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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
Costa Rica is nature’s wonderland, and flight prices just dropped as low as $212 round-trip — including nonstop options. We are seeing good deals on flights from Orlando (MCO), Miami (MIA), Denver (DEN), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Houston (IAH), Boston (BOS), Baltimore (BWI), New Orleans (MSY), San Francisco (SFO), New York Kennedy (JFK) and Chicago (ORD) to San Jose (SJO) and Liberia (LIR). There may be other solid fares from unlisted destinations, so it’s worth plugging in your preferred departure city into Google Flights to see if you can find a deal.
This could be a great chance to check out a wonderful points hotel, the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo (it’s a bit of a trek from San Jose but easier to access if you fly into Liberia). It used to be just 15,000 Hyatt points a night but is now priced at 20,000 points per night after the recent Hyatt Award chart changes.
Flights are in basic economy and prices start at $212 round-trip. Basic economy fares require you to pay extra for seat selection and checked bags (generally $30 each way).
To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.
Airlines: JetBlue, American Airlines, Delta, COPA
Routes: MCO/MIA/FLL/IAH/BOS/BWI/MSY/SFO/JFK/ORD/DEN and likely others to SJO/LIR
Cost: $212+ round-trip
Travel Dates: May and August-October
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Orlando (MCO) to San Jose (SJO) for $212 round-trip nonstop on JetBlue:
Miami (MIA) to San Jose (SJO) for $262 round-trip nonstop in American Airlines basic economy ($323 in Main Cabin):
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to San Jose (SJO) for $262 round-trip nonstop on JetBlue:
Houston (IAH) to San Jose (SJO) for $287 round-trip in American Airlines basic economy ($327 in Main Cabin):
Boston (BOS) to San Jose (SJO) for $291 round-trip in Delta basic economy:
Baltimore (BWI) to San Jose (SJO) for $299 round-trip in Delta basic economy:
New Orleans (MSY) to Liberia (LIR) for $300 round-trip on COPA:
San Francisco (SFO) to San Jose (SJO) for $316 round-trip on COPA:
Boston (BOS) to Liberia (LIR) for $346 round-trip in Delta basic economy:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to San Jose (SJO) for $347 round-trip on COPA:
Chicago (ORD) to San Jose (SJO) for $367 round-trip on COPA:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare on plus trip delay insurance), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
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