Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from San Francisco to Central America
Avianca and EVA Air have all waived their change and cancellation fees on flights from San Francisco to Central America. Confirm policies on booking site.
The cheapest ticket to Central America from San Francisco found in the last 72 hours was $110 one-way, and $89 round-trip. The most popular route is from San Francisco to San José, and the cheapest round-trip airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was $157.
Avianca flies most frequently to San José from San Francisco.
KAYAK is a travel search engine. That means we look across the web to find the best prices we can find for our users. With over 2 billion flight queries processed yearly, we are able to display a variety of prices and options on flights to Central America.
KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool uses historical data to determine whether the price for a flight to Central America is likely to change within 7 days, so travelers know whether to wait or book now.
Hacker Fares allow you to combine one-way tickets in order to save you money over a traditional round-trip ticket. You could then fly to Central America with an airline and back with another airline.
Sometimes travel dates aren't set in stone. If your preferred travel dates have some wiggle room, flexible dates will show you all the options when flying to Central America up to 3 days before/after your preferred dates. You can then pick the flights that suit you best.
Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Pros: "The pilot went around to passengers and apologized foe delay."
Cons: "3 plus hours of delay????"
Cons: "I love Alaska"
Cons: "WIFI was not working"
Pros: "Wish there were blankets available"
Cons: "No screen on the seats."
Pros: "Quick boarding"
Cons: "More room"
Pros: "Movie options and healthy food"
Cons: "45 minute delayed departure due to maintenance documentation issue"
Cons: "Didn’t like sitting on tarmac for 40 minutes after arriving. Got very warm and uncomfortable to breathe"
Cons: "No worthy"
Cons: "the new saver fare option sucks, it makes travel more stressful and very undignified"
Cons: "I was not notified that my card was declined and this caused a ton of delays"
Cons: "The plane was amazingly cramped."
Cons: "No snacks :("
Cons: "Extra leg space"
Pros: "I liked the mood lighting, the spacious area under the seat in front of my aisle seat, the choice in movies, and that every seat had a screen."
Cons: "The takeoff and landing were smooth except that the plane felt like it was fishtailing a bit. Otherwise, it was great!"
Pros: "Staff great"
Cons: "Same old movies"
Cons: "Nothing, all was perfect!"
Cons: "Delay Part not available"
Pros: "Perfect trip no complaints!"
Cons: "I liked all of it"
Cons: "Seat was broken and would not recline so incredibly uncomfortable for red eye. I was freezing (though I’m often more chilly than others). Not great food options."
Cons: "You are no different then other airlines. Nothing sets you apart."
Cons: "No food"
Pros: "The plane was late. I was tired"
Cons: "I forgot my headphones. $3 to borrow a pair from virgin?"
Pros: "Had my bags in an incredible 10 minutes"
Cons: "On bag should be free!"
Pros: "Very professional and nice crew."
Cons: "Same as above"
Pros: "Arrived earlier. Good accommodations."
Cons: "Delayed 2 hours."
Cons: "Better vegan snacks available for purchase would be great."
Pros: "Same as before."
Pros: "The staff was super friendly and the plane was new. It felt brand new."
Pros: "Stewardess very helpful and welcoming."
Pros: "The cabin was miserably hot"
Pros: "I was checking in in a fluster and trying to attach my bag tags. A agent came over and helped me (for some reason I had taken the entire sticky back off ha!) and then he took my bag for me right from the kiosk. I was super impressed"
Cons: "needed more water"
Pros: "I appreciate the steward giving me something to eat for breakfast."
Cons: "If United can serve more than orange juice or water, so can you"
Pros: "I arrived early"
Pros: "The pilot introduced himself and kept us updated on the weather and turbulent."
Cons: "no complains"
Pros: "The steward."
Cons: "Lack of help with information on transfer between terminals at Seattle/Tacoma"
Pros: "Ease of printing boarding pass and especially the luggage tags."
Cons: "The captain said the plane had been running late all day.... For 4 different flghts¿dont they have any other planes to use to catch up?"
