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Average price round-trip

$272 (avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal round-trip

$97 or less

Good deal one-way

$63 or less

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Top 3 airlines serving from New York to California

Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews

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United Airlines
Overall score based on 67,919 reviews
7.4
Boarding
6.9
Comfort
7.7
Crew
6.5
Entertainment
6.4
Food
Airline reviews

Pros: "Everything went perfectly. Thank you."

Pros: "Finally sitting in my seat"
Cons: "3 hrs late sucks"

Pros: "It was alright"
Cons: "It was united I should have used LAN"

Cons: "The $25 each way for piece of luggage"

Pros: "Plane was clean. Also liked the fact there was a plug to charge electronics."
Cons: "Didn't like having to wait 30 minutes for a gate once we landed. That seems to be consistent and growing issue at LAX."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Delayed, rude stewadess"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "At this point, I needed a drink and placed an order with the stewardess. She never brought the drink. What is up with you guys?!?"

Cons: "freezing on plane"

Pros: "It was on time staff was professional and friendly b"

Pros: "Check in was easy. bags made it."
Cons: "Sitting on the runway because of security "issue.""

Pros: "Landing and leaving"
Cons: "I paid extra money for a better seat and it was crowded and uncomfortable. When I walked back there were plenty of more comfortable seats empty!!! I wasted $80!!!"

Cons: "Small plane, seated in very back row, unable to tilt seats back. no food no service."

Cons: "Delays can happen but gate changes were way too much. And the lady at the gate desk was very unkind. When I ask some info she almost yelled at me! She said she just announced, but some ppl might have been at the gate and some might have not. God, I was not there to get a lecture."

Pros: "The accuracy"
Cons: "The chairs"

Cons: "They held us on the plane from Indy to Chicago for so long that most of us knew we were going to miss our flights. I ran all the way to my gate to discover that the plane took off 10 minutes earlier than it was supposed to. I was told there were no other flights to LA and I would have to get a hotel until tomorrow. I was only going to be in California for 2 days so every second counts, so when I became upset the man checked again and found me a seat on a plane that took off in an hour. I was grateful but at the same time I was kind of displeased that he didn't offer that to me originally."

Pros: "Fast"

Pros: "It was on time which was good"

Cons: "Tooooo small"

Pros: "The food"
Cons: "Waited half an hour to take off"

Pros: "Friendly staff"

Cons: "Was asked to pay $25 extra for my luggage. That should have been disclosed up front on the ticket. Not happy"

Cons: "."

Pros: "overall the trip was pleasant, i dont like my 1 carryon be selected to not go in the overhead when groups like couples or families get to take on a few - but i did receive my carryon in a timely fashion considering we were not let off board after 15 min of landing"

Cons: "They lie about carry luggage space. The somehow don't want the overhead space to be full and force your luggage to be checked in when boarding. You'll end up spend possibly 20 more minutes waiting for your luggage after arrive."

Cons: "Seats were hard, worst I've ever experienced. Seat power outlets were inconvenient."

Pros: "The directTV was great."

Cons: "Wifi unavailable HNL>LAX"

Pros: "On time, organized boarding"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Every thing Air plane brake down at the runway was 105 D outside V hoot and we inside my be was 120 degrees for like one hour me and my wife got sick after stay in bed 5 days V bad trip Badim KHOURY"

Pros: "Same"
Cons: "Same"

Cons: "Delays"

Pros: "It was on time"

Pros: "On time"
Cons: "Snack is spicy"

Cons: "Worst ever Can you credit my credit card for a full refund"

Pros: "Chairs were comfortable on this plane"

Cons: "Service"

Cons: "Maintenance delays and rerouting caused me to miss my reserved ground transit in LA... United claimed on the phone I would be reimbursed for a taxi, but changed their mind when I sent them a receipt a few days later."

Pros: "Friendly and attentive staff."

Pros: "Timeliness and orderliness"

Pros: "same comments as above"
Cons: "same comments as above"

Pros: "The price Phoenix to LA and back for around $77"
Cons: "I got the shitty set by the exit door that didn't recline no big deal on such a short trip"

Pros: "Na"
Cons: "Na"

Pros: "Can't beat the ease of flying especially considering how quick arriving into Los Angeles verses driving"
Cons: "Delays due to presidential speeches"

Pros: "Everything was ok"
Cons: "The clerk in New Orleans Airport was a jerk he didn't want to help us when we asked him questions. It was my first time traveling by plane."

Pros: "Staff was great"
Cons: "Second delay in a row"

Pros: "Very respectful and loved all the smiling facez"
Cons: "N/A"

Pros: "Everything was good ."
Cons: "No breaks or offer,to buy like bacon n eggs or sasage"

Pros: "The free water and the snack"
Cons: "Everything was fine"

Pros: "The easy load in, able to watch movies for free! The extra space was incredible!"

