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Low season

April Best time to beat the crowds with an average 24% drop in price.

High season

October Most popular time to fly with an average 17% increase in price.

Average price round-trip

$310 (avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal round-trip

$259 or less

Good deal one-way

$183 or less

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  • Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $183 or less one-way and $259 or less round-trip.
  • The cheapest flight from Santa Barbara to San Francisco was found 61 days before departure, on average.
  • Book at least 2 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
  • High season is considered to be September, October and November. The cheapest month to fly is April.
  • Morning departure is around 19% cheaper than an evening flight, on average*.
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Top 3 airlines serving Santa Barbara to San Francisco

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Alaska Airlines
Overall score based on 29,258 reviews
8.5
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.8
Crew
7.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
Airline reviews

Cons: "Check in was a disaster. The kiosks were all broken. No one gave us any info. 2 people were checking in a long line. Not good."

Pros: "The plane was clean and enjoyable with a good selection of tv shows."
Cons: "Issues with the two different airports. Both LAX and SFO have an aging infrastructure. We had difficulties boarding (jet bridge issues) and unboarding (another jet bridge issue)."

Pros: "arrived quickly and"

Pros: "Great stuff! Happy about Taxo tea and real (not powdered) creamers!"
Cons: "I wish there were better snakes and small TV to watch something."

Cons: "One hour delay but overall it was good"

Pros: "Smooth experience"
Cons: "Gogoinflight wifi can be erratic"

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."

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: "Flught was delayed for 2 hours"

Cons: "Once agin slow boarding"

Pros: "Enough room for my legs"
Cons: "No head phones! Maybe offer while waiting before boarding!"

Cons: "Reading lights did not work. Fortunately I could move"

Pros: "all"

Pros: "not crowded"
Cons: "almost 3 hrs late"

Cons: "Late departure, late arrival, stuck half an hour on the ground before being able to get out of the plane while the PA blasts a message about Alaska being the most ponctual airline : a joke"

Pros: "Always reliable. The updates on my emails and phones are fantastic. Alaska always exceeds my expectations. Proud that they are from my hometown. Seattle."
Cons: "Nothing."

Cons: "Delayed both ways"

Cons: "Diversion to San Jose without shuttles to downtown SFO."

Pros: "normal."
Cons: "."

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: "Staff was nice."
Cons: "We were awakened at 130am for breakfast!!!!!! Who eats in the middle of their sleep."

Pros: "That they boarded the people in the back of the plane first."
Cons: "The slowness of the boarding process. It seemed to take forever. There was only one attendant manning the announcements and checking the boarding passes."

Pros: "Alaska is the best."

Pros: "The coffee"
Cons: "It was delayed almost 2 hours"

Pros: "Relaxing environment"
Cons: "Occasional wafts of restroom smell"

Cons: "The QR code on the phone boring pass was wrong and the bar code printed boring pass would not scan. Alaska's staff took care of it, but it was a pain."

Pros: "Prompt. Very friendly"

Pros: "I like the option to watch movies on my phone"

Pros: "Fast, everyone was nice"
Cons: "Couldn't get wifi to work but no big deal"

Pros: "Free wine"

Pros: "No delay, nice n comfortable"

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "Nothung"

Cons: "The lady on the kiosk this morning was annoyingly rude."

Cons: "Had a very muggy gross smell in there."

Cons: "We boarded in Portland. The prompter read destination: Los Angeles. This was confusing, especially since we were actually being routed to San Jose instead of SF. So there were three different destinations, and I wasn't sure really what was going on. Due to "weather" (really, it had to have been something else, SF was perfect when we landed), we were routed to San Jose."

Pros: "Ease of boarding; device plugin at my seat."
Cons: "The stupid bags fees! C'mon there is absolutely NO reason to charge $25 per bag. That's just a con job to squeeze more money out of us."

Cons: "Couldn't get pre check on my boarding pass despite multiple attempts"

Cons: "The fact that the shampoo from one bathroom was not available so had to wait to use the other one to just wash your hands or entirely"

Pros: "It's kind of fun to ride in the small planes even though they are less comfortable."
Cons: "I didn't know that carryon suitcases wouldn't fit inside the plane. If this was mentioned somewhere in my ticket paperwork, I missed it. I would have prepared my toiletries better if I had known in advance."

