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Low season

August

High season

December

Cheapest flight

$49

Average price round-trip

$604

Good deal round-trip

$186

Good deal one-way

$99
Best time to beat the crowds with an average 3% drop in price.
Most popular time to fly with an average 11% increase in price.
Flight from San Diego to Santa Barbara
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  • Looking for cheap airfare to Santa Barbara? 25% of our users found tickets to Santa Barbara for the following prices or less: From Portland $206 one-way - $309 round-trip, from Chicago $234 one-way - $336 round-trip, from Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl $309 one-way - $356 round-trip
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  • If you have a question about the city or some of the airport’s amenities, stop by the Visitor Information Desk in the baggage claim of Santa Barbara Airport (SBA). This desk is run by Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce volunteers who will provide you with recommendations for what to see in the area as well as free maps.
  • Santa Barbara Airport is known for being small and easy to navigate, meaning that only several major airlines provide direct flights to this location. If you want to ensure that you do not have a layover and are only looking at direct flights to Santa Barbara, book your reservation with Alaska, American, Frontier, or United Airlines.
  • Having a friend or family member meet you after your flight to Santa Barbara has landed? Tell them that they can wait for you in the free Cell Phone Lot that is located off of James Fowler Road near the WWII Memorial. Once you have picked up your luggage they can come pick you up from the Arrivals terminal.
  • To rent a car from Santa Barbara Airport, go to the rental car center next to the baggage claim in the Arrivals terminal. You will find desks for 7 major companies including Budget, Hertz, and National. Thrifty also has an off-site office that is just a 3-minute drive from the airport’s main terminal.
  • For travelers that are art enthusiasts, don’t forget to enjoy the various exhibits that are located in the entrances and exits of the main building of Santa Barbara Airport. You will find several different statues, paintings, and photographs, all of which were done by local artists.

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Top 3 airlines flying to Santa Barbara

Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
8.3
Alaska AirlinesOverall score based on 30360 reviews
8.5Boarding
8.2Comfort
8.8Crew
7.8Entertainment
7.8Food
Airline reviews
Pros: "Early morning flight. Crew was attentive according to the need but not intrusive. Consistently delivers a very high standard in air travel. Personnel are friendly and professional, aircraft are clean, and they are on time."
Cons: "Alaska Airlines is tough to beat."
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Pros: "Early morning flight. Crew was attentive according to the need but not intrusive. Consistently delivers a very high standard in air travel. Personnel are friendly and professional, aircraft are clean, and they are on time."
Cons: "Alaska Airlines is tough to beat."
Cons: "Flight was 2 hours delayed when other airlines were not experiencing delays"
Pros: "Flight was safe"
Cons: "I was not given a seat until about 10 minutes before boarding despite having arrived hours early; the flight was delayed, I was not able to charge my phone despite there being a USB outlet on the seat back (it didn’t work somehow), and no snacks except a cookie"
Pros: "Crew noticeably friendly and interactive."
Cons: "Nothing"
Pros: "Comfortable easy flight! The attendants were all very friendly and helpful"
Cons: "Seats and the seating arrangements were poor. Seats were assigned at different places even if you are part of the same family/ticket. The aircraft do not have 3-4-3 seat arrangements. So it would be difficult for families with 2 kids."
Pros: "Crew was friendly, seat was super comfortable and food was great."
Pros: "It was a quick flight"
Cons: "A bigger complimentary snack should be provided"
Pros: "Yes to both, will repeat trip...."
Cons: "Wider isle....I have broad shoulders and I got frequently bumped by other passengers and crew. Maybe sit in middle seat..."
Pros: "Great legroom"
Cons: "A crew member apparently thought I wasn’t throwing my trash away quickly enough, so he very roughly reached through my legs to get it. It was super inappropriate and made me feel really uncomfortable. He should be reprimanded. Makes me feel unsafe flying on Alaska."
Cons: "The crew didn’t seem like they wanted to be there. The entire crew was standoffish. It seem like asking the anything was a huge ordeal they didn’t have time for but they’d do it bugredginly."
Cons: "The flight to San Diego was late. The flight back to SFO was also late. Never flying Alaska Airlines again"
Cons: "We got in later than estimated."
Pros: "They were nice and calm workers."
Cons: "I asked to check my bag while at the gate, and I was told yes just give me one second. They proceeded to call groups to enter the plane. I wasn’t helped. They forgot about me, then I went up 10 minutes before departure to board, and they told me I was late. It was a mess with overbooking too."
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "The flight was delayed so long, I missed my wedding day and had to rent a car and drive Shane was horrible"
Cons: "We ended up missing our flight. No information was given regarding the terminal and gate for our flight. Even when checking in online, we had no direction where to go. In San Diego, Alaska is terminal one. We walked in and asked the lady at the Alaska desk if we had everything correct and she quickly pushed us along. After going through security we were unable to find our flight info. We asked multiple workers who did not know. We asked a rep for another flight who told us we needed to go to the other terminal. We ran to the other terminal, went through security again and looked for our flight. This terminal had zero Alaska identification and no one could tell us where our flight was. After combing though the entire second terminal looking on the flight deck for any Alaska planes, we saw none. Ready to give up, we finally found the gate which was not one of the standard gates. We run over with 7 minutes left and are told the door is closed and there's nothing they can do. We rehash the entire story and the ladies at the desk rather than express empathy for our situation, question the validity of our story to which I asked the lady to please come with us to show us how we are wrong. She later informed us that Alaska was moving terminals and was only partially moved (hence the lack of signage). They booked us a flight 4 hours later. Luckily, we found our own flight on another airline and we were completely satisfied with United and their ability to fit us onboard with seconds to spare. I will add that Alaska's twitter service team was far more helpful than anyone in the actual airport."
Pros: "They did find for us another flight at no extra fee. An agent stayed with us on the line to the bitter end, it took some 3 hours on the phone to sort it out."
Cons: "Original flight was rescheduled twice, then canceled. We had to change our transportation plans twice."
Pros: "Efficientand smooth."
Pros: "The coffee was good and the crew was attentive and helpful."
Cons: "The transfer was very rushed. I know it’s hard to control those things, but 45 minutes turned out to NOT be enough time between flights, especially because the first flight was taxiying for 20 minutes once we landed, which was an unanticipated delay."
Pros: "Staff was nice and quick boarding."
Cons: "Was not assigned seats until check in at the gate and was seated at the very back unable to recline the seats."
Pros: "All the teem all the services"
Cons: "none"
Pros: "The nicest flight attendants in a long time. In-flight entertainment options good."
Cons: "I prefer Delta’s snack options and overall generosity within the limits of today’s stripped down hospitality."
Pros: "Punctuality"
Cons: "None"
Cons: "Only negative was we were Early and our gate wasn’t ready and we sat on the runway for over 20 minutes"
Pros: "Ummm...I bought a ticket on Alaskan and it ended up being a Virgin aircraft."
Cons: "There wasn’t a power outlet at my seat."
Pros: "Right on time. My wife and I are Seniors and don't fly that much and we found all Alaskan employees friendly, courteous and anxious to help and answer any questions. Good group!"
Pros: "Flights were on time--thank you!"
Cons: "I wish the gate wouldn't change from boarding pass to actual boarding--especially if the change is far apart (a C gate to an N gate). I landed in N, went to C because that's what my pass said, had to run back to N because it changed. Drink service seems very slow--either a new system is slow or did you used to start more carts? It's frustrating when you're thirsty and the cart is right in front of you but still takes 15 min to get to you."
Pros: "Flying with Alaska Airlines was great. The flight was on time and the staff were super professional and courteous. One of the passengers was sick and the flight attendants handle the situation very well. I definitely recommend flying with Alaska Airlines."
Cons: "The boarding are the worst attitude mean grumpy staff I have ever seen will not recommend to any one"
Pros: "Staff/Crew were all very friendly. Plane was clean and air temperature was comfortable."
Cons: "Seats were terribly uncomfortable! NO cushion = a very sore bottom, especially on an almost 6 hour flight. VERY disappointed in the entertainment. This airline expects everyone to have a device to play their downloadable entertainment or else pay to rent a device. This is horrible for such a long flight, when you happen to be one of those people who do not have a device for this. I will not fly Alaska Airlines again."
Pros: "Smooth flight. Arrived 20 mins earlier which I really appreciate!"
Cons: "The Gogo inflight app. It doesn’t work at all. Picked a show to watch but it didn’t have captions and it wouldn’t let me go back to library and choose another show. I was stuck with that one and had to delete the app."
Pros: "Flight was fine and on time."
Cons: "They make such a big deal out of the cheese tray—I think they’d be better stocked. They ran out by the middle of the plane. The flight attendant let me know I should reserve one next time. Now I know."
Pros: "Cabin crew was very helpful"
Cons: "The plane sat in the taxiway a half hour since Alaska only has one gate at MCI and it wasn’t free."
Pros: "Friendly staff, quick to get on the plane after a long wait in the security line. TSA is very inefficient in SAN."
Cons: "The cabin crew didn’t let us know we got free drinks on the premium seating area. Hey should invite us proactively to order our drinks. The menu does not contain info on what is included on the premium seating purchased. The seats are too narrow."
