Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from California to San Diego
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Average price round-trip
|$241||(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)|
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Pros: "Upgraded! Excellent service throughout,"
Cons: "Longer flight?"
Pros: "The free WiFi is great!"
Cons: "2 hour delay on take off"
Pros: "The actual trip was fine."
Cons: "Not canceling flights and telling customer's to call Alaska Air to get a flight 6 hrs later."
Pros: "Worth the price"
Cons: "Crew can be little more friendly but it is ok"
Pros: "Crew so polite and friendly. Also very accommodating with young man with special needs."
Pros: "The crew staff was nice"
Cons: "First off they were late then when it's time to board they change the gate on us and we had to go across the airport to get to the next gate. Then flight was fine when we landed the flight was smooth. Then we had to wait for another 30 minutes to actually get off the airplane. Not happy at all."
Cons: "Everything was great WiFi didn’t work but I don’t care, just letting you know"
Pros: "Friendly staff but no perks on this short flight"
Cons: "The crew were not very friendly. One was actually rude."
Pros: "The option to have coffee."
Cons: "The lack of option to have a non-dairy creamer."
Pros: "Worth it"
Cons: "good vacation experience with Alaska Airlines"
Pros: "Was great"
Pros: "Power sockets on each seat, good snacks"
Cons: "The loading of the plane was a bit messy. Not terrible, just didn't have much structure to it."
Pros: "the tablets that could be purchased were a nice touch."
Cons: "AC WAS NOT BLOWJNG COLD AIR!!!! Miserable!"
Pros: "I like the fact that we can download the app and watch movies for free."
Cons: "The food is not included. Even a snack."
Pros: "Early arrival"
Cons: "Only water to drink."
Pros: "On how organized boarding and leaving the plane."
Pros: "No space for my small duffle bag in the overhead binders"
Pros: "The staff was so helpful from the moment I walked in to helping me check in to discreetly giving me a seat belt extender. The airplane was comfortable with plenty of space for a coach seat. I really had a good experience."
Cons: "I have no complaints whatsoever."
Pros: "Ontime. Easy check in."
Cons: "First place was older and didn't have plug in for phones etc."
Pros: "Check in was fast. Airport was hassle free. Uber was easy."
Cons: "All was terrible"
Cons: "Hour long wait on the tarmac at SJC was uncomfortable at best"
Cons: "Departure happened when we were supposed to arrive"
Pros: "Staff was great"
Cons: "No wifi made it harder keep 4 yr old happy"
Pros: "Loved the complimentary beer and wine!"
Cons: "Kind of a small plane."
Cons: "Our suitcase, along with those of two other people, was lost. This is a fairly high loss rate for a small plane flying between two not very large airports."
Pros: "Everything perfect, congratulations to all personal and companie."
Cons: "Not, everything is perfect"
Pros: "It was fine. We thought we had one free bag but we're told we didn't. Really typical of flying today. Everything cost extra, bags, food etc Pretty typical"
Cons: "Better snacks would help you stand out. They are pretty sad ;o)"
Pros: "Timing and price"
Pros: "The beverage was good."
Pros: "They are consistent"
Cons: "Wish they flew more places."
Pros: "People were efficient and friendly"
Pros: "The service was good."
Pros: "The whole experience was great,very easy No stress"
Cons: "Cold. Very cold"
Pros: "Everything was overall fine"
Cons: "Don't tell me I'm gate checking my bag and it will be at the gate waiting and then truly check my bag (ie white tag it) and make me go to baggage claim"
Pros: "Got to move to an open row, thx you."
Cons: "My bag was left in San Diego. I had a feeling when the lady in Portland checking it in was pretty lazy about it. She said" just put it over there""
Pros: "Cheese plate was great as always"
Cons: "Late and chaotic boarding. No clear lines and just a mob herding toward the counter to board."
Cons: "I needed a pillow"
Pros: "Service on board was excecellent"
Cons: "Both flights were delayed by 30 minutes. Even though the arrival times were ontime, the delays both announced more than 10 minutes after it was clear there was no plane at the gate to board. This meant that I left early only to wait even longer at the airport than I would have liked."
Pros: "Nine was great."
Pros: "Comfortable chair, spacious since I upgraded to Premium."
Cons: "NO snack though, was offered just water from a large botter"
Pros: "Cleanliness. Safety. Friendly."
Cons: "Delightful experience except at SFO checkin."
Pros: "Covid safety protocols and people following was excellent."
Cons: "Serve alcohol :)"
Pros: "Liked the attitude of staff and comfort of 50% capacity."
Cons: "There were costumers taking off mask and walking through plane."
Cons: "When I pick up my bags"
Pros: "It’s been awhile Since I’ve flown delta and omg they truly blow every other domestic airline out of the water hands down. And I’m flying basic economy. Impressed. Bravo Delta"
Pros: "On time"
Pros: "Nothing. They lost the plane so we couldn’t even fly out"
Cons: "Finding the plane"
Cons: "Aircraft was too warm. Needed more air!"
Pros: "compared with other airlines they were just OK"
Cons: "Connection at Schiphol often tricky;"
Cons: "My monitor isn’t really working after rebooted. And the audio hole wasn’t tight enough"
Cons: "The fact the the toilette was kitty cornered in the mid cabin bathroom is a joke on modern society."
Pros: "On time, smooth take off and landing."
Cons: "The only problem with the food was it was all canceled because of rough weather."
Cons: "I’m would be much better if I can sit by my husband."
Cons: "Better food and more water."
Pros: "The website delivered everything I needed."
Cons: "More discounts for frequent users."
Pros: "Quick boarding process"
Cons: "Wifi stopped working halfway"
Cons: "Boarding was like a cattle call....my headrest was broken so couldn’t sleep upright but face down....seemed like a plane that large would have more bathrooms"
Cons: "The sits are uncomfortable"
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"
Cons: "Didnt fly from San Francisco to Atlanta"
Pros: "Had to cross terminals and the pathway was closed due to an international flight landing (poor planning on LAX part) so had to exit and reenter terminal through TSA. Flight delayed an hour then cancelled due to control panel failure. 10pm flight became 12am bus (and originally told it was 11.15pm bus which was "stuck in traffic" when google map traffic was all green). Got back to SD 4 hours after scheduled time."
Pros: "The movies were spectacular"
Cons: "Food was a bit plain"
Cons: "waiting on the tarmac for 40 minutes"
Pros: "No hassle, no drama, very smooth."
Cons: "The blueberries were rather bland."
Pros: "All I need to say."
Pros: "the meal was OK and they served ice cream midway between SFO and JFK."
Cons: "Late departure. Long delay getting to the get because of congestion at Terminal 4."
Pros: "Upgrade. Comfort. Gourmet Oatmeal Breakfast."
Cons: "Need more cooking shows (British Bakeoff would be fun) or something besides what has been there for too long."
Pros: "it was great experience"
Pros: "Everything went smoothly."
Pros: "I appreciated the kindness of the staff at each of our stops. From beginning to end they were polite, helpful, and kind!"
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"
Pros: "Didn't know you could get complimentary meals anymore! The movie selection was awesome too!"
Cons: "Why is the complimentary Wi-Fi and messaging only for T-Mobile subscribers?"
Cons: "Asked for hot tea but what I got was barely tepid."
Pros: "The staff communicated what was going on"
Cons: "Our plane had mechanical problems and never left. I thought they would bring another plane in for us, but they never did. After 8 hours of waiting, we decided to cancel our trip and go home."
Pros: "Excellent trip. Provided ample food snacks and drinks."
Cons: "The attendents only served one round of beverages in Comfort Plus."
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: "Read above"
Cons: "Read above"
Pros: "All restroom floors were wet. I have seen this in others 767's too. Is this a 767 phenomenon"
Cons: "Don't do it. Don't fly Frontier. Business model does not provide real training for the staff. No contingency plans for aircraft failures; no training for staff to handle day-to-day normal flights variances (aka, downed aircraft, weather, airport delays). Had three delayed flights trying to leave out of the same gate, instead of separating angry, tired, hungry passengers, they kept them all in the same gate which heightened tensions. Potential crisis situation only made worse."
Cons: "Delay and change the louge"
Cons: "Politeness and actually hidden bag prices"
Pros: "Inexpensive and convenient"
Cons: "Would of been nice if there wasn’t a huge argument leading to an arrest on board! I didn’t upload but I bet it has surfaced"
Pros: "Great coffee!"
Pros: "Same like up"
Cons: "Same like up"
Pros: "Comfortable and affordable"
Pros: "The friendly staff made up for the other stuff."
Cons: "need more room."
Pros: "Great team, friendly, courteous."
Cons: "That Airline stole clothes out of the luagage"
Cons: "Bags were lost by multiple passengers"
Pros: "Baggage made it with flt. On-line check-in was easy."
Cons: "High baggage fees (for both checked and carry-on). Virtual requirement to pay upgrade fee for seating - only a handful of seats in entire plane were available without upgrade fee. Even highest level upgrade seats were cramped - had more leg room on economy seats on Alaska flt on in-bound flt. Plane was 4 hours late in departing. While pilots seemed friendly, of two stewards, one was downright unpleasant and unhelpful, the other seemed pleasant but was more interested in reading his fashion magazine than providing service to passengers. Will not be flying Frontier again."
Pros: "Quick simple"
Cons: "Uncomfortable seating and can't be adjusted at all"
Cons: "My only complaint is that is not reasonable to be charged by a carry on luggage. I didn't check in any luggage but still have to pay for two carry on one for me and one for my daughter. Not a good policy for business."
Pros: "Smooth check in and friendly staff"
Cons: "Cannot recline the seats"
Pros: "On time"
Cons: "Charge for baggage, $40 per bag, was not obvious at booking. Fees were very high compared to the ticket price. Seemed like gouging to me."
Cons: "Absolutely one of the top worst flights I have ever taken in 26 years of flying. I honestly wanted to give them a shot. But between out rages bag fees, horrible boarding practices, and disruptive behavior It was terrible."
Cons: "Frontier just lost this customer for life. I'll pay a hundred dollars more to fly United. Getting socked in the face and drug out of my seat by the SS sounds more appealing than ever flying with Frontier again."
Pros: "Bigger plan. Not over booked"
Cons: "Price of food"
Cons: "Seats cramped and lousy service."
Pros: "On tome"
Cons: "No food"
Cons: "They charged 40 dollars just to bring a carry on suitcase onto the plane. That's crazy expensive!"
Cons: "The seat doesn't recline on Frontier Airlines."
Pros: "Nothing. I asked for a refund and was told i was getting a refund and never received it. I will never use kayak ot frontier ever again"
Pros: "Everyone was helpful"
Cons: "On both flights, the for sale snack options were poorly stocked... no menu cards in my row, when I asked for one (because they told us to chose before they got to us).... they brought me one that was torn and falling apart Most folks around me were surprised they couldn't get water or coffee without paying extra."
Pros: "Perfect landing"
Cons: "No wifi"
Pros: "Clean and good service"
Cons: "had to pay for things that were normally free on other airlines."
Pros: "it's not delay"
Cons: "No carry-on package allow with the price, it charges additionally $30/trip. Not good booking experience, the website was keep asking to add any additional charge to the fare. My total fare is totally different from what it's mentioned before because I have to add my bag and everything. The plane itself is not that clean, narrow leg room."
Pros: "Happy energetic voice of pilot"
Cons: "Plane left an hour late."
Pros: "The plane was comfortable. Staff was friendly"
Cons: "There were significant delays without any notification whatsoever. If I hadn't looked on the website repeatedly I would not know of the changing departure times. No apologies or explanations were given while we all waited more than two hours."
Cons: "Delay after delay after delay"
Cons: "Long delay in Denver boarding, due to, we were told, plane coming from Cancun, immigration delay, and weights and balances mechanism malfunction."
Cons: "Slow service after being 2 hours behind schedule."
Cons: "Lost my bag, enough said"
Pros: "Nothing I got stuck at Denver airport for 23 hours. From 11pm until 10pm the next night was when they offered me to fly back home."
Cons: "Really no care for the passengers."
Pros: "Check in was done quickly"
Cons: "Same as above"
Cons: "I do not travel alot and some of this was a disappointment. Making our plane reservation was easy. Then we went to pick our seat assignments. What a surprise when we had to pay more money to just choose our seats. This is a complete rip off for travelers. You already pay to much just to fly and then you pay additional money for seats? And then you pay more money to have a carry on bag. We put this bag under our seat, we carried this bag ourselves, no one from the airline touched this bag, another rip off. I have heard the airlines are not doing great, now I know why. You can include my entire name if you want. Jim Prueter"
Pros: "Once I found out I have to for everything from carry on to water there was nothing to like about booking on Frontier."
