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Low season:
January
Best time to beat the crowds
13%
expected price decrease
High season:
December
Most popular time to fly
19%
expected price increase
Average price:
$871
(avg. price over the last 72 hours)
Good deal:
$437
or less return trip within
2 months
of travel is a good deal

When to Book Flights from New York to Los Angeles

Average price per month
Flight prices as travel date approaches
-1 day
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Top tips for Finding a Cheap Flight

The cheapest flight from New York to Los Angeles was found, on average, 25 days before departure.
Book at least 2 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
High season is considered to be December. The cheapest month to fly is January.
Morning departure is around 3% cheaper than an evening flight, on average*.
*Average of the lowest prices shown in KAYAK’s search results for departures within the next 30 days

FAQs for Booking New York to Los Angeles Flights

How long does a flight from New York to Los Angeles take?
An average non-stop flight takes 6h 24m, covering a distance of 3956 km.
How many flights are there between New York and Los Angeles?
There are 4,742 (non-stop) flights between New York and Los Angeles per week, averaging 697 per day.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from New York to Los Angeles?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest return tickets were found on Spirit Airlines ($216), Multiple Airlines ($266) and Sun Country Air ($315).
Do I need a passport to fly between New York and Los Angeles?
No.
Which airlines fly most frequently between New York and Los Angeles?
Virgin America (41 times daily), Virgin Australia (39 times daily), Air New Zealand (36 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly from New York to Los Angeles?
For New York to Los Angeles, Wednesday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Monday is the most expensive. Flying from Los Angeles back to New York, the best deals are generally found on Thursday, with Friday being the most expensive.

Book cheap flights from New York to Los Angeles (return)

Airports
Origin
New York
$216
only
$216
$315
only
$315
Newark
$266
only
$266
Destination
Los Angeles
$216
only
$216
Wed, 10 Jan
LGA
LAX
8h 37m
Tue, 16 Jan
LAX
LGA
8h 55m
Trip: 7 days
Overall 5.4 OK
Based on 49705 reviews
Overall
5.6
Boarding
6.0
Comfort
5.2
Crew
6.4
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.6
TPA
DTW
OK 5.0

Boarding was quick

Uncomfortable seats, small trays, prices for carry on luggage.

LAX
FLL
Mediocre 2.6

The boarding went smoothly but we also got to the gate on time. The legroom seem to be bigger than other planes.

It’s my first time I booked Spirit and it might be the last one. I was surprised that we paid $200 more of the fare we paid on Kayak. Some of the crew are friendly but passengers don’t seem to listen to them especially when we were taking off and the seatbelt sign was on. People are standing up to go to the lavatory. One person went twice! One It took an hour to turn off the seatbelt sign. The plane is new but it stinks. No form of entertainment at all. No TV or music which it should’ve been fine but they charged us more than I anticipated to pay.

LAX
ORD
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing

5 min late could not board when the flight wasn't leaving 40 minlater

LAS
BWI
OK 4.0

The company moto is "BARE FARE" and that's exactly what you get but then everything needed afterwards has a fee. From the luggage to the drinks/snacks, you pay. So the impression you have of getting a deal disappears very quickly! Thank God it was my birthday so I was willing to let loose but really not as good of deal! The crew is awesome though, I'll give them that.

The false impression of getting a deal when in fact it's not a deal at all. Be upfront and charge whatever needs to be charged and let the customer make up its mind.

OAK
ORD
Excellent 8.0

The seats are not very comfortable

Tue, 31 Oct
EWR
LAX
11h 34m
Mon, 6 Nov
LAX
EWR
5h 10m
Trip: 7 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, 9 Jan
LGA
LAX
9h 37m
Sat, 13 Jan
LAX
LGA
10h 29m
Trip: 5 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, 7 Nov
JFK
LAX
8h 40m
Tue, 14 Nov
LAX
JFK
7h 28m
Trip: 8 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 6977 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
7.0
Food
7.3
MSP
JFK
OK 5.6

Flight was 2:00 hours late, which felt even longer because my in-bound flight on Thursday was 1:30 hours late. They didn't really explain why it was late. They just said "traffic in the NYC area," which could mean anything. I didn't get a ticket until the gate, which I hate. And because the flight was delayed, I never got a ticket until we boarded. The only good thing was they gave me an exit row, which was comfortable and allowed me to get on the plane first. But that was just luck. Probably not flying Sun Country again.

