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Low season

AugustBest time to beat the crowds with an average 4% drop in price.

High season

DecemberMost popular time to fly with an average 11% increase in price.

Average price round-trip

$290(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal round-trip

$159or less

Good deal one-way

$108or less

Top tips for finding cheap flights to California

  • Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found tickets from Cincinnati to California for the following prices or less: to Los Angeles $108 one-way - $159 round-trip, to San Francisco $128 one-way - $187 round-trip
  • Book at least 2 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
  • High season is considered to be November and December. The cheapest month to fly to California is August.
  • Morning departure is around 3% cheaper than an evening flight, on average*.
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Top airlines flying Cincinnati Cinci./N. Kentucky to California

Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews

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Allegiant Air
Overall score based on 1,968 reviews
7.7
Boarding
7.0
Comfort
8.1
Crew
6.1
Entertainment
6.4
Food
Airline reviews

Pros: "Everything was simple and it was cool that they let the staff wear comfy clothes"
Cons: "Usb chargers in the seat, and free refreshments and peanuts"

Cons: "Crew unfriendly. Flight attendants and pilots never acknowledged us or said hello or thank you."

Cons: "Free beverages"

Pros: "Crew was nice."
Cons: "Not having so many extra charges and having to pay for a carry on"

Pros: "Slight weather delay, no problem. We were assigned to seats with additional leg room that we didn't pay for, that was a nice & unexpected upgrade."
Cons: "I was a bit annoyed that my TSA Precheck was not included on my return ticket although I purchased the RT tickets through my Allegiant account that has all of that on my profile information. Feel like this should automatically have been added when tickets were purchased."

Pros: "The crew was very nice."
Cons: "The AC was broken - only the front half of the plane was getting it. The back half was very hot."

Pros: "On time"
Cons: "Crew unfriendly, sometimes rude"

Pros: "Pilot was friendly"
Cons: "A little confusion about departure gate"

Pros: "All wa great"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "timeliness of the flight professionalism of the crew immediate attention to a passenger who fainted"
Cons: "passengers were cold and there were no blankets to be offered there were no hot beverages and it was very cold. all beverages were for purchase and yet no complimentary hot coffee nor tea, even if you wanted to pay"

Pros: "It was great"

Pros: "Affordable but no free water or snax"
Cons: "Cheap feeling seat. Thin plastic shells packed tightly together. But hey- its cheap!"

Pros: "Boarding was better than other airlines."
Cons: "Seats are uncomfortable and do NOT recline!"

Cons: "I bought a flight that I had to end up cancelling - when I called to cancel - within the 24 hour period, they would not let me cancel despite text on my confirmation saying that there would be a free cancellation within the 24 hours. Extremely annoyed that there was a blatant miscommunication. I did not end up going on the flight but was unable to get a refund which seems ridiculous given that there was text on the website explicitly saying this was their policy."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "The $17.00 i paid to insure the flight was not honored. I had some health issues and needed to cancel. I was then told that the airline I chose through your site, won’t honor it. I am furious and am owed my refund."

Pros: "Getting off the bus!"
Cons: "2.00 for water! Overpriced everything! Crew was not nice. Kindness goes a long way. Not for this crew impatient and just rude to other passengers. We pay good money to ride on the horror bus!"

Cons: "Long wait due to plane speaker malfunction. Offered free drink pours on flight once we finally took off but it was a very small “2 sip” pour."

Pros: "Friendly staff!!"
Cons: "Hour delay on flight"

Cons: "The flight was delayed 9 hrs. We were going to NYC for 2 days. We missed an entire day--- cut our trip in half."

Pros: "Flight crew were very polite and we received free soda. Free booze however would have been more appropriate after spending my entire New Year’s Day in an airport."
Cons: "Reviewed 9 hours because a crew member didn’t show. Was originally told 6 hours delay only 20 minutes before the flight was due to leave. Received two $8 meal vouchers and rude and slow service from the entire ground crew."

Pros: "Great airfare, great staff, etc. Cant help that the passengers are idiots ! Love this place."

Pros: "Quick flight and overall nice crew."
Cons: "None"

Pros: "Great assistance with a wheelchair to board, and gate crew in CVG is super friendly and helpful."
Cons: "After landing, we spent a hour sitting in the plane, waiting for a gate. After the entire plane had deboarded, it took another 15 minutes for them to bring my husband's wheelchair up from the gate checked storage."

Pros: "New plane!"
Cons: "Boarded too early!"

Pros: "Plane, staff, made best of bad situation. Seats are only OKAY to Good, but NO airlines are really comfortable so by comparison they were good"
Cons: "The delay - this time not due to the airlines, so thus the good review."

Cons: "Allegiant needs to put more than just school bus seats in their aircraft."

Cons: "After the horrendous delays getting to my destination I just bit the bullet and bought new tickets (duplicates) on a different airline to get back home-- rather than risk a repeat experience. Ended up costing an extra $300 but at least I didn't have to spend an entire day in an airport trying to keep my 7 year old from losing his mind."

