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Low season

MarchBest time to beat the crowds with an average 27% drop in price.

High season

JanuaryMost popular time to fly with an average 20% increase in price.

Average price round-trip

$347(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal round-trip

$272or less

Good deal one-way

$366or less

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  • Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $366 or less one-way and $272 or less round-trip.
  • High season is considered to be December, January and February. The cheapest month to fly is March.
  • Morning departure is around 125% more expensive than an evening flight, on average*.
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Top 3 airlines serving Santa Barbara to San Diego

Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews

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Alaska Airlines
Overall score based on 29,330 reviews
8.5
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.8
Crew
7.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
Airline reviews

Cons: "WIFI was not working"

Pros: "Everything went smoothly."
Cons: "I was NOT happy to spend over $100 for two bags for two passengers."

Cons: "Paul at gate D20 BWI was our hero! Just make sure his manager knows :) thanks"

Pros: "Seat very comfortable"
Cons: "Better snacks"

Cons: "Thank you"

Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "WiFi did not work well"

Cons: "Extra leg space"

Pros: "I liked the mood lighting, the spacious area under the seat in front of my aisle seat, the choice in movies, and that every seat had a screen."
Cons: "The takeoff and landing were smooth except that the plane felt like it was fishtailing a bit. Otherwise, it was great!"

Pros: "Free upgrade!!!"
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "It was great!! Couldn’t have been any better!"

Cons: "No problem at all"

Cons: "Announcements via intercom too rushed, unclear and poorly pronounced. The speaker needs to pronounce each word, and the end of each word clearly."

Cons: "Smooth sailing no issues"

Pros: "Brand new aircraft. Tons of legroom"

Pros: "Everything went smoothly and everyone was extremely nice and helpful."
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "The attendants were great"
Cons: "The line of people in the aisle waiting for the bathroom."

Cons: "There was only water served then 30 minutes before landing they served juice. We had to ask if we wanted some of the cookies they are suppose to give out"

Pros: "I liked the way I was treated during the entire trip"
Cons: "we had a few turbalances during trip which couldn't be helped, other than all went well."

Pros: "I liked being able to carry on my bag that I purchased from the airport just so I wouldn’t have to check a bag. Spent a good sum of money doing so."
Cons: "Checking my bag just so the airport could charge us more money."

Cons: "I forgot my headphones. $3 to borrow a pair from virgin?"

Pros: "Consistent, professional, & courteous."

Pros: "Nothing went wrong."
Cons: "Turbulence. Haha!"

Pros: "Very professional atmosphere"

Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Alaska airlines employees go out of there way to be friendly and engaging with customers."

Pros: "Was great"

Pros: "Great"

Pros: "Power sockets on each seat, good snacks"
Cons: "The loading of the plane was a bit messy. Not terrible, just didn't have much structure to it."

Pros: "the tablets that could be purchased were a nice touch."
Cons: "AC WAS NOT BLOWJNG COLD AIR!!!! Miserable!"

Pros: "I very much appreciated the accommodations for military members."

Pros: "everything"

Cons: "All was terrible"

Pros: "Boarding was very nice, she said my name, nice detail. Boarding was very efficient."

Pros: "It was fine. We thought we had one free bag but we're told we didn't. Really typical of flying today. Everything cost extra, bags, food etc Pretty typical"

Pros: "friendly"
Cons: "nothing"

Pros: "The beverage was good."

Pros: "People were efficient and friendly"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "The whole experience was great,very easy No stress"

Cons: "Cold. Very cold"

Pros: "Got to move to an open row, thx you."
Cons: "My bag was left in San Diego. I had a feeling when the lady in Portland checking it in was pretty lazy about it. She said" just put it over there""

Pros: "Cheese plate was great as always"
Cons: "Late and chaotic boarding. No clear lines and just a mob herding toward the counter to board."

Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Comfortable chair, spacious since I upgraded to Premium."
Cons: "NO snack though, was offered just water from a large botter"

Pros: "Ease of check-in, attitude of personnel"
Cons: "Small supply of favourite food items -"

Cons: "The planes, both ways, was filthy."

Pros: "Clean roomy plane."

Pros: "Really cramped overhead storage. Not TSA dimensions."

Pros: "We left a little late but arrived early, great job Alaska!"

Pros: "The seat next to me was empty"
Cons: "I downloaded the app and followed the directions to watch a movie but when I got on board I host the connection and not get back in . It would not allow me to download anything"

Pros: "Good crew"
Cons: "My tv monitor did not work."

Cons: "Ladying calling out the plane numbers i could barley understand her"

Pros: "I was on time"
Cons: "Compensation for your mistakes"

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "They need more space and better food"

Pros: "Ease of bording"

Cons: "Your seats are small and you never turn the fasten seatbelt light off"

Cons: "Seemed disorganized getting on"

Cons: "Incredibly cramped airplane"

Pros: "The meals on Japan Airlines (JAL) were delicious!"
Cons: "Fukuoka and Narita airports had terminals that weren’t connected by a train or even an indoor path. It was covered but it was cold in Narita and Fukuoka required a slow shuttle."