Pros: "More travel miles with AA CC MEMBERSHIP"

Cons: "It got delayed and they didn't tell us until we got here."

Pros: "Delayed 2 hours at the airport and then another hour on the runway."

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

Pros: "Everything was conducted professionally and calmly."
Cons: "The weather was bad, but the airline does not control that. ;)"

Pros: "Everything went so smoothly from check-in to leaving the airport"

Pros: "Nice clean airplanes. Quick and timely flights."

Pros: "After security...everything went smoothly. Your people were very helpful and efficient and friendly."
Cons: "Well...if it was me designing boarding and offloading, I would charge for carry on luggage and checked bags would be free. Carry on slows the entire process. I understand why it is the way it is, but people push the limits in everything."

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: "Delayed"

Cons: "Late boarding, WiFi didn’t work. Small seats. Why do I continue to fly you guys?"

Pros: "Comfortable"
Cons: "I was in 10C a So I was able to hear a disgruntled AA employee. Just like office politics. But up in the air. I didn’t need to hear"

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

Cons: "Delays sucked."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Customer service. Not losing my bag"

Cons: "Leave on time! On this round trip there were 4 segments and 3 of the 4 flights were late!"

Pros: "Highly skilled pilot."

Pros: "Everyone was nice and it went smoothly!"

Pros: "No"

Pros: "Ease of bording"

Cons: "Delay luggage"

Pros: "Everyone was so nice and I appreciated the chance to pre-board with my toddler! Thank you."

Cons: "See above"

Pros: "The staff was very nice and passed around several times offering drinks and food"
Cons: "The food selections is literally three things. I ordered the cheese tray and the grapes were rotten. I mean, it is already pricey and on top of that bad quality"

Cons: "Delays, seats are cramped and uncomfortable"

Cons: "Never made it to Chicago, rerouted through Washington DC."

Cons: "The terminal 52A-J is a disgrace"

Cons: "They forgot to board my laggauge"

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."

Pros: "nothing"
Cons: "no inflight entertainment no outlets"

Pros: "Awesome roomy seat right behind business class. Could not have asked for better! And it was a gorgeous new aircraft."

Pros: "I love your entertainment selection. also the comfort of seat and it's on time."

Pros: "The boarding process was ok."
Cons: "The entertainment system failed again."

Pros: "Timely upgrade. Great service."

Pros: "Sightsee"
Cons: "Delayed"

Pros: "On time, no problems, free food"
Cons: "3 & 3 configuration"

Cons: "No electrical outlets. No monitors"

Cons: "experienced a 1hr mechanical delay. it would be nice if refreshments were served."

Pros: "Comfortable seats."
Cons: "Internet slow to access."

Pros: "blanket made it comfortable"
Cons: "No entertainment options"

Pros: "See above"
Cons: "See above"

Pros: "No entertainment nothing"
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "No Gogo entertainment"

Pros: "Good free entertainment. Thanks."
Cons: "No good free snacks. Only free drinks."

Pros: "I can't comment on food or entertainment and there is no N/A option. I did not purchase food or use the wifi for entertainment. The seat I upgraded to was comfortable and spacious even if it didn't recline (I sat in front of the OWWE)."

Pros: "Entertainment"

Pros: "The entertainment screens and the new seats in business class were very nice"

Pros: "Tebsnacks were awesome!!"

Pros: "It's nice to see a large corporation getting back to the basics which helped their company grow CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!"
Cons: "The airport waiting times through TSA check points. It's over kill and an obvious reason just to extend employment. Reminds me of the old saying " the criminals are running the asylum @"

Cons: "Same as above"

Pros: "Nothing absolute nightmare .. no water .. are you serious"

Pros: "we arrived safely"
Cons: "had to take a shuttle to depart from a remote terminal. Had to climb up a long ramp. Seats were very close to each other (no knee room). No food. not enough overhead space for luggage. Very tight and uncomfortable seating."

Pros: "The seats were comfortable and had good foot space."

Cons: "Sits were not comfortable."

Pros: "tv!"
Cons: "babies crying"

Pros: "on-time"
Cons: "crowded, tight even in better seat, no wifi entertainment"

Cons: "No entertainment at all for this cross country trip."

