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Low Season:
September
Best time to beat the crowds
1%
expected price decrease
High Season:
March
Most popular time to fly
4%
expected price increase
Average Price:
$457
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good Deal:
$354
or less (round trip)

When to Book Flights from Detroit Metro to San Diego

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The cheapest flight from Detroit Metro to San Diego was found 27 days before departure, on average.
Book at least 2 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
High season is considered to be February, March and April. The cheapest month to fly is September.
Morning departure is around 24% more expensive than an evening flight, on average*.
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FAQs for Booking Detroit Metro to San Diego Flights

How long does a flight from Detroit Metro to San Diego take?
An average nonstop flight takes 4h 45m, covering a distance of 1952 miles.
How many flights are there between Detroit Metro and San Diego?
There are 89 (nonstop) flights between Detroit Metro and San Diego per week, averaging 12 per day.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from Detroit Metro to San Diego?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest round-trip tickets were found on Frontier ($182), Multiple Airlines ($207) and United ($284).
Do I need a passport to fly between Detroit Metro and San Diego?
No.
Which airlines fly most frequently between Detroit Metro and San Diego?
Delta (4 times daily), Air France (2 times daily), KLM (1 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly Detroit Metro to San Diego?
For Detroit Metro to San Diego, Monday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Saturday is the most expensive. Flying from San Diego back to Detroit Metro, the best deals are generally found on Thursday, with Friday being the most expensive.

Book cheap flights from Detroit Metro to San Diego (round-trip)

Airports
Origin
Detroit
$182
only
$182
Destination
San Diego
$182
only
$182
Mon, Dec 4
DTW
SAN
6h 56m
Fri, Dec 8
SAN
DTW
10h 04m
Trip: 5 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 32998 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
MSP
DEN
Mediocre 2.0

We didn't make it to Vegas and they barely compensated us.

AUS
IAD
Mediocre 2.0

2.5 hours delay is what I didn’t like

DEN
ATL
Mediocre 2.0

I did not make the flight due to unclear announcements.

PHL
PBI
Good 6.3

The plane was clean and we left on time with no delays or issues. The flight crew were very nice and there was also enough overhead space for everyone’s bags.

The lines are excessively long to check a bag, there was only 1 of 4 check in kiosks working, which created it’s own line. Also the carry on bag fee at the airport was incredibly steep.

MKE
LAS
Okay 5.6

The crew was most friendly and accommodating. Pilots very informative made a could be turbulent flight very smooth.

Seats are very uncomfortable had a bar straight across bottom of my back. Lack of food and beverages. The plane should always be stocked.

Fri, Dec 1
DTW
SAN
19h 13m
Fri, Dec 8
SAN
DTW
10h 35m
Trip: 8 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Sat, Feb 17
DTW
SAN
6h 42m
Sat, Mar 3
SAN
DTW
9h 12m
Trip: 15 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 51386 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.3
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
SFO
STS
Excellent 8.0

Comfortable as fell asleep before tak3 off and woke up when landing announced.

IAD
IND
Excellent 8.0

2 short a trip to serve food

ORD
RAP
Excellent 8.0

Friendliness

Ride was bumpy

JAC
DEN
Okay 5.3

Repairs caused a long delay, they kept us informed but it was a hurry up and wait forever

ORD
MIA
Excellent 8.3

Food was great!

Drinks took a while to receive after takeoff.

Wed, Jan 10
DTW
SAN
4h 45m
Tue, Jan 16
SAN
DTW
4h 28m
Trip: 7 days
8.5ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.5 Excellent
Based on 11 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
JFK
DTW
Excellent 10.0

I got off the flight at out side,but i forgot to carried my small bag .and then the Crew returned me the bag very soon.they were very kind,thank you very much.

SEA
SJC
Okay 5.6

No vegetarian options in first class.. and go go wouldn5 hook up. Flight was an hour late...but that was ok.

The pilot did a nice job of flying in and banking so we could see the view..

ATL
HPN
Good 7.3

It was on time

It was crowded and cramped.

OMA
ATL
Good 7.6

My comfort zone seat

PHL
JFK
Excellent 9.0

We were probably in the air for 30 mins; great short flight. Plane wasn’t filled so had plenty of space.

Thu, Dec 7
DTW
SAN
6h 56m
Mon, Dec 11
SAN
DTW
11h 07m
Trip: 5 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 32998 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
DEN
OKC
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing

I signed up for special services for meet and assist and no one helped me.

MSP
DEN
Mediocre 2.0

We didn't make it to Vegas and they barely compensated us.

MCO
ATL
Okay 5.3

The poor way they handle things when the system goes down

DEN
ATL
Mediocre 2.0

I did not make the flight due to unclear announcements.

