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Winter Mexico deals: Flights to Los Cabos for as low as $224 round-trip

Nov. 14, 2022
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Winter is a great time for a trip to Mexico. As much of the U.S. is seeing its coldest temperatures of the year — or at least its coolest, for much of the South — you can escape to guaranteed warmth, beaches and resorts.

What makes it even better, of course, is when you can find low airfare to do just that.

Los Cabos has all of the above, which goes for travelers hoping to visit Cabo San Lucas or San Jose del Cabo, both situated at the southern tip of Baja California in Mexico.

Most of the flights for these deals are for December through March. However, we also found options for an immediate getaway.

If you’ve been looking for the right opportunity to get a just-after-the-new-year trip on the books to a warm destination, this deal to Mexico might be just the one you’ve been hoping for.

Related: 14 of TPG's favorite points hotels on the beach in Mexico

The Hilton Los Cabos Golf Resort & Spa, Los Cabos, Mexico. JON BAILEY/THE POINTS GUY

Deal basics

Airlines: Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, United and Aeromexico.
Routes: Austin, Houston, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco to San Jose del Cabo.
Travel dates: Now through March 2023.
How to book: We suggest finding your flights on Google Flights, then booking directly with the airline.

Thanks to Scott’s Cheap Flights for flagging the impressive airfare to Cabo. The site sends alerts for great economy deals as part of premium memberships starting at $49 annually. You’ll get premium economy and business-class alerts for $199 annually.

Sample flights

We took note of round-trip airfare to Cabo for less than $200. You’ll fly into San Jose del Cabo International Airport (SJD) whether you’re staying in Cabo San Lucas or San Jose del Cabo, which are about 20 minutes apart.

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For travelers departing from Texas or other southwest cities mentioned in this deal, it’s certainly a nice, short trip.

Here are just a few of the routes and prices we found:

  • Austin to San Jose del Cabo for $270 on American.
  • Los Angeles to San Jose del Cabo for $225 on American, Delta, JetBlue or United.
  • Houston to San Jose del Cabo for $272 on Aeromexico.
  • San Diego to San Jose del Cabo for $240 on Alaska.
  • San Francisco to San Jose del Cabo for $298 on Alaska.

There are also some cities from which you may be able to find airfare just a bit above the $300 mark, round-trip.

For instance, we found flights in the $310 to $350 range out of Washington, D.C. Yes, it’s more than the $225 you’d pay out of Los Angeles, but it’s also a much longer flight — and you will often find fares far higher than that.

Speaking of Los Angeles, it’s certainly the best price in this deal; not too surprising considering its proximity to Los Cabos.

You also have the pick of your favorite airline in a lot of cases. For instance, here’s a $223-$226 round trip on JetBlue, Delta, American and Alaska for one itinerary.

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There are also options for an immediate getaway. If you can book and pack right away, you could be on your way to Los Cabos aboard United Airlines tomorrow morning.

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However, if you’d like a few more days to plan your trip, here’s a way to take advantage of the back end of the Thanksgiving holiday period for $225 round-trip.

Flying aboard Delta Air Lines, you’d depart Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) midmorning on Black Friday. It’s about a 2 1/2-hour flight down to Mexico.

On the return trip, you could maximize your final vacation day with a 3:39 p.m. departure.

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You can also find nonstop options out of Austin.

Flying aboard American Airlines for this late February getaway, your outbound and return flights similarly fall on either side of 2 1/2 hours.

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Traveling from Houston, you might be on a Mexican carrier and SkyTeam partner Aeromexico. That means you’ll almost certainly fly through Mexico City.

On the southbound trip for this early February itinerary, you’ll arrive mid-morning in the Mexican capital city and depart for the final leg of your trip by lunchtime. It’s a brief, 85-minute stop in Mexico City on your way back to Texas.

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Finally, here’s a short-hop option out of San Diego for just after the new year.

You can maximize both the day you arrive and the day you head home, getting into Los Cabos at 10:20 a.m. after the flight on Alaska Airlines. On the return trip, you won’t leave until after 5 p.m.

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Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a card that earns bonus points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express, which earns 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 Premier® Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve earn 3 points per dollar on airfare, and the American Express® Gold Card also earns 3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel. Meanwhile, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card earns 2 points per dollar on travel.

Learn more here about maximizing your air travel purchases.

Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal. ERIC ROSEN/THE POINTS GUY

Bottom line

Hoping to take advantage of the immediate availability and get to the beaches of Los Cabos by the end of the week or saving your getaway for when the temperatures start to cool off? These fares could be a great excuse for a trip to Mexico. Lock in your fares as soon as possible, since they could go up at any time.

Featured image by ERIC ROSEN/THE POINTS GUY
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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