Deal alert: U.S. cities to Mexico from $164 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 (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year). 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.
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One of the few countries where Americans can travel is Mexico, as international flights resumed in June and July. You can score an incredible deal on various airlines to Mexico in the upper $100s to low $200s, with plenty of availability from September 2020 to January 2021.
Whether you’re looking for a resort getaway or want to explore Mexico’s ancient ruins, there are plenty of routes on sale that you can take advantage of this fall and winter.
Most airlines are flexible with booking, such as American Airlines waiving change fees for basic economy tickets. However, you’ll want to keep track of the airline cancellation policies and any coronavirus-related updates.
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: Aeromexico, Alaska, American, Delta, United
Routes: Various U.S. routes
Cost: $164+ round-trip
Travel Dates: September 2020-January 2021
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel; on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year, starting Jan. 1, 2021), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier® Card (3x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on travel), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare booked directly with the airline or amextravel.com) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
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Here’s an example of what you can book:
Chicago (ORD) to Cancun (CUN) for $164 round-trip on United Airlines:
Philadelphia (PHL) to Cancun (CUN) for $178 round-trip on United Airlines:
San Francisco (SFO) to Guadalajara (GDL) for $211 round-trip on Aeromexico:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Cabo San Lucas (SJD) for $212 round-trip on Alaska:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Cabo San Lucas (SJD) for $212 round-trip on American:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Puerto Vallarta (PVG) for $211 round-trip on Delta:
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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), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier® Card (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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