Nonstop Flights: Dallas to/from Cancun $190-$195 / Cozumel $311 r/t – American Basic Economy

[03/28/2018 @ 10:38 PM] Book this fare on: Priceline, BookingBuddyTravelocity, Orbitz, Expedia, CheapTickets, Hotwire.
[06/09/2018 @ 3:15 PM] Still available.
[07/13/2018 @ 1:14 PM] Still available. Added Cozumel to this page.
[08/13/2018 @ 11:28 PM] Old deal. Removing from deal list.

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American Airlines has “Basic Economy” round-trip flights from Dallas (DFW) to Cancun (CUN) for $191-$195 and Cozumel (CZM) for $311, NONSTOP. One-ways are also available for half that. Cancun flights July to December. Cozumel flights in July and August. Weekend departures available. No Christmas/NYE.

Note: Cancun has been in this price range since last year. It’s now common to see it at this price and we will be sending out fewer price notifications for Cancun unless it dips further.

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. If you have an AAdvantage credit-card you can avoid bag fees and get priority boarding.

Note: 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.

  • Cancun – Example Dates: (Priceline / BookingBuddy) Jul 21 – Jul 25 / Aug 04 – Aug 08 / Aug 11 – Aug 16 / Aug 25 – Aug 30 / Sep 01 – Sep 06 / Sep 07 – Sep 12 / Sep 14 – Sep 19 / Sep 21 – Sep 26 / Sep 28 – Oct 03 / Oct 06 – Oct 10 / Oct 13 – Oct 17 / Oct 20 – Oct 24 / Oct 27 – Oct 31 / Nov 03 – Nov 07 / Nov 10 – Nov 14 / Dec 01 – Dec 04 / Dec 07 – Dec 10 / Other dates: There are more dates available than the ones we list here, experiment on your own. Use the “Flexible Dates” tool on Priceline.
  • Cozumel – Example Dates: (Priceline / BookingBuddy) Jul 17  Jul 24 / Jul 20 – Jul 24 / Jul 26 – Aug 02 / Jul 31 – Aug 07 / Aug 03 – Aug 07 / Aug 07 – Aug 14 / Aug 10 – Aug 14 / Other dates: There are more dates available than the ones we list here, experiment on your own. Use the “Flexible Dates” tool on Priceline.

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I was able to pull this fare up on Priceline. Screenshot taken at 2:37 PM on 07/13/18.

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