Do you know how to look for cheap flights to Mexico? What is the best time to buy your tickets? What options do you have? What things should you avoid altogether? Should you buy direct or through an intermediary?

There is so much information out there that it can be overwhelming. Don’t worry, though. In this post, we will try to answer all these questions the best we can. If this sounds interesting to you, please keep on reading.

 

Airlines That Fly to Mexico

Airplanes flying to the horizon

For starters, it’s good to know what airlines fly to Mexico, don’t you think so? Below you will find a list of them for your reference:

From North America

  • American Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Aeromexico
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Interjet
  • Volaris
  • JetBlue
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Viva Aerobus
  • Sun Country Airlines
  • Aeromar
  • Air Transat
  • Swoop
  • WestJet
  • Air Canada
  • Sunwing Airlines

From South America

  • Interjet
  • Aerolineas Argentinas
  • LATAM Airlines 
  • Delta Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Avianca
  • Gol Transportes Aereos
  • Copa Airlines Colombia
  • Aeromexico
  • Copa Airlines
  • Sky Airlines
  • United Airlines

From Europe

  • TUIfly Nordic
  • Air Canada
  • Avianca
  • Blue Panorama Airlines
  • Evelop Airlines
  • Orbest
  • Air France
  • Alitalia
  • Condor Flugdienst
  • Wamos Air
  • American Airlines
  • Aeromexico
  • British Airways
  • Delta Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Iberia
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Finnair
  • Swiss International Air Lines
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • KLM
  • Aeroflot

From Asia

  • TUIfly Nordic
  • Air France
  • British Airways
  • KLM
  • All Nippon Airways
  • American Airlines
  • Aeromexico
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Lufthansa
  • Neos
  • Air Canada
  • Alitalia
  • Emirates
  • Nordwind Airlines
  • Turkish Airlines
  • China Eastern Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • Swiss International Air Lines
  • China Southern Airlines
  • Aeroflot
  • Finnair
  • Air China
  • Iberia
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Korean Air

From Australia

  • American Airlines
  • LATAM Airlines
  • Air Canada
  • All Nippon Airways
  • Delta Air Lines
  • United Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Air China
  • Korean Air
  • China Eastern Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • China Southern Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Qantas

 

What Is the Best Time to Buy Cheap Tickets?

Brown hourglassThe best time to do this varies greatly and depends on several factors such as the time of year you travel and how far in advance you book your flight. 

According to the reputable travel site Skyscanner, you should book your flight between 8 and 15 weeks before departure. This, of course, depends on the destination you selected. Some destinations like Los Cabos tend to fill up fast. As a rule of thumb, 3 months is a good time to book an international flight. 

What is the cheapest month to travel? If you look online, you will always find different answers to this question. Some will say it’s February, while others will say it’s May or even October. Most agree the most expensive time to travel is December, but regarding the cheapest time to fly, the answer varies. To be on the safe side, avoid traveling during the peak season if you want to save money. Broadly speaking, you can find good prices if you avoid traveling during the periods of mid-December through early January, Semana Santa (the week before Easter), and mid-July through mid-August. 

 

Where Can You Look for Cheap Tickets?

There are several websites and apps you can use when looking for flights. Now, it’s good to know some of them are only search engines where you will be presented with a list of options and once you pick one, you will be redirected to the airline’s website to check out. On the other hand, others will let you buy directly on their website.

Let’s start with search engines. One of the most recent is Google Flights. I’ve used it a lot ever since I found out about it. I love its simple interface. It allows you to browse through destinations and dates easily. You can see how the price changes if you change your dates. Once you select your destination and dates, you will be redirected to the airline’s website to check out.

Google Flights home page

Another popular search engine is Kayak. It’s basically the same thing as Google Flights. One of the things I love about Kayak is its Anywhere option. If you don’t know where to go, just click on it and you will see several options to choose from. As you scroll through the map, the results will be updated. Google Flights has a similar feature, although, in my opinion, Kayak did it better in this regard.

Now, let’s talk about other tools. A very popular site is Expedia. Unlike Google Flights or Kayak, Expedia not only allows you to compare prices but to check out through them as well. This comes in handy if you also plan to book your hotel through them. Instead of dealing with two separate companies, you will only deal with one.

Another site you can use is CheapoAir. It basically offers the same as Expedia. Both Expedia and CheapoAir have websites as well as apps to make your experience easier.