Pros: "Flew 2 different legs with Allegiant, both of which were delayed for maintenance stuff. 2nd leg, we sat in the plane for an hour waiting for a maintenance guy, so my wife went to the bathroom. No toilet paper! When my wife asked about it, she was told "we won't be getting toilet paper for this flight." Inexpensive is one thing, but...dear lord!"

Cons: "No issues"

Pros: "Great service and very clean plane. Staff did everything to accommodate everyone's needs."
Cons: "There was a lot more turnulance than expected which could have made for our shaky landing but the pilot did a great job regardless."

Pros: "Everything was great during the flight but..."
Cons: "We were delayed over 7 hours, with only a $50 dollar future airline credit and an $8 meal voucher. That's not nearly enough for that kind of headache. It was 2 am before we arrived at our hotel."

Pros: "Good for Domestic travels"

Pros: "The plane departed on time. The crew was very friendly."

Pros: "Loved their crew and the way they contacted you over the internet to remind you to check in, etc."
Cons: "NOTHING BAD TO SAY-a 3 1/2 hour flight on a comfortable, well piloted plane beats a connection from LAX that ends up being 8 hours for travel that day all hollow!"

Pros: "First time flyer on this airline... I loved that it was a DIRECT flight halfway across the country."
Cons: "Where to start... i guess for starters EVERYTHING is an upcharge. I was suprissed the seatbelts were included! Less legroom than a Cesna 152 and surrounded by 159 of my closest friends. And i mean SURROUNDED. That cabin is SO tight! So tight in fact the seats are a blow mold plastic with roughly 1.5" of foam and fabric. Think go-cart bucket seat with some foam rubber and pleather. Then there's luggage... My carry on bag (that I've used for 15yrs) was too big for the jig at the counter so got to check it for an additional $10 (above the $30 i had to pay to bring it) and they charged me $40 for my original check bag. The hitch is that they only allow 40lbs ($1/lb) for that check bag when the rest of the industry says 50lbs is the norm. Oops, gotta pay for that too! And wait for it... sodas are $2 in flight!"

Pros: "The prices are good. Anything additional (food, overhead carry on space) is an additional cost but this is how they make the tickets cheaper for people who don't need extras."

Pros: "I like the flight. It was on time"
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "I didn't like how the air was turned off before we were allowed to leave the plane. It made it difficult to breathe with my asthma."

Pros: "Very smooth ride and attentive friendly staff"
Cons: "Snacks were over charged."

Pros: "Flight attendants were very kind."

Pros: "friendly staff, good take-off - landing, all that jazz"
Cons: "Not knowing it would be a late take off. Other than that, very good."

Cons: "Flight was delayed an hour for "paperwork". Can't be helped by the crew, but an administrative errors are just as bad."

Cons: "Seats were made of stone."

Pros: "It's ridiculous have to pay to bring a bag on your airplane it's ridiculous that your staff at the Medford airport or unprofessional and lack common courtesy."
Cons: "Gate staff at Medford Oregon airport were rude and unaccommodating"

Cons: "The flight was delayed 8 hours"

Pros: "It was fairly clean and the flight wasn't crowded."
Cons: "Flight boarded late, $2 charge for water (and it's not even good water), and no free carry on."

Pros: "Cheat, direct flight from LA to Boise."
Cons: "Absolute bare bones. Like riding the city bus."

Pros: "All crew very nice. Cost was a great help for me to be able to fly.. Food looked very nice, I didn't have any on this flight but will partake on my next trip in December. Really enjoyed how the crew managed the exit of the flight. It was controlled by crew and the result were great, no pushing or shoving.. Very fast and easy, no stress."
Cons: "I didn't have any bad experiences, it was an enjoyable trip."

Pros: "This airline will nickel and dime you to death! Substandard service, and hidden fees. I guess you get what you pay for. Needed to go to a family funeral, and they were the cheapest, but I guess you get what you pay for."
Cons: "Nothing."

Cons: "One hour and a half late and nobody told us why, we just sat and stayed in the plane for one hour and a half"

Pros: "Great coffee!"

Pros: "Same like up"
Cons: "Same like up"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything"

Pros: "Making it home"
Cons: "Everything else. Horrible communication...won’t use frontier again"

Pros: "Not much"
Cons: "Lack of timely communication"

Cons: "No recline"

Pros: "Flight ontime"
Cons: "Paying for Carry-on. Soon it will be coin operated overhead lockers. Bring the correct change"

Cons: "Flight delayed 9 hours, not good. Not sure I'll take again"

Pros: "I like the cheap initial price. I did not like paying $35 for one bag :("

Pros: "Arrived at destination early"
Cons: "Paying for carry ons Not comfortable"

Cons: "Having to pay $4.99 for a soda."

Pros: "nothing. it terrible all around"
Cons: "getting delayed for 8 hours and then getting locked out of security and being made to pay for an extra tickets. actually filing extorsion charges"

Pros: "The crew was very friendly,funny and helpful with any questions from the passengers."
Cons: "the seats had no cushion, no food options and the price of the drinks on-board are unacceptable."

