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Low Season:
February
Best time to beat the crowds
2%
expected price decrease
High Season:
July
Most popular time to fly
14%
expected price increase
Average Price:
$1353
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good Deal:
$890
or less (round trip)

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The cheapest flight from New York John F Kennedy Intl to San Francisco was found 25 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 June, July and August. The cheapest month to fly is February.
Morning departure is around 3% cheaper 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 New York John F Kennedy Intl to San Francisco Flights

How long does a flight from New York John F Kennedy Intl to San Francisco take?
An average nonstop flight takes 6h 25m, covering a distance of 2580 miles.
How many flights are there between New York John F Kennedy Intl and San Francisco?
There are 1,663 (nonstop) flights between New York John F Kennedy Intl and San Francisco per week, averaging 251 per day.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from New York John F Kennedy Intl to San Francisco?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest round-trip tickets were found on Virgin America ($221), Multiple Airlines ($225) and JetBlue ($227).
Do I need a passport to fly between New York John F Kennedy Intl and San Francisco?
No.
Which airlines fly most frequently between New York John F Kennedy Intl and San Francisco?
Virgin Atlantic (19 times daily), Alaska Airlines (18 times daily), Delta (17 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly New York John F Kennedy Intl to San Francisco?
For New York John F Kennedy Intl to San Francisco, Wednesday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Tuesday is the most expensive. Flying from San Francisco back to New York John F Kennedy Intl, the best deals are generally found on Tuesday, with Tuesday being the most expensive.

Book cheap flights from New York John F Kennedy Intl to San Francisco (round-trip)

Airports
Origin
New York
$221
only
$221
Destination
San Francisco
$221
only
$221
Wed, Feb 14
JFK
SFO
6h 44m
Fri, Mar 2
SFO
JFK
5h 23m
Trip: 17 days
7.4GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 500 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.7
JFK
SFO
Mediocre 3.6

Nothing

No food, not even a snack on a 6 hour flight . It was very hot the flight attendants are useless . Head rest very uncomfortable especially if you are short

JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

Poor selection of movies and in flight entertainment. Most movies were >20 years old. Too many lap dogs on flight!

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

The service

The wait

JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

Ease of boarding, entertainment offerings were better than average

Crew-seemed bored and distracted during boarding. On a 6 hour flight they made 1 quick pass through the cabin near beginning of flight and that was it. Way under the standard of at least frequent passing through the cabin and at least another water service. Pretty much the same level on trip to NYC as on this return to SFO. Not what we are used to with Alaska.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 8.6

Comfort

I couldn't get my seat assigned on the internet and then I had to wait forever at the gate until someone give me some position about that.

Wed, Feb 14
JFK
SFO
6h 44m
Tue, Mar 6
SFO
JFK
5h 20m
Trip: 21 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, Feb 6
JFK
SFO
6h 53m
Wed, Mar 14
SFO
JFK
5h 38m
Trip: 36 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 73 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.6
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.8
JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

The good news is that the width and legroom, even for a middle seat, was better than most airlines. The bad news is that the seat was one of the most uncomfortable I have ever sat in. My partner and I both had backaches after our flight across the country.

The uncomfortable seats.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

all around great

no problems

JFK
SFO
Excellent 9.0

On time, very efficient

Checked bag pickup was on the opposite side of the terminal, with inadequate signage.

JFK
SFO
Good 7.0

Tv didn't work

JFK
SFO
Okay 4.0

The single terminal that seemed only for JetBlue. The staff were friendly.

My flight was delayed an hour and a half. The seats were uncomfortable to sleep in. Bucket seats are the norm on planes but they are so bad for the back. Even a seat that was straight up & down would be better than a back rest that has the exact opposite curves on it to totally not match the spine.

Tue, Mar 6
JFK
SFO
6h 47m
Wed, Mar 21
SFO
JFK
5h 45m
Trip: 15 days
8.3ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.3 Excellent
Based on 1 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
8.0
SEA
ORD
Okay 5.6

No free food was offered. Movies were not free.

DEN
SEA
Okay 4.0

I had only 40 minutes to get to my connecting flight. Then the plane was 15 minutes late. They wouldn't switch me to a seat that was open closer to front of plane and my bag was lost w important things in it that I need for this evenings show. I'm a full time musician.

SEA
SFO
Okay 5.3

Flew Alaska air - Plenty of leg room and much more than any qantas domestic flight! Empty flight and very short.

Flight was delayed. Inflight entertaining streaming system was not working. Too many people insist on not checking their luggage under, so we almost didn’t have space for our carry on by the time we were allowed to board.

