Deal alert: Flights to Costa Rica from $225 round-trip
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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.
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Flights to Costa Rica are available starting from $225 round-trip. Note that all of these fares are in basic economy, which means you’ll have to pay extra for checked baggage. However, all of the airlines besides United allow for a free carry-on. Check out our guide to surviving United basic economy.
When it comes to activities in the Central American country, there’s no shortage of things to do — especially for families. Many adventure sports and outdoor activities in Costa Rica aren’t too “extreme,” making them suitable for slightly older kids, tweens and teens.
Related: The best times to visit Costa Rica
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: Copa, JetBlue, Delta, American
Routes: MCO/FLL/MIA/ATL/PHL/JFK/ORD/BOS to SJO
Cost: $225+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: October 2019 – May 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier℠ Card (3x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on travel), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare booked directly with the airline or ) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here’s an example of what you can book:
Orlando (MCO) to San Jose (SJO) for $225 on Copa:
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to San Jose (SJO) for $226 round-trip on JetBlue:
Miami (MIA) to San Jose (SJO) for $229 round-trip on American:
Atlanta (ATL) to San Jose (SJO) for $319 round-trip on JetBlue:
Philadelphia (PHL) to San Jose (SJO) for $323 round-trip on Delta:
New York (JFK) to San Jose (SJO) for $325 round-trip on Copa:
Chicago (ORD) to San Jose (SJO) for $335 round-trip on Copa:
Boston (BOS) to San Jose (SJO) for $343 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), 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 our guide to the best cards for airfare purchases to learn more.
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