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Cancun Vacation Package Vs. Separate Bookings – Which Will Save You The Most? 

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There is more than one way to book a vacation when you’re planning a trip to Cancun, and the price variation can be pretty significant by doing it one way vs. the other.  You can book an entire package that includes accommodations, air transportation, and ground transportation. Alternatively, you can book all of those things separately.  If you’re wondering which will save you the most money for your trip this winter, read on to find out.

Cancun Coastline with resorts in the background and tourists on the beach.

Cancun Accommodation Considerations

One thing to consider when you’re trying to decide the best way to book your Cancun vacation is that when you book a package, your choices for accommodations will be limited to those offered through the booking agent that you’re using.  So if you’re looking for a specific chain or a lower-budget hotel, you may not be able to find it.  Also, if you’re thinking about an Airbnb, either because you’re traveling with a group or you’re hoping to find cheaper accommodations, you won’t be able to book a package deal.   

Tourists Swimming in the Cancun Hotel Zone with a resort in the background.

Where to Find Cancun Packages 

Vacation packages can be booked in a number of different ways.  All of the popular OTAs, which are Online Travel Agents like and Expedia, offer a package booking option, and many airlines offer this option as well.  We compared booking a package through and Southwest Airlines to show you how they provide different results. 

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Cancun Hotel Zone filled with luxury all-inclusive resorts. vs. Southwest Airlines Package Comparison 

For this comparison, we chose a four-star all-inclusive resort, the Royal Solaris, with the Lagoon view room, for the dates of February 10-14, leaving from NYC’s LaGuardia airport at the earliest time available for two people.  For the Southwest search, the price came in at $895.00 per person, with a flight leaving at 6:10 am with a stop in Houston, arriving in Cancun at 5:05 pm, for a total price of $1788.23. 

For the search, the price came in at $754.00 per person with a direct Spirit Airlines flight leaving at 6:00 am with no stops, arriving in Cancun at 12:34 pm, and the returning flight through Frontier, for a total price of $1471.94. 

Sign in front of the Royal Solaris Cancun with a building in the background.

Package Deal Price Difference

The price variation between the two searches represents a difference in price of $316.29.  This is a pretty significant difference, and that $300+ could be used for other things during your vacation.  Not only that, but the Southwest option does not offer a direct flight, while the option does, and it gets you to Cancun much earlier. One thing to consider, however, is the differences in luggage allowances. Southwest has generous bag policies, while Spirit will charge for extra luggage. The two should be compared to best reflect travelers’ needs.

Cancun beach with tourists sitting under umbrellas and looking at the aqua blue water.

Booking Separately Cost

After determining the cost of this vacation by booking a package, we then looked at the price of booking the same hotel, dates, and departing airport individually.  Airlines tickets could be found on Google Flights for as low as $596.00 for direct flights for two travelers, and booking the same hotel through totaled $1254.00.  Combining these totals brings the trip cost to $1850.00, which represents a difference of $378.06 compared to the package deal. 

Cancun beach coastline with resorts lined up along the coast.

Which Is Better?

Cost Comparison Summary

  • Package: $1471.94
  • Southwest Airlines Package: $1788.23
  • Booking Separately: $1850.00

After comparing the different ways to book this specific trip, the package offers the best price for hotels and flights.  The Southwest Airlines vacation package is the next lowest price, but not much lower than booking hotel and flight separately.  So in this scenario, a package deal is the way to go, but where you book the package plays a role in the price too. 

Aerial shot of the Cancun Hotel Zone and all the resorts in the area.

When you’re planning a vacation, you want to be sure to get the best price because it leaves more money for the actual vacation.  Searching multiple options is the way to do this, so be sure to do your research before booking your Cancun vacation. 

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