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Average Price:
$513
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
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$426
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The cheapest flight from Rapid City to San Diego was found 72 days before departure, on average.
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Morning departure is around 3% more expensive than an evening flight, on average*.
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FAQs for Booking Rapid City to San Diego Flights

How long does a flight from Rapid City to San Diego take?
An average nonstop flight takes 5h 03m, covering a distance of 1090 miles.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from Rapid City to San Diego?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest round-trip tickets were found on United ($363), American Airlines ($418) and Delta ($523).
Do I need a passport to fly between Rapid City and San Diego?
No.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly Rapid City to San Diego?
For Rapid City to San Diego, Thursday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Sunday is the most expensive. Flying from San Diego back to Rapid City, the best deals are generally found on Wednesday, with Tuesday being the most expensive.

Book cheap flights from Rapid City to San Diego (round-trip)

Airports
Origin
Rapid City
$363
only
$363
Destination
San Diego
$363
only
$363
Thu, May 3
RAP
SAN
5h 30m
Tue, May 8
SAN
RAP
5h 57m
Trip: 6 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 54591 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
SFO
SNA
Okay 5.0

Cold, not enough space for carry on

LAX
LHR
Excellent 10.0

United Airlines team and the plaine were brilliant.

SJO
IAH
Mediocre 3.3

The check-in staff were very friendly and helpful.

I already knew I was going to pay $200 to ship my boards back home (I wonder if golf clubs which are roughly the same size cost as much,) but when pre-purchasing through the app for an "oversized" bag you have to put a "one" in the checked bag and a "one" in the oversized bag even though they're the same bag, but then they charge you for two, and when you tell the check-in person that you only have one bag of course they can't issue a refund. No, they tell you that you get to call customer service when you return home.

IAD
GVA
Excellent 10.0

Best flight I have ever experienced!

Nothing

GRR
IAH
Good 6.0

Pay for food, cold on plane entire time, everyone bundled up in blankets, jackets but staff friendly

Sun, Mar 18
RAP
SAN
19h 57m
Tue, Mar 20
SAN
RAP
20h 13m
Trip: 3 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 28211 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.7
DFW
FLL
Excellent 8.0

No issues at all

N/A

ORD
CLT
Mediocre 3.0

Three hours delay. I paid for a upgrade to first class. But because of the flight change i didn't get to keep my upgrade and I had to beg for a refund. I have had two trips in the past 5 days and all flights have been anywhere from 1 to 3 hours late. Worst experience with AA I have had in a long time.

SJU
MIA
Excellent 9.3

New onboard entertainment

CLT
ILM
Mediocre 3.0

Three hours delay. I paid for a upgrade to first class. But because of the flight change i didn't get to keep my upgrade and I had to beg for a refund. I have had two trips in the past 5 days and all flights have been anywhere from 1 to 3 hours late. Worst experience with AA I have had in a long time.

DFW
SAN
Okay 5.3

Direct flight from desired origin to destination Boarding by zones

Uncomfortable, small, seat space with inadequate legroom. Lack of personal entertainment options. Paid extra for earlier boarding group which only benefited me by about 5 people. (NOT WORTH IT!) Lack of complimentary food options. (Pay for everything)

Wed, Feb 21
RAP
SAN
8h 13m
Wed, Mar 21
SAN
RAP
8h 21m
Trip: 28 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 16027 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.4
DTW
YOW
Excellent 9.3

Please see above. Sherry was amazing

Plane was small and older but it was a short flight

SJC
SLC
Excellent 8.8

Good clean aircraft. Fairly comfortable seats. Even had a power outlet in my row. Not too bad for an aircraft from the late 70s.

for some reason, i had to pay to gate check a bag. It didnt seem like anyone else did while boarding my flight.

DTW
MEX
Excellent 8.3

Even though I was disappointed by not being able to get the boarding passes from Delta for Aeromexico’s connecting flight to Bogota, I had an agent greet me after customs in Mexico to issue the boarding pass so I could use the transfer flight line. Excellent service throughout the entire trip.

Confusion over my boarding pass at the Delta terminal in Detroit.

MSP
CUN
Mediocre 2.0

nothing

They lost my luggage.

ATL
MEX
Excellent 10.0

Flight was on time, crew was friendly, plane was clean, and boarding was painless and efficient. Food was served which was a huge plus. I appreciate having a choice of almonds for a snack.

Sun, Feb 18
RAP
SAN
14h 02m
Sun, Mar 18
SAN
RAP
8h 40m
Trip: 28 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Mon, Aug 13
RAP
SAN
5h 03m
Sat, Aug 18
SAN
RAP
6h 28m
Trip: 6 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 54591 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
SJO
IAH
Mediocre 3.3

The check-in staff were very friendly and helpful.

