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GTD Participation Since 1996
Events: 300+
Participants: 7000+
 

 
 
 
CR - Air Travel

 
- AIR TRAVEL -
WHY DOESN'T GTD PROVIDE AIR TRAVEL SERVICE?
We used to reserve airline tickets for groups, but eventually found that group fares are actually much more expensive than individual fares - sometimes $200-$300 more. And some less expensive airlines don't offer group tickets. In addition, the amount of time, expense, and resources that go into reserving group airfare for several groups per year actually required us to shift our focus from the event itself to air travel.
 
When reserving air travel for one group of people, it's pretty simple and you can actually save more money than we could if we handled it for you. The information and tips below will assist you in acquiring the best travel arrangements at the best price.
WHERE IS COSTA RICA?
Costa Rica is in Central America
located between the countries of Nicaragua (north) and Panama (south)
and between the Pacific Ocean (west) and the Atlantic Ocean / Caribbean Sea (east)
WHERE ARE THE AIRPORTS IN COSTA RICA?
There are 2 international airport options for your mission trip:
LIR AIRPORT (Liberia, CR)     -OR-     SJO AIRPORT (San Jose, CR)
WHICH AIRPORT SHOULD I FLY INTO?
We will meet you at either airport with transportation for your group, but you can not split your group between both airports. You must select one airport and one pick-up date & time (the pick-up date & time refers to when you want GTD to pick-up your group).
 
Which airport you choose really depends on a few factors such as the location of your group's mission project, the amount of time you want to spend traveling on the road, the amount of money you are willing to spend on airfare, how comfortable you are traveling in busy airports and the amount of Costa Rican landscape you desire to see. The following comparison is based on your group doing its mission project at the GTD Mission & Outdoor Adventure Base (M.O.A.B.) in Guayabo, CR
 
PROS: Usually least expensive airfare (can be up to $200 less per round trip ticket than LIR); more airlines to choose from; more restaurants & shops in airport; overall more amenities; completely "indoor" airport (no exposure to foul weather); air conditioned; see more of Costa Rica while traveling to your destination.
CONS: Larger airport (can be more confusing than small airports); more travelers; more traffic; 4-5 hour drive to GTD M.O.A.B.
 
PROS: 1 hour drive to GTD M.O.A.B.; smaller airport (very simple; easy to find your way around; can't get lost!); less travelers; less traffic.
CONS: Usually more expensive airfare (can be up to $200 more per round trip ticket than SJO); less airlines to choose from; less restaurants & shops in airport; overall less amenities; outdoor walk from plane to terminal (this is only a con during foul weather); no air conditioning; see less of Costa Rica while traveling to your destination.
WHERE DO I GO TO FIND AIRLINE TICKETS?
You have 2 options: (1) Use a Travel Agent or (2) Do-It-Yourself
 
1) TRAVEL AGENT: You will have to find a Travel Agent or ask someone in your group if they can recommend an agent.
 
2) DO-IT-YOURSELF: The other option is to find the deals you want on your own. You can do this either directly with the airlines or through online travel businesses. Below you will find links to each airline that we've used in the past as well as popular online travel businesses (many of which we've never used and can't comment on their reliability or core values).
AIRLINES TO SJO
TACA          Spirit Airlines       Frontier
Copa           American Airlines
Martinair      Delta     JetBlue
AIRLINES TO LIR
ONLINE TRAVEL BUSINESSES
Orbitz          CheapTickets
Expedia       Travel.Yahoo
There are dozens more on the internet

AIR TRAVEL TIPS

iFly
 
 

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