Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from San Francisco to Palm Springs
Alaska Airlines, Air Canada and United Airlines have all waived their change and cancellation fees on flights from San Francisco to Palm Springs. Confirm policies on booking site.
Alaska Airlines does not allow booking a middle seat on flights from San Francisco to Palm Springs.
An average nonstop flight takes 1h 24m, covering a distance of 421 miles.
There are 129 (nonstop) flights between San Francisco and Palm Springs per week, averaging 18 per day.
In the past 3 days, the cheapest one-way tickets were found on Alaska Airlines ($56) and Delta ($88), and the lowest round-trip tickets have been found on Alaska Airlines ($151) and Delta ($175).
Air Canada (4 times daily), United Airlines (4 times daily), Alaska Airlines (2 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
From San Francisco to Palm Springs, Tuesday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Friday is the most expensive. Flying from Palm Springs back to San Francisco , the best deals are generally found on Wednesday, with Tuesday being the most expensive.
When flying out of San Francisco you will be using San Francisco, often referred to as San Francisco Airport. You will be landing at Palm Springs, also known as Palm Springs Airport.
Both the Delta and American Airlines private lounges in San Francisco International Airport have shower facilities that can be accessed by travelers that have purchased an entry ticket. There is also a Freshen’ Up location in the main terminal of the airport that provides travelers with a 30m shower and toiletries for $25.
There is a USO Lounge that is in Terminal 1 of San Francisco International Airport and provides members of the military with free snacks, televisions, access to Wi-Fi, and magazines. Many restaurants and shops also offer discounts for both veterans and active members, so make sure to ask if there are any deals before you pay.
The Celebrity Bistro & Bar is a popular restaurant that is in the main terminal of Palm Springs International Airport and has an American-style menu, while the Tap Room Bar is in between Gates 12 and 20 and serves burgers and beers. There is also a California Vintages Wine Bar, which is located outdoors and offers a variety of appetizers.
To stay somewhere casual, book a room at the Courtyard by Marriott Palm Springs, a hotel that is a 5m drive from Palm Springs International Airport and a 10m drive from the Moorten Botanical Garden. For somewhere chic, opt for the Hilton Palm Springs, which is an 8m drive from the airport and less than a 10m walk from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Cons: "WIFI was not working"
Pros: "Quick boarding"
Cons: "More room"
Cons: "No worthy"
Cons: "the new saver fare option sucks, it makes travel more stressful and very undignified"
Cons: "I was not notified that my card was declined and this caused a ton of delays"
Cons: "Flight got delayed"
Cons: "The plane was amazingly cramped."
Cons: "Free food and blankets"
Pros: "How smooth and orderly the whole trip went"
Cons: "No snacks :("
Cons: "It is much better now"
Cons: "Extra leg space"
Pros: "Very sweet crew"
Cons: "Nothing. It was perfect"
Cons: "Great. Easy"
Pros: "I was on a plane with leather seats and sexy red lighting. Clearly a plane aquired from Virgin during the merger. I had a handsome young gay flight attendant who gave me a big smile. And there was free Chardonnay for the beverage."
Cons: "My seat mates on either sides were both young millennial females who both had huge carryons they stuffed under the seat in front of them and both were gorging on food they brought with appetites that seemed to convey they hadn’t eaten in days. The plane was fine. The passengers not so much."
Pros: "On time flight"
Cons: "Took the same flight two weeks ago now they even stripped beverages to nothing. Water or oj. Asked if I could even buy something else and got a response with attitude that they don’t offer anything else on later flights. Disappointed"
Cons: "Nothing, all was perfect!"
Cons: "Delay Part not available"
Pros: "Awesome staff and plane. I Miss virgin!! well done to Alaska for keeping the spirit alive."
Pros: "Que aparte de la bebida sirvan un sanduche o algo para comer"
Cons: "Boarding via bus to plane. Delays due to mechanical issues at both departure and arrival. Staying on the plane while maintenance is performed. No complimentary snacks or drinks after losing value on ticket price."
