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Popular destinations San José, Liberia, Tortuguero
Flights depart from New Zealand
Flight price $2,572
Distance 11,830 km
Airlines United Airlines, Delta, American Airlines

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The average direct flight from New Zealand to Costa Rica takes 29h 34m, covering a distance of 11743 km. The most popular route is Auckland - San José with an average flight time of 28h 06m.

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The cheapest ticket to Costa Rica from New Zealand found in the last 72 hours was $2,514. The most popular route is Auckland to San José and the cheapest airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was $2,521.

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Airports
Origin
Christchurch
$4,781
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$4,781
Auckland
$2,572
only
$2,572
Destination
San José
$2,572
only
$2,572
Sun, 24 Nov
AKL
Auckland Intl
SJO
San Jose Juan Santamaria Intl
40h 55m
Fri, 20 Dec
SJO
San Jose Juan Santamaria Intl
AKL
Auckland Intl
36h 20m
$2,572
Trip: 27 days
7.1GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.1 Good
Based on 64,056 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
EWR
SJU
Excellent 10.0

Cons: Again, left stranded in SC.

DEN
BOI
Okay 5.0

Pros: Crew was accommodating

Cons: They has us deplane twice. Flight was delayed 2 hours. Need to upgrade plane equipment

IAD
BCN
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Ronald our flight attendant made our first flight experience to Europe great. He was amazing.

Cons: I would not change anything.

JAX
EWR
Excellent 10.0

Cons: Excellent keep doing what you do.

PTY
EWR
Excellent 8.6

Pros: Seat

Cons: Food was not good, flavor wise

Mon, 25 Nov
AKL
Auckland Intl
SJO
San Jose Juan Santamaria Intl
44h 15m
Wed, 18 Dec
SJO
San Jose Juan Santamaria Intl
AKL
Auckland Intl
35h 50m
$3,357
Trip: 24 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 25,236 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
7.7
Food
7.5
AMS
JFK
Good 7.6

Cons: Boarding wasn't by zone but all at once.

LAX
SJC
Poor 0.0

Cons: Can't tell how the flight was because missed connecting flight from LAX to SJC because Westjet from YYZ to LAX had a mechanical issue. They end up replacing a tire which caused a 1.5 hr flight delay

JFK
MIA
Excellent 8.3

Pros: Comfortable Seating!

Cons: Flight delayed Quite a bit.

JFK
ATH
Good 7.0

Pros: good flight, inflight menu and movie library

Cons: rude bag drop off kiosk

ATL
ROA
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: Diverted for unclear reasons. Stuck in TSY with hotel voucher to an overbooked hotel; trying to find out of pocket accommodations after long day of no food at MIDNIGHT was a real downer! I’ll let ya know if I make it home TODAY!!!

Wed, 27 Nov
AKL
Auckland Intl
SJO
San Jose Juan Santamaria Intl
64h 55m
Fri, 20 Dec
SJO
San Jose Juan Santamaria Intl
AKL
Auckland Intl
36h 20m
$2,580
Trip: 24 days
7.1GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.1 Good
Based on 64,056 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
HNL
SFO
Good 6.8

Pros: The crew was good, the landing was fantastic, enjoyed the entertainment options.

Cons: The space of the seats are tough, we were cramped and in tight quarters.

PDX
SFO
Good 6.5

Pros: Good crew, great landing, short flight

Cons: The seats are crampy

SFO
BOS
Mediocre 3.3

Pros: I sat next to two of the flight attendants prior to our departure. When they got up to board, their negative comments about getting on the plane made me think Wow, why are you doing this job, if you don't really want to go. The two attendants at the check in, they need some training.

Cons: More professional staff.

LGA
ORD
Good 7.3

Cons: The flight was supposed to leave at 9:15pm and didn’t leave until 12:00 am.

EWR
FRA
Good 7.3

Pros: Extremely smooth flight. Staff were very attentive.

Cons: Meal was average. Seats did not recline enough to facilitate sleep.

Tue, 26 Nov
AKL
Auckland Intl
SJO
San Jose Juan Santamaria Intl
49h 20m
Fri, 20 Dec
SJO
San Jose Juan Santamaria Intl
AKL
Auckland Intl
36h 20m
$2,632
Trip: 25 days
7.1GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.1 Good
Based on 64,056 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
SFO
LAS
Excellent 10.0

Pros: The entire process was a breeze

DFW
IAD
Okay 5.3

Cons: The female flight attendant was not good

LHR
DEN
Excellent 8.6

Pros: Crew was attentive. Seats were reasonably comfortable. Good selection of entertainment.

