Get to Costa Rica for $145


If you’ve followed our blog for long you already know that Brad and I both love Costa Rica.  Between us we’ve got four visits to the land of Pura Vida and lots of knowledge on what to do on your trip to Costa Rica.  We’d love to show you how to get to Costa Rica by only spending $145.

La Paz Waterfall Garden

La Paz Waterfall Garden in Costa Rica

How Much Does it Normally Cost to Get to Costa Rica?

This is going to vary greatly depending on where you live.  If you’re based out of Miami, then you’ll probably be paying $400 on average for a trip to Costa Rica.  Living somewhere more remote might cost you more like $800 to fly to Costa Rica.  Thinking about coughing up $1600 for a couple for your flights sounds depressing to me.  It just might deter me from even taking the trip.

It’s a simple solution.  That’s why we recommend you don’t pay $1600, but you still live the Pure Life as the Costa Ricans might say.

How do I Get to Costa Rica for $145?

First you’re going to need to score The Frontier Airlines World MasterCard®. If you’re a couple, then you both need to get the card. For more information about the card you can read an earlier post we did about the Frontier Airlines World Mastercard.

This card is going to offer you 40,000 bonus miles after spending $500 in purchases in the first 90 days. Then an additional 10,000 bonus miles on balance transfers (1 mile per $1 transferred) in the first 90 days. EASY!

Babe at Beach Costa Rica

Babymoon in Costa Rica

If you don’t spend at least $750 per month then I’m not sure if you’re from Mars or Jupiter.  Probably Jupiter because you go there to get more stupider.  While you could be at Mars with more candy bars (cheap trips).  Just put all of your expenses on the card and pay it off in full at the end of each month.  SIMPLE!


A trip to Costa Rica is going to burn 30,000 of your EarlyReturns miles, which leaves you with 5K in the tank. Here is a summary of your costs for the flight to San Jose, Costa Rica:

  • $69 Annual Fee on Credit Card (Not Waived)
  • $46 Taxes
  • $40 Baggage (1 Bag each way)
  • = $145 Total

In the words of the late Chris Farley, “Well La-Dee-Frickin’-Da.”  The couple is going to cost you $290 for an unforgettable babymoon, honeymoon, or retirement trip where you can enjoy the Pure Life.

What Can I do in Costa Rica

Costa Rican Food

Gallo Pinto, Eggs, and Fried Cheese. Delicious!

Follow our Eight Great Days in Costa Rica if you’re a vagabond like me.

Pour some more Salsa Lizano on your Gallo Pinto.  Don’t worry.  This isn’t a naughty phrase…

If you’ve never been to Costa, you need to go so you can figure out what it means.  One of their most famous breakfasts is called Gallo Pinto, and is absolutely delicious, and it contains a signature Costa Rican sauce called Lizano.

Get out of San Jose.  Let’s face it.  You don’t go to Costa for the capital.  They have the airport (actually it’s in Alajuela), but you should really only plan on staying there for the night you arrive and the night before you leave.

Get to Costa Rica

Sunset over Parrita, Costa Rica

Watch the sunset over the ocean.   This photo was taken with my iPhone, and it doesn’t even give justice to the actual moment of watching this sunset on a vacated beach.  Nobody was around to bother my wife and I as we enjoyed our last vacation before our first child arrived.  Costa Rica is a great place to babymoon.  It was at this hotel that I distinctly remember my son kicking me in the back for the first time.  (It definitely wasn’t the last)

Waterfalls Galore–  Costa Rica has some of the most beautiful waterfalls I’ve ever seen.  The best part is that you can swim in most of them as well.  Whether it’s Nauyaca, Bajo del Toro, the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, or La Fortuna, you’ll love them all.

Here’s another summary of 10 Reasons to Visit Costa Rica that might wet your whistle.  Whatever you like about Costa Rica, this is one of the most affordable ways to get there.  Don’t hesitate until the offer is gone.  Apply today and get the Frontier card so you can be on your way to Central America.  Full Disclosure:  We do earn a commission when you apply through our link, and we would appreciate if you would use our link when applying for this card.


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4 Responses to Get to Costa Rica for $145

  1. If there’s a will, there’s a way. 🙂 Thanks for the tips! Costa Rica was definitely one of those place I miss…the food was amazing!!

  2. Justin says:

    We recently took your advice and signed up for the Frontier CC, spend the $569 to make us valid then called in only to find out that in fact…Frontier Airlines has NO SCHEDULED FLIGHTS TO COSTA RICA! Now I don’t blame you by any means…but talk about a downer! It also gave me a brief insight into the business practices of Frontier airlines and their TERRIBLE customer service.

    Just beware to anyone wanting to take advantage of the Frontier Airline deal to get to CR…Don’t do it! Otherwise…GOOD LUCK…because dealing with Frontier Airlines will drive you mad!

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