I LUV that Southwest continues to add to their destination list! Given the ease of redeeming awards and the comfort of knowing that changes can be made for free makes Southwest Airlines a great choice for those who like simplicity. Combine that simplicity with the growing route map makes them a better option for many people (especially with the Companion Pass).
Now, Southwest has announced that they will be expanding further south and flying to San Jose, Costa Rica as of March 7. There will be one flight per day from Baltimore to San Jose. I think it is great and am sure that they will get a fair amount of business. It also helps by adding another point of departure from the US to San Jose as some of the other airports that offer flights there are out of Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Miami, and Houston – all further south than Baltimore. It is nice to have another airport closer to some of the other northeastern cities (JFK also has flights down to San Jose).
I flew into Liberia earlier this year and had a fabulous time at the Hilton Papagayo Resort (which is about 5 hours from San Jose). That Southwest flies to this popular vacation destination makes it much easier for couples that want to getaway there, thanks to the famous Companion Pass. The taxes and fees on the award ticket should be around $60-70 per person.