Cons: "unprofessional workers who gossip about other workers and customers, dirty plane, no free food, and no aloha spirit."
Pros: "I paid the extra $50 for premium seats. The extra leg room was nice, that's about it. I literally heard conversations throughout the cabin, which is no on at Alaska airlines fault, however, with premium seating we were to be given free snacks and drinks (which obviously we had paid for) but my entire row was not asked or acknowledged the entire 5 hour flight. When I stopped the attendant and let her know upon landing she said they had come through the cabin 3 times and made me feel crazy for asking. I asked my neighbors and they received the Sam treatment. The attendants literally walked right past our row without asking anyone if we were hungry or thirsty. Rude!"
Cons: "I paid the extra $50 for premium seats. The extra leg room was nice, that's about it. I literally heard conversations throughout the cabin, which is no on at Alaska airlines fault, however, with premium seating we were to be given free snacks and drinks (which obviously we had paid for) but my entire row was not asked or acknowledged the entire 5 hour flight. When I stopped the attendant and let her know upon landing she said they had come through the cabin 3 times and made me feel crazy for asking. I asked my neighbors and they received the Sam treatment. The attendants literally walked right past our row without asking anyone if we were hungry or thirsty. Rude!"
Pros: "I enjoy flying on Alaska Airlines and this flight confirmed why I fly Alaska. Check in was a breeze, flight attendants were attentive, food was delicious. Easy trip across the country."
Pros: "Nonstop flight that was relatively inexpensive!"
Pros: "Fast and courteous service in getting me a hotel, rather than staying at the airport. The desk staff must have stayed late and the Sacramento check in staff were sympathetic to my situation."
Cons: "Did not like that I was not on this flight due to 3 hour delay of connecting flight, resulting in an overnight stay in Sacramento."
Pros: "The crew was great and kept down the noise level. This is the first time I have been able to sleep on an over-night flight. We also arrived early and our luggage was ready within the 20 mins. they say."
Cons: "When we got to the gate 3 hours early, we ordered a wheel chair for my wine to board the plane as soon as the first gate personnel arrived. At boarding time the clueless person who brought the wheel chair for us gave it to a 20 something man with a foot in a cast and crutches while my 71 year old wife had to wait until another wheelchair could be brought. The irony is that two wheelchairs were there until just. Edited boarding time and both were taken away."
Cons: "Couldn't find any way to input my TSA Pre-Check number so ended up standing in the long line... For that reason alone, I won't buy through Kayak again"
Cons: "The ice falling from the AC was so annoying. It kept falling on my skin and it was jarring and uncomfortable. I won't be using Alaska airlines again until you get that resolved."
Pros: "Both flights were on time. The planes were clean and comfortable. Staff were helpful and polite"
Cons: "No issues at all"
Pros: "The flight attendance were very pleasant and made my family feel welcomed and safe"
Cons: "The comfort level of the seats"
Pros: "It was a ver full but good flight. We had to wait 6-8 min when we arrived at midnight to clear the gate so we could park, but it was a good flight"
Pros: "Friendly. Uneventful. Roomy."
Cons: "Nothing."
Pros: "Staff was good"
Cons: "Nothing"
Pros: "Board the rear of the plane first. Why does no other Airline realize that is the logical thing to do?"
Cons: "No movies/entertainment unless you want to pay for a tablet. No Wifi for Android users."
Pros: "Food was good. Seats comfortable, friendly crew."
Cons: "Boarding process was slower than it needed to be. The excessively loud and unnecessarily long multi-stage advertising by the flight attendants of the Alaska Air credit card, and then follow up for the Alaska Air frequent flyer program was obnoxious. People were covering their ears and many people put in headsets in attempts to block the noise. It was disruptive and upsetting to anyone trying to concentrate - took about 5 times longer than need be."

