[04/30/2021 @ 12:39 PM] Book this fare on: Southwest, (Other Airlines: Priceline, BookingBuddy, Travelocity, Orbitz, CheapTickets, Expedia, Hotwire.
[06/12/2021 @ 11:29 AM] Re-post. Updated dates. Was June-July. Now Aug-Dec.
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Southwest has round-trip flights from Austin or San Antonio (AUS/SAT) to San Jose or Liberia, Costa Rica (SJO, LIR) for $311-$365 with a connection. $137-$201 each-way. August to December. Origin/Destination reversible. Availability is better in October, November and December.
Southwest does not charge any change or cancellation fees.
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I was able to pull this fare up on Southwest. Screenshot taken when this post was initially created. See timestamps at the top of this post.
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