PHL
PBI
Good 6.3

The plane was clean and we left on time with no delays or issues. The flight crew were very nice and there was also enough overhead space for everyone’s bags.

The lines are excessively long to check a bag, there was only 1 of 4 check in kiosks working, which created it’s own line. Also the carry on bag fee at the airport was incredibly steep.

Mon, Dec 25
DTW
SAN
6h 27m
Sat, Dec 30
SAN
DTW
6h 32m
Trip: 6 days
5.4OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.4 Okay
Based on 50708 reviews
Overall
5.6
Boarding
6.0
Comfort
5.3
Crew
6.4
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.6
MCO
BWI
Mediocre 2.0

Spirit changed our direct flight to a four hour layover in Houston that would have arrived 10 hours later than expected. They decided to tell us this fact the day of our flight!

EWR
FLL
Mediocre 2.0

Spirit sucks!!!

ORD
FLL
Good 7.3

The fare made it affordable to travel. The Spirit website had great explanations!

The fare is great and the explanations of how it all works on the website is great, but difficult to get all you need in a bag of the required size.

PDX
LAS
Mediocre 2.0

New planes

1. Flippant staff - it is not "hip" to be rude 2. We felt hostage on this plane. Not even water is available for free. 3. We ended up paying A LOT more for this flight, which is supposed to be a super economy flight. My bad for not understanding how gosh darn cheap this airline is. Had to pay even for carry on and to even get a seat assignment. Thia is NOT a family friendly airline. 4. Web site is all about bait and switch. When I logged on, initial rates low, then when I signed in, all rates increased.

ORD
MCO
Good 7.3

Fast and quick flight, did not part take of the food on board and used my own entertainment.

First time flying with Spirit, only thing I did not care for was the prices for checked on luggage. $45 for carry on luggage and $40 for checked luggage? Although paying for this service gets you on the plane quicker

Sat, Dec 16
DTW
SAN
19h 16m
Mon, Dec 18
SAN
DTW
6h 38m
Trip: 3 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, Apr 11
DTW
SAN
13h 01m
Tue, Apr 17
SAN
DTW
22h 14m
Trip: 7 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 32998 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
MSP
DEN
Mediocre 2.0

We didn't make it to Vegas and they barely compensated us.

PHX
CVG
Good 7.0

I liked that the staff was friendly and the tickets were affordable

I didn’t like that there was no complimentary food or beverage options.

MCO
ATL
Okay 5.3

The poor way they handle things when the system goes down

MKE
LAS
Okay 5.6

The crew was most friendly and accommodating. Pilots very informative made a could be turbulent flight very smooth.

Seats are very uncomfortable had a bar straight across bottom of my back. Lack of food and beverages. The plane should always be stocked.

MSY
DEN
Excellent 8.0

Flight was delayed

Thu, Mar 1
DTW
SAN
7h 33m
Mon, Mar 5
SAN
DTW
11h 09m
Trip: 5 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 51386 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.3
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
IAD
SYR
Good 7.0

Short flight

Landing was not smooth

SLC
SFO
Excellent 8.5

More comfortable seat. The seat on this airplane offers little back support.

SFO
ORD
Excellent 10.0

Fun introduction of crew and local trivia sets the time for an enjoyable flight.

SFO
STS
Excellent 8.0

Comfortable as fell asleep before tak3 off and woke up when landing announced.

PVR
SFO
Okay 4.3

Flight was delayed and no one could tell us why or for how long we would be delayed (not even on the kiosk) ... turns out it was delayed for 3 hours ... didn’t get a phone update until 1/2 hour before boarding. people were very rude about it. Turns out the plane had issues, so they had to send another one ...

Tue, Jan 16
DTW
SAN
4h 45m
Sat, Jan 20
SAN
DTW
4h 24m
Trip: 5 days
8.5ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.5 Excellent
Based on 11 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
PBI
ATL
Good 6.0

On time; safe flight

Service from boarding to landing was impersonal. No headphones etc. Etc.

PHL
JFK
Excellent 9.0

We were probably in the air for 30 mins; great short flight. Plane wasn’t filled so had plenty of space.

SAV
ATL
Good 7.0

The flight was on schedule

It was crowded and cramped.

SEA
SJC
Okay 5.6

No vegetarian options in first class.. and go go wouldn5 hook up. Flight was an hour late...but that was ok.

The pilot did a nice job of flying in and banking so we could see the view..