IAD
JAX
Good 7.0

Pros: There was only one flight attendant but he was very friendly and worked very hard

Cons: The checkin process is awful if you fly basic economy. This is the second time I have flown basic economy on United and you have to wait in line for 20 minutes to get a boarding pass and then have someone inspect the size of your personal item. You cannot check in and get a boarding pass online.

JAX
EWR
Excellent 10.0

Cons: Flight was canceled and I was left stranded.

Sat, 23 Nov
AKL
Auckland Intl
SJO
San Jose Juan Santamaria Intl
64h 55m
Thu, 19 Dec
SJO
San Jose Juan Santamaria Intl
AKL
Auckland Intl
28h 30m
$2,649
Trip: 27 days
7.1GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.1 Good
Based on 64,056 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
IAH
ANC
Good 7.6

Cons: Delays

ORD
AUS
Mediocre 3.0

Pros: Crew was super helpful and patient as the flight was delayed by more than 3 hours. Captain kept everyone up to date with whatever was going on.

Cons: Flight delay impacted a lot of other travel plans. No compensation for long delays

LHR
IAD
Excellent 9.0

Pros: Quick boarding and deplaning process

Cons: Offer free wifi instead of charging.

DEN
TPA
Excellent 8.0

Cons: Glad we were able to watch a movie

LGA
ORD
Good 7.3

Cons: The flight was supposed to leave at 9:15pm and didn’t leave until 12:00 am.

Mon, 25 Nov
AKL
Auckland Intl
SJO
San Jose Juan Santamaria Intl
49h 20m
Fri, 20 Dec
SJO
San Jose Juan Santamaria Intl
AKL
Auckland Intl
36h 20m
$2,707
Trip: 26 days
7.1GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.1 Good
Based on 64,056 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
YHZ
ORD
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Crew was amazing. I was traveling with my 11 month old and they were super helpful and very friendly.

Cons: I was bummed that this plane didn’t have TVs at each seat. You were able to stream all kinds of free movies and shows on the United app but I was holding a baby on my lap and couldn’t use my phone as well.

HNL
SFO
Good 6.8

Pros: The crew was good, the landing was fantastic, enjoyed the entertainment options.

Cons: The space of the seats are tough, we were cramped and in tight quarters.

SNA
SFO
Okay 4.6

Cons: Delay killed my travel plans and resulted in a nine hour layover in Munich Germany!

ORD
PUJ
Excellent 9.0

Cons: Free WiFi kn the plane was hardly working even over US mainland, before it list connection with outside internet over ocean. But it is something I do not care much about.

PSP
SFO
Excellent 9.3

Pros: Crew was very nice.

Cons: A choice between pretzels and other snacks.

Sat, 23 Nov
AKL
Auckland Intl
SJO
San Jose Juan Santamaria Intl
44h 15m
Mon, 16 Dec
SJO
San Jose Juan Santamaria Intl
AKL
Auckland Intl
35h 15m
$3,702
Trip: 24 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 25,236 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
7.7
Food
7.5
MSP
SLC
Good 7.0

Cons: The entertainment system was out completely for the whole flight

LAS
DTW
Okay 4.3

Cons: Delayed takeoff by an hour because the plane was too heavy. Had to kick 8 passengers off the flight before they would takeoff.

BOS
JAX
Mediocre 3.6

Pros: Seat was hard, not much foot space

Cons: My wife and Iasked for a snack, it was never delivered

CLE
MSP
Okay 5.2

Cons: The Delta flight leaving Cleveland was a hour and a half late so we could not make our connection to get home and had to overnight in Minneapolis. This is the fourth time in six flights For Delta. I think the Kayak booking algorithm needs to allow more time between connecting flights.

ICN
DTW
Excellent 8.6

Pros: Boarding: c'mon...too many groups and subgroups. Radiculous!

Cons: STOP the non-sense of so many boarding goups. What happened to Common Sense boarding? Ill and needing add'l medical help, First Class, Plus Class, then General Boarding. Give me a Break with all the other subgoups for Delta, all B. S. !!

Thu, 21 Nov
AKL
Auckland Intl
SJO
San Jose Juan Santamaria Intl
33h 35m
Fri, 20 Dec
SJO
San Jose Juan Santamaria Intl
AKL
Auckland Intl
36h 20m
$2,755
Trip: 30 days
7.1GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.1 Good
Based on 64,056 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
SFO
LAS
Excellent 10.0

Pros: The entire process was a breeze

EWR
FRA
Good 7.3

Pros: Extremely smooth flight. Staff were very attentive.

