When autumnal breezes settles over Connecticut forests and the North American days begin to shorten, no one can blame New Englanders for pining after a little bit of sun. Thankfully the Bradley International Airport sits right on the doorstep, ready to whisk willing passengers away to far flung corners of globe where high temperatures still abound. One such corner that’s been popular in recent years has been Cancun, which is accessible from Hartford by both direct and connecting flights.
If you’re looking to get a blast of sunshine courtesy of the Yucatan, or even if you fancy escaping New England for a summertime spell on the shores of the Caribbean, then be sure to check out these 10 tips for finding cheap flights from Hartford to Cancun this year.
It seems there is some room for New England locals to be a little bit more spontaneous than most when it comes to buying air tickets to Cancun, as the cheapest fares on the route from Bradley International tend to be available up until around 14 days before departure, which is a whole week longer than a great many other major airports in the US. But, with prices soaring to nearly $700 in the days immediately before take-off, it’s still worth thinking about this one sooner rather than later.
This one’s good news for all those Connecticut locals who can’t stand the steadily falling temperatures and shortening days of November - in fact, November is by far the cheapest option for fliers going from Hartford to Cancun, offering potential savings to the tune of $60, while January through to April is the most expensive time of year, coinciding neatly with Cancun’s accepted high-season.
We’ve found that Friday returns can offer fliers going from the Bradley International Airport to Cancun a saving of around $17 on average, which is just a smidgen less than Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Naturally, mid-week departures are far less popular with travelers hitting the Yucatan Riviera, because many are tied to Saturday-to-Saturday hotel packages. However, combine these savings with an off-season jaunt and you’re bound to find plenty of bargain accommodation options willing to change up their dates for a fraction of the price!
You’re going to need to think about your priorities for this one: Do you (a) want to hit the beaches, the corals and the clubs as fast as possible or (b) save all the cash you can for the swim-up bars, those trips to Chichen Itza and those potent Caribbean cocktails? If the former, be sure to check out Delta’s direct flights for around $651 return. If the latter, take a look at United Airlines’ eight-and-a-half hour connection via Houston for just $356.
Airlines offering connecting flights from Hartford to Cancun:
- American Airlines makes the journey in 8 hours for $355 round trip, on average.
- AeroMéxico makes the journey in 12 hours for $421 round trip, on average.
- United Airlines makes the journey in 12 hours via Chicago for $356 round trip, on average.
For members of United Airlines’ loyalty program the cruise down the edge of the Eastern Seaboard and over the Mexican Gulf from Hartford to Cancun could turn out to be one of the cheapest trips they’ve ever made, costing just 35,000 air miles and few small standalone fees and taxes. What’s more, travelers looking to hit the runways of Cancun in style can opt to pay out 80,000 air miles for a first class ticket instead, enjoying all the ubiquitous luxuries before they hit the ground.
If you’re curious just how it is that we can say with confidence that Delta Air Lines are the cheapest direct option overall, or that Thursday returns are the most wallet-friendly, then be sure to head over to our When to Fly and Buy Reports page and enter in the details for the route from Hartford to Cancun. It’ll offer a comprehensive breakdown of all the major stats we’ve quoted on this list, from the amount people searching for flights daily, to monthly peaks and troughs and the average cost of tickets on a particular carrier.
If you’re mindful of those dreaded additional fees that are so often accredited with ruining that bargain flight price, then be sure to check out Hopper’s Airline Fees Calculator before you book your ticket into Cancun. It’ll give you the full lowdown on the various extras and fees associated with your ticket, letting you know how much extra baggage, in-flight meals and a whole host of other additional services will cost you overall.
Unfortunately for passengers looking to soak up the Yucatan sun as soon as possible, direct flights are considerably more expensive on this route, with most passengers (more than 75%) paying in excess of $650 for their seat. Connecting flights offer some hope though, with a number of seats going for as low as $340 in the last four weeks alone. However, we think that any returns in the region of $357 are a real bargain, and far less than the majority of people on the plane out of Hartford will be paying!