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New York John F Kennedy Intl to San Francisco flight information

Avg. flight duration 6h 07m
Flights arrive in San Francisco
Flights depart from New York John F Kennedy Intl
Flight price £157
Distance 2580 miles
Airlines Virgin America, Alaska Airlines, JetBlue, Delta

Good to know

Low season:
February
Best time to beat the crowds
2%
expected price decrease
High season:
July
Most popular time to fly
14%
expected price increase
Average price:
£400
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good deal:
£227
or less (return)

When to Book Flights from New York John F Kennedy Intl to San Francisco

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Flight prices as travel date approaches
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Top tips for Finding a Cheap Flight

Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for £227 or less.
The cheapest flight from New York John F Kennedy Intl to San Francisco 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 June, July and August. The cheapest month to fly is February.
Morning departure is around 5% 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 John F Kennedy Intl to San Francisco Flights

How long does a flight from New York John F Kennedy Intl to San Francisco take?
An average non-stop flight takes 6h 25m, covering a distance of 2580 miles.
How many flights are there between New York John F Kennedy Intl and San Francisco?
There are 1,664 (non-stop) flights between New York John F Kennedy Intl and San Francisco per week, averaging 249 per day.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from New York John F Kennedy Intl to San Francisco?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest return tickets were found on Multiple Airlines (£157), Virgin America (£159) and Alaska Airlines (£159).
Do I need a passport to fly between New York John F Kennedy Intl and San Francisco?
No.
Which airlines fly most frequently between New York John F Kennedy Intl and San Francisco?
Alaska Airlines (19 times daily), Virgin America (17 times daily), Delta (17 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly from New York John F Kennedy Intl to San Francisco?
For New York John F Kennedy Intl to San Francisco, Monday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Thursday is the most expensive. Flying from San Francisco back to New York John F Kennedy Intl, the best deals are generally found on Wednesday, with Tuesday being the most expensive.

Book cheap flights from New York John F Kennedy Intl to San Francisco (return)

Airports
Origin
New York
£157
only
£157
Destination
San Francisco
£157
only
£157
Mon, 23 Apr
JFK
SFO
6h 38m
Thu, 26 Apr
SFO
JFK
5h 45m
£157
Trip: 4 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, 14 Feb
JFK
SFO
6h 44m
Fri, 2 Mar
SFO
JFK
5h 23m
£159
Trip: 17 days
7.4GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 500 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.7
JFK
SFO
Good 6.3

Nice lighting

Rude cabin crew, unreasonable prices ($7.50 for half a wrap??), limited selection of entertainment compared to other airlines

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Easy on and off, comfortable seating, plenty of varied entertainment.

JFK
SFO
Mediocre 3.6

Nothing

No food, not even a snack on a 6 hour flight . It was very hot the flight attendants are useless . Head rest very uncomfortable especially if you are short

JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

Poor selection of movies and in flight entertainment. Most movies were >20 years old. Too many lap dogs on flight!

JFK
SFO
OK 4.0

The couple next to me were extremely obnoxious. They behaved like they were on a private jet, forgetting there’s a stranger sitting right next to them.

Tue, 10 Apr
JFK
SFO
6h 41m
Tue, 24 Apr
SFO
JFK
5h 43m
£159
Trip: 15 days
8.3ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.3 Excellent
Based on 1 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
8.0
JFK
SFO
Excellent 8.3

The process for boarding was simple and fast

There could be more leg room

MSO
PDX
Excellent 10.0

My seat was great . The flight was smooth and on time both ways . The staff was friendly.

SEA
ONT
Excellent 10.0

New airplane, friendly and engaging staff

None

DEN
SEA
OK 4.0

I had only 40 minutes to get to my connecting flight. Then the plane was 15 minutes late. They wouldn't switch me to a seat that was open closer to front of plane and my bag was lost w important things in it that I need for this evenings show. I'm a full time musician.

STL
SEA
Good 6.3

Flight was on time-ish, no trouble really. Call center folks were great.

