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Good to know

Low season

AugustBest time to beat the crowds with an average 3% drop in price.

High season

DecemberMost popular time to fly with an average 7% increase in price.

Average price round-trip

$329(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal round-trip

$192or less

Good deal one-way

$163or less

Top tips for finding cheap flights to California

  • Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found tickets from Raleigh to California for the following prices or less: to Los Angeles $163 one-way - $224 round-trip, to San Diego $167 one-way - $196 round-trip, to San Francisco $163 one-way - $217 round-trip
  • Book at least 2 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
  • High season is considered to be November and December. The cheapest month to fly to California is August.
  • Morning departure is around 4% 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

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Top airlines flying Raleigh Raleigh-Durham to California

Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews

5.7
Frontier
Overall score based on 39,509 reviews
6.4
Boarding
5.4
Comfort
6.8
Crew
4.6
Entertainment
4.7
Food
Airline reviews

Cons: "Offer snacks or drinks on board"

Pros: "Easy"
Cons: "Not to pay for drinks"

Cons: "N/A"

Cons: "Boarding"

Pros: "Very good / inexpensive / clean /"

Cons: "I didn’t like the way the charge for baggage and also u have to by to by drinks and chips"

Pros: "I just the atmosphere the feel of home."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "No water even offered"

Cons: "Terrible will never fly with this company again"

Pros: "Flying"
Cons: "No snacks"

Cons: "While I was on my way to the airport, I received an email (3 hours before the aircraft was scheduled to take off) stating that the flight had been cancelled. I tried talking to a Frontier representative but every time I called their customer service number it was all automated. I was unable to speak with someone regarding the situation. I ended up having to spend $600 to book another flight with American Airlines due to my need to be in El Paso, Texas today. I still have not been able to speak with anyone at this point."

Pros: "Everything was great except the long delays. We were suppose to leave at 206 but the flight kept getting delayed. I understand delays but it would have been nice if someone would have told us why. There was no one at the desk for a long time. But once we were on the plane and in the air everything was great."

Cons: "No power outlets, seats didn't recline and were very hard and close together. Arm rests were hard and hurt my arms. Floor was filthy and so were the bathrooms."

Pros: "I got to my destination safely"
Cons: "The seats were very hard and uncomfortable and did not recline at all, hope you can sleep sitting straight up. Since when did airlines start charging for a beverage? Seriously $1.99 for a cup of soda from a can, No Thank You."

Pros: "Nothing complicated; everything ran smoothly."
Cons: "Snakey pricing. Bare-bones amenities."

Pros: "All"
Cons: "None"

Pros: "Didn’t take long to take off after we boarded"
Cons: "No WiFi , seats didn’t recline"

Pros: "I liked that they gave me accommodations for a hotel and a voucher for future ticket on their airline."
Cons: "We weren't aware of the cancellation until late at night so it was hard to find flights to get back. it was really important that I made it back on time because I'm a student in doctorate school and I ended up missing part of my classes the next day. i had to fly in to phl but my car was in ttn airport."

Pros: "Rather have cost of bags figured into ticket....$45 extra for carry on is a bit too much and didn't make the trip worth anything special!"

Cons: "It was an hour late"

Pros: "Not much"
Cons: "Paying for bags, paying for water and snacks, delayed because they overbooked and let too many people on the plane"

Cons: "WE had a last minute emergency and didn't go."

Cons: "Had to wait 30min on the tarmac at 930pm at a not busy airport Frontier in general is uncomfortable"

Pros: "Curtious"

Pros: "on time departure - base price"
Cons: "I was unfamiliar with the price for everything extra - have to get used to that."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Plane flight was cancelled after a 4 hour delay"

Pros: "Inexpensive"
Cons: "Smooshed banana at my feet."

Pros: "Great crew. Very friendly. -- Ontime boarding and good flight. - The flight back left and arrived earlier than scheduled. Exceptional treatment by the crew on the way back. They asked if I minded moving up front to an extended seat to allow to people to sit together. -- I got a more comfortable seat up front and the flight attendant kept thanking me for me flexible. -- Very appreciated to them"
Cons: "More up front knowledge about the true cost of the flight. -- Seat selection and carry on costs let to an an additional $82. -- $6 each way for selecting a preferred seat I can stomach, but not $35 for a carry on. -- Very disappointed in that"

Pros: "left a couple o f minutes early and arrived early"

Pros: "Every employee we interacted with on Frontier was very friendly."
Cons: "Major delays in take off on both flights."