SJC
PDX
Excellent 8.5

Good communication from crew.

PDX
OGG
Excellent 9.0

Delta has better movie selection and that’s not good .

Tue, Apr 3
JFK
SFO
6h 25m
Sat, Apr 28
SFO
JFK
5h 20m
Trip: 26 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 50 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
JFK
SFO
Good 7.3

Boarding process was horrible, it was first class, priority, zone 1 and then all other zone. There was no order. Flight was delayed. Had a 3 hour delay on the tarmac!

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Seats were comfortable ... enough. Boarding process, once underway allowed me to get overhead bin and stash my other luggage in the seat below me. Flight wasn't overly booked (85-95%) so there appeared to be room for others to stretch out. Now about that crying kid...

Ugh. Weather delays. The flight was scheduled to board about 7P but it arrived late and they had to not only unload the self-loading cargo, but clean up afterwards. Would be nice to get a better estimate as to how long it would take to board so that I could hang out in the lounge. In addition, departure from JFK was delayed as well, either we missed the IFR window or got stuck behind some traffic and I fell asleep on the plane only to wake up what seemed an hour later just getting ready to hit V1. No upgrade.

JFK
SFO
Good 7.6

Fantastic SFO-based crew serving Delta One cabin. They are attentive, and constantly walk around the cabin to provide service.

Delay at JFK (first, the inbound aircraft coming late, then 2.5 hrs taxing at JFK, finally landed in SFO but the gate was occupied).

JFK
SFO
Good 7.6

They should have separate lanes on boarding like United. Then people can line up in the appropriate group.

JFK
SFO
Okay 4.6

I didn't like anything about this flight. Only benefit of the doubt is the 2 hour delay as a runway in SF had shut down.

We had seats at first where there was what looked like bubble gum bits stuck on one of the food trays. The flight was clearly not cleaned although it landed 2+ hours before the departure. We had to ask for a wet tissue and clean it up. That was of no use too as it wouldn't scrub off. My wife was feeling under the weather and so we asked for a blanket. The blanket was hardly a blanket and more like a towel. We then luckily could switch seats as there were 2 vacant. But, the air conditioner was leaking water in the seat to our left. The crew was callous and just stuck the passenger with some napkins saying it does that. I don't fly Delta a lot and my experience in this trip isn't inspiring much confidence.

Tue, Mar 13
JFK
SFO
6h 42m
Wed, Mar 14
SFO
JFK
5h 45m
Trip: 2 days
7.4GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 500 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.7
JFK
SFO
Good 7.6

Jfk terminal 7 security terribly run

JFK
SFO
Good 6.3

Crew is very good; adequate leg room in front of plane

Delay in this case for de-icing— but made up some of lost time in flight Boarding takes forever

JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

Poor selection of movies and in flight entertainment. Most movies were >20 years old. Too many lap dogs on flight!

JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

Ease of boarding, entertainment offerings were better than average

Crew-seemed bored and distracted during boarding. On a 6 hour flight they made 1 quick pass through the cabin near beginning of flight and that was it. Way under the standard of at least frequent passing through the cabin and at least another water service. Pretty much the same level on trip to NYC as on this return to SFO. Not what we are used to with Alaska.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

The service

The wait

Tue, May 1
JFK
SFO
6h 30m
Wed, May 2
SFO
JFK
5h 20m
Trip: 2 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, Feb 7
JFK
SFO
6h 50m
Wed, Mar 14
SFO
JFK
5h 38m
Trip: 35 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 73 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.6
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.8
JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Snacks and free WIFI

JFK
SFO
Excellent 9.0

On time, very efficient

Checked bag pickup was on the opposite side of the terminal, with inadequate signage.

JFK
SFO
Okay 4.0

The single terminal that seemed only for JetBlue. The staff were friendly.

My flight was delayed an hour and a half. The seats were uncomfortable to sleep in. Bucket seats are the norm on planes but they are so bad for the back. Even a seat that was straight up & down would be better than a back rest that has the exact opposite curves on it to totally not match the spine.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Service, spaceous, fly-fi actually works!

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

This was my second time ever flying JetBlue (the last time I did was maybe 5-7 years ago). I forgot what a pleasure it is to fly JetBlue! The service and amenities are similar to Virgin, not the mention, the snacks are awesome! I will definitely keep this in mind for future travel. Thanks, JetBlue!

Wed, Mar 7
JFK
SFO
6h 47m
Wed, Mar 21
SFO
JFK
5h 45m
Trip: 14 days
8.3ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.3 Excellent
Based on 1 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
8.0
PDX
OGG
Excellent 9.0

Delta has better movie selection and that’s not good .