Our original flight was cancelled with no explanation. My girlfriend was notified of this and I was not. When I called to get my flight details I was informed that I was to fly out on a completely different day instead. After explaining that there was no chance of that happening, the call center rep was happy to help. The flight was now an American Airlines flight booked through Alaska. About 3 days before our flight we both received calls from American saying that they did not have our passenger information. Apparently Alaska just didn't transfer that over. We also now had two confirmation codes as the returning and connecting flights were still with Alaska. Once we got to the airport on the day of I was able to print my American Airlines boarding pass, however I could not print my Alaska boarding pass on neither American nor Alaska's kiosks. It was a redeye flight as well so there was no staff at the check in counters yet. We ultimately did get to our destination, but it was such a completely unnecessary headache to get there.

Tue, 6 Feb
JFK
SFO
6h 53m
Wed, 14 Mar
SFO
JFK
5h 38m
£164
Trip: 36 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 73 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.6
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.8
JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

all around great

no problems

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
Good 7.0

Seats are too cramp, but all airlines seem to be like this now. Food options were very limited on our flights which were a letdown. Only snacks available for 5-6 hour flights, no meals like advertised in the pamphlets.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Snacks and free WIFI

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Service, spaceous, fly-fi actually works!

Tue, 3 Apr
JFK
SFO
6h 25m
Sat, 28 Apr
SFO
JFK
5h 20m
£164
Trip: 26 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 50 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
JFK
SFO
Good 7.3

Boarding process was horrible, it was first class, priority, zone 1 and then all other zone. There was no order. Flight was delayed. Had a 3 hour delay on the tarmac!

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

What an easy flight. Run very well!

The crew seemed a bit tired, but it’s the season

JFK
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Force me to take a bad seat

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Seats were comfortable ... enough. Boarding process, once underway allowed me to get overhead bin and stash my other luggage in the seat below me. Flight wasn't overly booked (85-95%) so there appeared to be room for others to stretch out. Now about that crying kid...

Ugh. Weather delays. The flight was scheduled to board about 7P but it arrived late and they had to not only unload the self-loading cargo, but clean up afterwards. Would be nice to get a better estimate as to how long it would take to board so that I could hang out in the lounge. In addition, departure from JFK was delayed as well, either we missed the IFR window or got stuck behind some traffic and I fell asleep on the plane only to wake up what seemed an hour later just getting ready to hit V1. No upgrade.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 8.0

We'd paid extra for main cabin so hot to choose seats and got in flight entertainment.. Staff were friendly.

No free wifi.

Wed, 21 Feb
JFK
SFO
6h 44m
Wed, 28 Feb
SFO
JFK
5h 24m
£159
Trip: 8 days
7.4GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 500 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.7
JFK
SFO
Mediocre 3.6

Nothing

No food, not even a snack on a 6 hour flight . It was very hot the flight attendants are useless . Head rest very uncomfortable especially if you are short

JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

There was nothing else wrong

There was a flight attendant,Rachel,who should definitely choose a different line of work.She had an attitude and surely an unfriendly demeanor.Certainly gave the impression of someone not happy with her job.This type of person should not be dealing with customers.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

The service

The wait

JFK
SFO
Good 7.6

Jfk terminal 7 security terribly run

JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

Poor selection of movies and in flight entertainment. Most movies were >20 years old. Too many lap dogs on flight!

Wed, 25 Apr
JFK
SFO
6h 42m
Fri, 4 May
SFO
JFK
5h 46m
£162
Trip: 10 days
8.3ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.3 Excellent
Based on 1 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
8.0
LAX
LIR
Excellent 9.0

Long lines at checkin, was in line for +45 minutes, several people missed their flights, it was not the best time to be training attendants as it held up the lines

MSO
PDX
Excellent 10.0

My seat was great . The flight was smooth and on time both ways . The staff was friendly.

YVR
SEA
Good 6.6

Flew Alaska air - Plenty of leg room and much more than any qantas domestic flight!

SEA
ONT
Excellent 10.0

New airplane, friendly and engaging staff

None

JFK
SFO
Excellent 8.3

The process for boarding was simple and fast

There could be more leg room

Tue, 1 May
JFK
SFO
6h 30m
Wed, 2 May
SFO
JFK
5h 20m
£163
Trip: 2 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, 7 Feb
JFK
SFO
6h 50m
Wed, 14 Mar
SFO
JFK
5h 38m
£164
Trip: 35 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 73 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.6
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.8
JFK
SFO
Good 7.0

Tv didn't work

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Entertainment and timeliness of the departure and arrival.

