Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Santa Barbara to Austin
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There are no direct flights for this route listed on KAYAK, the shortest multi-flight duration is 4h 20m.
In the past 3 days, the cheapest one-way tickets were found on Multiple Airlines ($160) and United Airlines ($168), and the lowest round-trip tickets have been found on American Airlines ($257) and United Airlines ($322).
From Santa Barbara to Austin, Wednesday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Friday is the most expensive. Flying from Austin back to Santa Barbara , the best deals are generally found on Tuesday, with Friday being the most expensive.
When flying out of Santa Barbara you will be using Santa Barbara, often referred to as Santa Barbara Airport. You will be landing at Austin Bergstrom, also known as Austin Airport.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Cons: "First class lav was filthy."
Pros: "Everything was great and we had plenty of room. Attendants were nice. Flight was on time and uneventful."
Cons: "We paid for Premium upgrade, but needed a pair of headphones. They charged us for it which seemed petty given the Premium upgrade. I wish the audio for the entertainment system would MF have had closed captions."
Pros: "landed close to on time"
Cons: "seat is uncomfortable, very basic first class amenities."
Pros: "Every thing except food"
Cons: "A couple more vegetarian choices would have been better!"
Pros: "All smooth."
Cons: "All okay"
Pros: "more leg room in economy than other airlines, nice crew, seats were pretty comfortable"
Cons: "my flight over on Alaska was on a newer airplane so we all had screens - the way over we did not so I was expecting it on the way back"
Pros: "Surprised to find seat was comfortable.."
Cons: "the overhead storage was tiny!"
Cons: "Alaskan did away with the food & drinks on demand, part of which made virgin so special. Also internet did not work and documentation of it was wrong anyway, not good for work commuters. Flight was over a halfhour late taking off, however displays said ontime and sfo staff ignored the queue waiting to ask questions"
Pros: "The food and drinks were good once they got there. Entertainment was adequate."
Cons: "The flight was delayed, the charger under the seat didn't work, the flight attendants said to just order food and drinks on the screen but it took at least 30 minutes for them to arrive."
Pros: "No one in the middle seat... friendly attentive staff. Clean plane."
Cons: "It was very nice no complaints"
Pros: "Plane was clean and the crew friendly"
Cons: "The delay"
Pros: "Planes , Free movies , staff that appears they care"
Cons: "One of the first class seats had a molding come loose/fall off... NO COMPROMISE TO AIRCRAFT SAFETY! We were delayed cause a tech was called to fix it. Could have waited! 45min late."
Pros: "Flight attendants were nice"
Cons: "First time (and hopefully last) flying Alaskan. Boarding was ok, not the most efficient but it worked. Once aboard a predicted snow storm started (in Seattle so not the first time this has happened) and we had to de-ice. This process was exceptionally long, in fact so long that we had to add fuel for the trip. These two delays conveniently “timed out” the pilots, brilliant! Total delay was over 4 hours, all to be blamed on their ineptitude. Seems like the norm for airlines these days but this was blatant mismanagement."
Cons: "The free chat feature did not work on my iPad."
Pros: "The crew was fun and efficient."
Cons: "Crying baby"
Pros: "Easy on and off for a holiday weekend. Entertainment system worked well..."
Cons: "Texting service wasn't always working, suspect it follows if the internet was working.... Austin baggage claim needs improvement... 30+ minites for bags to hit belt."
Pros: "I’m a tall guy and there was finally enough room for my legs on a plane"
Pros: "On time and uneventful. That's all I really want or expected. Alaska came through in flying colors (pun intended)."
Cons: "On my return flight it seemed that the attendants were trying to stop anyone other than the 19 or 20 people in first class from using the forward bathroom. On my flight out, the cabin was asked to "wait at row 6" for the bathroom to be free. That seemed reasonable, even though I was in row 6, and fair to ask. However, on my return flight they seemed to expect the entire rest of the plane to use the rear bathroom. That doesn't seem right."