Pros: "Perfect trip no complaints!"
Cons: "I liked all of it"
Cons: "Seat was broken and would not recline so incredibly uncomfortable for red eye. I was freezing (though I’m often more chilly than others). Not great food options."
Pros: "free drinks"
Cons: "Slow and disorderly boarding at SFO"
Cons: "You are no different then other airlines. Nothing sets you apart."
Cons: "No food"
Pros: "The plane was late. I was tired"
Cons: "I forgot my headphones. $3 to borrow a pair from virgin?"
Pros: "Had my bags in an incredible 10 minutes"
Pros: "Arrived earlier. Good accommodations."
Pros: "Prompt boarding"
Cons: "Sitting on the plane for 1.5 hours prior to departure because the plane was too light. This should be something that is determined prior to boarding the plane."
Pros: "A row of seats all to myself. On time departure and arrival. Smooth flight. Super polite and friendly crew."
Cons: "If I have to pick something, maybe the chatty woman behind me but that's not the Airlines fault."
Pros: "The flight crew was good, and the flight was quick once we got on the plane - which was 1 hour 45 minutes after we should have!"
Cons: "I got on the second leg of a flight from Seattle to Palm Springs at San Francisco. First, the flight arrived an hour late. Passengers from Seattle said that the loading crew somehow dented the wall to the luggage area (?) and they had to inspect it before flying. When it finally got to SFO, we boarded the plane at first, and then had to deplane back into the airport because they had (over?)filled the wrong fuel tank. So they had to empty that tank and fill another I guess? Don't know if the tank they filled was on the other side of the dented luggage area. The announcements from the desk were puzzling, and tended to be every 10 minutes telling us to wait 10 minutes instead of giving a good estimate so we didn't need to stand at the gate the whole time. After about 50 more minutes we boarded again and the plane took off OK. But there needs to be serious improvement in communication between the crew on the ground (gas & luggage etc) and the pilot and the desk crew, and between all of them and their paying customers."
Pros: "As the flight was delayed, staff made sure we had water and snacks in the terminal and kept us up to day. Kudos!"
Pros: "On-time departure and no hassle boarding policies."
Pros: "very comfortable seats and comfortable plane in general."
Pros: "I was checking in in a fluster and trying to attach my bag tags. A agent came over and helped me (for some reason I had taken the entire sticky back off ha!) and then he took my bag for me right from the kiosk. I was super impressed"
Cons: "needed more water"
Pros: "They did what their jobs required. They were never rude. If they were they would be talked to. They did what they were suppose to do. What else can I say? It was only an hr flight. I hour flight Jeez!!!"
Pros: "Alaska is efficient and friendly . The plane was new and clean. The plane left SF on time and landed lightly --perfect flying ."
Cons: "Because of the wind in Palm Springs, the flight crew wasn't able to do a real drink service. I look forward to a glass of cheap Alaska red wine on my Friday afternoon flights!"
Cons: "If United can serve more than orange juice or water, so can you"
Pros: "I arrived early"
Pros: "The pilot introduced himself and kept us updated on the weather and turbulent."
Cons: "no complains"
Pros: "Covid safety protocols and people following was excellent."
Cons: "Serve alcohol :)"
Cons: "This plane was not appropriate for social distancing, I would not have booked this flight if I knew we wouldn’t be able to keep a distance from other people."
Pros: "Good organization, good hygiene, polite crew."
Pros: "On time"
Pros: "Smooth, efficient and timely."
Cons: "Seats weren’t assigned until at the gate even though checked in 18 hours before. Bag drop was horrible. No self service. Was inline for about 45 minutes."
Cons: "Connection at Schiphol often tricky;"
Pros: "On time, smooth take off and landing."
Cons: "Better food and more water."
