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Deal alert: Round-trip flights to Costa Rica starting at $240

April 05, 2022
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Deal alert: Round-trip flights to Costa Rica starting at $240
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If you have been meaning to visit Costa Rica, now is a good time to book. JetBlue is offering round-trip flights from select airports to San Jose (SJO) starting at just $240.

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Teatro Nacional (National Theatre) in downtown San Jose. (Photo by Rolf Schulten/ullstein bild/Getty Images)

Deal basics

Airline: JetBlue
Routes: JFK/FLL/LAX/EWR/PHL/LGA/BWI/JAX/MSY/LGA and others to SJO.
How to book: Directly with JetBlue
Travel dates: June and September — October

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This deal was originally sent out from Scott’s Cheap Flights, which offers alerts for discounted economy flights via its Premium membership, which costs $49 per year. Users can also upgrade to the Elite membership for $199 per year and receive alerts for premium economy, business-class and first-class deals.

Related: The Costa Rica trip of a lifetime

Sample flights

This deal is for flying on JetBlue. To find the best price, I began my search with Google Flights. Select JetBlue in the airline section to narrow down available flights. After that, choose SJO as the destination and plug in the airport you are leaving from. I chose JFK and mid-September dates, and found nonstop flights for $240 in JetBlue's Blue Basic category.

(Screenshot from Google Flights)

There are also flights available from Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to San Jose (SJO) for $262 round trip. Both the departure and arrival are direct flights.

(Screenshot from Google Flights)

JetBlue's Blue Basic is their most economic fare option and that fare class does not include a carry-on or seat selection, nor does it let you make ticket changes. If these travel options are important to you, consider upgrading to JetBlue's Blue fare, which is an additional $80 for this specific round-trip flight.

(Screenshot from Google Flights)

Related: Jetblue's TrueBlue rewards program

Maximize your purchase

Using a card such as The Platinum Card® from American Express will allow you to earn 5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel, on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year, which will allow you to maximize your rewards.

Other notable travel cards with competitive rewards on airfare purchases include the Citi Prestige® Card (5 points per dollar), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve (3 points per dollar), American Express® Gold Card (3 points per dollar) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2 points per dollar).

The information for 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

JetBlue is a favorite among travelers as it offers comfortable seats and complimentary Wi-Fi. Some of the flights featured in this deal are more than 60% off JetBlue's traditional prices.

Costa Rica is a tropical paradise and San Jose is regularly cited for its affordability, scenery, food and nightlife so there is something for every traveler.

Featured image by Many beautiful waterfalls can be found in Costa Rica's jungles. Photo: Elen Turner
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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  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
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Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases
Best starter travel card
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
1XEarn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Intro Offer
    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

    Earn 80,000 ThankYou® points
    60,000 points
  • Annual Fee

    $95
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent, Good

Why We Chose It

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.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases