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Top 3 airlines serving California to Santa Barbara

Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews

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Alaska Airlines
Overall score based on 29,353 reviews
8.5
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.8
Crew
7.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
Airline reviews

Cons: "We landed almost 2 hours late and we missed a very important reservation. I am very disappointed."

Pros: "Very well looked after, couldn’t ask for more."
Cons: "Nothing, perfection."

Pros: "Everything."
Cons: "Nothing."

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "It was perfect"

Pros: "Nobody was seating next to me."
Cons: "Wake me up for snacks"

Cons: "Delay taking off and delay arriving to gate due to scheduling."

Pros: "Everything."
Cons: "It could be better if the airplane would serve complement food."

Pros: "Gate waiting area was far less commotion than the Southwest gates."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Speed and care"

Pros: "N/A"
Cons: "N/A"

Pros: "People were friendly and super helpful."

Cons: "We got in later than estimated."

Pros: "Arrived early"

Pros: "Comfort"
Cons: "Better snacks"

Pros: "Process"
Cons: "Cleanliness"

Pros: "Boarding was smooth"
Cons: "Snack, staff behavior was below average"

Pros: "Efficientand smooth."

Pros: "I actually loved the fruit and cheese platter"

Pros: "It was all good."

Pros: "Not much"
Cons: "Just about everything"

Cons: "Snacks were meh"

Cons: "Snotty steward in the back. Not pleasant."

Cons: "Served only water, food pre-order ignored"

Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Love Alaska airline!"

Cons: "It would be great if there was power outlets for notebook on board/"

Pros: "Just great"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Great airline"

Cons: "Plane issues kept us on the tarmac for 2.5 hours before we took off"

Pros: "Enjoyed the beer and wine."

Pros: "Everything went smoothly!"

Pros: "Wifi and outlets"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Punctuality and kindness off employees."
Cons: "N/A"

Pros: "Free baggage check and upgraded to "Premium" class was an awesome surprise!"
Cons: "N/A"

Pros: "Alaska Airlines"

Pros: "the folks at Alaska Airlines were super helpful and outgoing. They really make your happiness a priority."

Pros: "i luv flying :)"

Pros: "Left early and arrived early. Bags were at baggage claim when I arrived."

Cons: "The middle seat is horrible there. It's tight, don't have a tray table in front of you or a pouch. Also the charger the row is right in front of you so the other two people plug there stuff right by your feet. You pay extra for this seat which I would never do again."

Pros: "All of the workers were sooo kind and helpful."
Cons: "Nothing, it was a great experience."

Cons: "Seat backs have very little padding."

Pros: "The people working Alaska were kind and professional."
Cons: "Nuthin particular"

Cons: "They left my luggage in Portland and made me have a two HR delay to get my bag"

Pros: "nothing"
Cons: "everything."

Pros: "My stewardess was amazing!"

Pros: "great"

Pros: "boarding and disembark were good for premier as was seating comfort"
Cons: "There is no substitute for a wide body aircraft"

Pros: "Delayed BC of Pilots schedule, boarded the knowing the pilots weren't even there yet waited 30 mins for pilots with no air-conditioning til the stewards called someone to turn on air... finally checking the plane and during that found there was something wrong with waited an extra 45 mins til we finally took out ...were supposed to arrive in Newark at 5:55 pm did land til 7:15pm that messed up my pick and the schedule"

Pros: "Online check in"

Cons: "Just doesn’t compare to the new 787’s"

Pros: "I love the inflight entertainment"

Cons: "Use another airline"

Pros: "M"

Pros: "The seat wasn’t very comfortable"

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "Yes"

Pros: "Horrible staff at LAX boarding gate. Been treated horribly by incompetent and rude AA staff."
Cons: "Hire only friendly people for this type of job. Hire people knows basic math. Train their well on how to communicate with people."

Pros: "Comfortable"
Cons: "I was in 10C a So I was able to hear a disgruntled AA employee. Just like office politics. But up in the air. I didn’t need to hear"

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "Everything was cancelled or delayed, missed connection are very common."

Pros: "pilot was great and you could hear him!"
Cons: "SOME kind of FREE food"

Pros: "Good first. Class seat"
Cons: "Lotsa turbulence, very hard to sleep"

Pros: "many movies"

Pros: "Greets you nicely, on time, caring staffs"

Cons: "Constant delays, wrongful promises of when/how long delays would take"

Pros: "Straight to the point,easy,and convenient"
Cons: "Nothing yet"

Cons: "Even though we pay exorbinant prices: The poorest selection of non-meat vegetarian food."

