Air Service and Incentives Increase

More airlift to Mexico and sweater deals for travelers

By: Lisa Jennings

In response to market demand, several airlines have announced increased service to Mexico and others are sweetening the pot with frequent-flyer-miles promotions.

ATA in June increased the number of flights from seven to 13 with the addition of round-trip flights six days a week between Chicago-Midway International Airport and Guadalajara, Jalisco. Customers can connect to Guadalajara through Chicago from Seattle and several other Eastern cities. (

Also in June, Continental Airlines launched non-stop daily service from Houston to Toluca, which is about an hour outside Mexico City and will appeal to business travelers in particular. Continental also recently added non-stop daily service to Monclova, Puebla and Oaxaca, and service to Durango in north-central Mexico is also scheduled to begin in July, pending government approval.

Continental has partnered with Aeromexico for reciprocal redemption and accruing of miles, as well as use of Continental’s Presidents Club and Aeromexico’s Salon Premier lounges. (

United Airlines in June began a new Saturday service to Cancun from Denver International Airport, the airline’s hub. The airline also plans to begin service in December to Cozumel, San Jose del Cabo, Puerto Vallarta and Ixtapa from Denver, San Francisco, Chicago and Los Angeles, pending government approval. (

And AmericaWest also in June began offering non-stop service from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta and Los Angeles to Mazatlan. (

Frontier is launching a new non-stop flight to Cancun from Salt Lake City and Kansas City, Mo., this month. And Frontier has already announced plans for expanded service during the winter season: In November, service from Denver to Los Cabos International Airport will increase from three times weekly to daily. The three Denver-to-Mazatlan flights per week will increase to four, with daily service over the Christmas and Spring Break holidays. And the Denver-Puerto Vallarta service will increase from three times per week to five, also with daily service over the holidays. (

Funjet Vacations has also announced it will offer year-round non-stop service twice weekly between Cancun and Austin, Texas. Previously the service was seasonal. (

American Airlines Vacation is offering a 10,000-mile AAdvantage mile bonus for the booking of a Mexico vacation of five nights or more at select hotels and resorts in Cancun or the Riviera Maya, Cozumel, Ixtapa, Los Cabos or Puerto Vallarta. The offer is available for American Airlines Vacations booked through July 31 for travel through Dec. 15. (