BIG DEAL: $229 RT to Mexico City from Atlanta, Detroit, Seattle and more with United in August

Round out your summer with an affordable jaunt to Mexico’s cool capital

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Hot enough for ya? Of the many reasons to visit Mexico City, one of the least-hyped is the Mexican capital’s temperate summer weather. August average highs in the city are what you’d expect to find at nearly 7,500 feet above sea level—think, for example, Aspen, Colorado, and other high-elevation destinations. There’s a trade-off, because isn’t there always—Mexico City in late summer can be somewhat humid; rains are common. Still, all that moisture just makes the city’s impressive parks even more of a pleasure to visit.

But enough about the weather—we’re here to talk about cheap airfare. Looks as if there are some great fares available in August and September, and on more than one airline—the big sale to watch right now, however, is the one United is running from various Delta cities—think Seattle, Atlanta, Detroit, the Twin Cities, Salt Lake. As of today, round-trip fares are going from around $229 with stops at United’s Houston (IAH) hub.

Right now, departure dates begin around August 18; you can return up until the second week of October. Fares from these cities can easily double; in the run-up to the sale dates, you could pay far more.

Here’s a sample fare for Detroit, for $229, found at Orbitz:

How about this one, from Minneapolis, same price, also from Orbitz:

You get the idea. Note how many tickets are left at these prices—if you’re thinking you’ll be able to go, grab one; Orbitz allows cancellations within 24 hours for those with scheduling conflicts (or, for that matter, buyer’s remorse.)

Fares come and go without notice, availability is often limited. To stay in the loop and to get first crack at the best deals, make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, where you should absolutely let us know if you were able to snag one of these fares.

Need a flight someplace else? Start your search at CheapFlights, or compare multiple sites and save with BookingBuddy. Don’t forget that bundling your flight and hotel together can save you a lot of money; give it a try at either Orbitz or Expedia, also great places to start an airfare search. In need of further travel inspiration, or just short on dough? Skyscanner now keeps a list of flights available for under $100 round-trip, while Orbitz offers a regularly updated list of fares below $200. If you’re just after the best hotel deals, check out Hotels.com or cross-reference thousands of user reviews with the best rates from more than 200 web sites at TripAdvisor. Finally, there’s no need to be daunted by the rental car search—always begin by swinging wide to get a sense of the market. A site like BookingBuddy is a great place to start—you can check multiple sites in one place and sometimes score some pretty great deals from sites you otherwise might never have thought to include in your search.

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