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Low Season:
February
Best time to beat the crowds
2%
expected price decrease
High Season:
June
Most popular time to fly
10%
expected price increase
Average Price:
$837
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good Deal:
$627
or less (round trip)

When to Book Flights from New York to San Francisco

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Top tips for Finding a Cheap Flight

When looking for a cheap flight, consider that 25% of our users selected a flight on this route for $626 or less.
The cheapest flight from New York 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 May, June and July. The cheapest month to fly is February.
Morning departure is around 7% 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 to San Francisco Flights

How long does a flight from New York to San Francisco take?
An average nonstop flight takes 6h 11m, covering a distance of 2568 miles.
How many flights are there between New York and San Francisco?
There are 2,828 (nonstop) flights between New York and San Francisco per week, averaging 405 per day.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from New York to San Francisco?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest round-trip tickets were found on Virgin America ($205), Frontier ($226) and JetBlue ($227).
Do I need a passport to fly between New York and San Francisco?
No.
Which airlines fly most frequently between New York and San Francisco?
Air New Zealand (46 times daily), United (42 times daily), Alaska Airlines (35 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly New York to San Francisco?
For New York to San Francisco, Saturday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Wednesday is the most expensive. Flying from San Francisco back to New York, the best deals are generally found on Thursday, with Tuesday being the most expensive.

Book cheap flights from New York to San Francisco (round-trip)

Airports
Origin
New York
$226
only
$226
$205
only
$205
Newark
$212
only
$212
Destination
San Francisco
$205
only
$205
Sat, Jan 13
JFK
SFO
6h 35m
Mon, Jan 15
SFO
JFK
5h 36m
Trip: 3 days
7.4GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 478 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

There was nothing else wrong

There was a flight attendant,Rachel,who should definitely choose a different line of work.She had an attitude and surely an unfriendly demeanor.Certainly gave the impression of someone not happy with her job.This type of person should not be dealing with customers.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 8.3

Check-in online is terrible because of poor Alaska-Virgin integration. I've taken 5-6 flights in past few months, and ALWAYS I click the email link to check in and it take me to a page that says "sorry - go to the other airline" with no link or anything. And I belong to both airlines' frequent flyer clubs.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Good service,comfortable seats

For the six or so hour flight,they could have at least served a sandwich

JFK
SFO
Excellent 9.0

Clean, comfortable and on time.

My video screen conked out midway

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, Nov 29
LGA
SFO
35h 40m
Tue, Dec 5
SFO
LGA
13h 19m
Trip: 7 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 32923 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
DEN
SLC
Okay 5.6

Food, entertainment NA, didn’t use. Rest of flight uneventful, happy to say. Because this was so late due to previous leg of journey delayed, our planned transportation to hotel wa not available.

PVD
TPA
Excellent 9.3

Cheap, comfortable and friendly staff

Getting off the plane took forever on both legs.

DEN
ORD
Excellent 10.0

On time. Very organized.

MIA
ISP
Excellent 8.5

The terminal was empty. Plenty of seats. Boarding doesn't take long. Arrival at ISP is nice because it is small and empty.

MIA
PHL
Okay 5.6

Flight was on time. The flight was fast and the crew was helpful and courteous

It was cramped. Couldn't recline back. Was only offered water

Sat, Dec 2
JFK
SFO
6h 51m
Sat, Jan 13
SFO
JFK
5h 25m
Trip: 43 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 67 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.5
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 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
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

Snacks and free WIFI

JFK
SFO
Good 6.3

Crew was professional

Switching gates and delayed three hours

Sat, Dec 2
EWR
SFO
6h 38m
Sat, Jan 27
SFO
EWR
5h 34m
Trip: 57 days
6.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.9 Good
Based on 167 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.3
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
EWR
SFO
Okay 5.0

Not great customer service, I get the feeling that some of the flight attendants "just don't care". Trying to watch movies on your own device just doesn't work. Movie hangs every five minutes or so.

EWR
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Three hours late

EWR
SFO
Mediocre 3.6

I like that I arrived at my destination in the end and that my overhead reading light worked.

The entertainment system was useless. Not only did tapping the screen take a million taps to register one tap, the audio didn’t work at all. The seat next to me even had something lodged into the audio jack.

EWR
SFO
Excellent 8.0

The crew was hospitable and friendly. They helped me get to my seat and were very effiecient during their food service.

As soon as we boarded, the told us that the wifi was unavailable throughout the flight.

EWR
SFO
Okay 5.3

One crew member. Female middle aged woman. Not polite.

Wed, Jan 24
JFK
SFO
6h 25m
Wed, Feb 14
SFO
JFK
5h 20m
Trip: 22 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 46 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

New aircraft with great healthy food options, good seat recline, great entertainment. If only all planes were like this!

JFK
SFO
Okay 5.0

The boarding was efficient

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

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

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.

