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Air Canada Adds Tulum Flights from Montreal & Toronto

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Air Canada is following in the footsteps of several U.S. airlines by launching nonstop flights to the newly opened Tulum airport.

Here’s what you need to know!

First Canadian Airline to Launch Tulum Flights

Air Canada is launching service from Montreal (YUL) and Toronto (YYZ) to Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport (TQO). The weekend flights will begin on May 3, 2024.

Tulum, a town along the Yucatán Peninsula popular with tourists for its beaches and Mayan ruins, saw an explosion in tourism around 2020, leading airlines to launch flights to the region.

Before Tulum Airport — which begins receiving international flights next spring — travelers outside of Mexico wishing to visit the area had to drive more than 2 hours from Cancun (CUN).

While Air Canada is the first Canadian airline to begin serving Tulum, several U.S. carriers have already entered the region. American AirlinesDelta Air LinesSpirit Airlines, United Airlines, and, most recently, JetBlue have all recently announced flights to the region.

Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico : Mayan Ruins
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The airline is also starting daily service between Charleston (CHS) and Toronto starting March 28 and will also bolster Austin (AUS) and St. Louis (STL) flights from its hub in Montreal.

Year-round service to Austin (AUS) begins May 2 and will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Daily summer service between Montreal and St. Louis begins May 1.

“These new destinations and routes reflect Air Canada’s market leadership and network diversification strategy of adding capacity to in-demand leisure destinations such as Tulum and fast-growing, key metropolitan areas in the U.S.,” said Mark Galardo, Executive Vice President of Revenue and Network Planning at Air Canada.

How to Book

Flights are now on sale, but if you’re paying cash, expect to fork over a pretty penny for Tulum flights, which start at over $1,100 for a round-trip ticket. Flights to and from Austin, Charleston, and St. Louis are more reasonable and start around $400 round-trip.

If you’re set on visiting Tulum with Air Canada, you should use Aeroplan points, as business class seats start at 43,500 Aeroplan points each way for dates next summer. Economy flights to and from U.S. destinations are as low as 11,000 points.

Hot Tip:

Aeroplan points are among the easiest you can earn. They can be transferred from American Express Membership RewardsBilt RewardsCapital One Miles, and Chase Ultimate Rewards at a 1:1 ratio or from Marriott Bonvoy at a 3:1 ratio. (You’ll also get a 5,000-point bonus for every 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points transferred.)

Final Thoughts

Air Canada has joined a handful of U.S. carriers in launching flights to Tulum, which is fantastic news for Canadian travelers (as well as nearby U.S. passengers) looking for a nonstop route to the region. The airline has also added an exciting route to Charleston, plus increased service to other U.S. cities, so if you’re looking to travel, these routes are a great way to redeem Aeroplan points!

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Victoria holds a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the Howard University School of Communications and is an award-winning journalist, travel reporter, and the founder of the “Travel With Vikkie” newsletter.

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