MSP
JFK
OK 4.8

PLane was 1:30 hour late. They didn't tell us why. Didn't get a ticket until the gate. Got put in the middle aisle in the last row. Seat was very uncomfortable, and I normally never notice that kind of stuff.

LAX
MSP
OK 5.6

In this age of Making America Great Again...people need to learn to mind their own business and just...stop. Never have I been stared down by a flight crew of white folks more in my entire life. It's a little disappointing, as this was a flight back to my home town after years of being away..and Sun Country is based there. You can feel and see the aggressive body language coming at you, so I just ignore till then point It's chrystal clear, then allm of a sudden...the body language becomes self consciousness when they realize...i am here for flight, whatever other agenda you may have has nothing to do with me and won't get my attention. You need more people of color working you flights in and out of the Midwest. There's a certain sensitivity that comes with that. Disappointed, but not surprised.

I wasn't even offered food or a drink when the carts rolled. It was so obviously, the old white lady sittikng next to me shot the stewardess a negative glance and all of a sudden it...would you like something to drink..as an after thought. I politely declined and looked out the window and played on my Kindle the entire flight.

SAN
MSP
Mediocre 2.0

I was traveling with a lap infant and the flight was more than half empty. The middle seat was empty next to me but the gate agents still would not allow me to bring my FAA approved carseat on board because I had not purchased a seat. Carseats make life so much easier for parents traveling with infants. Additionally it is safer for the infant. Finally, its better for fellow passengers because infants in their carseat can be better pacified while flying. Many other airlines allow carseats carried on when their flights aren't full (for free) and this is why I won't be flying Sun Country again.

MSP
LAS
Excellent 10.0

We’re coach feels like your in first class

The staff are the best , the accommodations are superb

Tue, 16 Jan
EWR
LAX
6h 33m
Wed, 24 Jan
LAX
EWR
5h 26m
Trip: 9 days
7.6GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.6 Good
Based on 349 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
EWR
LAX
Good 7.6

Flight left late but we only landed five minutes late so props to the pilot for that. Plane seemed new and comfy.

Not much for free entertainment and on a cross country flight I think that is a misstep.

EWR
LAX
Excellent 10.0

Your staff was very professional and easy going and that made a big difference for me.

EWR
LAX
Excellent 8.6

Friendly crew and good free entertainment

Cramped and small seating

EWR
LAX
Mediocre 3.6

There was no announcement of a delay but our flight ended up being delayed >3.5hrs even though Virgin continued to list it as "on time" on the main board in the boarding area. The same thing happened on our return flight where the flight was delayed ~1hr, but continued to be listed as "on time" or "departed" on all of the airport departures boards. The gate we ended up boarding through (on a flight to Newark) was labeled as for JFK. There were very few announcements and no explanations for these oddities.

EWR
LAX
Mediocre 3.6

I paid $190 to "upgrade" to what was only a bulkhead seat. This was VERY MISLEADING and I would NEVER HAVE PAID THE MONEY had this been properly identified as a normal bulkhead seat. I needed a seat that reclined further than a regular economy seat for a long haul flight because of a back injury and this seat recline less than 2". I could not distract myself with the advertised premium video because the HEADPHONE JACK WAS BROKEN and when I called for a flight attendant she took 15 minutes to respond What would have happened had that been an emergency?

Wed, 29 Nov
LGA
LAX
11h 29m
Wed, 13 Dec
LAX
LGA
8h 35m
Trip: 15 days
Overall 5.4 OK
Based on 49705 reviews
Overall
5.6
Boarding
6.0
Comfort
5.2
Crew
6.4
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.6
BOS
DFW
Good 6.0

$55 for a carry on bag is outrageous, then on top of that its $18 to pick your seat. Never again.

DFW
LAS
Excellent 10.0

Everything

MSP
ATL
Good 7.0

Good humor from the crew during announcements

So cramped even for a short flight. I had a knee injury and when the man in front reclined his seat, it was against my knee the entire time. I couldn’t get the side handle up to let inside passengers out for the restroom. Two crew members saw the struggle and didn’t offer to help.

OAK
LAX
Mediocre 2.0

You should know that kayak doesn’t tell you that spirit has a carry on bag fee. And that fee changes based on if you booked it online at the airport via a kiosk or by an agent. They also make sure not to tell you that if you get through tsa with your carry on they won’t let you on the plane with it. You ok have to a significantly higher price. Of course it’s all a scheme to screw Yiyi. Then if you happen to have a problem with online checkin (like I did), there is no way to solve it. The airline does not have live representatives on their phone lines!! If you do complain about their issues via the online form (bc again you can’t speak to a rep) it will take them a week to answer and they will tell you that they can’t do anything. Horrible airline - will never fly on it again.

