The cheapest times to fly from SJO to MSP are

  • January 8th to March 18th (except the week of March 5th)
  • August 6th to December 2nd

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from SJO to MSP is early September. Prices can be as high as $1566 for Saturday flights during early to mid May, or as low as $433 for Wednesday flights around early September.


When to Fly to Minneapolis

Flying from San Jose (SJO) to Minneapolis, MN (MSP) will usually cost between $503 to $896 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early September with an average ticket price of $509. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid May, with an average price of $977. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $468 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $598 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SJO to MSP flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the SJO to MSP route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

SJO to MSP Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SJO to MSP flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from San José. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.15, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to MSP, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into SJO. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to Minneapolis, and Sundays are the most expensive days to return to San José. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $61 (9%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $617. Return trip prices are from the MSP to SJO flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from SJO to MSP can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 5 hour 26 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking SJO to MSP

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from SJO to MSP — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Orlando, FL (SJO > MCO > MSP)

  • Price for both tickets: $506
  • Average savings: $92 (15.38%)

See SJO to BOS flights

Hack #2: Boston, MA (SJO > BOS > MSP)

  • Price for both tickets: $568
  • Average savings: $31 (5.1%)

See SJO to MCO flights

Hack #3: Tampa, FL (SJO > TPA > MSP)

  • Price for both tickets: $581
  • Average savings: $18 (2.93%)

See SJO to TPA flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from SJO to MSP? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 10 major airlines flying this route most often: Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska, American, Avianca, COPA, Delta, Southwest, Spirit, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport to Juan Santamaria International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2469 miles or 3973 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from SJO to MSP?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SJO to MSP flight is about 5 hour 26 minutes.

How many flights go between San Jose and Minneapolis, MN?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 78 available flights from SJO to MSP.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code SJO
Origination airport name Juan Santamaria International Airport
City San Jose
Country Costa Rica
Latitude 10
Longitude -84.2

Return Airport

Destination code MSP
Destination airport name Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport
City Minneapolis, MN
Country the United States
Latitude 44.9
Longitude -93.2


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