Round-trip flights to Costa Rica from $329

With palm trees, sand and clear blue waters, Costa Rica is the perfect tropical retreat any time of year, so book your flights to a slice of paradise for under $400.

These advantageous fares apply to flights to the Costa Rican cities of San Jose and Liberia. They apply to trips taking place from November to December, as well as certain additional availabilities from January to September 2023.

Several airlines are offering these discounted fares, so be sure to get your tickets within the next few days.

Aerial view of Jaco, Costa Rica. JODIJACOBSON/GETTY IMAGES

Basics of the offer

Airlines companies : Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Avianca, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue and United Airlines.
Routes: Austin, Boston, Las Vegas, Nashville, Newark, New York, Philadelphia, Washington and other cities have discounted routes to San Jose and Liberia.
How to book: Find your ideal dates with Google Flights, then book your tickets directly with the airline of your choice.
Travel dates: Generally from November to December, with some additional availability from January to September; dates vary by itinerary and holidays are excluded.
Book before: The next one or two days.

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Examples of flights

This discount flight bundle doesn’t have a ton of routes, but it does include options from plenty of smaller cities like Buffalo, New York and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Here are some highlights:

  • JetBlue: From John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Guanacaste Airport (LIR), from $329.
  • Delta: From Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to LIR, from $343 (includes layover in Atlanta).
  • Delta: Dulles International Airport (IAD) to LIR, from $344 (includes layover in Atlanta).
  • Alaska: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), from $356.
  • Delta: Nashville International Airport (BNA) to SJO, from $386 (includes layover in Atlanta).
  • American: Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD) to SJO, from $389 (includes a layover in Dallas-Fort Worth).

When booking your flights, we recommend searching through Google Flights to determine your best dates. Then, book your tickets on the airline’s website as airlines are more reliable if your flight experiences a cancellation, delay or rebooking.

For a Sept. 17 flight to San Jose from Los Angeles, Google Flights says flying to Alaska priced at $356 is the cheapest option. Delta also offers a flight to San Jose on the same day, but it’s slightly more expensive at $396.

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If you fly back to Los Angeles a week later on September 24, Alaska has a flight out of San Jose at 1:30 a.m. which might be slightly inconvenient, but it keeps the fare at $356.


All fares in this branded flight group apply to the basic economy option only. In this case, the base economy for Alaska is the airline Saver option and does not include seat selection. Passengers traveling on the Saver fare also cannot change their flights and are the last to board. So you may also experience a lack of space in the overhead compartment for your hand luggage if your flight is full.


Despite these restrictions, this price for a trip to San Jose is considered low, according to Google Flights; normally, the cheapest flights to the Costa Rican capital range from $930 to $2,050.


While some airlines’ basic economy fares still allow you to select a seat on the aircraft for an additional fee, Alaska does not allow its Saver customers to select a seat in the main cabin portion of the aircraft.

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At the end of the line

All things considered, a flight to Costa Rica is definitely worth booking now, especially if you’re looking to travel somewhere that has beaches and sunshine.

While basic economy can be restrictive, many of these fares are discounted by almost 50%, so if you’re looking to save on travel, this is definitely a valid option. Just be sure to book these tickets as soon as possible, as fares are likely to change quite frequently – you don’t want to miss a discount.

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