Pros: "Everything is great like always!"
Pros: "Free wifi"
Pros: "The seat was comfortable. The price was not."
Pros: "I slept reasonably well."
Cons: "More comfortable seats/more leg room."
Pros: "Crew was nice"
Cons: "2 hours late"
Cons: "Poor movie selection/ purchase for outdated headphones required. No USB."
Cons: "Sold out of the food I wanted. Massive delay."
Cons: "Not many kid friendly videos."
Pros: "Fully Reclining seats, better than any USA first class. Puts everyone's food to shame."
Cons: "Chocolate ice cream instead of black cherry! Lol"
Pros: "Each seat had power outlet for laptop as well as a USB port"
Pros: "The plane hit heavy turbulence a few times and gave me hope that the sweet succor of death would come."
Cons: "Having someone else give me a lap dance nonconsensually."
Cons: "The plane was 2 hours late with no explanation and no apology until we were getting off the plane."
Cons: "All good"
Pros: "It was good"
Cons: "Almost too good."
Pros: "experienced pilot, frequent attention by flight staff, coach seat comfort, flight was less than 5 hours, flight was on time, comfort in airport while waiting"
Cons: "All good."
Pros: "Great friendly and understanding staff"
Cons: "Turbulence kept waking me up. As always, leg room isn't quite enough to keep knee-pain away."
Pros: "It sure as hell wasn’t United. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwww."
Cons: "Was chastened for grabbing cheez-itz from the pantry on my way off."
Cons: "Wifi didn’t work"
Pros: "Even with a full flight, JetBlue offers up-to-date planes with comfortable seating, plenty of leg room and free WI-fi for a very positive customer experience."
Pros: "Service with a smile!"
Cons: "Absolutely nothing!"
Pros: "The aircraft was clean and comfortable and everything went official"
Cons: "The film did not work"
Pros: "you had gluten free choices"
Cons: "need expanded gluten free menu"
Pros: "Everything was great"
Pros: "Pretty standard service"
Cons: "Pretty standard service"
Cons: "Your airline is always late, always. One hour this time, longer than usual."
Cons: "assigned to seat which did not go back......terribly uncomfortable."
Cons: "They want to charge for everything. Traveled with my husband but we couldn't sit together without having to pay $200. The seat assignment happened at the gate for us and they didn't accommodate our request to stay together. Seats were small, hard and uncomfortable."
Pros: "Strong/ solid WiFi, great staff"
Cons: "Plane wouldn’t cool down, hot the entire 5 hours. Seats are uncomfortable and arrow. Hi"
Pros: "loved the accessibility of the treats and cold drinks"
Pros: "everything else is good"
Cons: "I like this app very much！"
Pros: "Efficiently added a lot of people to this flight from another delayed flight--pilot & crew was informative of additional delays so that we knew what was going on"
Pros: "Smooth from Checking in, to baggage claim... the crew showed themselves to be professionals ..."
Cons: "Too hot and stuffy."
Pros: "On time clean plane and terminal baggage came quickly"
Cons: "MAJOR MULTIPLE DELAYS. UNABLE TO MOVE FLIGHT TO ACCOMMODATE MY SCHEDULE"
Pros: "Passenger service"
Cons: "SFO organization and signs"
Pros: "The night kit"
Cons: "They reconfigured the flight home adding more time onto the flight - I missed my connecting bus ride because of this."
Pros: "First airline I've been on with wi-go that really works. Plane was immaculate."
Cons: "Schedule delay by more than 2 hours"
Pros: "5hr delay, no food voucher, no explanations"
Cons: "Terrible, will never fly again"
Pros: "Everything !"
Pros: "Free wifi!"
Pros: "It was comfortable and had a lot of space in the airplane"
Cons: "That I had to pay for the blanket in flight. They used to be free."
