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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.

You could be experiencing the Pura Vida life on the cheap if you take advantage of this great flight deal. We’re seeing round-trip flights from across the US to Costa Rica starting at just $208 round-trip.

Flights are available from Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Orlando (MCO), Houston (IAH), Dallas (DFW), Baltimore (BWI), Chicago (ORD), Phoenix (PHX), Newark (EWR) and Miami (MIA) to San Jose (SJO) and Liberia (LIR).

Costa Rica is known for its lush rain forests, great surfing and waterfalls galore.

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If you do make it down south, make sure to look into staying at the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, which costs just 15,000 Hyatt points a night  — a steal for such a stellar property. It’s located closer to the Liberia airport but is accessible via short domestic flight from San Jose or via beautiful four-hour drive.

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.

Airlines: JetBlue, American, United, Copa
Cost: $208+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: September – early December 2018, February – March 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier CardChase Sapphire Reserve,  Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Booking Link: PricelineOrbitzExpedia or directly with the airline

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to San Jose (SJO) for $208 round-trip on JetBlue:

Orlando (MCO) to San Jose (SJO) for $268 round-trip on Copa via Priceline:

Miami (MIA) to San Jose (SJO) for $274 round-trip on Copa via Priceline:

Charlotte (CLT) to San Jose (SJO) for $281 round-trip on United:

Dallas (DFW) to San Jose (SJO) for $282 round-trip on United:

Houston (IAH) to San Jose (SJO) for $282 round-trip on American:

Boston (BOS) to San Jose (SJO) for $288 round-trip on Copa:

Baltimore (BWI) to San Jose (SJO) for $289 round-trip on Delta:

Newark (EWR) to Liberia (LIR) for $331 round-trip on United:

Chicago (ORD) to San Jose (SJO) for $332 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), Chase Sapphire ReserveCiti PremierCiti 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: Scott’s Cheap Flights

Featured image by Matteo Colombo via Getty Images.

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