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Delta, United, and American Airlines have round-trip flights from San Antonio and Austin (SAT/AUS) to San José (SJO) for $365-$374 with a connection. Flights April to October. Weekends available. Origin/Destination reversible.
Note: Carry-on bag is allowed for free on Delta and American Airlines. You can avoid paying for seat selection by accepting the randomly assigned seat at the gate.
Note: United “Basic Economy” fares do not include a free carry-on bag. Only a personal item (like a small laptop bag) is free. Seats are randomly assigned for free prior to boarding. If you have the United MileagePlus credit-card, use the “free checked bag” perk.
Note: The personal item size on United flights is smaller (9-in/10-in/17-in) than Frontier or Spirit (8-in/14-in/18-in).
- Austin – Thursday / Friday Example Dates: (Priceline / BookingBuddy) May 09 – May 14 / May 16 – May 21 / Aug 16 – Aug 19, 21 / Aug 22 – Aug 25 / Aug 22 – Aug 27 / Aug 23 – Aug 25 / Sep 05 – Sep 10 / Sep 19 – Sep 24 / Sep 20 – Sep 23 / Sep 26 – Oct 01 / Sep 27 – Oct 02 / Oct 03 – Oct 08 / Oct 10 – Oct 15 / Other dates: There are more dates available than the ones we list here, experiment on your own.
- Austin – Tuesday / Wednesday / Saturday Example Dates: (Priceline / BookingBuddy) Apr 09 – Apr 16 / Apr 30 – May 07 / May 07 – May 14 / May 08 – May 15 / May 11 – May 14 / May 14 – May 21 / May 15 – May 22 / May 29 – Jun 05 / Jun 12 – Jun 19 / Aug 13 – Aug 20 / Aug 14 – Aug 21 / Aug 17 – Aug 20 / Aug 20 – Aug 27 / Aug 24 – Aug 27 / Sep 04 – Sep 11 / Sep 07 – Sep 10 / Sep 10 – Sep 17 / Sep 11 – Sep 18 / Sep 17 – Sep 24 / Sep 21 – Sep 24 / Sep 24 – Oct 01 / Sep 25 – Oct 02 / Oct 01 – Oct 08 / Oct 02 – Oct 09 / Oct 08 – Oct 15 / Oct 15 – Oct 22 / Other dates: There are more dates available than the ones we list here, experiment on your own.
- San Antonio – Thursday / Friday Example Dates: (Priceline / BookingBuddy) Apr 26 – May 01 / May 09 – May 14 / May 16 – May 21 / Aug 22 – Aug 27 / Sep 05 – Sep 10 / Sep 13 – Sep 18 / Sep 20 – Sep 25 / Sep 26 – Oct 01 / Other dates: There are more dates available than the ones we list here, experiment on your own.
- San Antonio – Tuesday / Wednesday / Saturday Example Dates: (Priceline / BookingBuddy) Apr 09 – Apr 16 / May 07 – May 14 / May 11 – May 14 / May 14 – May 21 / May 15 – May 22 / Aug 13 – Aug 20 / Aug 14 – Aug 21 / Aug 17 – Aug 20 / Aug 20 – Aug 27 / Aug 24 – Aug 27 / Aug 28 – Sep 04 / Sep 04 – Sep 11 / Sep 17 – Sep 24 / Sep 24 – Oct 01 / Sep 25 – Oct 02 / Oct 01 – Oct 08 / Oct 08 – Oct 15 / Oct 15 – Oct 22 / Other dates: There are more dates available than the ones we list here, experiment on your own.
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I was able to pull this fare up on Priceline. Screenshot taken when this post was initially created. See timestamps at the top of this post.
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- Previous Lowest Price Average: About $380 for these.
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