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 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

Snacks and free WIFI

Tue, 5 Jun
JFK
SFO
6h 25m
Tue, 12 Jun
SFO
JFK
5h 20m
£164
Trip: 8 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 50 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

What an easy flight. Run very well!

The crew seemed a bit tired, but it’s the season

JFK
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Force me to take a bad seat

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Seats were comfortable ... enough. Boarding process, once underway allowed me to get overhead bin and stash my other luggage in the seat below me. Flight wasn't overly booked (85-95%) so there appeared to be room for others to stretch out. Now about that crying kid...

Ugh. Weather delays. The flight was scheduled to board about 7P but it arrived late and they had to not only unload the self-loading cargo, but clean up afterwards. Would be nice to get a better estimate as to how long it would take to board so that I could hang out in the lounge. In addition, departure from JFK was delayed as well, either we missed the IFR window or got stuck behind some traffic and I fell asleep on the plane only to wake up what seemed an hour later just getting ready to hit V1. No upgrade.

JFK
SFO
Good 7.3

Boarding process was horrible, it was first class, priority, zone 1 and then all other zone. There was no order. Flight was delayed. Had a 3 hour delay on the tarmac!

JFK
SFO
OK 4.6

Flight was delayed for very 4 hrs sat in plane for 2.5 of those. Flight was delayed dye to strike in Barcelona. But replacement plane had fueling problems delaying the flight another 2 hours

Tue, 13 Mar
JFK
SFO
6h 42m
Wed, 14 Mar
SFO
JFK
5h 45m
£159
Trip: 2 days
7.4GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 500 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.7
JFK
SFO
Good 6.3

Nice lighting

Rude cabin crew, unreasonable prices ($7.50 for half a wrap??), limited selection of entertainment compared to other airlines

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Easy on and off, comfortable seating, plenty of varied entertainment.

JFK
SFO
Good 7.6

Jfk terminal 7 security terribly run

JFK
SFO
OK 4.0

The couple next to me were extremely obnoxious. They behaved like they were on a private jet, forgetting there’s a stranger sitting right next to them.

JFK
SFO
Mediocre 3.6

Nothing

No food, not even a snack on a 6 hour flight . It was very hot the flight attendants are useless . Head rest very uncomfortable especially if you are short

Sat, 28 Apr
JFK
SFO
6h 30m
Mon, 7 May
SFO
JFK
5h 48m
£162
Trip: 10 days
8.3ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.3 Excellent
Based on 1 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
8.0
PDX
OGG
Excellent 9.0

Delta has better movie selection and that’s not good .

SEA
ONT
Excellent 10.0

New airplane, friendly and engaging staff

None

YVR
SEA
Good 6.6

Flew Alaska air - Plenty of leg room and much more than any qantas domestic flight!

SJC
PDX
Excellent 8.5

Good communication from crew.

MSO
PDX
Excellent 10.0

My seat was great . The flight was smooth and on time both ways . The staff was friendly.

Sat, 10 Feb
JFK
SFO
6h 40m
Wed, 14 Mar
SFO
JFK
5h 43m
£164
Trip: 32 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 73 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.6
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.8
JFK
SFO
Excellent 9.0

On time, very efficient

Checked bag pickup was on the opposite side of the terminal, with inadequate signage.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Plenty of leg room Great choice of movies Terra blue chips Crew

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
Good 6.0

The good news is that the width and legroom, even for a middle seat, was better than most airlines. The bad news is that the seat was one of the most uncomfortable I have ever sat in. My partner and I both had backaches after our flight across the country.

The uncomfortable seats.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

all around great

no problems

Sat, 10 Mar
JFK
SFO
6h 44m
Wed, 14 Mar
SFO
JFK
5h 45m
£164
Trip: 4 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Thu, 31 May
JFK
SFO
6h 25m
Tue, 5 Jun
SFO
JFK
5h 20m
£167
Trip: 6 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 50 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
JFK
SFO
Good 7.3

Boarding process was horrible, it was first class, priority, zone 1 and then all other zone. There was no order. Flight was delayed. Had a 3 hour delay on the tarmac!

