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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
Need a sunny getaway this fall? Look no further than Cancun, with nonstop airfares starting at just $196 round-trip from major US airports across the country. And, you don’t have to fly a low-cost carrier like Spirit, Frontier or Sun Country to get these cheap fares; all of the examples below are on American, Delta, JetBlue or United. While many of the fares are in basic economy, upgrades to regular economy start at just $5 each way.
There are no tricks to find these fares. Use Google Flights to search for your preferred departure and destination and then book through Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline. If you want to make sure that your ticket includes a carry-on bag, you can use Google Flights’ newest feature, which allows you to filter out no-carry-on fares.
Airlines: American, JetBlue, United, Delta
Routes: MIA/FLL/ORD/DFW/IAH/MCO/JFK/DEN/LAX to CUN
Cost: $196+ round-trip nonstop in economy
Dates: August-December 2018 and March-April 2019
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Citi ThankYou Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Miami (MIA) to Cancun (CUN) for $196 round-trip nonstop on American Airlines Basic Economy:
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Cancun (CUN) for $201 round-trip nonstop on JetBlue:
Chicago (ORD) to Cancun (CUN) for $202 round-trip nonstop on American Airlines Basic Economy on AA’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner:
Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Cancun (CUN) for $208 round-trip nonstop on American Airlines Basic Economy:
Houston (IAH) to Cancun (CUN) for $207 round-trip nonstop on United Basic Economy:
Orlando (MCO) to Cancun (CUN) for $221 round-trip nonstop on JetBlue:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Cancun (CUN) for $241 round-trip nonstop on Delta Basic Economy:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Cancun (CUN) for $251 round-trip nonstop on Delta:
Denver (DEN) to Cancun (CUN) for $277 round-trip nonstop on United Basic Economy:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Cancun (CUN) for $287 round-trip nonstop on United Basic Economy:
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), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi ThankYou Premier, Citi Prestige (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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The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.
- Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
- Up to $200 for Uber rides annually. Credit and Uber VIP status available to Basic Card Member only.
- 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
- 5X Membership Rewards® points on eligible hotels booked on amextravel.com.
- As a Platinum Card Member, you can enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
- Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
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- $550 annual fee.
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