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 2021: compare Houston to California flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in California.
When is the cheapest time to fly from Houston to California (HO1 - CA)?

Regardless of the time of day you decide to fly, the ticket price will remain around the same. Book flights from Houston to California as you normally would.

How far in advance should I book a flight from Houston to California?

Travelers have found it’s best to book a flight 25 days in advance to save up to 31% compared to booking the same week of travel. As your travel date approaches, the cost of this flight route may potentially increase. While opting to book 25 days out may not be an option for all, there are still additional ways to secure a deal in the near future. You might find a flight from Houston to California 1-2 weeks in advance for as low as $161, or $210 for flights within the next 24 hours.

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

August is one of the best times of the year to fly to California from Houston. Prices for August average $162 per person but you can even find prices for as low as $48. The most expensive prices can be found in the month of December. Opting for a August flight can save you 68% on your journey compared to booking in August

Cheap flights from Houston to California in October, November 2021

The best prices found for IAH to California flights for October, November
3 Nov - 9 Nov
$37pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
3 Nov - 10 Nov
$39pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
3 Nov - 6 Nov
$40pp
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 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to California from Houston found for this year
3 Nov - 9 Nov
$37pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
3 Nov - 10 Nov
$39pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
3 Nov - 6 Nov
$40pp
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
3 Nov - 9 Nov
$37pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
3 Nov - 10 Nov
$39pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
3 Nov - 6 Nov
$40pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit 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 Oct - 10 Nov
$45pp
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 Oct - 13 Nov
$50pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
26 Oct - 30 Oct
$53pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl

One-way flights to California from Houston

The cheapest one-way flights from Houston to California
1:14 am - 2:39 am
Spirit Airlines
Nonstop
3h 25m
IAH - LAX
Spirit Airlines
$18
mytrip.com
1:48 pm - 3:35 pm
Spirit Airlines
Nonstop
3h 47m
IAH - LAX
Spirit Airlines
$19
CheapOair
5:11 pm - 6:33 pm
Spirit Airlines
Nonstop
3h 22m
IAH - LAX
Spirit Airlines
$20
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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 Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, and American Airlines flying from Houston to California have implemented new flexible cancellation policies.

Can I find flights from Houston to California for under $100 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Houston to California for under $100. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Spirit Airlines for just $37, but on average you can expect to pay $48.

Are there nonstop flights from Houston to California for under $100 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has at least 20 direct flights from Houston to California under $100. A good price for a nonstop flight from Houston to California is less than $49.

Are there last-minute flights available from Houston to California for under $100?

There are currently 20+ open flights from Houston to California within the next 7 days for less than $100.

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?

13 flight departures from Houston to California per day on average.
Morning (6am - Noon) - 46% of flight departures
Afternoon (Noon - 6pm) - 46% of flight departures
Evening (6pm - Midnight) - 8% of flight departures

How long is the flight from Houston to California?

Spirit Airlines can get you from Houston to California in just under 3h 25m. Your travel time will be generally consistent. The distance between Houston and California is about 1384 mi. Most flights are nonstop.

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

Major Airline, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines 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 $560, 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 $37 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 France (94%), Air China (92%) and KLM (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.

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COVID Restrictions

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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 72 hours 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 72 hours 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 23m

Airports servicing Houston

Airports servicing

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

Top 6 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
United Airlines
$51 $366 No cancel fee 69%
American Airlines
$61 $350 No cancel fee 71%
Spirit Airlines
$63 $215 No cancel fee 65%
Frontier
$96 $237 No cancel fee 62%
Delta
$102 $257 No cancel fee N/A
Alaska Airlines
$170 $455 No cancel fee 75%
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