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Deal alert: Fly to Mexico for less than $250 round-trip

Jan. 10, 2022
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Mexico is a beach destination that travelers flock to throughout the year. JetBlue and United are offering some great deals from major U.S. cities to Cancun and Cozumel for under $250 round-trip for travel from January to April.

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SecretFlying reported the deals to Cozumel, and the discounts to Cancun were sent out in a newsletter by Scott’s Cheap Flights, which offers an annual Premium membership at $49 and an Elite membership at $99.

Deal basics

Airlines: JetBlue and United
Routes: DEN/IAH/JFK/MCO/ORD and to CUN/CZM
How to book: Directly through the airlines or through Google Flights
Travel dates: January – April

Related: This card bonus gets you 5 nights at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico

Sample flights

The fares below are for basic economy seats on JetBlue or United. You will pay extra for a carry-on, checked bag and/or seat selection.

One of the cheapest fares we found is a nonstop flight from Houston (IAH) to Cancun (CUN) at $192 round-trip on United in March.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Travelers in Chicago (ORD) can escape winter temperatures and head to Cozumel (CZM) on a nonstop United flight in February.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

United also has direct flights from Denver (DEN) to Cozumel (CZM) for $231 round-trip from the beginning of February to the middle of the month.

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(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Those on the East Coast can head to Cancun (CUN) from New York (JFK) on JetBlue for $237 round-trip from the end of February to the beginning of March. The departure flight is nonstop and the return has a stop in Fort Lauderdale (FLL).

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

There are a limited number of flights from Orlando (MCO) to Cancun (CUN) at the price of $236 round-trip on JetBlue. One flight that we found at this discounted rate was for travel from Jan. 24 to Jan. 31.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Maximize your purchase

Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express for 5 points per dollar 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 5 points per dollar on airfare, the Citi Premier® Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve for 3 points per dollar on air travel, the American Express® Gold Card for 3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for 2 points per dollar on travel — which you could redeem for as little as 13,000 points. Frequent JetBlue flyers can use the JetBlue Plus Card for 6 points per dollar on eligible JetBlue purchases, the JetBlue Card for 3 points per dollar on eligible JetBlue purchases or the JetBlue Business Card for 6 points per dollar on eligible JetBlue purchases.

The information for the JetBlue Card, the JetBlue Plus Card, the JetBlue Business Card and 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.

Read more: Hilton announces 3 new hotels in Mexico — including 2 all-inclusives

Bottom line

Perhaps you want to relax in a luxurious suite at a resort like the Waldorf Astoria Cancun or go snorkeling in Cozumel. Snag these deals for an affordable vacation.

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The revamped Wander Card from Credit One Bank earns cardmembers up to 10 points per dollar spent on eligible travel purchases. With no foreign transaction fees, the card is also great for international travel. However, points earned from this card can only be used at a fixed value, so it may not be the best option for those striving to get maximum value from their rewards.

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  • Earn 10x points on eligible hotels and car rentals booked through the Credit One Bank travel site
  • Earn 5x points on eligible travel, dining, and gas
  • Earn 1x points on all other purchases
  • Redeem your reward points for statement credits, gift cards, merchandise, flights, hotels, and more
  • With $0 Fraud Liability, you won’t be responsible for unauthorized charges
  • Free Online Credit Score and Credit Report summary, terms apply
  • If you are a Covered Borrower under the Military Lending Act, you may get a different offer
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