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Travel to Cancun, Mexico roundtrip for $198+ on American Airlines, Delta, and United from:
- Washington (DCA)
- other cities, check yours
The fares are valid for the next 10 months on select dates including Spring Break. Each airline’s sale fare are from the other airlines’ hubs. Ain’t competition great?
- When are the $198 fares?
- Mileage Earning
- Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket
$198 Roundtrip from USA to Cancun
Sample Dates: March 1 to March 9 on American Airlines from Newark to Cancun
Search on ITA Matrix by calendar of lowest fares for acceptable trip lengths.
Hover over a date with cheap roundtrips.
Select the number of nights you’d like the roundtrip to be.
You cannot book on ITA Matrix. Instead note the dates and search on an airline site or online travel agency.
If you fly American, you’ll earn one American Airlines mile per mile flown, which are worth about 1.8 cents each to me.
If you fly United or Delta, you’ll earn 5 miles per dollar of the base fare (more if you have status), which should be far fewer miles.
Best Way to Buy the Ticket
Your top choice should be the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover the purchase of this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement: a completely free ticket!
Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.
See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like it annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 50,000 point sign up bonus, access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels, and a $450 annual fee.
My second choice would be the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, which offers 3x on all travel and gas purchases and also has no foreign transaction fees. The card comes with 50,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in the first three months.
Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get an additional $500 in free airfare on any airline in the first 12 months plus free airport lounge access worldwide for only a $450 annual fee. Why I got the card.