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Deal alert: Head to Mexico for the winter for as little as $160

Sept. 20, 2021
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There are some scorching-hot deals to be had if you want to head south of the border this winter. And let's be honest: Who doesn't think sunshine, sand and sandals sound great for an end-of-year trip?

There are currently nonstop flights to Mexico going for as low as $160. We found the deals courtesy of our friends at Scott’s Cheap Flights. Most of the fares are from Los Angeles, but there are bargains to be had for people in further -- and colder -- cities. Prices are good for travel booked between September through early March 2022. Thanksgiving and Christmas are excluded but New Years's Eve is available.

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Playa Los Muertos - beach and pier in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico. Aerial view. (photo by Westend61 for Getty Images)

Airline: Alaska Air (Oneworld), JetBlue and United (Star Alliance)
Routes: From LAX/ORD/DFW to CUN/PVR/SJD SEA/JFK/EWR/PDX/SFO/SLC
Cost: From $160 round-trip for select nonstop routes.
Dates: Book for travel between now and December 2021; Thanksgiving travel excluded
Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express for 5x 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 Prestige® Card for 5x on airfare, the Citi Premier® Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve for 3x on air travel, the American Express® Gold Card for 3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for 2x on travel.

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You can fly from Chicago to Cancun for only $160 on United, right as the weather usually starts to take a frigid turn in the Midwest. This is United's basic economy fare so it doesn't come with a free carry-on bag.

(screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

You can also fly from Dallas to Cancun nonstop starting at $180. This is the price for American's basic economy rate, which does get you one free carry-on bag, so if you pack light, you can avoid the $60 checked-bag fee.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

There are abundant options for people in Los Angeles to score great rates for a getaway to Puerto Vallarta. If you're looking for a winter trip for the family, this is an ideal place, given its amply supply of resorts.

Related: Comparing 8 family-friendly Puerto Vallarta points hotels

We found a number of flights for just $181 roundtrip from LAX. This offer for October is from United for its basic economy rate.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Alaska Air is also offering the same rock-bottom rate for LAX-PVR, and their lowest tier, Saver, does give customers a free carry-on bag, unlike United. This fare often costs $500, so this is a tremendous savings.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

If Los Cabos is more your style, you'll find the price is right for flights from LA, such as this $180 deal from Alaska Air.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

How to book

There are no tricks or special codes needed to find these fares.

If you’re paying with cash, head to Google Flights and plug in your desired departure and destination cities. Then, use the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you and then click through to book with the airline directly.

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or Amex Travel on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on air travel), American Express Gold Card (3x on flights booked directly with airlines or Amex Travel), Citi Premier Card (3x on air travel) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel purchases). Check out this guide for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

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  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
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  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases