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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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Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights 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 5% 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 30m, covering a distance of 2568 miles.
How many flights are there between New York and San Francisco?
There are 2,718 (nonstop) flights between New York and San Francisco per week, averaging 415 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 Frontier ($197), Multiple Airlines ($198) and American Airlines ($211).
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?
Alaska Airlines (30 times daily), Virgin America (27 times daily), United (25 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, Tuesday 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 Tuesday, with Tuesday being the most expensive.

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

Airports
Origin
New York
$197
only
$197
$214
only
$214
Newark
$198
only
$198
Destination
San Francisco
$197
only
$197
Tue, Jan 30
LGA
SFO
11h 39m
Tue, Feb 6
SFO
LGA
19h 08m
Trip: 8 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33623 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
CLT
PHL
Excellent 10.0

Crew took great care of passengers as we were delayed 2 hours on the tarmac for deicing. Not their fault but the company gave passengers a $50 certificate for our late arrival.

MIA
PHL
Excellent 8.0

Seats don’t recline which is nice for tall people who don’t like having their knees smashed

You have to pay extra for a carry on, but I was able to bring my backpack on full of stuff for free so that’s good.

SFO
ATL
Mediocre 2.0

From checkin to in flight service. It was horrible. The 5 hours flight with nothing, no tv, movie, nor complimentary snacks or drink. Everything need to be purchased, even a small orange juice cup will cost about $4. The only free is a cup of ice water. When I asked for another water, they told me they only give 2 cups of 2 waters. If I need more, I need to purchase it. Omg! Really? I seriously think they hire those stewardesswith a minimum wage and they have to sale stuff for commission. Why would they need 5 stewardesses when they didn’t even serve.

SLC
ATL
Excellent 10.0

I had my own row the whole trip.

SFO
ATL
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing

Everything was horrible!

Wed, Feb 7
EWR
SFO
10h 39m
Fri, Feb 9
SFO
EWR
9h 28m
Trip: 3 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, Feb 7
EWR
SFO
9h 38m
Fri, Feb 9
SFO
EWR
8h 30m
Trip: 3 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 27489 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
CLT
CHO
Okay 5.0

On time. Jet rather than a turbo-prop plane. Quick flight.

Somewhat haphazard boarding. Not even a cookie for a snack.

CLE
ORD
Excellent 9.3

Like my AA rides > 90% of the time. The usual prob is sketchy gogo service.

Nogo gogo

CLT
LAX
Good 6.0

Staff was friendly and genuine

They didn’t load enough “for purchase” food. This was a six hour flight! They has no options left excepthummus and chips. This is second flight on American this year where they don’t supply the plane appropriately.

MIA
SJU
Good 6.0

Last minute cancellation and reschedule if original flight with 20 people hounding the gate for standby status. Craziness. These last minute revisions mist stop

DFW
ORD
Excellent 10.0

Smooth in every way.

Sat, Mar 24
JFK
SFO
6h 42m
Tue, Apr 3
SFO
JFK
5h 43m
Trip: 11 days
7.4GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 502 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.1
Food
7.7
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
Okay 5.6

The price and movie options.

No food at all? For a flight this long it seems crazy that not even little snacks were handed out.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

The service

The wait

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

Tue, Feb 6
JFK
SFO
6h 42m
Sat, Mar 3
SFO
JFK
5h 30m
Trip: 26 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 75 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.6
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.8
JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

all around great

no problems

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Entertainment and timeliness of the departure and arrival.

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 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

Snacks and free WIFI

Wed, Mar 7
EWR
SFO
11h 09m
Mon, Mar 19
SFO
EWR
8h 50m
Trip: 12 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, Jan 30
LGA
SFO
11h 39m
Tue, Feb 13
SFO
LGA
19h 08m
Trip: 15 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33623 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
MCO
GRR
Excellent 10.0

Early departure. Non-stop.

MCI
DEN
Excellent 10.0

Staff was great. Baggage and service was handled well.

AUS
IAD
Excellent 8.0

I reserved seats for both flights @ 13.00 per seat (2) and never got the seats I reserved.

SLC
ATL
Excellent 10.0

I had my own row the whole trip.

MCO
TTN
Okay 4.0

Quick departure and TTN

Paying for seats for no reason other than profit when there were lots empty- paying more for carry on than checked bags- how about a free cup of coffee? Would cost u a penny

Thu, Feb 8
EWR
SFO
9h 25m
Mon, Feb 12
SFO
EWR
8h 10m
Trip: 5 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 27489 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
CLE
ORD
Excellent 9.3

Like my AA rides > 90% of the time. The usual prob is sketchy gogo service.

Nogo gogo

DEN
CLT
Good 6.3

On time. Efficient boarding.

Stingy with the cookies. Somewhat uncomfortable seating. But what can anyone expect anymore?

PHX
EWR
Good 6.0

Bought a sandwich which was old ...

DFW
LAX
Excellent 10.0

Overall good service.

SAN
PHX
Excellent 9.0

The friendly and attentive flight staff.

Wed, Mar 7
JFK
SFO
6h 44m
Tue, Mar 20
SFO
JFK
5h 43m
Trip: 13 days
7.4GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 502 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.1
Food
7.7
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

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
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

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.

Tue, Feb 6
LGA
SFO
11h 39m
Tue, Feb 13
SFO
LGA
13h 08m
Trip: 8 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33623 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
MIA
PHL
Excellent 8.0

Seats don’t recline which is nice for tall people who don’t like having their knees smashed

You have to pay extra for a carry on, but I was able to bring my backpack on full of stuff for free so that’s good.