Tue, Feb 6
JFK
SFO
6h 53m
Wed, Feb 14
SFO
JFK
5h 20m
Trip: 9 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Sat, Jan 27
EWR
SFO
6h 40m
Sat, Feb 3
SFO
EWR
5h 26m
Trip: 8 days
10.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 10.0 Excellent
Based on 1 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.8
Food
8.0
MEX
SFO
Excellent 8.0

Flight attendants very attentive and helpful as well as a smooth fligh.

Departed late was the only thing, otherwise very good.

SEA
LAX
Good 6.0

737 900

Delay at gate....computer issues????

PHX
SEA
Excellent 10.0

Excellent Crew - I flew standby, so have great gate agents and flight attendants makes all the difference when you’re hoping for a seat. In flight they are professional and personable and keep you up to date on what you need to know! Plus, I’m always happy when my flights have USB ports so I’m fully charged when I deplane.

I always want more leg room or a little more room under the seat in front of me. But I didn’t upgrade for a roomier seat and there was more than enough overhead space, so truly can’t complain about it!

SEA
SFO
Mediocre 3.3

Flight said canceled but they rerouted it to Oakland but no where on any monitors does it say this. The screen for boarding said Cancun even while boarding to Oakland. No one helping people when they got off the plane to transport them to SFO. Standing in the rain waiting for shuttle.Poor experience

SEA
LAX
Excellent 10.0

Great service for an affordable price!

Mon, Jan 29
EWR
SFO
6h 40m
Tue, Feb 6
SFO
EWR
5h 22m
Trip: 9 days
7.6GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.6 Good
Based on 328 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
EWR
SFO
Good 7.3

Very happy for the free entertainment. Cross country flights are typically challenging and the free entertainment sets Virgin apart. Food was fairly good.

Seats were loose and had a hard time adjusting. We could not get to seat back up until my wife and I had to push it together. The outlets are very difficult to use. The passenger in the aisle had to share an outlet with me which made my seating arrangements uncomfortable due to the positioning of the plug.

EWR
SFO
Good 7.6

Very late

EWR
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Ambience, in-flight entertainment, leg room

No food was provided even after multiple hours of flight delay.

EWR
SFO
Okay 5.0

Tv was broken most of the trip. Flight attendant in first class was a jerk about using the rest room when restrooms st back of the plane we’re not accessible.

EWR
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Cancellation of flight. No assistance getting another flight. Other airlines continued to fly!

Tue, Dec 5
JFK
SFO
6h 41m
Wed, Dec 13
SFO
JFK
5h 22m
Trip: 9 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 67 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.8
JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Service, spaceous, fly-fi actually works!

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

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

JFK
SFO
Good 7.0

Tv didn't work

JFK
SFO
Good 7.0

new planes are nice with extra room.

crew was lacking a bit with kindness and smiles. I used to think Jet blue was the best with customer service but they seem to have let that go somewhat.

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.

Tue, Dec 5
EWR
SFO
6h 11m
Wed, Dec 13
SFO
EWR
5h 12m
Trip: 9 days
6.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.9 Good
Based on 167 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.3
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
EWR
SFO
Good 6.3

Om time

Didn't offer food, just handed out soda

EWR
SFO
Okay 5.6

Leg room on the flight was terrible simply terrible.

EWR
SFO
Good 6.6

Crew was very nice, we got drink/service options often for a large flight.

— A couple who had two middle seats apart disrupted our whole boarding by trying to persuade everyone around us to give up an aisle or window seat so they could sit together. I felt pressured to give in which made me mad. I wondered if they paid for Basic Economy and then still got their way on seats. — WiFi is just crazy expensive at $32. Even as a business traveler I felt guilty buying it. I wish I had seen pricing before the flight and/or understood if I could’ve gotten a discount for purchasing in advance. — Didn’t hav the snack I wanted...it’s a long 6 hour flight — I wish there were more food options.

EWR
SFO
Mediocre 3.6

I like that I arrived at my destination in the end and that my overhead reading light worked.

The entertainment system was useless. Not only did tapping the screen take a million taps to register one tap, the audio didn’t work at all. The seat next to me even had something lodged into the audio jack.

EWR
SFO
Excellent 8.0

The crew was hospitable and friendly. They helped me get to my seat and were very effiecient during their food service.

As soon as we boarded, the told us that the wifi was unavailable throughout the flight.

Wed, Feb 7
JFK
SFO
6h 25m
Wed, Feb 14
SFO
JFK
5h 20m
Trip: 8 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 46 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
JFK
SFO
Okay 4.0

Horrible wait if nearly 30 minutes after landing

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
Excellent 10.0

New aircraft with great healthy food options, good seat recline, great entertainment. If only all planes were like this!

JFK
SFO
Okay 5.0

The boarding was efficient

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

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!

Sat, Dec 2
JFK
SFO
6h 35m
Tue, Dec 12
SFO
JFK
5h 19m
Trip: 11 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, Nov 29
LGA
SFO
35h 40m
Sun, Jan 7
SFO
LGA
19h 08m
Trip: 40 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 32923 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
DEN
SLC
Okay 5.6

Food, entertainment NA, didn’t use. Rest of flight uneventful, happy to say. Because this was so late due to previous leg of journey delayed, our planned transportation to hotel wa not available.

