8 Tips to Find Cheap Flights from Detroit to Cancun

Follow these 8 tips from Hopper to find cheap flights from Detroit to Cancun and you could save up to $640 per round-trip ticket!

Hopper Editors - Oct. 26, 2017

Cancun is a quick, less-than-four-hour flight from Detroit. Plus, it’s one of the more affordable international destinations for Motor City locals to visit. All-inclusive resorts make it easy to relax and not worry about spending money on food and drinks that are already part of the vacation stay. Plus, airline fare from Detroit to Cancun is usually less than $400, making it an all-around easy getaway. Especially during those cold Detroit months, Cancun’s beaches, underwater activities and umbrella-adorned drinks sound like paradise. Hopper is here to make sure that paradise doesn’t cost a fortune to visit. These tips on finding cheap flights from Detroit to Cancun will surely help encourage any travel itch.

See the great deals travelers are finding right now on flights from Detroit to Cancun on the Hopper Flight Explorer

1. The cheapest time to book a flight from Detroit to Cancun is 14 days in advance, saving up to $500

Planning an international beach vacay takes some time. Not only do you need the time to purchase swimming suits, tanning oil and maybe a raft or two, booking a flight 14 days in advance can save you $500 when traveling from Detroit to Cancun. That’s about the same amount as your entire stay at one of the area’s all-inclusive resorts. Note: Prices really start to spike if you wait to book seven days from your departure date.

2. The cheapest day to fly from Detroit to Cancun is on a Tuesday, saving up to $41

If you need to figure out a day to depart for Cancun, book your flight for Tuesday. That decision could save you up to $41. While not as large of a savings as our first tip, that money could be used towards a meal at La Habichuela Sunset, a Mayan-influenced restaurant in the heart of the city’s hotel zone. The menu consists of traditional Mayan fare such as shrimp with huitlacoche (a truffle-like corn fungus). True to its name, the restaurant features amazing views of the sunset from its patio.

3. Save up to $79 by returning on a Wednesday

You could save even more money by planning your return flight for a Wednesday. Ticket prices can be as much as $79 less than other return dates. That extra moolah can be used towards experiencing one of the area’s numerous water activities. Cancun scuba diving, for instance, can cost as little as $75. Divers will get to explore everything from the coral reefs to the colorful fish to sea turtles — maybe even a jellyfish or two.

4. The cheapest day to buy a flight from Detroit to Cancun is on a Sunday, saving up to $20

Taking time from your Sunday fun day to book a flight from Detroit to Cancun can save you up to $20. While watching the Lions may get in the way of this, commercial breaks during football games make the perfect time to book a trip. Plus, that $20 could be used towards going to see a Mexican soccer game. There’s nothing like drinking a Mexican beer by cheering on one of the country’s favorite teams.

5. Spirit has the cheapest direct flights from Detroit to Cancun

Spirit Airlines offers the best deals overall, with non-stop flights from Detroit to Cancun costing about $363. Other airlines offer comparable flights for almost $200 more. Insider tip: Make sure to fly with a checked bag and not a carry-on. Spirit has hidden baggage fees that can cost up to $100 more if you decide to bring a carry-on. See the Hopper Airline Fees Calculator for more information on what hidden fees will affect the cost of your flight.

Airlines offering direct flights from Detroit to Cancun:
- Spirit makes the journey in 4 hours for $346 round trip, on average.
- Delta makes the journey in 4 hours for $535 round trip, on average.
- Aeromexico makes the journey in 4 hours for $536 round trip, on average.

Airlines offering connecting flights from Detroit to Cancun:
- US Airways makes the journey in 6.5 hours for $336 round trip, on average.
- American makes the journey in 6.5 hours for $373 round trip, on average.
- United makes the journey in 7 hours for $544 round trip, on average.

6. Check out Hopper’s When to Fly and Buy Reports for up-to-date information

Travelers looking for the best deal on a Detroit-to-Cancun flight route should visit Hopper’s
When to Fly and Buy Reports. A simple search of the specific route and specific dates you wish to take will help you find the best deals on specific airlines. The report is based on about 3,309,753 round-trip flight prices from searches made each month. Hopper’s reports also visitors to the site to create a price alert, so you can be notified if there's a sudden fare sale to Cancun.

See Hopper's latest when to fly and buy report for flights from Detroit to Cancun for consistently up-to-date information

7. Take a look at Hopper’s Airline Fees Calculator to get the real cost of your ticket

Most airlines these days have different policies on checked baggage, making it difficult to tell
how much your flight will cost until the day you travel. That’s why Hopper created its Airline Fees Calculator to help customers calculate the true cost of their flights. The calculator charts the individual airline ticket prices as well as their fees, helping customers visualize exactly where their travel money is going. As mentioned earlier, Spirit Airlines offers great deals on tickets but requires customers to pay for any carry-on luggage, adding anywhere between $25 and $100 depending on how much luggage is being taken.

8. Keep in mind that a cheap flight from Detroit to Cancun is about $383 round trip

Cancun is the 10th most popular destination for travelers to visit from Detroit. As such, there are several flights available each month. During your cheap-flight search, remember that a good price for a flight from Detroit to Cancun is $383. The cheapest round-trip flights in the last six months were priced from $348-$363 without stops and $389-$442 with stops. Some lucky bargain hunters found prices as low as $312. Insider tip: Setting up a Hopper price alert, can really help you find the least expensive rates.

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