MIA
ATL
Excellent 8.3

They gave me extra pretzels and 2 cans of soda

The seats were awful.. Miniscule

Tue, Mar 20
DTW
SAN
8h 46m
Sat, Apr 28
SAN
DTW
7h 19m
Trip: 40 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Sat, Apr 14
DTW
SAN
13h 01m
Sat, Apr 21
SAN
DTW
7h 19m
Trip: 8 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 32998 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
CVG
MCO
Okay 4.0

It got me where I needed to go, albeit with a little effort and stress. Crew was pleasant. Thank you.

6 people overbooked, who might not have gotten seats. I was one of them. I recognize there was nothing I could have done either way but it was unpleasant to hear I might not get a seat on a flight I bought a ticket to a month ago, regardless of the price. And the return flight was dismal. Had to wait an extra 3 hours for maintanence on the plane (fine, would rather it get fixed than have an issue in the air) but we were told there would be vouchers worth some amount sent to our email after we landed back in cincinnati. It's been 3 days and I have received no such vouchers. It also turns out I payed $45 for a personal bag that was I guess covered under a personal bag? I recognize this as being partly my fault, but when I went to get my ticket "personal bag" wasn't an option, so I didn't think I had one, or my single backpack actually was $45 to take with me. Was not a terrible experience. Just not a good one.

PSP
DEN
Mediocre 3.3

My flight crew. Received call concerning my bag in Atlanta, although I was still in Denver.

Long line to check in, anxiety about missing flight Had to pay for my carry on Missed my connecting flight, announcements were not clear Was told I to pay a rebooking fee for a flight two days later Frontier does not offer stand by Spent $285 with another airline to get to Atlanta on time

MSP
DEN
Mediocre 2.0

We didn't make it to Vegas and they barely compensated us.

MSY
DEN
Excellent 8.0

Flight was delayed

AUS
IAD
Mediocre 2.0

2.5 hours delay is what I didn’t like

Sat, Feb 3
DTW
SAN
4h 45m
Sat, Feb 10
SAN
DTW
4h 24m
Trip: 8 days
8.5ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.5 Excellent
Based on 11 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
MIA
ATL
Excellent 8.3

They gave me extra pretzels and 2 cans of soda

The seats were awful.. Miniscule

DTW
SAN
Okay 5.0

Stewardess named "Mel."

Paid for upgraded seat to "Comfort" for both of us. Bank account was charged for both. Got to gate and only one of us was upgraded. Gate agents said there was nothing hey could do, and that I had to call customer service. Nothing, in person. Terrible

PBI
ATL
Good 6.0

On time; safe flight

Service from boarding to landing was impersonal. No headphones etc. Etc.

DTW
SAN
Excellent 8.3

Another passenger (P1) appeared to have issues with having a window seat (perhaps he felt claustrophobic) and had asked the flight attendant if he could help him find an aisle seat. The attendant kindly asked around and unfortunately no one offered their seat. Once all passengers had boarded the plane, the row in front P1's seat had an empty middle seat. The attendant kindly asked the passenger that was sitting next to P1 to move to the seat in that row so that P1 had extra space. It was great to see how attentive and accommodating the attendant was to P1's concerns/needs. Great customer service from him and the rest of the crew staff.

SAV
ATL
Good 7.0

The flight was on schedule

It was crowded and cramped.

Wed, Nov 29
DTW
SAN
26h 13m
Mon, Dec 11
SAN
DTW
11h 07m
Trip: 13 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, May 1
DTW
SAN
12h 24m
Sat, May 5
SAN
DTW
7h 24m
Trip: 5 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 32998 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
PHL
PBI
Good 6.3

The plane was clean and we left on time with no delays or issues. The flight crew were very nice and there was also enough overhead space for everyone’s bags.

The lines are excessively long to check a bag, there was only 1 of 4 check in kiosks working, which created it’s own line. Also the carry on bag fee at the airport was incredibly steep.

DEN
OKC
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing

I signed up for special services for meet and assist and no one helped me.

DEN
SLC
Excellent 10.0

Great flight from start to finish. Had boarding passes, so easy, Quick luggage checkin, easy boarding, and easy, Quick luggage retrieval at end of flight.

DEN
ATL
Mediocre 2.0

I did not make the flight due to unclear announcements.

CVG
MCO
Okay 4.0

It got me where I needed to go, albeit with a little effort and stress. Crew was pleasant. Thank you.

6 people overbooked, who might not have gotten seats. I was one of them. I recognize there was nothing I could have done either way but it was unpleasant to hear I might not get a seat on a flight I bought a ticket to a month ago, regardless of the price. And the return flight was dismal. Had to wait an extra 3 hours for maintanence on the plane (fine, would rather it get fixed than have an issue in the air) but we were told there would be vouchers worth some amount sent to our email after we landed back in cincinnati. It's been 3 days and I have received no such vouchers. It also turns out I payed $45 for a personal bag that was I guess covered under a personal bag? I recognize this as being partly my fault, but when I went to get my ticket "personal bag" wasn't an option, so I didn't think I had one, or my single backpack actually was $45 to take with me. Was not a terrible experience. Just not a good one.