TPA
DTW
OK 5.0

Boarding was quick

Uncomfortable seats, small trays, prices for carry on luggage.

Wed, 24 Jan
LGA
LAX
8h 10m
Wed, 31 Jan
LAX
LGA
7h 01m
Trip: 8 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Sat, 28 Oct
LGA
LAX
11h 29m
Tue, 31 Oct
LAX
LGA
9h 35m
Trip: 4 days
Overall 5.4 OK
Based on 49705 reviews
Overall
5.6
Boarding
6.0
Comfort
5.2
Crew
6.4
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.6
OAK
ORD
Excellent 8.0

The seats are not very comfortable

LAX
OAK
Mediocre 2.0

I arrived at my destination.

1. Dirty seats 2. Rude and unhelpful flight attendants 3. Overpriced baggage fees

OAK
LAX
Mediocre 2.0

You should know that kayak doesn’t tell you that spirit has a carry on bag fee. And that fee changes based on if you booked it online at the airport via a kiosk or by an agent. They also make sure not to tell you that if you get through tsa with your carry on they won’t let you on the plane with it. You ok have to a significantly higher price. Of course it’s all a scheme to screw Yiyi. Then if you happen to have a problem with online checkin (like I did), there is no way to solve it. The airline does not have live representatives on their phone lines!! If you do complain about their issues via the online form (bc again you can’t speak to a rep) it will take them a week to answer and they will tell you that they can’t do anything. Horrible airline - will never fly on it again.

MSP
ATL
Good 7.0

Good humor from the crew during announcements

So cramped even for a short flight. I had a knee injury and when the man in front reclined his seat, it was against my knee the entire time. I couldn’t get the side handle up to let inside passengers out for the restroom. Two crew members saw the struggle and didn’t offer to help.

TPA
DTW
OK 5.0

Boarding was quick

Uncomfortable seats, small trays, prices for carry on luggage.

Tue, 16 Jan
LGA
LAX
8h 40m
Fri, 19 Jan
LAX
LGA
7h 28m
Trip: 4 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, 31 Oct
LGA
LAX
11h 15m
Tue, 7 Nov
LAX
LGA
14h 19m
Trip: 8 days
Overall 5.4 OK
Based on 49705 reviews
Overall
5.6
Boarding
6.0
Comfort
5.2
Crew
6.4
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.6
BOS
MYR
Excellent 8.3

Easy boarding

No complimentary water.

LAX
OAK
Mediocre 2.0

I arrived at my destination.

1. Dirty seats 2. Rude and unhelpful flight attendants 3. Overpriced baggage fees

TPA
DTW
OK 5.0

Boarding was quick

Uncomfortable seats, small trays, prices for carry on luggage.

BOS
DFW
Good 6.0

$55 for a carry on bag is outrageous, then on top of that its $18 to pick your seat. Never again.

DFW
LAS
Excellent 10.0

Everything

Tue, 31 Oct
LGA
LAX
8h 02m
Fri, 10 Nov
LAX
LGA
7h 09m
Trip: 11 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, 28 Nov
JFK
LAX
18h 05m
Wed, 6 Dec
LAX
JFK
7h 28m
Trip: 9 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 6977 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
7.0
Food
7.3
MSP
BOS
Good 7.3

As a normal size person I expect to sit in a modicum of comfort but no- giant weightlifter who’s arms laid on mine the entire flight. Ridiculous.

MSP
JFK
OK 4.8

PLane was 1:30 hour late. They didn't tell us why. Didn't get a ticket until the gate. Got put in the middle aisle in the last row. Seat was very uncomfortable, and I normally never notice that kind of stuff.

BOS
MSP
Excellent 10.0

nice amount of leg room; check in was easy due to short line; security check in was very quick and I liked that! Coffee was good Staff friendly and helpful

LAX
MSP
OK 5.6

In this age of Making America Great Again...people need to learn to mind their own business and just...stop. Never have I been stared down by a flight crew of white folks more in my entire life. It's a little disappointing, as this was a flight back to my home town after years of being away..and Sun Country is based there. You can feel and see the aggressive body language coming at you, so I just ignore till then point It's chrystal clear, then allm of a sudden...the body language becomes self consciousness when they realize...i am here for flight, whatever other agenda you may have has nothing to do with me and won't get my attention. You need more people of color working you flights in and out of the Midwest. There's a certain sensitivity that comes with that. Disappointed, but not surprised.

