How to Find Cheap Flights to Mexico in 2022 (... and 2023!)

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How to Find Cheap Flights to Mexico in 2022 (… and 2023!)

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You love sunny beaches, beautiful resorts, tasty food, and world-class service just a few short hours from home. And you also love travel experiences that won't break the bank. That's why you love Mexico.

Mexico is a perennially popular destination each year when temperatures drop up north. But here's the best part: Cheap flights to Mexico aren't hard to come by even as flight prices seem expensive elsewhere. In the last few months alone, we've sent our Thrifty Traveler Premium members nearly a dozen different flight deals to Mexico, with prices as low as just $198…roundtrip!

If you're looking for a fall trip, planning ahead for this winter, or you're looking for a getaway pretty much any time of year, Mexico is a great option. Whether you're aiming for the beaches of Cancún or Puerto Vallarta, want a cultural escape to the metropolis of Mexico City, or want to explore somewhere off the beaten path, there's a cheap fare to get you somewhere in Mexico this year.

 

Cancún

Cancún is practically synonymous with a trip south of the border, and for good reason. It boasts endless sunny beaches and beautiful resorts that will make you feel pampered on your visit. You can go beyond Cancún itself and explore great cities nearby like Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Tulúm, or even Isla Mujeres.

The Thrifty Traveler team is very biased about Cancún right now as we all just got back from our annual retreat, which took place in Isla Mujeres this year. You'll love it there. Just a sun-soaked ferry ride away from Cancún.

Plus, when it comes to cheap fares, Cancún (CUN) reigns supreme in Mexico. Just look at this….

 

Cheap flights to Mexico

 

We sent out this delightful fare to our Thrifty Traveler Premium members this month. It included some eye-popping fares down to Cancún through peak winter when a Mexican beach is just what you'll need.

In the past, we've seen sub-$200 fares to Cancún, including as low as $197 roundtrip from Minneapolis. Here's proof!

 

minneapolis to cancun

 

This unbelievable fare is gone now – get the next amazingly cheap flight to Mexico sent straight to your inbox with Thrifty Traveler Premium!

And as we've seen fares to Cancún tumble, we've also seen some astonishing deals using your Delta SkyMiles to fly to Mexico for nearly free. This unbelievable Delta SkyMiles flash sale could get you to the beach and back this winter for just 11,000 SkyMiles roundtrip! 

 

delta skymiles flash sale to mexico

 

Once you get there, we think you'd love a stay at the new Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancún – near Puerto Morelos, too. What's better than pairing a dirt-cheap flight with an all-inclusive resort you can book using points? Nothing.

Cancún is one of the easiest places to find a cheap flight, but it's not alone. For just 20k American Airlines miles, you could visit any number of Mexican beach towns, including Cancún.

 

Cheap flights to Mexico

 

Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas

The Pacific Coast cities of Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas are popular for a reason. They're very different from the cities around the Gulf of Mexico, featuring a scenic, coastal environment that suits adventurers and beach-goers alike.

But like Cancún, you can find your way to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) or Cabo (SJD) for cheap if you play your cards right. In this case, we're talking about just the cost of the taxes and fees!

 

Cheap flights to Mexico

 

We sent out this deal to our subscribers this month as a perfect use of their hoarded SkyMiles. It followed one of our rules: Once flight prices start getting high, it's time to use those miles! And with rates this low, you can either bring the whole family or have a bunch of SkyMiles leftover after booking.

If you're still looking to use cash to fly to Puerto Vallarta, we also found a deal earlier this month. Located on the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, Cabo may seem far-flung and hard to reach – and therefore more expensive. But Thrifty Traveler Premium members have received a few Cabo deals over the last few months, including this one with flights starting at just $218 roundtrip!

 

Cheap flights to Mexico

 

Get flight deals to Mexico deals like this one in your inbox with Thrifty Traveler Premium!

 

Mexico City

If the resort towns or the places you always see on Instagram don't interest you, there's plenty more to see and do throughout Mexico. Why not start with the biggest city in North America?

Our team has a pretty convincing argument about why you need to see this great world city. For starters, it's a true foodie's paradise. Another good reason? Cheap flights like this one.

 

Cheap flights to Mexico City

 

This flight deal featured a ton of great nonstop fares between $245 and $398 to the Mexican capital from all over the United States.

But there's also a great way you can fly to Mexico City using some points and miles, too.

 

Cheap flights to Mexico

 

Here's what that looks like in fare form. Keep in mind that our deal is taking advantage of a sweet Virgin Atlantic-American Express Membership Rewards transfer bonus to get to 18,000.

 

Cheap flights to Mexico

 

Smaller Mexican Cities Get Cheap Flights, Too

Alright, I'll admit that Mazatlán wasn't on my radar until Thrifty Traveler flight deal guru Jon dug up these fantastic fares, but it's rocketing to the top of my list now.