Cons: "Good"

Pros: "How late we left"
Cons: "How late we arrived"

Cons: "Everything, the service and the airline policies are very poor. Will not fly again, save your money."

Cons: "not clean"

Cons: "Arrival seemed uncoordinated and didn't have a dedicated terminal gate."

Cons: "I didn't like the fact that my husband and I had to pay $13 each for a seat over and above the price of the ticket. I didn't like that you paid almost $3 for a cold drink or a package of snacks and also give a tip and on our return trip they came around twice $45 for one suitcase going and $35 coming back. You might say we had sticker shock Rosaleen"

Cons: "cost"

Cons: "Carry-on charge. No snack. Delay. First and only bag for two passengers..........45.00 carry-on 45.00 ridiculous........"

Pros: "Nothing"

Pros: "Waited for 50 mins on tarmak after being told we were going to be 30 mins early. Moved meetings and then had to move again. Not okay"

Pros: "Good service for good price. I'm used again"

Pros: "Cheap"
Cons: "No place to charge a phone on the plane."

Pros: "We have not left yet 4 hr delay"
Cons: "FWe have not left yet 4 hr delay"

Cons: "very delayed, so i had to cancel"

Pros: "NOTHING"
Cons: "The company messed up my name but somehow couldnt fix it. Then their over the phone customer service told me it was my fault. My fault that you guys mashed my whole name together? They messed up my TSA precheck and refused the fix it. I requested supervisors to call me back but of course no one ever followed up. AVOID AT ALL COST!"

Pros: "I was able to travel with my service animal with no issue. Staff was extremely accommodating."
Cons: "No entertainment and food/beverages too expensive. $2.99 for a can of soda or a small bag of chips?? Insane!!"

Pros: "It seemed that we were on schedule for departure."
Cons: "We pushed out from the gate and then had to return to the gate to pick up tardy passengers. Allowing them to board and then prepare to depart again took approximately 1 hour which is an inexcusable delay."

Cons: "Low price"

Pros: "When we landed and exited the plane"
Cons: "Charging for carryines just ain't worth it. I'm not ever flying frontier or spirit. The extra cost for no hassle will be worth it."

Pros: "Simple, affordable"
Cons: "I would like upon early check in, seat selection be available with no charge."

Pros: "It was easy to do things"
Cons: "A bit crowded"

Pros: "The price"
Cons: "Skimped on comfort when it comes to seating feel like I'm sitting in a plastic waiting room chair"

Pros: "I SLEPT THROUGH MOST OF IT"
Cons: "GOT STUCK AT LAX IN PLANE SEAMED LIKE AN HOUR"

Cons: "Seating is uncomfortable!!!!"

Cons: "An 8hr delay, for a small emergency light part. Missing a day of work."

Cons: "Arrived about an hour late"

Cons: "Everything was good"

Cons: "No drinks and no snacks"

Cons: "same as above"

Cons: "Frontier is light on service and they are jerks."

Cons: "Waited 45 minutes for bags to be unloaded from the plane! may have been an LAX issue and not frontier, but it looked like all the other baggage carousels filled and emptied three times to the one for Frontier!"

Cons: "same as above"

Cons: "I wouldn't have gone with Frontier if I'd known up front that there would be a fee to seemingly pick ANY seat and to bring a carryon bag. The food choices -- something I am willing to pay money for -- left much, much to be desired. I'm all for a budget, low-cost airline, but it needs to be clearer all the extras passengers must pay for (Honestly, what passenger doesn't at least have a purse/backpack to carry on? There's no avoiding that fee even upon knowing in advance.)"

Pros: "I was pleased with everything."
Cons: "The website is a little difficult ro navigate for the inexperien ed like myself"

Pros: "The staff was nice"
Cons: "No snacks, no entertainment"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything. You guys suck."

Pros: "A cup of water is included, but that's it."
Cons: "Have to pay fee for everything else - a seat, carry on, soft drink, etc Once we arrived at LAX, had to wait 55 minutes on the tarmac for a gate to be available. I will do my best to avoid Frontier in the future."

Cons: "No soap or paper towels in the commode area!!! Forced to use Germ X to cleanse our hands! Had to pay an additional amount for a seat and carry on? Was not made aware of that during booking!! A pillow would be nice!"

Pros: "The service was excellent! Great work staff.. And we made it to our destination safe..."
Cons: "I didn't like the fact that the seas didn't recline back!! It was uncomfortable ride sitting in that position!"

Pros: "Nothing"

Cons: "I had to stay overnight."

