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Deal alert: Half-price round-trip flights to San José and Liberia, Costa Rica

Jan. 18, 2022
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Editor's Note

This story has been updated

Starting this shortened week with a fresh deal to Costa Rica — which sounds like something I should book myself with the snow outside my window on the East Coast right now.

Flights are available departing from various U.S. cities to both Liberia and San José, Costa Rica, starting as low as $186 round-trip.

(Photo by Matt Champlin via Getty Images)

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 $49 per year. You can also upgrade to their Elite tier for $199 per year and receive all the Premium deals plus premium economy, business, and first class alerts.

(Screenshot courtesy of Scott's Cheap Flights)

Deal #1

Airlines: JetBlue.
Routes: BWI/ATL/DEN/IAH/MIA/MKE/EWR/LGA/SAN/TPA and others to SJO.
How to book: Directly through the airline.
Travel dates: January through April 2022.
Book by: This deal will only last one–two days.

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(Screenshot courtesy of Scott's Cheap Flights)

Sample flights

This deal features flights as low as $186 round-trip to SJO, departing from more than 80 cities, including:

  • From New York City (EWR/JFK), starting at $186.
  • From Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), starting at $194.
  • From Philadelphia (PHL), starting at $200.
  • From Miami (MIA), starting at $222.
  • From Baltimore (BWI), starting at $244.
  • From Las Vegas (LAS), starting at $257.
  • From Los Angeles (LAX), starting at $264.
  • From San Diego (SAN), starting at $268.
  • From San Francisco (SFO), starting at $280.
  • From Nashville (BNA), starting at $290.

To book this deal, head to Google Flights or search flights via JetBlue directly. Note that availability depends on the exact route.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

JetBlue's basic economy class, Blue Basic, does not include a full-sized carry-on. To access the overhead bin, consider upgrading to Blue or checking a bag for $60.

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(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Deal #2

Airlines: United.
Routes: AUS/BWI/CLT/DAY/IND/LAX/JFK/PHL/IAD/DCA and others to LIR.
How to book: Directly through the airline.
Travel dates: January through May 2022; September through December 2022.
Book by: This deal will last one–two days.

(Screenshot courtesy of Scott's Cheap Flights)

Sample flights

This deal features flights as low as $218 round-trip to LIR, departing from approximately 60 cities, including:

  • From Austin (AUS)/Los Angeles (LAX), starting at $218.
  • From Baltimore (BWI), starting at $264.
  • From Indianapolis (IND), starting at $271.
  • From Charlotte (CLT), starting at $293.
  • From San Diego (SAN), starting at $273.
  • From New York City (JFK/LGA)/Philadelphia (PHL), starting at $275.
  • From Nashville (BNA), starting at $281.
  • From Washington, D.C. (DCA/IAD), starting at $239.

To book this deal, head to Google Flights or search flights via United directly. Note that availability depends on the exact route.

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(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

To carry on a bag, consider paying $80 round-trip to upgrade to United's Economy class, but you'll still have to pay $70 to check a bag.

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a card that earns points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x 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 (5x on airfare), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline or via Amex Travel) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel). For this deal specifically, consider using the United Gateway Card for 2x on United purchases or JetBlue Plus Card for 6x on eligible JetBlue purchases. 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 is open to fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. More information on traveling to Costa Rica during COVID-19 is available from the U.S. Embassy.

Act fast because this deal is expected to last just one or two days.

Related: 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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  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
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  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023