Fri, Feb 16
DTW
SAN
6h 42m
Wed, Feb 21
SAN
DTW
7h 42m
Trip: 6 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 51386 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.3
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
IAD
SYR
Good 7.0

Short flight

Landing was not smooth

IAD
IND
Excellent 8.0

2 short a trip to serve food

SLC
SFO
Excellent 8.5

More comfortable seat. The seat on this airplane offers little back support.

ORD
MIA
Excellent 8.3

Food was great!

Drinks took a while to receive after takeoff.

PVR
SFO
Okay 4.3

Flight was delayed and no one could tell us why or for how long we would be delayed (not even on the kiosk) ... turns out it was delayed for 3 hours ... didn’t get a phone update until 1/2 hour before boarding. people were very rude about it. Turns out the plane had issues, so they had to send another one ...

Mon, Feb 5
DTW
SAN
11h 55m
Mon, Feb 12
SAN
DTW
11h 44m
Trip: 8 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 32998 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
PHX
CVG
Good 7.0

I liked that the staff was friendly and the tickets were affordable

I didn’t like that there was no complimentary food or beverage options.

MSY
DEN
Excellent 8.0

Flight was delayed

DEN
OKC
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing

I signed up for special services for meet and assist and no one helped me.

DEN
SLC
Excellent 10.0

Great flight from start to finish. Had boarding passes, so easy, Quick luggage checkin, easy boarding, and easy, Quick luggage retrieval at end of flight.

PSP
DEN
Mediocre 3.3

My flight crew. Received call concerning my bag in Atlanta, although I was still in Denver.

Long line to check in, anxiety about missing flight Had to pay for my carry on Missed my connecting flight, announcements were not clear Was told I to pay a rebooking fee for a flight two days later Frontier does not offer stand by Spent $285 with another airline to get to Atlanta on time

Sat, Feb 3
DTW
SAN
4h 45m
Sat, Feb 10
SAN
DTW
4h 24m
Trip: 8 days
8.5ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.5 Excellent
Based on 11 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
PHL
JFK
Excellent 9.0

We were probably in the air for 30 mins; great short flight. Plane wasn’t filled so had plenty of space.

JFK
CUN
Excellent 9.0

Entertainment and crew were great- comfortable seats, got to watch a couple of movies with headphones provided by Delta; forgot mine so I assumed I would be miserable thru the whole 4 hour flight. so glad I was wrong! Would definitely take another flight with Delta... looking into the frequent flyer program as we speak

DTW
SAN
Excellent 10.0

I appreciated the kindness of the staff at each of our stops. From beginning to end they were polite, helpful, and kind!

JFK
DTW
Excellent 10.0

I got off the flight at out side,but i forgot to carried my small bag .and then the Crew returned me the bag very soon.they were very kind,thank you very much.

ATL
HPN
Good 7.3

It was on time

It was crowded and cramped.

Thu, Mar 1
DTW
SAN
6h 42m
Tue, Mar 6
SAN
DTW
4h 34m
Trip: 6 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Sat, Nov 25
DTW
SAN
6h 34m
Sun, Dec 3
SAN
DTW
6h 31m
Trip: 9 days
5.4OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.4 Okay
Based on 50708 reviews
Overall
5.6
Boarding
6.0
Comfort
5.3
Crew
6.4
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.6
PDX
LAS
Mediocre 2.0

New planes

1. Flippant staff - it is not "hip" to be rude 2. We felt hostage on this plane. Not even water is available for free. 3. We ended up paying A LOT more for this flight, which is supposed to be a super economy flight. My bad for not understanding how gosh darn cheap this airline is. Had to pay even for carry on and to even get a seat assignment. Thia is NOT a family friendly airline. 4. Web site is all about bait and switch. When I logged on, initial rates low, then when I signed in, all rates increased.

MCO
BWI
Mediocre 2.0

Spirit changed our direct flight to a four hour layover in Houston that would have arrived 10 hours later than expected. They decided to tell us this fact the day of our flight!

FLL
PIT
Okay 5.6

Getting on the plane was quick and we took off on time. The plane was clean and the seats were as comfortable as i guess airplane seats can be.

I didn’t like the fact that they made me check my bags and then there was so much space on the plane where i could have placed my very small duffle. It was totally a waist of $50 and the attitude i received from the flight attendant wasn’t appreciated.

DTW
TPA
Excellent 8.0

On time

SDQ
FLL
Okay 4.6

extra fees for luggage and service

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