I already knew I was going to pay $200 to ship my boards back home (I wonder if golf clubs which are roughly the same size cost as much,) but when pre-purchasing through the app for an "oversized" bag you have to put a "one" in the checked bag and a "one" in the oversized bag even though they're the same bag, but then they charge you for two, and when you tell the check-in person that you only have one bag of course they can't issue a refund. No, they tell you that you get to call customer service when you return home.

DFW
ORD
Excellent 10.0

I LIKE THE SERVICE ON BORD OF THE PLANE

NOTHING

IAH
SAN
Mediocre 2.6

The staff were fine, nothing really great, but nothing bad either.

So, we'll start with boarding. Why airlines can't figure out to board the plane from back to front is beyond me. No, let's load front to back so everyone has to uncomfortably shove past the people who have already taken their seats at the front of the plane. Then you get back there and all the overhead bins are full because everyone takes as many bags as possible onto the plane. Then you have to sacrifice the already tiny amount of foot room, "to put the bag fully underneath the seat in front of you." At this point you should be fine, except if you're over five and a half feet tall (I don't know if that's true I'm 6'2" and 275 lbs,) because then your knees are going to be buried so deep in the chair in front of you that the person up there doesn't even need a seat they can just sit on your knees. Luckily for you tall people, they put a nice metal rod just about knee level to really dig in and cause pain . . . Yay! Being a big guy, you try to be considerate and fold your arms in to give the person next to you as much space as possible, but don't expect that back as they'll spread out and become as wide as possible. Then to distract yourself from the discomfort, you try to use the free in flight entertainment via the United app, but "it's not available right now." In summation either be short and small or be rich and buy the seats with extra legroom when you fly United.

IAD
GVA
Excellent 10.0

Best flight I have ever experienced!

Nothing

LAX
LHR
Excellent 10.0

United Airlines team and the plaine were brilliant.

Thu, Apr 19
RAP
SAN
20h 30m
Mon, Apr 23
SAN
RAP
15h 17m
Trip: 5 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 28211 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.7
SAT
PHL
Excellent 8.0

I took American's first direct flight between Philadelphia and San Antonio. It was a nice plane, good service, and amenities for a cost. Love that the plane had plugs!

CLT
ILM
Mediocre 3.0

Three hours delay. I paid for a upgrade to first class. But because of the flight change i didn't get to keep my upgrade and I had to beg for a refund. I have had two trips in the past 5 days and all flights have been anywhere from 1 to 3 hours late. Worst experience with AA I have had in a long time.

CLT
LGA
Excellent 10.0

Ability to upgrade to first class

Security taking forever

LAS
DFW
Excellent 8.0

Flight was punctual and service was good.

Gate change

DFW
SAN
Okay 5.3

Direct flight from desired origin to destination Boarding by zones

Uncomfortable, small, seat space with inadequate legroom. Lack of personal entertainment options. Paid extra for earlier boarding group which only benefited me by about 5 people. (NOT WORTH IT!) Lack of complimentary food options. (Pay for everything)

Fri, Mar 9
RAP
SAN
8h 34m
Tue, Mar 13
SAN
RAP
19h 16m
Trip: 4 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 28211 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.7
LAS
DFW
Excellent 8.0

Flight was punctual and service was good.

Gate change

ORD
CLT
Mediocre 3.0

Three hours delay. I paid for a upgrade to first class. But because of the flight change i didn't get to keep my upgrade and I had to beg for a refund. I have had two trips in the past 5 days and all flights have been anywhere from 1 to 3 hours late. Worst experience with AA I have had in a long time.

CLT
ILM
Mediocre 3.0

Three hours delay. I paid for a upgrade to first class. But because of the flight change i didn't get to keep my upgrade and I had to beg for a refund. I have had two trips in the past 5 days and all flights have been anywhere from 1 to 3 hours late. Worst experience with AA I have had in a long time.

DFW
FLL
Excellent 8.0

No issues at all

N/A

LHR
ORD
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing really. I will never book from Kayak ever

Everything

Thu, Feb 22
RAP
SAN
6h 29m
Wed, Mar 21
SAN
RAP
8h 21m
Trip: 27 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 16027 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.4
ATL
MEX
Excellent 10.0

Flight was on time, crew was friendly, plane was clean, and boarding was painless and efficient. Food was served which was a huge plus. I appreciate having a choice of almonds for a snack.

MSP
CUN
Mediocre 2.0

nothing

They lost my luggage.

BOS
JFK
Excellent 9.3

The volume controls on the tv we’re pretty poor. Was either too loud or too soft with only 5-6 volume settings.

BOS
BNA
Excellent 8.0

Service vey Good. Nice choices. Comfort seating very nice

WiFi awful. Useless.