SFO
ATL
Mediocre 2.0

From checkin to in flight service. It was horrible. The 5 hours flight with nothing, no tv, movie, nor complimentary snacks or drink. Everything need to be purchased, even a small orange juice cup will cost about $4. The only free is a cup of ice water. When I asked for another water, they told me they only give 2 cups of 2 waters. If I need more, I need to purchase it. Omg! Really? I seriously think they hire those stewardesswith a minimum wage and they have to sale stuff for commission. Why would they need 5 stewardesses when they didn’t even serve.

MCI
DEN
Excellent 10.0

Staff was great. Baggage and service was handled well.

MKE
MCO
Okay 4.0

The staff was nice

The seats are just awful

RSW
DEN
Good 7.0

No access to WiFi. Food selection. No entertainment

Wed, Feb 7
JFK
SFO
6h 42m
Sat, Mar 3
SFO
JFK
5h 30m
Trip: 25 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 75 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
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

Entertainment and timeliness of the departure and arrival.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

all around great

no problems

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Snacks and free WIFI

Fri, Feb 9
EWR
SFO
9h 38m
Tue, Feb 20
SFO
EWR
7h 28m
Trip: 12 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 27489 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
DFW
DCA
Excellent 10.0

Fast and efficient service

Not applicable

MIA
SJU
Good 6.0

Last minute cancellation and reschedule if original flight with 20 people hounding the gate for standby status. Craziness. These last minute revisions mist stop

MSP
ORD
Good 6.0

eh. not enough space, like most airlines these days. Flight wasn't long enough to hate it though.

DFW
ORD
Excellent 10.0

Smooth in every way.

PHX
EWR
Good 6.0

Bought a sandwich which was old ...

Sat, May 5
JFK
SFO
6h 30m
Wed, May 9
SFO
JFK
5h 20m
Trip: 5 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, Mar 6
JFK
SFO
6h 50m
Wed, Mar 7
SFO
JFK
5h 24m
Trip: 2 days
7.4GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 502 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.1
Food
7.7
JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

The service

The wait

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

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

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
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

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.

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 75 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.6
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.8
JFK
SFO
Good 7.0

Tv didn't work

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

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

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 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

Service, spaceous, fly-fi actually works!

Tue, Jan 30
LGA
SFO
11h 39m
Wed, Jan 31
SFO
LGA
13h 08m
Trip: 2 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33623 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
RSW
DEN
Good 7.0

No access to WiFi. Food selection. No entertainment

ATL
LAX
Excellent 10.0

Very like it !

SLC
ATL
Excellent 10.0

I had my own row the whole trip.

AUS
IAD
Excellent 8.0

I reserved seats for both flights @ 13.00 per seat (2) and never got the seats I reserved.

CLT
PHL
Excellent 10.0

Crew took great care of passengers as we were delayed 2 hours on the tarmac for deicing. Not their fault but the company gave passengers a $50 certificate for our late arrival.

Mon, Feb 12
EWR
SFO
11h 12m
Mon, Feb 26
SFO
EWR
10h 46m
Trip: 15 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 27489 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
DFW
ORD
Excellent 10.0

Smooth in every way.

PHX
EWR
Good 6.0

Bought a sandwich which was old ...

CLT
CHO
Okay 5.0

On time. Jet rather than a turbo-prop plane. Quick flight.

Somewhat haphazard boarding. Not even a cookie for a snack.

DEN
CLT
Good 6.3

On time. Efficient boarding.

Stingy with the cookies. Somewhat uncomfortable seating. But what can anyone expect anymore?

CLE
ORD
Excellent 9.3

Like my AA rides > 90% of the time. The usual prob is sketchy gogo service.

Nogo gogo

Tue, Mar 13
JFK
SFO
6h 38m
Wed, Mar 14
SFO
JFK
5h 35m
Trip: 2 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, Feb 13
EWR
SFO
9h 25m
Tue, Feb 27
SFO
EWR
7h 28m
Trip: 15 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 27489 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
DEN
CLT
Good 6.3

On time. Efficient boarding.

Stingy with the cookies. Somewhat uncomfortable seating. But what can anyone expect anymore?

LAX
HNL
Excellent 10.0

Great vegetarian meal.

DFW
ORD
Excellent 10.0

Smooth in every way.

CLE
ORD
Excellent 9.3

Like my AA rides > 90% of the time. The usual prob is sketchy gogo service.

Nogo gogo

DFW
DCA
Excellent 10.0

Fast and efficient service

Not applicable

Tue, Jan 30
LGA
SFO
11h 39m
Wed, Feb 21
SFO
LGA
13h 08m
Trip: 23 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33623 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
RSW
DEN
Good 7.0

No access to WiFi. Food selection. No entertainment

SFO
ATL
Mediocre 2.0

From checkin to in flight service. It was horrible. The 5 hours flight with nothing, no tv, movie, nor complimentary snacks or drink. Everything need to be purchased, even a small orange juice cup will cost about $4. The only free is a cup of ice water. When I asked for another water, they told me they only give 2 cups of 2 waters. If I need more, I need to purchase it. Omg! Really? I seriously think they hire those stewardesswith a minimum wage and they have to sale stuff for commission. Why would they need 5 stewardesses when they didn’t even serve.

MKE
MCO
Okay 4.0

The staff was nice

The seats are just awful

MCI
DEN
Excellent 10.0

Staff was great. Baggage and service was handled well.

CLT
PHL
Excellent 10.0

Crew took great care of passengers as we were delayed 2 hours on the tarmac for deicing. Not their fault but the company gave passengers a $50 certificate for our late arrival.

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New York to San Francisco Flight Information

Avg. Flight Duration 6h 06m
Flights Arrive in San Francisco
Flights Depart from New York
Flight Price $197
Distance 2568 miles
Airlines Frontier, American Airlines, Virgin America, JetBlue
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