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):

  • 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

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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 photo by Pola Damonte/Getty Images.

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