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Mexico deal alert: Fly to Cancun, Cozumel and San Jose del Cabo for less than $300

Jan. 25, 2022
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Grab your sunscreen and get ready for some fun in the sun thanks to round-trip flights to Mexico for less than $300, many of which are nonstop.

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Cozumel, Mexico. (Photo by Diego Mariottini/EyeEm/Getty Images)

Deal basics

Flights are available to Cancun (CUN), Cozumel (CZM) and San Jose del Cabo (SJD) — the latter is not to be confused with Cabo San Lucas, the other city in the pair that forms Los Cabos.

Airlines: Aeromexico, American, Delta, JetBlue and United.
Routes: DFW/LAX/MIA/JFK and others to CUN/CZM/SJD.
How to book: Directly through the airline.
Travel dates: January-March, with limited availability for the rest of the year.
Book by: N/A.

Today’s deal was originally sent out from Scott’s Cheap Flights, which sends deals up to 90% off via its Premium membership, which users can try for free for 14 days and then $49 per year. You can also upgrade to the Elite tier for $199 per year and receive all the Premium deals plus premium economy, business-class and first-class alerts.

Sample flights

Flights are available from many U.S. cities to the aforementioned three cities in Mexico, with particularly good deals out of Austin, Texas, and St. Louis:

To Cancun (CUN):

  • From Austin (AUS), Dallas (DFW) and Miami (MIA), starting at $166.
  • From St. Louis (STL), starting at $181.
  • From Newark (EWR), starting at $196, nonstop.
  • From New York City (JFK), starting at $198, nonstop.
  • From Los Angeles (LAX), starting at $272, nonstop.

To San Jose del Cabo (SJD):

  • From Austin (AUS) and Los Angeles (LAX), starting at $185.
  • From New York City (JFK), starting at $253, nonstop.
  • From Newark (EWR), starting at $267.

To Cozumel (CZM):

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  • From St. Louis (STL), starting at $226.
  • From Kansas City, Missouri (MCI), starting at $228.
  • From Washington, D.C. (DCA), starting at $264.

To search this deal, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and departure cities, as demonstrated below.

Related: Tijuana to Los Cabos: Exploring Mexico’s Baja California from top to bottom

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

You'll see that the flights in this deal are for basic economy, which does not include seat selection or priority boarding, and may not include a carry-on depending on the airline. In this case, passengers in AA's basic economy are allotted one full-size carry-on but passengers in comparable classes on JetBlue and United are not. In that case, you may want to consider upgrading to economy, which costs between $50 and $100 each way — and don't forget that checked luggage will be between $30 and $60 on all airlines.

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a card that earns points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5 points per dollar spent on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel, on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), Citi Prestige® Card (5 points per dollar spent on airfare), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve (3 points per dollar spent on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3 points per dollar spent on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2 points per dollar spent 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

San Jose del Cabo. (Photo by MattGush/Getty Images)

The featured deals reflect flights that are half of their normal price, so this is a good deal.

Note that Mexico recently implemented COVID-19 restrictions, so be sure to verify any rules beyond those that are countrywide.

Read more: 2 years into the pandemic, Mexico finally adds several COVID-19 restrictions

Featured image 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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Why We Chose It

It's hard to find a card that competes with the mile-long list of benefits that come with the Amex Business Platinum. While it's certainly not the card for the average consumer, a business owner with tons of expenses -- especially related to travel -- will find this card incredibly valuable. This card is similar to the consumer version that Amex offers, but with more business-oriented perks around statement credits and earning rates that are a better fit for business owners.

Pros

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  • Access to the Fine Hotels & Resorts program and Hotel Collection
  • Extended warranty protection
  • International Airline Program and Cruise Privileges Program

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  • Steep annual fee
  • Difficulty meeting $15,000 welcome offer for smaller businesses
  • Limited high-bonus categories outside of travel
  • The Points Guy Exclusive Offer: Earn 150,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Platinum Card® within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com, and 1X points for each dollar you spend on eligible purchases.
  • Earn 1.5X points (that’s an extra half point per dollar) on eligible purchases at US construction material & hardware suppliers, electronic goods retailers and software & cloud system providers, and shipping providers, as well as on purchases of $5,000 or more everywhere else, on up to $2 million of these purchases per calendar year.
  • Unlock over $1,000 in annual statement credits on a curation of business purchases, including select purchases made with Dell Technologies, Indeed, Adobe, and U.S. wireless service providers.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Get up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year for checked baggage fees, lounge day passes, and more at one selected airline.
  • $189 CLEAR® Credit: Use your Card and get up to $189 back per year on your CLEAR® membership. CLEAR® is available at more than 50 U.S. airports and stadiums.
  • The American Express Global Lounge Collection® can provide an escape at the airport. With more than 1,400 airport lounges across 140 countries and counting, you have more lounge location options than any other credit card on the market as of 9/2021.
  • $695 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.