Cons: "I should have been given a chance to pick my seat. I had to pay for an upgrade because I was give a seat in the middle of the last row"
Pros: "The entire process was fluid and easy. The price was great for a non stop flight between Austin and Seattle. I really appreciate that. Though I didn't take advantage of the in flight entertainment option of using a personal tablet, I thought that was an awesome idea. I'm interested in checking that out in the future. Staff was friendly and I didn't have to deal with any lines!"
Pros: "Time literally flew by. The staff were friendly, they're always on time or early, and they've never lost a bag."
Pros: "Got there safely and on time. The staff was very friendly, one stewardess interacted with everyone individually, thanking them for choosing Alaska Airlines."
Cons: "I'm tired of being crammed into small and uncomfortable seats. It seems comfort is only for people who can afford it. Headrests were non-existent. I'm not extraordinarily tall but the seat stopped just above my neck and felt like a hard, sharp surface rather than something soft and padded. And, of course, there's not enough leg room. Especially once the person in front of you leans back. I don't mean to sound petty but it felt like the airline was more worried about maximizing profits at the expense of their guest's comfort."
Cons: "The seats were very cramped, no room to move. The air was not working in my row of seats so we were hot and uncomfortable the whole time."
Pros: "Smooth experience all around"
Pros: "Seats were comfortable!"
Cons: "Can't think of anything!"
Pros: "They left and landed early! The staff was pleasant and very helpful."
Pros: "never booking with alaska airlines again"
Cons: "the lost my luggage"
Pros: "Direct flight to my final destination. Friendly crew."
Cons: "I was assigned seats that didn't recline on an overnight flight both ways. Boo! Those downgraded seats need to be labeled clearly, disclosed before boarding, and given at a discount. Super disappointed!!"
Pros: "Flight was efficient from SBA to PDX but almost 2 hours late on return"
Cons: "Almost a 2 hour delay on return!"
Pros: "wifi phone charging"
Cons: "I arrived later than most, since my connecting flight was tight. Unfortunately, other passengers had let their young daughter take my seat and didn't seem to understand that I wanted to sit by a window (having never flown to the northwest, I wanted to see the view). Didn't want to seem like a heartless adult, so I sat in the aisle seat in another row. not good! constantly jostled by people going to and from the bathroom. and the kid closed the window anyways! I saw people take someone else's seat on the way to Portland, but the original person asked them to move. Guess it's a common thing"
Pros: "We left a little late but arrived early, great job Alaska!"
Pros: "Love your direct flight to Santa Barbara.wish you had more than 1 daily."
Cons: "Long walk to terminal on return,glad it wasn't raining. I was in back . Crew was a little loud talking to each other on last stretch of flight. They kept opening and closing the overhead bins during the flight . I have no idea why ,but it was somewhat annoying."
Pros: "Everything was conducted professionally and calmly."
Cons: "The weather was bad, but the airline does not control that. ;)"
Pros: "Nice clean airplanes. Quick and timely flights."
Pros: "The crew were all great."
Cons: "I had a window seat and the window itself looked like it hadn't been cleaned in quite some time. It was not only dirty but it was gross. Smears of what appeared to be a dried up liquid or something. Lastly, there were smeared boogers in several different spots around the window. I didn't want to touch anything. Seriously the nastiest flight I've been on."
Pros: "No need to print boarding pass is nice because most customers don't have a printer at home. Great idea using an app on customers' smart devices. Charging ports is great plus."
Cons: "Lack of free services to kill time during a long flight. No free music and lack of free video. I was surprised Samsung Note 7 wasn't banned during my flight because of the battery issue."
Cons: "No closed captions --"
Cons: "YOU CHARGE TOO MUCH FOR OVERWEIGHT PACKAGE."
Pros: "Friendly staff, and the flight was pretty empty so I got a whole row to myself."
Pros: "Everything was great, gave food 3 stars but only because it was just snacks. Seats were comfortable and really liked the charging ports, better accessibility than under the seat."
Cons: "Didn't like that it felt like a free for all when boarding. Could have been better if it was more sectionalized, that is, allowing smaller section of rows to board at a time."
Cons: "There was not enough room for my small sized bag to fit in the overhead. Crew members seemed nice, but then would go to the back and laugh and say something rude about a passenger. This was a late night 3 hour flight and no entertainment was offered. It was freezing during the entire flight and no blanket was available. Overall, I was not pleased with my experience with Alaska Airlines."
