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Costa Rica’s beautiful beaches, tropical rainforests and miles of hiking trails are calling you. And, thanks to cheap plane tickets from all over the United States, you can get there for much less than usual.
This week, the Thrifty Traveler Flight Deals website emailed its Premium Members about discounted round-trip airfares from U.S. cities to the Costa Rican cities of San José (SJO ) and Liberia (LIR). We’re seeing round-trip fares as low as $ 176 to Costa Rica’s capital, San José, from Miami (MIA).
Most of the cheapest fares fall on travel dates between January and February, although some are also found in March 2022. The lowest fares tend to be with American Airlines, although you can find cheap fares. with JetBlue, Delta, United or Frontier.
Cheaper-than-average fares can also be found from cities across the country including Boston (BOS), Baltimore (BWI), Cleveland (CLE), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Green Bay (GRB), Las Vegas (LAS), Milwaukee (MKE) and Sioux Falls (FSD), among dozens of others. While some routes are non-stop, others require a stop on the way to Costa Rica.
While some of these cheap fares are Economy Standard, others are Economy Basic, meaning you’ll have to pay extra for perks like checking a bag and selecting a seat. . Be sure to check your specific fare details when booking. We recommend that you book directly through the airline or through an online travel agent such as Priceline, Expedia or Travelocity.
Keep in mind that while you may feel comfortable traveling right now, the Covid-19 restrictions may change at any time. Currently, Costa Rica allows fully vaccinated Americans to enter without the need for a negative Covid-19 test. You can find the full entry requirements here. Also, keep in mind that when you are ready to return to the United States, you will need a negative Covid-19 test done within one day of departure.
Here are some examples of cheap tickets to Costa Rica that you can book right now.
Costa Rica is full of fantastic hotels. Whether you are looking for a five star stay or just a place to rest your head every night, there is something for everyone. Consider booking one of these hotels in Costa Rica.
Andaz Costa Rica Resort at the Papagayo Peninsula
This property is part of the Hyatt hotel chain, which means you can redeem your World of Hyatt points for a free stay – and that’s a great use of your points. At the hotel, you’ll have stunning views of Culebra Bay, as well as a location just steps from a tropical rainforest. If you want to redeem points for a free stay, it will cost you 20,000 points per night.
The Westin Reserva Conchal, an all-inclusive Gold Resort & Spa
This property made our list of the best all-inclusive resorts where you can use points and miles for a free stay – and for good reason. The resort has a rainforest on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. In addition, there are several swimming pools on the property as well as several restaurants and bars. It is also a member of the Marriott Bonvoy wallet, which means you can redeem between 70,000 and 100,000 Bonvoy points for a free night, depending on the dates of your stay.
Blue River Resort and Hot Springs
At the lower end of the price bracket, consider a stay at the Blue River Resort & Hot Springs. The property is located in the rainforest of Rincon de la Vieja, perfect for the traveler looking for an adventure. The highlight of a stay at this property is the “green” natural mineral hot spring pools, but there’s plenty more around to keep you occupied.
If your idea now is to go to Costa Rica, be sure to book your flight the right way to maximize what you get for your purchase. For example, there are a number of credit cards that offer additional rewards or benefits when you book travel with them.
The American Express Platinum Card® is widely regarded as the best card for booking flights. You will earn 5 points for every dollar spent on flights booked directly with an airline or through Amex Travel when using the Amex Platinum. So if you book the $ 287 roundtrip flight from Nashville to Costa Rica directly with American, you’ll earn 1,435 Amex points, plus points in American’s AAdvantage program.
Alternatively, you can book these flights with a card like the Chase Sapphire Reserve®, which earns 3 points per dollar of travel, including flights, and 5 points total on air travel if you purchase through Chase Ultimate Rewards. Then, when you’re ready to book your hotel, you can use the same card to earn 3 points for hotel and house rental bookings, or 10 points in total when booking through Ultimate Rewards.
And if you’re planning to book with an online travel agency like Priceline, remember to book your flights with a credit card that earns points on all trips, not just trips booked directly with airlines or via an issuer’s reservation portal.
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