If travelers in the United States are looking for the cheapest flights to Los Cabos, they should do themselves a favor and be looking west.
Specifically, they should have their sights peered on the City of Angels and its worldwide travel hub.
With cheap flights to Los Cabos, it’s not a surprise that much of the international visitor traffic to Los Cabos from the United States comes from California.
In fact, the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles, along with the rest of the state, account for more than a quarter of total travelers to Los Cabos from the United States.
According to a recent survey of airline prices, the Los Angeles International Airport has the lowest price flights to Los Cabos in the entire country.
The survey cited that flights from Los Angeles to Los Cabos are up to 29 percent less than the average fare available across the country.
This could be due to the competition among many airlines at Los Angeles International Airport carrying passengers to the beach resort destination.
Six different airlines fly the non-stop route from Los Angeles to Los Cabos – Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, JetBlue, Spirit Airlines, and United Airlines.
Surprisingly, Southwest Airlines has decided to sit out the intense competition for Los Angeles to Los Cabos flyers.
It is well known among travelers in the western United States that the Los Angeles International Airport typically has some of the best airfares to international destinations. This is the case not only for Mexico but much of Asia as well.
Why Southern Californians Love Cabo
It’s only about 900 air miles from Los Angeles to Los Cabos. So, obviously a lot has to do with location, location, location.
Visitors coming from Los Angeles can be in Los Cabos in about two and a half hours.
For anyone from Southern California, the climate of Los Cabos also has a lot to do with it. It is somewhat familiar to those in SoCal.
Californians also have a long-standing tradition of visiting Baja California, and especially Los Cabos, going back generations.
Towns like Tijuana, Ensenada and Puerto Nuevo in Baja California are as popular as Pasadena, Chula Vista and Ventura to many Southern Californians.
These “weekend” getaways were popular with surfers before becoming more mainstream with travelers looking for a great deal and often a new place to call home in retirement.
Cabo is a little further down the Baja California coastline, but many Californians can still share stories about the time when Los Cabos was just a sleepy Mexican beach town.
How Travelers Can Benefit
Even if a Los Cabos traveler does not live in California, there are still some ways to benefit from the lowest-priced flights originating in Los Angeles.
In some instances, it may be worth taking a “positioning flight” instead of a direct flight to Los Cabos.
This is when a traveler intentionally books a flight to a different airport to take advantage of a lower fare.
In other words, instead of flying direct from Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas (LAS) to Los Cabos on Alaska Airlines, budget travelers might be able to book a separate low-priced flight to Los Angeles and then fly on to Los Cabos at a lower total price of the direct flight from Las Vegas.
The only drawbacks are the travel time, the layover time, and the needed transfer from one airline to another while dealing with rechecking luggage.
The transfer from the domestic terminals at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to the Tom Bradley International Terminal can involve the hassle of walking outside and reclearing security, speaking from personal experience.
It can be a hassle, but it can also save a flyer substantial money. Especially if the flight to Los Angeles is on a discount carrier and the flight from Los Angeles to Los Cabos is on sale.
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