I’m embarking on a new trip this week, this one just for three days to review three new airline products. The trip itself will start in Cancun and I’m reaching out to anyone who has transited in Cancun before due to a dearth of information on the internet.
Since I’m still recovering from my last trip, I want to make this trip as easy possible and avoid unnecessary connections. Thus, I’d prefer to fly nonstop from Los Angeles to Cancun instead of connecting in Houston, Chicago, or Newark. The problem, or at least potential problem, is that United’s one non-stop per day will give me 1hr45min to connect, assuming an on-time arrival.
While that may sound like a lot of time, especially to a seasoned traveler, I am a bit concerned for a few reasons. First, I am assuming that Cancun is like Mexico City, which requires even transit passengers to pass through immigration and customs. Second, I will need to change terminals, from Terminal 3 to Terminal 2. Finally, I am not able to complete online check-in for my connecting flight on a separate ticket.
Those three elements instinctively push me to taking a redeye to Houston and then connecting so that I arrive in Cancun a few hours earlier. But a 3hr redeye to Houston also means I am a zombie the next day, do not get to spend the night with wife, and face the added stress of a missed connection in IAH.
Since I cannot find any other information on the internet besides a Trip Advisor post from 2011, a horrible “official” airport website, and this unofficial guide, I plan to provide a detailed guide whether I end up risking the tight connection or not.
I welcome your thoughts on whether this connection is doable or too risky, especially if you’ve connected in Cancun before.