Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco
American Airlines, British Airways and Qatar Airways have all waived their change and cancellation fees on flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco. Confirm policies on booking site.
An average nonstop flight takes 13h 54m, covering a distance of 2515 miles.
There are 62 (nonstop) flights between Philadelphia and San Francisco per week, averaging 8 per day.
In the past 3 days, the cheapest one-way tickets were found on Frontier ($82) and Multiple Airlines ($129), and the lowest round-trip tickets have been found on Frontier ($163) and Multiple Airlines ($246).
British Airways (3 times daily), American Airlines (3 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
From Philadelphia to San Francisco, Tuesday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Wednesday is the most expensive. Flying from San Francisco back to Philadelphia , the best deals are generally found on Monday, with Thursday being the most expensive.
When flying out of Philadelphia you will be using Philadelphia, often referred to as Philadelphia Airport. You will be landing at San Francisco, also known as San Francisco Airport.
Duty Free by DFASS can be found in Terminal A of Philadelphia International Airport and sells travel essentials, such as magazines, snacks, headphones, and neck pillows. Shine Collectibles is in Terminal C and offers a variety of sports clothing and accessories, while Pennsylvania Market is in Terminal E and has food products from the region.
There is an indoor Pet Port that is placed inside of each terminal in Philadelphia International Airport, as well as outdoor relief zones that are near all Arrivals areas. They are securely fenced in, contain grass and waste disposal bags, and can be used by both pets and service animals.
In addition to having a USO Center that is open 24h a day, San Francisco International Airport has a limited number of overnight facilities that can be used by members of the military. Most shops and restaurants also offer discounts for both active members and veterans, but an official ID card is required.
There are several hotels that offer free shuttles to and from San Francisco International Airport, with most of them picking up and dropping off from the Hotel Courtesy Shuttle zones in the center island in front of all Arrivals terminals. The Aloft Hotel is a chic choice, while the Comfort Suites is a more affordable option. For a hotel that offers long-term lodging options, book a room at the Comfort Suites.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Cons: "Bad social distance"
Pros: "Felt safe and sanitary"
Cons: "Terrible delays"
Cons: "Better food offerings"
Cons: "Sat on tarmac for 20 mins because we were early..."
Pros: "Fast flight"
Cons: "In one hour flight we could have some drinks and food. Snacks... can’t believe they don’t have any food/alcohol"
Cons: "The bathrooms smelled every time someone opened the door. Febreeze, please!!"
Pros: "Friendly crew. Landed early."
Pros: "Seat was comfortable"
Cons: "The temperature, it was kind of hot."
Cons: "Safe and happy travel!"
Pros: "Service by crew. I was flying economy but it was par to business class."
Pros: "Very comfortable, no complaints."
Pros: "Good communication about weather and delay"
Cons: "No delay. Consider dropping the $75 standby fee."
Pros: "The guy announcing the boarding was a hoot! Great sense of humor."
Pros: "Not much I liked"
Cons: "The crew were the worst Delta crew I’ve ever had. Sat 1st class and waited 1 hour from sitting in my seat untill I was offered a beverage. Asked for a snack and was told to wait until the basket was brought around, 20 minutes later. Asked for coffee, it was terrible and served with attitude."
Pros: "Nice new seats"
Cons: "Was too warm inside the plane. Boarding address was mobbed and not very well managed"
Cons: "Took off late. Other than that very comfortable and great experience"
Pros: "small and uncomfortable"
Cons: "respectful size seat"
Pros: "On time this time"
Cons: "No video screen"
Pros: "Good customer service in person"
Pros: "That it got me home"
Pros: "Not like"
Cons: "I have Sky Team Elite Plus Platinum but not fare anything!"
Pros: "On time"
Cons: "Take a long time to taxi to the gate & getting off the plane."
Cons: "Multilpe delays"
Cons: "late leaving, arriving and taxing."
Pros: "Did not wait for luggage."
Cons: "Food was marginal. Equipment had low ceiling under carry on shelf. No entertainment."