Pros: "Quick boarding process"
Cons: "Wifi stopped working halfway"
Pros: "No delays..arrived early"
Cons: "Restrooms were dirty"
Pros: "Free food. Extra room."
Cons: "Waiting on runway"
Pros: "Delta Comfort om commuter jet"
Pros: "Flew us safely home."
Cons: "We waiting on the runway for over a long period."
Pros: "Cheese plate"
Cons: "TheyCharge me $25 for my bag and I’m at Delta sky Miles older plus the American Express platinum card holder it’s supposed to not be charged"
Cons: "The plane was hot"
Cons: "3 hours delay"
Pros: "The flight attendants were very kind and hoped to make up for the pilot’s negligence."
Cons: "Boarding was weird with a lack of overhead bins and then the pilot was inconsistent with updates to safety issues. We were delayed by an hour and twenty mins and then had to wait on the tarmac for another plane to leave the gate. Feels like I wasted two hours in limbo."
Pros: "Good movies and tv selection. Seat next to me was empty, so that was great."
Pros: "Not on time"
Cons: "2 hour delay"
Cons: "Call center tried moving us to later flight that was also delayed by 3 hrs despite telling us it was on time. Fortunately a gate agent moved us back to orig flight"
Pros: "Had the whole Comfort section to myself!"
Pros: "The check in reminder is easy and helpful"
Cons: "Didnt fly from San Francisco to Atlanta"
Cons: "Attendant probably trying to be funny"
Cons: "Flying into blizzards suck, don’t do it"
Cons: "Delta airlines has very poor costumer service. THE WORST I HAVE EXPERIENCED. I wasn't the only one feeling this way, I witness a couple people fighting on the phone like me. When my 1st flight was delayed I asked to be rebooked then and the delta employee insisted that I would make my connection. I didn't make it. This is not all. I could have gotten to a near city several hours after but on the same day, but the mediocrecy of this employes did not allow me to get there until the next day at 7 am. Happy new year to me. This two women (or one of them) on the phone, lied to me. There was an option to get me here and one of them failed to do their job right AND LIED TO MY FACE ON THE PHONE. Just unacceptable. I will sue them, I had an under age waiting for me in Cancun and a pet with me!. With no food or access to do its necessities. AND THERE WAS AN OPTION THAT "they missed" on porpuse."
Cons: "Late, slow, de-icing in Detroit took nearly an hour!"
Pros: "The t.v. 's at each seat"
Pros: "Liked that they were able to update our seats so we could sit together (spouse,baby,& I)."
Cons: "That the flight was delayed more than they informed us & it appeared that the gate crew did not know how to work the ticket machine & we waited to board with our daughter for 20 mins."
Cons: "waiting on the tarmac for 40 minutes"
Pros: "No hassle, no drama, very smooth."
Cons: "The blueberries were rather bland."
Pros: "They say us together (we had seats apart -- even though it stated our children are 4 & 1). They gave them wings and each an extra little snack. I felt they were supportive of us."
Cons: "Paying to check our bags!! We were forced to... too much stuff traveling with kids. It sucked to have to pay $50 when Alaska airlines saw we were struggling, they checked our carry one for free to ease our time in the airport!"
Pros: "All I need to say."
Pros: "it was great experience"
Pros: "Everything went smoothly."
Pros: "Comfort and boarding"
Cons: "Delay and food"
Pros: "It was my husband's birthday and the stewardess (red dress, long brown hair) went out of her way to make him feel special by bringing champagne, cookies and even chocolate once we were getting off the plane. I was very touched."
Cons: "The guy next to me was kind of smelly but was very nice."
Pros: "Very smooth"
Pros: "As of April, they have free small meals. We had a turkey sandwich which was filling. Later came a snack, just enough to tide one over until finding dinner."
Cons: "Seats still cramped."
Pros: "The new Delta planes have great leg room for tall people even in coach."
Cons: "Asked for hot tea but what I got was barely tepid."
