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American Airlines has “Basic Economy” round-trip flights from Dallas (DFW) to San Jose del Cabo (SJD) for $198-$203, NONSTOP. One-ways are also available for around half-that. Availability is sparse and scattered from July to September. Most departures are on Tuesdays and most returns are on Thursdays, this isn’t the best pairing unless you plan to stay for 2-nights mid-week, or do a 9-night stay.
Note: This is during Hurricane Season. We suggest that you buy insurance directly from an insurer such as Allianz Travel Insurance and select a policy that covers the following line items: “Complete cessation of services:24 hours”, “Destination uninhabitable”, “Travel Delay:Natural Disaster”, “Travel Delay:Severe Storm/Route Closed”. If you buy insurance from the airline, make sure it has these protections, sometimes they will sell a policy at checkout that doesn’t have enough coverage. Read your policy carefully before purchasing.
Note: Cabo dips into this price range often.
Note: “Basic Economy” fares do not include a free carry-on bag. Only a small personal item, like a Jansport City Scout backpack is free. Checked bags cost +$25 each-way. Seats are randomly assigned prior to boarding.
I’m currently using the Jansport Right Pack as my “personal item” when I fly in “basic economy”. Which is slightly more than expensive than the Jansport City Scout because its fabric is Cordura instead of Polyester. Both have the same dimensions which are: 18″ x 13″ x 8.5″. There is half-an-inch of extra depth than what is officially allowed by AA, but it has never been a problem for me. The bag has a large main compartment, which makes it ideal for stuffing as much as you can into the limited amount of space.
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I was able to pull this fare up on Priceline. Screenshot taken at 8:18 PM on 07/14/18.
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- Previous Lowest Price Average: $299
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