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Low season:
April
Best time to beat the crowds
11%
expected price decrease
High season:
December
Most popular time to fly
11%
expected price increase
Average price:
$611
(avg. price over the last 72 hours)
Good deal:
$441
or less return trip within
2 months
of travel is a good deal

When to Book Flights from New York to San Francisco

Average price per month
Flight prices as travel date approaches
-1 day
-2 days

Top tips for Finding a Cheap Flight

The cheapest flight from New York to San Francisco was found, on average, 24 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 April.
Morning departure is around 7% 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 San Francisco Flights

How long does a flight from New York to San Francisco take?
An average non-stop flight takes 6h 22m, covering a distance of 4133 km.
How many flights are there between New York and San Francisco?
There are 1,966 (non-stop) flights between New York and San Francisco per week, averaging 297 per day.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from New York to San Francisco?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest return tickets were found on Multiple Airlines ($300), Sun Country Air ($304) and Virgin America ($321).
Do I need a passport to fly between New York and San Francisco?
No.
Which airlines fly most frequently between New York and San Francisco?
United (34 times daily), Air New Zealand (28 times daily), SAS (17 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly from New York to San Francisco?
For New York to San Francisco, Tuesday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Wednesday is the most expensive. Flying from San Francisco back to New York, the best deals are generally found on Wednesday, with Thursday being the most expensive.

Book cheap flights from New York to San Francisco (return)

Airports
Origin
New York
$300
only
$300
$304
only
$304
Destination
San Francisco
$300
only
$300
Tue, 31 Oct
LGA
SFO
11h 42m
Wed, 1 Nov
SFO
LGA
7h 56m
Trip: 2 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Mon, 4 Dec
JFK
SFO
13h 00m
Fri, 8 Dec
SFO
JFK
7h 23m
Trip: 5 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 6752 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.6
Entertainment
7.0
Food
7.3
MCO
MSP
Excellent 8.0

Crew friendly, helpful, efficient. Seats more spacious and leg room compared to newer planes.

Age of plane evident in take off and landing in terms of rattling noise and screeching of landing gear coming up and going down.

JFK
MSP
Excellent 10.0

Boarding was easy / I didn't bring a carry on so I wouldn't be charged but i had a big personal item and was a bit worried but no one gave me any trouble. Attendants were very nice when I wanted more than 1 cup of coffee. Boarding let you sit right there before you got on the flight / seats were right next to the gate. Also booked totally last minute and had a window on first leg, and an aisle on second.

MSP
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Making the connection was super easy since was very close to arriving gate. On time and had an aisle seat even tho booked last minute and couldn't pick myself

See above

JFK
MSP
Mediocre 3.3

The staff did their best to reschedule everyone and dealt with a very angry group with professionalism

Spending 10 hours in the airport waiting for a rescheduled flight is never fun, especially when I could've spent more time with my mom instead of rushing to a flight that clearly wasn't going to happen.

SFO
MSP
Good 7.6

Los of room between seats, much more than many airlines! So much less crowded than MSP-1.

Could not check in without choosing a seat assignment. Only ones open for my wife and I were extra charges, unless we didn't suit together.

Tue, 10 Oct
JFK
SFO
6h 30m
Tue, 24 Oct
SFO
JFK
5h 26m
Trip: 15 days
7.3GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.3 Good
Based on 445 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
JFK
SFO
Excellent 8.0

Timely departure; clean cabin, good entertainment system with free movies. One of my preferred airlines for domestic flights.

Nothing

JFK
SFO
OK 4.3

The entertainment system is still one of the best I've come across.

Extremely rude flight crew - barely made eye contact as food and beverages were passed to me. I paid for Main Cabin Select where food and beverage are included, but they apparently didn't pack enough food because almost every option was sold out within the first hour of food service. Will think very hard before flying Virgin again.

JFK
SFO
Good 6.8

I liked the entertainment experience

I did not like waiting on the runway for an additional hour. If the pilot isn't there, the passengers should not be made to wait on the plane, they should wait in the boarding area where it is more comfortable.

JFK
SFO
OK 4.3

Delayed for many hours. No updates. Lots of confusion at JFK. Little to no communication from Virgin America.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 9.6

Love Virgin America

Wed, 11 Oct
JFK
SFO
6h 40m
Wed, 18 Oct
SFO
JFK
5h 35m
Trip: 8 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 53 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.7
JFK
SFO
Excellent 8.0

Under seat outlets for the win.

I was all good for an hour into my cross country flight when another passenger randomly took an empty seat in my row. I almost had the traveler's dream: an entire row to stretch out across!

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

The entertainment on this airline rocks! A great variety of free movies, Dish TV channels, and free wifi! The 5 hour flight went by too quickly! Also, the check-in crews were super friendly and helpful with gate checking our bags.

