For those who've temporarily tired of the land, lakes and humidity of Dallas, there's a relatively quick, easy – and, if you follow Hopper's tips, cheap – way to escape Dallas for the sunny, breezy and exotic shores of Cancun, Mexico. Cancun, one of the most popular destinations for American tourists, is becoming more and more accessible offering everything from a family friendly, sun soaked vacation to a wild spring break – all at a reasonable price. So if you're a Southern charmer hoping to swap your BBQ ribs for an empanada or your whisky sour for traditional tequila, then follow our tips to find cheap flights to Cancun from Dallas / Fort Worth and you could save up to $607 per ticket.
Even if you're in a rush to nab that Cancun flight for a last-minute romantic beach break, try and book at least three weeks in advance if you want to avoid spending an unnecessary $200 extra. Travelers have some flexibility when it comes to the advance booking of a trip from Dallas to Cancun: between 50 and 20 days before departure, the flight prices don't change much. But around two weeks before departure, prices begin to increase. In the week prior to departure there's a jump of about $190 on the round trip cost between Dallas and Cancun – a hefty increase which could equate to the cost of a night or two in your Cancun hotel.
All of that said, truly spontaneous travelers with some flexibility can take advantage of sudden price tips by using the new Hopper app, Flight Tonight, which lets fliers book their tickets on the day of travel.
If you don't mind departing on this slightly awkward day – it's not-quite-midweek, and vacationing nine-to-fivers will have to decide whether or not to take the Monday off, too – then you can save $49. Worth it? Perhaps, as there are a few noteworthy benefits of leaving on a Tuesday, aside from the fiscal. Cancun is a vacation resort that's constantly buzzing, so you can catch an early-week session if you're in the mood for a party, and the Tuesday departure leaves sightseers with a nice chunk of the week to enjoy, without the weekend crowds.
By returning to Dallas from Cancun just before the weekend, travelers can save a full $72 on flights. Flying back on a Thursday, leisure travelers have the chance to wind down, unpack and enjoy a weekend in Dallas after the fun in the sun of Cancun. By flying out on a cheap Tuesday and returning on a Thursday, travelers can save over $120 – complete the money-saving triad by booking on a Wednesday, saving the extra $7. Every little makes a difference!
Take a break from the pre-Christmas panic and the chilly climate of Dallas in November, for an off-season beach holiday. November is the least popular month on the Dallas to Cancun route, which translates to much cheaper flights for travelers from Dallas – a fantastic excuse to treat yourself to a late fall break! A return flight is around $130 cheaper in November than during the most popular month of June. Instead of leaving one hot climate for another during the summer months, why not opt for a "staycation" and wait until November to go abroad, when temperatures are around 10 degrees higher in Cancun than in Dallas and flight prices are much lower?
For flights to Cancun, there's no cheaper airport in the area to fly out of than Dallas / Fort Worth. Flights on the DAL-CUN route are all at least $100 more expensive. DFW is the largest and best-served airport in the area, so it's easily accessible and has plenty of pleasant pre-flight pit stops.
Spirit airlines – recently named the Best Budget Airline in a Hopper study – is by far the cheapest option for travelers between DFW and Cancun as long as you're not opting for any costly add-ons with the airline. Flights with Spirit are typically a full $56 cheaper than the next best option, which is American Airlines. Spirit also boasts a direct route from Dallas to Cancun, so travelers get rapid, comfort transit on a budget. Just make sure to check out the Hopper Airline Fees calculator to see how much extra Spirit will charge you for checked bags or other amenities.
Airlines offering direct flights from Dallas to Cancun:
- Spirit makes the journey in 3 hours for $313 round trip, on average.
- American makes the journey in 3 hours for $426 round trip, on average.
- Sun Country makes the journey in 3 hours for $426 round trip, on average.
Airlines offering connecting flights from Dallas to Cancun:
- United makes the journey in 9 hours via Houston for $422 round trip, on average.
- Aeromexico makes the journey in 7.5 hours via Mexico City for $429 round trip, on average.
For the full lowdown on bargain flight deals from Dallas to Cancun, updated regularly to mirror trends of all bookings and fares within the next six months, be sure to use Hopper’s When to Fly and Buy Reports. The service continuously collates more than 10 million flight searches a day from right across the internet, allowing prospective fliers detailed information about the cheapest departure dates, the best months to fly, the cheapest airlines on the route and a whole host of other important variables.
Those who need an extra bag to help them carry all their sandals and sun cream down to Cancun, or perhaps some extra leg room in-flight to catch some sleep before the party, would do well to check out Hopper’s Airline Fee Calculator, which provides a detailed breakdown of all the various costs included in a fare. This is especially true if travelers are flying with Spirit, as the airline is infamous for its additional charges.
Be prepared to wait it out if tickets under $400 aren't immediately available for this trip. A fair deal for your DFW to CUN return trip is $374, while a fantastic must-take deal is under $300: The cheapest price for this route, identified by the Hopper data scientists, was a very attractive $278. Savings-savvy fliers will be happy to note that nabbing a cheap trip needn't mean sacrificing convenience, as direct three-hour flights between Dallas / Fort Worth and Cancun are generally cheaper than flights with stops.