Deal alert: Round-trip flights to Costa Rica starting at $150

Mar 7, 2022

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If Costa Rica has been calling your name, now is the time to act on that inkling, with round-trip flights departing from across the United States to San Jose starting at $150 from select destinations.

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Deal basics

Costa Rica
(Photo by David W. Thompson/Getty Images)

Airlines: Avianca, Alaska, American, Copa, JetBlue and United.
How to book: Directly through the airline of your choice.
Travel dates: May-June and September-November. Exact dates vary by origin and some routes have additional availability from late August through January 2023, excluding holidays.
Book by: One to two days.

Today’s deal was originally sent out from Scott’s Cheap Flights, which sends deals up to 90% off via its Premium membership, which users can try for free for 14 days and then costs $49 per year. You can also upgrade to the Elite tier for $199 per year and receive all the Premium deals plus premium economy, business-class and first-class alerts.

Now through March 31, use code TPG25 and save 25% off a Premium membership at Scott’s Cheap Flights.

Sample flights

As mentioned, this deal includes fares on multiple airlines in economy class, so start by searching for this deal via Google Flights, as I did to find the below round-trip flight from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in early October for $190 in United Airlines’ basic economy.

flight from Newark to San Jose
(Screenshot from Google Flights)

United’s basic economy does not include a full-size carry-on, so you may want to consider upgrading to economy for one free carry-on, free seat selection and more flexibility.

Read more: Rest and relaxation, rainforest edition: Los Altos Resort in Costa Rica, part of Hyatt

United fare options
(Screenshot from Google Flights)

Because this deal includes fares on multiple airlines in economy class, note that a carrier’s lowest economy class generally does not include a full-size carry-on and policies vary by airline. For example, Avianca charges $90 each way to upgrade to their M fare, which includes a carry-on, a checked bag and seat selection. For United and JetBlue, it costs $30-$40 each way to upgrade to regular economy. Lastly, note that checked baggage fees range from $30-$70.

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a card that earns bonus points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel, on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), Citi Prestige® Card (5 points per dollar on airfare), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve (3 points per dollar on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2 points per dollar on travel). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

The information for the Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bottom line

Costa Rica
(Photo by Carrastock/Getty Images)

Some of the flights in this deal are more than 75% off their normal price, so this is a great deal.

Costa Rica is a “fantastic choice” for travelers, “thanks to its relatively cheap flights and limitless activities,” writes TPG credit cards reporter Stella Shon. “I only wish that I had a few more days to spend here (as a coffee snob, I wish that I had time to take a tour of a coffee farm).” You can read about how Stella used points to travel to Costa Rica here.

There really is something for everyone — from beaches to hikes to adventure activities, Costa Rica has got you covered.

Featured photo of the National Theater of Costa Rica by John Coletti/Getty Images.

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