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Calgary to Costa Rica | $409 roundtrip including taxes | other Central American countries for $20 more

A toucan in Costa Rica

United Airlines has just drastically dropped the price on a ton of their flights from Calgary to countries in Central America, including Costa Rica, Belize, Panama, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

The date range with the cheaper flights appears to be between September and early December 2015.

When to go?

November and December are usually solid choices for Central America, steering clear of the rainy season. Even late October is likely a good choice.

How to find and book these flights

1. Start with a search on Google Flights


^^ Not to be confused with Google Flights Explore. They're not showing up on Google Flights Explore ... yet.

2. In Google Flights, search for a flight from Calgary to one of the following destinations:

(prices are roundtrip, including taxes, in Canadian dollars)

Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR) $409
San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) $410
Guatemala City (GUA) $421
San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL) $426
Belize City, Belize (BZE) $429
Roatan, Honduras (RTB) $430
San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP) C$430
Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGU) C$430
Panama City, Panama (PTY) $433
Managua, Nicaragua (MGA) $443

3. Once you've entered a destination into Google Flights, hit the little bar graph icon...

4. Now, near the bottom, adjust the length of the trip you're looking for. This will automatically adjust all of the available prices showing in the calendar view.

^^^ The prices shown here are in Canadian dollars.

4. When you see a price you like, click on it. The rest is pretty straight-forward. Keep clicking until you get to the page with the 'Book with United' button.

When you click on the price ($409 in this case), it will take you to the United website to complete your booking.

If you have any troubles booking on United.com with a Canadian credit card, I would suggest taking the same dates and destination that you found on Google Flights, and trying your search manually over at www.united.ca - which may work better.

Open Jaws (flying into one city, and out of another)

You may be able to find similar fares flying into one of the cities listed above, and out of another.

example: into Belize City (BZE) and out of Panama City (PTY).

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15 Responses to "Calgary to Costa Rica | $409 roundtrip including taxes | other Central American countries for $20 more"

    Has Dale  been here?
       Dale on April 1st, 2015

    Any ideas for hotels?

    Has Moo moo been here?
       Moo moo on April 1st, 2015

    Brilliant! Just booked a family of 5 to Managua for 2200$ in November ..... Super cheap!

    Note that when booking on United.com, it sometimes has problems with birthdate and expiry dates due to the difference between Can and US usage: eg. Mm/dd/yyyy vs. dd/mm/yyyy

    I ended up booking through the support desk (not reservations) via phone after trying for 40 mins. To book this online .....

    Has Sarah been here?
       Sarah on April 1st, 2015

    HI there, Did you just call the support desk? did you have the number if you don't mind me asking?

    Has Jennifer been here?
       Jennifer on April 1st, 2015

    Again, Chris...... Thank YOU :)

    Just returned from South Korea 4 people for $1670 and now have a fall holiday booked from your posts!!

    Your efforts are appreciated. J

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on April 1st, 2015

    Thanks Jennifer! Glad it helps!

    Has Shannon been here?
       Shannon on April 2nd, 2015

    Looks like the sale was pulled last night, prices are now double. Didn't get ours booked in time...

    Has Nav been here?
       Nav on April 2nd, 2015

    yes... I was just about to book to Guatemala and its almost 700$ now. :(

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on April 2nd, 2015

    Yes, unfortunately it does look like the prices are all back up this morning. They seemed to start disappearing around midnight last night.

    Has Ben been here?
       Ben on April 2nd, 2015

    Thanks Chris, we took a little while to book and it looked like we missed it but I managed to find the deal was still going through cheapoair.ca so we managed to snag the deal in time. Looks like it's gone from there now too though.

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on April 2nd, 2015

    Nice! Yes, sometimes the price drops can stick around for a short period of time on third party booking sites, after they've already disappeared from the airline website.

    Has hasan been here?
       hasan on April 3rd, 2015

    Thanks Chris. Booked 7 tickets to Costa Rica as soon you posted this deal. That would be my fourth trip thru your help. Thanks

    Has Anonymous been here?
       Anonymous on April 8th, 2015

    Is anyone else finding this deal still? It seems to be gone... :(

    Has Lydia been here?
       Lydia on April 9th, 2015

    The prices are back to normal now. The alert for this deal was sent out on March 31. You might wanna sign up for the YYC Deals e-mail alerts if you haven't already, to get in on the next one.

    Has Ashley  been here?
       Ashley on April 12th, 2015

    I'm not seeing them tonight after your re-tweet Chris. Gone already?

    Has Ashley been here?
       Ashley on April 12th, 2015

    Correction: I'm not seeing it for Belize.

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