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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.
Stay warm this autumn with non-stop flights from the US to Mexico. You can fly from Miami (MIA), Los Angeles (LAX), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Chicago (ORD), Orlando (MCO), Newark (EWR) and New York (JFK) to Mexico City (MEX) or Cancún (CUN) from $182 round-trip.
Flights are on full-service carriers but some fares book into basic economy, so you won’t get a free checked bag on your journey. However, you can use an airline’s co-brand credit card to defeat many of basic economy’s negative aspects. Make sure to check out Mexico City’s lively music scene, or stay at Points Guy favorite like the Hyatt Ziva in Cancún.
If you’re looking for something to do while you’re in Mexico, check out Get Your Guide’s list of activities in Mexico City and Cancún. Keep in mind that the State Department currently has an elevated travel warning for parts of Mexico.
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: Delta, American, Aeromexico, JetBlue
Routes: MIA/FLL/ORD/MCO/JFK/ORD/EWR/LAX to MEX/CUN
Cost: $182+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: October – January 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Booking Link: Priceline, Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Miami (MIA) to Cancún (CUN) for $182 round-trip on American Airlines:
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Cancun (CUN) for $201 round-trip on JetBlue:
Chicago (ORD) to Cancún (CUN) for $208 round-trip on United Airlines:
Orlando (MCO) to Mexico City (MEX) for $221 round-trip on Aeromexico:
Miami (MIA) to Mexico City (MEX) for $229 round-trip on American Airlines:
New York (JFK) to Mexico City (MEX) for $253 round-trip on Delta/Aeromexico:
Baltimore (BWI) to Cancún (CUN) for $271 round-trip on American Airlines:
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, Citi Premier, 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.
H/T: Secret Flying
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