Pros: "Excellent trip. Provided ample food snacks and drinks."
Cons: "The attendents only served one round of beverages in Comfort Plus."
Cons: "Airplane seats and floor area and tray tables were not cleaned properly"
Cons: "Price of food"
Cons: "Boarding took too long - full plane and double seat booking changed 10 minutes early estimate to 20 minutes late"
Pros: "All restroom floors were wet. I have seen this in others 767's too. Is this a 767 phenomenon"
Pros: "Quick boarding"
Cons: "The delta comport seats were not comfort seats were hardly comfortable and the leg room wasn't worth paying for."
Pros: "On time"
Pros: "The boarding process was very smooth and we took off early and the crew was great and then we also arrived 30 minutes early."
Cons: "Nothing could be changed."
Cons: "Crowded and hot just like Miami"
Pros: "Seat room is limited, especially when you are in the middle seat."
Cons: "Seat space"
Cons: "No delays"
Pros: "On time. Warm greetings from the pilots. New aircraft, clean, great entertainment."
Cons: "It is what it is, doesn’t have to be better"
Pros: "seat was basic. prefer having tv screens in the seatbacks as opposed to using my tiny phone as a viewing screen."
Cons: "prefer having tv screens in the seatbacks as opposed to using my tiny phone as a viewing screen. only food available besides pretzel was pay food."
Cons: "The gate agents called all boarding groups with the boarding queue extending the entire length of the jet bridge and into the terminal beyond the gate area, making us stand in line ten to fifteen minutes longer for no reason."
Pros: "great entertainment"
Cons: "It would’ve been nice if we made it to fort Meyers!"
Pros: "Boarding was very smooth because the fligh had a lot of Sears availabke"
Cons: "Make AA a real earline to serve passengers not profits"
Pros: "Puntual, connexion gates very closed,"
Cons: "I need to paid 100$ or more to have a seat"
Pros: "Everything no complain"
Cons: "I like everything Everything no complain"
Pros: "Service and boarding was smooth and friendly."
Cons: "The seat assignments based on loyalty status - rude gate agents"
Pros: "Plane was on time, good service, main cabin extra is nice with my knees"
Cons: "No problems"
Cons: "Breakfast - lots of sugary items"
Pros: "The flights were on time and the staff was very friendly."
Pros: "Nice new aircraft - clean and comfortable. Entertainment selection and system is excellent. SFO airport is clean and efficient"
Cons: "I DO NOT like JFK airport. The signage is poor and it's difficult to figure out where you need to go. There aren't enough monitors and people in the airport are rude (including staff)"
Pros: "Delayed and no AC working..."
Pros: "The quickness at which they discovered my suitcase was missing even before I got to the luggage carousel and sent me text. The quickness at which my suitcase was found, put on another plane and returned to me the next day by noon to my home. There was nothing missing."
Cons: "That damage on my suitcase is not covered. Corner was torn 8 inches and a tear in the fabric. But it wasn't my expensive suitcase. It got caught on the carousel I sure because the paper identifying strips got caught somewhere."
Pros: "Good friendly service. Flights were on time."
Cons: "I was on a flight to Dallas on an American Airline flight which arrived late due to weather conditions, and the connecting flight didn't even wait for me although they know why I couldn't make it on time. And I was only late for about 5 minutes."
Cons: "I'm getting to Madrid 24 hrs after I was supposed to"
Pros: "Did not use"
Cons: "Tight seating"
Cons: "I got to Moscow, SVO. I didn't receive my bag. This sucks."
Pros: "The food was great!"
Cons: "The new baggage rule limits you to two bags in business on international flights☹️"
Pros: "Pilot did good job in tricky conditions at landing."
Cons: "Wish food were served."
Pros: "Everything was on time and luggage arrived at my final destination"
Cons: "Free wifi would be amazing :)"
Pros: "The entire fly, connections, food and both crews excelente. Flight on time."
