Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco
Alaska Airlines, United Airlines and Air Canada have all waived their change and cancellation fees on flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco. Confirm policies on booking site.
Alaska Airlines does not allow booking a middle seat on flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco.
An average nonstop flight takes 1h 23m, covering a distance of 372 miles.
There are 172 (nonstop) flights between Santa Ana and San Francisco per week, averaging 24 per day.
In the past 3 days, the cheapest one-way tickets to San Francisco from Santa Ana were found on Frontier ($59) and Alaska Airlines ($64), and the lowest round-trip tickets have been found on Frontier ($121) and Alaska Airlines ($128).
Alaska Airlines (6 times daily), United Airlines (6 times daily), Air Canada (5 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
From Santa Ana to San Francisco, Monday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Wednesday is the most expensive. Flying from San Francisco back to Santa Ana , the best deals are generally found on Monday, with Tuesday being the most expensive.
When flying out of Santa Ana you will be using Santa Ana J. Wayne/Orange Cnty, often referred to as Santa Ana Airport. You will be landing at San Francisco, also known as San Francisco Airport.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Pros: "Nothing because there was no social distancing. I did not think that airlines were allowed to completely fill flights and I had no choice once I was boarded."
Cons: "Please observe social distancing and DO NOT book completely full flights where seats can’t be left open. Irresponsible and stupid."
Pros: "The staff at both airports were amazing. (SNA/SFO) From ease of arrival at check in by Alaska Airlines staff to the airport security at SFO providing assistance to help me guide my ride to pick me up the best description of where I was to ease pick up. That’s not to mention the Alaska staff that allowed me to move my flight up to accommodate my schedule or the excellent staff at the gate and on the plane. Very nice experience!"
Pros: "Very nice crew :)"
Cons: "Lost baggage in Kathmundu"
Pros: "Very punctual."
Cons: "Flight delayed over 4hrs ruined my entire work day and travel plans"
Pros: "very attentive crews."
Cons: "Pilots were 50 mins late"
Pros: "good food and good movie selection."
Pros: "Seating choice"
Cons: "Boarding wasn't as bad as Delta... god they suck"
Pros: "Fllight landed early and departed a few minutes early too - YAY!"
Pros: "Boarding and special request was excellent. We requested wheel chair for my mother and it was waiting at each arrival."
Cons: "They sent my bag on an earlier flight and it was not on the carousel at baggage claim."
Cons: "The staff was exceptionally kind and understanding"
Cons: "When we landed we sat on the tarmac for over 30 minutes when they said 10 minutes."
Pros: "Roomier enough seats, polite crew"
Cons: "We were on the last flight of the night and they made us deplane out on the tarmac and take a shuttle into the terminal. It added extra 15-20 minutes to the trip"
Pros: "no, I had to sit in a middle Seat but that's because everyone loves flying alaska"
Pros: "Good leg room."
Cons: "The seats did not recline."
Cons: "2 hours late, with no response as to why."
Cons: "Nothing, all was perfect!"
Cons: "My cabin bag has been misplaced and I siding receive the same."
Pros: "Quick and on time boarding."
Cons: "WiFi didn’t connect until landing."
Cons: "delays on both departure and arrival mobile boarding pass system did not work."
Pros: "Everything went smooth and was great besides the boarding."
Cons: "Boarding seemed to take quite quite awhile, not sure what the deal was but once we were boarded they kicked it into high gear"
Pros: "It was all good."
Pros: "I liked how fast the flight was"
Cons: "Getting delayed due to whether (out of anyone’s control) but the flight attendants weren’t that professional, one flight attendant snapped at a guest. And the one on the speaker had a hard time forming sentences."
Cons: "My luggages was not come at the destination. We don’t have clothes to changes for 2 days."
Cons: "No soft drinks. Really."
Cons: "the person nwxt to me was hesitant to stand ip when I wanted to go bathroom. Ither than that I lived it. Attendants were super nice which makes experience different."
Pros: "- Flight left on time - Good entertainment selection, and you can text from the plane wif too"
Cons: "- Alaska needs more gates maybe. At SFO they always park somewhere and have to get shuttled to or from the plane. - Snack is just two small cookies - I prefer little peanut or trail mix things better. - Tiny plane, only four rows across."
Cons: "No comfort given to passengers despite 2.5 hr delay in leaving and another 1 hr on the ground after landing"
Pros: "Partnership with Virgin. Drink orders."
Cons: "boarding process didn’t go by the script and was a mess"
Cons: "Reading lights did not work. Fortunately I could move"
Pros: "It was quick and easy."