Cons: "They cancelled my ticket and did not inform me. Horrible exlefywith JustFly.com Beware of this organization"
Pros: "The staff"
Pros: "Was tired and the FA helped me find a row that I could stretch out on and relax. After a long trip from Moscow, the FA's volunteering to help and accommodate a beleaguered traveler was most appreciated!"
Cons: "See above"
Cons: "Got in early"
Pros: "Got upgraded to 1st / Business class."
Cons: "Due to weather the power outage in ATL, the flight out of PHL was delayed by about 30 minutes. No movies. No meals."
Cons: "Force me to take a bad seat"
Pros: "We were not happy with our flight my flight got cancelled 3 times I miss work they need to reimburse us and also reimburses the hotel cuz we had to stay at a hotel because they cancelled our flight three times and then our flight that we went out on Monday was late because of a flight attendant arriving late to the hotel to the airport"
Pros: "As usual, Delta staff and crew did their best to make the flight quite enjoyable and smooth."
Pros: "Maintained high standards of service despite massive delay."
Cons: "Boarding and departure was messy because of the delay"
Pros: "We'd paid extra for main cabin so hot to choose seats and got in flight entertainment.. Staff were friendly."
Cons: "No free wifi."
Pros: "The entertainment options and noticing the little touches that Delta is making to improve the brand and experience."
Cons: "Seems like there are legacy "attitude" issues with the crew. I sat on the aisle yesterday, and SEVERAL times I was bumped, quite rudely, by passing crew. In one instance, as they passed to pick up trash, they took two of my three items. They started walking on, and I tapped them as they passed to pick up the third. She brusquely turned and said: don't touch me to get my attention. No please; quite rude, and unnecessary."
Pros: "The boarding was efficient"
Cons: "Three hour departure delay. No explanation given. No apology."
Pros: "I appreciated the kindness of the staff at each of our stops. From beginning to end they were polite, helpful, and kind!"
Pros: "I love Delta. Smooth boarding. Quality service. Keep it up!"
Cons: "Compared to such airlines like Turkish or etihad, service and comfort was lacking behind."
Pros: "Flight attendants"
Cons: "Tv wouldn't work and delay that wasn't weather related and the food was awful"
Cons: "On time"
Pros: "Airplane was good, boarding was fast."
Cons: "Seats not so comfortable."
Cons: "Plane was delayed 6 hours- not AA fault but could have compensated by providing some food without charge"
Cons: "Delays sucked."
Pros: "Highly skilled pilot."
Pros: "Friendly crew"
Cons: "Crappy food, not even outlets for laptop chargers for those who need to work during a 5-hr flight. Barely stacks up to delta or JetBlue, won’t be flying American again anytime soon."
Pros: "Flight attendants"
Cons: "VERY cramped"
Pros: "The flight crew was quite lovely."
Cons: "People all over the coach section were complaining about not being able to sit together. Families with babies, couples, even ours (though the kids are old enough for me not to be truly worried as some were). Somehow reservations seems to have messed up an entire flight. We gave up trying to fix it for fear they would make it worse. Then the woman at the gate tried to get folks to volunteer to give up their seats on an overbooked flight. But she was screaming at us. Unbelievably unpleasant to be yelled at over and over again and told we could lose our seats. The poor weather likely caused flights to be rerouted into PHL so our flight out to SFO ended up 1/3 empty. FABULOUS. But the gate experience was horrible and the legroom, had it been a full flight, was miserable. I'm in search of an airline with a humane approach."
Pros: "Made it home."
Pros: "The flight crew were absolutely marvelous and were wonderful on board."
Cons: "British Airways had too tight of connections on flights that we purchased and then they ran late. Because of this, we had to rebook both going to Europe and coming back. Our friends were then charged extra luggage fees when being put on a domestic flight back home after going through customs. It will be difficult for me to want to use British Airways again because of all the flight change notifications we got before traveling and then once we did actual travel."
Pros: "The films available were okay, but we had to watch them on our phones."
