Sloths, beaches, rain forests, what's not to love about Costa Rica? We're seeing some great fares to Costa Rica from several U.S. and Canadian cities. Fly to the tropics on airlines like American, Alaska, Copa, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, and United, from just $225 roundtrip.

Travel Availability

Rules and restrictions vary by route. Travel dates range between August and June. Most routes only have low fares available for travel through February or early March and a few are for fall travel only.

Peak holiday travel around Christmas and New Year's will have higher fares, but there may be some routes with travel dates over Thanksgiving.

Sale Period

This sale is unadvertised and fares may jump at any moment. Secure your low fare by booking now and taking advantage of the 24-hour risk-free cancellation to think about your plans.

Sample Fares

Please note, Southwest fares are only available on Other carriers regularly match these sale fares, so be sure to compare to find the best deal.

Orlando to San Jose $225 roundtrip

Tampa to San Jose $225 roundtrip

Ft. Lauderdale to San Jose $228 roundtrip, nonstop

Miami to San Jose $260 roundtrip, nonstop

Toronto to San Jose $299 USD/$394 CAD roundtrip

Toronto to Liberia $299 USD/$394 CAD roundtrip

Montreal to San Jose $303 USD/$400 CAD roundtrip

Austin to San Jose $310 roundtrip

Charleston to San Jose $316 roundtrip

Atlanta to San Jose $319 roundtrip

New Orleans to San Jose $321 roundtrip

Boston to San Jose $321 roundtrip

New York to Liberia $322 roundtrip, nonstop

Chicago to San Jose $335 roundtrip

Buffalo to San Jose $335 roundtrip

Las Vegas to San Jose $337 roundtrip

Syracuse to San Jose $355 roundtrip

Providence to San Jose $355 roundtrip

Baltimore to San Jose $356 roundtrip

San Antonio to San Jose $362 roundtrip

Raleigh to San Jose $368 roundtrip

New York to San Jose $372 roundtrip, nonstop

Los Angeles to Liberia $386 roundtrip, nonstop

New Orleans to Liberia $416 roundtrip

San Francisco to San Jose $394 roundtrip

Pittsburgh to San Jose $398 roundtrip

Houston to San Jose $400 roundtrip, nonstop

Houston to Liberia $416 roundtrip, nonstop

There may be more similar fares out there. For more deals to Costa Rica, have a look at all of our fares to San Jose (SJO) and Liberia (LIR).


Baggage rules vary by airline. Southwest includes two free checked bags. Copa includes one free checked bag. Fares are Basic Economy on American, Alaska, Delta, and United. On United, this only includes one small personal item and anything larger must be checked. On American, Alaska, and Delta, Basic Economy includes a carry-on bag plus a small personal item. A checked bag costs $30 each way for both basic and regular economy on American, Alaska, Delta, JetBlue, and United.

Seat Assignments

JetBlue and Copa include advanced seat selection and Alaska may have a limited choice of seats.  Southwest has an open seating policy where you choose your seat as you board the plane. General boarding priority is determined by time of check-in. On other carriers, seats will be assigned at random upon check-in for these prices. You may pay a fee to choose a seat or choose to upgrade to the standard Economy fare.

Alternate Fares

On a few spot checks, it seems to be $50-$60 more roundtrip for an upgrade to a standard Economy fare on American, Alaska, Delta, and United. This type of fare will include a full-size carry-on bag on United. It will also include advanced seat selection and allow for ticket changes (fee applies)/upgrades on all carriers. A checked bag is the same $30 fee each way.

Spirit Airlines is selling cheaper tickets from many cities, but Spirit's Bare Fares only include a small personal item and you may prefer paying a little more to fly on a classic carrier.

Related: A New Look at Basic Economy for Domestic and Short-Haul International Travel

Example Booking

As an example, I found a flight on Delta, departing Buffalo BUF on Friday, October 25, returning from San Jose SJO on Sunday, November 3, for $335 roundtrip.

cheap flight from buffalo to san jose costa rica for $335 roundtrip on Delta

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