Pros: "Team very nice and polite."
Cons: "All the airplanes should have screens"
Cons: "Delays for 3h"
Pros: "The extra seat next to me."
Cons: "The fact that my baggage got left in Portland."
Pros: "Leg room was better than expected"
Cons: "Having to wait on tarmac when I arrived and then having to be bused to the airport. I arrived on time but spent 30 minutes to get to baggage."
Cons: "Arrival in San Francisco from Santa Ana airport at International airport. It was a nightmare for pickup person to citcle SFO arrival arrival terminal 2 to find the paasenger. I took a long time circling the airport many times even though passenger was at the curb site."
Cons: "Horrible. Just plain ugly. I miss virgin. Literally a big F U for my experience. Thanks for ruining my life you A holes."
Pros: "I was very pleased with the overall service. I needed a wheelchair and I was treated exceptionally well."
Cons: "Absolutely nothing"
Cons: "The lady on the kiosk this morning was annoyingly rude."
Cons: "Traveling in a 737-800, there is no displays at your seat. One must BYOD. Wifi was spotty."
Pros: "On time. Fast boarding. Comfortable seating."
Cons: "50 minute wait for a gate to deplane. How could there not be a gate at 10:30 pm? It’s not like our arrival was a surprise!?"
Cons: "On Time. Delayed advice 3 times."
Cons: "Delays sucked."
Pros: "Highly skilled pilot."
Cons: "Rude staff, not willing to help"
Pros: "Everyone was nice and it went smoothly!"
Cons: "Never made it"
Pros: "entertaining system"
Cons: "food could be better, not bad though"
Cons: "See above"
Cons: "Never made it to Chicago, rerouted through Washington DC."
Pros: "Crew was nice."
Cons: "Having to check my carryon even though I was in the 12th row. I saw some passengers putting two items in the overhead, which makes it unfair to others."
Pros: "On time departure. Early arrival. Lots of seat back movies."
Cons: "Need more new releases for movie selection."
Cons: "The flight was delayed. The food was not great. There is not a lot of space in these planes, and it was a long flight. There is no power supply."
Cons: "No signage for checking bags. Was total cluster. No one knew where to take bags or what line to be in. Employees kept telling us we were in the wrong line but didn’t seem to tell us what was the correctly line."
Cons: "Lateness, seat comfort and gate checking a duffel bag"
Cons: "headphone jack defective but more importantly the SFO arrival gate not available for over 45 minutes...."
Cons: "the connection time between flights was NOT adequate especially considering I had to go through customs! AA did page me and had a representative (I think his name was Brian) waiting for me to help me get to my connection. He gave me a bright red/orange tag. I still hit some barriers. I was stopped in security and my carry on was put aside to be searched. It sat and sat . I explained to the man I had to go. He said he was working alone, so I had to wait. I was ready to leave it and just run to catch the flight, but the security man said I wasn't allowed to do that. He finally called someone else to search my bag (nothing found) I did make it...barely!"
Pros: "The entertainment selection was pretty goid"
Cons: "They made a horrible mistake by getting the bag count or weight wrong and we had to go back to the gate and it cost us 2 1/2 hours."
Pros: "Pleasantly surprised by AA. I would definitely fly AA again"
Pros: "The boarding process was ok."
Cons: "The entertainment system failed again."
Pros: "Timely upgrade. Great service."
Pros: "All AA employees I interacted with were professional & very helpful to me & my family. Thank you"
Pros: "Food voucher, small consolation for a missed dinner with family!"
Cons: "Delayed due to tire issue, deboarded and were told another plane would be there in 45 minutes, took 3 hours!!"
Pros: "Quick and did good job"
Cons: "After flying Japan Airlines I wish there were more free food and entertainment"
Pros: "Loved the entertainment features. Great movie selection!"
Pros: "Flight was on time."
Pros: "Took off and arrived on time."
Cons: "experienced a 1hr mechanical delay. it would be nice if refreshments were served."
Cons: "For a flight five hours or more I was disappointed that there was no complimentary food. It otherwise it was fine"
Pros: "blanket made it comfortable"
Cons: "No entertainment options"
Pros: "See above"
Cons: "See above"
Cons: "Surprisingly, AA provided the worst experience of the overall itinerary, compared to Aer Lingus and Iberia. The AA plane was outdated, cramped legroom - despite having purchased an "upgraded seat" and departed 1hr late"
Cons: "No Gogo entertainment"
Cons: "Before I booked the flight I noticed it was only on time 53% of the time. True to that number we were delayed almost an hour before takeoff. Why schedule fights so close if almost half the time it's delayed? Something needs to change."