Cons: "Moved our gate twice, both times the AA boarding crew laughed at the anger they’d caused among the upset passengers. They were also not vocal about the gate changes until pressed. We were asked to sit by the emergency gate as able and willing humans unaware it was placed beside the center bathroom.. so unpleasant."
Cons: "They forgot to board my laggauge"
Pros: "Not much"
Cons: "Big hassle trying to get on an earlierflight ehich originally booked."
Cons: "Aircraft at least in our section was very cold the whole flight. My young son was very cold even in a sweatshirt. I was very cold in a sweater, shirt, and jeans. I asked a crew member if they might have a blanket to cover my son, he brusquely replied “No blankets, no pillows!” So we just froze for 5.5 hours."
Pros: "Flight attendants actually seemed to care about what they were doing. Seats were pretty comfy for once."
Cons: "Flight delayed with no explanation or apologies. Putting two and two together from the airport monitors it looks like they had to swap planes due to a scheduling or maintenance issue. Just another chapter in the neverending saga of delayed American airlines flights"
Pros: "Seats were reasonably comfortable. On time departure, early arrival. Gate crews not ready in SF"
Cons: "Entertainment options good, but require download of a proprietary app. Quit trying to sell us credit cards! Should get more than a pack of cookies for a 6 hour flight."
Pros: "Things went very smoothly."
Cons: "Long layover"
Pros: "This plane had more legroom than our international flight which was strange but at least it was better."
Cons: "See prior response"
Pros: "Boarding, comfortable seats, clean"
Cons: "Mediocre service, choice of food was down to one option (and I was on the 2nd row)"
Cons: "no inflight entertainment no outlets"
Pros: "The entertainment selection was pretty goid"
Cons: "They made a horrible mistake by getting the bag count or weight wrong and we had to go back to the gate and it cost us 2 1/2 hours."
Cons: "Tight connection! The airlines need to Realize that a 2 hour layover is NOT enough when you have to go through immigration, customs, and security before making your next flight!"
Pros: "Flight had very few people on it so everyone could stretch out for the 6 hour flight."
Cons: "The original flight turned around 45 minutes in and I missed my connecting flight. AA refused to try and get me on another flight the same day so I could make it to Sydney on the original day I was supposed to land. We waited 2/3 hours to board a whole new flight, and AA hardly compensated. If anything they should’ve provided a meal at least instead of a bag of pretzels. Flight crew seemed very inconvenienced and it showed."
Cons: "Never got to take flight. Concerned now that I will lose EQM, EQD from flight because AA rebooked me on DL. Also, original flight was in F. AA rebooked in DL in economy all the way. So I paid F fare for economy flight."
Pros: "The boarding process was ok."
Cons: "The entertainment system failed again."
Pros: "Easy to get though security as I was pre check tashav"
Cons: "Having to spend 95 dollars for seat upgrade to be on a exit aisle"
Cons: "No electrical outlets. No monitors"
Pros: "The boarding was done well"
Cons: "This was a 6 hour flight so American could at least have offered a better choice of in flight food purchases"
Pros: "I loved my seat,with the leg rest‼️ THANK YOU"
Pros: "Landed early"
Cons: "The seats were not as good as the ones on my BA flight to Heathrow and then Rome. Also, cross country flight but no in flight entertainment. Arrived early in PHL and American would not let me move up to an earlier PHL-SFO flight since it was a code share booked with BA. Should not be my fault as when booking it indicated all four of my flights were with BA. Once booked it indicated the return flights were code share with AA. American should have allowed me on the earlier flight. That would have opened a seat on the scheduled flight which had people waiting on standby."
Cons: "Made me check my bag saying the flight/overhead bins were full and when I got on the plane- there was at least 15 overhead bins wide open (even above my seat). This is ridiculous after flying for 15 hours."
Cons: "It was advertised that one can see entertainment through WIFi, but from my iPad, i can't connect to this WiFi. I tried several times until I just gave up."
Cons: "Seats were quite uncomfortable, there was no entertainment options, there was no way to charge any electronic devices because the plane was so old, which meant I almost wasn't able to catch a ride home after the flight. For a cross-country flight, I would expect a better experience."
