Nonstop Flights: Dallas to/from Cancun $225 r/t – American

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American Airlines has “Basic Economy” round-trip flights from Dallas (DFW) to Cancun (CUN) for $225, NONSTOP. $114 each-way. Flights October to February. Weekends available. Holiday blackouts apply.

Note: “Basic Economy” seats are assigned at check-in and do not include a free carry-on bag. Only a personal item (like a small-backpack) is free. If you carry an AAdvantage credit-card you can check one bag for free, even in “Basic Economy”.

Note: Flight times vary, depending on the day of the week. In general, midweek flights have better flight times than weekends.

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I was able to pull this fare up on Priceline. Screenshot taken at 6:59 AM on 10/10/17.

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