Pros: "I liked the plane size"
Cons: "Seats were not comfortable one didn't even recline"
Cons: "Everything. Never in my life I experienced this. It was beyond inefficiency, it was literally CRUELTY"
Pros: "Overall trip was ok"
Cons: "Lady guiding people to register luggage was rude"
Cons: "The time"
Pros: "Everything I liked"
Pros: "Check in was very smooth. Flight crew was very attentive"
Cons: "Presentation of food was not great."
Pros: "Have traveled many times and when we have troubles/complications always find a solution, thank you"
Cons: "So far nothing, everything is spectacular"
Cons: "It took 45 minutes to get our luggage in houston."
Pros: "The service of the counter personnel"
Pros: "Had a row upgrade"
Cons: "Ground personnel at IAH should handle luggage misplaced better. Had to wait 90 minutes for luggage to appear, since no one was able to explain why it never came out on the carrousel."
Pros: "Good leg room and comfortable seats, good food"
Pros: "The process to board is in disorder. I feel It is possible to do better the next time."
Cons: "For me when you do the Check in process and you choose your sits, they have to respect your selection all the time."
Pros: "Ay the counter they were nice"
Cons: "Food was the worst and service from flight crew was Poor"
Pros: "El avión"
Cons: "Las muchachas"
Pros: "Ir was ok"
Cons: "It was noisi. Entertaiment components are bad."
Cons: "More new movies."
Pros: "La atención"
Pros: "Overall it was a great experience, the crew was friendly and polite, the seats were comfortable, a lot of choices for online entertainment."
Cons: "There was a little disorder in the forming of the boarding line, and the breakfast food, egg specifically had an awful taste."
Pros: "El servicio en general ha mejorado mucho Felicidades !"
Cons: "El precio"
Pros: "nothing to impress"
Cons: "for been in first class not receiving any kind of pleasure"
Pros: "Crew is excelente and very friendly"
Pros: "Muy desorganisados."
Cons: "Nos mandaron en otra aerolinea United sin maletas."
Pros: "They were so organized calling the people by group ,"
Pros: "The flight itself was fine and I like that there are food options throughout as a part of our ticket."
Cons: "They lost my luggage and it was impossible to reach anyone who knew anything or to be compensated for my inconvenience and items."
Cons: "Because the lady take aur bagagge the bascula is doesnt work she was very rud but we go to the other lady the bagagge was correct because we know is okey because we check at home in the airport too so agter that yhey know the bascula is bas and she don say sorry end enyrhing for the bad time she was lake I dont care so that happen"
Cons: "My passport was not due to expire for the NEXT 4 months AFTER my come back day The lady from Avianca didn't let me board due to my passport expiring 4 months after my return day. I had to pay for a 24 hours expedite / rush passport. ALSO, once I got my new passport (17 hours later) I was told that I had to pay $170 penalty for moving my departure day and $680 because I had to adjust to the new ticket price. At that point I decide to buy a new ticket with a different airline. AVIANCA SUCKS!!! They are NOT very accommodating at all. Will not recommend this agency and I WILL NEVER ever again will use their service."
Pros: "very good"
Cons: "Both flights were delayed! And one was a 6 hour delay! It was a bummer"
Pros: "It's was nothing extraordinary"
Cons: "Not individual TV"
Pros: "Flight attendants were very polite and always smiling Food was great Loved the sleeping kit (with hand lotion, toothbrush, etc.)"
Cons: "The seats were not very comfortable. It would be great to have a foot rest for short people like me."
Pros: "Going from Washington DC to Lima, Peru with stop in San Salvador is great because break the trip in half and San Salvador is a small airport. Going to Peru my two planes were very comfortable and with good entreatment"
Cons: "No blankets on my way back"
Pros: "The crew was great!"
Cons: "The food was terrible. Oily, tasteless Not comfortable seats."
Pros: "I love that I was upgraded due to my Lifemiles Elite status. Sometimes first class seats are left empty, when the airlines could use that opportunity to engage people in the mileage programs."
Cons: "The seats were not comfortable probably because it was an old plane."
Pros: "Arrived in time and Departure too."
Pros: "on time departure and early arrival"
Pros: "Friendly staff, nice snack, free checked baggage."