ECP
ATL
Excellent 9.6

We have been on 6 flights over the last 8 days, all with Delta and we have already started telling people how wonderful the service was. Sherry on this last flight was amazing, working so hard all by herself as our flight attendant. We were very impressed. And the pilots all came out to say goodbye and thank you. All very nice...esp for me who needed some wheelchair assistance. We will certainly fly with you again in the future.

Smaller plane but ok for short flight

Thu, Apr 5
RAP
SAN
20h 30m
Mon, Apr 9
SAN
RAP
17h 21m
Trip: 5 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 28211 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.7
CLT
ILM
Mediocre 3.0

Three hours delay. I paid for a upgrade to first class. But because of the flight change i didn't get to keep my upgrade and I had to beg for a refund. I have had two trips in the past 5 days and all flights have been anywhere from 1 to 3 hours late. Worst experience with AA I have had in a long time.

SAT
PHL
Excellent 8.0

I took American's first direct flight between Philadelphia and San Antonio. It was a nice plane, good service, and amenities for a cost. Love that the plane had plugs!

PHL
YYZ
Good 6.0

On time

Small seats

LHR
ORD
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing really. I will never book from Kayak ever

Everything

JAX
DFW
Excellent 8.6

Polite. Clean. Nice business class.

Would like more Western food.

Wed, Feb 21
RAP
SAN
8h 07m
Thu, Mar 22
SAN
RAP
7h 38m
Trip: 29 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 16027 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.4
ATL
DTW
Excellent 10.0

Pls see above

MSP
CUN
Mediocre 2.0

nothing

They lost my luggage.

ATL
JNB
Okay 4.0

Aircraft seemed shabby despite refresh of Comfort Plus, food was really mediocre. Steer clear of the Asian Veg option.

DTW
YOW
Excellent 9.3

Please see above. Sherry was amazing

Plane was small and older but it was a short flight

DTW
MEX
Excellent 8.3

Even though I was disappointed by not being able to get the boarding passes from Delta for Aeromexico’s connecting flight to Bogota, I had an agent greet me after customs in Mexico to issue the boarding pass so I could use the transfer flight line. Excellent service throughout the entire trip.

Confusion over my boarding pass at the Delta terminal in Detroit.

Sun, Feb 18
RAP
SAN
14h 02m
Tue, Mar 20
SAN
RAP
4h 17m
Trip: 30 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, Feb 21
RAP
SAN
8h 10m
Tue, Mar 20
SAN
RAP
18h 06m
Trip: 27 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 28211 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.7
LAS
DFW
Excellent 8.0

Flight was punctual and service was good.

Gate change

PHX
GEG
Good 7.3

The crew was friendly and informative. They were very helpful. The

The seats were uncomfortable. They were hard and so narrow I had to sit crooked in the seat to keep from getting banged into by the service carts and every person going by to the bathrooms. I'm not tiny, but I'm not huge either, it was just overcrowded. It was also very hot in the airplane the entire way from Phoenix to Spokane. My husband, who is always cold, was even hot.

JAX
DFW
Excellent 8.6

Polite. Clean. Nice business class.

Would like more Western food.

DFW
SAN
Okay 5.3

Direct flight from desired origin to destination Boarding by zones

Uncomfortable, small, seat space with inadequate legroom. Lack of personal entertainment options. Paid extra for earlier boarding group which only benefited me by about 5 people. (NOT WORTH IT!) Lack of complimentary food options. (Pay for everything)

SAT
PHL
Excellent 8.0

I took American's first direct flight between Philadelphia and San Antonio. It was a nice plane, good service, and amenities for a cost. Love that the plane had plugs!

Wed, Feb 21
RAP
SAN
8h 13m
Fri, Mar 16
SAN
RAP
4h 17m
Trip: 23 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 16027 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.4
MSP
CUN
Mediocre 2.0

nothing

They lost my luggage.

DTW
MEX
Excellent 8.3

Even though I was disappointed by not being able to get the boarding passes from Delta for Aeromexico’s connecting flight to Bogota, I had an agent greet me after customs in Mexico to issue the boarding pass so I could use the transfer flight line. Excellent service throughout the entire trip.

Confusion over my boarding pass at the Delta terminal in Detroit.

ATL
JNB
Okay 4.0

Aircraft seemed shabby despite refresh of Comfort Plus, food was really mediocre. Steer clear of the Asian Veg option.

BOS
JFK
Excellent 9.3

The volume controls on the tv we’re pretty poor. Was either too loud or too soft with only 5-6 volume settings.

ATL
MEX
Excellent 10.0

Flight was on time, crew was friendly, plane was clean, and boarding was painless and efficient. Food was served which was a huge plus. I appreciate having a choice of almonds for a snack.

