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Low Season:
September
Best time to beat the crowds
3%
expected price decrease
High Season:
December
Most popular time to fly
5%
expected price increase
Average Price:
$572
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good Deal:
$433
or less (round trip)

When to Book Flights from New York to Santa Barbara

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Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $433 or less.
The cheapest flight from New York to Santa Barbara was found 44 days before departure, on average.
Book at least 2 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
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 to Santa Barbara Flights

How long does a flight from New York to Santa Barbara take?
An average nonstop flight takes 8h 13m, covering a distance of 2519 miles.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from New York to Santa Barbara?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest round-trip tickets were found on American Airlines ($334), Multiple Airlines ($385) and United ($398).
Do I need a passport to fly between New York and Santa Barbara?
No.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly New York to Santa Barbara?
For New York to Santa Barbara, Friday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Tuesday is the most expensive. Flying from Santa Barbara back to New York, the best deals are generally found on Tuesday, with Saturday being the most expensive.

Book cheap flights from New York to Santa Barbara (round-trip)

Airports
Origin
New York
$398
only
$398
$334
only
$334
Newark
$355
only
$355
Destination
Santa Barbara
$334
only
$334
Fri, Feb 23
JFK
SBA
8h 53m
Wed, Feb 28
SBA
JFK
7h 29m
Trip: 6 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 27225 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
MAD
PHL
Good 7.0

We shopped price, this was the most affordable flight for us.

Getting seat reservations should be easier and sooner.

BNA
LAX
Excellent 10.0

The service from the flight attendants on the flight was absolutely amazing

CLT
LHR
Excellent 10.0

Departure and arrival time

Nothing

DFW
COS
Excellent 10.0

Great service

DFW
YYZ
Okay 4.6

Lucked out with extra legroom seat. Seat was broken though.

The whole customs process is a seemingly endless mess.

Tue, Feb 13
EWR
SBA
9h 39m
Wed, Feb 21
SBA
EWR
7h 20m
Trip: 9 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, Feb 20
EWR
SBA
8h 13m
Wed, Feb 28
SBA
EWR
7h 35m
Trip: 9 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 53752 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
SFO
MEX
Excellent 10.0

As expected.

No

AMS
IAD
Good 7.6

Good price.

It took you 4 days for you to get back to me with the confirmation number after I had requested it via e-mail. Also, you should note Lufthansa-issued documents never commence with "220-" and then the subsequent numbers. Lufthansa tickets are always issued with "2220-" at the beginning and then the subsequent numbers. You need to update your computers otherwise with the original Lufthansa-issued ticket number you provide at time of booking, the booking will not show up in Lufthansa systems.

SFO
DCA
Good 6.0

Good service from crew. Fairly quick boarding process.

Aircraft seemed fairly new on inside, but didn't have power outlets. Small uncomfortable seats on a long flight that is almost always full.

IND
IAD
Excellent 10.0

Excellent flight nice ground and flight crew

AUS
IAH
Mediocre 2.0

N/a

There was a name change needed for the flight..they weren’t able to support that at all resulting me cancelling the flight.

Mon, Feb 26
JFK
SBA
8h 53m
Tue, Mar 6
SBA
JFK
7h 28m
Trip: 9 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 27225 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
FLL
DFW
Excellent 10.0

Great service

PHL
ORD
Mediocre 2.0

The baggage customer service said the crew will wait for us, but they never did. THANKS for NOTHING!

CLT
LHR
Excellent 10.0

Departure and arrival time

Nothing

FCO
PHL
Okay 4.3

Not much.

The flight was late due to maintenance and caused us to miss our connecting flight to Chicago. American Airlines customer assistance at the airport was absolutely terrible. They were rude and inconsiderate as they kept suggesting to fly standby. We shouldn't have to fly standby when it wasn't our fault why were late. They told us our bags would be ok going to Chicago and they we would make the flight, but we did not. I do not know why didn't wait for us considering there were 8 others that also missed the connecting flight. We had to fly to Denver and stay overnight with no luggage and catch a 7:00am flight to Chicago. The last surprise I received was my damaged bag when I got back to Chicago. Thank you for making this trip memorable in a terrible way. I will never book or recommend Kayak or use American Airlines again.