Pros: "Airline and crew looked after us and kept us informed. My app said the flight was delayed but the captain didn't seem to know this so we sat for half an hour or more after planned departure. Maybe he hoped to get an earlier slot. We were 30 mins late in the end."
Cons: "No food for purchase, just a drink and biscuit."
Cons: "The landing gate in Palm Springs."
Pros: "Good service, as efficient as possible"
Pros: "Headrest entertainment systems"
Cons: "Lack of comfort in the seat, pay for every little thing, departed late, 90% of all passengers seems to be lumped in "Group 6" making boarding extremely annoying. I suppose any other group costs extra."
Pros: "No food at all."
Cons: "Late by 40 min"
Pros: "The comfortable sitting and good hospitality by staff. Timely departure and smooth landing of aircraft."
Cons: "AA worst airline People They have working in SFO Incompetent Rude Useless"
Cons: "It was delayed for about a half an hour. Other than that it was great"
Cons: "No seemed happy at all."
Cons: "The original flught flight was delayed and we had to wait in a long slow line, however , once we got to desk , the agent was very nice and we had already been rebooked on an Alaska flight. So we never ended up going to Phoenix. The resolution was acceptable but it made for a 12 hour travel day instead of a 4 hour travel day."
Pros: "Lots of free movies."
Cons: "No free food."
Cons: "it was really bumpy"
Cons: "I was told I had to check my duffle bag at the gate, that there was no room for it. When I dot to my dirty seat I found room for three of my bags in the overhead compartment."
Cons: "Pathetic airline service especially towards senior citizens.. One of the worst airline.. Poor baggage tracking system and Etihad staff lacks knowledge about their own airline.."
Cons: "no food, no entertainment, seemed like a pretty, seemed like an old plane judging from the interior"
Pros: "On time arrival despite two issues at the departure gate"
Pros: "Great nonstop, friendly crew"
Pros: "Flight departed on time. Good seat pitch in economy. Food and beverages included and tasted good surprisingly. Crew were helpful and efficient. Plenty of entertainment options for film, TV and music."
Cons: "Do not like the process of boarding by group number. Another way of squeezing money out of the consumer. Also causes chaos when trying to board. Seats too narrow in economy especially if your broad shouldered."
Cons: "I was flying with Air Canada. The UI for watching movies was not good, it had a hard time to respond to the inputs. It was also hard to move the videos forward to the part I needed. Plus, the audio wasn't working well with my own earphones."
Cons: "Basic Economy forces you to check bags for a fee and prohibits carry on luggage. I was not prepared for this when checking in. Luckily, we were able to downsize into one suitcase which we checked in."
Pros: "Movie selection"
Cons: "More drink service"
Cons: "No Wi-Fi but swayback said Wi-Fi"
Pros: "That the flight wasn't any longer than it was"
Cons: "A bit hot n stuffy"
Pros: "Love the ability to watch films on my device by way of United WiFi"
Cons: "Better snacks"
Cons: "To actually be on it would’ve been awesome"
Cons: "The unplanned layover in HNL was very poorly handled."
Cons: "Another airport would be better, no extra charges for bags would be even better!"
Pros: "Better staff"
Cons: "Still terrible"
Pros: "On time, rare for a full flight."
Cons: "A little quicker on the baggage upon arrival would have been nice."
Cons: "Overall good thanks"
Cons: "I missed my sister graduating because of avianca"
Cons: "Has lots of contradicting texts about flight status"
Pros: "Boarding, service, staff attitudes, on time and deplaning"
Cons: "Staff kinda rude"
Cons: "So uncomfortable."
Pros: "SFO-SYD was great. My luggage was left behind in SYD when I landed QZN!!! Not amused!"
Cons: "Them losing my luggage!"
Pros: "Arrived a little early!"
Cons: "7/8 size Brazilian airplane."
Pros: "The Boeing 787 plane was very nice. The window shading control is unique!"
