Good Airfare Deals to Central America (including to the Andaz in Costa Rica)!

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Ever since the Hyatt Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort dropped to a Category 4 hotel at just 15,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night or 7,500 points + $100 points per night via a cash and points rate (upgradable with a Diamond Suite Upgrade!), I have had Costa Rica on my “vacation short list”.  Having a vacation short list is super helpful in case you stumble across very good airfare prices so you can act quickly.  If you plan to use dollars, Houston – Liberia, Costa Rica is often $700+ round trip, but right now it is just $351 thanks to some really good prices on American Airlines out of United hubs such as Houston, San Francisco, Newark, and more.

Andaz Costa Rica

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo

Here is a list of round trip prices thanks to The Flight Deal:

  • Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR) – $351
  • San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) – $354
  • Roatan Island, Honduras (RTB)  – $328
  • Panama City, Panama (PTY) – $370
  • Belize (BZE) – $367
  • San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL) – $365
  • Guatemala City, Guatemala (GUA) – $361
  • Managua, Nicaragua (MGA) – $378
  • Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGU) – $346
  • San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP) – $332
Valid for travel until October 31st with blackout dates from mid-June to August with a 3 day minimum stay. Must purchase at least 3 days in advance of departure and by May 19th..
It’s not the right time for me to pull the trigger on a trip to one of these enticing destinations in Central America since I sufficiently (over) stuffed this year with some great trips, but I am certainly tempted, especially after reading the review of the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo by the Free Travel GuysZero entry family pool, free Camp Hyatt, and more.
As usual, following @theflightdeal can lead to finding some great airfare, which can often lead to daydreaming about some awesome vacations.  Proceed at your own risk!

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  1. I’m looking to book tonight with cash but having 170k points
    Makes me want to look to see if I could use those points for the trip
    What do you think?

    • What type of points are they? If they are points like via the Barclay Arrival then they are the perfect type to use for this!

  2. I just got back from enjoying 4 nights at the Andaz in an Andaz Suite last week. All I have to say is…avoid the Hilton across the water at all costs! My two nights there were not very enjoyable.

  3. I just got a AA platinum to get 50k bonus and converted citi hilton to AA platinum(was collecting dust) also. Do I get 50k sign up bonus on second card?

  4. Just booked for the 6 of us flights with Avios/MR (only 90,000) from Miami and rooms at the Andaz with UR/Hyatt points on the weekend. Looking forward to November.

  5. Forgot to mention that the flights would have been more than $800 each if we hadn’t used Avios! It costs a lot to go to CR in the dry season.

  6. eliu, the only thing I would add is that if you can, transfer out only the points that you need for the trip, do just that and don’t “burn” all your points. Amex has been known to offer transfer bonuses to British of up to 50%, with the latest being in December 2013 at 20%, so if you can hold on to the remaining points you don’t need for the transfer (unless you’re planning on cancelling your Amex cards), you might get a lot more points out of them on the next transfer bonus (not guaranteed to happen again though!).

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