One of the most popular times for Columbus, Ohio, travelers to fly to Cancun is in January, February and March. This makes sense considering Columbus temperatures average 35 degrees Fahrenheit this time of year. Locals will be looking for some much-needed sun after a dreary winter that likely wouldn’t end for another month or two. While a trip to Mexico isn’t exactly a cheap way to appease your winter woes, Cancun’s all-inclusive resorts provide an added perk, offering drinks and food as part of your stay. Plus, these 10 tips from Hopper can help you find cheap flights from Columbus to Cancun that could save you up to $400 per round-trip ticket!
Planning in advance is always a good idea when traveling. Not only can you save up to $125 on flights from Columbus to Cancun, but you will also have a better advantage of booking the exact hotels, activities and entertainment you want on the days you want them. For instance, a tour to the area’s famous Chichen Itza, recently named one of the Seven Wonders of the World, can sell out if you wait until the last minute and you wouldn’t want to miss it.
Any time after July is the cheapest time to fly from Columbus to Cancun. Tickets can be as much as $200 cheaper in the latter part of the year. Plus, travelers flying during these months will miss the notorious Spring Break crowd, which means the bars will be less crowded and the pool will serve as a place for relaxing instead of taking tequila shots. The savings is also so significant that it could be used towards an upgraded flight or an extra night’s hotel stay.
A trip to Cancun from Columbus can take as little as 3.5 hours on a non-stop flight or up to about six hours on a flight with stops. Either way, the flight doesn’t take just a weekend-getaway amount of time to get there. As such, try flying out on a Tuesday because it could save you up to $19. While not a significant savings, $19 could get you a couple rounds of tequila shots at the popular Karamba Nightclub, which has DJs spinning beats until late into the night.
If your schedule allows for flexibility, you can save $36 by returning to Columbus from Cancun on a Wednesday. That means you’ll be in Cancun during the week when it’s less crowded. Make sure to book a spa appointment or make a reservation at you resort’s fine dining restaurant during these off times when there’s more availability. Plus, the savings will allow you to splurge on either or both if you want. Why not? You’re on vacation!
Ease your midweek stress by planning a vacation to Cancun. Simply purchasing a ticket on a Wednesday can save you up to $20. That savings can be used towards renting snorkeling gear at one of the local companies so that you can explore the world’s second longest coral barrier reef. The Original Snorkeling Adventure offers guided tours in which travelers will be whisked out to sea on a 34-foot boat before diving into the refreshing waters.
If you want to fly from Columbus to Cancun directly, Delta has the cheapest fares for about $497 round trip. However, US Airways has the cheapest flights overall for about $375 for a flight with stops. Other competing airlines such as American and United offer similar prices on flights with stops. Depending on what you want to bring, make sure you check out the airlines’ baggage fee policies before booking. Baggage fees could mean an additional cost that aren’t included in the ticket price.
Airlines offering direct flights from Columbus to Cancun:
- Delta makes the journey for $497 round trip, on average.
Airlines offering connecting flights from Columbus to Cancun:
- United makes the journey in 9 hours via Houston for $355 round trip, on average.
- American makes the journey in 8 hours via Dallas for $362 round trip, on average.
- Delta makes the journey in 9.5 hours via Atlanta for $368 round trip, on average.
- US Airways makes the journey in 5.75 hours via Charlotte for $375 round trip, on average.
- Aeromexico makes the journey in 8.5 hours via Atlanta for $508 round trip, on average.
Travelers that have saved 35,000 miles in Delta’s Frequent Flier program can use those miles to book a round-trip ticket from Columbus to Cancun essentially for free. Starting in January 2015, Delta will also introduce new redemption options, which includes One-Way Awards for half the price of round-trip tickets as well as more Award Seats available for fewer miles. The savings can almost pay for the entire trip to Cancun or at least for you to participate in additional activities such as seeing a live performance at the popular Coco Bongo club.
Hopper’s When to Fly and Buy Reports allows visitors to the site to find the best travel deals available for flights from Columbus to Cancun. The report is based on 744,329 round-trip prices from airfare searches made in the last month and shows the best prices for the specific route and dates chosen. Keep in mind that flights are often less expensive if you are more flexible with your dates. If you don’t have much time to do a thorough search, you can opt to create a price alert, which will send you an email when prices for the route get cheaper.
Hopper’s Airline Fees Calculator will help travelers decipher any hidden fees that show up on the day of departure. The calculator plots out exactly what airlines will charge for what so customers understand the true cost of their flight upfront. Most airlines charge for checked bags, but some airlines also charge for seat selection and even carry-on luggage — something to keep in mind when prioritizing your travel needs long before heading to the airport.
Rest assured that if you find a ticket from Columbus to Cancun for $358 round trip, that it is a good price. In some cases, lucky travelers have found ticket prices as low as $344. The cheapest round-trip flights in the last six months were priced from $354-$368 for flights with stops and $356-$498 without stops.