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Cheap Flights From Austin Texas To San Jose Costa Rica

Updated on June 4, 2012

Finding a Cheap Flight From Austin, Texas to San Jose, Costa Rica

Looking for cheap flights from Austin to Costa Rica? When you do a search with the travel search engines such as Travelocity, Expedia or Mobissimo they search for flights where the airlines will make the connections for you. If you look for the cheapest tickets from Austin Texas to San Jose Costa Rica you will likely find your search results come back with Frontier Airlines and Jet Blue as the two lowest airfares from Austin to Costa Rica. There are two problems with their search results. First, they aren't the cheapest airfares available from Austin to Costa Rica and second the flights are crazy, truly crazy. These cheap flights with Frontier and Jet blue are ridiculous if you consider your personal time and the environment. If you choose the Frontier flight from Austin to San Jose Costa Rica, you will first fly from Austin all the way up to Denver, Colorado before changing planes and then flying south again from Denver to San Jose, Costa Rica. On your route south, you may just be able to see your house in Austin after being in the air for 6 hours!

Austin Texas
Austin Texas

If you are wanting to start a rant about how stupid that connection is, then I suggest you brace yourself for the cheap Jetblue flight to Costa Rica. You live in Austin Texas and want to go south to Costa Rica, right? Well choose Jet Blue and you can add New York City to your list of cities that you will visit on this trip. That's right, choose Jet Blue and you'll get a trip up to New York City before changing planes and then flying south to Costa Rica. Hmmm, gotta be a better way.

Well maybe it might be worth it if you are willing to overlook all the extra miles you will be flying, just to save a little coin, but as stated the problem is that these flights aren't the cheapest air flights from Austin to San Jose, Costa Rica.

Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Getting a Cheap Flight – It's all about the Airline's Hubs

Both of these airlines have hubs in the wrong places to serve you in Austin. If you lived in Colorado or New York, they would be great choices and you would be getting great prices. It's all about the airlines hubs when you are looking for a cheap flight. In Austin, you are stuck in a situation where you really aren't all that far from Costa Rica as the crow flies, but flying with some of the airlines, you certainly are far from Costa Rica. Whether you are flying to Costa Rica or anywhere else, you need to consider where each airline has it's travel hub. Texas is actually home to two large airline hubs. American Airlines has a hub in Dallas and Continental Airlines has a hub in Houston.  Now you should use a flight search engine like Mobissimo or Travelocity to look for cheap discount flights to Costa Rica out of either Dallas or Houston.

Spirit Airlines Cheap Flights to Costa Rica
Spirit Airlines Cheap Flights to Costa Rica

The Airline With the Cheapest Tickets To Costa Rica from the US

The cheapest flights from the USA to Costa Rica bar none are with Spirit Airlines. They consistently offer $9 one way airfares to many of their Latin American destinations. Unfortunately, they fill up more seats to San Jose, so they don't have Costa Rica on their $9 sale very often, but it does happen. Update: November 29, 2010. For December and January 2010, Spirit's pricing was between $45 and $129 each way. If your travel dates are flexible, you can save some money choosing Spirit Airlines. The $45 flights are $9 less if you are a Free Spirit member. Spirit Airlines main hub is in Detroit, but all of their flights going to Latin American destinations fly out of their Fort Lauderdale hub. Let's remember Spirit Airlines when you are doing your search for a cheap flight from Austin to Costa Rica. They may end up being the cheapest flight option. It isn't likely, because you'll have to get yourself to Fort Lauderdale and Spirit don't fly out of Austin, but their flights are so cheap that it just might be your cheapest flight if my next suggestion to you doesn't pan out. Note: Beginning in May 2011, Spirit will begin flights out of Dallas/Fort Worth Texas.

Aero Mexico Cheap Flights to Costa Rica from Houston
Aero Mexico Cheap Flights to Costa Rica from Houston
San Jose Costa Rica International Airport
San Jose Costa Rica International Airport

Finding a Cheap Flight from Austin Texas to San Jose Costa Rica

Your cheapest option up until May 2011 is most likely going to be out of Houston's – George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Aero Mexico and US Airways are pricing their flights very aggressively out of IAH in Houston. They were offering round-trip flights for between $302 $323 before fee's and taxes. After fee's and taxes, Aero Mexico's round-trip airfare from Houston to Costa Rica works out to $401. Beginning in May 2011, Spirit will be launching flight service between Dallas and Fort Lauderdale, so that will be another option.

One note if you are looking for cheap tickets to Costa Rica you'll see Continental Airlines have some low prices displayed with Travelocity, but take a look at their prices after taxes and fee's, they end up being much higher. For example, Continental were listing a flight for only $318, but after taxes and fees it was $636. That doubles the price of the ticket for crying out loud. The Aero Mexico flight only had $78 in taxes and fees. It's interesting to note from a marketing standpoint, if Aero Mexico lowered that ticket price by two dollars they would have a very appealing $399 return-ticket price after taxes and fees. Getting from Austin to Houston is just under a three hour drive, so that is going to be your cheapest option if you are trying to get to Costa Rica as cheaply as possible. My personal choice would be to simply just get on the Greyhound. A ticket from Austin to Houston is only $27 and takes three hours. If you choose to fly to Houston, bare in mind that Southwest and Jetblue do not fly into the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, they fly into the William P. Hobby Airport, so I would recommend checking which airport your flight will land. The travel cost of a round-trip from Austin to Costa Rica would work out to $455 if you were to book the Aero Mexico flight and traveled by Greyhound to Houston.

If you find flights are more expensive than $500 round-trip, when you are researching this with Travelocity, Mobissimo or another travel search engine, you should consider the option mentioned earlier of Spirit Airlines in Fort Lauderdale.


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