JFK
SFO
OK 5.0

One crew member was nice, the rest were unfriendly and not hospitable. Our flight was delayed over 2.5 hours.

Our flight was delayed over 2.5 hours and the majority of the flight attendants weren't very warm. I would think that the airline would off some sort of compensation for inconvenience, like a free meal or snack. Perhaps a voucher for a discounted flight.

JFK
SFO
OK 4.0

The single terminal that seemed only for JetBlue. The staff were friendly.

My flight was delayed an hour and a half. The seats were uncomfortable to sleep in. Bucket seats are the norm on planes but they are so bad for the back. Even a seat that was straight up & down would be better than a back rest that has the exact opposite curves on it to totally not match the spine.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

The soothing Blue lighting in the cabin, the always friendly staff, the smooth flight and the quiet seat mates! also you can use your Wi-Fi to watch your Amazon prime TV and movies for free on the flight

Wed, 27 Sep
LGA
SFO
25h 11m
Wed, 18 Oct
SFO
LGA
7h 54m
Trip: 22 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Mon, 20 Nov
JFK
SFO
8h 25m
Tue, 12 Dec
SFO
JFK
7h 23m
Trip: 23 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 6752 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.6
Entertainment
7.0
Food
7.3
LAX
MSP
Mediocre 2.0

Did not get any service attention between LA and Minneapolis.

LAX
MSP
OK 4.6

This flight was inexpensive and the layover was very easy. Didn't have to pay to carry on luggage like other cheap options.

No entertainment except movies to rent through flight attendant. Seats were uncomfortable. Airline is in the worst terminals with terrible food options.

JFK
MSP
Excellent 10.0

Boarding was easy / I didn't bring a carry on so I wouldn't be charged but i had a big personal item and was a bit worried but no one gave me any trouble. Attendants were very nice when I wanted more than 1 cup of coffee. Boarding let you sit right there before you got on the flight / seats were right next to the gate. Also booked totally last minute and had a window on first leg, and an aisle on second.

SFO
MSP
Good 6.3

Staff, easy boarding.

Uncomfortable seats

MCO
MSP
Excellent 8.0

Crew friendly, helpful, efficient. Seats more spacious and leg room compared to newer planes.

Age of plane evident in take off and landing in terms of rattling noise and screeching of landing gear coming up and going down.

Sat, 14 Oct
JFK
SFO
6h 24m
Sat, 21 Oct
SFO
JFK
5h 39m
Trip: 8 days
7.3GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.3 Good
Based on 445 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
JFK
SFO
Excellent 9.6

Love Virgin America

JFK
SFO
OK 4.3

Delayed for many hours. No updates. Lots of confusion at JFK. Little to no communication from Virgin America.

JFK
SFO
Good 6.3

Good entertainment

Flight took over an hour to take off. Aggressive overuse of the PA system.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 8.8

Free movies, thank you. And it seemed a little roomier in coach than some planes.

On a cross country flight of 5 hours, they came around with beverages once and there were no free snacks. Not a bag of pretzels. One small cup of drink was all there was, though I did pick up a bottle of water near the lavatory.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 8.0

Timely departure; clean cabin, good entertainment system with free movies. One of my preferred airlines for domestic flights.

Nothing

Tue, 17 Oct
JFK
SFO
6h 22m
Tue, 24 Oct
SFO
JFK
5h 35m
Trip: 8 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 53 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.7
JFK
SFO
OK 4.0

The single terminal that seemed only for JetBlue. The staff were friendly.

My flight was delayed an hour and a half. The seats were uncomfortable to sleep in. Bucket seats are the norm on planes but they are so bad for the back. Even a seat that was straight up & down would be better than a back rest that has the exact opposite curves on it to totally not match the spine.

JFK
SFO
OK 5.0

One crew member was nice, the rest were unfriendly and not hospitable. Our flight was delayed over 2.5 hours.

Our flight was delayed over 2.5 hours and the majority of the flight attendants weren't very warm. I would think that the airline would off some sort of compensation for inconvenience, like a free meal or snack. Perhaps a voucher for a discounted flight.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

The soothing Blue lighting in the cabin, the always friendly staff, the smooth flight and the quiet seat mates! also you can use your Wi-Fi to watch your Amazon prime TV and movies for free on the flight

JFK
SFO
Good 7.0

new planes are nice with extra room.

crew was lacking a bit with kindness and smiles. I used to think Jet blue was the best with customer service but they seem to have let that go somewhat.

JFK
SFO
Good 7.0

Tv didn't work

Tue, 10 Oct
JFK
SFO
8h 10m
Tue, 17 Oct
SFO
JFK
5h 26m
Trip: 8 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Sat, 14 Oct
JFK
SFO
6h 24m
Sat, 21 Oct
SFO
JFK
5h 39m
Trip: 8 days
7.3GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.3 Good
Based on 445 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
JFK
SFO
Excellent 8.6

Great crew and on time arrival

Ran out of most food before even getting through half the plane. It's not like this is a short flight.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Cabin appearance and cabin crew courtsey

Toilet on ground must be cleaned well by the cleaners

JFK
SFO
OK 4.3

The entertainment system is still one of the best I've come across.