Pros: "Flight attendant decided this was a water-only flight. No particular reason, just lazy."

Cons: "I could not hear the flight attendant's announcements."

Cons: "Flight was canceled and attendant very unhelpful"

Pros: "My flight was delayed multiple and had to get a taxi to LAX which we even missed that flight because the gate attendants waited so late to make a decision. We are still traveling as we speak and are looking to arrive in Raleigh after 3pm. Which is 8 hours later than our orginal flight."

Cons: "All good"

Pros: "United canceled my flightl"
Cons: "United canceled my flightl"

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."

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

Pros: "Adequate work-around by an alert and helpful United Customer Service rep in LAX."
Cons: "We had to take this flight rather than a direct from LAX to SBA after missing our scheduled flight sitting on the tarmac for an HOUR waiting for our terminal to be vacated by an international flight with "mechanical problems." Four extra hours in transit!"

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "None"

Cons: "Were held up by TSA in San Francisco because we were not given receipt for our dog who traveled with us. (We had a 2 hour layover in SF and took dog outside the security area for relief). Then the ticket counter in SF was understaffed and it took a long time to get the receipt printed (Once at the counter the agent was very helpful, efficient and quick). Should have a pet area inside the security of airports, like Palm Springs does."

Pros: "On time flight"
Cons: "Lack of meal service"

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."

Pros: "Perfect service"
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "Tv was subpar"

Cons: "Lack of snacks"

Pros: "Price was nice at $142"

Pros: "Eugene is so easy"
Cons: "san jose airport parking"

Cons: "NA"

Cons: "You are required to pay to watch the tv. It's free with Delta."

Cons: "Flew on 747 not as comfortable and enjoyable as the dreamliners."

Pros: "My bag 14 lbs over limit. Cost me $125.00 more. United is rip off."

Pros: "N/A"
Cons: "N/A"

Pros: "Easy boarding for elderly slow passengers"
Cons: "Crowded seat space"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Air Canada was completely unhelpful offering no reason and no help rebooking on the spot. I had to buy direct from United for over $500 to get home. Air canada have still not responded to my request for an explanation, and compensation."

Pros: "Quick, no turbulence, friendly attendants"

Cons: "Ticket agents did not communicate with passengers on why there was a delay and weren't willing to help passengers find alternate routes to their destination."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Cramped, lost my bags for three days."

Pros: "Great service!!"

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

Pros: "Other than all my flights were delayed"
Cons: "Flights delayed"

Pros: "Plane was only one-third full, it yook off on time and we got in ahead of schedule. What's not to like?"
Cons: "I was Pre TSA approved one way, but not the other. Why?"

Pros: "On time"
Cons: "Crowded. Tight seats and I'm thinp"

Cons: "Why should I have to pay to watch tv? I know you don't have to pay on Southwest, Virgin America or Jet Blue. Not sure that a very (and I mean VERY SMALL) snack can be considered food"

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"
Cons: "Anything"

Pros: "Great experience...checked luggage even arrived promptly."

Pros: "on time everything was good"
Cons: "the ac was so strong too cold"

Cons: "Had to rebook."

Pros: "Everyone was friendly"
Cons: "Everything was fine"

Pros: "No delays. Was on time/early."
Cons: "No entertainment."

Pros: "I like the service they email u all the time"

Pros: "Staff was great"
Cons: "45 min delay"

Cons: "I bought two tickets two months ago and was not able to sit with my girlfriend on the return trip home. There was no option to select seats upon purchase. We had a great vacation but the end was soured by having to sit apart from each other. This should never happen. If you purchase multiple seats you should automatically be seated with them."

Pros: "No problems"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "No blankets, no meals that were complimentary, poor paid for wifi"

Pros: "It was smooth all the way around. We arrived in San Francisco 25 min early"
Cons: "No complaints."

Pros: "1st class seat and service"
Cons: "They actually boarded us onto the wrong plane, and service within terminal prior to boarding was horrible"

Pros: "None"
Cons: "Plane to be late not a good information online be nervous is horrible people in the count not nice very rude"

Pros: "Getting to my destination"
Cons: "Coming home"

Pros: "Smooth ride no delay"
Cons: "Kinda warm"

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