Cancun deals: it’s not too late to get cheap flights at the end of summer

Conventional wisdom suggests we’re approaching the point where it’s a bit late to get a great deal on summer airfare to a popular destination. But you never know when something might pop up, and that’s what we have here. If you book soon, you might be able to get a plane ticket to Cancun for a lot less than you might normally find.

We’ve found round-trip airfare to Cancun at or below the $300 mark (well below, in some cases) on older US carriers from many cities in the East, Midwest, and deep south from August until early fall.

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Are you ready to keep your luggage to a bare minimum and travel with just a backpack for the weekend? You could probably get a fare as low as around $160 aboard a budget airline.

Cancun, of course, is an immensely popular destination for American travelers that is easily accessible from the continental United States and is full of point-bookable resorts. It’s a great place to visit when it’s cold back home, but there’s nothing wrong with a late-summer getaway either.

Already done your big summer excursion, but looking for an opportunity to fill the rest of your summer travel schedule? This could be a deal to jump on before prices go up.

The pool at the Hilton Cancun. (Photo by Benji Stawski/The Dots Guy)

Basics of the offer

Airlines companies : American, United, JetBlue, Frontier, Spirit, Viva Aerobus and Volaris.

Routes: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Charlotte, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Miami, New York and Orlando to Cancun.

How to book: Directly via airlines or via Google Flights.

Travel dates: August to October.

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Examples of flights

We took note of airfares that fell below $300, with a clear preference for round-trip prices well below that mark.

As you search, chances are you’ll find round-trip airfare on some of the low-cost carriers like Spirit Airlines and Frontier, which seem to be significantly cheaper than traditional carriers. It may still be cheaper after all, but be sure to compare “extra” costs such as baggage and seat selection when comparing costs.

There are two things we like about this deal in particular. For one, there is availability in many US cities. Even if your hometown isn’t listed here, check prices for Cancun. There can be great deals, especially if you can be flexible on the days of your trip.

Plus, there are plenty of late-summer options at affordable prices. You may be able to find deals as early as the first or second week of August.

Here are some of the route options we found:

  • New York to Cancun for $298 on JetBlue.
  • Miami to Cancun for $158 on Frontier.
  • Miami to Cancun for $228 on American.
  • Dallas/Fort Worth to Cancun for $228 on American.
  • Austin to Cancun for $276 on American.
  • Orlando to Cancun for $268 on JetBlue.
  • Houston to Cancun for $194 on United.
  • New Orleans to Cancun for $267 on American.
  • Chicago to Cancun for $253 on a combination of United and Volaris.

Let’s start by looking at one of the shortest and best priced flights in this deal: trips from Houston.

You can get a round trip from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) for $194 aboard United Airlines. Given Houston’s location, it’s a short hop – just about 2.5 hours – to Cancun. This route falls right in the middle of August.

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Travelers from the Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin area can get roundtrip between $200 and $300, nonstop, on American Airlines.

This late August itinerary from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) costs $228, with flights between 2 1/2 and 3 hours.

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It’s an even shorter flight of less than two hours from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Cancun. You can get a round trip on American Airlines for as little as $228 towards the end of August.

Frontier also has nonstop flights at this time between the two cities, with a base fare as low as $158. However, you will have to pay at least $70 in fees to have even a large carry-on bag.

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New York travelers have a number of options on board low-cost carriers.

There are also flights under $300 on JetBlue. This $298 itinerary includes a Labor Day departure from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), and it’s a nonstop flight of just under four hours to the Mexico.

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Maximize your purchase

Pay with the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card to earn 5 points per dollar on flights booked through Chase Ultimate Rewards. When you use The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll earn 5 points per dollar on flights booked with the airline or through American Express Travel (up to $500,000 per calendar year). With the Capital One Venture X Rewards credit card, you’ll earn 5 miles per dollar on flights booked through Capital One Travel.

(Photo by Benji Stawski/The Dots Guy)

At the end of the line

Finding good prices on airline tickets for summer travel is not easy. It gets even harder when you’re talking about such popular destinations as Cancun.

Whether you want to travel in August or take advantage of similar deals in the early fall months, it can be worth checking prices quickly from your home airport.

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