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Low season:
January
Best time to beat the crowds
11%
expected price decrease
High season:
December
Most popular time to fly
11%
expected price increase
Average price:
£339
(avg. price over the last 72 hours)
Good deal:
£265
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 January.
Morning departure is around 2% 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 24m, covering a distance of 2568 miles.
How many flights are there between New York and San Francisco?
There are 3,038 (non-stop) flights between New York and San Francisco per week, averaging 452 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 (£175), JetBlue (£179) and Virgin America (£181).
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 (49 times daily), Air New Zealand (44 times daily), Virgin America (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 San Francisco?
For New York to San Francisco, Friday 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 Friday, with Monday being the most expensive.

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

Airports
Origin
New York
£179
only
£179
£175
only
£175
Newark
£190
only
£190
Destination
San Francisco
£175
only
£175
Fri, 8 Dec
JFK
SFO
8h 25m
Tue, 12 Dec
SFO
JFK
7h 22m
£175
Trip: 5 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, 5 Dec
JFK
SFO
6h 40m
Thu, 7 Dec
SFO
JFK
7h 22m
£179
Trip: 3 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 65 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.7
JFK
SFO
Good 6.3

Crew was professional

Switching gates and delayed three hours

JFK
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Delayed without any direct communication. All we got was a text

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

all around great

no problems

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.

Tue, 6 Feb
JFK
SFO
6h 37m
Tue, 13 Feb
SFO
JFK
5h 24m
£181
Trip: 8 days
7.4GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 461 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
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...

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
Good 6.3

Good entertainment

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

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.

Sat, 28 Oct
LGA
SFO
10h 51m
Wed, 1 Nov
SFO
LGA
7h 56m
£192
Trip: 5 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Sat, 20 Jan
JFK
SFO
6h 38m
Mon, 22 Jan
SFO
JFK
8h 20m
£179
Trip: 3 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Fri, 2 Feb
EWR
SFO
6h 40m
Sat, 10 Feb
SFO
EWR
5h 18m
£190
Trip: 9 days
7.6GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.6 Good
Based on 320 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
EWR
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Great

nothing

EWR
SFO
Good 7.6

Very late

EWR
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Ambience, in-flight entertainment, leg room

No food was provided even after multiple hours of flight delay.

EWR
SFO
Excellent 8.3

the triple pouches on the seat pocket in front of me. The USB charge port, and the 3-prong charge port.

the seat's incline was not very deep/far. I had to buy a headset as I forgot mine, but they were not very good quality/didn't fit well. The food choices were not really very interesting for vegetarians (the veggie sandwich was mostly bread roll), and the food ran out on our flight SFO-Newark.

EWR
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Overall great.

My seat recline button was broken so the seat couldn't go back.

Mon, 5 Feb
JFK
SFO
6h 53m
Sat, 10 Feb
SFO
JFK
7h 19m
£191
Trip: 6 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 65 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.2
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
Mediocre 2.0

Delayed without any direct communication. All we got was a text

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 6.3

Crew was professional

Switching gates and delayed three hours

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

all around great

no problems

Tue, 6 Feb
LGA
SFO
10h 20m
Mon, 12 Feb
SFO
LGA
7h 27m
£179
Trip: 7 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, 1 Nov
JFK
SFO
6h 30m
Sat, 9 Dec
SFO
JFK
5h 31m
£194
Trip: 39 days
7.4GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 461 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

Virgin had just moved to jfk t7, so check in was not good as conveyer belts, etc. had glitches. T7 was freezing! AC definitely too high. Plus it needs more food choices. Some food service people were disgruntled-not enough planning? Otherwise the flight was the usual high standard Virgin flight. Crew was nice and movies were ok. I gave food one star as I didn’t order any this trip.

See above.

JFK
SFO
OK 4.6

Smooth flight

Why would a plane even take off knowing that there would Be a 30 min wait for a gate at the other end of the long flight Then-- the crew turns the tv/ media off so we're just sitting there Poor customer service. Very poor

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

Virgin America never fails. I'll fly VA as long as it takes mewhere I want to go.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 8.0

On time processes, pleasant staff, reasonable prices, inflight entertainment, adequate spacing for luggage and average body dimensions.

2 bathrooms for the main cabin with approximately 180 passengers was challenging. In addition, getting to and from the bathroom with narrow aisles and minimal rear cabin space wasn’t well thought through.

Sat, 3 Feb
JFK
SFO
6h 40m
Sat, 10 Feb
SFO
JFK
5h 25m
£194
Trip: 8 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 65 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.7
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
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
Mediocre 2.0

Delayed without any direct communication. All we got was a text

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

all around great

no problems

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Service, spaceous, fly-fi actually works!

Sat, 11 Nov
LGA
SFO
9h 53m
Tue, 14 Nov
SFO
LGA
7h 50m
£181
Trip: 4 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Sat, 4 Nov
JFK
SFO
6h 24m
Tue, 14 Nov
SFO
JFK
5h 32m
£194
Trip: 11 days
7.4GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 461 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
JFK
SFO
Excellent 8.0

On time processes, pleasant staff, reasonable prices, inflight entertainment, adequate spacing for luggage and average body dimensions.