Pros: "My flight was inexpensive and convenient. None of the travel stress I hear about. Everything about the travel during my trip was on the money!"
Cons: "Good flight"
Pros: "Crew staff, near plane with charger on every seat."
Cons: "Poor WiFi speed and poor entertainment options"
Pros: "Took care of us, gave us snacks and drinks, and pillows and blankets"
Cons: "Plane almost caught up in flames. Gas was filled through the entire plane. Had a big scare."
Pros: "Great crew"
Pros: "Great crew, clean plane."
Cons: "Bring back beverage service when you can!"
Cons: "Its okay"
Cons: "They could at least announce boarding group 4..."
Cons: "Late boarding, WiFi didn’t work. Small seats. Why do I continue to fly you guys?"
Cons: "More beverages"
Cons: "They need more space and better food"
Cons: "Flight was delayed and they announced it was because they weren’t sure there was enough tread on the tire to land which didn’t give anyone a great feeling. Crew was probably on their last shift and just rude."
Pros: "Travel time was great"
Cons: "The chairs can be more comfortable."
Pros: "The window seat of this plane is so closely placed to the window that you can hardly sit straight up and down. Food is non existent and one drink offered in 4.5 hours is bad service"
Cons: "Virtually everything"
Pros: "Ease of bording"
Cons: "Your seats are small and you never turn the fasten seatbelt light off"
Pros: "The flight was on time. The crew was friendly."
Cons: "Too little legroom."
Pros: "Friendly flight crew on full flight."
Cons: "Late take off"
Pros: "Good entertainment selection"
Cons: "Most was as expected."
Cons: "I didn’t like the fact I had to wait 5 and a half hours in the airport and not being compensated by the airline, who for some reason penalize anyone of their passagers if they are late or want to change a flight. I was also late for a meeting"
Cons: "Had a mechanical problem and took us 30 minutes to take off"
Pros: "Same as above."
Cons: "entertainment monitor for my seat did not work at all. also on all flights: I was not aware one needed one's own headphones to hear entertainment."
Pros: "I lost money, I came back a day later wish it wasn’t plan and is NOT ok ."
Pros: "Curteous. Prompt. On time."
Pros: "It was on time."
Cons: "Very small airplane for a 3 hours flight."
Pros: "Good Hospitality"
Cons: "Insuffecient supply of juices etc"
Pros: "easy on and easy off. ontime."
Cons: "would like more comfort in the seats and a pretty young lady sitting next to me."
Cons: "Cramped seating"
Cons: "I bought travel insurance as I do with any trip. I have a complicated family emergency that forced me to call off the trip. Being that I bought trip insurance, I felt good. Well turns out they make you jump through so many hoops that your travel insurance fee is useless. I sent a letter to Allianz (the company that handles the travel insurance) and blasted them for their insensitivity in a difficult time. Going forward, I will not be purchasing travel insurance in the future. It may sound irrational but if you think about it, travel insurance is the tax on gullible people. You hear travel insurance and one assumes that if you spend the extra money on the insurance and something comes up, you can at least get much of your money back. Don't count on it! It's a 1/1000 chance they will do the right thing so the odds are not in people's favor. If you want to be smart, use the money you would have spent on travel insurance on some pre flight cocktails at the airport bar. Air travel is hellish enough without scams like Allianz!"
Cons: "Leg room/space BA offers is calculated for short and small body frame passengers and it is on not acceptable. It feels like cattle Wagon. BA should show consideration for real passengers not some sort of statistical average. I am 6'4" and sitting in your plane's cabin inflicts hours of body pain. The space given is sufficient for children and teenagers. Also sitting in the hot cabin for extended amount of time is extremely uncomfortable. Why there is no cooling and proper air ventilation right from the beginning?"
Cons: "Flight was cancelled"
Pros: "the plane was very new and in excellent condition"
Pros: "Full can of tomato juice, head rests on the seat, relatively roomy seats and happy attendants."
Cons: "The fact that we didn't know we were supposed to go to American Airlines to acquire our boarding pass. A heads up would've been appreciated."
