You can visit Mexico City for $278 round trip this summer, if you’re willing to fly out of Boston. And it truly is a great destination if you have all or most of the following characteristics: adventurousness, frugality, tequilaphilia and healthy lungs.
I have all those traits, especially tequilaphilia. Which is, I admit it, a word that I made up. You need the adventorousness because it’s a complex and challenging city to visit, the frugality will help you enjoy the reasonable prices and the healthy lungs are a necessity if you’re going to cope with the pollution.
As for the tequiliaphilia, you will be delighted to know that in Mexico City you can get really good tequila for a very reasonable price although, sadly, you can no longer bring it back in your carry-on luggage.
So, in that case, you’ll have to drink it there. Allow me to recommend Las Bohemias, a bar at Londres 24 in la Zona Rosa, where I learned that "al fondo" means "bottoms up" and that a very large, friendly Mexican named Antonio was keen on marrying my daughter.
Also, you need somewhere to stay. I recommend Casa Gonzalez. Oh, and a guidebook. I recommend Moon Handbooks’ Mexico City – and do heed the sections on safety and crime but don’t freak out about them. And get a Streetwise map. And go see the pyramids at Teotihuacan and the Museo Nacional de Antropología.
Oh, and how to get there. Continental has fares of $278 round-trip, taxes and fees included, through June, July and August. Availability is mostly limited to Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July but seems to open out in August. Connections are in Newark or Houston.
Can’t say how long this unadvertised sale will last, but here are the airport codes for this one:
Mexico City: MEX