2 bathrooms for the main cabin with approximately 180 passengers was challenging. In addition, getting to and from the bathroom with narrow aisles and minimal rear cabin space wasn’t well thought through.

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
Good 6.3

The crew were very friendly, polite, professional and apologetic when my selection of top shelf liquor ran out after my first drink.

Seats were very uncomfortable. In particular the seat cushion angle was too high. It began to get uncomfortable in 30 mins. The adjustable neck thing was onpy adjustable up and down. The sest back did not recline. I was sitting in 13D because the passenger in 12A took all 3 sests before I boarded so I took the next available isle seat. Crew member, who was behind me as,I boarded last, didn't make the passenger relocate to her seat. That was not right.

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
Good 6.0

Virgin had just moved to jfk t7, so check in was not good as conveyer belts, etc. had glitches. T7 was freezing! AC definitely too high. Plus it needs more food choices. Some food service people were disgruntled-not enough planning? Otherwise the flight was the usual high standard Virgin flight. Crew was nice and movies were ok. I gave food one star as I didn’t order any this trip.

See above.

Wed, 29 Nov
LGA
SFO
9h 12m
Mon, 4 Dec
SFO
LGA
7h 50m
£181
Trip: 6 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, 7 Nov
JFK
SFO
6h 35m
Sat, 9 Dec
SFO
JFK
5h 31m
£194
Trip: 33 days
7.4GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 461 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
JFK
SFO
Good 6.3

The crew were very friendly, polite, professional and apologetic when my selection of top shelf liquor ran out after my first drink.

Seats were very uncomfortable. In particular the seat cushion angle was too high. It began to get uncomfortable in 30 mins. The adjustable neck thing was onpy adjustable up and down. The sest back did not recline. I was sitting in 13D because the passenger in 12A took all 3 sests before I boarded so I took the next available isle seat. Crew member, who was behind me as,I boarded last, didn't make the passenger relocate to her seat. That was not right.

JFK
SFO
OK 4.6

Smooth flight

Why would a plane even take off knowing that there would Be a 30 min wait for a gate at the other end of the long flight Then-- the crew turns the tv/ media off so we're just sitting there Poor customer service. Very poor

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
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.

Thu, 30 Nov
LGA
SFO
11h 40m
Mon, 4 Dec
SFO
LGA
7h 50m
£181
Trip: 5 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, 8 Nov
JFK
SFO
6h 46m
Sat, 9 Dec
SFO
JFK
5h 31m
£194
Trip: 32 days
7.4GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 461 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
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
Excellent 8.0

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

Nothing

JFK
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Delay, food

JFK
SFO
OK 4.6

Smooth flight

Why would a plane even take off knowing that there would Be a 30 min wait for a gate at the other end of the long flight Then-- the crew turns the tv/ media off so we're just sitting there Poor customer service. Very poor

Wed, 6 Dec
LGA
SFO
9h 12m
Tue, 12 Dec
SFO
LGA
7h 50m
£181
Trip: 7 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Sat, 11 Nov
JFK
SFO
6h 35m
Sat, 9 Dec
SFO
JFK
5h 31m
£194
Trip: 29 days
7.4GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 461 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
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
Mediocre 2.0

Delay, food

JFK
SFO
OK 4.6

Smooth flight

Why would a plane even take off knowing that there would Be a 30 min wait for a gate at the other end of the long flight Then-- the crew turns the tv/ media off so we're just sitting there Poor customer service. Very poor

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, 7 Feb
LGA
SFO
8h 31m
Tue, 13 Feb
SFO
LGA
7h 50m
£181
Trip: 7 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, 14 Nov
EWR
SFO
6h 34m
Wed, 29 Nov
SFO
EWR
5h 27m
£194
Trip: 16 days
7.6GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.6 Good
Based on 320 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
EWR
SFO
Good 6.0

The boarding and de boarding process was very efficient and we were early to the destination.

There were no free snacks which most other airlines provide. I ordered a meal which was soggy and disappointing. The wifi went in and out and I felt they offered less movie options than delta.

EWR
SFO
OK 5.6

Entertainment but I wish the NFL game was on

Boarding an hour delay no gate on arrival.

EWR
SFO
Good 7.3

Very happy for the free entertainment. Cross country flights are typically challenging and the free entertainment sets Virgin apart. Food was fairly good.

Seats were loose and had a hard time adjusting. We could not get to seat back up until my wife and I had to push it together. The outlets are very difficult to use. The passenger in the aisle had to share an outlet with me which made my seating arrangements uncomfortable due to the positioning of the plug.

EWR
SFO
Excellent 8.3

the triple pouches on the seat pocket in front of me. The USB charge port, and the 3-prong charge port.

the seat's incline was not very deep/far. I had to buy a headset as I forgot mine, but they were not very good quality/didn't fit well. The food choices were not really very interesting for vegetarians (the veggie sandwich was mostly bread roll), and the food ran out on our flight SFO-Newark.

EWR
SFO
Good 7.6

Very late

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