Pros: "on time departures, great service at every touch point, clean aircraft, early arrivals, great experience."
Cons: "A delay of one hour."
Cons: "Dec 19th SFO - San Salvador- Lima (Peru) They cancelled the departure for 12 hrs, instead of :600 am we finally left from SFO at 6:25 pm. Everyone missed their connection flights. So they took us to a nice hotel. We finally left San Salvador the next day at 3 pm. So I spent two days flying to my final destination (Lima-Peru). Really disappointed about Avianca notification systems. The first email arrived at 3:30 am when everyone was already at the airport for nothing. Never again will flight with Avianca."
Cons: "No individual entertainment screens on the longer international flight."
Pros: "People were really nice"
Cons: "No veggie choices"
Pros: "Su atención"
Cons: "Los asientos un poco incomodos."
Pros: "Attendant was courteous."
Cons: "Boarding process"
Pros: "There were problems with our connecting flight because of a delay in San Francisco. So Avianca set us up at a hotel and paid for everything because of our missed flight. Someone met us right off the plane to make sure we got through security and to the taxi for the hotel. The hotel was amazing and our lunch, dinner and breakfast was paid for. Getting back to the airport the next day for our flight was so easy. We will definitely be flying with Avianca again. Everyone we talked to in El Salvador was so kind and helpful."
Pros: "The flight was terribly delayed, I was stuck in San salvador, super inconvenient, if Avianca can't do better, they should stop flying international."
Pros: "Cleanliness. Safety. Friendly."
Cons: "Delightful experience except at SFO checkin."
Pros: "Covid safety protocols and people following was excellent."
Cons: "Serve alcohol :)"
Pros: "Crew great....moved passengers around near us for Covid related separation."
Cons: "Cramped.....too many seats in too small of a plane....I'm 6ft / 190 lbs"
Pros: "Good organization, good hygiene, polite crew."
Pros: "On time"
Cons: "Aircraft was too warm. Needed more air!"
Pros: "compared with other airlines they were just OK"
Pros: "The crews were very fast and efficient. The Dinner was good but the breakfast was very basic."
Cons: "The seat was so crammy and disgustingly uncomfortable"
Pros: "Seats are fine. Ordering system is up to date."
Cons: "After the first two hours of my flight (which I sleep through) I couldn’t buy a drink a soda or anything."
Cons: "My monitor isn’t really working after rebooted. And the audio hole wasn’t tight enough"
Pros: "On time, smooth take off and landing."
Cons: "Better food and more water."
Cons: "Couldn’t hear boarding announcements. Lots of boarding confusion"
Pros: "My seat didn't recline"
Pros: "Quick boarding process"
Cons: "Wifi stopped working halfway"
Pros: "Nice employees and service"
Cons: "Seat room"
Pros: "Free food. Extra room."
Cons: "Waiting on runway"
Pros: "Delta Comfort om commuter jet"
Pros: "Flew us safely home."
Cons: "We waiting on the runway for over a long period."
Pros: "Cheese plate"
Cons: "TheyCharge me $25 for my bag and I’m at Delta sky Miles older plus the American Express platinum card holder it’s supposed to not be charged"
Cons: "3 hours delay"
Pros: "Had the whole Comfort section to myself!"
Pros: "Quiet, quick, no issues"
Cons: "Slow boarding. Slowest boarding everr. Maybe not enough overhead space, doesn't make sense how there is not enough overhead space while calling zone 2 passengers."
Pros: "The crew are very friendly, positive and have good sense of humor."
Cons: "The flight got delayed badly"
Cons: "Flying into blizzards suck, don’t do it"
Cons: "There is no place to specifically order vegetarian options in booking. Luckily virgin carries extra"
Pros: "Excellent service and upgraded snacks in economy"
Pros: "Too many people, no room for carry-ons, departed almost an hour late."
Cons: "Too many people, no room for carry-ons, departed almost an hour late."
