Best time to go: what is the RIGHT price for a round-trip flight to Costa Rica (San José) (from: New York City)

The average price to go to Costa Rica (San José) from New York City airport is $ 529 (round trip). However, there are variations depending on the departure month. Thus, it is possible to pay for your plane ticket on average between $ 381 (in october) and $ 761 (in december), which is a saving of $ 148 or a surplus of $ 232 (compared to the average price) depending on the period you leave.

The analysis of all prices reveals that the most frequent price is between $327 to $381 and it is generally more economical to leave on a tuesday and return on a thursday on a flight with 1 or more layovers.

Be careful, the cheapest months may correspond to unfavorable weather periods . Check out our page best time to go to Costa Rica (San José) before booking your flight.

If you want to know when to book your flight at the best price, go straight to the second part of this page: When to buy your New York City-Costa Rica (San José) plane ticket.

How are these data calculated?

We have studied a sample of 62537 airfare prices from previous years for flights to Costa Rica (San José) from New York City and can thus establish precise and credible price variation trends based on different parameters. Of course, prices can vary from year to year, but the seasonal aspect of this data (recurrence of school holidays, events... from year to year) makes these statistics quite reliable.

Average price depending on the departure month

Data analysis:

By leaving in october, the price of the plane ticket will statistically be the cheapest ($ 381, saving $ 148 compared to the average price over the year which is $ 529). Conversely, december will be the most expensive ($ 761).

Flight New York City-Costa Rica (San José): when is the best time to go for the best price?

Month Good price* Average price Our opinion
January$ 363 $ 486 good price
February$ 367 $ 554 fair price
March$ 387 $ 510 good price
April$ 422 $ 577 fair price
May$ 348 $ 476 good price
June$ 400 $ 537 fair price
July$ 486 $ 592 fair price
August$ 437 $ 538 fair price
September$ 331 $ 388 good price
October$ 302 $ 381 very good price
November$ 384 $ 545 fair price
December$ 511 $ 761 very high price

*great price to buy your plane ticket: if you see this price or cheaper during your flight search, go for it and buy it!

Price breakdown to travel from New York City to Costa Rica (San José)

Data analysis:

The prices for flights from New York City to Costa Rica (San José) range from $218 to $980. 6% of tickets were purchased at the minimum price (from $218 to $273), 1% at the maximum price (from $925 to $980). The majority of plane tickets were purchased in the range of $327 to $381 (13% of tickets).

Cheapest airlines for the New York City->Costa Rica flight

There are 9 companies that serve New York City from Costa Rica (San José) airport: jetBlue, Avianca (scheduled), United, Spirit Airlines, Volaris, Copa, Aeromexico (aerm), volaris costa rica and Air Canada.

Data analysis:

Of the 62537 flights analyzed in previous years, jetBlue was the airline that offered the best fare most often in the flight ticket search results (38% of the time) on the New York City->Costa Rica route.

Direct flight or flight with layover?

Data analysis:

To get the best price for the New York City-Costa Rica (San José) flight, you should take a flight with one or more layovers (you will save an average of $ 192 compared to a direct flight).

Which day of the week to leave?

Data analysis:

Statistically, New York City-Costa Rica (San José) flights departing on a tuesday are cheaper than on other days of the week. By choosing a tuesday as your departure date, you can save an average of $25. On the other hand, departing on a saturday may cost you an additional $46.

Which day of the week to come back?

Data analysis:

Statistically, return flights from Costa Rica (San José) to New York City departing on a thursday are cheaper than on other days of the week. By choosing a thursday for your return date, you will save an average of $42. Conversely, departing from Costa Rica (San José) on a sunday may cost you an additional $51.


Top prices New York City-Costa Rica (San José)

Round tripDatesPrice
New York City → San José09-08 to 13-08-2024$ 251 
New York City → San José01-09 to 14-09-2024$ 255 
New York City → San José06-09 to 20-09-2024$ 228 
New York City → San José13-09 to 20-09-2024$ 251 
New York City → San José14-09 to 21-09-2024$ 255 
New York City → San José03-10 to 07-10-2024$ 220 
New York City → San José05-10 to 11-10-2024$ 217 
New York City → San José07-10 to 13-10-2024$ 220 
New York City → San José13-10 to 27-10-2024$ 217 
New York City → San José18-01 to 24-01-2025$ 217 


When to book your flight New York City - Costa Rica (San José) to get the cheapest price?

Statistically, you will make the biggest savings by buying your plane ticket between 1 to 2 months in advance. However, you may end up paying a high price if you book between 10 to 11 months in advance.

Did you know: the price of plane tickets not only varies depending on how far in advance you book, but also on the day of the week you book! So, to maximize your chances of getting the best price for a New York City-Costa Rica flight, it is recommended to book your ticket on a tuesday.

How far in advance should I buy my flight?

