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Save money by booking flights for less than $400 to Costa Rica through November

May 10, 2022
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Although you may be focusing on summer travel planning at the moment, Costa Rica is a perfect getaway in the fall and winter, which makes this deal with flights reaching into November one to book now.

Flights from across the U.S. to San José are available starting at $250 round trip and go up from there, though you won't find a flight in this deal above $400.

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Deal basics

Airlines: Avianca, JetBlue, American Airlines.
Routes: Atlanta/Baltimore/Boston/Cleveland/Denver/Evansville, Indiana/Houston/Miami/New York City/Philadelphia/San Francisco/Wichita, Kansas and others to SJO.
How to book: Directly through the airline.
Travel dates: Sept.-Nov. 2022, exact availability varies by route.
Book by: 1-2 days.

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Sample routes

This deal is unique in that it includes departing flights from nearly 70 U.S. cities, including many smaller Midwestern airports and cities in the South and Northeast (with layovers), along with major airports.

Round-trip flights include those departing from:

  • Miami International Airport (MIA), starting at $186.
  • New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), starting at $253.
  • Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) in New York, starting at $264.
  • Westchester County Airport (HPN) in New York, starting at $267.
  • Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), starting at $274.
  • Washington, D.C.'s Dulles International Airport (IAD), starting at $286.
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO), starting at $298.
  • Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) and Eppley Airfield (OMA) in Omaha, Nebraska, starting at $327.
  • John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana, California, and Tuscon International Airport (TUS) in Arizona, starting at $338.
  • Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) in Kentucky and Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) in Indiana, starting at $370.
  • Tulsa International Airport (TUL) in Oklahoma, starting at $372.

Because this deal is so wide-reaching, it makes sense to begin your search by entering your origin city in Google Flights and playing with dates from there. If you're coming from a place not usually highlighted as having transatlantic flights, such as Peoria, Illinois, for example, this could be a good deal for you.

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

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(Screenshot from Google Flights)

Take this flight the first week of February from General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport (PIA) to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) for $369 round-trip. It's even better than the lower-priced flights from similar cities because it is flying American Airlines' basic economy class, which, unlike most basic economy fare types, includes full-sized checked luggage.

(Screenshot from Google Flights)

If you come across a flight on one of the other included carriers, note that the cheapest fares on Avianca and JetBlue do not include a full-sized carry on, thus restricting passengers who book Avianca's Basic Travel/S fare or JetBlue's Basic Blue to one personal item that fits underneath the seat in front of you.

(Screenshot from Avianca)

To check a bag, consider upgrading to Avianca's More Comfort/M fare for $50 each way. If you want to check a bag on JetBlue and have a Basic Blue or Blue ticket, you can pay $35 to check your first bag.

(Screenshot from Avianca)

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

This deal presents an opportunity to save by booking in advance for a trip later this year. If you want something to look forward to while saving money at the same time, this deal is for you.

Read more: Welcome to the jungle: How I redeemed 100,000 Chase points to book a Costa Rica trip of a lifetime

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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    670-850
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Why We Chose It

It's hard to find a card that competes with the mile-long list of benefits that come with the Amex Business Platinum. While it's certainly not the card for the average consumer, a business owner with tons of expenses -- especially related to travel -- will find this card incredibly valuable. This card is similar to the consumer version that Amex offers, but with more business-oriented perks around statement credits and earning rates that are a better fit for business owners.

Pros

  • An up to $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee every four to five years
  • Up to $400 annual credit for eligible U.S. Dell purchases (enrollment required)
  • Gold status at Marriott and Hilton hotels (enrollment required)
  • Access to the Fine Hotels & Resorts program and Hotel Collection
  • Extended warranty protection
  • International Airline Program and Cruise Privileges Program

Cons

  • Steep annual fee
  • Difficulty meeting $15,000 welcome offer for smaller businesses
  • Limited high-bonus categories outside of travel
  • The Points Guy Exclusive Offer: Earn 150,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Platinum Card® within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com, and 1X points for each dollar you spend on eligible purchases.
  • Earn 1.5X points (that’s an extra half point per dollar) on eligible purchases at US construction material & hardware suppliers, electronic goods retailers and software & cloud system providers, and shipping providers, as well as on purchases of $5,000 or more everywhere else, on up to $2 million of these purchases per calendar year.
  • Unlock over $1,000 in annual statement credits on a curation of business purchases, including select purchases made with Dell Technologies, Indeed, Adobe, and U.S. wireless service providers.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Get up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year for checked baggage fees, lounge day passes, and more at one selected airline.
  • $189 CLEAR® Credit: Use your Card and get up to $189 back per year on your CLEAR® membership. CLEAR® is available at more than 50 U.S. airports and stadiums.
  • The American Express Global Lounge Collection® can provide an escape at the airport. With more than 1,400 airport lounges across 140 countries and counting, you have more lounge location options than any other credit card on the market as of 9/2021.
  • $695 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.