Cons: "waiting on the tarmac for 40 minutes"
Pros: "I was bowled over to learn in flight that the lowly steerage (economy) passengers--and everyone else had a selection of 3 complimentary meals! Who does that any more! Unfortunately, the only vegan option ran out just before my seat, but I was still amazed and pleased....and have ordered a vegan meal in advance for my next flight. Incredible! Plus, plenty of room for bags, good video selections, and power at all seats. I love Delta and will fly them more often!"
Pros: "No hassle, no drama, very smooth."
Cons: "The blueberries were rather bland."
Cons: "Food in first class was subpar!"
Pros: "All I need to say."
Pros: "it was great experience"
Cons: "One lavatory didn't work and we had to use the nathroom for first class..couldnt access bathroom half of the flight"
Pros: "Comfort and boarding"
Cons: "Delay and food"
Pros: "It was my husband's birthday and the stewardess (red dress, long brown hair) went out of her way to make him feel special by bringing champagne, cookies and even chocolate once we were getting off the plane. I was very touched."
Cons: "The guy next to me was kind of smelly but was very nice."
Pros: "Very smooth"
Cons: "Asked for hot tea but what I got was barely tepid."
Pros: "Excellent trip. Provided ample food snacks and drinks."
Cons: "The attendents only served one round of beverages in Comfort Plus."
Pros: "Individual screen and USB port"
Cons: "No issues that could be controlled I.e. Person in seat in front for mine leaning way ......"
Cons: "Price of food"
Cons: "Boarding took too long - full plane and double seat booking changed 10 minutes early estimate to 20 minutes late"
Pros: "All restroom floors were wet. I have seen this in others 767's too. Is this a 767 phenomenon"
Pros: "On time"
Cons: "half-broken screen, couldn't access anything on the left side"
Pros: "Plane was a newer one, clean, and the stewards were nice."
Cons: "New seating was terrible. The seats are so jammed together that my knees were pushed up into the seat in front. How can anyone be comfortable with this kind of seating arrangements?"
Pros: "Yo había ido al sanitario, cuando regrese ya habían repartido los jugos, la aeromosa muy atenta me llego a preguntar si quería jugo y me lo llevaron."
Cons: "Al momento de dar las instrucciones de seguridad, creo que los pasajeros prestan más atención y entienden más si hay alguien del crew al frente dando ejemplos de cómo hacerlo. Todo lo demás excelente!"
Pros: "The crew was excellent"
Cons: "My tailbone aches from the seat. Other friends who flew Copa Airline had the same experience. Friends on other airlines had no complaints. I need a donut cushion on the seat."
Pros: "On time flight"
Cons: "No entertainment on board."
Cons: "My vegetarian meal was not there. I was told it had not been requested. The odd thing was that on all of the other legs of my trip the vegetarian meal was there for me."
Pros: "The crew was basic and not very helpful regarding the importance of those changing flights to be sure to run off the plane as fast as possible to make the connecting flight or you will miss it if seated in the back of the plane and be charged a hefty penalty!"
Cons: "If the captain and crew spoke better and clear English regarding important connection and time difference information, especially during a red eye. All communication sounded garbled and in 3 languages."
Pros: "Great service , reliable airline"
Cons: "I paid for and reserved seats, but didn't get the seats I reserved"
Pros: "Two planes boarded late and the airline refused to let us bring our carry on luggage on board. Then they proceeded to lose one of our bags. We still don’t have it 24 hours later."
Cons: "Food was terrible Flight departure time in the middle of the night is terrible, and the 1-hour delay made it much worse. Seats are uncomfortable."
Pros: "I was appalled at the lack of empathy and customer centricity of this central American airline."
Cons: "We arrive at SFO with my family. Two girls 2 and 5 and my wife six months pregnant. There was a misspelling in my wife's name. Easy fix right? Nope! The COPA staff forced us to pay a new ticket for her and did not even respect the price. APPALLING!"
Pros: "Good experience in general"
Cons: "Lousy plane, very dirty"
Pros: "El tiempo fue rapido"
Cons: "La comodidad del avion. Son muy estrechos."
Cons: "No privet screen"
Cons: "The A/C it's very cold, and I asled for a blanket and they did not have one."
Cons: "The plane was delay"
Cons: "I was promised an emergency exit seat and... I got the row after the exit row... most annoying."
Pros: "-crew was very friendly -flight was on time -clean airline"
Cons: "Unable to select our own seats. Bullshit!"
Cons: "Leg room was tight. Two seats together on both sides of aisle."
Cons: "Freezing flight with no blankets!!"
Cons: "It was great"
Cons: "The food is pretty bad, stale not flavorful or interesting at all"
Pros: "No delays"
Cons: "Flying to Panama City first then to Guatemala"
Pros: "Really nice"
Cons: "Small overhead bins."
Pros: "Everything was wonderful. Thanks for the great service."
Cons: "We had to cancel our trip because I was hospitalized with Influenza B and pneumonia. We had purchased flight insurance from Allianz. Copa charged us $150 per ticket cancellation fee and remainder was provided as a credit on Copa Airlines. Copa will not refund the ticket cost. This was a special once-in-a-lifetime trip with friends. Not likely that we will make another attempt to fly to Quito or anywhere else Copa flies, so we have a 100% loss."
Cons: "I had an earlier flight that was delayed which caused me to get to the counter 50 minutes before my flight left. The attendant at the counter told me there was nothing he could do and that I needed to call Copa’s reservation number, which he couldn’t even give me he said I needed to look it up myself. Then before I had even called the reservation line he said he was closing the ticket counter and wouldn’t be back until 9:30. I called the reservation line who said that there was nothing they could do because my flight hadn’t even left yet and that I needed to talk to the attendant who had already left. I then waiting over 2 hours for the ticket counter to reopen only to be told that all of my flights through Copa had been cancelled and that I would need to pay almost $2000 just to get on different flights. I ended up having to use a completely different airline and spend an additional $1000 because Copa would not help and was extremely rude. This was the first time I would have flown Copa and I will never fly with them again."
Pros: "I preordered the kosher option, more out of curiosity, and the hope that it would be better than standard coach fare. It wasn't. It consisted of a pastry, a roll and some applesauce. A waste of packaging."
Pros: "The crew. Top notch."
Pros: "Attendant for Lost Luggage in GUA was super nice!"
Pros: "They give a nice snack"
Cons: "Flight delayed"
Cons: "Delayed 2 hours"
Pros: "The call center was not accured The fligh atendent did'nt pay any attention"
Cons: "Tried to call 20 times about lost. Luggage. No one answered phone"
Pros: "The attentiveness"
Cons: "Leg space"
Pros: "Good airline. Try to use then often. ."
Cons: "The plane was way too cold for me"
Pros: "Everything. All went well, no hitches anywhere."
Cons: "they change the flight time from 12: 30am to 10:00am and didn't have the plane. I have to change different airline."
Cons: "It took way too long to board"
Cons: "The plane cabin became really hot. The plane was older and the seats air was very minimal me and my friends on the flight agreed the cabin was hot."
Pros: "Boarding was smooth"
Cons: "No food No milk for infant Crew not friendly Seats are bad shape For international travel this is not good"
Cons: "Purchased a window seat, confirmed over the phone, then arrived to the airport and was moved to a middle seat for a 6.5 hour flight. You try to talk to the crew but they really do not care. Choose any other airline but this one"
Pros: "Good staff. Clean. A lot of room."
Cons: "No self checking in kiosk."
Pros: "The efficiency"
Cons: "10 hr delay in San José. A nightmare!"
Pros: "The food."
Cons: "It was delayed, they did't give us any compensation, they didn't provide updates, I came so late to Guatemala."
Cons: "2 hours of delay"
Pros: "The leather seat was roomy and comfortable."
Cons: "One of my bags didn't arrive at my final destination."
Airlines flying from San Francisco to Central America have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travelers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from San Francisco to Central America
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights from San Francisco to Central America
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights from San Francisco to Central America
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights from San Francisco to Central America
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights from San Francisco to Central America