Data analysis:

To get the cheapest flight ticket from New York City to Costa Rica (San José), it is recommended to buy it 1 to 2 months before departure (it is then on average 480 $, which is a saving of 49 $ compared to the overall average price). On the other hand, if you buy your ticket 10 to 11 months in advance, you will pay the full price (182 $ more than the average price).

Depending on the departure month

The best time to buy your New York City to Costa Rica (San José) flight ticket may vary depending on your departure month. Therefore, we offer you statistics on when to book your flight month by month.

Departure on... How far in advance should I book?
January

Best time: 1 to 2 months before departure (average price: 412 $)

Other interesting period(s): 0 to 1 month ($ 477), 5 to 6 months ($ 474), 6 to 7 months ($ 459), 7 to 8 months ($ 463), 8 to 9 months ($ 432)

February

Best time: 5 to 6 months before departure (average price: 425 $)

Other interesting period(s): 1 to 2 months ($ 488), 2 to 3 months ($ 472), 3 to 4 months ($ 499), 4 to 5 months ($ 489), 6 to 7 months ($ 508), 7 to 8 months ($ 473)

March

Best time: 3 to 4 months before departure (average price: 444 $)

Other interesting period(s): 2 to 3 months ($ 456), 4 to 5 months ($ 480), 6 to 7 months ($ 463), 7 to 8 months ($ 500), 8 to 9 months ($ 497), 9 to 10 months ($ 475), 11 to 12 months ($ 488)

April

Best time: 0 to 1 month before departure (average price: 494 $)

Other interesting period(s): 3 to 4 months ($ 539), 4 to 5 months ($ 501), 6 to 7 months ($ 566), 7 to 8 months ($ 553), 8 to 9 months ($ 570), 11 to 12 months ($ 530)

May

Best time: 5 to 6 months before departure (average price: 369 $)

Other interesting period(s): 0 to 1 month ($ 474), 1 to 2 months ($ 471), 4 to 5 months ($ 461), 6 to 7 months ($ 419), 7 to 8 months ($ 449), 8 to 9 months ($ 440)

June

Best time: 0 to 1 month before departure (average price: 395 $)

Other interesting period(s): 1 to 2 months ($ 427), 2 to 3 months ($ 492), 6 to 7 months ($ 510)

July

Best time: 1 to 2 months before departure (average price: 485 $)

Other interesting period(s): 0 to 1 month ($ 502), 2 to 3 months ($ 561), 7 to 8 months ($ 551)

August

Best time: 8 to 9 months before departure (average price: 473 $)

Other interesting period(s): 1 to 2 months ($ 475), 2 to 3 months ($ 491), 7 to 8 months ($ 537), 9 to 10 months ($ 484)

September

Best time: 1 to 2 months before departure (average price: 307 $)

Other interesting period(s): 0 to 1 month ($ 328), 2 to 3 months ($ 333), 3 to 4 months ($ 338), 5 to 6 months ($ 385)

October

Best time: 1 to 2 months before departure (average price: 295 $)

Other interesting period(s): 0 to 1 month ($ 351), 2 to 3 months ($ 307), 3 to 4 months ($ 326), 4 to 5 months ($ 338), 5 to 6 months ($ 376)

November

Best time: 4 to 5 months before departure (average price: 375 $)

Other interesting period(s): 0 to 1 month ($ 477), 1 to 2 months ($ 463), 2 to 3 months ($ 429), 3 to 4 months ($ 432), 5 to 6 months ($ 415), 11 to 12 months ($ 498)

December

Best time: 1 to 2 months before departure (average price: 530 $)

Other interesting period(s): 0 to 1 month ($ 623), 2 to 3 months ($ 596), 3 to 4 months ($ 659), 4 to 5 months ($ 678), 5 to 6 months ($ 666), 6 to 7 months ($ 759), 7 to 8 months ($ 726), 11 to 12 months ($ 737)

What day of the week should I book my flight ticket?

Data analysis:

Statistically, tuesday is the day when plane tickets for New York City->Costa Rica are the cheapest. So, by buying your plane ticket on a tuesday, you will save $3. Conversely, by buying it on a sunday, you may end up paying $7 more.



New York City to Costa Rica (San José): flight price when booking today

Information: this data is not statistics but comes from real prices collected less than 7 days ago. Some months may not be available as we do not have enough data for them.

Month Current price
July 2024$ 539
$325 to $866
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August 2024$ 402
$251 to $711
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September 2024$ 335
$228 to $622
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October 2024$ 342
$217 to $490
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November 2024$ 443
$270 to $767
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December 2024$ 799
$300 to $1453
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January 2025$ 376
$217 to $695
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February 2025$ 740
$288 to $1633
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March 2025$ 521
$287 to $1850
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April 2025$ 699
$290 to $1872
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May 2025$ 382
$289 to $712
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June 2025$ 592
$290 to $933
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Data analysis:

Compared to the average price, july, august, september, october, november, january and may are cheaper to travel to Costa Rica (San José). So it may be interesting to book now to leave during these months!



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