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Low season

June Best time to beat the crowds with an average 28% drop in price.

High season

December Most popular time to fly with an average 33% increase in price.

Average price round-trip

$315 (avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal round-trip

$242 or less

Good deal one-way

$310 or less

When to book flights from San Diego to Santa Barbara

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Top tips for finding a cheap flight

  • Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $310 or less one-way and $242 or less round-trip.
  • High season is considered to be November, December and January. The cheapest month to fly is June.
  • Morning departure is around 29% more expensive 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 San Diego to Santa Barbara

Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews

8.3
Alaska Airlines
Overall score based on 29,258 reviews
8.5
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.8
Crew
7.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
Airline reviews

Cons: "We landed almost 2 hours late and we missed a very important reservation. I am very disappointed."

Cons: "The plane was VERY hot - uncomfortably so."

Pros: "Very well looked after, couldn’t ask for more."
Cons: "Nothing, perfection."

Pros: "Everything."
Cons: "Nothing."

Cons: "Plane delayed"

Pros: "Clean plane, easy boarding"
Cons: "TSA just had an issue which delayed all passengers by an hour but Alaska couldn’t avoid the issue so not their fault"

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "It was perfect"

Pros: "Nobody was seating next to me."
Cons: "Wake me up for snacks"

Cons: "Delay taking off and delay arriving to gate due to scheduling."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Speed and care"

Pros: "N/A"
Cons: "N/A"

Pros: "People were friendly and super helpful."

Cons: "We got in later than estimated."

Pros: "Arrived early"

Pros: "Comfort"
Cons: "Better snacks"

Pros: "Efficientand smooth."

Pros: "I actually loved the fruit and cheese platter"

Pros: "It was all good."

Pros: "Not much"
Cons: "Just about everything"

Cons: "Snotty steward in the back. Not pleasant."

Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Love Alaska airline!"

Cons: "It would be great if there was power outlets for notebook on board/"

Pros: "Just great"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Great airline"

Cons: "Plane issues kept us on the tarmac for 2.5 hours before we took off"

Cons: "Couldn't find any way to input my TSA Pre-Check number so ended up standing in the long line... For that reason alone, I won't buy through Kayak again"

Pros: "Enjoyed the beer and wine."

Pros: "Everything went smoothly!"

Pros: "Wifi and outlets"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Punctuality and kindness off employees."
Cons: "N/A"

Pros: "Free baggage check and upgraded to "Premium" class was an awesome surprise!"
Cons: "N/A"

Pros: "Alaska Airlines"

Pros: "the folks at Alaska Airlines were super helpful and outgoing. They really make your happiness a priority."

Pros: "i luv flying :)"

Pros: "Left early and arrived early. Bags were at baggage claim when I arrived."

Cons: "The middle seat is horrible there. It's tight, don't have a tray table in front of you or a pouch. Also the charger the row is right in front of you so the other two people plug there stuff right by your feet. You pay extra for this seat which I would never do again."

Cons: "Seat backs have very little padding."

Cons: "I was not able to use my TSA Pre Check and no agent would heklp correct the mistake"

Pros: "The people working Alaska were kind and professional."
Cons: "Nuthin particular"

Cons: "They left my luggage in Portland and made me have a two HR delay to get my bag"

Pros: "My stewardess was amazing!"

Pros: "great"

Pros: "boarding and disembark were good for premier as was seating comfort"
Cons: "There is no substitute for a wide body aircraft"

Pros: "Delayed BC of Pilots schedule, boarded the knowing the pilots weren't even there yet waited 30 mins for pilots with no air-conditioning til the stewards called someone to turn on air... finally checking the plane and during that found there was something wrong with waited an extra 45 mins til we finally took out ...were supposed to arrive in Newark at 5:55 pm did land til 7:15pm that messed up my pick and the schedule"

Pros: "Online check in"

Cons: "2 hours late no updates... poor"

Pros: "You are asking for a review while I am still waiting for the plane that is an hour and a half late. Hard to give a positive review."

Pros: "Alll"

Cons: "Clean the bathroom!! Horrible, horrible, horrible!!"

Cons: "I took three flights from San Diego to San Francisco, San Francisco to Chicago, Chicago to Montreal. San Diego departure was almost an hour late. The Chicago departure was half an hour late because the pilot wasn’t checked in yet. It is very frustrating when I run through Chicago airport from B to E"

Pros: "The airplane confort."
Cons: "The airline changed the gate with no announments. We almost Lost the plane."

