Air Travel, Flight To Oaxaca, Mexico  (OAX)

Before  a flight  check  with TSA    www.TSA.gov      the web site has the latest on security procedures.  Mexico follows the TSA procedures and might include a random inspection of luggage.

Book as
early as possible after shopping on the web for the best price and the best connections. This early shopping  gives you time to  build in to the flight enough time between connections to go through customs and immigration.
Mexico can require
two hours to get through immigration.  Three hours at the Mexico City point of entry on this international flight gives a good cushion. This leaves room for a delayed flight or masses of arrivals trying to get through immigration, customs, and security.
Try to have  flexibility in your travel days. Significant savings can result if you can change your dates to accommodate both the flight out and the return.  Saturday flight are often undersold; business travelers are off and vacationers have reached their destinations.
Oaxaca can be an all day flight from the east coast and involve three planes.  You need to start early. Tuesday, a mid week day can bring a slight savings as can the early flights.

Once you reach Oaxaca's Xoxocotlan Airport  
(OAX) you will find inexpensive shared taxis called colectivos to take you into the city.
Check Mexico's import rules: Two laptops in your luggage could force you to pay duty on one of them; Mexico has a tax on luxury goods,

Christmas is a festive and busy time in Oaxaca, a great time to visit but crowded.  Christmas and Easter are times when many tourists visit Oaxaca City to create an atmosphere of a huge block party.  Hotels could fill  and the coastal beaches could be crowded.   Zipolite,  Oaxaca's normally deserted Pacific coast beach can be crowded on Easter and Christmas Weeks.

Easter,  Christmas, and the November Day of the Dead are vacation weeks in Oaxaca
Passport:
Get the latest info at    www.travel.state.gov       Passport Info:        www.usps.com/passport      
Book your travel in the early part of the day;  If you miss a connection you might still have time to make another flight.
Later  in the day and evening there will be fewer flights and not many options.
Book your flight on
weekdays if possible. Mid week rates are lower, lowest usually on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Check Saturday to Saturday flights, an overlooked day for some travelers.  
Get through security quickly; check the latest TSA regulations.  Mexico follows similar regulations and will randomly inspect luggage
In Oaxaca on arrival they X-ray checked and carry-on luggage looking for taxable items.

Traveling to Oaxaca

Look for Bargain Air Travel with A Web Search but keep in mind that a long layover may mean a hotel in Mexico City. Layover times are important.
A
direct flight via United (Continental) from Houston is available.

All seats in coach are not equal; the back rows will not recline, others are smaller due to the shape of the airliner, and still others are located too close to the lavatory and could subject you to annoying aisle traffic.
Seats at the back row will not recline and on some airplanes the noise level in the back is high.
Seats on the exit row will have more leg room but will
not have below-seat storage for your carry-on.
If you are drinking water to hydrate you might want an aisle seat
Air Travel, Oaxaca: A trip to Oaxaca could include a change of planes in Mexico City.
The remodeled airport  in Mexico City makes the connections better organized but this could add two to three hours to your flight.
The information kiosks will announce the arrival gate of the Oaxaca flight.  
Keep checking, the computer system does not update rapidly enough and the PA system is not effective.  Keep checking.
A recent article advised that it is good policy to  have your name and destination on  the outside and the inside of both your carry-on and your check-in luggage.  
Passengers have lost bags in security when they are taken by another  accidentally in the stressful environment.  
Bags have been lost on the airport shuttles.  
With thorough labeling  and a little luck you could find your lost bag arriving at your hotel during your vacation.
Label Your Luggage
The tips listed here were collected from a few frequent fliers and veteran travelers. They might help you travel more economically and more comfortably on your next trip to Oaxaca.
Airlines have been reporting a 20% delay rate and you must therefore leave ample time to make a connection, at least one and a half to two and a half hours between planes domestically  and three internationally in case the plane is late leaving or arriving.

Connections will be the challenge on a Oaxaca flight; the less expensive flights have long layovers as much as eight hours.  In some cases this makes what should be a one day flight extend to two days.
Oaxaca Taxis
Once you reach Oaxaca's airport (OAX) you will find shared taxis (vans) for an inexpensive ride into the city. They will drop you wherever you want to go
Oaxaca ATM s
Many ATMs are available that dispense the peso at a fair rate of exchange. You can find a swipe type at Banamex, one block east of the northeast corner of the Zocalo, corner of Hidalgo and Lopez
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Oaxaca surfing
Air Travel Flight To Oaxaca, Mexico  (OAX)
Direct flights from Houston are available
Air Travel To Oaxaca, Mexico  (OAX) comes with a few challenges especially the change of planes in Mexico City. Direct Flights from Houston are available on selected days.
Book an Early Flight and save Money:  Hotels near 60 US big city airports offer Two Weeks Free Airport parking after just one nights stay. This can get you to the airport for the reduced-rate early flights and provide parking that would equal or exceed the cost of the hotel  Link Here for hotel photos and reviews
One way to save on Ticket Price is to Book an Early Morning Flight. This can give a reduced price and plenty of time to make the two to three connections a flight to Oaxaca will require.

Save also with mid-week or Saturday to Saturday Flights.

If your flight will  go through Mexico City try to plan a three hour layover to give enough time to pass through security, customs and immigration.
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United, formerly Continental, runs direct flights between Houston and Oaxaca
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