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Low season:
February
Best time to beat the crowds
14%
expected price decrease
High season:
November
Most popular time to fly
12%
expected price increase
Average price:
$835
(avg. price over the last 72 hours)
Good deal:
$457
or less return trip within
2 months
of travel is a good deal

When to Book Flights from San Francisco to New York

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 San Francisco to New York 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 November. The cheapest month to fly is February.
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 San Francisco to New York Flights

How long does a flight from San Francisco to New York take?
An average non-stop flight takes 5h 20m, covering a distance of 4133 km.
How many flights are there between San Francisco and New York?
There are 3,254 (non-stop) flights between San Francisco and New York per week, averaging 462 per day.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from San Francisco to New York?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest return tickets were found on Multiple Airlines ($305), Sun Country Air ($319) and Virgin America ($327).
Do I need a passport to fly between San Francisco and New York?
No.
Which airlines fly most frequently between San Francisco and New York?
United (43 times daily), Air New Zealand (41 times daily), Virgin America (39 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly from San Francisco to New York?
For San Francisco to New York, Tuesday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Saturday is the most expensive. Flying from New York back to San Francisco, the best deals are generally found on Saturday, with Thursday being the most expensive.

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

Airports
Origin
San Francisco
$305
only
$305
Destination
New York
$305
only
$305
$319
only
$319
Tue, 9 Jan
SFO
LGA
7h 55m
Tue, 23 Jan
LGA
SFO
7h 59m
Trip: 15 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, 15 Nov
SFO
JFK
7h 23m
Mon, 20 Nov
JFK
SFO
11h 45m
Trip: 6 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
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
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Clean plane, nice employees, smooth flight, pretty much on time

Nothing

MSP
LAX
Excellent 9.3

The gal next to us was an employee of sun country and she was extremely nice! Also the front desk people were accommodating

MSP
SFO
Excellent 10.0

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

Wed, 10 Jan
SFO
JFK
5h 43m
Wed, 17 Jan
JFK
SFO
6h 35m
Trip: 8 days
7.6GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.6 Good
Based on 453 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
SFO
JFK
OK 4.3

Smooth flight

Crummy WiFi for 40 bucks and no headsets avail so if you have Bluetooth or new iPhone mini USB you can’t use their entertainment.

SFO
JFK
Good 7.6

Seats are still uncomfortable but at least this one reclined. Entertainment is good. The booze didn't run out this time because I ordered it together. Crew was as usual, amazing.

seat cushion is still uncomfortable. No video flt safety announcement, which I really enjoy.

SFO
JFK
Excellent 8.0

Good food and very good ride :-)

SFO
JFK
Excellent 10.0

The safety video was HILAROUS, the legroom actually allowed me to use my laptop, and the isles seemed extra wide. Good service from flight crew.

SFO
JFK
OK 4.3

You walk onto the plane and there is interesting lighting. That coupled with their current marketing/branding makes you think it's going to be a great flight...wrong

The seats are leather, but they haven't been conditioned so they are starting to look old. Then you realize there isn't a charging port in the seat (normal for all other airlines)...then you realize there are only a few decent (semi) movies for free to watch...unless you want to pay more. Then you realize how thirsty you are (because on a 6 hour flight there is only one drink service). Then you realize you're kind of hungry, so you look to see if they are dropping any snacks. A big no there too! Unless again, you want to pay. So I would compare this flight more to Spirit airlines where you know they will charge you extra for everything.

Sat, 13 Jan
SFO
JFK
5h 29m
Sat, 20 Jan
JFK
SFO
6h 50m
Trip: 8 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 69 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.7
SFO
JFK
Excellent 10.0

My headphones were not working properly because of the jack and they moved me to another seat right away.

SFO
JFK
OK 5.6

3.5 hour delay because the plane was very late arriving from JFK>SFO due to "weather" which we did not encounter nor could I find mention of at the FAA website or other weather sites. A large group of teens were crowding the boarding gate which delayed us even further and were disruptive so it was difficult to hear cues for boarding. I arrived 4 hours later than scheduled, missing an appointment. At the request of the gate agent, I volunteered for free gate-checked luggage due to a very full flight. My bag was never checked and was delivered 14 hours after I had arrived home. 12:30 AM. Crew of the plane was excellent, and the flight itself was thankfully uneventful.