Good flight. Landing a bit rough.

Pros: "Yes made sure mask was in place"
Cons: "No"
Pros: "Most people were so relaxed and pretty easy going about the whole thing"
Pros: "Staff was great. Very nice."
Cons: "We were 2 hours late. Missed our rental car. Sat on the tarmac for a very long time with no information."
Pros: "Flight was short"
Cons: "Could have not delayed the flight 3 times."
Pros: "N/a"
Cons: "Flight and crew scheduled on time, better service and compensation for wasted time."
Pros: "Quiet , comfortable cabin and crew was quick to board everyone"
Cons: "We did not board until 2 hours after original schedule"
Pros: "Nothing extraordinary, just solid positive experience from checking in on my phone thtough disembarking"
Cons: "I like the convenience of the built-in multifunctional screens (like on Alaska flights) that AA are lacking"
Pros: "We didn’t crash and die. That’s the only positive."
Cons: "Before we boarded I listened to a couple described how they always went ahead in line at boarding because no one ever stopped them. They described how they waited until group 3 was called and then went right through. While we were waiting, we watched them do it again. If you need to cram people into tiny spaces to be profitable, then you cannot allow them to make it worse by putting back their seats. I spent 90 minutes with a seat back jammed into my chest. We were ignored when handing out snacks, probably because we were invisible behind the seats pushed in our faces. It was one of the most miserable flights I’ve experienced."
Pros: "Crew was absolutely precious."
Cons: "Delayed because a passenger was let on that shouldn’t have been. The plane was kind of beat up and gross. The gate changed after boarding started. This is the second flight in two weeks that had the wrong gate posted."
Cons: "You were out of earphones"
Pros: "We were allowed to board early with my father, who is disabled."
Cons: "Denver airport was a nightmare with my disabled father. We were given a “wheelchair” but no escort through a nightmarish security scene. Airport is terribly designed, lacking clear signage and navigation. TSA was a disaster and no one seemed remotely concerned about my father’s comfort or needs."
Cons: "I never made it... I had a trip interruption and got stuck in Chicago and would of had to wait another full 24hrs to take the flight to Denver. tired and nauseated after being all day at the airport that at midnight, i knew that I couldn't hold off till the next evening, took the next flight back."
Pros: "Flight attendants were very good."
Cons: "Pilots need to do a better job of communicating delays. Especially the ones piloting this particular flight."
Cons: "Checked baggage untimely, causing me to miss the train"
Cons: "We are delayed 7.5 hours dues to mechanical issues with our plane and told we would have to wait or book another flight the following day. American Airlines sucks!!!!"
Cons: "Less boarding groups"
Pros: "Good, cheap flight that gets the job done. No issues boarding, seats were fine. Cannot comment on most things as I fell asleep almost immediately."
Cons: "Would've been nice to have had an eye mask / blankets on a red eye flight..."
Pros: "Not much"
Cons: "Seats that worked"
Cons: "I have changed flights. Been delayed 5 times now. And still haven’t left the USA."
Pros: "Overall a very good flight"
Pros: "The crew was very friendly and accomodating."
Pros: "There was nothing to like about the way this sudden last minute cancellation was handled."
Cons: "I expected at least an offer of some kind of compensation for the inconvenience. it didn’t and hasn’t happened thus far."
Cons: "The crew was a little late"
Pros: "Crew was nice."
Cons: "Plane was very old (from the 90s?), cabin kept freezing all night. Now my husband's luggage has been lost and we are getting conflicting information on how to retrieve it."
Pros: "The crew on both legs were attentive, especially in helping people with connections deplane in Dallas. Boarding was easy. Checking one suitcase for free was good."
Cons: "the first leg of the flight was delayed. The information about when it would leave kept changing at the gate. I would have appreciated some extra food due to the delay... I was unable to get food in Dallas, which my scheduled layover time would have allowed."