Pros: "Good free entertainment. Thanks."
Cons: "No good free snacks. Only free drinks."
Pros: "That this flight didn't get cancelled"
Cons: "Well I didn't like that we sat at the airport for nearly 10 hours after multiple flight delays and cancellations. Why not just let us know we aren't going to be flying out. That way you could reduce the 10 hour anxiety attack and mixed emotions coming with all the drama. I also didn't like that the only flight we could get the next day was into San Jose (not SFO which is what I paid for) there wasn't any offer of reimbursement for hotel, taxi or flight. I also missed 2 extremely important fairs that my company was expected to participate in on Saturday Morning. I didn't like that when we landed in San Jose our bags were in SFO. Then American Airlines didn't want to get us a ride to SFO which we finally received after a lot of arguing which I don't find ideal. I feel like AA didn't take any responsibility. They kept saying it was weather related which I can't accept because other flights (including AA) were coming and going the entire day!!! One customer service member said the plane we were supposed to be on had to be maintenances and another said they didn't have a flight crew. The whole day was a disaster and it cost my thousands of dollars and many many hours of stress and anxiety."
Pros: "I was treated in a professional fashion"
Cons: "I don't think it is right for the airlines to have any passenger seating in such a tight space."
Cons: "People still using mobiles as we were taking off. Crew seemed not too bothered."
Pros: "Tebsnacks were awesome!!"
Pros: "Have a great trip without any problems."
Cons: "Same as above"
Pros: "Nothing absolute nightmare .. no water .. are you serious"
Pros: "Old plane"
Cons: "Sits were not comfortable."
Pros: "Fast boarding and left gate on time on a holiday"
Cons: "Felt cramped in like cattle"
Pros: "Flight left on departure and on board air cooling system was much welcome. Cabin crew were polite."
Cons: "Cabin was untidy, goodness knows what was stowed away at the back of seats towards the rear of the cabin, so rear of cabin was unwelcoming. Cabin crew should keep some overhead lockers for their own use. Poor sound quality on Inflight entertainment, either that or Headphones were poor. Food portions were painfully small (lunch of chicken risotto) AND I found pretzel flavoured breakfast bap unpopular."
Cons: "Delay killed my travel plans and resulted in a nine hour layover in Munich Germany!"
Pros: "Read above"
Pros: "On time"
Pros: "Get my bags to the airport on time!"
Cons: "Get my bags to baggage claim when I land. There was a 6 hour break between my first flight and arrival at destination. Seriously?"
Pros: "Food was great"
Pros: "Our flight was delayed for no apparent reason. Then the luggage will took more than an hour and finally another half hour delay at the AVIS rent a car."
Pros: "- Decent complimentary snacks - In-flight entertainment"
Cons: "- Flight was 2.5 hours delayed :\"
Cons: "After the entire flight was boarded & ready to go the plane had a mechanical issue before take off. Had to sit on the plan for 90 minutes before we were allowed to exit the plane. No other flights available For family of three until 3 days later! Had to demand to be transferred to another airline so my family & I can go home the next morning. Overall stuck in SNA airport for 8 hours. Didn’t get a refund for baggage, instead was given meal vouchers for the airport in the morning. United did provide hotel for the night but nothing special. United staff where nice to make the best of the situation."
Cons: "No leg space"
Pros: "Attendents were very nice."
Pros: "They were on time."
Cons: "There is no TV. They give you free United wifi that you can use if you have a device to watch movies/TV on, but they don't have any outlets to charge the device, so it's kind of pointless."
Pros: "Service was friendly. Food ok. Entertainment acceptable for long flight."
Cons: "There is More Variety of entertainment on Delta and American Airlines but otherwise comparable."
Pros: "Delays because of fires , had to wait in line close to 90 minutes but when we finally reached the ticket counter the agent moved took great care of us and we made to Boise only an hour late even with all the delays and confusion . Excellent job , one of the better customer experiences I’ve had flying !"
Cons: "My flight was delayed, leaving SNA and I would not make the connecting flight to HNL. Lyn P. at SNA placed me on Alaska Air and I was able to make my connection. Howeer my bag is lost. When I inquire on the 1-800 Baggage resolution number, my bag has not been found yet. It has been 12 hours since my bag was placed on Alaska Air at SNA."
Pros: "In seat entertainment."
Cons: "Tight seating with little comfort."
Pros: "It's only an hour flight"
Cons: "Flight was 1.5 hours delayed with no explanation or communication given for over an hour. Uncommunicative crew."