Pros: "This can't be helped but man it was a bumpy ride."
Cons: "Drinks should be complimentary - soda etc. :("

Pros: "Friendly staff and on time!!"

Pros: "The flight was comfortable, got my preferred seat. Flight left early and arrived early."
Cons: "Paying for snacks, drinks, etc. One complimentary drink and snack could be offered."

Pros: "The crew were all nice."
Cons: "The seats were the most uncomfortable thing ever. They are hard plastic with a thin pleather lining and don't recline. I could not get anything close to comfortable the whole flight. The "tray tables" are so tiny, they could never hold anything remotely close to the size of a tray. You can't even have a cup of coffee on it and rest your book or tablet next to it. They don't serve so much as a free cup of coffee. And we each had to pay $30 for our carry-on, which pretty much wiped out the savings of a Frontier flight. Our checked bag arrived about an hour and 15 minutes after we landed. The experience was just awful overall. It's just not worth the lower price, believe me."

Pros: "The plane was clean and the attendants very nice"
Cons: "We waited on the tarmac in Denver for a gate from almost 45 minutes. We waited for 1.5 hours for our luggage to reach the baggage claim area."

Cons: "Ala cart pricing, the sales pitch of the Frontier credit card."

Cons: "It would have been appreciated if at check in they told us you have to pay for carrying on and let us check our bag instead of charging us $60 at the gate and leaving us no other options. Super poor customer service!!!!!!"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything"

Pros: "Tricky low priced tickets"
Cons: "Charges everywhere."

Pros: "The price of the ticket was great. The seats are large and comfortable."
Cons: "That ERVERYTHING is an e tra cost."

Pros: "Staff"
Cons: "Charges for seats and baggage."

Cons: "Prices to high"

Cons: "Charge for cabin lugguage and soft drinks"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "The 4hr delay that wasn't told until post check in. I was forced to rent a car and made it faster than the plane."

Pros: "Everything was perfect"
Cons: "N/A"

Cons: "Very uncomfortable seating"

Pros: "that they make you buy food - i hate the waste of food that people don't need or don't eat / so having people pay for whatever they want is awesome"
Cons: "paying for check-in bag"

Pros: "The price was super, plane nice , people were great"
Cons: "It was extreemly hard to check in. took several attemps for both flights. Had to repete steps and informaion already entered"

Pros: "Boarded quickly"
Cons: "Boarded quickly to sit forever. We taxied in Chicago for 30 min..."

Pros: "I enoyed my flights to Seattle and back to los Angeles"

Cons: "The wait at baggage claim"

Pros: "On a budget so great prices"
Cons: "Stress out over personal carry on dizey"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything"

Pros: "Nothing."
Cons: "Rude. They think it's a joke when people can't get home."

Pros: "The price."
Cons: "The Terrible American Lack of Service, and the malfunctioning website."

Cons: "Constant pitching and threatening about paying for bags. Constant yammer on the plane about offers etc. Money, Money, Money is all they talk about!!!!"

Cons: "No internet option to my knowledge."

Pros: "Good value. Absolutely no bells and whistles."
Cons: "Perfect for a very short trip. Bring your own everything."

Pros: "I like that everything was bare minimum."

Pros: "Service in general"
Cons: "It needs more people to help with disabilities"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Bad website. Old dirty grimy airplane. Diversion while boarding the plane. Horrible experience."

Cons: "My seat wouldn't recline."

Pros: "Need more than 40 ils luggage limit on suitcase. Need to be able to take a carry on AND a pocketbook onto plane."

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"

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"

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!!!"

Cons: "The 4 hrs delay"

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

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"

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COVID-19 information

Safety measures for airlines flying from Raleigh to California

Airlines flying from Raleigh to California have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travelers. Policies vary by airline.

Heightened sanitation

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

Mandatory masks

Masks required on board, masks provided on flights from Raleigh to California

Social distancing seating

Middle seats unavailable to book on flights from Raleigh to California

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