Cons: "No leg room"
Pros: "That we arrived safely and on time"
Cons: "The food was horrible for such a long flight and the seats were uncomfortable. Most airlines have neck braces to place one's head on. Neither flight had anything for one's head. I had my own blanket fortunately because it was cold...then hot... If one did not have an iPad or computer watching anything was impossible on a 6 hour flight. Never going to take this flight again aGAIN...NEVER PAID ADDITIONAL ON SUCH A LONG FLIGHT FOR SEATS. NEXT TIME I'LL STAND."
Pros: "extra leg room but I had to pay for it"
Cons: "This should only be used for important communications. And to not offer food on a 6 hour flight is horrible."
Pros: "Took off and arrived on time."
Pros: "Actually had leg room on these flights and was pretty comfortable. Excellent crew, food pretty good too on the first leg."
Cons: "For a flight five hours or more I was disappointed that there was no complimentary food. It otherwise it was fine"
Pros: "No entertainment nothing"
Pros: "I can't comment on food or entertainment and there is no N/A option. I did not purchase food or use the wifi for entertainment. The seat I upgraded to was comfortable and spacious even if it didn't recline (I sat in front of the OWWE)."
Pros: "Pilot did a great job coming into SFO airport. Had to abort landing and do it again."
Cons: "Unless we slept through it, no food or snack was served. It was a 6+ hour flight. I was awake for water and soda offerings but not even nuts. To be fair, I may have been asleep but I woke up every time a drink was offered. We came from a connecting international flight with no time to get a meal. We grabbed a bagel as we rushed through the airport. I didn't pick the flight so we couldn't have more time."
Pros: "Flight on time. Crew were pleasant."
Cons: "Usb charger would not charge tablet in flight. Tried multiple sources since there were 4 of us-none worked."
Cons: "Same as above"
Pros: "Nothing absolute nightmare .. no water .. are you serious"
Cons: "The flight was delayed, the ground staff made no effort to update its passengers as the mood to grow angry, however instead two of the counter people continued to laugh joke and talk between themselves as everyone grew more and more restless by 6:30pm"
Pros: "Old plane"
Cons: "Crew was not skilled or kind in dealing with others around me. Had the finesse of a frustrated 10 year old when asking other to check their bags."
Cons: "crowded, tight even in better seat, no wifi entertainment"
Cons: "No entertainment at all for this cross country trip."
Cons: "Seats need to be bigger (wider)"
Cons: "All went well."
Cons: "They need to learn from asian airlines (specifically Thai Airways)"
Pros: "Comfortable plane. I love United Express."
Pros: "Have seatback TV and arrived on-time"
Cons: "Sitting in window seat"
Pros: "Flight left on departure and on board air cooling system was much welcome. Cabin crew were polite."
Cons: "Cabin was untidy, goodness knows what was stowed away at the back of seats towards the rear of the cabin, so rear of cabin was unwelcoming. Cabin crew should keep some overhead lockers for their own use. Poor sound quality on Inflight entertainment, either that or Headphones were poor. Food portions were painfully small (lunch of chicken risotto) AND I found pretzel flavoured breakfast bap unpopular."
Pros: "Read above"
Cons: "On time, free food and WiFi for our troubles and serious delay, our money back."
Pros: "Boarding was great"
Cons: "Inflight Services was horrific and my stuff was damaged in my luggage."
Cons: "Food ran out and only one choice"
Cons: "The fuel mishap made us late which is just not ok.g get it right."
Cons: "Delay for 3 hours"
Pros: "Boarding was smooth and took an average amount of time. We arrived exactly on time. Staff were all friendly and helpful. Plane was clean.. overall very pleasant !"
Pros: "So many regrets for flying this dumpster fire."
Pros: "The help"
Cons: "Early boarding in sfo, I had to forget my food."
Pros: "Crew & flight were fine."
Cons: "Nickel & dime passengers for everything"
Pros: "Food was way better than I expected."
Pros: "They gave out ice cream and plenty of snacks."