Pros: "Good movie selection, there’s new titles available to see and it’s perfect for flight time from Denver to Dallas"
Pros: "Crew was nice and friendly. Pilots flew great. We arrived a few mins early as well."
Cons: "On the way to Denver from Miami we were on a nice new AA plane with TV entertainment, movies, power, and comfortable seats. On the way from Denver to Miami we were on an old plane with no entertainment and old uncomfortable seats. If this is going to be the case, charge me less up front as well. My daughter had a terrible time for a 4 hour flight."
Pros: "fairly comfortable, crew was helpful"
Cons: "Having to use my phone for entertainment, with no place to plug it in"
Pros: "Had the fortune to sit with a passenger that had a service dog"
Cons: "Takeoff was delayed Two hours and 17 minutes with NO explanation."
Cons: "The airline charged me $50 for my carry on even though they told me I could hate check it earlier. Apparently they changed their mind and I am $50 poorer. This is after being a loyal American card member for over 10 years. BS."
Pros: "Comfortable seats, good legroom."
Cons: "Not enough coffee for breakfast."
Pros: "Boarding moved along well, even though there wasn’t special boarding for families with young children. The plane was really comfortable (new 2x2) and the staff was really friendly."
Pros: "Food and entertainment were great"
Pros: "Loved entertainment system need bring wireless headset however they will handout some later in flight."
Cons: "Seats were leather didn't let back air out."
Pros: "The crew was awesome."
Cons: "You guys lost our luggage!"
Pros: "The America flights were all ON TIME."
Cons: "The seats on this particular flight were not as good for my back and they no longer offer pillows to put behind my back."
Pros: "All good, except poor prep on food"
Cons: "As above"
Pros: "Good connection"
Pros: "I like that American offers free movies thru their app but there was a glitch and I couldn't get it to work!"
Cons: "Couldn't get the entertainment app to work"
Cons: "The flight was delayed 9 hours for mechanical issues and they were not able to do anything. Since booking with Kayak neither Alaska airlines or American Airlines would help in getting us an earlier flight and both airlines said they couldn't help after repeated calls. Won't be booking any American Airlines flights throug Kayak again."
Pros: "Quick and easy boarding"
Cons: "Uncomfortable seats"
Pros: "Flight landed 40 minutes early"
Cons: "Due to early landing, no gate available. We literally rode all over the tarmac making room for other planes to maneuver around...and then did not get to a gate until 15 minutes past ORIGINAL arrival time. Also, I booked a premium seat, but there was no more leg room than any other seat. No meal/snack for purchase was even offered."
Pros: "Boarding and baggage."
Cons: "This was a long non-stop flight from Miami to Denver. Over 4 hours. So I took the plunge and bought first class. I always fly first class on any flight over 2 hours. However, I was disappointed. The food was so-so and insufficient. The drinks were also not enough. The video displays were small and poorly located for the movie. The seats seemed uncomfortable. All and all I have come to expect a better experience from American Airlines in First Class. The ticket was expensive."
Pros: "Getting through security was a lot better than I thought. Also, I had plenty of room and the overall ride was smooth."
Cons: "I just wish that there was a little more room and easier ways to earn miles and entry into the lounge."
Pros: "The Denver airport is beautiful"
Cons: "I will never fly AA again - see below"
Cons: "I had a severe back injury in Denver and they were unable to move my flight up a day to get home and see a doctor. A good friend had to buy me a new flight with his airline miles so that I could get home to relive my pain. I'll never fly American again because of this complete lack of compassion and care for their customer."
Pros: "On time. Good crew and nicer flight."
Cons: "Actually no complaints."
Pros: "Friendly service"
Cons: "Snacks"

