Getting to Oaxaca, Mexico: Take Two

Oaxaca is easy to get to from the USA when you use the gateway city of Houston. There is a direct flight from Houston to Oaxaca daily on Continental (soon to be United)Airlines. This is not a bargain route and you will pay a premium for the more direct routing. Take two flights and you are in Oaxaca.

I am writing this at the recommendation of Chris, one of our photo workshop participants. He doesn’t speak Spanish, missed his Mexico City flight to Oaxaca on AeroMexico because United had published the wrong departure time, and had a hard time communicating his need to get on the next flight when it was overbooked.

Ah, the vagaries of international travel when language is a barrier.

So Chris says, spend the extra money, go through Houston and take two flights instead of three. Spend the extra money and save the wear and tear, and extra travel time.

On his return trip to the US yesterday, all went well, though there were delays in Chicago, where he had his second connection. He got home to Columbus, Ohio after 2 am. his route: Oacaca, Mexico City, Chicago, Columbus.

My route tomorrow will be Oaxaca, Houston, Raleigh-Durham.

In October when I return to Mexico, I’ll fly into Mexico City because once in a while I like to go from there to Puebla first by bus. I’ll spend the night and then take a bus from Puebla to Oaxaca. Very easy, but I. Familiar and can negotiate the language.

For novice tourists to Oaxaca, take Chris’ advice.

What’s been your experience?

4 Responses to Getting to Oaxaca, Mexico: Take Two

  1. check out flights also to Huatulco and Puerto esconsido – beach towns in Oaxaca state – often out of season they are much cheaper. United also flies into Pueblo from Houston and occasionally I have gotten a cheaper flight.

    • Hi, Teri. Thanks for your great travel advice. I’ve never flown into Huatulco since it then requires a 6 hour bus ride over winding mountain roads to get to Oaxaca city. But, it would make a great beach vacation! And the Oaxaca beaches in winter are spectacular. Puebla is one of my favorite cities and I must keep my eyes open for good fares there, too. I usually fly into Mexico City and then take a 2-hour first class bus to Puebla for under $20USD (complete with Wi-Fi). Saludos, Norma

  2. It’s not unusual for luggage to go missing at the Mexico City airport, although it usually shows up in a day or two. So, another vote for the Houston route.

    • Robert, YES, exactly! I’ve had that experience, too. It’s especially true about delayed luggage through Mexico City when travelers choose a bargain fare that involves several different air carriers. On my trip to Oaxaca last March, I took American to JFK, then AeroMexico from JFK to Mexico City and then on to Oaxaca. Bags were delayed 36 hours. On the return, I was routed from Mexico City to Chicago on United and then on to RDU. Bags delayed 64 hours. Sure, they delivered to my home in rural NC, but it only happens with those funky connections in the giant hubs of Chicago and JFK.

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