Cancun is the 15th most popular destination for Bostonians to visit. Especially in winter months, the warm weather and tropical scenery beckon those that want to escape the snow and ice storms that take over the streets of Boston come January or February. Luckily, in less than five hours, Bostonians can be sipping a piña colada, playing beach volleyball or simply soaking in the rays in one of Mexico's most popular beach spots. Travelers can also find cheap flights from Boston to Cancun — sometimes as low as $355 round trip — with these tips from Hopper. Start packing your sunscreen and sunglasses now!
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Planning always pays. In the case of booking a flight to Cancun, you can save up to $120 by booking at least 14 days in advance. While a last-minute vacay is always appealing, waiting can be just as rewarding. That $120 could pay for a day trip to Tulum, where Mayan ruins stand against a picturesque backdrop of beach and ocean. The town of Tulum is equally impressive with authentic restaurants and shops to explore.
April tends to be one of Cancun's most popular months, as the Mexican destination has been known to attract a Spring Break fiesta or two. As such, travelers can save up to $20 by avoiding a trip to Cancun during the month of April. While saving is a plus, traveling any other month (well, besides March) also means there will be less crowds and less boisterous teenagers for you to deal with on your travels.
Not only will returning from Cancun midweek mean avoiding the bustling crowds in the airport come the weekend, but also a possible saving of up to $20, providing you schedule your arrival back at Logan International for a Wednesday. While the option may go against the grain of Saturday to Saturday hotel changeovers, that shouldn't be too big of a problem during the shoulder-season, when resorts offer bargain deals for midweek stays.
By collating millions of pieces of data from right across the internet, we were able to match demand on the route from Boston to Cancun against search day and overall ticket price. From that, we discovered that an overwhelming amount of would-be fliers are searching for seats on the route during the week, while demand falls by more than a third on Saturday and prices drop up to a $33 in total — a great overall saving just by changing the day you book!
In general non-stop flights from Boston to Cancun are more expensive, with US Airways offering flights for just under $500. If you're looking to save more, however, United Airlines has one-stop flights for as low as $359. Whichever way you decide to get to this Mexican destination, the money you can save from finding an affordable flight can be used towards snorkeling in the coral reefs near Puerto Moreles, located only about 20 minutes from the Cancun airport.
Airlines offering direct flights from Boston to Cancun:
- US Airways makes the journey in 4.5 hours for $495 round trip, on average.
- JetBlue makes the journey in 4.5 hours for $510 round trip, on average.
Airlines offering connecting flights from Boston to Cancun:
- United makes the journey in 6.5 hours via Washington DC for $358 round trip, on average.
- US Airways makes the journey in 6.5 hours via Charlotte for $367 round trip, on average.
- Spirit makes the journey in 7 hours via Myrtle Beach and Fort Lauderdale for $387 round trip, on average.
- Aeromexico makes the journey in 8.5 hours via Mexico City for $498 round trip, on average.
If you're already a fan of United Airlines and have racked up some frequent-flier miles as part of the airline's rewards program, then you could book a flight using your miles. Just 35,000 miles can get you a round-trip flight from Boston to Cancun. A United flight with stops takes about seven hours, which isn't too bad considering you're flying 1,737 miles down the coast. In no time, you will be swimming up to a poolside bar at one of the destination's many all-inclusive resorts.
The most up-to-date money-saving tips can be found on Hopper's When to Fly and Buy Reports, which collects data from about 3,000,000 flight searches for the Boston to Cancun route each month. The report shows both non-stop and multi-stop, round-trip flights for bargain prices, detailing the most affordable dates on specific airlines. Visitors to the site can even create a price alert that will email them when prices for the specific route get cheaper. The report can really help bargain shoppers visualize the best rates for the specific dates they wish to fly.
Unfortunately, airlines continue to find ways to add on last-minute fees, charging for checked luggage and early check-ins. That's why you should remember to look at Hopper's Airline Fees Calculator so that you can see which airline is really offering the cheapest prices. The $25 cost of just one checked bag can cost as much as a high-end meal in Cancun, and if you're taking the whole family, those additional fees really add up.
Throughout your search of flights, keep in mind that a good price for a Boston to Cancun flight is around the $368 mark. While flying out of Logan International Airport will guarantee the best prices, flights from the Providence Airport and Manchester Regional Airport also offer flights to Cancun for under $400.