Heading to Mexico? It's even easier to book cheap flights south of the border on Aeromexico now using Virgin Atlantic Flying Club points.
The ability to book Aeromexico flights with Virgin Atlantic points has been around for a while … but only by calling Virgin to book, which can be a pain. Not anymore: As of sometime last week, Aeromexico flights are now bookable online through Virgin.
That's great news for U.S.-based travelers, as Aeromexico flies nonstop to Mexico City (MEX) from 15 or so airports all across the country – plus, they've got nonstop routes from several airports to other cities like Guadalajara (GDL), Monterey (MTY), and others. Award space is fairly wide-open next year, and it won't take you many points to book them.
Thanks to Virgin's distance-based award chart – the cheat sheet that tells you how many points you need to fly from point A to point B – most flights from the U.S. cost just 11,500 Virgin points each way or less – 23,000 points roundtrip! Virgin tacks on about $137 in taxes and fees on these routes, though those cash costs are unavoidable on these international trips.
Flying from the southern U.S. requires even fewer points: Just 14,000 Virgin points and $137 is all you need for this roundtrip flight from Dallas-Fort (DFW) to Mexico City (MEX).
It's a welcome development after Virgin recently increased award rates for nearly all Delta redemptions, including to Mexico and back. This opens up another easy option to fly directly to Mexico City for fewer points.
And those points are incredibly easy to earn: Virgin Atlantic is a transfer partner with all the major credit card companies, so a stash of points on cards like the *chase sapphire preferred*, *venture x*, or *amex gold* is all you need. Throw in one of the 30% transfer bonuses we regularly see to Virgin Atlantic, and you'll need even fewer points.
You can also book long-haul flights on Aeromexico down to South America or across the pond to Europe at reasonable rates, too. As of publication, only economy seats on these flights are available.
For now, nonstops are probably your only option: Finding any trips on Aeromexico with a connection can be difficult – you may only see results on another airline. And even if you can find something with a connection, Virgin charges for awards on a per-segment basis so you won't get as good of a deal by flying to a destination like Oaxaca (OAX) through Mexico City.
Head to VirginAtlantic.com and start searching for these nonstop flights to Mexico. Just beware that Virgin's site is full of quirks, including a necessary workaround to pull up a full month's worth of flights.
Aeromexico flights are now bookable online with Virgin Atlantic points – and there's wide-open availability from many U.S. cities next year.
You can fly to Mexico City for just 23,000 Virgin points roundtrip (or less!) from most U.S. cities, plus taxes and fees. Considering how easy those points are to earn through credit card transfers, this opens up an easier option for booking flights to Mexico for fewer points in 2024 and beyond.