United – $318 – $344: Philadelphia / Dallas / Miami / Phoenix / St. Louis – Central America. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

United is attacking American and US Airways’ fares to Central America. Even Belize, which normally is not included in any sales is part of the attack.

Update 2/27/2015 @ 6:55PM Eastern – fare gone

Destinations that we found availability to:

  • San Jose, Costa Rica [SJO]
  • Liberia, Costa Rica [LIR]
  • Guatemala City, Guatemala [GUA]
  • San Salvaldor, El Salvador [SAL]
  • Belize City, Belize [BZE]
  • San Pedro Sula, Honduras [SAP]
  • Tegucigalpa, Honduras [TGU]
  • Panama City, Panama [PTY]
  • Managua, Nicaragua [MGA]

We found availability from the following hubs:

  • Phoenix [PHX]
  • Dallas [DFW]
  • Miami [MIA]
  • Philadelphia [PHL]
  • St. Louis [STL]

Per Fare Deal Alert, also available from Charlotte [CLT]

Playa Blanca, Guanacaste, Costa Rica - Photo: thejaan via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Playa Blanca, Guanacaste, Costa Rica – Photo: thejaan via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Travel Date:

  • Sample from Philadelphia to Liberia, Costa Rica
  • April 9th – 15th

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel in April with a 5 day stay minimum. Must purchase at least 14 days in advance of departure
  • Please note that while this fare is valid at time of posting, if this post is more than two days old, the fare is likely gone.

How to Search for Availability:

  • Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and use the following search criteria:
    • Departing from: EWR
    • Outbound Advanced Routing Code: ua ua
    • Destination:  LIR
    • Return Advanced Routing Code: ua ua
    • (Click on Advanced Routing Codes link to enable advanced routing code input)
    • (For other departure cities, replace PHL with your city for fares from the airports above)
    • (For other destinations, replace LIR with other destinations from airports above)
    • (For US Airways availability, replace aa+ /f bc=O with us+ /f bc=O on the Advanced Routing Code fields)
    • Select “See calendar of lowest fares”
    • Length of stay “5-12” (This is just a sample, you can use any 7 day date range like 3-10, 7-14 etc)
    • You cannot buy tickets using ITA. To buy, follow our instructions below
  • Beginner’s Guide on How to Use Matrix by ITA Software
  • How to Read Airfare Rules and Use It to Your Advantage

Fare Class:

  • N

Elite Qualifying Dollars:

  • $219


  • PHL – IAH (Houston) – LIR (Liberia) – IAH – PHL


United will be revenue based mileage earning starting March 1st, 2015. Miles will be earn base on elite qualifying dollars multiple by 5 as base level earning and up to 11 for 1K level members. We will be showing the 2015 base mileage earning for all United fares going forward to show how negative the changes are for a majority of United flyers.

  • 2014: 5,602 miles or 5.7 cents per mile.
  • March 1st, 2015: 1,095 miles or a difference of 4,507 miles.

How to Book:

  •  Support us by using our Priceline link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search. Make sure you enter  “United” on the Airline textbox in the Advanced Flight Options section



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