PHL
LHR
Good 7.3

Range of entertainment options, one crew member was terrific

Comfort of bed, some crew members snarky, old aircraft

Tue, Feb 27
JFK
SBA
8h 37m
Sat, Mar 3
SBA
JFK
7h 29m
Trip: 5 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 27225 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
MAD
PHL
Good 7.0

We shopped price, this was the most affordable flight for us.

Getting seat reservations should be easier and sooner.

DFW
YYZ
Okay 4.6

Lucked out with extra legroom seat. Seat was broken though.

The whole customs process is a seemingly endless mess.

FCO
PHL
Okay 4.3

Not much.

The flight was late due to maintenance and caused us to miss our connecting flight to Chicago. American Airlines customer assistance at the airport was absolutely terrible. They were rude and inconsiderate as they kept suggesting to fly standby. We shouldn't have to fly standby when it wasn't our fault why were late. They told us our bags would be ok going to Chicago and they we would make the flight, but we did not. I do not know why didn't wait for us considering there were 8 others that also missed the connecting flight. We had to fly to Denver and stay overnight with no luggage and catch a 7:00am flight to Chicago. The last surprise I received was my damaged bag when I got back to Chicago. Thank you for making this trip memorable in a terrible way. I will never book or recommend Kayak or use American Airlines again.

CLT
LHR
Excellent 10.0

Departure and arrival time

Nothing

GDL
DFW
Good 6.3

Friendly staff

Food was terrible and the seats tight

Wed, Feb 14
EWR
SBA
8h 22m
Wed, Feb 21
SBA
EWR
7h 08m
Trip: 8 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, Feb 21
LGA
SBA
9h 41m
Wed, Feb 28
SBA
LGA
6h 44m
Trip: 8 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 53752 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
AUS
IAH
Mediocre 2.0

N/a

There was a name change needed for the flight..they weren’t able to support that at all resulting me cancelling the flight.

SFO
DCA
Good 6.0

Good service from crew. Fairly quick boarding process.

Aircraft seemed fairly new on inside, but didn't have power outlets. Small uncomfortable seats on a long flight that is almost always full.

AMS
IAD
Good 7.6

Good price.

It took you 4 days for you to get back to me with the confirmation number after I had requested it via e-mail. Also, you should note Lufthansa-issued documents never commence with "220-" and then the subsequent numbers. Lufthansa tickets are always issued with "2220-" at the beginning and then the subsequent numbers. You need to update your computers otherwise with the original Lufthansa-issued ticket number you provide at time of booking, the booking will not show up in Lufthansa systems.

IND
IAD
Excellent 10.0

Excellent flight nice ground and flight crew

SFO
MEX
Excellent 10.0

As expected.

No

Tue, Feb 13
EWR
SBA
9h 39m
Sun, Feb 18
SBA
EWR
7h 08m
Trip: 6 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 27225 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
FCO
PHL
Okay 4.3

Not much.

The flight was late due to maintenance and caused us to miss our connecting flight to Chicago. American Airlines customer assistance at the airport was absolutely terrible. They were rude and inconsiderate as they kept suggesting to fly standby. We shouldn't have to fly standby when it wasn't our fault why were late. They told us our bags would be ok going to Chicago and they we would make the flight, but we did not. I do not know why didn't wait for us considering there were 8 others that also missed the connecting flight. We had to fly to Denver and stay overnight with no luggage and catch a 7:00am flight to Chicago. The last surprise I received was my damaged bag when I got back to Chicago. Thank you for making this trip memorable in a terrible way. I will never book or recommend Kayak or use American Airlines again.

FLL
DFW
Excellent 10.0

Great service

DFW
YYZ
Okay 4.6

Lucked out with extra legroom seat. Seat was broken though.

The whole customs process is a seemingly endless mess.

