Deal Alert: Nonstop Flights to Cancun From $173 Round-Trip
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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.
Need a sunny getaway this winter? Look no further than Cancun, with nonstop airfares starting at just $173 round-trip from major US airports across the country. While many of the fares are in basic economy, upgrades to regular economy start at just $15 each way.
There's some peculiar pricing happening with these fares, leading to savings when you book flights as two one-ways instead of a simple round-trip. You can also mix-and-match carriers, such as flying United one-way from Chicago and AA one-way back.
To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.
Airlines: American Airlines, United, Interjet
Routes: DFW/MIA/ORD/JFK/AUS/LAX to CUN
Cost: $173+ round-trip
Travel Dates: December 2018 - April 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare plus trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Cancun (CUN) for $173 round-trip ($93 outbound, $80 return) in American Airlines Basic Economy booked as two one-ways:
Miami (MIA) to Cancun (CUN) for $196 round-trip in American Airlines Basic Economy (or $226 round-trip in Main Cabin):
Chicago (ORD) to Cancun (CUN) for $194 round-trip nonstop in American Airlines Basic Economy (or $224 round-trip in Main Cabin):
Chicago (ORD) to Cancun (CUN) for $194 round-trip nonstop in United Basic Economy:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Cancun (CUN) for $226 round-trip nonstop on Interjet:
Austin (AUS) to Cancun (CUN) for $247 round-trip nonstop in United Basic Economy:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Cancun (CUN) for $226 round-trip nonstop on Interjet:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Cancun (CUN) for $296 round-trip ($183 outbound, $114 return) nonstop in Delta Main Cabin one-way down and Delta Basic Economy one-way back:
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, Citi Premier, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.