SFO
JFK
OK 4.6

Legroom

Schedule delay by more than 2 hours

SFO
JFK
Mediocre 2.0

Tv was broken couldn't watch football on a Sunday is criminal

SFO
JFK
Good 6.8

Crew was polite. Nice variety of movies.

Apple juice cans are way too small for a good drink. I sat near a very smelly dog that was left unattended to wander down the aisle when its owner left it in his seat.

Sat, 17 Feb
SFO
JFK
5h 20m
Sat, 24 Feb
JFK
SFO
6h 25m
Trip: 8 days
8.2ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.2 Excellent
Based on 44 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
SFO
JFK
Good 7.2

The service was fine. I slept the entire flight.

I was not impress with the breakfast since I do not eat yogurt. It is a good thing i am not a breafast eater normally because I would have been hungry.

SFO
JFK
Good 7.3

Comfort and boarding

Delay and food

SFO
JFK
Excellent 9.0

Painless

Price of food

SFO
JFK
Good 6.6

the meal was OK and they served ice cream midway between SFO and JFK.

Late departure. Long delay getting to the get because of congestion at Terminal 4.

SFO
JFK
Excellent 10.0

Whoa, we flew Coach and had plenty of space! How marvelous to not be packed in; crew and passengers were wonderfully relaxed, and all went well despite turbulence on takeoff and landing. Great daytime flight experience with my toddler grandchild!

Fri, 1 Dec
SFO
LGA
13h 45m
Tue, 5 Dec
LGA
SFO
16h 17m
Trip: 5 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, 30 Jan
SFO
JFK
5h 34m
Tue, 6 Feb
JFK
SFO
6h 37m
Trip: 8 days
7.6GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.6 Good
Based on 453 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
SFO
JFK
Good 7.0

Not even snacks :(

SFO
JFK
Excellent 8.0

Good food and very good ride :-)

SFO
JFK
OK 5.3

Delayed>1hr

SFO
JFK
Good 7.0

The entertainment

The delay. Over 60 minutes

SFO
JFK
Good 7.6

Seats are still uncomfortable but at least this one reclined. Entertainment is good. The booze didn't run out this time because I ordered it together. Crew was as usual, amazing.

seat cushion is still uncomfortable. No video flt safety announcement, which I really enjoy.

Fri, 10 Nov
SFO
JFK
7h 23m
Wed, 29 Nov
JFK
SFO
8h 25m
Trip: 20 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
PDX
Good 7.6

Crew was great! It was a great price for a direct flight.

Gate agent /check in agent appeared grumpy. A snack would have been nice.

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
LAX
Excellent 9.3

The gal next to us was an employee of sun country and she was extremely nice! Also the front desk people were accommodating

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

Thu, 4 Jan
SFO
JFK
5h 26m
Sat, 13 Jan
JFK
SFO
6h 50m
Trip: 10 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 69 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.7
SFO
JFK
OK 5.3

Three hour delay

SFO
JFK
OK 5.6

3.5 hour delay because the plane was very late arriving from JFK>SFO due to "weather" which we did not encounter nor could I find mention of at the FAA website or other weather sites. A large group of teens were crowding the boarding gate which delayed us even further and were disruptive so it was difficult to hear cues for boarding. I arrived 4 hours later than scheduled, missing an appointment. At the request of the gate agent, I volunteered for free gate-checked luggage due to a very full flight. My bag was never checked and was delivered 14 hours after I had arrived home. 12:30 AM. Crew of the plane was excellent, and the flight itself was thankfully uneventful.

SFO
JFK
Good 6.8

Crew was polite. Nice variety of movies.

Apple juice cans are way too small for a good drink. I sat near a very smelly dog that was left unattended to wander down the aisle when its owner left it in his seat.

SFO
JFK
Excellent 10.0

My headphones were not working properly because of the jack and they moved me to another seat right away.

SFO
JFK
Excellent 9.6

First airline I've been on with wi-go that really works. Plane was immaculate.

Crowded

Tue, 20 Feb
SFO
JFK
5h 20m
Mon, 26 Feb
JFK
SFO
6h 25m
Trip: 7 days
8.2ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.2 Excellent
Based on 44 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
SFO
JFK
Excellent 8.0

Flight very smooth.Just after landing,luggage pick up wait too long,almost after one hour later.

