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High season

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Average price (return flight)

$195(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal (return flight)

$188or less

Good deal one-way

$265or less

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  • High season is considered to be August, September and October. The cheapest month to fly is April.

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Top 4 airlines serving Los Angeles to San Diego

Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews

8.3
Alaska Airlines
Overall score based on 29,357 reviews
8.5
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.8
Crew
7.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
Airline reviews

Pros: "The crew and seat was fine"

Cons: "Wi fi wasn’t working I didn’t understand the media and it didn’t work No screen"

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "Nothing"

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

Cons: "2:30 min delay"

Cons: "Pilots were 50 mins late"

Pros: "Blue, dim lights"

Pros: "Everything"

Cons: "Turbulence, delayed takeoff due to weather, had to circle back on landing because other planes hadn’t cleared runway"

Pros: "It was so nice to fly direct again!"

Cons: "In checking in the staff was no helpful"

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

Pros: "How smooth and orderly the whole trip went"
Cons: "N/A"

Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Fast boarding process"

Cons: "When we landed we sat on the tarmac for over 30 minutes when they said 10 minutes."

Pros: "Individual tv, seat comfort"

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: "I missed the connection for a delay in Qantas for Melbourne."

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: "Everything was comfortable"
Cons: "Carry on storage was limited but the staff was accommodating"

Cons: "No food, just snacks."

Pros: "Flying home"
Cons: "Drunk passengers"

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."

Cons: "We weren't able to sit together."

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

Pros: "Very professional atmosphere"

Pros: "availability"
Cons: "cost"

Pros: "everything"

Cons: "no music. no wi-fi. nothing to enhance the experience. check out jet blue."

Pros: "Alaska has always treated us well. I would recommend them anytime."

Pros: "Roomy seat, expensive change fee"
Cons: "Bad smell on plane"

Pros: "Flying home"
Cons: "Boarded late and sat on the plane for awhile. Also should be embarrassed that all they can spare fir a snack is a miniature bag of pretzels"

Cons: "You need to get TV's/internet for cross country flights"

Pros: "The upgrade to 1st class was nice."

Pros: "The stuffs were very entertaining and the plane roomy."

Pros: "Power connection"
Cons: "seat was not comfortable. Back and legs ached."

Cons: "US Customs was very rude."

Pros: "Comfortable seating"

Pros: "They were attentive as usual."

Pros: "No worries. Pleasant staff."
Cons: "No complaints"

Pros: "Over all Alaskan airlines does a great job."
Cons: "The boarding process was very sloppy. The boarding person made very little to no announcements regarding boarding procedures. He then made everyone who had lined up in general boarding line exit the line and then finally turned on the sign that said preferred boarding. Then the same thing happened again. He could have saved all of us and including himself lots of frustration if he had just made an announcement regarding the boarding process with directions when he was about to start boarding. Everyone was left without clear directions. Big let down to start my experience with Alaskan airlines."

Cons: "The plane was small and uncomfortable"

Pros: "Fast"
Cons: "Na"

Cons: "really good enjoyed the whole experience"

Pros: "Is away more space in the seat than other airlines"
Cons: "The snacks away to poor , can be better"

Cons: "No hubo comida suficiente"

Cons: "Bathroom floors could be better."

Cons: "Terrible delays"

Pros: "An uneventful and relaxing flight. The flight attendants were great. They actually smiled."

Pros: "Crews are very friendly"

Cons: "Good"

Pros: "Delta One product is among the best in domestic US."
Cons: "Let passengers know that Delta One has a special check in area."

Cons: "Offered meals for purchase."

Pros: "Very comfortable, no complaints."

Cons: "The only problem with the food was it was all canceled because of rough weather."

Cons: "I’m would be much better if I can sit by my husband."