Pros: "Love these Non-stop to Austin even though they are always full. Thanks for this luxury of non having to transfer in Dallas."
Cons: "The down side is that these planes are smaller so we didn't have any entertainment and therefore no place to charge digital devices. There is however, wifi to purchase."
Cons: "Delayed waiting to unload fuel, then delayed again after they broke the tow-bar and had to inspect the nose gear. Hot cabin while waiting."
Pros: "Great crew."
Cons: "1 hour delay turned into a 3 hour delay. We waited at the airport for more than 4 hours and could've used that time to explore Chicago instead of rushing to the airport only to board, de-plane, and then board again. No vegetarian options were given for food."
Pros: "Everything was timely, courteous & pleasant. The aircraft was very clean."
Cons: "Was very stuffy and hot. Plane never cooled down."
Cons: "Delayed for 4 hours"
Pros: "I liked the 2 x 2 seating arrangement. Leg room was adequate."
Pros: "I got these flights for dj jobs I had under a us p2 visa. My original flight to dallas was delayed from 12:56 to 8pm which would of landed me in dallas at 2:21am but the club Fat Rabbit closes at 2am Which in fact was a 1300 (US dollar) loss. I re booked my ticket to Austin from Vancouver this morning because the only reason to go dallas was my job. Was supposed to fly in have dinner play music get back on the plane n go Austin but going to dallas was irrelevant and a 7 hour delay was absolutely ridiculous."
Cons: "The fact I lost 1300.00 us has pissed me off I'm contacting AA about this I have my visa papers n contracts to show proof if not action is taken i will be contacting a lawyer"
Pros: "WHAT FOOD.,,,,,,.AA DOSE NOT FEE US OR HAVE ANY ENTERTAINMENT,"
Cons: "NOTHING AA IS JUST AS BAD AS FIJI AIRWAYS"
Pros: "New plane with leather like seats and good entertainment system."
Cons: "Board keeper rude to several guest who didn't want to check in their bag when there was plenty of room on the flight."
Pros: "Nothing at all"
Cons: "Worst airline I have ever used. Continuously bad experiences."
Pros: "Other than the delay, it was your basic 1 hour flight."
Cons: "The flight was delayed by an hour."
Pros: "Crew were friendly and helpful, the magazine was worth reading and the flight was smooth and on time."
Cons: "The seat felt like a wooden block was strapped to my back."
Pros: "Crew was super nice"
Cons: "Flight was hour late leaving. Seats too close together. Guy next to me dipped himself in cologne before boarding."
Pros: "They were friendly. Seats are rarely comfortable..."
Cons: "I think all planes need better leg room...."
Pros: "We arrives early."
Cons: "Very long walk to next gate. No golf carts wanted to bring US. Wife is pregnant"
Cons: "If my flight hasn’t been delayed and if one of the flight attendants didn’t have an attitude towards me."
Pros: "Captain kept us updated on everything going on, he made up time and got us to Austin pretty much on time. Staff was friendly. Huge plus was Houston’s terminal updates for United with iPads to order food - made it quick and easy to eat and run!"
Cons: "Gate was changed and Houston is a huge airport so lots of walking, flight was delayed, no snacks and only room temp water offered, no entertainment provided"
Pros: "Pilots did a nice job."
Cons: "Speakers at boarding gate mostly inop and didn’t hear announcements."
Pros: "Stewardess was pleasant. Left on time."
Pros: "crowded, hot"
Pros: "Nice trip!"
Cons: "This was a connecting flight and they were at the opposite ends of airport so had to run to catch this flight!"
Pros: "We did not crash. Eventually we got to our destination."
Cons: "All flights were awful. None were on time. I paid for economy plus aisle seat but was put in economy middle seat anyway. Asked for refund and was sent to 3 different people. The final person, a gate agent for my departing gate, Peggy Hunter, told me that she has 35 years experience and she knows everything about United Airlines’ processes. Told me the only way I might get a refund is to submit online but that paying extra for a seat upgrade doesn’t mean I will actually get one and that I should read the fine print on the ticket. Had previously spoken to another gate agent who had told me that I could ask for a refund at the departing gate. Wifi didn’t work. On one of three delayed flights had to beg for water to take my medicine. I will make extra efforts to avoid using this mediocre airline."
