Quiet Beaches and Vibrant Nightlife: Get to Los Cabos With Miles

Quiet Beaches and Vibrant Nightlife: Get to Los Cabos With Miles

Los Cabos, a municipality in Mexico, is sometimes called the End of the Earth because of its location at the tip of the Baja California Peninsula. Its main settlements—the sleepy San Jose Del Cabo and the frenetic Cabo San Lucas—have their own distinctive personalities, offering visitors a wide variety of activities.

The area between the two towns is referred to as the Los Cabos Corridor. It’s become a popular tourist destination in its own right, with a huge choice of beaches and resorts along the shore. The Corridor is a great place to stay, since it offers easy access to everything Los Cabos has to offer.

San Jose Del Cabo is an idyllic Mexican town with cobblestone streets, intimate art galleries, quiet restaurants and numerous boutiques. Colorful buildings, quaint plazas and old churches echo the town’s colonial past. Visit the Mission San Jose del Cabo, walk around the Central Plaza and explore the art district to make your visit complete.

Cabo San Lucas couldn’t be more different. It’s wild and funky, with a vibrant nightlife and plenty of bars, nightclubs and restaurants. It’s much noisier and crowded than San Jose, but it also has its own charms. Stay up all night and party with tourists and locals alike.

A resort in Los Cabos
A resort in Los Cabos

Los Cabos offers a variety of beach activities, from deep sea fishing to snorkeling and whale watching. It also has magnificent hikes and amazing views. If you’re fond of ecotourism, you can find horseback and even camel riding. You might even opt for an expedition to the Fox Canyon or Baja Desert, but be sure to bring an experienced guide.

The area is served by Los Cabos International Airport, the seventh busiest airport in Mexico. There are quite a few options to get to Los Cabos on an award ticket.

American Airlines AAdvantage Miles

American Airlines flies to Los Cabos via Miami, Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles and Phoenix, and seasonally from Chicago.
Before March 22, 2016, when the new rules for the AAdvantage program kick in, round-trip tickets from the U.S. cost:

  • 25,000 to 35,000 miles in economy
  • 60,000 in business
  • 80,000 in first

If you fly after March, business class award tickets will be 5,000 to 10,000 miles less, but first class will jump in cost by at least 20,000 miles. Economy tickets remain the same price. These are the new award ticket prices:

  • 25,000 to 35,000 miles in economy
  • 50,000 to 55,000 in business
  • 100,000 to 105,000 in first

A beach near Cabo San Lucas
A beach near Cabo San Lucas

United MileagePlus Miles

United flies to Los Cabos via Denver, Houston, Los Angeles and Newark, and seasonally from Austin, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Air Canada, a United partner, flies to Los Cabos from Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver.
Round-trip tickets purchased with MileagePlus miles cost:

  • 35,000 miles in economy
  • 60,000 in business
  • 80,000 in first

Delta SkyMiles

The following SkyTeam members fly to Los Cabos:

  • Delta via Atlanta and Salt Lake City, and seasonally from Detroit, Minneapolis, New York, San Diego and Seattle
  • Aeromexico via Mexico City

Round-trip tickets purchased with SkyMiles cost:

  • 35,000 miles in economy
  • 60,000 in business

First class tickets can’t be booked with SkyMiles.

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines flies to Los Cabos from Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose, and seasonally from Portland and Seattle. Alaska Air is a partner with both American and Delta, so you can use AAdvantage and MileagePlus miles to book flights on the airline.

Low-Cost Carriers

The following budget airlines also fly to Los Cabos:

  • Frontier via Denver
  • Southwest Airlines via Baltimore, Denver, Houston and Orange County, and seasonally from Austin
  • Spirit Airlines via Dallas, Houston and San Diego
  • Sun Country Airlines via Minneapolis

The price of award flights on these airlines are based on the current market value of the ticket, making it difficult to predict their cost.