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There are no direct flights for this route listed on KAYAK, the shortest multi-flight duration is 5h 38m.
In the past 3 days, the cheapest one-way tickets were found on Spirit Airlines ($92) and Copa Airlines ($130), and the lowest round-trip tickets have been found on Copa Airlines ($234) and Spirit Airlines ($259).
From Tampa to San José, Thursday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Saturday is the most expensive. Flying from San José back to Tampa , the best deals are generally found on Thursday, with Sunday being the most expensive.
When flying out of Tampa you will be using Tampa, often referred to as Tampa Airport. You will be landing at San José Juan Santamaria Intl, also known as San José Airport.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Cons: "They always change the gates, also too many disorders in the gate previous the boarding process, the process it is not clean. They took hand baggage aleatory to send to down and do not ask if we have fragile stuffs there."
Cons: "Maybe less cold the temperature."
Cons: "The plane temperature was like a walk in freezer. I got the only blanket. Booze free. They serve a light meal, sandwich"
Pros: "Everything was great"
Cons: "My husband received military order and we try to cancel our flight, but was impossible. We just lost 4 tickets"
Cons: "No earphones for hearing the movies"
Pros: "Que el avion era de 2 filas conn2 lugares"
Cons: "La comodidad.. Son muy estrechos..."
Pros: "was on time"
Cons: "terrible, waiting in one gate , then we have to go to another gate take a bus under the rain, fullof people luggage, , gave us terrible seats in the back small plane. the bathroom was not clean at all"
Pros: "The attention with Copa Airlines was great"
Pros: "Nothing really"
Cons: "Boarding process in Panama is very disorganized"
Pros: "Puntual, comfort"
Cons: "Very good"
Pros: "The welcoming and attentive service"
Cons: "Everything was OK"
Cons: "No entertainment."
Pros: "Flight on time."
Cons: "Changed gates at Panama without any alert until boarding time."
Cons: "Premium seating not a good buy."
Pros: "technology and movie/entertainment selection. plus drinks were included"
Pros: "The flight was cool, i loved not having to get down the airplane in Costa Rica to conitnue to Guatemala."
Cons: "It was freezing, and they didn't offer blankets just while we were on the plane."
Cons: "This airline Lost my baggage and they didn’t help me"
Pros: "I arrived in one piece."
Cons: "I purchased a round trip ticket from Costa Rica to Panama in order to comply with laws stating non-resident aliens must leave Costa Rica every 90 days for a period of at least three days. When it came time to return to Costa Rica, I understood that I had not purchased ANOTHER ticket to "prove" my intent to leave Costa Rica again three months in the future. I told the ticket agent I wishes to purchase a "fully refundable" ticket for a future flight, but she was (or professed to be) unable to assure me the ticket she was selling me was refundable. Upon return to Costa Rica, as before, immigration did not ask to see any such proof nor did they even ask my intentions. Isn't this called fraud? I did not need the ticket and, of course, in contacting Copa Airlines, I would have to return to Panama in order to even get a partial refund, which they won't guarantee. Not doing this again."
Pros: "We actually arrived earlier than schedule. Very impressed."
Cons: "No air conditioning, small gates, too crowded."
Pros: "The staff"
Cons: "No vegetarian options granted :( the planes are dirty."
Cons: "El aeropuerto internacional de Panama es sencillamente horrible y extremadamente caro y ni siquiera wifi free hay para los pasajeros que como yo tenemos que hacer escala. La señal para llamar por teléfono usando mi propia proveedor. Es un aeropuerto del siglo pasado que ya es hora COPA que tiene su centro de operaciones pongan de su parte para hacer más placentero la estadía en ese aeropuerto; aeropuertos como el CR o el de Bogotá no más sale uno del avión y hay excelente wifi que le permite a uno estar en contacto con la familia."
Pros: "Now you are giving away free muffins instead of insulting with a granola bar....THANK YOU FOR LISTENING"
Cons: "HOW CAN YOU NOT OFFER COFFEE ON AN AM FLIGHT??? THAT's CRAZY!!!"
