Flight deals to Cancun: enjoy the warmth this winter for less than $250 round-trip

If you think a getaway from the heat of Cancun might be on the cards for this coming winter, it’s a good idea to book when you get a cheaper airfare window; it happens from time to time. Right now is one of those times.

There are currently a handful of US cities from which you can fly to the popular destination of Mexico for $250 or less round-trip. You’ll find some of the deals as early as November, which is fast approaching, with plenty more options after the start of the new year.

There are a ton of great resorts with expansive pools and convenient beach access throughout Cancun, both all-inclusive and not.

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Scott’s Cheap Flights was the first to report the deals in Cancun. Premium memberships with the site start at $49 per year for economy deals alerts, with memberships that get you premium economy and business class alerts starting at $199 per year.

Temperatures are dropping across the country and they won’t get much warmer as the end of the year approaches. A getaway to Mexico might be just what you’re looking for in January or February, so be sure to lock in those prices before they go up.

JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa. ZACH GRIFF/THE DOT GUY

Transaction Basics

Airlines companies : American, Delta, JetBlue, Aeromexico.

Routes: Austin, Chicago, New York, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, St. Louis and others in Cancun.

Travel dates: November 2022 to March 2023.

How to book: We recommend researching the best route on Google Flights and then booking directly with the airline.

Examples of flights

We took note of round trip airfare to Cancun (CUN) for around $250 or less. However, if you don’t see your city listed here, check prices from your home airport. Many US cities offer round trips to Cancun for slightly above the price range we’ve reported, including trips from Washington, DC, Dallas, Houston, and Los Angeles.

Here are some of the options we liked the most:

  • Austin to Cancun for $252 on American.
  • Chicago to Cancun for $222 on a SkyTeam combination from Delta and Aeromexico.
  • Denver to Cancun for $251 on Aeromexico.
  • Fort Lauderdale to Cancun or $238 on JetBlue.
  • New York to Cancun for $243 on American.
  • St. Louis to Cancun for $257 on American.

Let’s first look at one of the shortest flights available at low cost: Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) in Cancun. This is a non-stop flight of less than two and a half hours on the way south aboard American Airlines. This particular route takes you on vacation right after the new year.

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A number of these routes involve connections somewhere. In fact, be sure to check the duration of your layover before booking a particular itinerary. I found options that looked good out of certain cities, but with a 10+ hour stop at a US airport.

Stopovers are more reasonable (but not totally) ideal on this route. Departing from O’Hare International Airport (ORD), you’ll fly to Cancun aboard carrier SkyTeam and Mexico’s flagship airline Aeromexico. This is a relatively brief two-hour stop in Mexico City, before the final leg of the trip. On the way back, you’ll have a layover of more than three hours in New York City at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

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In many cases, for these deals, you trade convenience for price, so it all comes down to what you agree with.

Here’s a slightly simpler option: Nonstop flights from South Florida aboard JetBlue. For $238, you’ll arrive in Cancun mid-day, in time to spend the afternoon on the beach. Likewise, on the way back, you won’t leave until the early afternoon, so you can enjoy the last hours at your hotel before heading to the airport.

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Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a card that earns bonus points on airline ticket 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 (up to $500,000 on such purchases per calendar year). The Citi Premier® Card and Reserve Chase Sapphire earn 3 points per dollar on the plane ticket, and the American Express® Gold Card also earns 3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel. During this time, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card earns 2 points per dollar on travel. Learn more about maximizing your air travel purchases here.

Hilton Cancun. BENJI STAWSKI/THE GUY WITH POINTS

At the end of the line

Since prices to Cancun can fluctuate like any other destination, you want to make sure that you book your plane ticket at a time when you can get the best deals, instead of paying $400 or more one-way. return. Enjoy a warm winter getaway now by paying a much lower cost to get to and from Mexico.