Extremely rude flight crew - barely made eye contact as food and beverages were passed to me. I paid for Main Cabin Select where food and beverage are included, but they apparently didn't pack enough food because almost every option was sold out within the first hour of food service. Will think very hard before flying Virgin again.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 8.8

Free movies, thank you. And it seemed a little roomier in coach than some planes.

On a cross country flight of 5 hours, they came around with beverages once and there were no free snacks. Not a bag of pretzels. One small cup of drink was all there was, though I did pick up a bottle of water near the lavatory.

JFK
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Cheap flights

Lost my bag, no where to be found, lacked communication about the situation, they say they are going to call me about it and never do. No Tvs for a 3.5 hour flight. You can use a iPad but you have to download the app. Which you need to pay for wifi to do if you haven't done it prior to taking off...

Tue, 24 Oct
JFK
SFO
6h 31m
Wed, 25 Oct
SFO
JFK
5h 46m
Trip: 2 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 53 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.7
JFK
SFO
Good 7.0

new planes are nice with extra room.

crew was lacking a bit with kindness and smiles. I used to think Jet blue was the best with customer service but they seem to have let that go somewhat.

JFK
SFO
Good 7.0

Tv didn't work

JFK
SFO
OK 5.0

One crew member was nice, the rest were unfriendly and not hospitable. Our flight was delayed over 2.5 hours.

Our flight was delayed over 2.5 hours and the majority of the flight attendants weren't very warm. I would think that the airline would off some sort of compensation for inconvenience, like a free meal or snack. Perhaps a voucher for a discounted flight.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Service, spaceous, fly-fi actually works!

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

The entertainment on this airline rocks! A great variety of free movies, Dish TV channels, and free wifi! The 5 hour flight went by too quickly! Also, the check-in crews were super friendly and helpful with gate checking our bags.

Mon, 20 Nov
JFK
SFO
8h 10m
Thu, 30 Nov
SFO
JFK
7h 23m
Trip: 11 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 6752 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.6
Entertainment
7.0
Food
7.3
LAX
MSP
OK 4.6

This flight was inexpensive and the layover was very easy. Didn't have to pay to carry on luggage like other cheap options.

No entertainment except movies to rent through flight attendant. Seats were uncomfortable. Airline is in the worst terminals with terrible food options.

MSP
SFO
Excellent 9.2

Sun Country Airlines 1. Nice and helpful crew

Sun Country Airlines 1. Crammed like sardines

SFO
MSP
Good 6.3

Staff, easy boarding.

Uncomfortable seats

MCO
MSP
Excellent 8.0

Crew friendly, helpful, efficient. Seats more spacious and leg room compared to newer planes.

Age of plane evident in take off and landing in terms of rattling noise and screeching of landing gear coming up and going down.

JFK
MSP
Mediocre 3.3

The staff did their best to reschedule everyone and dealt with a very angry group with professionalism

Spending 10 hours in the airport waiting for a rescheduled flight is never fun, especially when I could've spent more time with my mom instead of rushing to a flight that clearly wasn't going to happen.

Wed, 18 Oct
LGA
SFO
9h 31m
Tue, 31 Oct
SFO
LGA
7h 56m
Trip: 14 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, 18 Oct
JFK
SFO
6h 30m
Wed, 25 Oct
SFO
JFK
5h 26m
Trip: 8 days
7.3GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.3 Good
Based on 445 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
JFK
SFO
Excellent 9.6

Love Virgin America

JFK
SFO
Mediocre 3.6

Flight was delayed 3+ hours. No compensation. The chairs were super uncomfortable and did not recline.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 8.6

Great crew and on time arrival

Ran out of most food before even getting through half the plane. It's not like this is a short flight.

JFK
SFO
OK 4.3

Delayed for many hours. No updates. Lots of confusion at JFK. Little to no communication from Virgin America.

JFK
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Cheap flights

Lost my bag, no where to be found, lacked communication about the situation, they say they are going to call me about it and never do. No Tvs for a 3.5 hour flight. You can use a iPad but you have to download the app. Which you need to pay for wifi to do if you haven't done it prior to taking off...

Tue, 3 Oct
JFK
SFO
8h 05m
Fri, 27 Oct
SFO
JFK
7h 30m
Trip: 25 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 6752 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.6
Entertainment
7.0
Food
7.3
MCO
MSP
Excellent 8.0

Crew friendly, helpful, efficient. Seats more spacious and leg room compared to newer planes.

Age of plane evident in take off and landing in terms of rattling noise and screeching of landing gear coming up and going down.