Cons: "I could not choose my seat"
Pros: "Food was great"
Pros: "Attendents were very nice."
Pros: "Convenient and on time. Comfortable"
Cons: "It was quite late"
Pros: "Quick and easy to board."
Cons: "Didn't happen"
Pros: "Good service"
Pros: "Flight wasn't full so got to sit w/o middle seat psgr."
Cons: "UA app for in flight movie kept losing contact or sound."
Pros: "Stewardess was nice"
Cons: "Delayed, then when we got here no lanes to land. Seats are way to small for normal sized people."
Cons: "Just give free wi fi already"
Pros: "My flight stopped for over 2 hours for refueling which caused me to miss my coneccting flight, plus 2 other reschedual flights. Then no one would accomodate me on account of this. Never flying united again"
Pros: "Seats are comfy"
Cons: "Food service sucks"
Pros: "The crew did the best they could with what was presented."
Cons: "Pilot should of gave us accurate times rather than saying "we should be taking off in another 15 min folks" which turned into 4 hours, pretty crazy."
Pros: "Crew very friendly!"
Cons: "No entertainment (video screens ) on board flight."
Pros: "It was a light flight, so I could have my carry-on with me even though I was in group 5. The breakfast -- berry pecan French toast -- was surprisingly tasty and satisfying (if not very attractively presented)."
Cons: "Too bad I had to pay so much for the exit row seat. I'm tall and it's needed for standard comfort (as opposed to extra comfort). Oh well. Gotta squeeze those dollars out of the passengers every way they can."
Pros: "The boarding was very smooth."
Cons: "The passengers behind me had a baby on board that cried throughout the whole flight."
Pros: "Got me safely to my destination. Other passengers were friendly and helpful. Sf and Vic airports nice. flight attendants passably pleasant. No food that I was aware of. Entertainment at least there was a wifi option since there were no screens."
Cons: "Check in agents all might as well have been robots, but with bad attitude. Even at the star alliance gold checkin desk the agent was clearly unhappy/furious (seem to be ongoing issues with the system/ machine frustrating him) and was consistently abrupt and cold though our interaction. He did help by lifting bags onto weigh and to press buttons to get the tickets issued, but I would have a much better experience of United if he has shown any sign of warmth or even smiled. I was struggling with a baby in a carrier, and several suitcase, and he didn't show any sign of humanity. The guy who labeled our bags was a bit nicer. The team overal though just barked instructions at the customers, never looked them in the eyes, and seemed to all hate their jobs. We got our boarding passes issues successfully, yes, but I felt on pins and needles like I had to be very careful not to offend anyone.... Which I don't think is what you want your passengers to feel at the start of a flight."
Cons: "The seat cushions were in terrible condition!!!"
Cons: "Cross country flight, tiniest snack ever, $8 for any entertainment. Choose JetBlue if you get the choice"
Cons: "Every time I fly through San Franscisco, my United flight is cancelled, delayed or I get stranded! If you know a large number of your passengers are coming in on a flight from the east coast that was delayed for de-icing...wouldn't it be easier to just hold the flight, since it is the last flight of the night. United's customer service and care of passengers is horrible!"
Cons: "delay service is really bad cant find my baggages"
Cons: "TV was broken"
Cons: "Over a hour and a half late leaving portland"
Pros: "Wish there was complimentary snacks ie peanuts or crackers"
Cons: "Not enough food at all"
Pros: "It was easy, fast, & simple."
Pros: "My overall experience was excellent except for your new food policy. Meals should included! I am handicapped and asked for help boarding and getting to flights! I was helped by your caring and very curtitious staff! Thank you for your help."
Pros: "On both departure and on arrival. Lack of training? Bad attitude? Whatever, it was amateurish and annoying."
Cons: "Hate the airport"
Pros: "Fast and easy"
Pros: "Complimentary something! Entertainment options would be nice."
Cons: "No complimentary anything! No entertainment:("
Pros: "Everyone was helpful and friendly."
Cons: "Not charge so much for luggage and carry-ons."
