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I visited Mexico City for the first time late last year, and loved it. While I had connected at the airport before, that was my first time actually going into the city, and I was blown away. Traffic sucks, but otherwise it’s on par (if not better) than most European capitals. The food scene is also unrivaled, in my opinion — Mexico City easily has the best food I’ve had anywhere, and it was reasonably priced as well (even the city’s top restaurants charged a fraction of what you’d pay in New York or Los Angeles).
Anyway, availability for this deal is limited, but if you’re based in New York and want to visit Mexico City, and have some free time for a weekend in April, Aeromexico has incredible business class fares at the moment. You can fly roundtrip for ~$588, which is a really great deal. Your best bet for searching the fare is Google Flights or ITA Matrix.
You can potentially save even more on the cost of a ticket by booking through Momondo, as they often have lower fares (I’m seeing fares that are about $60 cheaper roundtrip in some cases). However, do be aware that if you need to make changes or in the event of irregular operations this could complicate things, since they link to some obscure OTAs.
Best of all, one of the daily Aeromexico flights between New York and Mexico City (AM408/409) is operated by a Boeing 787. At a minimum that features a flat bed. On specific dates the route alternates between a 787-8 and 787-9 — the 787-8 features fully flat forward facing seats, while the 787-9 features reverse herringbone seats. Either of those is way better than what you’ll find on Aeromexico’s 737s, which has just standard domestic first class seats.
Aeromexico 787-8 business class
The icing on the cake here is that this is a great way to earn Delta SkyMiles, as paid business class travel on Aeromexico that’s credited to SkyMiles earns 200% redeemable miles, 200% MQMs, and MQDs for 40% of the distance flown. So as a non-elite member you’d earn ~8,400 redeemable miles and MQMs, and 1,680 MQDs.
If you do book one of these tickets and have access to US credit cards, make sure you maximize the points you earn. The Platinum Card® from American Express offers 5x points on airfare purchased directly with airlines, which is a great option if you’re booking directly with the airline. Meanwhile the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card offers triple points on airfare purchases, and also offers fantastic travel coverage in the event of irregular operations.
Note that availability for this fare is disappearing pretty quickly, so if you select an itinerary and it reprices, then choose a different flight or date, as it’s still pricing at the $588 cost as of the time of this post.
Anyone plan on doing a quick weekend trip from New York to Mexico City with this fare?
(Tip of the hat to BLazarus22)