Pros: "I could be rebooked on my initial flight and I arrived early in San Diego."
Cons: "I was rebooked on my initial flight but I had lost my seat and I landed at the end of the plane. It took ages to get out. I understand the situation, however."

Cons: "Had to buy another ticket"

Pros: "Landing at my final destination."
Cons: "Over 3 hours of delays. American Airlines needs to get their act together at Chicago O’Hare airport."

Cons: "Delay in boarding was over an hour"

Pros: "Nothing."
Cons: "I have flown this airline many times and never once have we ever taken off on time. We left 2 and a half hours late and the people that work for them are grumps all the time. Never flying them again."

Pros: "Direct flight from desired origin to destination Boarding by zones"
Cons: "Uncomfortable, small, seat space with inadequate legroom. Lack of personal entertainment options. Paid extra for earlier boarding group which only benefited me by about 5 people. (NOT WORTH IT!) Lack of complimentary food options. (Pay for everything)"

Cons: "difficult connecting to wifi."

Pros: "Economy passengers treated well"
Cons: "Your survey app"

Pros: "Love the entertainment system, watched a movie and was able to charge my phone too"
Cons: "Gate the boarding process but that's about it"

Pros: "Quick and painless flight"

Pros: "Once we were in the air, the flight was average."
Cons: "The flight was delayed due to several mechanical issues but the ground crew did not communicate effectively on the issue or how long the delay would be. I understand that these issues occur, but better communications and empathy from the ground crew would have gone a long way. Boarding was also a disaster because everyone tried to board at the same time and again, the ground crew did nothing to control the situation."

Cons: "The crew was rude."

Pros: "An open seat next to me"
Cons: "Turbulence"

Pros: "Everything was great!"

Pros: "Short flight"
Cons: "Numerous delays."

Cons: "The check in process at JFK was a disaster. The kiosk check in machines were constantly malfunctioning, where to line up was unclear, and staff acted frustrated. After several failed attempts with the kiosks you have to wait in line to check in at the counter anyways. It would have saved almost an hour of my time to just go straight to the counter-- had I been allowed to. I wanted to check a bag which contained some fragile items. Several bottles of wine which I wrapped in bubble wrap and cushioned with my packed clothes. I requested a "Fragile" sticker to be put on my bag. I was told "We don't do that here". So I asked if they handle ALL bags with extreme care and I was laughed at and told to go on my way. When I got my bag at my destination-- the outside of my leather suitcase was sliced to the lining. There were scuff marks and torn leather. My wine had been completely shattered. Not just a crack in the bottle, but flattened completely. My clothes were stained, my bag ruined. I don't know if putting a fragile sticker on would have prevented this, but I don't understand why they just "don't do that". We are trusting our property to the airline when we check bags. I will never trust American Airlines ever again. They don't want to know if I have anything fragile, and they don't care when I tell them."

Pros: "Quick and easy thanks"

Pros: "Sittings on the tarmac for 90 minutes no airs no waters. 114 degrees"
Cons: "The very least employees should offer customer some waters to cool of"

Pros: "Staff on the plane was pleasant."
Cons: "When I checked in I wasn't given a seat assignment. I had to wait until I got to the gate."

Pros: "Ok boarding, ok service, ok flight"
Cons: "We were delayed for about 1hr without any explanation or apology. Thank goodness i didn't have a connecting flight."

Pros: "Well organised"

Pros: "Roomy aisle seat"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "No much"
Cons: "Aircraft is small, boarding is a mad dash to the plane"

Cons: "We missed our connection because of American Airlines incompetence. That being said the flight itself was ok."

Cons: "Could not read paper when passenger in front reclined seat. No space between rows."

Pros: "Seat were larger and comfortable"
Cons: "AB 320-200 flight for +5 hours and no entertainment. Nothing on the flight. Could not pre-board on line, so instead of a zone 2 loading sequence we got zone 4. as a person who flies to Europe 4-5 times a year I do not enjoy getting on a plane in the Zone 4-5 sequencing."

Cons: "Despite paying 5 months in advance, couldn't check in online or reserve seats without paying extra. AA customer service told me there were no more "complimentary " seats!! Very tight legroom in cabin."

Cons: "Took my bag for no reason, I flew there with it."

Cons: "just like above + I had previously requested a vegan meal that had been confirmed and I was presented a "dish" of pasta loaded with cheese and was told that that was vegan ... 9 hours flight with no food The sound outlet on my seat was broken and, again, no entertainment for the entire flight"

Cons: "Missed Connection."

Pros: "Great service!"

Pros: "The attention from the staff during the flight,was excellent."
Cons: "I'd didn't like that we'd had to pay 50 dollars for a medium size luggage,when other passengers have,slightly smaller suitcase,a carry on a lap top or big purse."