Cons: "The seats. The lack of IFE (my fault for not checking). But really the seats. Takes no-frills a bit too far."

Pros: "Liked the ease of boarding and cleanliness of the plane!"
Cons: "No reclining of seats"

Cons: "$40 for a carry on per flight - that's $80 more the cost of the flight."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "After spending 8 hours at cvg airport what else can i tell you"

Pros: "If you are a simple person like myself, then Frontier is for you."
Cons: "The table trays could be bigger. Beware of the many small children who experience discomfort while flying. For some reason, I have seen more families with newborns/toddlers on Frontier than on the other airlines that I have flown with."

Pros: "Efficient and on time. Great price!!!"
Cons: "App did not work for checking in on return flight. Friendly customer service but needs a bit more training."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Delayed, baggage took over 40 mins to come at the end of the trip"

Pros: "plenty of room, quick boarding, comfortable"
Cons: "pretty cold"

Cons: "Delayed 2 plus hours Upon arrival into sfo over 1 hour and 30 mins to get bags"

Pros: "Very uncomfortable, otherwise acceptable"

Cons: "I dont even know why you are sending me a survey of a flight i didnt even have... Plus, you didnt send me an email to let me know that the flight was canceled, i realizado that once i got to the airport... you should do something about it"

Cons: "Flight was cancelled 5 hours before I was supposed to get to the airport. They could not get me on another flight. I had to spend an extra $400 for a last minute flight."

Pros: "Sfo is a great airport and ran efficiently makes travel easier than other major aorports"
Cons: "No wifi and absolutely no entertainment -"

Pros: "Frontier seats do not recline."

Cons: "The stewardess nearest to us at the front of the plane (didn't catch her name) was incredibly rude and had an attitude with everyone she'd spoke to. Very unprofessional."

Pros: "Getting off the plane"
Cons: "Uncomfortable crammed seats, extra charges bag fees rip off"

Pros: "The crew was very friendly"
Cons: "I don't care for the seats. They are very uncomfortable"

Pros: "The fact it was a direct flight from SFO to Cincinnati."

Pros: "price of ticket"
Cons: "lack of discipline enforced...Russian passenger was playing with his baby boy as plane landed. extreme discomfort of non-movable, Airbus seats and tiny tray."

Pros: "I liked the ticket price"
Cons: "They don't take off or landing on time , they charge for curry on bag , they don't serve any soft drink for free even the flight was for 5 hours, chairs not comfortable and don't move or have good stand for drinks and no way to charge ur phone or you can say it's not a plan chairs"

Pros: "Boarding. Charging for baggage limits what passengers can carry making boarding and sitting quicker"
Cons: "oK with me to buy my own snack and pop. Can see that it may catch people by surprise as passengers not notified earlier that except for water have to purchase own snack."

Pros: "Fare is cheap"
Cons: "Seats do not recline. You have to pay for everything, even the choice of seats. Water was not even served on 5+ hour flight!"

Pros: "Nothing."
Cons: "Uncomfortable seat and small leg room. Compare to other airlines, Frontier is on my bottom list. I will never use Frontier again, it will be my first and last."

Cons: "Frontier doesn't lease enough gates. Waited 35 minutes after landing for gate to clear. Both flights. Frontier late in unloading bags. Waited 40 minutes at luggage carousel. Frontier lost my bag"

Cons: "Delayed for 3+ hours"

Pros: "Having less carry on luggage made loading a lot faster and easier to get on"
Cons: "Very little information about the mechanical,issues and length of the delay"

Pros: "Best price for last minute booking"
Cons: "Extensive bag charges!!"

Cons: "We departed late and not on schedule"

Pros: "Inexpensive"
Cons: "Seat extremely uncomfortable for a person my height (6') and not adjustable in any way. Not a ton of leg room either, though not noticeably less legroom than other airlines."

Pros: "Nothing will not recommend them or fly with this airline again. Frontier is going straight into the "filter out" airlines that's for sure."
Cons: "The price quoted did not include their fees for a carry on - $30 both ways! Feels unethical."

Pros: "nothing!!!!!"
Cons: "everything!!!!!"

Cons: "luggage retrieval took almost a full hour"

Pros: "ease of booking, checking in, utilizing app as boarding pass."
Cons: "was surrounded by babies in all rows around me but they were cute so it was alright."

Pros: "Delay for too long. It took so long after landing! What are the ground crews doing?"

Cons: "We were stuck on the runway for over an hour after we landed and getting our luggage was a DISASTER. They changed the location of our baggage claim carousel with minimal notice, only to change it back to the original carousel with NO NOTICE. It took over an hour again for our luggage to come out and it trickled in so slowly, that I ended up getting my bag a full two and a half hours after we landed. Awful experience."

Pros: "Non-stop flight."
Cons: "Rudimentary seats, with little padding and NO adjustments. Not very comfortable."

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