[09/11/2018 @ 3:31 PM] Book this fare on: Priceline, BookingBuddy, Travelocity, Orbitz, Expedia, CheapTickets, Hotwire.
[09/11/2018 @ 5:52 PM] Priced dropped to $283. Was $333.
[09/13/2018 @ 3:13 PM] Starting to sell out.
Deals are usually valid 24 to 72 hours after posting, but can expire at any time (see time-stamp).
United has round-trip flights from Dallas (DFW) to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) starting at $283 with a connection. $148/$140 each-way. Flights Mondays to Wednesdays, scattered and sparse, from October to March. No Weekends. Origin/Destination reversible.
Note: A few Saturday departures are available in October for +$20 more.
Note: This deal has fewer dates available than the Delta deal from a few weeks ago, but it is in a better fare class.
Note: Stick close to the example dates to avoid flying on days with long connection times.
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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: $550
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