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Deal alert: Round-trip flights to Costa Rica under $250

Jan. 02, 2022
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Costa Rica's scenery, wildlife and overall way of life are legendary. The country’s motto is “Pura Vida,” or “Pure Life,” and it takes pride in the description as "the happiest country in the world." If the chance comes to visit Costa Rica, take it. Now, thanks to JetBlue, the opportunity may be closer than ever. The airline is offering deals from major U.S. cities to San Jose, Costa Rica in the beginning of the year for under $250 round-trip.

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The Westin Reserva Conchal in Costa Rica. (Photo courtesy of Marriott)

The offer was first reported by The Flight Deal which has a premium subscription for $80 per year for access to first, business and premium economy deals. This deal is available from January to March 2022, with the best prices in February.

Deal basics

Airline: JetBlue Airways.
Routes: JFK/BOS/FLL/MCO/MIA to SJO.
How to book: Directly through JetBlue or via Google Flights.
Travel dates: January to March 2022.

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

Sample flights

The deals below are for Blue Basic seats on JetBlue, which include a personal item but no seat selection, carry-on or checked bag (all available for an additional fee).

We found many options for flights from Florida, including fares under $250 round-trip from Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Orlando. One of the cheapest fares is from Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to San Jose (SJO) for $212 round-trip in mid-March.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

From Orlando (MCO), you can fly to San Jose (SJO) for $230 round-trip from the end of January to the beginning of February.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

In the beginning of February, flights are available from Miami (MIA) to San Jose (SJO) for $247 round-trip with one stop in New York (JFK).

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(Screenshot Courtesy of Google Flights)

One of the best fares we found was from New York (JFK) to San Jose (SJO) in February for $170 round-trip. This is less than half of what fare typically cost during that time period.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

If Boston is your home town, travel to San Jose (SJO) with a stop in New York (JFK) for $210 round-trip at the beginning of February. Again, this is half the price of the usual round-trip fare.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Maximize your purchase

Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express for 5x on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), the Citi Prestige® Card for 5x on airfare, the Citi Premier® Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve for 3x on air travel, the American Express® Gold Card for 3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for 2x on travel — which you could redeem for as little as 13,000 points. Frequent JetBlue fliers can use the JetBlue Plus Card for 6x on eligible JetBlue purchases, the JetBlue Card for 3x on eligible JetBlue purchases or the JetBlue Business Card for 6x on eligible JetBlue purchases.

The information for the JetBlue Card, the JetBlue Plus Card, the JetBlue Business Card and 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 a bridge between two continents and the perfect setting for a warm winter break. Take advantage of this affordable getaway from JetBlue before these deals sell out.

Featured image by Getty Images/Westend61
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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  • Earn 5x points on eligible travel, dining, and gas
  • Earn 1x points on all other purchases
  • Redeem your reward points for statement credits, gift cards, merchandise, flights, hotels, and more
  • With $0 Fraud Liability, you won’t be responsible for unauthorized charges
  • Free Online Credit Score and Credit Report summary, terms apply
  • If you are a Covered Borrower under the Military Lending Act, you may get a different offer
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