Where Memphis has the blues, Cancun has the Mariachi; where Tennessee touts barbeques, the Yucatan yields spicy tacos, Mexican bean stews and oodles of chili-laden enchiladas to boot. But perhaps most importantly, while dwellers in the River City wander the banks of the mighty Mississippi, the folk of the Mayan Riviera lounge on shimmering Caribbean beaches under the gaze of UNESCO temples, or kick-back on the tanning decks of five-star hotels, warmed by the year-round heat of the Mesoamerican sun.
With such a wealth of contrasts to explore, let it be said that Cancun is a perfect holidaying spot for any Memphis locals feeling a little intrepid this year, which makes these 10 tips for finding cheap flights from Memphis to Cancun more important than ever.
While a spontaneous, last-minute holiday from the River City to Mexican Cancun may cost Memphis locals an arm and a leg, there is some room to be impulsive with bookings here, because our statistics show that flight prices between the two cities stay relatively low until 14 days before departure. However, there also seems to be a brief spike in prices from 21 days to 2 weeks prior to takeoff, so it may be safer to just bag that flight as early as you can!
After Tennessee locals have enjoyed the winter sun of Mexico to its full extent and the last bachelor groups of Spring Breakers have high-tailed it back to college in the US, our statistics show that flight prices from Memphis International to Cancun begin to fall. That means travelers looking to muster as big a budget as possible for their trips to seaside Tulum or Chichen Itza should think about touching down any time after May, when there are possible savings to the tune of $50 to be had on flights!
Okay, so we know that it might not fit with those bargain Saturday-to-Saturday hotel deals, and we know that it may be awkward to get the time off work mid-week, but if you can depart out of Memphis International on a Tuesday then it’s certainly worth it, because the savings could knock a whopping $116 of the total price of your flight. That’s a whole load more pesos to throw around those bubbling Hotel Zone clubs and Caribbean cocktail bars!
After checking out from that luxurious all-inclusive resort on the banks of the Mayan Riviera, why not tack on a couple of days exploring the cultural wealth of the greater Yucatan; weaving between the vine-clad ruins of Chichen Itza, or spying out endangered animals between the Sian Ka'an reserves of the Quintana Roo? Then you can justify a Wednesday return, and maybe make a saving of up $131 on your round trip flights in the process.
By looking at day-to-day fluctuations in flight prices between Memphis and Cancun, we’ve discovered that Thursday is by far the best day to book your ticket, offering passengers a possible saving of $87 in total. Monday and Wednesday are also both good options, with potential reductions in the region of $84 on average, while Friday, Saturday and Sunday all see soaring prices and ebbing demand. Who wants to spend their weekend trawling airline websites anyway?
With two airlines competing for the market share on direct flights between these cities, there’s good news for Tennessee locals eager to keep prices down. Currently Aeroméxico draw 18% of passengers on the route, while its US-based carrier Delta Air Lines that dominate, with more than 80% of the market share and a seriously mouth-watering nonstop price average of $379 round trip! In fact, Delta’s direct flight has proved the cheapest option overall in the last four weeks, better even than the various indirect connections heading to Cancun.
Airlines offering connecting flights from Memphis to Cancun:
- American Airlines makes the journey in 9 hours via Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport for $396 round trip, on average.
- AeroMéxico makes the journey in 7 hours via Atlanta International Airport for $584 round trip, on average.
- Delta Air Lines makes the journey in 8 hours via Atlanta International Airport for $391 round trip, on average.
- United Airlines makes the journey in 7 hours via Houston's George Bush Airport for $400 round trip, on average.
Memphis locals may just have an excuse to crack out their Elvis moves and Jerry Lee Lewis "yeehaws" this year, because there’s a chance they could bag a return trip ticket to Cancun for absolutely nothing (that is, forgetting airport taxes and some minor standalone fees). That’s right, members of Delta Air Lines’ loyalty program with 35,000 air miles in the bank will find themselves eligible for the seats, which are among the cheapest rewards on the carrier’s entire roster heading to destinations outside of the continental United States.
If you’re curious just how Hopper’s expert flight team is able to pinpoint the prime departure dates, yearly price trends and best booking days with so much confidence, you should be sure to head over to our When to Fly and Buy Reports module, which offers the lowdown on more than 340,000 monthly searches for flights from Memphis to Cancun, making it a veritable gold mine of information for anyone looking to bag bargain seats to the Yucatan!
If your luggage is bulging with Hawaiian shirts and designer sunglasses so much that you think you’ll need some extra room in the hold, or if you’re eager to sample the spicy treats that pepper AeroMéxico’s in-flight menu, then make sure you check out Hopper’s Airline Fees Calculator before you book. It offers a simple breakdown of all the additional charges associated with the various carriers on the route from Memphis to Cancun, detailing the cost of things like extra legroom, checked bags and plenty, plenty more.
When looking for a cheap flight to take you to the sun and sand and sea and ancient ruins of the Yucatan, it’s a good idea to keep in mind that a good price on the route is anything at or below $400 round trip. In fact, most passengers will pay far more than that, with an estimated 75% of seats selling for more than $550 during the year. In short, don’t go chasing the fabled bargains of $340 flights, because you may end up with nothing to show for it at all.