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How to find the cheapest flight from
New York (NYC) to California

All the information you need to plan the best NYC to LAX flight in 2022: compare New York to California flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in California.
What is the cheapest month to fly from New York to California?

Our data shows that August tends to be the cheapest month to fly to California from New York. Users have commonly found prices around $307 for the month, but tickets can be as low as $107. Due to multiple factors, prepare for potentially higher prices in December.

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

When searching for a good deal, it’s best to be prepared for potential fluctuations in price. We recommend booking at least 33 days in advance, which can save you up to 72% on flights from New York to California compared to booking the week you need them. Waiting 33 days out may not be for everyone, so we have options available for flights within the next two weeks, with the lowest price starting at $375. For sooner than that we have options available in the next 3 days from $533.

When is the cheapest time to fly from New York to California (NYC - CA)?

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

Cheap flights from New York to California in May, June 2022

The best prices found for NYC to California flights for May, June
6 Jun - 8 Jun
$300pp
EWR
Newark
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
EWR
Newark
24 May - 6 Sep
$307pp
EWR
Newark
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SAN
San Diego
SAN
San Diego
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
EWR
Newark
24 May - 6 Sep
$316pp
EWR
Newark
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
SAN
San Diego
SAN
San Diego
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
EWR
Newark

New York to California 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to California from New York found for this year
13 Sep - 13 Sep
$153pp
EWR
Newark
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
EWR
Newark
21 Sep - 21 Sep
$163pp
EWR
Newark
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
EWR
Newark
24 Aug - 31 Aug
$192pp
EWR
Newark
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
EWR
Newark

Non-stop flights to California from New York

Save time with New York to California direct flight deals
24 Aug - 31 Aug
$192pp
EWR
Newark
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
EWR
Newark
10 Sep - 17 Sep
$196pp
LGA
New York LaGuardia
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LGA
New York LaGuardia
4 Oct - 22 Oct
$201pp
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl

Last minute flights from New York to California

Late deals on round-trip flights to California from New York, departing today and this week
3 Jun - 8 Jun
$317pp
EWR
Newark
Multiple Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
EWR
Newark
30 May - 31 May
$324pp
EWR
Newark
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
Non-Stop
EWR
Newark
31 May - 8 Jul
$338pp
EWR
Newark
United Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
United Airlines
Non-Stop
EWR
Newark

One-way flights to California from New York

The cheapest one-way flights from New York to California
1:00 pm - 4:14 pm
JetBlue
Nonstop
6h 14m
EWR - SFO
JetBlue
3:45 pm - 7:05 pm
Alaska Airlines
Nonstop
6h 20m
EWR - SFO
Alaska Airlines
$113
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Flight FAQs

From New York to California

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

United Airlines, JetBlue, and Alaska Airlines are some of the carriers that may have flexible cancellation policies. You can use our site to filter for other airlines that may also have this kind of flexibility.

Can I find flights from New York to California for under $200 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from New York to California for under $200. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Spirit Airlines for just $153, but on average you can expect to pay $203.

Are there nonstop flights from New York to California for under $200 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has at least 20 direct flights from New York to California under $200. A good price for a nonstop flight from New York to California is less than $213.

Are there last-minute flights available from New York to California for under $400?

There are currently 20+ open flights from New York to California within the next 7 days for less than $400.

What days are nonstop flights available from New York to California?

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

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

Per day, 69 flights depart from New York to California on average.
Early Morning (Midnight to 6am) - 1% of flight departures
Morning (6am - Noon) - 28% of flight departures
Afternoon (Noon - 6pm) - 43% of flight departures
Evening (6pm - Midnight) - 28% of flight departures

How long is the flight from New York to California?

For as low as $153, Spirit Airlines can have you in California from New York in 6h 08m. New York and California are separated by a distance of 2483 mi. Generally, flights for this route are nonstop.

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

The cheapest airline one-way is Alaska Airlines, with whom users have recently found tickets for as low as $51. However, be on the lookout for offers from Spirit Airlines and JetBlue, as they are both options that can get you from New York to California for a low price.

What are the most reliable airlines from New York to California?

No one likes to see their flight delayed. When booking a flight from New York to California consider choosing China Eastern (89%), Aerolineas Argentinas (89%) or Korean Air (88%) as they are the most reliable in getting you off to your destination on time.

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

Major Airline, Endeavor Airlines and American Airlines are the most popular airlines when flying from New York to California.

What are the most popular routes from New York to California?

The most popular flight routes from New York to California are New York John F Kennedy Intl - Los Angeles, Newark - Los Angeles and New York John F Kennedy Intl - San Francisco.