Pros: "The original price, the newer plane"
Cons: "upcharges for luggage, food at"
Pros: "Not really nada!!"
Cons: "Like I say change me two times !! $74.00 and $94.72"
Pros: "Staff was very polite/professional"
Pros: "Everything!!! Super impressed!"
Cons: "That I had to leave the amazing experience and go on vacation. :("
Pros: "Quick easy no hassle"
Cons: "Lower the price"
Pros: "Quick and easy"
Pros: "quick bottle service"
Cons: "paying $65 for my carry-on"
Pros: "I got upgraded to 1st class for free!"
Cons: "Almost nothing to eat for those of us who have to watch our blood sugar levels."
Pros: "The baggage check in cost more than the ticket!!!"
Pros: "The Pilot was polite!"
Cons: "There were way too many hidden charges, after the fare was paid! The planes were old! Never Again!"
Pros: "Everything was perfect"
Cons: "Little fees"
Pros: "delayed and inaccurate updates"
Pros: "It was clean and process was efficient. I did not get food but got a red wine and it was tasty."
Cons: "Way too tight - not enough space in seat, and I am small. And no wi-fi offered but it is a common offering these days that many people depend on. Service in the plane was fine, but not beyond that."
Cons: "Didn't know they charge $57 per carryon bag. Will not use Spirit again."
Cons: "Price is deceptive. Add maybe $49 for online carry-on rate ($9 is some fee) to be comparable to other airlines. They also stop boarding 15 minutes before scheduled departure."
Pros: "Clean plane, good leg room"
Pros: "Got to sit in a big seat"
Cons: "We were delayed out of Oakland"
Cons: "never again on spirit"
Cons: "Delayed over an hour and sat at LAX gate for over 30 min before getting off plane"
Cons: "Everything. What everyone has told were true. Just sad to see and experience the horrible thing that is flying with Spirit firsthand. Don't be like me, avoid spirit."
Cons: "It was delayed"
Cons: "Buying a ticket and adding the cost of baggage."
Cons: "Two different prices for checking bags online and @t the checkin gate. Boarding gate person was rood and two busy"
Pros: "Once I got use to it, I do like the ala carte option!!"
Cons: "The seat doesn't recline"
Cons: "They charge you to breathe around their airlines and have zero service"
Pros: "Price and Spirit employees."
Cons: "Being a sardine, and getting nickle and dined."
Pros: "Not a lot...the staff was courteous"
Cons: "The MOST UNCOMFORTABLE flights EVER!!! Plus the fact that they nickle and dime you for EVERYTHING! Those were the chief complaints of passengers around us as well...PLUS found out we had a newer plane on the way there, and the older plane was more comfortable! According to the staff the new planes hold 6 more passengers...at the expense of everyone else! Never again."
Cons: "Bag fees and delay"
Cons: "I, SONJA SASSI THAT PAID FOR THE TICLET AND INSURANCE, Checked in Edmund Schneider online night before, we got to airport at 8:15 after a 5 hour drive and they said he was too late when the plane was scheduled to leave at 8:59 am. He even had his boarding pass"
Pros: "I like that the plane was clean and the staff was friendly."
Cons: "plane was filthy"
Pros: "Not that comfortable could be"
Cons: "Could be softer"
Cons: "Hidding fees for extrabag? The carry on is more expensive might as well put that bag as a check in!!"
Pros: "fastest route , airport in Oakland not crowded"
Cons: "Late for an hour"
Cons: "The verry expensive Price for a Carry on"
Pros: "staff courtesy and friendly ness !"
Cons: "Boarding & Delay"
Pros: "Good accommodating staff"
Cons: "Heavy charges for luggage Improvements in website"
Pros: "Free upgrade to emergency row."
Cons: "Lost bag"
Cons: "$55.00 for a second carry on is too expensive , it should be $25.00."
Pros: "I'm a pretty big man n they help get a seat to my comfort"
Cons: "The accents do not recline."
Airlines flying from California to San Diego 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 California to San Diego
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights from California to San Diego
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights from California to San Diego
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights from California to San Diego
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights from California to San Diego