Thu, Feb 22
RAP
SAN
14h 39m
Sat, Mar 17
SAN
RAP
4h 30m
Trip: 23 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Thu, Feb 22
RAP
SAN
8h 10m
Tue, Mar 20
SAN
RAP
18h 06m
Trip: 26 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 28211 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.7
CLT
LGA
Excellent 10.0

Ability to upgrade to first class

Security taking forever

LHR
ORD
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing really. I will never book from Kayak ever

Everything

SAT
PHL
Excellent 8.0

I took American's first direct flight between Philadelphia and San Antonio. It was a nice plane, good service, and amenities for a cost. Love that the plane had plugs!

PHX
GEG
Good 7.3

The crew was friendly and informative. They were very helpful. The

The seats were uncomfortable. They were hard and so narrow I had to sit crooked in the seat to keep from getting banged into by the service carts and every person going by to the bathrooms. I'm not tiny, but I'm not huge either, it was just overcrowded. It was also very hot in the airplane the entire way from Phoenix to Spokane. My husband, who is always cold, was even hot.

CLT
ILM
Mediocre 3.0

Three hours delay. I paid for a upgrade to first class. But because of the flight change i didn't get to keep my upgrade and I had to beg for a refund. I have had two trips in the past 5 days and all flights have been anywhere from 1 to 3 hours late. Worst experience with AA I have had in a long time.

Thu, Feb 22
RAP
SAN
8h 13m
Fri, Mar 16
SAN
RAP
4h 17m
Trip: 22 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 16027 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.4
ATL
DTW
Excellent 10.0

Pls see above

ATL
JNB
Okay 4.0

Aircraft seemed shabby despite refresh of Comfort Plus, food was really mediocre. Steer clear of the Asian Veg option.

MSP
CUN
Mediocre 2.0

nothing

They lost my luggage.

SJC
SLC
Excellent 8.8

Good clean aircraft. Fairly comfortable seats. Even had a power outlet in my row. Not too bad for an aircraft from the late 70s.

for some reason, i had to pay to gate check a bag. It didnt seem like anyone else did while boarding my flight.

ATL
MEX
Excellent 10.0

Flight was on time, crew was friendly, plane was clean, and boarding was painless and efficient. Food was served which was a huge plus. I appreciate having a choice of almonds for a snack.

Sun, Feb 18
RAP
SAN
14h 02m
Sat, Mar 17
SAN
RAP
4h 30m
Trip: 27 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Thu, Mar 1
RAP
SAN
8h 13m
Sun, Mar 4
SAN
RAP
8h 26m
Trip: 4 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 16027 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.4
ATL
MEX
Excellent 10.0

Flight was on time, crew was friendly, plane was clean, and boarding was painless and efficient. Food was served which was a huge plus. I appreciate having a choice of almonds for a snack.

DTW
YOW
Excellent 9.3

Please see above. Sherry was amazing

Plane was small and older but it was a short flight

ATL
DTW
Excellent 10.0

Pls see above

DTW
MEX
Excellent 8.3

Even though I was disappointed by not being able to get the boarding passes from Delta for Aeromexico’s connecting flight to Bogota, I had an agent greet me after customs in Mexico to issue the boarding pass so I could use the transfer flight line. Excellent service throughout the entire trip.

Confusion over my boarding pass at the Delta terminal in Detroit.

GDL
ATL
Excellent 9.0

Staff was great!

No TV for movies.

Sat, Feb 17
RAP
SAN
8h 10m
Tue, Mar 20
SAN
RAP
18h 06m
Trip: 31 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 28211 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.7
LHR
ORD
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing really. I will never book from Kayak ever

Everything

CLT
ILM
Mediocre 3.0

Three hours delay. I paid for a upgrade to first class. But because of the flight change i didn't get to keep my upgrade and I had to beg for a refund. I have had two trips in the past 5 days and all flights have been anywhere from 1 to 3 hours late. Worst experience with AA I have had in a long time.

ORD
CLT
Mediocre 3.0

Three hours delay. I paid for a upgrade to first class. But because of the flight change i didn't get to keep my upgrade and I had to beg for a refund. I have had two trips in the past 5 days and all flights have been anywhere from 1 to 3 hours late. Worst experience with AA I have had in a long time.

PHX
GEG
Good 7.3

The crew was friendly and informative. They were very helpful. The

The seats were uncomfortable. They were hard and so narrow I had to sit crooked in the seat to keep from getting banged into by the service carts and every person going by to the bathrooms. I'm not tiny, but I'm not huge either, it was just overcrowded. It was also very hot in the airplane the entire way from Phoenix to Spokane. My husband, who is always cold, was even hot.

LAS
DFW
Excellent 8.0

Flight was punctual and service was good.

Gate change

Sun, Feb 18
RAP
SAN
14h 02m
Mon, Mar 19
SAN
RAP
4h 17m
Trip: 29 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
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Rapid City to San Diego Flight Information

Flights Arrive in San Diego
Flights Depart from Rapid City
Flight Price $363
Distance 1090 miles
Airlines United, American Airlines, Delta
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