SEA
ONT
Excellent 10.0

Accommodated my disabled mother through the whole flying process. Thank you

SJC
PDX
Excellent 8.5

Good communication from crew.

DEN
SEA
Okay 4.0

I had only 40 minutes to get to my connecting flight. Then the plane was 15 minutes late. They wouldn't switch me to a seat that was open closer to front of plane and my bag was lost w important things in it that I need for this evenings show. I'm a full time musician.

SEA
SFO
Okay 5.3

Flew Alaska air - Plenty of leg room and much more than any qantas domestic flight! Empty flight and very short.

Flight was delayed. Inflight entertaining streaming system was not working. Too many people insist on not checking their luggage under, so we almost didn’t have space for our carry on by the time we were allowed to board.

Wed, Apr 4
JFK
SFO
6h 25m
Wed, Apr 11
SFO
JFK
5h 20m
Trip: 8 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 50 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
JFK
SFO
Okay 4.0

I did not like being assigned to a seat that did not recline at all and was given no up front warning so it was a very unwelcome surprise at the start of my 6+ hour flight.

JFK
SFO
Okay 5.0

The boarding was efficient

Three hour departure delay. No explanation given. No apology.

JFK
SFO
Okay 4.0

Horrible wait if nearly 30 minutes after landing

JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

I got very cold during the flight, the ac was so cold that I had to stay in my winter jacket and a hood.

JFK
SFO
Okay 4.6

Flight was delayed for very 4 hrs sat in plane for 2.5 of those. Flight was delayed dye to strike in Barcelona. But replacement plane had fueling problems delaying the flight another 2 hours

Sat, Feb 10
JFK
SFO
6h 40m
Wed, Mar 14
SFO
JFK
5h 43m
Trip: 32 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 73 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.6
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.8
JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Plenty of leg room Great choice of movies Terra blue chips Crew

JFK
SFO
Good 7.0

Seats are too cramp, but all airlines seem to be like this now. Food options were very limited on our flights which were a letdown. Only snacks available for 5-6 hour flights, no meals like advertised in the pamphlets.

JFK
SFO
Good 7.0

Tv didn't work

JFK
SFO
Excellent 8.0

Under seat outlets for the win.

I was all good for an hour into my cross country flight when another passenger randomly took an empty seat in my row. I almost had the traveler's dream: an entire row to stretch out across!

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Service, spaceous, fly-fi actually works!

Wed, Feb 14
JFK
SFO
6h 44m
Wed, Mar 14
SFO
JFK
5h 45m
Trip: 28 days
7.4GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 500 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.7
JFK
SFO
Excellent 9.0

Clean, comfortable and on time.

My video screen conked out midway

JFK
SFO
Good 6.3

Nice lighting

Rude cabin crew, unreasonable prices ($7.50 for half a wrap??), limited selection of entertainment compared to other airlines

JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

Ease of boarding, entertainment offerings were better than average

Crew-seemed bored and distracted during boarding. On a 6 hour flight they made 1 quick pass through the cabin near beginning of flight and that was it. Way under the standard of at least frequent passing through the cabin and at least another water service. Pretty much the same level on trip to NYC as on this return to SFO. Not what we are used to with Alaska.

JFK
SFO
Good 6.3

Crew is very good; adequate leg room in front of plane

Delay in this case for de-icing— but made up some of lost time in flight Boarding takes forever

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

The service

The wait

Sat, Mar 10
JFK
SFO
6h 44m
Wed, Mar 14
SFO
JFK
5h 45m
Trip: 4 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, May 2
JFK
SFO
6h 25m
Wed, May 9
SFO
JFK
5h 20m
Trip: 8 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 50 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
JFK
SFO
Okay 4.6

Flight was delayed for very 4 hrs sat in plane for 2.5 of those. Flight was delayed dye to strike in Barcelona. But replacement plane had fueling problems delaying the flight another 2 hours

JFK
SFO
Good 7.3

Boarding process was horrible, it was first class, priority, zone 1 and then all other zone. There was no order. Flight was delayed. Had a 3 hour delay on the tarmac!

JFK
SFO
Okay 4.0

Horrible wait if nearly 30 minutes after landing

JFK
SFO
Okay 4.0

I did not like being assigned to a seat that did not recline at all and was given no up front warning so it was a very unwelcome surprise at the start of my 6+ hour flight.

JFK
SFO
Good 7.6

Fantastic SFO-based crew serving Delta One cabin. They are attentive, and constantly walk around the cabin to provide service.

Delay at JFK (first, the inbound aircraft coming late, then 2.5 hrs taxing at JFK, finally landed in SFO but the gate was occupied).

