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Whether you’re looking for time on the beach or a stroll down a seaside boardwalk, Puerto Vallarta could be the perfect getaway. Better yet, with cheap flights to Puerto Vallarta, a much-needed vacation could be closer than you think.

This week, flight deal website Thrifty Traveler alerted its Premium members to cheap flights to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) from gateways all around the US. The cheapest round-trip flights we’re seeing are from Los Angeles (LAX) for just over $200.

Perhaps best of all, many of the cheapest fares we’re seeing fall from late February into March 2022. In other words, if you don’t yet have spring break travel plans, this could be a great opportunity to snag a relatively last-minute getaway to Mexico’s Pacific coast.

Colorful flags line a street in the town of Sayulita in Mexico.

The cheapest flights are with American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Aeromexico and JetBlue Airways and vary depending on where you’re traveling from. While some of the itineraries are nonstop, others require a stop in at least one direction. Plus, keep in mind that some of the cheapest fares are in basic economy, which means you’ll need to pay for extras such as checked luggage and seat selection. Check the fare details of your ticket before purchasing to see what’s included.

Keep in mind that even if you feel comfortable traveling right now, Covid-19 restrictions may change at any moment. At this time, Mexico is open to travelers, and there is no need for a negative PCR test or quarantine on arrival. However, you must register on the Mexico Vuela Seguro Platform and show your QR code upon arrival in Mexico. You can find the full rules here. Remember, too, that you’ll need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test result taken no more than one day before departure in order to return home.

Here are some examples of the cheap Puerto Vallarta flights you can book right now.

Los Angeles (LAX) to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) for $203.91 round trip with American Airlines

Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta for $203.91 round trip

This itinerary is perfect for a quick weekend break to Puerto Vallarta. Fly from Los Angeles on Friday afternoon and return on Monday night with American Airlines nonstop in both directions.

Dallas (DFW) to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) for $203.91 round trip with American Airlines

Dallas to Puerto Vallarta for $203.91 round trip

Another nonstop itinerary, this round-trip flight will take you from Dallas to Puerto Vallarta for just a bit more than $200.

Austin (AUS) to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) for $204.91 round trip with Aeromexico

Austin to Puerto Vallarta for $204.91 round trip

This itinerary is a bargain, but you’ll fly in a mix of both basic economy and standard economy — so be prepared to pay extra for some parts of the experience.

New York (JFK) to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) for $271.91 round trip with JetBlue Airways

New York City to Puerto Vallarta for $271.91 round trip

Fly on JetBlue’s new nonstop flight from JFK to Puerto Vallarta for less than $300 round trip.

Miami (MIA) to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) for $264.11 round trip with Aeromexico

Miami to Puerto Vallarta for $264.11 round trip

Fly with Aeromexico from Miami to Puerto Vallarta for $264 round trip, noting that you’ll have to stop once in each direction of travel.

Fresno (FAT) to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) for $274.61 round trip with United Airlines and Delta Air Lines

Fresno to Puerto Vallarta for $274.61 round trip

This Fresno itinerary requires one stop in each direction and is operated by United and Delta on the outbound and return, respectively. But for only $274 round trip, it’s a great deal.

Philadelphia (PHL) to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) for $261.51 round trip with Delta Air Lines

Philadelphia to Puerto Vallarta for $261.51 round trip

Fly from Philly to PVR for just more than $250 return — the perfect spring break flights for a week away in the sun.

Where to stay in Puerto Vallarta

Once you arrive in Puerto Vallarta, you’ll need to find a place to rest your head. Thankfully, the destination has plenty to offer — especially when it comes to using your points for a free hotel stay.

Here are some hotel options to consider before you head off on your much-needed vacation.

Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

The Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

This all-inclusive property features its own private beach dubbed Las Estacas. Within the property itself, you’ll be able to dine away at 10 onsite restaurants, bars and lounges. While it’s got its own beach, the property also has five infinity pools. As with other Hyatt Ziva properties, this one is family-friendly, making it the perfect spot to bring the kids as well.

The property typically costs 20,000 World of Hyatt points per night — and remember, that includes all your food and drink at this all-inclusive hotel. The quickest way to accrue World of Hyatt points is via the hotel’s credit card, the World of Hyatt Credit Card. Currently, the card comes with a sign-up bonus of up to 60,000 points — you’ll get 30,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first three months plus up to 30,000 additional points by earning double points per dollar spent for the first six months from account opening.

W Punta de Mita

The W Punta de Mita

Located about 40 minutes from the Puerto Vallarta airport you’ll find the W Punta de Mita, a beachfront resort. At the hotel, you’ll find “Chevycheria,” the hotel’s thatch-roof beach bar, the stunning Wet Deck swimming pool and an on-site spa. There are 119 guest rooms at the property, including 13 suites.

The W Punta de Mita is a Category 7 hotel within the Marriott Bonvoy program, meaning you can expect to pay 50,000 points per night on off-peak dates, 60,000 points per night on standard dates or 70,000 points per night on peak dates. With the welcome bonus offer from the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card, you can earn 150,000 Bonvoy points after making $5,000 in purchases within the first three months after opening the account.

Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort

The Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort

This all-inclusive resort features 11 restaurants and bars as well as two pools, its own private beach and a full-service spa. So, not only will you have plenty to keep you busy — and well-fed — at the hotel, but it’s just a short jaunt to all the town of Puerto Vallarta has to offer. You can visit the town’s restaurants, shops, galleries and more within 15 minutes.

The Hilton Honors program no longer publishes an award chart. However, for many of the February and March travel dates for which we’re seeing the lowest airfare, you can expect to spend 80,000 Hilton Honors points per night. Keep in mind this rates includes all of your food and drinks at the all-inclusive resort.

How to book your flights

If your mind is now set on the idea of heading to Puerto Vallarta, make sure you book your flight the right way in order to maximize what you’re getting for your purchase. For instance, there are a number of credit cards that earn extra rewards or perks when you book travel with them.

Widely considered the best card for booking flights is The Platinum Card® from American Express. You’ll earn 5 points for every dollar you spend on flights booked directly with an airline or via Amex Travel when you use the Amex Platinum. So if you book the $261.51 round-trip flight from Philadelphia to Puerto Vallarta directly with Delta Air Lines, you’ll earn 1,307 points from Amex, plus points in Delta’s SkyMiles program.

Alternatively, you could book these flights with a card like the Chase Sapphire Reserve®, which earns 3 points per dollar on travel, including flights, and 5 points total on air travel if you purchase through Chase Ultimate Rewards. Then, when you’re ready to book your hotel, you can use the same card to earn 3 points for hotel and home rental bookings, or 10 points total when booking through Ultimate Rewards.

And if you’re planning to book with an online travel agency like Priceline, remember to book your flights with a credit card that earns points on all travel, not just travel booked directly with airlines or via an issuer’s booking portal.

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