Travelers will once again be able to claim and use their frequent flyer miles to fly south for sun on Mexican airlines. The U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) announced that it is returning Mexico’s airlines to category one amongst international air carriers. The change gives U.S. airlines the green light to offering code-share flights with Mexican airline partners. Travelers will be able to book entire journeys through U.S. airlines, allowing the carriers to reach more destinations without having to expand service. Mexico’s airlines were dropped to category two in July, preventing code-share agreements with American airline companies. The airline companies were downgraded due to a lack of maintenance and personnel requirements. However, on Dec. 1 Mexican airlines were able to comply with regulations. Delta Airlines will be the first to return to code-sharing flights with its Mexican partners. Delta’s agreement includes departures from nine U.S. airports connecting with Mexican destinations such as Acapulco, Campeche, Merida, Morelia, and Veracruz.
Travelers set to take advantage of code-shares
The new agreement paved the way for travelers to begin booking flights through to Mexico starting Dec. 28 with Delta Airlines. Travelers looking to use or claim frequent flyer miles should make sure to be registered with the correct plans. Up to 434 flights to Mexico are now available, but those looking to book using miles earned are advised to plan in advance as only a limited number of seats are available to frequent flyer miles on each flight.