Cons: Meal was average. Seats did not recline enough to facilitate sleep.

IAD
BCN
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Ronald our flight attendant made our first flight experience to Europe great. He was amazing.

Cons: I would not change anything.

ORD
AUS
Mediocre 3.0

Pros: Crew was super helpful and patient as the flight was delayed by more than 3 hours. Captain kept everyone up to date with whatever was going on.

Cons: Flight delay impacted a lot of other travel plans. No compensation for long delays

EYW
TPA
Okay 5.0

Pros: We did not have to wait long for our luggage.

Cons: Our flight was delayed over an hour.

Tue, 26 Nov
AKL
Auckland Intl
SJO
San Jose Juan Santamaria Intl
22h 32m
Thu, 19 Dec
SJO
San Jose Juan Santamaria Intl
AKL
Auckland Intl
20h 35m
$8,204
Trip: 24 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 39,584 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.2
Crew
7.9
Entertainment
6.8
Food
6.7
ORD
LAX
Excellent 9.6

Pros: Left on time and arrived early

DFW
GNV
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: Flight attendent was late had it been a passenger they would have left them.

BOS
LGA
Okay 5.0

Pros: Nothing.

Cons: First, an exterior light was broken so we were delayed so much that American recommended we reschedule our connection but we got to LGA and our original flight was still at the gate but they’d oversold it so we couldn’t get back on. And then, getting on connecting flight, the door broke so we were

LGA
ORD
Okay 5.6

Pros: The crew were nice and accommodating.

Cons: The seat was not comfortable, my back was hurting from a very short 2hr flight.

MIA
LGA
Mediocre 3.3

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Landing, temperature, passengers

Fri, 22 Nov
AKL
Auckland Intl
SJO
San Jose Juan Santamaria Intl
36h 45m
Thu, 19 Dec
SJO
San Jose Juan Santamaria Intl
AKL
Auckland Intl
29h 15m
$2,755
Trip: 28 days
7.1GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.1 Good
Based on 64,056 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
DEN
TPA
Excellent 8.0

Cons: Glad we were able to watch a movie

DUB
ORD
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Everything was on time. I got an aisle seat and I didn't have to pay the ridiculous online fee. Crew were great. Lots of great movies to watch. Free beer and wine. Didn't lose my bag, made my connection which was tight. Very happy.

ORD
MKE
Okay 4.0

Pros: The crew made the best out of it and thankfully it’s an extremely short flight.

Cons: A 20 minute flight was delayed for 2.5 hrs. United did a terrible job with notifying passengers, just simply bumped out departure in 15 min increments. Original excuse was inbound delay, although plane was there for 6 hrs already. Passenger soiled himself in cabin and there was no ventilation.

CLE
IAH
Good 7.3

Pros: Everything was smooth

Cons: More leg room!

IAD
FRA
Good 7.0

Pros: The flight was smooth and we arrived safely.

Cons: When we went to check in (right at 24 hours), our family of three was separated across the plane in middle seats—and they wouldn’t seat us together unless we paid extra to upgrade our ticket. The ticket agent said the plane was full and there was nothing they could do. It was very frustrating.

Sat, 27 Jul
CHC
Christchurch
SJO
San Jose Juan Santamaria Intl
41h 56m
Wed, 31 Jul
SJO
San Jose Juan Santamaria Intl
CHC
Christchurch
36h 59m
$4,781
Trip: 5 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 25,236 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
7.7
Food
7.5
IAH
ATL
Mediocre 2.3

Cons: The flight had over six hours in combined delays!!!

DTW
TPA
Good 7.6

Cons: B.S. all the Delta Boarding groups. Geez, have you lost all common sense! C'mon... I understand the ill/med conditions passengers. How about 1 kid, then 2 kids then 3 kids, w/ cataracts, bladder probelems, Platinum, Gold, Silver, Paper, Plus 1, Plus 2, Main Cabin 1, 2 and 3.

PNS
ATL
Good 7.2

Pros: Everything met my expectations

Cons: Refreshments

PIT
BOS
Good 7.0

Cons: Wifi didn't work

MHT
DTW
Okay 4.0

Cons: Had to pay extra for seat assignment. Very tight seating; almost demands paying extra for "comfort seats." Crew moved my carry-on bag; should have told me or helped me find it when deplaning. No beverage service due to turbulence (understandable -- not their fault). Flight was delayed.

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