Spring break cheap fares: Cancun, Grand Cayman Islands and the Bahamas from $209 round-trip
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How about some cheap fun in the sun that isn't too far away? Low fares perfect for spring break getaways begin at $209 round trip nonstop out of Florida, with many East Coast cities also included. Note that these aren't sale fares, per se — just good, affordable prices to the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico over choice spring break dates.
The only drawback is that many of these fares begin in basic economy. Basic economy means different things to different airlines, but you may not have free use of the overhead bins for a carry-on bag, and you probably won't be able to select your seat, get an upgrade, or earn PQM/PQS/PQDs. However, it’s possible to defeat many of basic economy’s negative aspects by having elite status or a cobranded credit card.
To find a deal, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or an OTA like Orbitz or Expedia.
Routes: FLL to CUN
Cost: $209+ round trip
Dates: February — April 2020
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Here are some examples of specific flights that are available:
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Cancun (CUN) for $209 round-trip nonstop on Spirit via Google:
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Grand Cayman (GCM) for $223 round trip nonstop on JetBlue:
Dallas (DFW) to Cancun (CUN) for $224 round-trip on Spirit via Orbitz:
Houston (IAH) to Cancun (CUN) for $242 round-trip nonstop on Aeromexico:
Miami (MIA) to Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) for $251 round-trip nonstop on Bahamasair via Gotogate:
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