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Travel dates vary by destination, but most fares are for travel from fall until early spring.
I don’t know how long this fare will last!
How to Book It
Link: ITA Matrix
Link: Google Flights
You can fly to Liberia, Costa Rica, for a beach vacation from the following cities with a 3-day advance purchase requirement.
- New York
- St. Louis
Note: Flights from Boston, Baltimore, and New York are slightly more expensive. And those fares require you to book at least 21 days prior to departure.
Here’s how to use Google Flights to find sale dates.
I found a round-trip flight between Dallas and Liberia, Costa Rica, in January for just ~$336.
Note: You can cancel a United Airlines reservation within 24 hours of booking and get a full refund.
And if you book a ticket with an online travel agency like Orbitz or Expedia, you may be eligible for a refund within a short time of booking your ticket. Check out my post on cancellation policies for airlines and online travel agencies for more details!
What About Southwest?
Southwest also flies to Costa Rica! I checked the same dates from Dallas to Liberia to compare prices, and Southwest is slightly more expensive.
But keep in mind, on Southwest everyone gets 2 free checked bags! And your designated partner flies for nearly free when you have the Companion Pass.
United Airlines passengers to Costa Rica pay $25 for the 1st checked bag, and $40 for the 2nd. So Southwest is a better deal in this case!
Be sure to compare prices before you book!
What If You’re Not in 1 of These Cities?
Southwest – If you need more Southwest points, Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to Southwest. Plus, if you have the Southwest Companion Pass, a friend can fly with you for (almost) free!
British Airways – If you’re a short flight away from an included city, you can save miles by using British Airways Avios points to book an award flight on American Airlines.
Which Card to Use?
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Get Free Hotel Nights With These Cards
If you book a cheap flight, remember there are lots of ways to get cheap or free hotel rooms with points from credit card bonuses and spending!
Remember, you can transfer flexible points like Chase Ultimate Rewards or American Express Membership Rewards to different hotel programs.
Note: Folks who want to book paid stays could check out discount sites like Orbitz, Expedia, or TravelPony for deals. But remember you won’t get stay credits or points (and might not have your elite status recognized).
And if you’re feeling adventurous or prefer a neighborhood feel, Airbnb is a great way to save money on accommodations, especially for longer stays.
Read my tips on how to negotiate a better price on Airbnb!
Travel dates vary, but most include dates in the from fall to early spring. For most destinations, there’s a 21-day advance purchase requirement.
Cheap fares like this won’t last! This is a terrific opportunity if you’re planning a cheap fall or winter getaway. But check fares on Southwest because they may be a better deal.
Let me know if you book a ticket!