PHX
MSP
Excellent 8.0

Overall, flight was on time, crew was pleasant

Extremely warm before we took off

SFO
MSP
Good 7.6

Los of room between seats, much more than many airlines! So much less crowded than MSP-1.

Could not check in without choosing a seat assignment. Only ones open for my wife and I were extra charges, unless we didn't suit together.

LAX
MSP
OK 4.6

This flight was inexpensive and the layover was very easy. Didn't have to pay to carry on luggage like other cheap options.

No entertainment except movies to rent through flight attendant. Seats were uncomfortable. Airline is in the worst terminals with terrible food options.

MSP
SFO
Excellent 9.2

Sun Country Airlines 1. Nice and helpful crew

Sun Country Airlines 1. Crammed like sardines

Tue, 31 Oct
LGA
SFO
10h 18m
Sun, 5 Nov
SFO
LGA
8h 43m
Trip: 6 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Sat, 21 Oct
JFK
SFO
6h 24m
Wed, 25 Oct
SFO
JFK
5h 26m
Trip: 5 days
7.3GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.3 Good
Based on 445 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
JFK
SFO
Good 6.8

I liked the entertainment experience

I did not like waiting on the runway for an additional hour. If the pilot isn't there, the passengers should not be made to wait on the plane, they should wait in the boarding area where it is more comfortable.

JFK
SFO
OK 4.3

Delayed for many hours. No updates. Lots of confusion at JFK. Little to no communication from Virgin America.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 8.0

Timely departure; clean cabin, good entertainment system with free movies. One of my preferred airlines for domestic flights.

Nothing

JFK
SFO
Excellent 9.6

Love Virgin America

JFK
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Cheap flights

Lost my bag, no where to be found, lacked communication about the situation, they say they are going to call me about it and never do. No Tvs for a 3.5 hour flight. You can use a iPad but you have to download the app. Which you need to pay for wifi to do if you haven't done it prior to taking off...

Wed, 4 Oct
JFK
SFO
8h 10m
Fri, 27 Oct
SFO
JFK
7h 30m
Trip: 24 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 6752 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.6
Entertainment
7.0
Food
7.3
MSP
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Making the connection was super easy since was very close to arriving gate. On time and had an aisle seat even tho booked last minute and couldn't pick myself

See above

JFK
MSP
Excellent 10.0

Boarding was easy / I didn't bring a carry on so I wouldn't be charged but i had a big personal item and was a bit worried but no one gave me any trouble. Attendants were very nice when I wanted more than 1 cup of coffee. Boarding let you sit right there before you got on the flight / seats were right next to the gate. Also booked totally last minute and had a window on first leg, and an aisle on second.

MSP
SFO
Excellent 9.2

Sun Country Airlines 1. Nice and helpful crew

Sun Country Airlines 1. Crammed like sardines

MSP
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Didn't happen

Didn't happen

JFK
MSP
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing it was a horrible experience, Sun Country would not take any of the passengers calls and we were not told why the flight was our five hours late. The flight crew at JFK was pleasant but they seem to be very nervous and withholding information about why the flight was late and they never actually explained to the passengers why the flight was late.

They did not offer us any explanation nor did they give us any credits there was a very minor apology from the pilot somewhat blaming the crew at JFK which is not fair. I've never experienced service like this from Suncountry airline before and I will definitely think twice before booking a flight with them again .

Tue, 31 Oct
LGA
SFO
11h 42m
Tue, 14 Nov
SFO
LGA
7h 50m
Trip: 15 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, 10 Oct
JFK
SFO
8h 08m
Wed, 18 Oct
SFO
JFK
5h 26m
Trip: 9 days
7.3GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.3 Good
Based on 445 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
JFK
SFO
OK 4.3

The entertainment system is still one of the best I've come across.

Extremely rude flight crew - barely made eye contact as food and beverages were passed to me. I paid for Main Cabin Select where food and beverage are included, but they apparently didn't pack enough food because almost every option was sold out within the first hour of food service. Will think very hard before flying Virgin again.

JFK
SFO
Good 6.3

Good entertainment

Flight took over an hour to take off. Aggressive overuse of the PA system.

JFK
SFO
Mediocre 3.6

Flight was delayed 3+ hours. No compensation. The chairs were super uncomfortable and did not recline.

JFK
SFO
Good 6.8

I liked the entertainment experience

I did not like waiting on the runway for an additional hour. If the pilot isn't there, the passengers should not be made to wait on the plane, they should wait in the boarding area where it is more comfortable.

JFK
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Cheap flights

Lost my bag, no where to be found, lacked communication about the situation, they say they are going to call me about it and never do. No Tvs for a 3.5 hour flight. You can use a iPad but you have to download the app. Which you need to pay for wifi to do if you haven't done it prior to taking off...

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