I wasn't even offered food or a drink when the carts rolled. It was so obviously, the old white lady sittikng next to me shot the stewardess a negative glance and all of a sudden it...would you like something to drink..as an after thought. I politely declined and looked out the window and played on my Kindle the entire flight.

MSP
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Great crew. Comfortable. Will definitely book again and recommend to others

Wed, 17 Jan
EWR
LAX
6h 35m
Wed, 24 Jan
LAX
EWR
5h 24m
Trip: 8 days
7.6GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.6 Good
Based on 349 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
EWR
LAX
Mediocre 2.0

3 hour delay for departure. No gate ready when we landed. Overall poor service

EWR
LAX
Mediocre 3.6

There was no announcement of a delay but our flight ended up being delayed >3.5hrs even though Virgin continued to list it as "on time" on the main board in the boarding area. The same thing happened on our return flight where the flight was delayed ~1hr, but continued to be listed as "on time" or "departed" on all of the airport departures boards. The gate we ended up boarding through (on a flight to Newark) was labeled as for JFK. There were very few announcements and no explanations for these oddities.

EWR
LAX
Excellent 10.0

Easy check in, on time departure and arrival, aesthetically pleasing interior and great customer service. Wonderful airlines!

EWR
LAX
OK 4.0

Plane left on time.

Cabin was way too hot One service for a 5+ hr. flight?

EWR
LAX
Excellent 8.6

Friendly crew and good free entertainment

Cramped and small seating

Tue, 31 Oct
LGA
LAX
8h 02m
Tue, 14 Nov
LAX
LGA
8h 45m
Trip: 15 days
Overall 5.4 OK
Based on 49705 reviews
Overall
5.6
Boarding
6.0
Comfort
5.2
Crew
6.4
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.6
TPA
DTW
OK 5.0

Boarding was quick

Uncomfortable seats, small trays, prices for carry on luggage.

BOS
MYR
Excellent 8.3

Easy boarding

No complimentary water.

LAX
ORD
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing

5 min late could not board when the flight wasn't leaving 40 minlater

LAX
FLL
Mediocre 2.6

The boarding went smoothly but we also got to the gate on time. The legroom seem to be bigger than other planes.

It’s my first time I booked Spirit and it might be the last one. I was surprised that we paid $200 more of the fare we paid on Kayak. Some of the crew are friendly but passengers don’t seem to listen to them especially when we were taking off and the seatbelt sign was on. People are standing up to go to the lavatory. One person went twice! One It took an hour to turn off the seatbelt sign. The plane is new but it stinks. No form of entertainment at all. No TV or music which it should’ve been fine but they charged us more than I anticipated to pay.

OAK
ORD
Excellent 8.0

The seats are not very comfortable

Tue, 24 Oct
LGA
LAX
22h 24m
Tue, 7 Nov
LAX
LGA
9h 00m
Trip: 15 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Sat, 20 Jan
EWR
LAX
6h 24m
Wed, 24 Jan
LAX
EWR
5h 24m
Trip: 5 days
7.6GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.6 Good
Based on 349 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
EWR
LAX
Good 7.6

Flight left late but we only landed five minutes late so props to the pilot for that. Plane seemed new and comfy.

Not much for free entertainment and on a cross country flight I think that is a misstep.

EWR
LAX
Excellent 8.6

Friendly crew and good free entertainment

Cramped and small seating

EWR
LAX
Good 6.0

Comfortable pilot kept us informed

Too many delays from start to finish

EWR
LAX
Mediocre 3.6

I paid $190 to "upgrade" to what was only a bulkhead seat. This was VERY MISLEADING and I would NEVER HAVE PAID THE MONEY had this been properly identified as a normal bulkhead seat. I needed a seat that reclined further than a regular economy seat for a long haul flight because of a back injury and this seat recline less than 2". I could not distract myself with the advertised premium video because the HEADPHONE JACK WAS BROKEN and when I called for a flight attendant she took 15 minutes to respond What would have happened had that been an emergency?