Cons: "Thanks United for keeping my diet in check."
Pros: "Every day they take more away from us....the paying customer. ALL major carriers are becoming LCC ( low cost carriers ). Are there no real domestic airlines left. I REALLY miss Continental."
Cons: "I used to enjoy flying. Now I dtead it. There is NOTHING to look forward to. These days you get to pick lhe lesser of all evils. Is there an airline out there that REALLY wants me as a customer???"
Pros: "On time , and good service"
Pros: "Staff was nice!"
Cons: "I didn't like the luggage restrictions associated with our tickets."
Pros: "Flight crew did everything possible to make up time lost from a maintenance delay."
Cons: "Crew member splattered me with tonic from a can he opened for the passenger in front of me. No harm done, however."
Pros: "I liked that we flew directly into Palm Springs, which is my local airport."
Cons: "I didn't like how tight the seating spaces were. I'm a thin, small person and I was not comfortable. I can't imagine how a taller or heavier person could be accommodated comfortably. I never thought I'd say this ... but I've now decided I prefer taking the train because domestic air travel is just too confining!"
Pros: "Arrived early!!!"
Cons: "No snacks!"
Pros: "Easy quick boarding - attendants seemed to watch and keep the misc items from going into the overhead."
Cons: "Being woken up to see if I wanted water or food"
Cons: "Long delay in San Francisco"
Pros: "Stewardess were very nice"
Cons: "Tried to change flight to different day cost was rediculus united wanted an additional amount equal to the cost of the whole round trip not very helpful Were TSA approved going but not returning At 84 did not appreciate this. Will not fly United again if I have a choise"
Cons: "okay because it was short"
Pros: "The stewardess miss polanxo was great"
Cons: "-It said you can watch the movie using your personal device using WIFI; 99% the WIFI will drop or not working at all."
Pros: "Finally a United flight that left on time and arrived on time!"
Cons: "The entire United experience left me wanting something, anything from this airline. Unfortunately the only thing they will get from me is no more chances for service recovery. They failed miserably!"
Cons: "My itinerary had to completely change."
Pros: "We boarded in record time and took off in record time. The landing was so smooth I hardly noticed it. Perfection!"
Cons: "Anything I didn't like is typical plane stuff - small cramped seats, one cup of soda instead of the entire can, etc. Nothing unusual!"
Pros: "Nice crew, good flight."
Cons: "No Wi-Fi, short flight so not big issue"
Pros: "The flight was pretty empty so I had an entire row"
Pros: "Movies were ok."
Cons: "Openly rude, almost argumentative staff. I was afraid to talk back because the last thing I want is any accusation of bad behavior on an airplane. But if this were a restaurant, the customers would get up and leave without eating. I've never had this experience on China Airlines or Japan Air. I will never use UA again."
Cons: "Seat could not recline, voucher was only a small fraction of the ticket fare that I paid. This is a business class seat."
Cons: "Had to go through the boarding process twice due to molding in the passenger area that needed to be glued. Perhaps an inspection could have been made prior to boarding?"
Cons: "Very long delay while we were on the plane waiting for take off and there was no reason. We sat in the plane for ove an hour."
Cons: "Over a hour late leaving San Francisco"
Cons: "Delayed departure, changed gate."
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."
Cons: "United lost one of our baggage"
Cons: "Apparently United is the only airline that can't figure out how to upload TSA-pre KTNs onto boarding passes. I went to the SFO United customer service desk and they rambled through a few minutes of excuses before even looking at their system to identify possible problems. She even stated that United wouldn't comply with the federal Homeland Security program unless passengers paid for it... Which sounded like she was asking for a bribe. That can't possibly be legal and United should be ashamed and this policy made public."
Airlines flying from San Francisco to Palm Springs 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 San Francisco to Palm Springs
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights from San Francisco to Palm Springs
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights from San Francisco to Palm Springs
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights from San Francisco to Palm Springs
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