Pros: "Estaba todo bien."
Cons: "Pero no me gusto q havia mucha turbulencia. Y mis photos queria esplotar."
Pros: "Boarding was easy and efficient Staff was friendly Space was clean"
Cons: "The plane had a few concerning sounds ."
Cons: "It's $40 to bring a carry on... really?"
Cons: "No wifi"
Pros: "Cheap, you travel from point A to point B"
Cons: "They don't even serve water!"
Cons: "Kid vomit"
Pros: "Bag charged"
Cons: "Everything is an upcharge - carryon, a seat that reclines, etc."
Pros: "We were at our destination 40 minutes early!"
Cons: "paying for any beverage other than water"
Pros: "Nice staff."
Cons: "Delay later than delay. Then another delay on tarmac."
Pros: "same as above"
Cons: "Frontier doesn't lease enough gates. Waited 35 minutes after landing for gate to clear. Both flights. Frontier late in unloading bags. Waited 40 minutes at luggage carousel. Frontier lost my bag"
Pros: "No problems whatsoever."
Cons: "Traffic getting to the airport."
Cons: "Seat extremely uncomfortable for a person my height (6') and not adjustable in any way. Not a ton of leg room either, though not noticeably less legroom than other airlines."
Cons: "Not enough staff in the boarding area to ask about luggage etc"
Pros: "Delay for too long. It took so long after landing! What are the ground crews doing?"
Cons: "We were stuck on the runway for over an hour after we landed and getting our luggage was a DISASTER. They changed the location of our baggage claim carousel with minimal notice, only to change it back to the original carousel with NO NOTICE. It took over an hour again for our luggage to come out and it trickled in so slowly, that I ended up getting my bag a full two and a half hours after we landed. Awful experience."
Cons: "Everything . Plus they lost my bag. Will neve fly Frontier again."
Cons: "Charged me $200 for name change that I did not nerd"
Pros: "I had a baggage that met the online specifications- 14X8 but they still charged me $60 because it was not a "personal bag" -- they kept referring to it as a carryon."
Pros: "Friendly passengers around me"
Cons: "Long delay, no meals available, no water offered, nothing to read"
Pros: "They share food no baby asked me, even to buy."
Cons: "everything. what has happened to frontier? wont fly them again"
Cons: "That we had to buy drinks and snacks"
Pros: "The employees were all fantastic, very friendly and helpful"
Cons: "Would like wifi."
Pros: "The bare bones frontier philosophy leaves nothing to like"
Cons: "Feeling like cattle"
Cons: "Not enough leg room. It really sucked!"
Cons: "The hassle with my bag"
Cons: "I wish you will take cash payments for meal purchase"
Cons: "This airline comes up with every idea possible to charge the costomer. I give the airline a star for being sneaky and sly and having rules and policies to rip off passengers. Because it is brilliant that they con you without breaking any laws."
Cons: "Bag fee is expensive."
Pros: "Cheap, until you had to pay for bags and drinks."
Cons: "Had to wait for over 1/2 hour to disembark."
Cons: "Frontier nickles and dimes you."
Pros: "And it was cheap"
Pros: "Very informative on where to go!"
Cons: "Not very informational on security policy"
Cons: "Paying for a seat assignment on line before going to airport. Baggage charges too high. These extra costs added an additional 49% to my ticket. Unhappy with your airline"
Cons: "The Chicago airport was terrible both times. Things not clearly marked. Staff not friendly or available. Long term parking very hard to find and pricing very unclear. Didn't realize we would have to pay additional for just a seat and carry on luggage"
Cons: "More delays, few answers, no satisfaction. Do whatever you can to avoid flying Frontier."
Pros: "Everyone were really nice. The service was good."
Cons: "I didn't like the following fact. I was charged $35.00 for a carrying on bag. When the bag met all the requirements needed for a carry on. When other customers had larger bag and they were not charged. The bag was small enough to fit under the seat. I should be re-enburse the $35.00 I was charged. Thank you"
Airlines flying from Philadelphia to San Francisco have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travelers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco
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