United – $218: Philadelphia / Dallas / Phoenix / Charlotte / St. Louis / Raleigh / Pittsburgh – Ixtapa / Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

Last week, we posted a bunch of deals to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas from these cities for about $200. Zach from The Points Guy pointed out to us that it is also available to Ixtapa / Zihuatanejo. If you have ever gone to this beach town, you know that tickets are usually very expensive even on sale — starting about $600. So this is a very good discount.

Availability is limited and most require overnight layovers in Houston or Mexico City.

We found availability from:

  • Phoenix [PHX]
  • Dallas [DFW]
  • Philadelphia [PHL]
  • Charlotte [CLT]
  • St. Louis [STL]
  • Raleigh [RDU]
  • Pittsburgh [PIT]
Zihuatanejo, Mexico - Photo: minniemouseaunt via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Zihuatanejo, Mexico – Photo: minniemouseaunt via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Travel Date:

  • Sample from Philadelphia
  • September 17th – 21st

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel on from late August – December 16th. Availability is extremely limited. Must purchase at least 3 days in advance of departure and by June 29th (TODAY)
  • Please note that while this fare is valid at time of posting, if this post is more than two days old, the fare is likely gone.

How to Search for Availability:

  • Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and use the following search criteria:
    • Departing from: PHL
    • Outbound Advanced Routing Code: ua ua vw
    • Destination: ZIH
    • Return Advanced Routing Code: vw ua ua
    • (Click on Advanced Routing Codes link to enable advanced routing code input)
    • (For availability from other cities, replace PHL  with airport code listed above on the Departing from: field)
    • Select “See calendar of lowest fares”
    • Length of stay “3-10” (This is just a sample, you can use any 7 day date range like 3-10, 7-14 etc)
    • You cannot buy tickets using ITA. To buy, follow our instructions below.
  • Beginner’s Guide on How to Use Matrix by ITA Software
  • How to Read Airfare Rules and Use It to Your Advantage

Fare Class:

  • N

Elite Qualifying Dollars:

  • $70


  • PHL – IAH (Houston) – MEX (Mexico City) – ZIH (Ixtapa / Zihuatanejo)  – MEX – IAH – PHL. Flights within Mexico will be operated by Aeromar



  • Miles Flown: 4,582 miles or 4.8 cents per mile

  • Elite Qualifying Miles: 4,174 miles or 5.2 cents per mile
  • Base Redeemable Miles: 350 miles

How to Book:

  • Book on Google Flights with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search.



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Background Information:

  • Visa: US Citizens – not required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Mexican Peso (MXN) – $1USD = 15.63 MXN

Tips for saving when using credit cards at international destinations:

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