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Fly nonstop to Puerto Vallarta for less than $300 round trip

July 26 2022
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You can get to the Mexican resort town of Puerto Vallarta from multiple U.S. cities for less than $300 round trip. Most flights in this deal are for travel from August to October 2022, but flights from Houston are discounted through January 2023.

You’ll need to book within the next one to three days to get these rates. Origin cities include Houston, Seattle, New York City and Los Angeles.

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Deal basics

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Airlines: Southwest, JetBlue, Delta and United.
Routes: Houston, Seattle, New York City and Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta.
How to book: Directly through the airline.
Travel dates: August 2022 to January 2023.
Book by: One to three days.

Related: 7 family-friendly destinations in Mexico (that aren’t the Riviera Maya).

Sample flights

All of these flights are less than $300 round trip. The sample prices are based on the most basic fare each airline has, so keep in mind that some airlines have extra fees for both carry-on and checked baggage at this rate.

JetBlue is unique in that its basic fare does not include a carry-on — you can only have a single personal item that fits under the seat in front of you. If you bring something bigger, you will be charged per item starting at $65.

Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines all allow a free carry-on. Southwest allows two checked bags for free in all of its fare classes. United starts charging at $35 for your first checked bag. Delta starts at $30 for your first checked bag.

Related: JetBlue baggage fees and how to avoid paying them.

These are the routes to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) we’ve found, with sample prices:

  • William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) in Houston starting at $294.
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York City starting at $280.
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) starting at $220.
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) starting at $260.

To book, search the airlines’ websites directly.

(Screenshot from southwest.com)

For example, when booking sample flights with Southwest, we first selected our departure and arrival airports. Then, instead of choosing dates, we selected the low fare calendar to make sure we were getting the best rate.

(Screenshot from jetblue.com)

JetBlue’s website, however, is not as intuitive. With this site, you have to choose your dates then scroll through two months worth of options with only six days displayed at a time.

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a card that earns bonus points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express. With this card you will earn five points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year. The Citi Premier® Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve will earn you three points per dollar on airfare. The American Express® Gold Card will also earn three points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel. The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card earns two points per dollar on travel. Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

The information for the Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bottom line

If you’d like to visit a Mexican resort town once the travel crowds have started to subside, this may be your chance. With these well below normal ticket prices, Puerto Vallarta is calling your name.

Since available origin airports are dispersed across major cities like Houston, Seattle, New York and Los Angeles, travelers from many U.S. regions have a good chance to snag a bargain.

Featured photo by ferrantraite/Getty Images.

Featured photo by 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.

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