MXP
JFK
Okay 5.0

i had a really horrible experience with a flight attendent but the 2 in my cabin were great. Earphones didnt work and couldnt see screen

DFW
COS
Excellent 10.0

Great service

Sat, Feb 10
EWR
SBA
9h 39m
Sun, Feb 18
SBA
EWR
7h 00m
Trip: 9 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Sat, Feb 24
LGA
SBA
8h 41m
Wed, Feb 28
SBA
LGA
8h 57m
Trip: 5 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 53752 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
IND
IAD
Excellent 10.0

Excellent flight nice ground and flight crew

FRA
IAH
Excellent 9.0

Good Movie Selection, food was descent, no screaming children,

Layover in Frankfurt too long; Unable to sleep on flight, nearby windows were open creating too much light, seating a bit too close to relax.

MEX
DEN
Okay 5.0

We did get to our destination.

Flight was late, as always. I couldn’t sit with my spouse. Rows are so tight, one can barely get in/out and we are smaller than normal size. Baggage fees make overhead compartment loading a real nightmare. I wonder what they will think of next to make flying an even more terrible experience.

HKG
EWR
Mediocre 2.6

Nothing, absolutely nothing.

The flight attendants were pretty much what I've come to expect on U.S. airlines--overweight, older, and sloppy in appearance. One of them looked like she had rolled out of bed ten minutes before arriving at the gate. It was the complete antithesis to the flight attendants on Hong Kong Airlines. Ah, for the good old days of air travel. Before the plane ever took off it was announced the the entertainment system on the seat back ahead of those in comfort seats was not working and wouldn't be for the duration of the flight. Having paid an additional $239 for the comfort seat in the hopes of making a 16-hour flight go by a bit faster, this was unconscionable. The food was far inferior to Hong Kong Airlines. In short, it was the trip from hell.

LAX
HNL
Excellent 10.0

Cell phone holder and power outlets that actually work

Basic economy pricing

Fri, Feb 23
EWR
SBA
8h 43m
Wed, Feb 28
SBA
EWR
10h 16m
Trip: 6 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 27225 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
DFW
COS
Excellent 10.0

Great service

DFW
YYZ
Okay 4.6

Lucked out with extra legroom seat. Seat was broken though.

The whole customs process is a seemingly endless mess.

BNA
LAX
Excellent 10.0

The service from the flight attendants on the flight was absolutely amazing

PHL
LHR
Good 7.3

Range of entertainment options, one crew member was terrific

Comfort of bed, some crew members snarky, old aircraft

FLL
DFW
Excellent 10.0

Great service

Sun, Feb 11
EWR
SBA
8h 53m
Wed, Feb 21
SBA
EWR
7h 08m
Trip: 11 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, Feb 27
LGA
SBA
9h 26m
Wed, Mar 14
SBA
LGA
8h 47m
Trip: 15 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 53752 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
EWR
POP
Good 7.3

The crew was very friendly on board. The gate crew were a little curt, but it was a full flight and they were really trying to get everyone on board quickly so I can't be too upset about that.

Few entertainment options - direct TV unavailable for about half the flight, WiFi also unavailable for the same.

FRA
IAH
Excellent 9.0

Good Movie Selection, food was descent, no screaming children,

Layover in Frankfurt too long; Unable to sleep on flight, nearby windows were open creating too much light, seating a bit too close to relax.

AMS
IAD
Good 7.6

Good price.

It took you 4 days for you to get back to me with the confirmation number after I had requested it via e-mail. Also, you should note Lufthansa-issued documents never commence with "220-" and then the subsequent numbers. Lufthansa tickets are always issued with "2220-" at the beginning and then the subsequent numbers. You need to update your computers otherwise with the original Lufthansa-issued ticket number you provide at time of booking, the booking will not show up in Lufthansa systems.

