Flight To Oaxaca, Mexico, Air Travel to Oaxaca
Before  a flight  check  with TSA    www.TSA.gov      the web site has the latest on security procedures. This can save your medications  cologne, nail files, and Swiss Army Knife. And your bottles of water that they might take at security.

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.  Two to three hours at the point of entry on an 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.
Flights to Oaxaca:  Save Time and Money
Confirm.  confirm a flight with a phone call (or web click) well ahead pf the flight and then again 24 hours before flight time. Check your seat assignment (a double check) and make sure the flight is still scheduled. These days, you most likely speak to a computer or someone out of the country.
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 to Saturday flights can save. This day is 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 Xoxocotaln Airport  
(OAX) you will find inexpensive shared taxis called collectivos 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 one holiday season all the ATM machines ran out of cash. So many tourists flooded the city that although the atmosphere was one of a huge block party, the resources were straining to keep up. The coastal beaches were mobbed as well because a hurricane in Cancun had left people with not too many choices. Even Zipolite, Oaxaca's normally deserted Pacific coast beach, was crowded.
Easter and the November Day of the Dead are other festive 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.  
quickly; check the latest TSA regulations.  Mexico follows similar regulations and will randomly inspect luggage
In Oaxaca they X-ray checked luggage looking for taxable items.
Shopping for a Flight to Oaxaca, Mexico
Look for Bargain Air Travel with A Web Search but keep in mind that the best price may not be the best ride; layover times are important
Book an Early Flight and save Money:  Hotels near 60 US big city airports offer free long-term 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  Links below
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  to Oaxaca comes with a few challenges especially the change of planes in Mexico city. The newly remodeled airport  is finished, however, and the connections are better organized. Still you must keep searching for your gate and watching for the arrival of your plane.  keep checking.
Flights
direct from Houston to Oaxaca are offered by United.  These save you a trip through Mexico City
Passport requirements for travel to the Caribbean, Canada, and Mexico from the US are changing.
A Veteran air traveler  wrote in a recent article that it is a 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 passenger accidentally in the stressful environment and  bags have been lost on the airport shuttles, With this thorough labeling  and a little luck you could find your bag at your hotel when you arrive.
Label Your Luggage
The tips listed here might help you travel more economically and more comfortably on your next trip to Oaxaca.
Airlines have been reporting a 25% 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.

A good practice is to find a suitable flight and then call the airline and see if they have a better deal.
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.

If you establish frequent flier accounts with your usual airlines you can get an assigned seat on airlines that hold back assigning seats.  Getting a seat assignment as far forward will provide a quieter and more comfortable ride and when it comes time to leave the airplane you will be among the first off and have more time to make your connecting flight.
Above all, try to get a seat assignment as early as possible.  Your flight could be a long one and you should get the seat that fits your needs.
When airlines overbook, the people without seat assignments who arrive at the airport or gate late could go on standby. This could give you an unnecessary level of anxiety
United reaches Oaxaca direct from Houston

. One way to save on Ticket Price is to Book an Early 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.
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