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Deal Alert: American and Delta to Central America from $273

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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to travel.

In August, there were some great opportunities to fly to Central America on the cheap, including United to Costa Rica for $193, as well as some even cheaper fares to Belize on Delta. If you didn’t take advantage of either of those deals, you have another chance to save now, as there are plenty of low fares available on American and Delta, for travel dates through the fall, winter and spring.

The cheapest flight we found will get you from San Francisco (SFO) to San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL) for $273. There are also flights between Chicago (ORD) and Managua, Nicaragua (MGA) for $306; and Newark (EWR) and San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) for $307 — and these are just a few of the origins and destinations available.

Airline(s): American/Delta
Route(s): EWR, IAH, ORD, SFO and more to Central America
Cost: $273-$330+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September 2015 through July 2016
Elite Mileage Earning: At least 3,099 elite-qualifying miles or 4,180 medallion-qualifying miles
Fare Class: V or O
Booking Link: Orbitz
Pay With: American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

San Francisco (SFO) to San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL) for $273 on Delta (earns 5,610 MQMs):

San Francisco (SFO) to San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL) for $272 on Delta.

Chicago (ORD) to Managua, Nicaragua (MGA) for $306 on Delta (earns 4,180 MQMs):

Chicago (ORD) to Managua, Nicaragua (MGA) for $306 on Delta.

Newark (EWR) to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) for $307 on American (earns 4,479 EQMs):

Newark (EWR) to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) for $307 on American.

Houston (IAH) to Guatemala City, Guatemala (GUA) for $328 on American (earns 3,099 EQMs):

Houston (IAH) to Guatemala City,Guatemala (GUA) for $328 on American.

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

H/T: The Flight Deal

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