I have helped Costa Rica Travelers get discount to Airfare to San Jose and later to Liberia since 1992! Let me and my partners at Cheap Tickets, who have compiled incredible rates with the leading airlines to Costa Rica, know if you want to fly into San Jose (SJO) or Liberia (LIR) and the dates you want to travel they will scan 100’s of sites to find you the best airfare deals on flights to Costa Rica. Our listings bring together the best prices out there to find you the best flights to Costa Rica.
If you are trying to decide whether you should fly into the Liberia Airport or the airport in San Jose, I usually give people this general suggestion. If you are going to go the beaches in the Guanacaste area which would include towns such as Tamarindo, Flamingo or even as far South as Nosara (check out my article on this great surf town) I would suggest flying into Liberia.
If you are going to pretty much anyplace else, I would fly into San Jose. This would include going to Arenal, the Caribbean coast and the towns of Cahuita and Puerto Viejo as well as the popular Central Pacific towns of Jaco Beach and Quepos/ Manuel Antonio.
The only other point I would make about this is if you are planning on taking a domestic flight with a carrier such as Sansa (you can see where the domestic flights can take you on their website ) or the newest domestic carrier Sky (their website ) then you will probably want to fly into San Jose.
Additional tips and advice to find the best price on Airfare to Costa Rica
Know what a cheap price is: You need to be able to recognize a good price, so that you can buy the ticket whenever you see that great airfare rate. If you don’t know that $150 is a good price from say Miami to San Jose, then you’ll never know if the price you see is a worth it or not, and you’ll just be buying without really knowing.. Here are some other ideas to help you find that great rate:
Be flexible with your travel dates: Tickets are usually more expensive during peak travel times and during peak travel seasons. If you can adjust your travel plans to take advantage of “off” times, days, and seasons, or search over a period of time rather than for specific days and times, you’re far more likely to find the best price you can get.
Set price alerts : These are amazing for those who are flexible. They tell you when the price of a flight has gone down allowing you to take full advantage of low fares. Pick either of the Costa Rica International Airports of Liberia (LIR) or San Jose (SJO) and set up an alert – you might get some amazing deals.
Fly Budget Airlines: If you can travel light and don’t really need the amenities that these “full service” airlines offer you can save some big money. Spirit to San Jose sometimes has some really good rates, again, if you travel light
Booking your flights to Costa Rica on certain days: Trying getting flight on Tuesdays, and Thursdays and look at red-eye (or very late flights) which are two quick ways to save money
Avoid school vacation, holidays and special events: If you’re not traveling with children then I suggest flying outside of the school vacation breaks. You will save bucket tons of money. The same hold true for travel during the holiday seasons and special events like independence day etc.