This Pacific beach town has all of the beautiful, coastal trappings of Puerto Vallarta … but without the major resorts that draw big crowds. It's a nearly perfect beach getaway with picture-perfect sunsets. And, thanks to Jon's keen eye, cheap flights…

 

Mazatlan flight deal

 

Just look at that list of departure cities! This is not a small deal. From New York City to Fresno, you could book your trip to Mazatlán for less than $384 with this deal.

Raise your hand if you also hadn't heard of Mérida, Mexico. I knew nothing about this place until we found this great flight deal, and it turns out Mérida is the perfect jumping-off point for just about anything you'd want to do in Mexico. For history buffs, Mérida is famous for its Mayan archeological history. But for those looking for some sun and a cold drink, Mérida is also just 45 minutes from the beach town of Progreso.

 

Cheap Flights to Mexico

 

As you can see, it's also pretty cheap to get there if you time it right. Getting somewhere new in Mexico doesn't have to cost more than a flight to Cancún or Puerto Vallarta.

La Paz is also not the kind of place you've already seen on Instagram, but it looks like it probably should be. Just north of Cabo San Lucas, La Paz is a great airport to fly into if you want to explore the Baja California peninsula.

 

Cheap flights to Mexico

 

After you land, make the 30-minute drive to Balandra Beach (pictured above), which some argue is the most beautiful beach in Mexico. Don't tell the others in Cancún, though! It'll be our secret.

 

Oaxaca

We think you need to know about Oaxaca. It's a Mexican destination that is dripping in culture and has a thriving food and mezcal scene that would make any foodie blush.

 

oaxaca

 

But what's a superb, off-the-beaten-path destination if it's too expensive to get there?

 

Cheap flights to Mexico

 

Mexico is not just all-inclusive resorts. Oaxaca is maybe the best proof of that.

 

Cozumel

Cozumel is also overlooked as a phenomenal Mexican destination, but that might be changing. Scuba and snorkeling fanatics have known about the island off the Yucatan Peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico for years, but it's just as attractive as a destination for everyday beach-goers and sun-seekers, too. Plus, the flight deals to get you there are plentiful!

 

Cozumel cheap flight

 

This fare from Minneapolis (MSP) to Cozumel (CZM) for just $289 roundtrip was sent to Thrifty Traveler Premium subscribers a few months ago, so it's gone now. Make sure you're prepared to book the next one!

More recently, we featured these phenomenal CZM fares for subscribers all over the country.

 

Cheap flights to Mexico

 

Bottom Line

If you want an inexpensive tropical getaway without the long flights and jet lag, Mexico is your best bet. We just keep finding dirt-cheap fares down south for fall, winter, and spring.

Whether it's a food and architecture tour in Mexico City or a scuba diving trip to Cozumel, Mexico has something for you this winter and beyond. And with the recent trend of airfare down south as low as $200 roundtrip, it doesn't have to break the bank, either.

 

Cheap Flights to Mexico FAQs

Which airlines fly to Mexico?

Airlines that fly to Mexico direct include Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United, Aeromexico, Air Canada, Frontier, Spirit, Sun Country, Swoop, WestJet, and more.

 

What is the cheapest month to fly to Mexico?

While not always true, on average the month with the cheapest flights to Mexico is August. The peak season tends to be January, November, and December. However, you can find cheap flights to Mexico any time of year, including peak season, if you are signed up for cheap flight alerts.

 

What is the cheapest day to fly to Mexico?

There is no cheapest day to book flights to Mexico, or anywhere for that matter. This is a common myth about air travel – you can learn more about why there aren't really any cheapest days to book flights. However, the cheapest days to fly anywhere are typically Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays.

 

What is the cheapest airport to fly to Mexico?

Some of the cheapest airports to fly to Mexico non-stop from are:

  1. Cancún
  2. Puerto Vallarta
  3. Cabo San Lucas
  4. Mexico City
  5. Cozumel

 

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  • Merida. What a wonderful city plus it feels as safe as any place we’ve been in Mexico.
    We are not into hanging out at the beach sites. We prefer the old colonial cities. Some
    others are a tad more interesting than Merida but it is truly an old colonial city and easy to
    get to if you fly into Cancun by taking a bus from the Cancun bus station to Merida.
    There’s much to see in Merida in the way of churches and museums plus there is a more
    modern side for shopping. It’s a large city so there are plenty of places to stay and dine.
    In addition it’s easy to get to other old towns like Valladolid and Campeche. Merida is
    also very close to the ancient ruins at Chichen Itza and Uxmal. The ruins at Uxmal are
    just about as great as Chichen Itza plus they are not crowded.

    • Love it, Lowell. We haven’t yet visited Merida and it’s on our short list. Over the weekend we were discussing a Thrifty Traveler retreat there later this year. The airbnb options are fantastic for larger groups.

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