PHL
MIA
Excellent 10.0

Same as all the other airlines in my opinion. Just way more afreoadable.

MIA
CVG
Good 6.0

More snack/food options

PBI
ISP
Mediocre 2.0

Was unable to make it

PVD
TPA
Excellent 9.3

Cheap, comfortable and friendly staff

Getting off the plane took forever on both legs.

Thu, Jan 25
EWR
SFO
6h 40m
Mon, Jan 29
SFO
EWR
5h 18m
Trip: 5 days
7.6GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.6 Good
Based on 328 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
EWR
SFO
Okay 5.0

Tv was broken most of the trip. Flight attendant in first class was a jerk about using the rest room when restrooms st back of the plane we’re not accessible.

EWR
SFO
Good 7.6

Very late

EWR
SFO
Good 7.3

Very happy for the free entertainment. Cross country flights are typically challenging and the free entertainment sets Virgin apart. Food was fairly good.

Seats were loose and had a hard time adjusting. We could not get to seat back up until my wife and I had to push it together. The outlets are very difficult to use. The passenger in the aisle had to share an outlet with me which made my seating arrangements uncomfortable due to the positioning of the plug.

EWR
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Cancellation of flight. No assistance getting another flight. Other airlines continued to fly!

EWR
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Ambience, in-flight entertainment, leg room

No food was provided even after multiple hours of flight delay.

Wed, Dec 6
JFK
SFO
6h 47m
Wed, Dec 13
SFO
JFK
5h 22m
Trip: 8 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 67 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.8
JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Service, spaceous, fly-fi actually works!

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
Good 6.3

Crew was professional

Switching gates and delayed three hours

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.

Wed, Dec 13
EWR
SFO
6h 34m
Tue, Jan 16
SFO
EWR
5h 23m
Trip: 35 days
6.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.9 Good
Based on 167 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.3
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
EWR
SFO
Mediocre 3.6

I like that I arrived at my destination in the end and that my overhead reading light worked.

The entertainment system was useless. Not only did tapping the screen take a million taps to register one tap, the audio didn’t work at all. The seat next to me even had something lodged into the audio jack.

EWR
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Service, and the plug for the charger, blankets

EWR
SFO
Okay 5.0

Not great customer service, I get the feeling that some of the flight attendants "just don't care". Trying to watch movies on your own device just doesn't work. Movie hangs every five minutes or so.

EWR
SFO
Excellent 8.0

The crew was hospitable and friendly. They helped me get to my seat and were very effiecient during their food service.

As soon as we boarded, the told us that the wifi was unavailable throughout the flight.

EWR
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing

- same price as economy in other airlines - no carry on - no online check in - kiosk check in only after a united employee scans their badge - extreme confusion and delays at check in counter because of these changes - unhelpful and uninformed ground staff

Sat, Feb 10
JFK
SFO
6h 25m
Wed, Feb 14
SFO
JFK
5h 20m
Trip: 5 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 46 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
JFK
SFO
Excellent 8.6

Loved the entertainment. It made my flight a lot more relaxing.

Boarding was a bit chaotic. I had to struggle to get a space to our my carry on.

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
Okay 4.0

Horrible wait if nearly 30 minutes after landing

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.

JFK
SFO
Good 7.6

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

Sat, Dec 9
JFK
SFO
6h 51m
Tue, Dec 12
SFO
JFK
5h 31m
Trip: 4 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, Jan 10
LGA
SFO
17h 35m
Fri, Jan 12
SFO
LGA
26h 16m
Trip: 3 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 32923 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
DEN
ORD
Excellent 10.0

On time. Very organized.

PVD
TPA
Excellent 9.3

Cheap, comfortable and friendly staff

Getting off the plane took forever on both legs.

MCO
DEN
Okay 4.6

The seats were clean; the cabin looked very nice. The plane got me from point A to B safely. smoothest Lansing ever!

Flight was delayed 2.5 hours. No communication from the cockpit, 2 out of the 4 flight attendants we really crabby. Undersea storage was unusually small. I’m 5’8” and my knees were pressed against the seat in front of me and the seats are hard. My legs were numb for part of the trip.

PHL
MIA
Excellent 10.0

Same as all the other airlines in my opinion. Just way more afreoadable.

DEN
SLC
Okay 5.6

Food, entertainment NA, didn’t use. Rest of flight uneventful, happy to say. Because this was so late due to previous leg of journey delayed, our planned transportation to hotel wa not available.

Tue, Dec 12
JFK
SFO
6h 41m
Wed, Dec 13
SFO
JFK
5h 22m
Trip: 2 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 67 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.8
JFK
SFO
Good 7.0

Tv didn't work

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Service, spaceous, fly-fi actually works!

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

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

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
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.

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