May 14, 2011 @ 11:08 pm

Q&A: What is the cheapest way to fly to from Illinois to Costa Rica?

Question by Paul N: What is the cheapest way to fly to from Illinois to Costa Rica?
I’m going to Costa Rica for school in August and am wondering the cheapest way to do it, I live 2 hours from O’Hare and 2 hours from Milwaukee also. Thanks for the help!!

Best answer:

Answer by Orange
Your best bet is to go out of O’Hare.

For August, Sprirt has a $ 442 fare, but after the seat charges and carry-on charges are added in, it will be $ 540.

Personally, I would go with Taca Airlines. It’s a very good airline that’s always on time and provides good customer service. They are $ 520 and you get free carry on and up to 2 checked bags (50lbs each). They have a very young fleet (no 40 year planes like AA). And their newest planes have individual back-of-the-seat TV’s. You get a FREE hot meal and FREE drinks (including alcoholic). It’s only a 1 hour layover in San Salvador or Guatemala. Total travel time is only about 7 hours.

The next best would be Continental for $ 537 through Houston. Also an excellent airline.

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2 Responses to “Q&A: What is the cheapest way to fly to from Illinois to Costa Rica?”

  1. Mike says:

    I agree with Orange, definately fly out of O’Hare.

    I didn’t know that Taca/Lasca flew up to Chicago, but I have flown them before (out of Miami) and they are a pretty good airline.

    On my trips to CR, I usually fly direct from Orlando, but I have flown direct from Fort Lauderdale and Miami before also…. and I usually fly Jet Blue these days.

    It might be cheaper or nearly the same price to buy a ticket to Fort Lauderdale, Houston, or Miami on one airline, then buy another to Costa Rica from another airline. This would mean you would have to go out of security, get your luggage, re-check in, and re-clear security (allow 3 hours)… but it might be worth it. Personally, I would rather change planes in Miami or Fort Lauderdale then El Salvidore or Hondorus, just in case you get stuck. (Long airline delays in Central America are very rare… it happens in the USA much more then there… but still, stuff happens.

  2. PK says:

    check they always have great deals! flights are really pricey right now though :/

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