Tue, Feb 13
JFK
SFO
6h 50m
Wed, Mar 14
SFO
JFK
5h 30m
Trip: 29 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 73 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.6
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.8
JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

This was my second time ever flying JetBlue (the last time I did was maybe 5-7 years ago). I forgot what a pleasure it is to fly JetBlue! The service and amenities are similar to Virgin, not the mention, the snacks are awesome! I will definitely keep this in mind for future travel. Thanks, JetBlue!

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Service, spaceous, fly-fi actually works!

JFK
SFO
Okay 4.0

The single terminal that seemed only for JetBlue. The staff were friendly.

My flight was delayed an hour and a half. The seats were uncomfortable to sleep in. Bucket seats are the norm on planes but they are so bad for the back. Even a seat that was straight up & down would be better than a back rest that has the exact opposite curves on it to totally not match the spine.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 9.0

On time, very efficient

Checked bag pickup was on the opposite side of the terminal, with inadequate signage.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

all around great

no problems

Sat, Mar 3
JFK
SFO
6h 50m
Wed, Mar 28
SFO
JFK
5h 45m
Trip: 25 days
7.4GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 500 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.7
JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Easy on and off, comfortable seating, plenty of varied entertainment.

JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

Poor selection of movies and in flight entertainment. Most movies were >20 years old. Too many lap dogs on flight!

JFK
SFO
Okay 4.0

The couple next to me were extremely obnoxious. They behaved like they were on a private jet, forgetting there’s a stranger sitting right next to them.

JFK
SFO
Mediocre 3.6

Nothing

No food, not even a snack on a 6 hour flight . It was very hot the flight attendants are useless . Head rest very uncomfortable especially if you are short

JFK
SFO
Excellent 9.0

Clean, comfortable and on time.

My video screen conked out midway

Tue, Mar 20
JFK
SFO
6h 44m
Wed, Apr 4
SFO
JFK
5h 20m
Trip: 16 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Sat, May 5
JFK
SFO
6h 25m
Wed, May 9
SFO
JFK
5h 20m
Trip: 5 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 50 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
JFK
SFO
Okay 4.0

I did not like being assigned to a seat that did not recline at all and was given no up front warning so it was a very unwelcome surprise at the start of my 6+ hour flight.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 8.0

entertainment services

legroom

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

What an easy flight. Run very well!

The crew seemed a bit tired, but it’s the season

JFK
SFO
Okay 4.6

Flight was delayed for very 4 hrs sat in plane for 2.5 of those. Flight was delayed dye to strike in Barcelona. But replacement plane had fueling problems delaying the flight another 2 hours

JFK
SFO
Okay 4.0

Horrible wait if nearly 30 minutes after landing

Tue, Feb 20
JFK
SFO
6h 45m
Sat, Mar 3
SFO
JFK
5h 30m
Trip: 12 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 73 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.6
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.8
JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

The good news is that the width and legroom, even for a middle seat, was better than most airlines. The bad news is that the seat was one of the most uncomfortable I have ever sat in. My partner and I both had backaches after our flight across the country.

The uncomfortable seats.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

all around great

no problems

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

This was my second time ever flying JetBlue (the last time I did was maybe 5-7 years ago). I forgot what a pleasure it is to fly JetBlue! The service and amenities are similar to Virgin, not the mention, the snacks are awesome! I will definitely keep this in mind for future travel. Thanks, JetBlue!

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Entertainment and timeliness of the departure and arrival.

JFK
SFO
Good 7.0

Tv didn't work

Tue, Mar 6
JFK
SFO
6h 50m
Tue, Apr 3
SFO
JFK
5h 45m
Trip: 28 days
7.4GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 500 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.7
JFK
SFO
Excellent 9.0

Clean, comfortable and on time.

My video screen conked out midway

JFK
SFO
Good 6.3

Nice lighting

Rude cabin crew, unreasonable prices ($7.50 for half a wrap??), limited selection of entertainment compared to other airlines

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Easy on and off, comfortable seating, plenty of varied entertainment.

JFK
SFO
Okay 4.0

The couple next to me were extremely obnoxious. They behaved like they were on a private jet, forgetting there’s a stranger sitting right next to them.

JFK
SFO
Good 7.6

Jfk terminal 7 security terribly run

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New York John F Kennedy Intl to San Francisco Flight Information

Avg. Flight Duration 6h 07m
Flights Arrive in San Francisco
Flights Depart from New York John F Kennedy Intl
Flight Price $221
Distance 2580 miles
Airlines Virgin America, JetBlue, Alaska Airlines, Delta
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