Cons: "There was no entertainment at all, and pretzels are gross"

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "None"

Cons: "Had to buy another ticket"

Pros: "They made a long trip comfortable with an excellent attitude."

Pros: "There are three meals during the trip."
Cons: "Not at this time."

Pros: "Comfortable and on time"

Cons: "The breakfast was not very good. I would have liked more fruit and maybe a real regular muffin."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "It wasn't Cathy Pacific operation."

Cons: "served snacks without drinks or at least water"

Cons: "The breakfast, no hot meal just sugary food."

Pros: "NA"
Cons: "NA"

Pros: "Everything"

Pros: "It didn't take long for anything."

Pros: "Everyone was friendly"
Cons: "Very tight fit."

Pros: "The A321-S was a pretty good aircraft. Nicely updated interior. Staff were young & professional. Everyone was happy, efficient and professional. It was nice to see the Captain smile and say goodbye to ALL the passengers. Well done AA!"

Pros: "Everything was timely, courteous & pleasant. The aircraft was very clean."

Pros: "Great entertainment system at each seat"

Cons: "Food was nasty and they didn't have a non dairy option"

Pros: "The handed out the customs forms just before landing because they were too busy chatting. I had to fill up the form during landing and got dizzy. During the fligh I asked for water and the stewardess forgot about it."

Pros: "everything ran like clockwork"

Pros: "they would not let me up grade and there was plenty of room to upgrade"
Cons: "I am handicap and was not given a upgrade"

Pros: "WHAT FOOD.,,,,,,.AA DOSE NOT FEE US OR HAVE ANY ENTERTAINMENT,"
Cons: "NOTHING AA IS JUST AS BAD AS FIJI AIRWAYS"

Cons: "Taking away headphones 40 mins prior to landing is ridiculous. AA needs to abandon Bose or figure out a better way."

Pros: "Everyghing was smooth and on time"
Cons: "Nothing at all"

Pros: "same as above"

Cons: "Terminal at LAX requires a bus."

Pros: "Same as above."
Cons: "Same as above"

Cons: "Checkin was a nightmare! Not clearly marked and very confusing at LAX."

Cons: "Departure to late hard to get other fly conection ."

Pros: "Service, clean aircraft, I felt AA cares about me"
Cons: "Changing gates before boarding"

Pros: "Business Class seat"
Cons: "People using forward lavs"

Cons: "It was delayed for more then an hour."

Cons: "Practically no food was served."

Pros: "Everything was ok except the Asian hostess"
Cons: "I don't like when I asked the hostess to give me another drink .. she said ok and never gave it to me and when I asked her again she said we are landing .. I was fasting and I break it at 8:06 pm I asked for water and some ginger ale because I have sore throat and coughing didn't stop for the whole trip"

Cons: "Told I would need to check my bag at the gate, only to find plenty of overhead bin space once all passengers boarded"

Cons: "Clean the bathroom!! Horrible, horrible, horrible!!"

Pros: "Very easy flight. Easy boarding and seating."
Cons: "Nan"

Pros: "great crew, easy flight"

Cons: "Waited on runway for 30 minutes before taking off. No explanation from cockpit. Waited another 10 minutes once landed before pulling into deplaning area. It was an uncomfortable flight."

Pros: "Quick and easy"
Cons: "Plan on wearing your running shoes. United is bad at giving you a lay over that is almost impossible to make. 45 minutes or less for a layover is going to give u a pretty good chance to miss your flights. We went to LAX and had to run from terminal 8 to 7. If it were long we would have missed it.."

Cons: "The fact that you have to download an app to get any kind of entertainment on United is a bit ridiculous. Plus the food offerings are poor at best."

Pros: "Not much."
Cons: "There was absolutlely no food. Not eve a bag of peanuts."

Pros: "Service on Lufthansa is better than most us carriers"
Cons: "The gate agent did notice I was changing carrier but did not distinguish my bag at Check in"

Cons: "only pretzel, no nuts as option"

Cons: "See my comment above. This flight was also delayed."

Pros: "Most of my flights this time had more legroom than I’ve been seeing lately. Very pleasant flight and nice not to be so cramped. The flight also left from the same terminal in Denver as my previous flight. With a 1 hour connection that was wonderful. Keep that up, United! The crew also came by regularly with offers of water. Much appreciated."
Cons: "Naturally no food except pretzels."

Cons: "Seats uncomfortable, crew rude to other passengers"

Cons: "no legroom"

Cons: "PA system was painfully too loud."

Pros: "Great stewardess"
Cons: "Entirely too hot in the plane"

Pros: "On time, baggage was handled well."
Cons: "Seats were way too crowded, especially for a 5 hour flight."

