8 Tips to Find Cheap Flights from Phoenix to Cancun

Follow these 8 tips from Hopper to find cheap flights from Phoenix to Cancun and you could save up to $574 per round-trip ticket!

Hopper Editors - Oct. 26, 2017

Desert dwellers of Phoenix listen up, because there is respite from those sultry, sandy days ahead, we promise! It comes in the form of Caribbean beaches and five-star resorts, swim-up pool bars and pumping clubs sloshing with rum and punctuated by the sound of clinking cocktail glasses. Of course, we’re talking about Cancun and it may be closer and cheaper than you think, because we’ve been researching everything to do with finding cheap flights from Phoenix to Cancun, so you don’t have to.

Take a look at these great tips for departures out of Phoenix this year, which could help save fliers hundreds of dollars on their jaunt down to the cooling waters of Cancun.

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


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1. The cheapest time to book a flight from Phoenix to Cancun is 30 days in advance, saving up to $325

After looking at more than 1 million separate flight queries from various searches made right across the internet, our experts have discovered that prices on routes out of Phoenix to Cancun increase rapidly within the 30 days before departure. In fact, they soar so much that would-be fliers on the route can save a whopping $325 in total by just getting in early, avoiding the peak fares at around $900! That’s a whole lot more pesos to put towards your hotel.

2. The cheapest time to fly from Phoenix to Cancun is in August, saving up to $100

When summer temperatures in the Valley of the Sun are peaking at over 100 degrees, why not plan a jaunt across the continent to Cancun, where the lapping waters of the Caribbean and papaya-shaded sunbathing decks await en masse. In fact, travelling in August could even save travelers up to $100 on their round-trip flights out of Phoenix Sky Harbor, leaving plenty of money to cool down on arrival with a mojito on the rocks or diving trip through the corals!

3. The cheapest day to fly from Phoenix to Cancun is on a Tuesday, saving up to $52

We discovered that mid-week departures are by far the cheapest option for travelers flying from Phoenix to Cancun, with Tuesday offering the best bargains and a possible saving of up to $52 in total. Wednesday and Thursday are also good choices, and will still allow fliers to avoid the airport arrival waits of package tourists, Saturday-to-Saturday travelers and family holidaymakers that have been known to clog up Cancun on the weekends.

4. Save up to $89 by returning on a Wednesday

If you’re eager not to miss your regular party night in Tempe, or your get-together in the blues bars of Uptown, then why not return to Phoenix before the weekend, arriving back at the Sky Harbor on Wednesday and making a possible saving of up to $89! Not only should that leave you with some extra money for drinks to brag about your holiday over, but it also means a possible savings of up to $140 when put together with a mid-week departure!

5. The cheapest day to buy a flight from Phoenix to Cancun is on a Sunday, saving up to $8

If, for one week only (preferably 30 days before you leave!), you can forget your regular hike through the dusty hills of the Sonoran and get online to grab your bargain trip from Phoenix to Cancun, then you may find you could save up to $8 on the trip overall. That’s because we discovered that, while Sunday still attracts over 3,500 daily searches on the route, it’s definitely the cheapest day to book seats on departures from the Phoenix Sky Harbor to Cancun International.

6. US Airways has the cheapest direct flights from Phoenix to Cancun, but Spirit has the best deals overall

If you’re super eager to hit the beaches and join the Spring Break party at Senor Frog's, then certainly your best option on flights will be about $693 round trip with US Airways, as it is the only airline to make the journey direct. If you don’t mind waiting, or need some extra time to read up on the ruins of Chichen Itza before you visit, then perhaps Spirit’s indirect connection is for you, coming up trumps on the bargain front at just $367 round trip!

Airlines offering direct flights from Phoenix to Cancun:
- US Airways makes the journey in 4.5 hours for $693 round trip, on average.

Airlines offering connecting flights from Phoenix to Cancun:
- Spirit makes the journey in 6.5 hours via Dallas for $366 round trip, on average.
- United makes the journey in 7 hours via Houston for $473 round trip, on average.
- American makes the journey in 7 hours via Dallas for $697 round trip, on average.

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

If you’ve had enough of comparison sites and internet travel portals all promising to put together the best deal for you on flights from Phoenix to Cancun, and want to take a look for yourself at all the factors affecting fare prices and fees, then be sure to head over to Hopper’s When to Fly and Buy Reports page, which provides would-be travelers on the route with a detailed breakdown of more than 1 million found flight prices—complete with the lowdown on the cheapest departure dates, booking times and more.

Check out Hopper's latest when to fly and buy report for flights from Phoenix to Cancun for up-to-date information

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

If you’re wondering how much extra you may have to fork out for additional services in-flight, from that ubiquitous checked in baggage, to the more outlandish in-cabin pet companion or increased leg room, then be sure to head over to Hopper’s Airline Fees Calculator application. It provides a simple visual breakdown of all the additional costs associated with your airfare, helping would-be passengers to decide on the overall cheapest and most suitable carrier for them.

Keep in mind that a cheap flight from Phoenix to Cancun is about $386 round trip

With a good deal on the route from Phoenix to Cancun hovering at around $386 return, it looks like most passengers will be contemplating an indirect connection with Spirit this year. That’s because direct flight prices start at almost double that, with most (more than 50%) passengers on the nonstop US Airways route paying upwards of $700 for their seat! Put simply, any tickets under $386 already mean a saving and are definitely worth the cash!

Distribution of economy round-trip prices quoted for flights with stops from Phoenix to Cancun.Search for flights from Phoenix to Cancun for $386 round trip or less on Hopper, right now

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