Pros: "My flight was delayed where I would have missed my connection, customer service rebooked on another flight which got me to my final destination early. The upgrades and consistent service is handled very well."
Pros: "Super friendly staff, everything was great."
Cons: "Crew member working at the gate told the lady next to me "get in line if you'd like to complain" regarding the continuous delays. Crew member let us know that united was aware of our delay ed take of 4:05 rather than 1:00pm several hours before yet, We were only informed through notifications in increments of 30 minutes. be transparent with your customers, the delay would have been much less frustrating had we known. Instead notifications every 30mins were teasing us that we're about to leave but it's clear united had not intention of taking off. Also crew member on board serving beverages "I need your money" is an extremely unprofessional and inappropriate way to ask for a card."
Cons: "As a frequent flyer, I'm used to slight delays, waiting around, and standard customer service across airlines. It's safe to say that this was one of the worst flying experiences that I've ever had....6 different 30 minute delays and horrible customer service."
Pros: "Nothing your Service was horrible"
Pros: "The crew in Orange County was as helpful and proactive as could be."
Cons: "When we landed in San Francisco, I literally ran from one terminal to the other and they closed the door knowing I had landed. They were not apologizing for the fact that I could practically touch the plane but would have to wait four hours for the next one. That was a bummers"
Cons: "I thought it was ridiculous you had to pay to watch tv despite there being a monitor in each seat. That was the first time I've encountered that on a flight."
Cons: "They where late coming for about 30 minutes and going back it was late 3 hours. very frustrating for picks."
Pros: "Pilot and stewards were upbeat and cheerful."
Cons: "sfo had shut down a runway so we were 3 hours late."
Cons: "Left late one hour."
Pros: "It was great"
Cons: "Nothing everything was fine"
Pros: "Punctual departure and arrival"
Cons: "The A319 that was used appeared quite tired. Strange irregular banging noises were heard and felt under the wing root area as jet taxied out of Santa Ana. After landing, a very high pitch squeal started and lasted 5 minutes after engine shut-down. Finally, there was a very loud "sawing noise" coming from under the aircraft after parking in the terminal that others commented about the loud sawing noise. Canadair aircraft was much nicer and quieter that was used from SFO to Santa Ana."
Pros: "The crew was polite and accommodating."
Cons: "After zone 2, no passengers were allowed to carry on the allotted amount of luggage. Boarding took a long time, passengers were rude, and the gat agents didnt notify anyone of the flight status until 30 minutes before boarding time. This changed three times."
Cons: "I was refused boarding after being told I could fly. A horrible experience--rebooking for my wife and I cost us 1,000 dollars."
Pros: "I love how polite and efficient your employees are. I was immediately offered assistance with baggage check in and with using the kiosk. You should be very proud of these staff for they represent United well. I thoroughly enjoyed every member I met.Thank you for a 100% wonderful experience."
Pros: "Economy Plus works well"
Cons: "United new seats are uncomfortable"
Pros: "-Fast check-in -Crew was friendly -Comfortable seat -Appreciate the beverage -Love the new safety videos"
Pros: "The aircraft"
Pros: "Anytime things are new, and the basic needs are met for service, I think people will be happy. But! Timing was estimate for an 8:56 arrival and we landed at 8:30, so great timing too."
Pros: "After all these years, still love United!"
Cons: "Loved everything!"
Cons: "Gate was changed.. Delayed one hour"
Pros: "They still offer drinks. It was a short flight, so all the bad things didn't have to be endured for as long."
Cons: "Every time I fly United, I realize they shrank the seat size, again. Oh, and the flight attendant spilled my drink on me. Only said, "sorry, buddy" and then got me a couple of napkins... Was friendly other than that, though. O.o"
Pros: "Great flight attendants on flight itself."
Cons: "Ridiculous price of flight from OC to SFO, the $200 cancellation fee when cancellation was medically related & notification was over 24hrs. 45minute flight delay."
Pros: "Flight crew was great. Easy, quick boarding."
Cons: "$25 for the first checked bag is a ripoff."
Cons: "Wifi on the first flight was great, unable to view any entertainment on the connecting flight"
Pros: "The price...for once, a weekend to SF was reasonable!"
Pros: "no delays. quick flight & boarding"
Cons: "Gate crew had no interest in helping with layovers affected by flight delay."
Cons: "Waiting in S.F. for flight to board. Crew announces flight will be 1 hour and ten minutes late. A few minutes later, announces the pilot is on his way and may be a half an hour late. The gate number was not announced until about a half an hour before boarding. We finally boarded and was told that co-pilot was not at airport. It was a terrible experience with United."
