Deal alert: Fly from Denver to Costa Rica for less than $400 round-trip this fall and winter

If you live in the Denver area and want to escape the snow this fall and winter, snag a discounted flight to Costa Rica. These round-trip flights normally go for $750, but United Airlines is offering them for just $374.

There is availability in November as well as in January and February of next year. Eight-day trips work best for cheap flights.


Deal basics

Airline: United Airlines

Routes: From Denver to San Jose, Costa Rica

How to book: Browse Google Flights or book directly through United’s website

Travel dates: November 2023, January and February 2024

Book by: As soon as possible

Kudos to Going, formerly known as Scott’s Cheap Flights, for scouting these deals. For $49 a year, the site’s Premium membership offers discounts of up to 90% and comes with a 14-day free trial. The Elite membership also finds premium economy, business-class and first-class deals.

Sample flights

Below are some flight options for travel in January and February 2024. If you want to give yourself ample time to explore Costa Rica, consider traveling from Jan. 14 to Jan. 27. This nearly two-week trip provides plenty of wiggle room to recover from the long flight.

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Unfortunately, the departing flight includes a long layover at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston. It’s not ideal, but for a nearly half-price ticket, it might be worth the savings. If you have kids in tow, here are some ways to keep them entertained while you wait for your next flight.

On the way home, the layover would be a quick and easy stop at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).


These cheap fares apply to basic economy tickets, which include a personal item but no carry-on bag. A checked bag will cost $35 each way.

Maximize your purchase

Use a credit card that earns bonus points on airfare purchases. You can use the United Quest Card to earn 3 United MileagePlus miles on United purchases or the United Club Infinite Card to earn 4 United MileagePlus miles per dollar on United purchases.

Other options include:

Bottom line

Denver residents can snag these nearly half-price flights to Costa Rica for fall and winter travel. Book soon before availability is gone.

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