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Deal Alert: US Cities to Costa Rica From $268 Round-Trip

June 25 2019
4 min read
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We're seeing widespread availability from several US cities to San Jose, Costa Rica for flights from August through the end of the year. We've written about Costa Rica before – from its lovely beaches to its luxury hotels (including the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, which is a World of Hyatt Category 5 hotel).

First reported by The Flight Deal, most of the fares are booked into basic economy, which means that you'll pay to check a bag or pick your seat. However, there are ways to defeat some of basic economy's restrictions by using a co-branded credit card.

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, Delta, JetBlue, Copa, United
Routes: BOS/JFK/BWI/PHL/ORD/ATL/MIA to SJO
Cost: $268+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: August – December
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Miami (MIA) to San Jose (SJO) for $268 round-trip on American:

Baltimore (BWI) to San Jose (SJO) for $287 round-trip on Delta:

Boston (BOS) to San Jose (SJO) for $299 round-trip on Copa:

Philadelphia (PHL) to San Jose (SJO) for $317 round-trip on United:

Atlanta (ATL) to San Jose (SJO) for $319 round-trip on JetBlue:

New York (JFK) to San Jose (SJO) for $327 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), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American 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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