SFO
JFK
Good 6.6

the meal was OK and they served ice cream midway between SFO and JFK.

Late departure. Long delay getting to the get because of congestion at Terminal 4.

SFO
JFK
Good 7.6

As of April, they have free small meals. We had a turkey sandwich which was filling. Later came a snack, just enough to tide one over until finding dinner.

Seats still cramped.

SFO
JFK
Excellent 9.0

Painless

Price of food

SFO
JFK
Good 6.3

Delta was smart with boarding early once they realized everyone had cleared security. Flight took off on-time and arrived early. The crew was excellent and exuded energy although it was the end of the day.

I ordered a special asian vegetarian meal and it was just plain horrible. I had to settle for the cookie. It's nice that they serve a complimentary meal on the red eye flight but the quality of the food was bad. Entertainment options were also limited although they had some recent box office entries from last year. The leg room also wasn't great but that's expected in economy I guess.

Wed, 17 Jan
SFO
JFK
5h 36m
Wed, 24 Jan
JFK
SFO
6h 45m
Trip: 8 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, 31 Jan
SFO
JFK
5h 36m
Sat, 10 Feb
JFK
SFO
6h 50m
Trip: 11 days
7.6GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.6 Good
Based on 453 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
SFO
JFK
OK 5.3

Delayed>1hr

SFO
JFK
Excellent 9.3

Fun, friendly, and fast check-in process. Plane was new, clean, and more comfortable than other airlines' (my knees didn't touch the seat in front of me!). Free movies. Overall, it was a smooth trip.

No free snacks.

SFO
JFK
Good 7.3

Wifi rates were astronomical. A reason to pick another airline despite the excellent service.

SFO
JFK
OK 4.3

Smooth flight

Crummy WiFi for 40 bucks and no headsets avail so if you have Bluetooth or new iPhone mini USB you can’t use their entertainment.

SFO
JFK
Good 7.0

The entertainment

The delay. Over 60 minutes

Tue, 14 Nov
SFO
JFK
7h 23m
Wed, 6 Dec
JFK
SFO
8h 25m
Trip: 23 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
LAS
Excellent 10.0

We’re coach feels like your in first class

The staff are the best , the accommodations are superb

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
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Clean plane, nice employees, smooth flight, pretty much on time

Nothing

MSP
SFO
Excellent 10.0

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

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

Fri, 5 Jan
SFO
JFK
5h 22m
Sat, 13 Jan
JFK
SFO
6h 50m
Trip: 9 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 69 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.7
SFO
JFK
Excellent 9.6

First airline I've been on with wi-go that really works. Plane was immaculate.

Crowded

SFO
JFK
Excellent 10.0

My headphones were not working properly because of the jack and they moved me to another seat right away.

SFO
JFK
Mediocre 2.0

Tv was broken couldn't watch football on a Sunday is criminal

SFO
JFK
Good 6.0

nighttime packs were nice for the trip, but some people aren't going to sleep on the flight.

No new movies or list of movies that were provided in a pamphlet for both September and October coming back from West Coast. Lack of attendants offering beverages or snacks throughout 6-hour flight after an hour delay to board and take off. They also didn't do any trash collecting the entire flight.

SFO
JFK
Mediocre 2.0

MAJOR MULTIPLE DELAYS. UNABLE TO MOVE FLIGHT TO ACCOMMODATE MY SCHEDULE

Sat, 3 Feb
SFO
JFK
5h 43m
Sat, 10 Feb
JFK
SFO
6h 50m
Trip: 8 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, 6 Feb
SFO
JFK
5h 24m
Wed, 14 Feb
JFK
SFO
6h 44m
Trip: 9 days
7.6GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.6 Good
Based on 453 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
SFO
JFK
OK 4.3

You walk onto the plane and there is interesting lighting. That coupled with their current marketing/branding makes you think it's going to be a great flight...wrong

The seats are leather, but they haven't been conditioned so they are starting to look old. Then you realize there isn't a charging port in the seat (normal for all other airlines)...then you realize there are only a few decent (semi) movies for free to watch...unless you want to pay more. Then you realize how thirsty you are (because on a 6 hour flight there is only one drink service). Then you realize you're kind of hungry, so you look to see if they are dropping any snacks. A big no there too! Unless again, you want to pay. So I would compare this flight more to Spirit airlines where you know they will charge you extra for everything.

