Mexico deal alert: Fly to Puerto Vallarta for less than $200 nonstop

Jan 3, 2022

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Shake the winter doldrums and fly south for a few days of fun and sun in Mexico! There is a fare sale happening now with great deals for flights to Puerto Vallarta, including nonstop from several departure cities. We’re big fans of Puerto Vallarta; it’s a great destination, especially if you plan to make it a family trip. And we especially like the idea of being able to enjoy a few days of relaxation on one of those pristine beaches for a song. Some of the nonstop fares we found in this deal run as low as $183.

Please note that United fares are for Main Cabin which comes with a carry-on and an assigned seat. The other fares are Basic Economy.

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Thanks to our friends at Thrifty Traveler for alerting us to this deal, which they first sent out to their premium subscribers. Their premium service is available for $7.99 monthly or $49.99 annually. This membership fee can easily pay for itself since you’ll get notified of cheap flights, award flight sales and business-class deals straight to your email.

Nonmembers can find sale prices by using Google Flights to search for desired routes and dates.

Deal basics

Airlines: Aeromexico, Alaska, American, Delta, United
Routes: AUS/DEN/EWR/JFK/LGA/PHL/SAN/SEA to Puerto Vallarta (PVR)
Cost: Flights available from $183; several nonstop routes available
Dates: Now-November 2022; availability varies by city.

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 (3x on air travel); Chase Sapphire Reserve (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 — which you could redeem for as little as 13,000 points.

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Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Puerto Vallarta. (Photo by fitopardo for Getty Images)

January and early February had lots of availability from the west coast to Mexico. You can fly nonstop from Los Angeles (LAX) for only $183 nonstop on Alaska Air, a big savings from normal prices. It’s a Saver fare, but you do get a carry-on at no extra cost.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

A nonstop from Seattle (SEA) to Puerto Vallarta is also available at a steep discount in February and March. We found this fare on Delta (tickets sold via AeroMexico) for just $241.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

If you live in Philadelphia, you can nab a downright steal on fares to Mexico. We found sub-$300 fares from January through April. One of the best was this late-April Basic Economy itinerary on American for $276. That’s almost $400 less than the normal price for that fare.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Flights out of the New York City area are also deeply discounted in February and March. You can book a ticket out of Newark Liberty Airport (EWR) to Puerto Vallarta for $388 on American. Yeah, it’s Basic Economy with a 90-minute layover each way, but this price is more than $400 less than normal. Hard to beat that kind of deal.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

This last example is for those travelers in Texas looking to escape from the Lone Star State’s chilly winter weather. You can fly from Austin for under $200, a huge savings for this itinerary. It’s a Basic Economy fare on American. You can find other discounted tickets in February and March, but this price in late January was far and away the cheapest we saw.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

 

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a card that earns points on airfare purchases, like 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 (3x on air travel); Chase Sapphire Reserve (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 — which you could redeem for as little as 13,000 points.

Featured Image: Cristian Calderon / EyeEm for Getty Images.

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