It’s never been more affordable to fly to Costa Rica
With the steady drop in fuel prices, in 2016 travelers can reap the benefits with great airfare deals to Costa Rica. On average, roundtrip flights hover just at or below the $500 mark. Market forecasts indicate the price of oil will continue to fall—as much as 15%–so it’s a safe bet that budget carriers such as JetBlue or Copa will drop airfares even lower in the coming months.
Many online travel sites offer excellent package deals, mixing low airfares with pre-selected hotel bookings and car rentals, resulting in a considerable savings for you. KAYAK’s Travel Hacker 2016 Guide has tips for finding good deals. Los Angeles, Houston/Dallas-Ft. Worth and Miami are the primary U.S. gateway cities to and from Costa Rica. As of mid-February, roundtrip airfares from San Francisco were as low as $382, plus taxes on some carriers—and the savings aren’t confined to the budget airlines either.
If you’re more independently minded and you avoid package trips, you can still find good airfares. If you have a favorite airline, set up alerts for sales or low airfares. You can also set up alerts from the online sites you prefer—consider setting up a junk email account because you’ll be flooded with email offers. The Muse shares its tips and tricks for finding low airfares if you’re doing the legwork yourself.
- Airlines tend to launch sales on Monday nights, so investigate fares on Tuesday mornings.
- Try to avoid travel Friday to Sunday. Traveling midweek can save you money.
- Unless it’s a flash sale, avoid booking less than 2 weeks ahead of your intended travel date to avoid premium pricing.
- If you’re a snowbird headed to warmer climes, such as Costa Rica, buy your tickets about 3 months out.
Other resources for finding cheaper tickets include Hopper’s smart phone app and airfarewatchdog.com.
If you have been considering a vacation in the near future, low airfares are good news for you; the less money you spend getting to Costa Rica, the more affordable a vacation rental or resort destination like Los Sueños Resort and Marina becomes. Many vacation homes or condos include daily staff such as a maid, caretaker or even a cook. While you hit the tennis courts, soak up the rays poolside or take a day trip, there’s someone taking care of the quotidian details for you. You can soak up the luxury without guilt because you saved all that money getting to Costa Rica.
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