Cheap flights from Houston (IAH) to California (CA)

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How to find the cheapest flight from
Houston (IAH) to California

All the information you need to plan the best IAH to LAX flight in 2022: compare Houston to California flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in California.
How far in advance should I book a flight from Houston to California?

To save up to 31% on this flight, we recommend booking at least 25 days prior to travel. The price may fluctuate and will likely increase closer to your departure date. Users on Cheapflights have found tickets from Houston to California from $161 1-2 weeks out and tickets from $210 for flights departing within the next 72 hours.

What is the cheapest month to fly from Houston to California?

The best pricing can be found in the month of August. Prices to California from Houston average $162. You can even find prices in August for less than $162, as users have found deals to California from as low as $48. The month of December appears to be one of the more expensive times to travel to California from Houston. Flying in the targeted month can save you up to 68%.

When is the cheapest time to fly from Houston to California (IAH - CA)?

When flying from Houston to California, the time of day you decide to fly out makes little to no difference towards the overall price you’ll pay on tickets.

Cheap flights from Houston to California in May, June 2022

The best prices found for IAH to California flights for May, June
18 Jun - 21 Jun
$212pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
4 Jun - 7 Jun
$219pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
14 Jun - 21 Jun
$221pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl

Houston to California 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to California from Houston found for this year
8 Sep - 9 Sep
$202pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
10 Aug - 23 Aug
$211pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
10 Aug - 23 Aug
$212pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl

Non-stop flights to California from Houston

Save time with Houston to California direct flight deals
10 Aug - 23 Aug
$211pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
10 Aug - 23 Aug
$212pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
24 Aug - 27 Aug
$217pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Multiple Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
United Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl

Last minute flights from Houston to California

Late deals on round-trip flights to California from Houston, departing today and this week
27 May - 2 Jun
$258pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
27 May - 29 May
$260pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
25 May - 2 Jun
$263pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
BUR
Burbank Bob Hope
BUR
Burbank Bob Hope
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl

One-way flights to California from Houston

The cheapest one-way flights from Houston to California
12:50 pm - 3:39 am
Multiple Airlines
1 Stop
16h 49m
IAH - SFO
Multiple Airlines
$121
Kiwi.com
7:33 pm - 3:15 am
Frontier
1 Stop
9h 42m
HOU - ONT
Frontier
$129
JustFly

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Flight FAQs

From Houston to California

Which airlines flying from Houston to California have flexible cancellations due to COVID-19?

Due to the rapidly changing circumstances due to COVID-19, airlines like United Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and Delta flying from Houston to California have implemented new flexible cancellation policies.

Can I find flights from Houston to California for under $300 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Houston to California for under $300. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Spirit Airlines for just $202, but on average you can expect to pay $225.

Are there nonstop flights from Houston to California for under $300 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has at least 20 direct flights from Houston to California under $300. A good price for a nonstop flight from Houston to California is less than $235.

Are there last-minute flights available from Houston to California for under $300?

There are currently 20+ open flights from Houston to California within the next 7 days for less than $300.

What days are nonstop flights available from Houston to California?

Nonstop flights can be found on the following days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

How popular is this Houston to California flight route?

Flights from Houston to California have been viewed 1,557 times in the past calendar month.

How many flights depart from Houston to California on average per day?

32 flight departures from Houston to California per day on average.
Morning (6am - Noon) - 47% of flight departures
Afternoon (Noon - 6pm) - 19% of flight departures
Evening (6pm - Midnight) - 34% of flight departures

How long is the flight from Houston to California?

Spirit Airlines and American Airlines can get you from Houston to California in just under 5h 19m. Your travel time can differ by up to 14h 07m. The distance between Houston and California is about 1384 mi. When browsing for deals, the options you’ll see will be for both nonstop flights and flights with stops.

What are the cheapest airlines to fly from Houston to California one-way?

One-way options have recently been found by users for as low as $90 on Spirit Airlines. Other airlines that offer cheap prices include Allegiant Air from $100 and Frontier from $120 one-way.

What are the most popular airlines that fly from Houston to California?

American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Delta are the most popular airlines when flying from Houston to California.

What are the cheapest flights from Houston to California?

While on average a flight from Houston to California is generally $549, our data shows the cheapest flight currently is $58. When looking at the most popular route, (Houston Hobby - Los Angeles), you can expect to pay $211 for that flight.

What are the most reliable airlines from Houston to California?

The top 3 most reliable airlines when flying from Houston to California are Air China (93%), Qatar Airways (92%) and LATAM Airlines (91%).

What are the most popular routes from Houston to California?

Most travelers choose Houston Hobby - Los Angeles, Houston George Bush Intcntl - Los Angeles or Houston Hobby - San Francisco when deciding on the best route from Houston to California.

How long is the flight from Houston to California?

On a direct flight from Houston to California, expect a flight time of just over three hours. A stop can add a few hours or more to your flight time, and it could also be a bit longer depending on where in California you fly into.

Which airlines operate flights from Houston to California?