Pros: "We arrived 40 minutes early."

Cons: "Luggage fee is expensive. $45 for carry on."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything you have to pay for! Terrible policy"

Cons: "Service was terrible staff not friendly never using this airline again"

Pros: "Cheap price"
Cons: "Everything else"

Cons: "Buying soda"

Cons: "No complementary meals included... not even snacks and beverages."

Pros: "Wasn' detlayed"
Cons: "Have to pay for every little extra thing"

Cons: "I was charged for two bags, however, I checked one bag and the other was a carry on the size of a computer."

Cons: "The delays were ridiculous"

Pros: "NOTHING!!!"
Cons: "EVERYTHING!"

Pros: "Basic and simple"
Cons: "A free soda is always nice"

Pros: "The service was very easy to use, loved it."

Cons: "Spirit airlines"

Cons: "I bought with several weeks my ticket and when I arrived to the airport I didn’t have a seat and they told me that they downgrade the plane and the solution that they will pay for my hotel room for a day and next day I’ll fly at 4. I was a very important meeting that they and couldn’t afford to lose one day un NYC. I bought in Jet Blue last minute ticket that cost me $us 370!"

Pros: "New plane"
Cons: "No PreCheck"

Pros: "Notting"
Cons: "Everything"

Pros: "The affordable fare price"
Cons: "Wish they would offer similar fare to salt lake city"

Cons: "Charging $55 for a carry-on in order to make your tickets appear cheaper on sites like Kayak.com is a total scam."

Cons: "Spanish fly attendants needed. I had to intervene and almost demand that important information was translated. The fly attendant was very rude when some people didn't follow direction. I could tell most people in the plane did not understand"

Pros: "I like their no nonsense about bags."
Cons: "they force us register."

Pros: "Nothing at all"
Cons: "Whole experience"

Cons: "near the end of the"

Pros: "No-frills"
Cons: "Tighti seating"

Pros: "Quick"
Cons: "Bumpy"

Cons: "Overpriced"

Cons: "Tacked on $55.00 cary on charge - no more Spirit for this flyer!"

Pros: "Not much"
Cons: "Like taking the bus. Confusing website"

Pros: "Organised"
Cons: "Paiing for lugge is ridicules"

Pros: "It was cheap"
Cons: "JUST KIDDING IT WASNT. AND IT WAS A HEADACHE"

Pros: "The price"
Cons: "Unorganized, delayed on both flights, charged for carry-on bags"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Timeliness, comfort, food, additional fees"

Cons: "paying $50 each way for a bag. thought I was getting a good deal on the round trip ticket from NY to Myrtle beach. not so much."

Cons: "Delay"

Pros: "Friendly"
Cons: "Agents at desk were sort of cold-like"

Pros: "NOTHING"
Cons: "EVERYTHING:( Missed all my flights due to the delay and had to be on standby for my next two flights..I was supposed to be home at 8:51p and didn't arrive until 1a the next day..NEVER AGAIN"

Cons: "Ther service was terrible."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything about my interaction with this company."

Cons: "It was dirty"

Pros: "Oakland was easy out of"
Cons: "Spirit has no spirit"

Cons: "Horrible it was all horrible!! I want a refund!!!"

Pros: "Smooth ride"

Cons: "The 4 hrs delay"

Cons: "I thought your pricing policy on baggage confiscatory."

Pros: "Staff minus one was friendly"
Cons: "I'm small - still VERY uncomfortable"

Cons: "All the enormous fees. $50 to check a 40 lb or less suitcase is too much and the $55 fee for carry ons is absolutely ridiculous!!! Also I can't believe that my ticket did not provide me a seat on the plane. That was an extra $18 and it was not even anything special. No extra leg room or anything!"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything"

Cons: "Spirit airlines continues to be an absolute joke in every way."

Pros: "Nothing. Horrible Service"
Cons: "I will not travel in Spirit ever in my life. Even if they fly me for free!"

Pros: "Never travel again"
Cons: "Airlines agents at Airport zero service:("

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Nothing. I had a interruption in my trip and had to Cancle it. And all and all my money was never refunded"

Cons: "that they charge me 100 dollars for a bag its so stupid"

Pros: "The price of the ticket"
Cons: "Needs more leg room"

Pros: "Good"
Cons: "Every thing is very good"

Pros: "I enjoyed the punctuality."

Pros: "from check in to landing everything was great!!"

Cons: "Everything about the company. Poorly ran. Poorly executed."

Pros: "being Ontime is the most important thing on the flights"
Cons: "there was some kids making unwanted noise - so annoying & lost peace"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything"

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Safety measures for airlines flying from New York to California

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Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from New York to California

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