While a flight from Atlanta to Cancun needn't take more than 3 hours by plane, Cancun might as well be worlds away from the Georgian capital. An escape from the fast-paced, big city life of Atlanta to the breezy, festive city of Cancun in southeastern Mexico could be a mere cheap and cheerful jaunt away for Atlantans looking for a beachside break. If you're an A-town resident looking to take the party to Mexico, then follow our six easy tips to ensure you nab the cheapest flights from ATL to CUN. These tips come from Hopper’s acclaimed research team and could save you up to $352 on each round-trip ticket.
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Booking in advance can help save quite a bit on flights between Atlanta and Cancun, but perhaps not as much as you might imagine. The flight prices for the ATL to CUN route stay around the same level between 50 and 20 days in advance of the flight, inclining only slightly 30 days before the departure date but continuing to increase more notably in the 20 days before departure. To be sure of getting a reasonable deal, though, booking your Atlanta to Cancun round trip ticket about a month before departure means you'll certainly avoid any late booking markups.
Get over the hump-day slump by hopping on your Atlanta to Cancun flight on a Wednesday to save a potential $43. Mid-week is the cheapest time to fly, and it's a great time to arrive in Cancun as it allows Atlantans to beat the weekend rush and enjoy a few less crowded days on the beach and some more intimate evenings in one of the beachside city's many fabulous and exotic restaurants.
Wednesday's also the cheapest day to fly back from Cancun to Atlanta, with possible savings of up to $77 if you elect to leave Cancun midweek. Although this choice means Atlantan visitors miss out on a final weekend to round off their trip, keep in mind that Friday to Sunday are the busiest times in Cancun – with the city's accessibility meaning many tourists visit for just the weekend – so skipping some of the peak days might well make for a more relaxing break.
The cheapest day to call your airline or power up your search engine to make a booking for your ATL to CUN flight is a Tuesday. So, free up an hour on this day to get down to the business of booking your flight – or bookmark your favorite flight options on any other day, to revisit and complete the booking process on a Tuesday. While limiting your departure days to save on the cost of your flight might prove too much of an inconvenience for some, simply booking on a Tuesday one satisfyingly easy way to save big on your flight between Atlanta and Cancun.
Although a recent Hopper study demonstrated that Delta is usually among the more expensive domestic airlines, for a direct flight between ATL and CUN Delta proves to be by far the cheapest option on average. One of the most popular deals on Delta's Atlanta to Cancun route comes in at a reasonable $285, which is $114 less than AirTran’s direct flights on the route. AirTran and American Airlines both have cheap indirect flights, although those could cost you in time whatever you've saved financially: a direct flight takes under three hours, while an indirect flight typically has a lengthy layover of up to 11 hours.
Airlines offering direct flights from Atlanta to Cancun:
- Delta makes the journey in 3 hours for $285 round trip, on average.
- Aeromexico makes the journey in 2.5 hours for $782 round trip, on average.
Airlines offering connecting flights from Atlanta to Cancun:
- US Airways makes the journey in 5.5 hours via Charlotte for $247 round trip, on average.
- American makes the journey in 6.5 hours via Miami or Dallas for $287 round trip, on average.
- United makes the journey in 6.5 hours via Houston for $296 round trip, on average.
- Aeromexico makes the journey in 7.5 hours via Mexico City for $365 round trip, on average.
- Spirit makes the journey in 5.5 hours via Atlanta or Fort Lauderdale for $367 round trip, on average.
If you’ve managed to bag yourself a nice collection of frequent flier miles on Delta, then be sure to check out their loyalty deals for flights on their route to Cancun from Atlanta this year. For bookings before January 2015, some passengers will be able to grab a return seat to the party town for just 35,000 miles, flying off peak and economy, while others could seal a space in first class for as little as 60,000. For bookings in the New Year, Delta is set to introduce an all-new redemption program, which should mean more award seats and even half-price one-way ticket options!
Before booking your tickets to Cancun this year be sure to check out Hopper’s tailored flight reports for the route, which source data from more than 5 million individual fare searches across the internet, all made sometime in the last month. This means up-to-date information about seat prices and demand on the route, along with a detailed breakdown of the cheapest departure dates, yearly highs and lows and plenty of more stats to help you keep the price tag down, and your holiday funds up!
Everybody knows that what an airline quotes in the first place and what the passenger pays in the end are two very different things. With added extras like baggage and insurance, taxes and check in fees, fare prices can balloon by massive proportions, taking eager holiday makers by surprise. Cue the Hopper Airline Fee Calculator, which provides a detailed breakdown of the costs involved with each ticket, showing how much extra you’ll have to pay for check in luggage, to have a drink on-board, or simply to select the seat of your choice.
A really great value return flight between ATL and CUN will come in at around $280, but the lowest recorded by the Hopper team is $256 – a rare but fantastic deal, and you might just nab it if you follow our tips and travel during an off-peak month like September or October. Anything at around $380 or above isn't particularly good value on this route. Hold out and shop around for a return flight around the $330 mark to be sure you're getting good value on your Atlanta to Cancun round trip flight.