What are the cheapest flights from New York to California?

On average you can expect to pay $1,487 for a flight from New York to California. The cheapest flight overall is $142 while the most popular route, (New York John F Kennedy Intl - Los Angeles) is currently priced at $228.

How long is the flight from New York to California?

On a direct flight from New York City to California, your flight time could be as short as five and a half hours. Keep in mind that California has many airports, and flight time depends on your exact destination.

Which airlines operate flights from New York City to California?

Direct flights from New York to California are available with American Airlines, Delta, jetBlue and Virgin America. Multiple other airlines operate flights with stops on the way.

How frequent are flights between New York and California?

New York City to California has several popular routes and flights are very frequent. There are dozens of direct flights from New York City to California every day, along with many more indirect flights, although some destinations in the state are much more popular than others.

Which airports serve New York City to California?

John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport serve New York, but only the former offers direct flights to California. While Los Angeles International Airport has long been the busiest in California, there are also major airports in San Francisco, San Diego, Oakland, San Jose and several more of the state's larger cities.

Which direct flight route between New York and California is cheapest?

While John F. Kennedy International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport is the most popular direct flight route from New York City to Los Angeles, that doesn't always make it the cheapest. Since it depends on what deals the airlines have available, the cheapest route can fluctuate. When searching for flights to California, pick where you'd like to go first, and then search for flights to that destination.While you can travel throughout California to hit as many landmarks as possible, many travelers prefer getting to know a single city. Keep in mind that while many cities in California have public transportation, it's not like New York, and the state is definitely more car-friendly. Outdoor activities are where California shines. Scenic getaways, such as Ojai and Big Sur, the beautiful vineyards in Napa Valley and the state's many national parks all provide the opportunity to bask in the sun and spend time in a natural setting.Have your own California adventure for your next vacation. Take advantage of our smart search engine to see all your cheap flight options from New York City to California.

Which airlines fly directly from New York to California?

If you are departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport some flights that you can take that are direct to California include ones on either United Airlines or Delta Airlines to Los Angeles International Airport. American Airlines and JetBlue offer direct service to San Francisco International Airport. Alaska Airlines and Delta Airlines offer direct flights to San Diego. If you will be departing from Newark International Airport some of the direct flight choices you have include direct flights on Alaska Airlines, JetBlue, and United Airlines to San Francisco International Airport. You can also find direct flights from here aboard Alaska Airlines, JetBlue, American Airlines, and United Airlines to Los Angeles International Airport.

What are the stopover options between New York to California?

On trips from Newark International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport, one choice for a one-stop flight includes one aboard United Airlines that has a layover at Denver International Airport (DEN) which will add about one hour and 30 minutes to your travel time compared to the nonstop flight between these two airports. If you are departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport and traveling to San Francisco International Airport you can fly on a one-stop flight on American Airlines that has a stop at Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) that will add about two hours and 30 minutes compared to the nonstop option. With both of these options, the nonstop route is still going to be the more cost-effective choice.

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

Because both New York City and the state of California are in the United States there is no need for passengers traveling between these two locations to have either a passport or a visa to make the trip. Bear in mind that in the near future all passengers on these routes will require a REAL ID to make the trip. Also keep in mind that when you travel on these flights you can only take one carry-on bag and one personal bag, such as a purse or a laptop bag, onboard the plane.

COVID Restrictions

View COVID Travel Restrictions for California (CA)

Do I need a COVID test to fly to California from New York?

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

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

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from New York 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 New York are not required to quarantine after entering California.

Do I need a test to fly back to New York from California?

Returning to New York 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 New York.

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

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Destination points for flights from New York to California

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Destination information for California

Things to know before you go - useful duration and weather info for your trip from New York to California.
Flight duration from New York to California
5h 46m

Airports servicing New York

Newark (EWR)
LaGuardia (LGA)
New York Skyports SPB (NYS)

Airports servicing

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

Top 10 airlines flying from New York to California

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users traveling from New York 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
$9 $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.

Spirit Airlines
$75 $262 No cancel fee 65%
Delta
$88 $339 No cancel fee N/A
Alaska Airlines
$89 $364 No cancel fee 75%
United Airlines
$98 $336 No cancel fee 69%
JetBlue
$99 $379 No cancel fee 62%
American Airlines
$122 $413 No cancel fee 71%
Sun Country Air
$150 $291 No cancel fee 83%
Frontier
$151 $310 No cancel fee 62%
Endeavor Airlines
$406 $651 No cancel fee N/A

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

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