Cons: "PA system was painfully too loud."

Pros: "What wasn't there to like it was truly amazing. I had a great time."

Pros: "Safe landing. Open seats."
Cons: "Late take off. No one to take my bag by the plane so it stayed on the ground and then they had to come in the plane to decide if each carry on stowed under was safe."

Pros: "Easy on ! Organized"

Pros: "The staff were very freindly"
Cons: "They had a setup if you wanted to watch a movie you had to log onto your computer or other device, but you had to down load the United airlines app, but my IPad would not connect to download."

Cons: "Didn't happen"

Cons: "Made me take off sweater out of my bag cause my bag was 0.5 lbs over weight."

Cons: "Seat area had a good deal of trash around it and in the seat back pocket"

Pros: "Your reminders!"

Pros: "Arrived to destination 30min early! Boarded and took off exactlymon time!"
Cons: "Nothing, everything went perfectly smooth"

Pros: "The employees."

Pros: "Nice service"

Pros: "on time"
Cons: "the rest"

Pros: "Got in early, but unfortunately no gate to unload passengers for almost 20 mins"
Cons: "Stewardess told me I had to use overhead bin for my personal item. Personal item met requirements with ease. Did not listen to this woman's command."

Pros: "Staff"

Pros: "Everything was quick and convenient! No hassles! Smooth sailing"

Pros: "Every thing the best company ever"
Cons: "Just make the price $10 more dollars per ticket and give free wifi. Thanks"

Pros: "Despite delays, united employees went out of their way to make sure I made my connection and got to my destination on time."
Cons: "Many delays in and out if lax due to construction. All four of my flights were delayed. The initial and the connection, both coming and going"

Pros: "Fflight was smooth"
Cons: "Missed connection due to delay rebooking took me out of way from LA to Denver and the to Seattle. Arrived 8 hrs after expected/anticipated arrival."

Pros: "We arrived safely on time."
Cons: "Bathroom is too small. Announcements were anxiety inducing. Sick people on the airplane spreading germs."

Cons: "Don't like being squeezed in, but it is what it is"

Pros: "Fast and efficient and two seat figuration is better than three."

Pros: "Friendly staff, and an informative pilot."

Pros: "The wide seats"
Cons: "Big space"

Pros: "Friendly service"
Cons: "Long time in air..."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "They gave away my seat to a standby before the the time they said. I rebooked with southwest"

Pros: "The United Club Lounge is the best."

Pros: "Bad day, splurged after other flt cancelled and separated from family, attentive staff, nice ride"
Cons: "Clunky electronic access"

Pros: "Need to offer a better snack Bathroom was messy and smelly Overall I do like United"

Pros: "Everything was smooth. No delays and no mean customers or workers"

Pros: "nothing"
Cons: "the whole experience was horrible."

Cons: "No space, outdated non-working air, extremely hot and stuffy, VERY dry air, no screens"

Cons: "My bag was misplaced after being gate checked, it ended up going to baggage claim, not a huge inconvenience, but after all our trouble with United, it was frustrating and we were tired and not interested in waiting for our bags (which is why we took carry on only in the first place)."

Pros: "I like the staff they were very nice."
Cons: "It was to cold on the plane and did give blankets but it help a little"

Pros: "Nice and easy"
Cons: "N a"

Cons: "Needed more that a 6oz cup of water, no free movies/TV."

Pros: "The plugs"
Cons: "To small"

Pros: "Easy booking."
Cons: "NA"

Cons: "The video and sound on the planes needs some updating or some technical work."

Pros: "I was content"
Cons: "The people sitting next to me"

Pros: "I saw a really good sunset"

Pros: "Smooth boarding. On time."
Cons: "Spicy snack. Same snack on all 4 legs of our trip"

Pros: "Soda"
Cons: "The fact that they lost my luggage for the second time."

Pros: "Smooth and plenty of juice and soda."
Cons: "I've never really felt cramped on a plane before this trip but maybe I'm fatter?"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything was awfuli it was a terrible experience.Nobody could tell me what was going on. I was to arrive in Seattle at around 6.15 pm "but " I did not arrive till 10.30 pm. I got home at 1.45 am wed morning"

Pros: "Great seat"

Pros: "no snacks unless you pay"
Cons: "seats are too tight"

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COVID-19 information

Safety measures for airlines flying from San Diego to Santa Barbara

Airlines flying from San Diego to Santa Barbara have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travelers. Policies vary by airline.

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