EWR
PTY
Mediocre 3.0

I left New Jersey during snow storm. Flights had been cancelled on the previous days but our flight was not. It did not leave on time, had to switch planes before we actually took off. My luggage was lost. I did not make my connecting flight. Had sty over in Panama. Got to my destination a day late without my carry on ( checked at the gate...lost). Still have not located my other 2 bags. Very stressful expirence. Will not fly united again. Staff at my lay over was poorly trained at handling the situation and my luggage issue is taking a very long time to correct.

AUS
IAH
Mediocre 2.0

N/a

There was a name change needed for the flight..they weren’t able to support that at all resulting me cancelling the flight.

Tue, Feb 27
EWR
SBA
8h 22m
Sat, Mar 3
SBA
EWR
7h 08m
Trip: 5 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 27225 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
GDL
DFW
Good 6.3

Friendly staff

Food was terrible and the seats tight

PHL
ORD
Mediocre 2.0

The baggage customer service said the crew will wait for us, but they never did. THANKS for NOTHING!

FCO
PHL
Okay 4.3

Not much.

The flight was late due to maintenance and caused us to miss our connecting flight to Chicago. American Airlines customer assistance at the airport was absolutely terrible. They were rude and inconsiderate as they kept suggesting to fly standby. We shouldn't have to fly standby when it wasn't our fault why were late. They told us our bags would be ok going to Chicago and they we would make the flight, but we did not. I do not know why didn't wait for us considering there were 8 others that also missed the connecting flight. We had to fly to Denver and stay overnight with no luggage and catch a 7:00am flight to Chicago. The last surprise I received was my damaged bag when I got back to Chicago. Thank you for making this trip memorable in a terrible way. I will never book or recommend Kayak or use American Airlines again.

PHL
MAN
Excellent 8.0

Efficient crew

Very full no isle seat!

FLL
DFW
Excellent 10.0

Great service

Mon, Feb 12
EWR
SBA
8h 38m
Sun, Feb 18
SBA
EWR
7h 35m
Trip: 7 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, Feb 28
LGA
SBA
10h 56m
Wed, Mar 14
SBA
LGA
8h 47m
Trip: 14 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 53752 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
SFO
DCA
Good 6.0

Good service from crew. Fairly quick boarding process.

Aircraft seemed fairly new on inside, but didn't have power outlets. Small uncomfortable seats on a long flight that is almost always full.

HKG
EWR
Mediocre 2.6

Nothing, absolutely nothing.

The flight attendants were pretty much what I've come to expect on U.S. airlines--overweight, older, and sloppy in appearance. One of them looked like she had rolled out of bed ten minutes before arriving at the gate. It was the complete antithesis to the flight attendants on Hong Kong Airlines. Ah, for the good old days of air travel. Before the plane ever took off it was announced the the entertainment system on the seat back ahead of those in comfort seats was not working and wouldn't be for the duration of the flight. Having paid an additional $239 for the comfort seat in the hopes of making a 16-hour flight go by a bit faster, this was unconscionable. The food was far inferior to Hong Kong Airlines. In short, it was the trip from hell.

EWR
POP
Good 7.3

The crew was very friendly on board. The gate crew were a little curt, but it was a full flight and they were really trying to get everyone on board quickly so I can't be too upset about that.

Few entertainment options - direct TV unavailable for about half the flight, WiFi also unavailable for the same.

SFO
MEX
Excellent 10.0

As expected.

No

AUS
IAH
Mediocre 2.0

N/a

There was a name change needed for the flight..they weren’t able to support that at all resulting me cancelling the flight.

Tue, Mar 6
EWR
SBA
9h 45m
Wed, Mar 14
SBA
EWR
7h 03m
Trip: 8 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 53752 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
HKG
EWR
Mediocre 2.6

Nothing, absolutely nothing.

The flight attendants were pretty much what I've come to expect on U.S. airlines--overweight, older, and sloppy in appearance. One of them looked like she had rolled out of bed ten minutes before arriving at the gate. It was the complete antithesis to the flight attendants on Hong Kong Airlines. Ah, for the good old days of air travel. Before the plane ever took off it was announced the the entertainment system on the seat back ahead of those in comfort seats was not working and wouldn't be for the duration of the flight. Having paid an additional $239 for the comfort seat in the hopes of making a 16-hour flight go by a bit faster, this was unconscionable. The food was far inferior to Hong Kong Airlines. In short, it was the trip from hell.

