United: Newark – San Jose, Costa Rica. $289. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

A very good deal to Costa Rica!

[Update 9/17/2012 @ Midnight – available from LaGuardia for $295 and as a nonstop on both directions from Newark for $284.]

Beach in Cahuita, Costa Rica. Photo: Armando Maynez, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Date:

  • October 4th – 8th. Valid for travel until December 14th. Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and flexible month search to see availability. Must purchase at least 3 days advance of departure and by October 30th (this does not mean the fare will be available until then, United can pull this fare at anytime)


  • Orginial Post: EWR – IAH (Houston) – SJO (San Jose, Costa Rica) – EWR
  • New York – LaGuardia: LGA – IAH – SJO – IAH – LGA
  • Newark – nonstop: EWR – SJO – EWR


  • 5,152 miles or 5.6 cents per mile



  • Visa: US Citizens – Not Required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Costa Rican Colon (CRC) $1USD = 492.62 CRC

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