Pros: "The aireplane in clean. And the people ver y gently"
Cons: "Board not very organized"
Cons: "I went on the site and mentioned I was vegetarian, but I guess the 'snack' wasn't big enough to warrant a veggie option. I had to run from one flight to another, and my previous one only served breakfast, so it would have been really nice to have a veggie option. I put poor on entertainment because there was none, but it was a short flight, so not a big deal. Rest was great!"
Pros: "No delays on departure. Smooth boarding process"
Pros: "Ha mejorado la comida que dan en económica, en especial par un vuelo tan corto. Las tripulaciones colombianas son más amigables y orientadas al servicio que las panameñas. Panameños: Wake Up!!"
Cons: "Ya es hora que inviertan en esto. Tanto en ejecutiva como en económica."
Cons: "The crew kept bumping Into me since I had an isle seat more than normally."
Pros: "Planes are clean and crew is nice"
Cons: "Overall they are a poorly organized airline, they will over sell their tickets and then expect you to give yours away. Boarding was messy."
Pros: "One of your crew members went above and beyond to help a family that was sitting next to me. That kind if service was unexpected and a huge help to the family. We were all impressed. They were all very cordial and polite."
Pros: "Very friendly and professional service combined with good food"
Pros: "it was a great we had a plesant smooth ride."
Pros: "2 free checked bags, and hot sandwich and drink in coach"
Cons: "Can't think on anything"
Cons: "Never answered the numbers I called when I got to the airport ended up having to rent with another company"
Pros: "- nice staff - food on the plane"
Cons: "Touch screen didn't work"
Pros: "Thank you for offering food, but something's without meat would have me flying copa every time!"
Cons: "Flights were delayed"
Pros: "Staffs were so kind and professional."
Pros: "Same as above."
Cons: "Same as above. Even after a long layover and a change of planes, it was still the cramped seats and an old plane."
Pros: "The crew was very friendly as well as the pilot after we had landed. Also was nice they gave us each a little water in a plastic bag as well as a snack"
Cons: "Not much anything can be done to make a flight better with Covid. Masks have to be on, no drink options available anymore."
Cons: "The crew failed to enforce ANY mask policy. The WiFi did not work. They over served alcohol to the passengers."
Pros: "Fast transportation and great seat"
Cons: "The air hostess were rude."
Cons: "Delayed flight"
Cons: "Flight entertainment it's kind of hard to set up depending on the device you own"
Cons: "Taxi time on both ends were ridiculously long."
Pros: "The seat was super Uncomfortable. Squished Middle seat that I paid $37 for (w/Priority boarding, see below). What a ripoff. The seat was designed specifically to torture passengers, of this I am certain."
Cons: "I paid for a seat upgrade that included "Priority Boarding", For AA, that meant Group 5 out of 9. WTF?? Clearly Bait and Switch - there's a big placard at every AA boarding gate that states: Priority Boarding 1-4 (to the Left) and "Main Boarding" 5-9 (to the Right). Fraudulent, clearly."
Pros: "Crew was nice, entertainment was good"
Cons: "Food was mediocre"
Pros: "The seat was So so"
Cons: "My food was cold had to send it back"
Cons: "My bag is misplaced and no one has an answer"
Cons: "Paid for seats so I could sit with my guy - still had zero leg room. Generally disappointed with the state of air travel in the US - feels like we're being herded like cattle. Would like to vote with my dollars to help airlines that value customers and aren't trying to pinch pennies/nickel & dime us"
Pros: "Once boarding, we didn’t wait long for take off."
Cons: "Being on time."
Cons: "My luggage was delayed. I received it the day after"
Cons: "The boarding process at the gate was brutal and very disorganized and the persons working for American Airlines were overwhelmed and announcements relating to the delay were very confusing"
Cons: "Circled for too long and had no updates from the captain on what was happening."
Cons: "Popup ad in already terrible gogo inflight media playback site stumped entire plan."
Cons: "They lost my bag in my layover at DCA. Even with a first class orange tag and 1:10 layover, they didn’t transfer the bag between planes on a Thursday evening. The planes were probably 300 feet away. Clearly their entire luggage tracking systems at DCA are broken. Even with 1:00 connections at O'Hare, DFW, PHL, my luggage has not gotten delayed."
Pros: "0ntime quick boarding"
Cons: "cost to check baggage"
Pros: "Everything on time."