SFO
JFK
Excellent 10.0

No frills, just get you there. In flight entertainment was great!

SFO
JFK
Excellent 9.3

Fun, friendly, and fast check-in process. Plane was new, clean, and more comfortable than other airlines' (my knees didn't touch the seat in front of me!). Free movies. Overall, it was a smooth trip.

No free snacks.

SFO
JFK
OK 5.3

Delayed>1hr

SFO
JFK
Excellent 10.0

The safety video was HILAROUS, the legroom actually allowed me to use my laptop, and the isles seemed extra wide. Good service from flight crew.

Wed, 15 Nov
SFO
JFK
7h 23m
Thu, 30 Nov
JFK
SFO
8h 25m
Trip: 16 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 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.

MSP
LAS
Excellent 10.0

We’re coach feels like your in first class

The staff are the best , the accommodations are superb

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

MSP
SFO
Excellent 10.0

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

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.

Sat, 6 Jan
SFO
JFK
5h 25m
Sat, 13 Jan
JFK
SFO
6h 50m
Trip: 8 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 69 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.7
SFO
JFK
OK 5.3

International terminal for domestic flight.. too hour circlinnjgn sfo to find it.,., then luggage at different carasol thhan announced.. and taxi a mile away of walking ... thank God I am not handicapped

SFO
JFK
OK 5.6

3.5 hour delay because the plane was very late arriving from JFK>SFO due to "weather" which we did not encounter nor could I find mention of at the FAA website or other weather sites. A large group of teens were crowding the boarding gate which delayed us even further and were disruptive so it was difficult to hear cues for boarding. I arrived 4 hours later than scheduled, missing an appointment. At the request of the gate agent, I volunteered for free gate-checked luggage due to a very full flight. My bag was never checked and was delivered 14 hours after I had arrived home. 12:30 AM. Crew of the plane was excellent, and the flight itself was thankfully uneventful.

SFO
JFK
Good 6.8

Crew was polite. Nice variety of movies.

Apple juice cans are way too small for a good drink. I sat near a very smelly dog that was left unattended to wander down the aisle when its owner left it in his seat.

SFO
JFK
Good 6.0

nighttime packs were nice for the trip, but some people aren't going to sleep on the flight.

No new movies or list of movies that were provided in a pamphlet for both September and October coming back from West Coast. Lack of attendants offering beverages or snacks throughout 6-hour flight after an hour delay to board and take off. They also didn't do any trash collecting the entire flight.

SFO
JFK
OK 5.3

Three hour delay

Wed, 7 Feb
SFO
JFK
5h 38m
Wed, 14 Feb
JFK
SFO
6h 44m
Trip: 8 days
7.6GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.6 Good
Based on 453 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
SFO
JFK
OK 4.3

You walk onto the plane and there is interesting lighting. That coupled with their current marketing/branding makes you think it's going to be a great flight...wrong

The seats are leather, but they haven't been conditioned so they are starting to look old. Then you realize there isn't a charging port in the seat (normal for all other airlines)...then you realize there are only a few decent (semi) movies for free to watch...unless you want to pay more. Then you realize how thirsty you are (because on a 6 hour flight there is only one drink service). Then you realize you're kind of hungry, so you look to see if they are dropping any snacks. A big no there too! Unless again, you want to pay. So I would compare this flight more to Spirit airlines where you know they will charge you extra for everything.

SFO
JFK
Good 7.3

Wifi rates were astronomical. A reason to pick another airline despite the excellent service.

SFO
JFK
Excellent 10.0

People keep their promises ( I ask for a seat change, they delivered). Check in is smooth, in spite of long lines. The cabin staff is polite and efficient.

They serve prosecco!

SFO
JFK
Good 7.0

Not even snacks :(

SFO
JFK
Excellent 9.3

Fun, friendly, and fast check-in process. Plane was new, clean, and more comfortable than other airlines' (my knees didn't touch the seat in front of me!). Free movies. Overall, it was a smooth trip.

No free snacks.

Mon, 29 Jan
SFO
LGA
8h 30m
Tue, 6 Feb
LGA
SFO
10h 23m
Trip: 9 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
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