United offers the most direct flight options from Houston to cities in California. Other airlines that operate flights on that route are American Airlines and Spirit Airlines.

How frequent are flights between Houston and California?

There are quite a few flights going from Houston to California, as the route has dozens of daily direct flights. Just keep in mind that some destinations in California are far more popular than others, and flight selection may be more limited if you're traveling to a city with a smaller airport.

Which airports serve Houston to California?

George Bush Intercontinental Airport serves the Houston area. In California, Los Angeles International Airport is easily the state's busiest airport, and San Francisco International Airport is a clear second. Several other cities in California have major airports, though, so there are other options besides flying into Los Angeles or San Francisco.

Which direct flight route between Houston and California is cheapest?

There's no single cheapest route between Houston and California because it all depends which deals are available when you look. One day, flights from Houston to Los Angeles could be the cheapest, and the next you could find the best deals flying into Oakland. Since California is so large, it's better to choose which cities you want to visit and then look for the cheapest flights to the nearest airport.If you land in Los Angeles, the eclectic and crazy Venice Beach isn't far, or you can take a road trip up the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu. Palm Springs is a peaceful paradise just a couple hours east of Los Angeles, full of fun shops and country clubs with perfectly trimmed greens. Southern California stays warm most of the year, while northern California cools down in the winter.See the beauty of California for yourself without going over your budget. Look for your airfare using our smart search engine to find cheap flights from Houston to California.

What are the best ways to get to the airports in Houston and California?

There are various destinations in California that serve flights arriving from Houston, Texas. These flights depart out of George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), which is located north of downtown Houston. There are buses running every half hour from the city center to the airport, and public transit takes about an hour to get to the airport. George Bush Intercontinental Airport serves the greater Houston metropolitan area. Flights from Houston to California fly into various airports across the state like Sacramento International Airport (SMF), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and San Diego International Airport (SAN).

Which airlines fly directly from Houston to California?

A variety of airlines operate nonstop flights to California from Houston. For instance, United Airlines has the most direct flight options to California airports like Sacramento International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, San Jose International Airport (SJC), Ontario International Airport (ONT), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Santa Ana John Wayne Airport (SNA), and San Diego International Airport (SAN). Other airlines also offer flights to Los Angeles International Airport, such as American Airlines and Delta Airlines, as well as seasonal routes with Spirit Airlines to Oakland International Airport (OAK), Los Angeles International Airport, and San Diego International Airport. Direct flights from George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston to California take from about three hours and 20 minutes to four hours and 20 minutes, depending on the destination city.

What are the stopover options between Houston and California?

Many of the flight options between Houston and California are nonstop. However, there are flights with layovers in between that you may find more affordable or convenient. For example, from Houston to Los Angeles International Airport, Spirit Airlines offers flights with a stopover at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) that adds about an hour and a half to the entire journey, and Delta Airlines has an option with a layover at Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). Flights to San Francisco International Airport from Houston can have layovers at airports like Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), Los Angeles International Airport, and Salt Lake City International Airport. The layover cities generally depend on the airline you decide to fly with and the airport you’re flying to in California.

Do I need a passport or visa to fly from Houston to California?

No, US citizens are not required to have a passport to fly from Houston to California since it is a domestic flight. For flights within the United States, you can present either a passport or another form of ID like a NEXUS card or driver’s license. US citizens also do not need a visa to travel from Houston to California.

COVID Restrictions

View COVID Travel Restrictions for California (CA)

Do I need a COVID test to fly to California from Houston?

Information is based on travel restrictions for travel to California within the United States

Most visitors from Houston need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter California.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Houston must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 1 day for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 1 day for Antigen (quick-test) before departing to California.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Houston are not required to quarantine after entering California.

Do I need a test to fly back to Houston from California?

Returning to Houston from California

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from California must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 1 day for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 1 day for Antigen (quick-test) before departing to Houston.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from California are not required to quarantine after entering Houston.

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Destination information for California

Things to know before you go - useful duration and weather info for your trip from Houston to California.
Flight duration from Houston to California
3h 36m

Airports servicing Houston

Airports servicing

Bishop (BIH)
Burbank (BUR)
Concord Buchanan Fld (CCR)
Crescent City (CEC)
San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar (CLD)

Top 7 airlines flying from Houston to California

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users traveling from Houston to California choose most often. Cheapest and average prices are based on aggregated data from the past 12 months.
Airline Cheapest Average Flexibility On-time COVID-19 safety
Juneyao Airlines
$12 $21 No cancel fee 66%

We couldn't confirm the COVID-19 safety measures taken by Juneyao Airlines. Please check directly on their website for additional information.

Frontier
$56 $201 No cancel fee 62%
Spirit Airlines
$57 $181 No cancel fee 65%
Delta
$61 $319 No cancel fee N/A
American Airlines
$88 $385 No cancel fee 71%
United Airlines
$88 $363 No cancel fee 69%
Alaska Airlines
$128 $335 No cancel fee 75%
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