Deal alert: US cities to Costa Rica from $230 round-trip

Nov 7, 2021

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Trade in your sweaters for bathing suits this winter. American, Delta, JetBlue, United and Alaska Airlines are offering round-trip flights from major U.S. cities to warm and tropical Costa Rica starting from about $230.

JetBlue, United, and most American airline fares are for main cabin seats, which includes carry-on and seat assignment. Other flights are for basic economy.

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Thanks to our friends at Thrifty Traveler, you can find nonstop round-trip flights to in Liberia (LIR) or San Jose (SJO), Costa Rica starting at just $230 from Miami (MIA), $243 from New York (JFK), and $251 from Los Angeles (LAX) to name a few.

Airlines: American Airlines, United, JetBlue, Delta, Alaska Airlines
Routes: Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), Miami (MIA) and many more cities to Costa Rica.
Cost: Starts at $230 roundtrip
Dates: Dec. 2021-Sept. 2022
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Major departure cities below (and many more) are included in round-trip fare Costa Rica:

  • New York City (JFK)
  • Washington, D.C. (DCA)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Phoenix (PHX)
  • Cleveland (CLE)
  • Seattle (SEA)
  • Montreal (YUL)
  • Miami (MIA)

Related: The Best Times to Visit Costa Rica

The deal below shows a nonstop trip booked on American Airlines from Miami (MIA) to San Jose (SJO) from $230 in April 2022.

(Screenshot Courtesy of Thrifty Traveler)


The JetBlue trip below shows multiple options from JFK to SJO. One-way flights in January for Blue basic start as low as $82, for Blue Seats it’s $107 or 4,600 points and for Blue Extra it’s $132 or 6,400 points.

(Screenshot Courtesy of JetBlue)


The cheapest option we found on Delta from LAX to SJO was on February 7 at $294 for basic economy roundtrip.

(Screenshot Courtesy of Delta)
(Screenshot Courtesy of Delta)

How to Book

Go to the official sites of the major airlines listed above or to Google Flights and click round-trip from a major departure city and airport to either SJO or LIR in Costa Rica. Filter dates to travel in the window of December 2021-September 2022 to look for the best prices. You should be on your way in no time.

Featured image by Kryssia Campos/Getty Images.

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