Deal alert: Flights to Cancún from $189 round-trip

Sep 6, 2019

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Winter is coming. And that means we’re looking at destinations down south to escape the coming cold.

We’re seeing flights to Cancún (CUN) for as little as $189 round-trip on airlines like Delta, United, JetBlue and more. Once you’ve booked your flights, check out reviews of the many points properties in the Yucatan like the JW Marriott Cancun or all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva.

JW Marriott Cancun. (Photo by Zach Griff / The Points Guy)
JW Marriott Cancun. (Photo by Zach Griff / The Points Guy)

Note that most fares are in each airline’s respective basic economy class. While basic economy means different things to different airlines, generally you can’t pick your seat in advance and are limited in your ability to bring checked bags (and sometimes carry-ons). However, there are ways to defeat aspects of basic economy by using an airline’s co-branded credit card.

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 via an OTA like Orbitz or Expedia.

Airline: American, Aeromexico, Delta, United, JetBlue
Routes: IAH/ORD/MIA/LAX/FLL/ATL/MCO/BNA to CUN
Cost: $189+ round-trip in basic economy
Dates: October 2019 – March 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier℠ CardChase Sapphire Reserve, (3x on travel), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Chicago (ORD) to Cancun (CUN) for $189 round-trip on Aeromexico:

Houston (IAH) to Cancun (CUN) for $199 round-trip on United:

Miami (MIA) to Cancun (CUN) for $229 round-trip on American:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Cancun (CUN) for $311 round-trip on InterJet:

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), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold CardCiti 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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