Cons: "AA canceled my flight my kids who live 4 hours away from San Diego drove that distance to pick me up yesterday, we got a hotel room for the canceled flight but they ended up paying $200 for the night. AA did not let us know thr flight was canceled until late last night."

Pros: "Smooth boarding"
Cons: "No entertainment"

Pros: "SEATS IN FIRST CLASS WERE EXCELLENT WITH MANY PERKS."
Cons: "DELAYS IN BOARDING. Almost 2hrs"

Cons: "It did not happen! Had to taxi to Austin!"

Cons: "1 hour late. And when the pilot made announcements during the movie it would not pause. We missed parts of the movie. It was annoying."

Pros: "My husband and I were traveling together to Dallas, and we were unable to sit together-The ticketing agent was very rude when we asked if she could find us seats that were together. She said, "We could ask someone on the flight to switch with us". We paid $738.00 total for both tickets to Dallas, and found it very hard to believe that we could not get seats that were next to each other. We have had this same situation on other airlines, and they were very accommodating to our needs."

Pros: "Fast shuttle to our hotel"
Cons: "Heat"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "HORRIBLE!!!!"

Cons: "They did not enforce masks. Person sitting next to me had mask off the entire time."

Cons: "More time was spent by cabin attendees selling food and drink items to one row than the rest of the passengers, making us wait for complementary water or other drinks . Really? There should be equal service for all passengers. Makes me wonder if there are incentives for the sale of extra items"

Cons: "On time departure and arrival"

Cons: "No video screen, WiFi didn’t work, hot, got one lousy glass of water"

Pros: "Free WiFi with movies"

Pros: "On time departure and arrival"
Cons: "Small plane"

Cons: "No bags to go to overhead bin"

Pros: "Everything is smoothie"
Cons: "I have not find any"

Pros: "Boarding was very easy , no long line , trip was on time ."

Pros: "Dr usus I"
Cons: "The keys"

Pros: "Everything ran as expected"
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "Very tight quarters ..."

Pros: "Awesome"

Cons: "Left an hour late."

Pros: "Nice staff"
Cons: "Delayed"

Pros: "Staff"
Cons: "Delays, multiple gate changes"

Pros: "Lack of services for price"
Cons: "Lack of services for price"

Cons: "All good"

Pros: "Quick hop to San Fran"
Cons: "Such a tiny plane! Carryons have to go in the hold. Any delay and you will miss your connection. Best is to check all luggage through and only bring an under seat bag on board."

Cons: "Need to pay to watch TV"

Cons: "Food is actually not applicable"

Pros: "Quick and friendly service. No lines through TSA"

Pros: "Arrived safely and almost on time despite late departure."
Cons: "Boarded plane in nonsensical manner. Had to try to walk opposite the flow of traffic to find room in overhead luggage compartment. Plane was too cold."

Pros: "Friendly"
Cons: "Price"

Pros: "Always a good fight, very short."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Too many delays, nothing was offered. Nothing was given or comp; Food, water, bags, seat upgrades, not flying untied again"

Cons: "The United mobile app as well as my emails stated that the gate was B3. Upon arriving at gate B3 and attempting to board, I was alerted that I was at the incorrect gate. The gate was switched to C11. However, my app did not alert me nore did it reflect the gate change. I didn't receive a text or email update. I had to run to the different concourse nearly missing the fling."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Lost $700 on this trip. The refund policy was extremely unclear, and the time window for valid trip insurance was extremely short. The purchase of insurance was useless."

Cons: "Had to rent a car at LAX in order to actually make it home to San Diego. Also had to go home without any of my luggage ..."

Cons: "Same as above same as above"

Pros: "Joe H was amazing!!!"

Pros: "Just. O. K"

Pros: "The call center that i was forwarded to that did nothing to help at all or the agent who hung up on me while i was trying to get an explanation of why they keft me stranded in the airport."
Cons: "Kayak.com"

Pros: "Super friendly funny attendant"

Pros: "Good movie options, quick boarding process."

Cons: "Never made it!!"

Pros: "Crowded like sardines Groups 4 & 5 were told you must check your carry-on bags Wifi didn't work for all devices Pilot had to make second approach, because he was too freaking low!!"

Cons: "newar to San Diego was fine"

Cons: "They charge me to much for my second baggage($70)"

Pros: "Excellent cabin service. Arrive destination on time."

Pros: "They were prompt and polite"

Cons: "The movie I was watching ended 20mins before the end.."

Pros: "Same as above"

Cons: "Sound issues with TV and phone jack"

Cons: "."

Cons: "After sleeping in the airport all night, I was put in the seat next to the restroom which smelled really bad"

Cons: "very late."

Pros: "Love the free tv/movies with the United App. That was great!"

Cons: "Round my credit card"

Pros: "Both flights were early, which was nice for a change."

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