 

Some Tips and Hacks

Woman using a laptop

Play with your dates. Search engines give you the option to display only flights for specific dates or you can include ranges of +/-1, 2, or 3 days for both your departure and return. One day can make a difference. If you’re flexible enough, you can get a good price.

Direct flights are usually more expensive than connecting flights. Yes, they’re more convenient, but if you want to save money, you will have to look at connecting flights. In some cases, it will be unavoidable since there might not be any direct flights from your point of origin to your destination.

We may be tempted to buy round trip flights without thinking. But did you know you can save some money if you fly different airlines? These are known as hacker fares. You don’t necessarily have to fly the same airline for both your departure and return.

Another strategy people use is booking multi-city flights. Instead of booking round trip flights, they change their layover airports and compare prices. Personally, this hasn’t worked for me, but some people claim they save money by following this strategy.

Set up as many alerts as you can. Don’t rush into buying the first offer you see. Always compare prices before buying anything. But don’t wait too long, either, especially if your trip is around the corner.

Many airlines offer loyalty programs where you can sign up and accrue points or miles. If you’ve never signed up for one, do it. It’s usually free. You can get discounts or even free flights if you travel a lot.

Check your credit card benefits. Some banks have alliances with airlines and you can get discounted prices when using your credit card to book a flight.

Myths About Cheap Flights

Many people say there are cheaper days to book flights. Some say it’s Monday, others say it Tuesday, and so on. However, many others seem to disagree, some reputable travel websites included. They argue it’s a myth and the day on which you book your flight doesn’t matter at all. Your best bet is to set up alerts on as many sites as possible to keep track of the offers in the market and buy when the price is right for you.

Some people go as far as to say that using Incognito Mode on your computer is useful to find cheap flights. However, many experts seem to agree that’s not true. On the other hand, it seems that VPNs can help you in this regard. Technology has advanced so much that airlines can track us down and increase their prices if we keep looking at their site. By using a VPN, you can hide your IP and the airlines won’t increase their prices for you. If I’m honest, it makes sense. I have never used it, so I cannot attest to its effectiveness. 

 

Conclusion

With the correct planning and strategies, you can find cheap flights to Mexico. Technology has made it so much easier and convenient for us. We don’t have to spend hours on the phone or go to a travel agency. Now, from the comfort of our homes, we can use the various tools at our disposal to look for flights and compare prices.

Mexico has so many destinations that it will be hard for you to decide. But don’t worry. There will always be another chance to travel.

Have you used any of the strategies outlined above? How did it go? What would you add? I’d love to know. See you soon!

 

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4 Replies to “Cheap Flights to Mexico”

  1. Hello Enrique, you have made the first stress of traveling look so easy and from there it’s a smooth slope for me to travel. Mexico is a very nice place and since I was all two things have drawn me to that place which is language and their culture. I make use of the British Airways a lot and with this hack to get cheap tickets, I wouldn’t hesitate to go get a ticket and visit Mexico when the air is cool. 

    1. Hi, Benson,

      Glad to hear you found this useful.

      Traveling can be stressful, but with the correct planning, it can be a breeze.

      Thanks for commenting.

  2. Hello, Enrique

    This seems a very brave time to be advertising cheap flights anywhere. As you must know a lot about the travel and tourist industry in Mexico, can you tell me if the country has evaded the coronavirus crisis? If so, is the country still welcoming foreign visitors, whereas many other nations are closing their borders to ensure that covid-19 is kept at bay?

    I accept that your information will be useful someday (I had never heard of Skyscanner, for instance, and I was only vaguely aware of Kayak. Now, along with Google Flights, Expedia and CheapoAir I have several new bookmarks in my browser, so thanks for that.

    I was reading somewhere that Mexico is the murder and kidnapping capital of the world—is it true? Is is safe to be a tourist down there?

    1. Hi, Tayo,

      This is a critical time to travel indeed. Thanks for bringing it up. But as you mentioned, this will be useful once all of this is over.

      There are several restrictions set in place because of the ongoing situation. Many places are closed, including beaches, clubs, museums, and malls. But that doesn’t mean we can look at the available options there are. Once we’re able to travel freely again, people will flock to tourist destinations.

      Answering your questions, you can read more about here and here. The news can be misleading.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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