Flew United Airlines. Was planning to get some work done on the flight. Had to use the flashlight on my smartphone because the overhead light for my seat would only stay on for a couple seconds before turning off. Just another example of United not maintaining their planes like they used to.

Pros: "First class service was excellent, food was good and entertainment was also good."
Cons: "We were delayed about 5 hours but overall flight was good."
Cons: "I took three flights from San Diego to San Francisco, San Francisco to Chicago, Chicago to Montreal. San Diego departure was almost an hour late. The Chicago departure was half an hour late because the pilot wasn’t checked in yet. It is very frustrating when I run through Chicago airport from B to E"
Cons: "Worst flight experience of my entire life."
Pros: "Lot of leg room!"
Cons: "WiFi for Entertainment system was spotty, freezing very often. Unfortunately this issue has become more common in United flights lately."
Pros: "Fast and easy"
Cons: "Entertainment and bigger seating"
Pros: "Flight was on time and crew was friendly"
Cons: "Seat was quite uncomfortable and I would love more soda choices."
Pros: "Boarding was smooth and took an average amount of time. We arrived exactly on time. Staff were all friendly and helpful. Plane was clean.. overall very pleasant !"
Pros: "Check-in process was smooth"
Pros: "Rapid boarding and comfortable seat. The flight attendant was great!"
Cons: "Snack selection wasn't impressive, as was the onboard entertainment unit - small screen and no flight info/map. Also no lounge access in San Diego since our ticket was through Air Canada."
Cons: "the person helping me couldn't understand her and she was aggressive and charged me too much and wouldn't make adjustments about it."
Pros: "Preassigned seating . . . that's about it."
Cons: "Well, we were greeted at the gate by an attendant who told us we'd probably miss our connecting flight and that we could go home and try again tomorrow or chance it. Then he charged $200 for my board bag (talking a surfboard to Costa Rica) and finally we arrived with 4 others just as our flight was scheduled to pull off and they couldn't be bothered to hold the plane for us as we sprinted across the airport."
Pros: "Most of my flights this time had more legroom than I’ve been seeing lately. Very pleasant flight and nice not to be so cramped. The flight also left from the same terminal in Denver as my previous flight. With a 1 hour connection that was wonderful. Keep that up, United! The crew also came by regularly with offers of water. Much appreciated."
Cons: "Naturally no food except pretzels."
Pros: "But the amenities were terrible. I couldn’t figure out how to operate the in-seat video feature plus there was no food. Leg room was too cramped also."
Cons: "See above. Amenities were terrible as was leg and seat room."
Pros: "Flight was on time, clean, comfy."
Cons: "Media wasn't working on the seat screens."
Cons: "My flight was canceled because of the hurricane in Houston which was completely understandable. Trying to rebook a flight was one of the worst experiences I've had on the phone. Over 2 hours on hold only for United to tell me to call back inside 24 hours of my requested departure (which was about 12 hours outside of the time I called). Bad customer service all around, both Kayak and United."
Pros: "I was able to board on time. Service in-flight was ok."
Cons: "I wasn't able to check-in at the self-serve kiosk. Customer service took a long time and helped two people that got in the inexistent line after me first. During the flight my seat was broken, wouldn't recline. I don't like I can't turn off the screen if I want to, rather I have to put up with that undesired content someone else manages."
Pros: "Easy on ! Organized"
Cons: "Crew was rude and seemed to be in a constant rush big lack of customer service"
Pros: "The staff were very freindly"
Cons: "They had a setup if you wanted to watch a movie you had to log onto your computer or other device, but you had to down load the United airlines app, but my IPad would not connect to download."
Pros: "Comfy seats and they offered a beverage"
Cons: "Our plane smelled horrible: like a bus full of HS boys after playing basketball in Satan's sauna for 2 1/2 hrs. No entertainment options but it was less than an hour flight so didn't really care. Our flight attendant said nothing about our carry on being bigger than the compartments of our tiny plane so we walked to the back with our bag just to bring it bag and them check it"
Cons: "Made me take off sweater out of my bag cause my bag was 0.5 lbs over weight."
Pros: "San Diego airport had a curfew of 11:30. The flight was delayed 30 minutes and the crew did a great job of boarding with a purpose to expedite the process and have us ready to take off by curfew."
Cons: "The flight was 30 minutes late in a city with a curfew so we ran the chance of not being able to take off that night."
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Rudeness of flight attendant Departure time changes Gate changes"
Cons: "United and SAS are really separate and hard to manage reservation. Seats changed from what I purchased and it was uncomfortable. I don't think I will do a mixed airline flight again even though they quote them as a Star Aliance. Also, flying through Chicago ORD is not great. The international terminal is completely separate so you have to take a train, pour out water, enter security (and they don't have a TSA Pre). All around uggh."
Pros: "they gave me a row with all three seats open so I could sleep on the way home on a red eye. Absolutely excellent crew."
Pros: "Fast and efficient and two seat figuration is better than three."
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "They gave away my seat to a standby before the the time they said. I rebooked with southwest"
Pros: "Staff worked hard to get us bussed to Santa Barbara"
Cons: "We weren't informed early enough that the flight was cancelled, and everyone was a bit confused"
Pros: "Missed connection in SF to Medford due to other planes at our gate not allowing us to de-board on time to make my connection to Medford ...!!"