Pros: "Love business class on the 757"

Cons: "Card reader for direct tv didn't work"

Pros: "Short flight"
Cons: "Plane was way too hot on SFO-SBA, fortunately it was a short flight. Uncomfortable, narrow seats with sparse leg room. Kayak should add an 'N/A' to the survey for certain categories, e.g., entertainment which is not available on some flights."

Cons: "No drinks on the flight, even in first class. They should tell customers before they purchase the update!"

Pros: "Getting to my destination. Other than that.. it feels like I'm just a sack of meat being herded and potentially lead to slaughter. Nothing elegany, exciting or glamorous about flying these days. Just trying to not get sick, die or break the bank to get to my deatination and do so with dignity. Flying United I felt like I had little to no dignity by the time I arrived at my destination. But, I have to admit, you get what you pay for...."
Cons: "Every single aspect. From checking in to boarding, to in flight to disembarking.. it's not all United's fault. The entire industry really.."

Pros: "Late boarding, ZERO ENTERTAINMENT when you can pay the same price for American that provides television, old uncomfortable seating."
Cons: "Everything"

Pros: "Fast and efficient and two seat figuration is better than three."

Cons: "Long delay due a wheelchair. Really? You've never had a wheelchair on board before? Yes, this one did have batteries, but is that so unusual? Our delay was over an hour."

Pros: "On time departures and early arrivals"

Cons: "We were delayed"

Pros: "I was nursing a cold and the staff was offering me drinks and blanket."
Cons: "Departure was delayed by an hour."

Pros: "Connecting could hardly be any easier than at DEN--you get off your plane and you turn right or you turn left. No need to find a map of the airport; no need to figure out whether walking or taking the "trA'Am" would be faster; no need to catch a bus or go through security; just one (long) concourse."
Cons: "While connecting at DEN is easy, I wish there were more outlets for recharging my phone on the B concourse (like WN has on the C concourse). I wouldn't have gotten too much of a boost, though, as both of my flights were on time."

Cons: "I didn't like hearing the overhead storage will soon cost."

Cons: "My bag was misplaced after being gate checked, it ended up going to baggage claim, not a huge inconvenience, but after all our trouble with United, it was frustrating and we were tired and not interested in waiting for our bags (which is why we took carry on only in the first place)."

Cons: "WIFI was a rip-off. Paid for an hour, only got 15 minutes"

Pros: "Ran on time."
Cons: "Sitting next to a larger gentleman which boxed out my own personal space. Having to stow my suitbag in an overhead bin several rows behind me."

Cons: "The man who reprinted my boarding pass after I had left no e at security was extremely rude. I also found it ridiculous that I was charged to check my bag at the gate because it was about a half inch longer than the bin. Yes I understand there are size limits on carry on luggage but the plane was not even half full and the bag was clearly a standard carry on size. If anything, I should have been permitted to gate check the bag."

Pros: "The plane was clean, comfortable and seemed to have a bit more room. The staff was professional and courteous."
Cons: "The plane was 2hrs delayed but that was due to weather. The food was over priced and not good."

Cons: "The fact I had to buy a tv package when on my previous"

Cons: "Scheduled for 7:20pm, but delayed until 8:20pm. Very disorganized way of handling carry on baggage. Not worth the $208 I paid for this one way flight."

Pros: "How fast the flight was"
Cons: "Delayed flight on the way back"

Pros: "On time, great service"
Cons: "Plane was full. Legroom poor, as I am 6'2". But I was give an isle seat as requested , so able to stretch a little."

Pros: "Price of flight"
Cons: "Space between aeats"

Pros: "I can't really rate the food or entertainment. The flight was a red-eye so I slept. However, I slept well in First Class after upgrading several hours prior to take off."
Cons: "The flight was 1 hour 30 minutes late taking off."

Pros: "Routine"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "I was glad to see that the security check line was moving quickly. Sacramento is usually my go to airport when in northern California because it's so much easier to get to where you need to in a timely fashion too."

Pros: "that they warned me the plane was extra small and checked my carry-on at the gate for free."
Cons: "that they didn't really advertise how small of a plane I would be flying. I guess you're supposed to research every plane before purchasing tickets now."

Cons: "we were an hour late"

Pros: "Flight quick, everything went smooth. Staff was helpful and friendly."
Cons: "No negative comments."

Pros: "Everything went well; great service on both flights"
Cons: "N/A"

Pros: "Easy booking. Good flight. Amazing price"
Cons: "Everything was really pleasant."

Cons: "The 3 hour delay"

Pros: "Getting to my destination"
Cons: "Coming home"

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