Pros: "Everyone was helpful and friendly."
Cons: "Not charge so much for luggage and carry-ons."
Pros: "Quick boarding"
Cons: "It's $40 to bring a carry on... really?"
Pros: "Cheap, you travel from point A to point B"
Cons: "They don't even serve water!"
Cons: "paying for bags is non refundable so dont change your mind"
Cons: "delays,uncomfortable,bare bones,stoic"
Cons: "They charged for bags when there was so much wasted space in overhead space."
Pros: "Bag charged"
Cons: "Delayed 2 plus hours Upon arrival into sfo over 1 hour and 30 mins to get bags"
Pros: "Very uncomfortable, otherwise acceptable"
Cons: "Everything is an upcharge - carryon, a seat that reclines, etc."
Cons: "Everything. Safely back in SFO. That's it."
Cons: "Delayed on the way there and delayed on the way home. Hen we sat on the runway for another 45 minutes waiting for a gate to open. Never again will I travel with Frontier!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Pros: "same as above"
Cons: "Frontier doesn't lease enough gates. Waited 35 minutes after landing for gate to clear. Both flights. Frontier late in unloading bags. Waited 40 minutes at luggage carousel. Frontier lost my bag"
Cons: "Seat extremely uncomfortable for a person my height (6') and not adjustable in any way. Not a ton of leg room either, though not noticeably less legroom than other airlines."
Cons: "I didn't enjoy how the ticket is cheap online but they get you in the end by charge for your seat and luggage ( even carry-on)."
Pros: "Delay for too long. It took so long after landing! What are the ground crews doing?"
Cons: "We were stuck on the runway for over an hour after we landed and getting our luggage was a DISASTER. They changed the location of our baggage claim carousel with minimal notice, only to change it back to the original carousel with NO NOTICE. It took over an hour again for our luggage to come out and it trickled in so slowly, that I ended up getting my bag a full two and a half hours after we landed. Awful experience."
Cons: "Frontier charges for the most basic amenities that other airlines provide (non alcoholic beverages and carry-on luggage space)."
Cons: "Everything . Plus they lost my bag. Will neve fly Frontier again."
Pros: "It felt clean."
Cons: "Surprise charges for seat assignments and outrageous charges for carry on luggage. Uncomfortable sears with no leg room. Too many announcements, ads spoken through intercom."
Pros: "I like a free water or a small snack"
Cons: "I like to have a Free water and 1 little snack"
Cons: "luggage was lost seating very cramped had to rush to board, almost missed connection"
Pros: "Bar/food menu bundled The food wasn't good but concept was"
Cons: "Nothing to read watch or listen to"
Pros: "Friendly passengers around me"
Cons: "Long delay, no meals available, no water offered, nothing to read"
Cons: "everything. what has happened to frontier? wont fly them again"
Pros: "The bare bones frontier philosophy leaves nothing to like"
Cons: "Feeling like cattle"
Pros: "Cheapest airline ever"
Cons: "I wish you will take cash payments for meal purchase"
Cons: "Food - N/A. Entertainment - There was none, so I can't rate it."
Pros: "seating too hard- need more cushioning"
Pros: "Evertytging ran very smoothly. Got loaded early and got to Denver early which is always nice when traveling with a 3 year old."
Cons: "Turbulence coming into Denver was a bit bumpy. Made my niece nervous but I understand is common in denver."
Cons: "This airline comes up with every idea possible to charge the costomer. I give the airline a star for being sneaky and sly and having rules and policies to rip off passengers. Because it is brilliant that they con you without breaking any laws."
Pros: "Cheap, until you had to pay for bags and drinks."
Cons: "Had to wait for over 1/2 hour to disembark."
Cons: "Frontier charges for carry ons. Ridiculous!"
Cons: "Frontier nickles and dimes you."
Pros: "Very informative on where to go!"
Cons: "Not very informational on security policy"
Cons: "The Chicago airport was terrible both times. Things not clearly marked. Staff not friendly or available. Long term parking very hard to find and pricing very unclear. Didn't realize we would have to pay additional for just a seat and carry on luggage"
Cons: "Waiting on runway for 45 minutes, then having passengers arrested for complaining."
Pros: "Overall great experience. The entire staff was personable and it was a spurt smooth landing!"
Cons: "I will not fly Frontier again."
Pros: "Flying for cheap. Trays are too small"
Cons: "More delays, few answers, no satisfaction. Do whatever you can to avoid flying Frontier."
Airlines flying from Santa Ana to San Francisco 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 Santa Ana to San Francisco
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco