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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
Get away to Cancun for a quick blast of sunshine with these low cost, nonstop fares from the Northeast and beyond that top out less than $200 on budget airlines, or with full-fare Delta at $226 round-trip. As always, keep in mind that low-cost carriers will charge additional fees for services such as checked bags or seat choice, so either pack light or plan ahead to spend a little more to bring an extra suitcase.
Airline: Frontier, Spirit, Sun Country, Delta
Routes: ORD/PHL/DFW/FLL/JFK to CUN
Cost: $163+ round-trip
Dates: August–November 2018
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The American Express Platinum Card (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Cancun (CUN) in September for $163 nonstop round-trip on Spirit:
Chicago (ORD) to Cancun (CUN) in August/September for $165 nonstop round-trip on Frontier:
Dallas (DFW) to Cancun (CUN) in August for $179 nonstop round-trip on Sun Country Airlines:
Philadelphia (PHL) to Cancun (CUN) in September for $205 nonstop round-trip on Frontier:
New York (JFK) to Cancun (CUN) in September for $225 nonstop round-trip on Delta (regular economy):
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card 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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- Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
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- 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
- 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
- Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
- Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
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- $550 annual fee.
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