Cons: "I didn't like how they switched my seat and stuck me in the middle of to stinky people"
Cons: "Late flight. Plane 1 hour and 37 minutes late because arriving plane was late, then the arriving plane was slow to de-plane, then spent the next hour waiting on "paperwork" to approve takeoff. Very dissatisfied."
Pros: "Attentive stewards"
Pros: "The direct TV was free on this leg of my trip"
Cons: "All good"
Pros: "Everything went very well"
Cons: "No complaints"
Cons: "These "free" snacks are S-T-A-L-E."
Pros: "Short flight"
Cons: "Long taxi to terminal at LAX"
Pros: "Quick flight"
Cons: "The run from one gate to the other side of the airport, catching a tram to reach it in time."
Pros: "Fast flight"
Cons: "Taxiied longer to the take off area than the actual flight time. One woman asked if we were driving to Austin."
Pros: "this was my first time flying alone and everything went smoothly"
Pros: "Polite crew"
Pros: "Always a good fight, very short."
Pros: "The staff was nice and we arrived 40 mins early!!! That never happens!!"
Pros: "Nice staff"
Cons: "No complaints. Short flight."
Cons: "The flight was overbooked, and I had to check my bag because the plane ran out of space for carry-one. Thankfully, this service was free."
Pros: "Both flights were on time. The planes were new and clean."
Cons: "I didt like the sits. I dont nike the snack. There is no tv."
Cons: "The flight was changed and resulted in the person I traveled with and myself being separated by 10 rows instead of sitting with each other."
Pros: "quick and efficient way to get to O'Hare."
Pros: "Very polite and helpful staff"
Cons: "Food could be better"
Cons: "It was a good trip. I liked it a lot"
Cons: "These stroopwaffels are too sweet."
Cons: "See above"
Cons: "I was bumped from my confirmed flight and had to sprint across the airport to catch an earlier flight where they put me in the back of the plane in a middle seat with an entertainment monitor that didn't work. The flight attendant said she'd try to reset the monitor and then never came back the rest of the flight. I also was not compensated for agreeing to take another flight than the one I booked, paid for and successfully checked in for. I also got into Austin later than I wanted with this new flight I was forced to take. Overall this experience was a terrible one unfortunately."
Pros: "Everything was fine"
Pros: "I liked the fact that it was non stop to Denver."
Cons: "I did not like waiting on the plane for over an hour while the plane waited to get fuel."
Cons: "My flight from Santa Barbara to SFO was delayed, causing me to miss my connection. After sitting in the Santa Barbara airport until 11pm, I was rebooked and sent home."
Cons: "Second, much longer, leg didnt have free streaming from a personal device. You were asked to pay $8 to watch TV and movies."
Cons: "The most unpleasant crew we have ever had in our flying lives. Rude, condescending, treating passengers as if we are not human. Lufthansa should carefully examine their customer treatment training."
Pros: "Fast boarding"
Pros: "Easy enough"
Cons: "should have happened yesterday."
Pros: "Everyone was great. A young lady on my Houston to Austin flight helped me find my seat. A young man on my NY to Houston flight was very friendly!!!"
Pros: "The convenience of flying from a small airport more than compensates for the fact that it is a smaller plane. Because it is a small plane, the service is much more adroit and responsive."
Cons: "No complaints"
Pros: "Very good"
Cons: "Terrible delays during boarding with no seating in boarding area after boarding is called to begin."
Cons: "See previous comment"
Pros: "Nothing, due to my flights getting delayed thanks to United, I missed my flight to south bend and then told them to get my luggage because I was getting picked up by n Chicago. United then sent my luggage to south bend after I spoke with 3 United customer care agents and luggage agents and I wanted almost 2 hrs for my luggage. I paid 1200 for my ticket to get to my grandpas funeral and everything went wrong that possibly could"
Airlines flying from Santa Barbara to Austin 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 Barbara to Austin
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights from Santa Barbara to Austin
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights from Santa Barbara to Austin
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights from Santa Barbara to Austin
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