Pros: "the plane looked new and clean"
Cons: "the leg space"
Cons: "Terrible rough landing for no reason"
Cons: "Our original flight was cancelled so we were rebooked for a much later flight which impacted our vacation. Call system was not working efficiently."
Pros: "everything but the cabin temperature. it was very hot and uncomfortable."
Cons: "Too warm in the cabin."
Pros: "Crew was great. No electrical outlets, wntertainment was mediocre. This was an old 747 that needs an update."
Pros: "Legroom, interactive lcd screens on seat headrests. Would fly again, affordable as well."
Pros: "Quiet clean bathroom good layover time"
Pros: "Mostly everyrhing"
Cons: "Food was so so"
Cons: "lost time and monies...and opportunities."
Pros: "If you are not in first class, they treat you like dirt."
Cons: "I saw the whole plane packed in the back with 6 people in a row, when the middle of the plane has plenty of empty seats. It seems that American Airlines will pack people who don't pay for choice of seats in the back. Distasteful practice."
Cons: "I called your customer service department which I believe is in India or Pakistan three times to ask them to help with an alternative flight and each time I got different information, when I asked to speak to a supervisor I was told by the punk on the end of the phone that that wouldn't be possible. I asked for his name and employee number and he told me his name was Michael, difficult to believe when he sounded Indian"
Pros: "Food was okay.."
Cons: "Had a bulk head seat that turned out to be not one."
Cons: "Horrible long delays."
Pros: "Arrived early"
Cons: "Couldn't get movies to play"
Pros: "the clerk at the boarding desk was kind"
Pros: "Tiny airplane but single flght crew managed my and from what I could see fellow passengers needs commendably. Whilst I didn't like needing to hand in my carry on (without much warning so I didn't have time to pull out a magazine to read) on the plus side it was stored well as my suit carrier came out unscathed and you get your bags curb side as soon as the plane lands so you don't have to wait for the rest of the bags to unload."
Cons: "Because the airplane is so small there is not much room to move in the aisle (thankfully most people just sat down for the short flight), also you have to hand in your carry on baggage so that it is stored with the main bags."
Pros: "Good air and great stewardesses"
Cons: "Horrible experience in the ground system, they charged me $240 for my bags and the staff are really confused."
Pros: "otherwise ok"
Cons: "2hr delay"
Pros: "Very friendly staff, on time, most of all very comfortable."
Cons: "The Oppurtunity that could improve is the boarding in plane to have passengers board in groups."
Pros: "Attentive staff, easy boarding"
Cons: "AA got rid of the video screens on the chair in front of you; poor snack selection"
Pros: "Everything went fairly seamlessly despite having a pacted plane."
Pros: "Flight on time"
Pros: "Friendly staff, on time"
Cons: "No issues"
Cons: "NEVER GOT THE TICKETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Pros: "Check in was good."
Cons: "Hate paying for bags. It's silly."
Pros: "They were efficient and courteous in distribution of beverages and collecting garbage"
Cons: "They let out 5 rows at a time which was good, then sort of have up after the first 10. But good concept in keeping things orderly"
Pros: "Decent snacks (comparatively)"
Cons: "Correct information on the shuttle/sky train. Was given a note that the shuttle would avoid going through security again, but after I'd walked a considerable distance and found it, it was shut. If you're going to provide information with the ticket, make it accurate"
Pros: "All my expectations were met"
Cons: "Everything was fine"
Pros: "Amabilidad de la tripulacion"
Cons: "Podrían dar comida, el viaje no es tan corto. Aire acondicionado demasiado frío, muchos pasajeros solicitaron regular l temperatura, no habían suficientes mantas"
Cons: "Fix your planes. They are falling apart."
Pros: "Hetti g home"
Cons: "Checking in terrible over two to get checked in and boarding. Cabin service very very slow and to top it all our luggage did now show at destination"
Pros: "Clean, comfortable and on time."
Pros: "Departed and arrived on time."
Cons: "Legroom was minimal."
Pros: "On time , smooth ride"
Pros: "Free snacks. But prob only cuz I got the cheapest option."
Cons: "Slow boarding, no food no drinks, no tv."
Cons: "Seat was broken and light didn’t work. Terrible response when I pointed it out."
Cons: "my TV did not work while everyone elses did"
Cons: "It’s was bad trip caused by the customers service the really bad they don’t know how to treat people only strolling money for carryon and really ruffles...one star it to much"
Pros: "Cheap price"
Pros: "Pilot was very communicative and shared when we were approaching turbulence when he was navigating around Hurricane Harvey"
Cons: "Hard landibg"
Cons: "Tiniest, tightest seating ever - claustrophobic"
Pros: "No problems smooth as honey."
Pros: "0 meals/delays"
Cons: "Got there safely!"
Cons: "I would never pay for movies.it is too tacky that everything is for sale"
Pros: "The separate lines for group numbers."
Cons: "Kiosks service was confusing. I paid for my baggage and received my boarding pass. However, I was supposed to stay at my kiosk until an agent came. There were 10 kiosks with only 2 agents helping people and no screen notification or sign asking customers to wait. In addition, TSA pre-check is not available at this airport."
Pros: "Flights were on time."
Pros: "Attentive, polite and efficient staff."
Cons: "No TVs. No reason planes shouldn't be upgraded"
Cons: "Snack offering was caramely sugar cookie"
Pros: "Very gracious staff and attendants : )"
Cons: "Fligh delay."
Cons: "horrible service representative in newark."
Pros: "Got there early!"
Cons: "Having a delay"
Pros: "I was allowed to get off the aircraft to collect a bag I left behind"
Pros: "Attendants were amazing"
Cons: "We spent the whole delay on the plane and wasn't notified of a problem until after an hour. A lot of my time was wasted. That's not okay. Keep your customers informed."
Cons: "Same. No ffood ..poor Service and allso charging. To much for extra weight. $200 for 3 extra pounds. Ridiculous. Also charged for one check in bag..Todo much"
Cons: "Viajar en United es desastroso. Los asientos son demasiado pequeños, yo mido1.57 metros y no me podía ni mover."
Pros: "The crew were nice though exasperated with cramped new planes and crowded restrooms. Flight was on time"
Cons: "After three years of flying all around US, realized United is the worst of the three major legacy carriers. I'm star alliance gold and it's still a painful experience. Crew admitted in latest redesign of planes they've managed to squeeze another six seats in coach. My seat wouldn't go back but even if it did, would feel too guilty for person behind to do it - so little legroom on newer planes. They've also cut down on restrooms so for most of the flight there was a line of 5-6 people waiting in the aisle. American Airlines seems to have older planes but at least decent legroom (and I'm not tall - anybody over 5'10 would have to sit at an angle on new United planes!). Been very impressed by Delta's service lately. United feels more like Spirit"
Cons: "Pretzels as an only option."
Pros: "The crew , living on time"
Cons: "I had no dislikes"
Pros: "Staff great. New plane. Check in a breeze."
Cons: "Airline food. Gross breakfast waffle. Very tight sitting arrangements."
Cons: "It was delayed 2 hours, no compensation was given even when asked for."
Cons: "As a military spouse I was not allowed to check a bag free so I paid the fee. When I boarded I noticed many passengers bringing bags on that we're as big as the one I just paid for. They either checked for free or brought it on and managed to shove it in sideways taking up space that others needed. Some people brought three bags on!!! As a military spouse I feel cheated to have had to pay when others checked in for free at the gate. Not cool United, either let the spouse check in for free or make everyone abide by the so-called rules of one carry on that actually fits into that metal baggage guide. I would like a refund of 50.00 for the baggage fees I paid for this trip."
Pros: "So, glad that United has come full circle after some adjustment phases and flying changes that is back to being "The Friendly Skies""
Cons: "The wi fi did not work"
Cons: "I felt like tuna in a can."
Pros: "No delays and on time arrivals, courteous staff"
Cons: "No complaints"
Pros: "Ride was good. Attendants were good. Other passengers were cooperative and compliant."
Cons: "This plane, as most others nowadays, was cramped for space."
Pros: "Airbus is the best commercial way to travel"
Pros: "Prices are greT"
Pros: "I Liked modern airbus A320"
Pros: "I didn't order any food this trip. There is no "entertainment" on Spirit airlines. It would be nice to have WIFI and/or charging ports."
Cons: "A little narrow between the seat rows. If you a large person this could be uncomfortable"
Pros: "Got cancelled"
Cons: "Fly got cancelled"
Cons: "$60 collected for 1 hand bag that too is very small"
Pros: "The prices"
Cons: "Comfort and no entertainment"
Cons: "After multiple delays, they could have at least offered us a soda."
Cons: "No comment, the delay was terrible"
Pros: "Getting upgraded for feee to an exit row seat where I had more leg room!"
Cons: "I traveled with my daughter her husband and my grandson. We loaded a recently purchased holdup stroller at the entry door with a cup holder and when we got it in Detroit (which was better than their arrival in Tampa as the stroller did NOT arrive until later that night as it was lost somehow) it was missing. My daughter went to the lost luggage service counter and asked if they could find it, and was told that WE should have known to remove it and if they wanted to purchase it and send the receipt they would reimburse. No one informed us of removing it at the door, we were told to board and leave it. Replacing only the cupholder will be extremely difficult. So this made me very disappointed as a customer."
Pros: "We made it safely"
Cons: "Charged for a bag that was 1/2 bigger than the bin to measure while people with bags twice the size did not get charged."
Pros: "Low Fare!!!"
Cons: "High luggage fee & lower weight limit allowed for luggage"
Pros: "I paid to sit in the emergency row, so I had plenty of room. It was neat that they surprised someone with free miles for a round trip. And we arrived early."
Cons: "There are so many fees for everything. It adds up pretty quickly. Also, the landing was really shaky. The overheard compartments shook so bad it seemed like they were going to fall off at any moment. I've never seen anything like that before."
Pros: "Everything about it"
Pros: "I liked how they took car of me with my wheel chair."
Pros: "Colorful crowd"
Pros: "There was lots of chairs to sit in and room to move. We loved the amount of charging stations that there were."
Pros: "Thanks for the survey BUT we are still here, delayed again, and still in Florida."
Cons: "Too many cancellations that are really a huge problem"
Pros: "Ease and comfort"
Pros: "Not much to talk about. Low cost but too many extras! Late!!"
Cons: "Late! Late!!!"
Pros: "Was as advertised. Had no issues"
Pros: "Very easy. Very cheap"
Cons: "It was as expected. No more. No less."
Pros: "The staff was friendly and welcoming."
Cons: "Delayed coming and going"
Pros: "My seat"
Cons: "Extra cost for EVERYTHING!"
Pros: "The gal that helped book ourbaggage was quite helpful! The best that happened with spirit was her."
Cons: "Being Charged for everything."
Cons: "Old plane with no legroom"
Cons: "my bag was smaller size listed on their site 16"x4"x3" new flying spirit again"
Pros: "Paying only for what you want, can't really complain about anything"
Pros: "How they charged you for everything they could dream of."
Pros: "The price was right."
Pros: "The cheap ticket price"
Cons: "Everything else"
Pros: "horrible. horrible. horrible"
Cons: "horrible. horrible. horrible"
Pros: "Everyone was nice and showed interest in my comfort."
Cons: "Company did not answers phone calls Friday...then finally told me my 2nd leg cancelled on Sunday. Never again."
Cons: "Once they have your money the staff doesn't care. Lack of communication and over priced for the "quality""
Cons: "Poor information and poor excuses"
Cons: "Staff frequency of collecting trash, way too often."
Pros: "We slept"
Cons: "No tv"
Cons: "The website stressed me out about what I could pack and they didn't even check at the gate."
Pros: "Cheap efficient."
Cons: "Boarding process was a little clumsy."
Cons: "Everything. Will never travel with Spirit again....ever!!!"
Cons: "That my seat was given to a child traveling without an adult without anyone letting me know, until I got to my seat and questioned it. I understand this happens, but I think I should have been told prior to boarding and being confronted with the situation."
Cons: "one hour late departure"
Cons: "uncormfortable seating"
Cons: "Delayed multiple times and then canceled No good rebooking options provided."
Pros: "Great price and seating"
Airlines flying from Tampa to San José 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 Tampa to San José
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights from Tampa to San José
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights from Tampa to San José
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights from Tampa to San José
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