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Low season

AugustBest time to beat the crowds with an average 16% drop in price.

High season

NovemberMost popular time to fly with an average 15% increase in price.

Average price round-trip

$304(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal round-trip

$265or less

Good deal one-way

$183or less

When to book flights from San Francisco 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 $183 or less one-way and $265 or less round-trip.
  • The cheapest flight from San Francisco to Santa Barbara was found 57 days before departure, on average.
  • Book at least 3 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
  • High season is considered to be October, November and December. The cheapest month to fly is August.
  • Morning departure is around 20% 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 San Francisco to Santa Barbara

Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews

8.3
Alaska Airlines
Overall score based on 29,428 reviews
8.5
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.8
Crew
7.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
Airline reviews

Cons: "I love Alaska"

Cons: "WIFI was not working"

Pros: "Everything"

Cons: "No screen on the seats."

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: "The plane was amazingly cramped."

Cons: "Free food and blankets"

Pros: "How smooth and orderly the whole trip went"
Cons: "N/A"

Cons: "No snacks :("

Cons: "It is much better now"

Cons: "Extra leg space"

Pros: "Yes."
Cons: "Yes"

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: "Fast!"

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."

Cons: "You are no different then other airlines. Nothing sets you apart."

Pros: "Tv"
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: "Very professional and nice crew."
Cons: "Same as above"

Pros: "Arrived earlier. Good accommodations."

Pros: "That the plane was still there when I arrived at the gate."

Pros: "No delays"
Cons: "nothing to speak of"

Cons: "Delayed 2 hours."

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: "Everything"
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "Better vegan snacks available for purchase would be great."

Pros: "Same as before."

Pros: "The staff was super friendly and the plane was new. It felt brand new."

Pros: "the ease of booking"

Cons: "the meanest most rude racist hostess ever! her insinuations and degrading way of speaking to me left me speechless. i will file a format complaint and might even take it further."

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: "My stewardess was amazing!"

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "Everything"

Cons: "The diy watch movies on my own device wouldn't load. More frequent trash pick up."

Pros: "Play more Christmas carol during Christmas season"

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."

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."

Pros: "Movie selection"
Cons: "More drink service"

Cons: "No Wi-Fi but swayback said Wi-Fi"

Pros: "Very easy flight. Easy boarding and seating."
Cons: "Nan"

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"

Pros: "great crew, easy flight"

Cons: "The unplanned layover in HNL was very poorly handled."

Cons: "Very late flight, seats bad"

Cons: "Another airport would be better, no extra charges for bags would be even better!"

Pros: "Better staff"
Cons: "Still terrible"

Cons: "Overall good thanks"

Cons: "Waited on runway for 30 minutes before taking off. No explanation from cockpit. Waited another 10 minutes once landed before pulling into deplaning area. It was an uncomfortable flight."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "I missed my sister graduating because of avianca"

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!"

Cons: "Very little communication at the gate and 4 hours late. No offer of food vouchers or future travel vouchers."

Pros: "Arrived a little early!"
Cons: "7/8 size Brazilian airplane."

Cons: "Flight cancelled due to weather"

Pros: "nothing"

Pros: "The Boeing 787 plane was very nice. The window shading control is unique!"
Cons: "Thanks United for keeping my diet in check."

Cons: "no legroom"

Pros: "On time , and good service"
Cons: "Na"

Pros: "Staff was nice!"
Cons: "I didn't like the luggage restrictions associated with our tickets."

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: "This was very different than most United flights I have been on. Even in Economy the seats were wide, well padded, with actual legroom. How I wish I had this plane on the 4 hour trip that preceded it. Way to go, United. Buy more of these planes."
Cons: "The flight was too short to say much about. Everything went very well."

Pros: "Avoid flying with United at all cost!"
Cons: "United is the worst airline Terrible customer service !"

Pros: "Short flight"
Cons: "Late flight"

Cons: "My flight was delayed in Portland due to " airport construction" at SF . My . connection was missed in SF causing a day long lay over. Meal voucher was denied by 2 different United customer service people..i don't consider construction out of human control ,like weather. Also ,I found it annoying that because a woman in front of me started crying over her missed I connection for an international trip, she was given a meal voucher.Agents were unfriendly and not sympathetic.Long line of customers with only 3 agents , but of course, they had to still use one for elite customers."

Pros: "Short flight"
Cons: "Plane was way too hot on SFO-SBA, fortunately it was a short flight. Uncomfortable, narrow seats with sparse leg room. Kayak should add an 'N/A' to the survey for certain categories, e.g., entertainment which is not available on some flights."

Pros: "Automatically rebooked flight was changed free-of-charge to a different destination."
Cons: "Original flight was delayed, which was understandable due to inclement weather. Connecting flight, which was also United Airlines, was either uninformed of the delay, or indifferent. Myself and two other passengers arrived 2 minutes before the flight left, were told we could not board, and watched the plane undock from the gate and fly away."

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: "okay"
Cons: "okay because it was short"

Pros: "Flight cancelled going San Francisco so we had to drive"

Pros: "The stewardess miss polanxo was great"

Pros: "How fast the flight was"
Cons: "Delayed flight on the way back"

Pros: "None"
Cons: "-It said you can watch the movie using your personal device using WIFI; 99% the WIFI will drop or not working at all."

Cons: "My itinerary had to completely change."

Cons: "Not much leg room- hard to access my bag under the seat"

Cons: "Flight was delayed. No Snack service after being delayed. Seats were not as comfortable as other CRJ200 jets"

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: "Over a hour late leaving San Francisco"

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"

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COVID-19 information

Safety measures for airlines flying from San Francisco to Santa Barbara

Airlines flying from San Francisco to Santa Barbara 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 San Francisco to Santa Barbara

Mandatory masks

Masks required on board, masks provided on flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara

Social distancing seating

Middle seats unavailable to book on flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara

Pre-flight testing

Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara

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