EWR
LAX
Mediocre 3.6

There was no announcement of a delay but our flight ended up being delayed >3.5hrs even though Virgin continued to list it as "on time" on the main board in the boarding area. The same thing happened on our return flight where the flight was delayed ~1hr, but continued to be listed as "on time" or "departed" on all of the airport departures boards. The gate we ended up boarding through (on a flight to Newark) was labeled as for JFK. There were very few announcements and no explanations for these oddities.

Mon, 20 Nov
JFK
LAX
12h 15m
Mon, 4 Dec
LAX
JFK
13h 28m
Trip: 15 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 6977 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
7.0
Food
7.3
SAN
MSP
Mediocre 2.0

I was traveling with a lap infant and the flight was more than half empty. The middle seat was empty next to me but the gate agents still would not allow me to bring my FAA approved carseat on board because I had not purchased a seat. Carseats make life so much easier for parents traveling with infants. Additionally it is safer for the infant. Finally, its better for fellow passengers because infants in their carseat can be better pacified while flying. Many other airlines allow carseats carried on when their flights aren't full (for free) and this is why I won't be flying Sun Country again.

JFK
MSP
Mediocre 2.0

I arrived with plenty of time to make my flight and was told I could not board because they closed the gate 45 minutes in advance. I have never heard of this before nor has anyone I've spoken with. No where did it say this was necessary. They did not give me a boarding pass and I was unable to fly. I missed several extremely important business meetings.

MSP
BOS
Good 7.3

As a normal size person I expect to sit in a modicum of comfort but no- giant weightlifter who’s arms laid on mine the entire flight. Ridiculous.

MSP
JFK
OK 5.6

Flight was 2:00 hours late, which felt even longer because my in-bound flight on Thursday was 1:30 hours late. They didn't really explain why it was late. They just said "traffic in the NYC area," which could mean anything. I didn't get a ticket until the gate, which I hate. And because the flight was delayed, I never got a ticket until we boarded. The only good thing was they gave me an exit row, which was comfortable and allowed me to get on the plane first. But that was just luck. Probably not flying Sun Country again.

MSP
LAS
Excellent 10.0

We’re coach feels like your in first class

The staff are the best , the accommodations are superb

Tue, 31 Oct
LGA
LAX
8h 02m
Wed, 15 Nov
LAX
LGA
8h 45m
Trip: 16 days
Overall 5.4 OK
Based on 49705 reviews
Overall
5.6
Boarding
6.0
Comfort
5.2
Crew
6.4
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.6
DFW
LAS
Excellent 10.0

Everything

OAK
ORD
Excellent 8.0

The seats are not very comfortable

BOS
DFW
Good 6.0

$55 for a carry on bag is outrageous, then on top of that its $18 to pick your seat. Never again.

LAX
FLL
Mediocre 2.6

The boarding went smoothly but we also got to the gate on time. The legroom seem to be bigger than other planes.

It’s my first time I booked Spirit and it might be the last one. I was surprised that we paid $200 more of the fare we paid on Kayak. Some of the crew are friendly but passengers don’t seem to listen to them especially when we were taking off and the seatbelt sign was on. People are standing up to go to the lavatory. One person went twice! One It took an hour to turn off the seatbelt sign. The plane is new but it stinks. No form of entertainment at all. No TV or music which it should’ve been fine but they charged us more than I anticipated to pay.

LAX
ORD
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing

5 min late could not board when the flight wasn't leaving 40 minlater

Wed, 24 Jan
EWR
LAX
6h 35m
Wed, 31 Jan
LAX
EWR
5h 24m
Trip: 8 days
7.6GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.6 Good
Based on 349 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
EWR
LAX
Good 7.0

Entertainment is good Landing is spot on

Crew said they will let me know about blanket being available and never came back with even a courtesy reply. Don't like even the basic snacks are paid only The screen to swipe the credit card doesn't let us swipe if it's not pulled out and too tight to pull out. Initial reservation does not prompt to select seats. The online screen to reserve or change seats is very dumb, there is no explanation as to what is available vs what's reserved

EWR
LAX
Excellent 10.0

Your staff was very professional and easy going and that made a big difference for me.

EWR
LAX
Excellent 8.6

Friendly crew and good free entertainment

Cramped and small seating

EWR
LAX
OK 4.0

Plane left on time.

Cabin was way too hot One service for a 5+ hr. flight?

EWR
LAX
Mediocre 2.0

3 hour delay for departure. No gate ready when we landed. Overall poor service

Tue, 31 Oct
LGA
LAX
8h 02m
Thu, 16 Nov
LAX
LGA
7h 19m
Trip: 17 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
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