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

Nov. 07, 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
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.

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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.

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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 Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

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  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
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