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

What an easy flight. Run very well!

The crew seemed a bit tired, but it’s the season

JFK
SFO
Good 7.6

Fantastic SFO-based crew serving Delta One cabin. They are attentive, and constantly walk around the cabin to provide service.

Delay at JFK (first, the inbound aircraft coming late, then 2.5 hrs taxing at JFK, finally landed in SFO but the gate was occupied).

JFK
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Force me to take a bad seat

JFK
SFO
Excellent 8.0

We'd paid extra for main cabin so hot to choose seats and got in flight entertainment.. Staff were friendly.

No free wifi.

Wed, 14 Feb
JFK
SFO
6h 44m
Wed, 14 Mar
SFO
JFK
5h 45m
£164
Trip: 28 days
7.4GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 500 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.7
JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Easy on and off, comfortable seating, plenty of varied entertainment.

JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

Ease of boarding, entertainment offerings were better than average

Crew-seemed bored and distracted during boarding. On a 6 hour flight they made 1 quick pass through the cabin near beginning of flight and that was it. Way under the standard of at least frequent passing through the cabin and at least another water service. Pretty much the same level on trip to NYC as on this return to SFO. Not what we are used to with Alaska.

JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

Poor selection of movies and in flight entertainment. Most movies were >20 years old. Too many lap dogs on flight!

JFK
SFO
Good 6.3

Crew is very good; adequate leg room in front of plane

Delay in this case for de-icing— but made up some of lost time in flight Boarding takes forever

JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

There was nothing else wrong

There was a flight attendant,Rachel,who should definitely choose a different line of work.She had an attitude and surely an unfriendly demeanor.Certainly gave the impression of someone not happy with her job.This type of person should not be dealing with customers.

Tue, 20 Feb
JFK
SFO
6h 45m
Tue, 6 Mar
SFO
JFK
5h 38m
£164
Trip: 15 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 73 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.6
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.8
JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

The good news is that the width and legroom, even for a middle seat, was better than most airlines. The bad news is that the seat was one of the most uncomfortable I have ever sat in. My partner and I both had backaches after our flight across the country.

The uncomfortable seats.

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

This was my second time ever flying JetBlue (the last time I did was maybe 5-7 years ago). I forgot what a pleasure it is to fly JetBlue! The service and amenities are similar to Virgin, not the mention, the snacks are awesome! I will definitely keep this in mind for future travel. Thanks, JetBlue!

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

all around great

no problems

JFK
SFO
Good 7.0

Tv didn't work

Tue, 20 Mar
JFK
SFO
6h 44m
Wed, 4 Apr
SFO
JFK
5h 20m
£164
Trip: 16 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, 21 Feb
JFK
SFO
6h 45m
Wed, 28 Mar
SFO
JFK
5h 36m
£164
Trip: 35 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 73 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.6
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.8
JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Entertainment and timeliness of the departure and arrival.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Plenty of leg room Great choice of movies Terra blue chips Crew

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
Good 7.0

Tv didn't work

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Snacks and free WIFI

Sat, 3 Mar
JFK
SFO
6h 50m
Wed, 28 Mar
SFO
JFK
5h 45m
£164
Trip: 25 days
7.4GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 500 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.7
JFK
SFO
Excellent 9.0

Clean, comfortable and on time.

My video screen conked out midway

JFK
SFO
Mediocre 3.6

Nothing

No food, not even a snack on a 6 hour flight . It was very hot the flight attendants are useless . Head rest very uncomfortable especially if you are short

JFK
SFO
OK 5.6

The price and movie options.

No food at all? For a flight this long it seems crazy that not even little snacks were handed out.

JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

Poor selection of movies and in flight entertainment. Most movies were >20 years old. Too many lap dogs on flight!

JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

Ease of boarding, entertainment offerings were better than average

Crew-seemed bored and distracted during boarding. On a 6 hour flight they made 1 quick pass through the cabin near beginning of flight and that was it. Way under the standard of at least frequent passing through the cabin and at least another water service. Pretty much the same level on trip to NYC as on this return to SFO. Not what we are used to with Alaska.

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