Pros: "The TV"

Cons: "Food was blah, not hot and watery"

Cons: "Flight was delayed over an hour. Missed my Easter dinner plans... :("

Cons: "No delays. And have the terminal bridge in working order"

Pros: "Crew was nice, despite multiple hoardings and time delays."
Cons: "Plane was originally set to leave at 11:30 am, but was delayed until 3:00 pm for equipment. We boarded the plane at 3:00, the door was closed, and 30 minutes of waiting at the gate, where told to deplane, and the flight would leave at 5:06. There was another flight to San Diego, also delayed for hou"

Cons: "The boarding process at LAX was awful. I’m sure the horrible shuttle wait and transfer from terminal to terminal is the airport’s fault, but the airline did not do anywhere near enough to inform passengers of what was in store. It was confusing and annoying."

Pros: "The website delivered everything I needed."
Cons: "More discounts for frequent users."

Pros: "best meal ive had in so long service was great the captain anniuncements were clear and detailed"

Cons: "seats were broken, armrest broken"

Pros: "We boarded close to on time, no hassles. Allowed my husband and me (retired military) to board early, thank you."
Cons: "LAX security is awful. We never left the airport (arrived LAX from Sydney AU) yet were forced thru security again. Had to remove shoes, was scanned and "frisked" by TSA to get to Denver. To go to Australia, Denver TSA waived the removal of shoes, skipped the scan for the metal detector and no one touched me, ditto for LAX on the trip to Sydney. Where's the uniformity or standards for TSA?? Why did I have to be subjected to this garbage on the way home?? This is why I despise flying. It makes no sense to me. This ruined what was a great vacation."

Pros: "I did not like nothing"
Cons: "Custom took for ever they only had 2 agents working and I Missed my fight to nyc"

Pros: "Had to cross terminals and the pathway was closed due to an international flight landing (poor planning on LAX part) so had to exit and reenter terminal through TSA. Flight delayed an hour then cancelled due to control panel failure. 10pm flight became 12am bus (and originally told it was 11.15pm bus which was "stuck in traffic" when google map traffic was all green). Got back to SD 4 hours after scheduled time."

Pros: "Not much . The boarding process took forever and the lines through TSA took longer .. no direction to lines and I was standing for 10 min before saying something to someone and they said o there’s another line."
Cons: "Almost everything besides the staff on the plane"

Pros: "The movies were spectacular"
Cons: "Food was a bit plain"

Pros: "loved the airbus and in flight movies good stufg"

Pros: "Fast and comfortable"
Cons: "No tv but understanding"

Pros: "Free movies helped the time fly by. Stewardess, or whatever the PC word us now, Britt was awesome"

Pros: "Was able to comfortably sleep the whole trip back."
Cons: "Nothing, just filling this in to continue........."

Pros: "I liked the selection of movies."
Cons: "The arrival estimate was off."

Pros: "Great experience"

Pros: "Liked seating in Delta Comfort w own space for carry on and earlier boarding. Staff was attentive snd friendly and offered many snacks. Good choices for tv. Should option of getting head phones as I had the wrong one. Comfortable"
Cons: "Should have one free luggage for Delta Comfort. More variety of food to purchash"

Cons: "nothing"

Pros: "I appreciated the kindness of the staff at each of our stops. From beginning to end they were polite, helpful, and kind!"

Pros: "It was a smooth ride and overall very enjoyable flight as the entertainment was very enjoyable and a lot to choose from"
Cons: "It was a smooth ride and overall very enjoyable flight as the entertainment was very enjoyable and a lot to choose from"

Cons: "I was starving because of my short connection time and couldn't have lunch - wanted to eat something solid and they just had boxes with fruits and cheese."

Pros: "I always have a great experience on Delta! Thank you"

Pros: "Didn't know you could get complimentary meals anymore! The movie selection was awesome too!"
Cons: "Why is the complimentary Wi-Fi and messaging only for T-Mobile subscribers?"

Pros: "The staff communicated what was going on"
Cons: "Our plane had mechanical problems and never left. I thought they would bring another plane in for us, but they never did. After 8 hours of waiting, we decided to cancel our trip and go home."

Pros: "Airtravel is not exactly something to 'LIKE' but it was good."
Cons: "Attendant was a bit forgetful, didn't get my or my daughters drinks straight. She took forever to take the order too and was using a phone or something to type the order in and STILL got it wrong!"

Cons: "I had to take different flights due to the delays."

Cons: "See above airport connection disaster...."

Pros: "What they offer is OK."

Pros: "Pilot was hot."
Cons: "4 hour maintenance delay. Arrived at 2 am, after boarding a different plane."

Pros: "Blankets"

Cons: "Flight from LAX to SAN was good once we got across the airport from Westjet terminal to the Delta terminal. LAX is never simple! Comfort on aircraft today is never comfortable unless you pay the extreme pricing of premium seating."

Cons: "Reasonable price"

Pros: "great"

Pros: "Service"
Cons: "Small plane don't do well with turbulence"

Pros: "FOR A BUSY AIRPORT IT WAS A FRIENDLY SERVICE DAY"
Cons: "NOTHING IT WAS GOOD AND THANK YOU"

Cons: "WiFi was not working"

Cons: "The time of the flight was super late. I wish we could have left earlier. All other aspects were fine."

Pros: "Seat space"
Cons: "Better full wifi"

Pros: "Love United’s service. Nothing to complain about."

Pros: "Having our own device"
Cons: "I kind of miss watching movies on the seat in front of me option instead of just having our own mobile device.. wish the outlet were more reachable and easy to get to."

Cons: "There are hard to reach outlets and no ports to charge a device without a box. Also, no monitors."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "The boarding process was chaotic and the plane attempted to land once, got about 100 feet from the ground and had to pull up. So we basically landed twice."

Cons: "On time departures"

Pros: "."
Cons: "."

Pros: "Ease of finding gate"
Cons: "There were several cases of couple who purchased tickets together were separated on the plane & no one knew why they were arranged that way. No solution offered at counter."

Pros: "Free WiFi with movies"

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

Pros: "The help"
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "Early boarding in sfo, I had to forget my food."

Cons: "My baggage was lost."

Cons: "Couldn’t get the WiFi to work"

Cons: "I had to check my bag at the desk which I had not anticipated. When I checked in at the kiosk I was told I could only take a personal item - no carry-in size bag - because of my ticket classification. Very disappointed to have to spend $30 I did not plan on."

Cons: "No bags to go to overhead bin"

Pros: "One if the bathrooms was closed and a second one had no running water."

Cons: "no vegetarian óption for breakfast"

Cons: "Lost my baggage at united, better not cooperate with them"

Pros: "Staff was ind and friendly. Generous"
Cons: "Wish there was better food. It was okay."

Pros: "Short flight"
Cons: "Late departure due to late arrival of the plane from previous destination. Pushed our arrival time after midnight. Rental car agency was closed and had to rent from a different one at a very steep premium. No apologies and no assistance."

Pros: "Fast flight"
Cons: "N/A"

Pros: "Ok"

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

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

Cons: "Lack of space and organization"

Pros: "the warm baked goods when we landed"
Cons: "not so much leg space"

Cons: "Flight was delayed twice"

Pros: "The check in staff which was the same boarding staff was below average there was 3 agents who very poor, poor in attitude, poor in problem solving, wished at that moment I had booked on another airline."

Cons: "I thought it was ANA but it was United."

Cons: "The gate was so far away. And the AC wasn't working in their terminal"

Cons: "Staff was rude and not helpful at all. Delayed over 3 hours waiting on crew coming in on another plane. Short staffed."

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: "Sucks"

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

Pros: "Nice short trip with no complications."
Cons: "Everything was fine; I just generally don't like flying."

Cons: "Easy for check-in and on time"

Pros: "Land crew quickly attended to my need since I missed my connecting flt due to departure and US Customs delays."
Cons: "You will have to walk briskly from one end of LAX to the other end to be able to catch the connecting flt. Delay caused by air traffic in Beijing made me miss my connecting flight from LAX to SAN. Next available flt would be 7hrs wait so I just took off and had someone to pick me up from LAX."

Pros: "Nothing!!"
Cons: "Everything. Delays were inexcusable, staff ridiculously unfriendly and just bad attitudes all round. Very unpleasant experience, won't be using this airline ever again."

Pros: "Food"
Cons: "Did not have enough good snacks"

Pros: "Boarding"
Cons: "Food"

Cons: "My 3rd old was very hungry and I reached out to cabin staff for any kind of food for purchase, they turned me down saying I need to wait for another hour till the dinner time. Did not provide any help there."

