SkyTeam members Aeromexico and ITA Airways team up to bring you an outstanding business class fare from Madrid to Mexico City. With a stop in Rome (or Guadalajara) you can cross the Atlantic twice in Aeromexico’s business class for just €1,406. Sadly, tickets for this fare are only sold by online travel agencies.
With the end of Black Week, prices have risen to €1,400.
Our availability calendar highlights all possible flight dates at the lowest price for trips up to 28 days. It will forward you to our Skyscanner with your selected flight dates.
This fare does not apply to Aeromexico’s nonstop services between the two cities. You will always have to change planes once per direction, most likely in Rome both ways. Other possible stops include Amsterdam in Europe or Guadalajara and Monterrey and Mexico. While this adds to your travel time, it is also beneficial to your mileage earnings and time spent in a lie-flat seat.
Aeromexico operates its Boeing 787 fleet to Europe. The 787-9 features lie-flat seats in 1-2-1 pattern, while the 787-8 sports 2-2-2 seating. You can find a review of both products here. Short-haul flights within Europe are operated by ITA Airways (to Rome) or KLM (to Amsterdam). If you connect in Mexico, Aeromexico handles domestic flights.
Search & Book
This fare is valid without an expiration date or travel period. You need to spend one night from Saturday to Sunday to get the lowest fare. You can find availabilities in between April and September 2024, with a blockout in June.
Google Flights will show you additional flights. The cheapest flights with short layovers are exclusively distributed by online travel agencies. On Aeromexico’s website, you can find flights starting at roughly €1,590 – these often include at least one 6+ hour layover. Even worse, they are very hard to find, as Aeromexico’s search mask does not display business class fares right away, only economy prices. They do not correlate.
While booking via an online travel agency is the best (and only) option in this case, you should be aware of the risks.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airline has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward information like flight changes instead of receiving them directly from the airline. In many cases, you may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem-solving.
This especially applies to premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
Baggage and Other Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are industry standard by now. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
This also applies to other things like food services, insurances or priority treatment. In almost all cases, you pay less for additional amenities when booking on the airlines’ website.
Flights by Aeromexico are booking class I, while flights with ITA Airways are ticketed in D. A roundtrip with a stop in Rome each way earns the following mileage:
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Hotel prices in Mexico City usually start at roughly €20, but prices can easily double if you want to stay at a good location. Whichever category and hotel you opt for, make sure to get the best price! Our recommendation is to search on booking.com, or even on our own Travel-Dealz hotel search:
Information & Tips for Mexico City
3 Tips for Mexico City
Mexico City is not quite as touristic as, for example, the seaside resort city and party destination Cancun. This means that hardly anybody speaks English, but you also don’t have to be afraid of being ripped off because you look like a tourist. My 3 tips for Mexico City:
- Torre Latinoamericana: The office tower – which looks a bit ugly from the outside – offers a fantastic view over the city, especially at dusk. The ticket is valid for several visits over the course of a whole day and costs 110 Pesos (= 4,50€).
- Chapultepec Park: There is a free zoo in Chapultepec Park. Even though admission is free, you can admire a total of 252 different animal species.
- Teotihuacán: A little outside of town are the impressive pyramids of Teotihuacán. I recommend that you get there early, otherwise you’ll have to wait in line for a long time. I came by public bus (not through an organized tour), I found the instructions on how to do that in this blog. I would also recommend checking out the cave restaurant there!
For getting around Mexico City I recommend using Uber. The countless taco stands are also great and extremely cheap. However, make sure that the meat is adequately cooled. Unfortunately, you often see that raw meat is lying somewhere in the blazing sun.
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Information & Tips for Mexico
Mayan pyramids, dreamy beaches and tacos – Mexico is an incredibly diverse country. If you want to experience the Spanish-speaking country to its fullest, you should definitely stay somewhere other than the tourist hotspots and seaside resorts.
The Best Time to Travel
The perfect travel time is from December to April, during this time it hardly rains and the temperatures are pleasant. Unsurprisingly, during the rainy season from May to October there is more rainfall. Beware of some extreme weather phenomenons that might be unknown to Europeans: Hurricane season lasts from June to November! Those who want to travel to typical holiday areas like Cancún and do not want to spend lots of money should travel in the off season. Areas with less touristic relevance such as Mexico City, on the other hand, are relatively constant throughout the year from a price perspective.
Currency, Credit Cards & Tipping
The official currency of the country is the Mexican Peso. 1 EUR equals about MX$19. The acceptance of credit cards is comparable to or even slightly better than Germany. In almost all shops, even small kiosks, it is possible and quite normal to pay by card. The same applies to restaurants. For street vendors, street snack bars and the like, it is advisable to have a few pesos in cash with you. It is unusual to tip taxis or cab drivers. At a restaurant, 10-15 percent are normal, as long as the tip is not already listed on the bill as a line item. When paying by card, you can usually choose how much you want to tip at the card terminal before entering the pin. Housekeeping at a hotel should usually be tipped 20-40 Pesos per day, small favours have a going tip rate of 5 Pesos.
Immigration & Visa Requirements
Most EU citizens do not need a visa to enter Mexico. All you need to do is fill out the tourist card that is handed out onboard the plane. For touristic and business purposes, a visa-free stay of 180 days is possible.
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