Best time to beat the crowds with an average 32% drop in price.
Most popular time to fly with an average 28% increase in price.
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
When to book flights from Detroit to San Francisco
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Top tips for finding a cheap flight from DTW to San Francisco
Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $209 or less one-way and $459 or less round-trip.
The cheapest flight from Detroit to San Francisco was found 87 days before departure, on average.
Book at least 3 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
High season is considered to be June, July and August. The cheapest month to fly is January.
Morning departure is around 25% more expensive than an evening flight, on average*.
*Average of the lowest prices shown in KAYAK’s search results for departures within the next 30 days
FAQs for booking Detroit to San Francisco flights
There are usually 28 direct flights each day leaving Detroit in the direction of San Francisco, for a total of 198 flights weekly.
A passport is not required to fly from Detroit to San Francisco.
In normal times, Delta flies from Detroit to San Francisco up to 12 times per day, KLM up to 6 times per day, and Virgin Atlantic up to 6 times per day. However, there are also other airlines serving flights from DTW to San Francisco.
The earliest flight leaves Detroit at at 8:25 am and lands in San Francisco at at 10:54 am.
The last flight leaves Detroit at at 9:20 pm and lands in San Francisco at at 11:41 pm.
Air France, Delta, KLM, and Virgin Atlantic operate direct flights from Detroit to San Francisco.
Delta, Alaska Airlines, and Endeavor Airlines offer inflight Wi-Fi service on the Detroit to San Francisco flight route.
The Boeing 737-900 is the aircraft model that flies most regularly on the Detroit to San Francisco flight route.
SkyTeam is the only airline alliance operating flights between Detroit and San Francisco.
There are nonstop flights from Detroit to San Francisco on a daily basis.
KAYAK is a travel search engine. That means we look across the web to find the best prices we can find for our users. With over 2 billion flight queries processed yearly, we are able to display a variety of prices and options on flights from Detroit to San Francisco.
KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool uses historical data to determine whether the price for a flight to San Francisco from Detroit is likely to change within 7 days, so travelers know whether to wait or book now.
Hacker Fares allow you to combine one-way tickets in order to save you money over a traditional round-trip ticket. You could then fly to San Francisco with an airline and back to Detroit with another airline. Booking your flights between Detroit and SFO can sometimes prove cheaper using this method.
Sometimes travel dates aren't set in stone. If your preferred travel dates have some wiggle room, flexible dates will show you all the options when flying to San Francisco from Detroit up to 3 days before/after your preferred dates. You can then pick the flights that suit you best.