Cons: "the airplane is really old! Don't have any amenities."

Pros: "Absolutely no leg room poor much less than major airlines"

Cons: "No room in the seating, nor in the overhead."

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

Cons: "Round my credit card"

Pros: "The spirit employees were very helpful when I checked in"

Cons: "Only book two people per side"

Cons: "That’s everyone should keep their mask on"

Pros: "Seat not comfortable"
Cons: "Seat"

Pros: "Pretty mediocre"
Cons: "Lost baggage messed up my camping trip"

Pros: "Thank you for perfect landing at DFW"

Pros: "Safely landed"

Pros: "I slept the whole ride back lol"

Cons: "20 min Delayed departure"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "That they charged me an extra $100"

Pros: "Stewardess gave me a military discount. Very much appreciated"

Cons: "I did not. Like anything."

Cons: "50$ baggage fee"

Pros: "The air fare is excellent."
Cons: "I was not able to check in from home for some reason. Which has happened multiple times before."

Pros: "Waste our whole day not worth it Lots of late and not a qualified staff."
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "I wasn't flying to hawaii"

Pros: "It was cheap"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "The whole experience was absolutely wonderful. I will fly spirit as often as I can for the destinations I fly to. Great service, and very importantly to me, very good to active duty military and veterans. Big thumbs up!"

Pros: "Cheap Practical Friendly staff"

Cons: "Pretty much every aspect of my Spirit Air experience."

Pros: "I am puzzled about how can I get the receipt of the tickets. would you please tell me by email? My email is 390168576@qq.com. Thank you very much!"

Pros: "Went for the better seating. Glad I did. It was a pleasant surprise"

Pros: "The aircrew was friendly"
Cons: "expensive snacks"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything"

Cons: "I NEVER EVER FLY WITH THEM , AND I WILL TELL EVERY ONE NOT TO FLY."

Cons: "SO MANY FEES NOT SPECIFIED UP FRONT!"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything"

Pros: "Price"
Cons: "They lost my luggage"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything. I'm surprised they didn't charge you to go pee."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything"

Pros: "the service was wonderful, the l8nes wwnt by quickly"

Pros: "Ticket prices, Crews very Open friendly altitude."

Pros: "Price"
Cons: "Extra cost for luggage and bigger backpacks"

Pros: "Nothing specific"
Cons: "High surge charges, seat was very uncomfortable, they did not provide anything to eat"

Pros: "Everything."
Cons: "Nothing."

Cons: "Seat is not big enough for a normal human. Didn't recline and virtually no padding."

Cons: "fees fees fees"

Pros: "Everyone was nice and professional"
Cons: "paying for seat and luggage separately from plane tickets"

Pros: "efficient"
Cons: "nothing"

Pros: "The ticket price was wonderful."
Cons: "Paying for luggage, seat, etc. - everything is an up charge."

Pros: "Excellent service."

Pros: "The price"
Cons: "the delay, the miscommunication, and no sense of urgency"

Pros: "staff was nice"
Cons: "There was a very long delay due to maintenance issues and there wasn't a lot of updates. Final boarding there was no information on the screen we all just stood around hoping that we were boarding"

Pros: "Decent experience. There was no entertainment, and I didn't get any food. I didn't like having to pay 45 dollars to bring my backpack with me, (both ways = $90)"

Cons: "No military pre-boarding, charge for luggage."

Cons: "Both flights were delayed and no notifications were sent."

Pros: "Good service Flawless landing in wind"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "spirit tries to be the hip, cool new thing but fails miserably. There Ala cart services are played off as a benefit but feel more like a scam when your not expecting it. Who would ever want to sit in a seat that doesn't recline on a redeye? Stupid."

Cons: "We were stuck in Atlanta. They could not open the cabin door for over a 1/2 hour. Then they could not scan the new passengers in at Alanta. We waited about a hour to clear that up. We did not leave the plane. My concern is what if there had been an emergency? My husband has dementia. I kept him calm. What if someone else on the plane had an emergency. There is cause then for a law suit."

Cons: "Scam my pricing"

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