Pros: "The United Club Lounge is the best."
Pros: "Bad day, splurged after other flt cancelled and separated from family, attentive staff, nice ride"
Cons: "Clunky electronic access"
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "They did not let my daughter board to safely get home to my mother because she was to tall for a two year old and even after they were provided a birth certificate they still gave her seat up and wouldn't put her on a plane home until I bought another ticket. I am military I only flew with united because we have a contract with them"
Pros: "I lost my wallet on the plane to San dieago. A very nice honest family turned it over to the crew. The baggage claim customer service agent ran back to the plane to retrieve it for me. It had everything I needed, my ID cash for my trip. I'm thankful for the honest people still in this world! Many thanks to the family and crew and uninteds customer service!!! A+++++"
Pros: "The crews were very friendly!"
Cons: "On the return flight from SAN to DEN I was assigned seat 38A. Nobody should be crammed into a spot that small!"
Pros: "We were making an emergency trip to S.F. and everything thing was on time."
Cons: "Though we travel on United and have a United card the price of getting a last minute flight on a plane that was almost half empty was absurd. We will rent a car to return home."
Pros: "The pilot continued to interrupt our flight home. Watching movies, 4-5 hours his overrides of loud, loud announcement were useless. Trying to take a nap, dark, early evening. We at 29,000 feet, we're ahead of schedule, we are going to arrive 30 minutes early. Then we arrive early sit on the tarmac, because guess what was at our gate; ANOTHER AIRPLANE! All his rushing and interruption were a waste. The ground team had him wait 200 feet away from the gate for another period of time. We arrived three to five minutes early, at 7:30 PM. Very unpleasant flight."
Pros: "the crew , the services ."
Cons: "They don't respect their seats . And they let seat a strong smoker on my side and his seat was begin me . 3 costumers don't seat on their own seat all mix it aaaggghhhh"
Pros: "Crew were nice and flight was on time."
Cons: "I didn't know i needed an app before i will be able to enjoy entertainment on board, so i had to pay for internet to be able to download the app to be able to watch movie. PA system wasn't gud."
Pros: "Crew was great"
Cons: "Plane was really noisy and made a weird noise during takeoff and landing. Sad thing was I had to board the saw plane from San Francisco to St. Louis as well!"
Cons: "Flight was changed on me last minute so I had to call United and see if I could negotiate a better flight time. Layover in LA went 3-4 hours longer than expected so I ended up getting in a lot later than expected, meaning I had less time to spend with my wife. I missed my flight on my way back - I think when everyone was boarding, I somehow misinterpreted the digital sign that said "Ontario" to mean that they were boarding for Ontario. I had to sleep in the airport that night because I missed the flight - most uncomfortable experience ever! I paid for United's lounge but they weren't open 24/7. Then they almost didn't let me in the next morning to the lounge because technically it was only for that 1 night, even though I had been at the airport all the same. Lesson learned - maybe I should just drive to SD rather than fly."
Pros: "Nice and easy"
Cons: "N a"
Pros: "The crew was very attentive and the pilot kept us informed at all times. For example, we got to Dayton early and we sat on the Tarmac for about five minutes as there was another plane there. That was no problem. But, after plane left we sat there until it was time for us to arrive before ground crew came out. Then, we waited 20 minutes for our baggage. That was not your fault. That was the fault of the airport as it has happened to me before. The pilot was very apologetic and kept us informed. I appreciated that very much."
Cons: "I was so excited because there were TV's on each seat, but I could not use because the place where I had to plug in for sound was broken. That was a disappointment."
Pros: "Shortened flight was unexpected & appreciated. Not sure if I lost some weight or united finally lengthened safety belts but I didn't need extension this trip."
Cons: "Feel like I got conned & ripped off over set upgrade at the checkin kyiosk. Offered an economy upgrade for $79 which actually was $94. I selected seat by window that had no other passengers listed in the seating aisle but somehow in the short period of time I upgrade & walked to gate a middle eastern family with 4 kids, none over 4yrs of age happen to book the seats in my aisle. It was not comfortable & definitely not an upgrade worthy of the xtra $ having kids kicking my chair, yelling, & crying majority of the trip. Had an extreme migraine when finally landed in Houston."
Pros: "Once in the air the flight was great."
Cons: "1/2 hr before boarding should have occurred we were notified of a delay- 1/2 hr. I knew I was going to miss my connection and asked, and told if I did they would put me on the next one out an hr later, but could not nor would not address it until necessary. When we arrived, they informed me of the gate to go to... which we ran to... and when we got to there were told the plane left 15 minutes ago."
Pros: "I had a window seat, which was fine."
Cons: "I checked in for both my flights before departing on my red eye. When I landed in Newark I found out I had been bumped from my connection to Portland because United had oversold my flight. The next confirmed flight they could put me on to Portland was the next morning, 24 hours later! I ended up flying to Boston and taking a bus up to Portland, arriving seven hours after I was supposed to, exhausted. United customer service was indifferent and unhelpful. I will never fly United again, no matter the cost difference."
Cons: "The video and sound on the planes needs some updating or some technical work."
Cons: "Waited too long to land"
Pros: "The smooth landing & the kind flight attendants."
Cons: "Nothing"
Cons: "The flight was cancelled"
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