FRA
IAH
Excellent 9.0

Good Movie Selection, food was descent, no screaming children,

Layover in Frankfurt too long; Unable to sleep on flight, nearby windows were open creating too much light, seating a bit too close to relax.

AUS
IAH
Mediocre 2.0

N/a

There was a name change needed for the flight..they weren’t able to support that at all resulting me cancelling the flight.

EWR
POP
Good 7.3

The crew was very friendly on board. The gate crew were a little curt, but it was a full flight and they were really trying to get everyone on board quickly so I can't be too upset about that.

Few entertainment options - direct TV unavailable for about half the flight, WiFi also unavailable for the same.

LAX
HNL
Excellent 10.0

Cell phone holder and power outlets that actually work

Basic economy pricing

Tue, Mar 13
JFK
SBA
8h 55m
Tue, Apr 10
SBA
JFK
9h 07m
Trip: 29 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 27225 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
DFW
YYZ
Okay 4.6

Lucked out with extra legroom seat. Seat was broken though.

The whole customs process is a seemingly endless mess.

GDL
DFW
Good 6.3

Friendly staff

Food was terrible and the seats tight

MAD
PHL
Good 7.0

We shopped price, this was the most affordable flight for us.

Getting seat reservations should be easier and sooner.

CLT
LHR
Excellent 10.0

Departure and arrival time

Nothing

PHL
LHR
Good 7.3

Range of entertainment options, one crew member was terrific

Comfort of bed, some crew members snarky, old aircraft

Tue, Jun 19
EWR
SBA
10h 26m
Tue, Jun 26
SBA
EWR
8h 21m
Trip: 8 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 53752 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
LAX
HNL
Excellent 10.0

Cell phone holder and power outlets that actually work

Basic economy pricing

EWR
POP
Good 7.3

The crew was very friendly on board. The gate crew were a little curt, but it was a full flight and they were really trying to get everyone on board quickly so I can't be too upset about that.

Few entertainment options - direct TV unavailable for about half the flight, WiFi also unavailable for the same.

IAD
RDU
Excellent 10.0

The efficiency and professionalism was excellent. Both legs of my trip went great!

SFO
MEX
Excellent 10.0

As expected.

No

AUS
IAH
Mediocre 2.0

N/a

There was a name change needed for the flight..they weren’t able to support that at all resulting me cancelling the flight.

Mon, Feb 12
EWR
SBA
8h 38m
Sat, Feb 17
SBA
EWR
10h 16m
Trip: 6 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 27225 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
FCO
PHL
Okay 4.3

Not much.

The flight was late due to maintenance and caused us to miss our connecting flight to Chicago. American Airlines customer assistance at the airport was absolutely terrible. They were rude and inconsiderate as they kept suggesting to fly standby. We shouldn't have to fly standby when it wasn't our fault why were late. They told us our bags would be ok going to Chicago and they we would make the flight, but we did not. I do not know why didn't wait for us considering there were 8 others that also missed the connecting flight. We had to fly to Denver and stay overnight with no luggage and catch a 7:00am flight to Chicago. The last surprise I received was my damaged bag when I got back to Chicago. Thank you for making this trip memorable in a terrible way. I will never book or recommend Kayak or use American Airlines again.

MXP
JFK
Okay 5.0

i had a really horrible experience with a flight attendent but the 2 in my cabin were great. Earphones didnt work and couldnt see screen

DFW
COS
Excellent 10.0

Great service

CLT
LHR
Excellent 10.0

Departure and arrival time

Nothing

MAD
PHL
Good 7.0

We shopped price, this was the most affordable flight for us.

Getting seat reservations should be easier and sooner.

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New York to Santa Barbara Flight Information

Flights Arrive in Santa Barbara
Flights Depart from New York
Flight Price $334
Distance 2519 miles
Airlines American Airlines, United