Deal Alert: US to Costa Rica From $197 Round-Trip

Oct 17, 2018

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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. 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.

Flights from Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Charlotte (CLT), Chicago (ORD), Houston (IAH), Miami (MIA), New York (LGA/JFK), Newark (EWR), Orlando (MCO) to San Jose (SJO) and Liberia (LIR), Costa Rica are available starting from $197 round-trip on mainline carriers. Most flights include a checked bag, carry-on bag and seat assignment, although American Airlines and Delta operated flights will book into basic economy.

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If you’re looking for something interesting to do while there, check out Get Your Guide’s list of best activities in Costa Rica to maximize your time while on vacation.

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, Orbitz or Expedia.

Airlines: American, COPA, Delta, JetBlue, United
Routes: ATL/BOS/EWR/MIA/MCO/JFK/LGA/ORD/IAH/CLT to SJO/LIR
Cost: $197+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: October 2018 – April 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline),  Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Booking Link: Priceline, Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Miami (MIA) to San Jose (SJO) for $197 round-trip on United:

Boston (BOS) to San Jose (SJO) for $286 round-trip on United:

Houston (IAH) to San Jose (SJO) for $313 round-trip on American:

Charlotte (CLT) to San Jose (SJO) for $315 round-trip on United:

Orlando (MCO) to San Jose (SJO) for $316 round-trip nonstop on JetBlue:

Newark (EWR) to Liberia (LIR) for $331 round-trip on United:

New York (LGA) to San Jose (SJO) for $337 round-trip on Delta:

Chicago (ORD) to San Jose (SJO) for $340 round-trip nonstop on United:

Atlanta (ATL) to San Jose (SJO) for $348 round-trip on JetBlue:

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), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

H/T: Thrifty Traveler Premium

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