7 Tips to Find Cheap Flights to Cancun

Follow these 7 tips from Hopper to find cheap flights to Cancun and you could save up to $245 per round-trip ticket!

Hopper Editors - Oct. 26, 2017

Cancun is the perfect Mexico getaway for American citizens, especially those who live on the East Coast. Direct flights from Florida, New Jersey, New York and Georgia, to name a few, fly travelers to this Mexican locale in just a few hours. Plus, they come at a pretty reasonable rate compared to other Mexico destinations. While Canun definitely has the reputation of attracting the Spring Breaker crowd — which more rambunctious visitors always seem to enjoy — it also offers easy access to historic Mayan ruins and mystical Mexican cenotes or sinkholes that lead to underwater caves and tunnels once thought to be sacred. So, whether you're looking for a tequila-filled trip or wanting to literally submerse yourself in the culture, here are seven tips that can find you the cheapest flights and save you up to $245 when booking a trip to Cancun.

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1. The cheapest time to book a flight to Cancun is 15 days in advance, saving up to $130

While some of the best trips to Cancun are built around spontaneity, try and wait at least two weeks out before booking your flight. You can save up to $130 in doing so, and that way you can save the last-minute planning on smaller ventures to Tulum or nearby Cozumel island. The Mayan ruins in Tulum are well worth the wait.

2. The cheapest day to fly to Cancun is on a Tuesday, saving up to $17

If you're planning a week-long trip, it shouldn't matter too much what day of week you decide to go. As such, departing on a Tuesday is your best bet because you can save up to $17. Plus, the Cancun resorts feel a lot less crowded during the workweek than on more popular weekend days.

3. Save up to $38 by returning on a Wednesday

Same goes for returning on a Wednesday. You can save up to $38, and the Tuesday through Wednesday schedule gives you more than a week to soak up the sun. That's plenty of time to visit some of the nearby villages, Mayan ruins and even get in some serious pool time. After all, you want to get in as much time at the all-inclusive, swim-up pool bar as you can.

4. The cheapest day to buy a flight to Cancun is on a Wednesday, saving up to $10

Travelers can save up to $10 on a flight to Cancun by simply booking their ticket on a Wednesday. While not a significant difference, that's at least 10 tacos worth of money you could be saving. So, instead of daydreaming about your next vacay during the workweek, spend that time booking your next venture. Having something to look forward to will help you through the wee hump-day hours.

5. The cheapest time to fly to Cancun is in December, saving up to $50

If the holiday season tends to cause you more stress than joy, book a trip to Cancun instead. Travelers can save up to $50 if booking a flight for December. Bring the whole family for a new twist on old traditions or simply use the time to get away from everything. The cold weather will certainly still be waiting for you when you return to the states.

6. Take a look at Hopper's Airline Fee Calculator to get the real cost of your ticket

No matter where you're flying from or whatever bargain you've managed to bag on the route down south, it's always worth remembering those sneaky extra charges that airlines tag to the end of their fares. Before booking your flights to Cancun this year, be sure to check out Hopper's Airline Fee Calculator, which offers a comprehensive visual breakdown of all the extras you can expect to pay on the various airlines, from check in fees to optional in-flight meals. All the better to keep the pesos in your wallet, for spending after arrival!

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

If you're looking to keep your flight prices to a minimum this year, then be sure to check out Hopper's When to Fly and Buy Reports before you book, which has been designed to give prospective fliers an informative breakdown on flying to a destination. Taking into account millions of searches every day from various outlets across the web, it's able to offer up-to-date stats on when the cheapest seats are available on your route into Cancun, who's selling them and when it's best to buy.

Or see how much you can save from your airport to Cancun:

Albuquerque: Save up to $485 on flights from Albuquerque to Cancun with these 10 tips.
Anchorage: Save up to $210 on flights from Anchorage to Cancun with these 8 tips.
Atlanta: Save up to $352 on flights from Atlanta to Cancun with these 8 tips.
Baltimore: Save up to $93 on flights from Baltimore to Cancun with these 6 tips.
Boston: Save up to $193 on flights from Boston to Cancun with these 8 tips.
Buffalo: Save up to $218 on flights from Buffalo to Cancun with these 6 tips.
Chattanooga: Save up to $100 on flights from Chattanooga to Cancun with these 8 tips.
Chicago: Save up to $417 on flights from Chicago to Cancun with these 10 tips.
Cincinnati: Save up to $150 on flights from Cincinnati to Cancun with these 6 tips.
Cleveland: Save up to $382 on flights from Cleveland to Cancun with these 10 tips.
Columbus: Save up to $400 on flights from Columbus to Cancun with these 10 tips.
Dallas: Save up to $607 on flights from Dallas to Cancun with these 8 tips.
Denver: Save up to $143 on flights from Denver to Cancun with these 8 tips.
Detroit: Save up to $640 on flights from Detroit to Cancun with these 8 tips.
Hartford: Save up to $277 on flights from Hartford to Cancun with these 8 tips.
Houston: Save up to $721 on flights from Houston to Cancun with these 10 tips.
Indianapolis: Save up to $302 on flights from Indianapolis to Cancun with these 8 tips.
Jacksonville: Save up to $330 on flights from Jacksonville to Cancun with these 8 tips.
Knoxville: Save up to $356 on flights from Knoxville to Cancun with these 10 tips.
Las Vegas: Save up to $153 on flights from Las Vegas to Cancun with these 8 tips.
Lexington: Save up to $225 on flights from Lexington to Cancun with these 8 tips.
Little Rock: Save up to $641 on flights from Little Rock to Cancun with these 10 tips.
Los Angeles: Save up to $101 on flights from Los Angeles to Cancun with these 6 tips.
Louisville: Save up to $459 on flights from Louisville to Cancun with these 8 tips.
Memphis: Save up to $559 on flights from Memphis to Cancun with these 10 tips.
Miami: Save up to $380 on flights from Miami to Cancun with these 10 tips.
New York: Save up to $335 on flights from New York to Cancun with these 10 tips.
Oklahoma City: Save up to $559 on flights from Oklahoma City to Cancun with these 10 tips.
Omaha: Save up to $401 on flights from Omaha to Cancun with these 8 tips.
Orlando: Save up to $155 on flights from Orlando to Cancun with these 8 tips.
Philadelphia: Save up to $386 on flights from Philadelphia to Cancun with these 8 tips.
Phoenix: Save up to $574 on flights from Phoenix to Cancun with these 8 tips.
Providence: Save up to $141 on flights from Providence to Cancun with these 6 tips.
Raleigh: Save up to $277 on flights from Raleigh to Cancun with these 10 tips.
Richmond: Save up to $75 on flights from Richmond to Cancun with these 5 tips.
San Antonio: Save up to $195 on flights from San Antonio to Cancun with these 10 tips.
San Diego: Save up to $342 on flights from San Diego to Cancun with these 10 tips.
Seattle: Save up to $232 on flights from Seattle to Cancun with these 10 tips.
Tampa: Save up to $302 on flights from Tampa to Cancun with these 8 tips.
Toronto: Save up to CAD$45 on flights from Toronto to Cancun with these 5 tips.
Vancouver: Save up to CAD$245 on flights from Vancouver to Cancun with these 8 tips.

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