Routes: BWI, JFK, ORD and more to CUN
Cost: $265-$299+ round-trip in economy
Dates: January 2016 through February 2016
Elite Mileage Earning: At least 2,974 elite-qualifying miles
Fare Class: V or O
Booking Link: Orbitz
Pay With: American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred

Book your flight:

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Chicago (ORD) to Cancun (CUN) for $265 on Delta (earns 2,974 MQMs):

Chicago (ORD) to Cancun (CUN) for $265 on Delta.

New York (JFK) to Cancun (CUN) for $290 on American (earns 3,421 EQMs):

New York (JFK) to Cancun (CUN) for $290 on American.

Baltimore (BWI) to Cancun (CUN) for $299 on American (earns 2,954 EQMs):

Baltimore (BWI) to Cancun (CUN) for $299 on American.

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

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