Skip to content

Round-trip flights between Houston and Cancun for $150

Sept. 07, 2022
5 min read
Beach in Cancun
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

As the slower fall travel season begins, airlines are beginning to offer seasonal deals to popular tourist destinations. The kids are back in school, people have used up their summer vacation time, and business travel is beginning to rise again.

With its huge supply of hotels, Cancun seems like the perfect place for a shoulder-season vacation getaway. And a good way to get there is with a $150 round-trip flight from Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

Spirit Airlines is offering highly discounted flights starting at $150 for fall travel, and United Airlines is offering fares beginning at $190 for the same route.

Sign up for our daily newsletter

For details on these ticket prices and fare limitations, read below.

For more TPG news and deals delivered each morning to your inbox, subscribe to our daily newsletter.

Deal basics

Cancun. POLA DAMONTE/GETTY IMAGES

Airlines: Spirit Airlines and United Airlines.
Routes: Houston to Cancun.
How to book: Search on Google Flights then book directly with Spirit and United.
Travel dates: September through November.
Book by: While discounted tickets are available.

Related: 21 essential things to do in Cancun

Sample flights

These discounted fares are for nonstop flights between Houston and Cancun. Be mindful of baggage surcharges before booking. Sometimes the fees do not appear on the fare until midway through the ticketing process.

Spirit Airlines: Houston to Cancun

GOOGLE.COM/FLIGHTS

Beginning next week, Spirit Airlines will offer nonstop round-trip flights between Houston and Cancun for $150. Fares on this route typically run in the high $200 range, so the $150 price is a good deal.

However, Spirit Airlines is charging an astonishing $82 for carry-on bags on this route and $60 for a single checked bag. This surcharge can quickly double the price of your flight if you're bringing along any luggage.

However, if you can manage a quick getaway with just a few changes of clothes in your "personal item" to stash under the seat in front of you, it's possible to make this fare work. Or perhaps if you split the costs of a checked bag with a flight companion, the fare will still be a pretty good deal.

Spirit Airlines is listing the discounted fares beginning on dates in September and continuing on select dates through November.

Related: What to know before flying Spirit Airlines

United Airlines: Houston to Cancun

The discounted United fares between Houston and Cancun are for its bare-bones basic economy-class tickets. This fare class charges extra for carry-on bags, seat assignments and checked bags. The basic economy tickets also do not allow flight changes or upgrades.

But if you're a MileagePlus Premier member, have Star Alliance Gold status or book your fare with an applicable MileagePlus credit card, you can bring a free carry-on bag on board and check a free bag even in basic economy. Otherwise, expect to pay an extra $60 for the trip, or you’ll have to travel carrying only a personal item.

GOOGLE.COM/FLIGHTS

The sample United flight listed here is between Houston and Cancun in late September. Many of the discounted fares are for Monday-to-Monday itineraries like this one, but other date choices are also currently possible. Ticket availability with similar pricing on United tracks through November on selected dates.

According to Google Flights, United's $190 fare listed here is "low," with a savings of $181 versus usual flights on this route.

This fare is for United’s basic economy class. Unless you have mileage status or book the fare with a United credit card, you’ll have to travel only with a personal item or pay approximately $60 extra for the ticket.

Even if you have to pay the additional fare, this pricing is still an OK deal — and a great one if you can take advantage of your status for the baggage allowance.

Related: How to survive basic economy on United Airlines

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a card that earns bonus points on airfare purchases. Airline cards can always be a good call for earning status and rewards specific to those airlines, like for the United flights above by using the United Explorer Card.

For more flexibility with earned points, The Platinum Card® from American Express earns 5 points per dollar spent on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel, on up to $500,000 of these purchases per calendar year.

The Citi Premier® Card and the Chase Sapphire Reserve earn 3 points per dollar spent on airfare, while the American Express® Gold Card earns 3 points per dollar spent on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel. The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card earns 2 points per dollar spent on travel.

Related: Maximize your airfare: The best credit cards for booking flights

Bottom line

You can find good flight deals to Cancun this fall on both Spirit Airlines and United Airlines. Just be mindful of the surcharges for both carried bags and checked bags. If you have status on United, you'll be able to avoid the baggage surcharges and take advantage of the low-cost basic economy seating.

The discounted pricing of round-trip flights between Houston and Cancun of $150 is hopefully a sign of more deals to come in a slower fall travel season.

Stay tuned to further flight deals from TPG as we track ongoing airline discounts.

Featured image by DAN THORNBERG/GETTY IMAGES
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

TPG featured card

Best starter travel card
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards

1 - 3X points
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
1XEarn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases

Intro offer

Earn 80,000 ThankYou® points60,000 points
For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

Annual Fee

$95

Recommended Credit

670-850
Excellent, Good
Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases
Best starter travel card
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
1XEarn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Intro Offer
    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

    Earn 80,000 ThankYou® points
    60,000 points
  • Annual Fee

    $95
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent, Good

Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases