Deal Alert: Flights to Costa Rica From $224 Round-Trip

Jul 31, 2019

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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 (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year). 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.

From the lush rainforests to white sand beaches — there’s no shortage of beauty or things to do in Costa Rica.

Flights to the Central American country have dropped as low as $224 round-trip starting as soon as September and lasting until March 2020, as first reported by Scott’s Cheap Flights. The winter months are a prime time to visit because it’s dry season.

Arenal volcano Cerro Chato Costa Rica
(Photo by Westend61 / Getty Images)

All of these low fares are in each airline’s version of basic economy, so you’ll have to pay additional fees to check a bag and select seats ahead of time, and may not be eligible for upgrades.

Some of these fares are available as soon as September, but you’ll have to play around with your dates and routes on Google Flights to see what fits your travel dates.

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.

Airline: American, Copa, JetBlue, United, Delta
Routes: TPA/MCO/ATL/CHS/AUS/ORD/LAX/RDU/DAL/SEA/JFK/BOS/BWI/DCA to SJO/LIR
Cost: $224+ round-trip in basic economy 
Travel Dates:
September 2019 – April 2020
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Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Tampa (TPA) to San Jose (SJO) for $224 round-trip on Copa:

Orlando (MCO) to San Jose (SJO) for $282 round-trip on JetBlue:

Atlanta (ATL) to San Jose (SJO) for $319 round-trip on JetBlue: Charleston (CHS) to San Jose (SJO) for $318 round-trip on United:Austin (AUS) to San Jose (SJO) for $334 round-trip on United:

Chicago (ORD) to San Jose (SJO) for $334 round-trip on Copa:


Los Angeles (LAX) to San Jose (SJO) for $346 round-trip on Interjet:

Raleigh (RDU) to San Jose (SJO) for $363 round-trip when booked separately on Delta and JetBlue:

Dallas (DAL) to San Jose (SJO) for $414 round-trip on Delta:

Seattle (SEA) to Liberia (LIR) for $480 round-trip on Delta:

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 ReserveAmerican 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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