The cheapest times to fly from JFK to LAX are
- January 8th to March 11th
- April 23rd to May 6th
- May 28th to June 17th
- August 27th to November 11th
based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from JFK to LAX is late January and early February. Prices can be as high as $842 for Sunday flights during late July, or as low as $255 for Tuesday flights around late January and early February.
When to Fly to Los Angeles
Flying from New York, NY (JFK) to Los Angeles, CA (LAX) will usually cost between $255 to $455 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January and early February with an average ticket price of $255. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $504. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $249 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $295 can be considered a good price for a round-trip JFK to LAX flight.
See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the JFK to LAX route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.
Compared to other flights, the JFK to LAX flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from New York. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.07, which is far below average.
Flight Prices by Day of the Week
Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $67 (19%) on this flight.
Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $289. Return trip prices are from the LAX to JFK flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.
Departing Prices by Day
Return Trip Prices by Day
Nonstop Flights and Layovers
Travelers looking to fly from JFK to LAX can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 5 hour 26 minutes may be realistic.
Flight Questions Answered
Still have questions about flying from JFK to LAX? We’ve got answers.
Which airlines fly this route?
You can find 11 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, China Eastern, Delta, Emirates, Hawaiian, Iberia, JetBlue, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.
How far away is it from Los Angeles International Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport?
The distance between the two airports is roughly 2469 miles or 3973 kilometers.
How long does it take to fly from JFK to LAX?
The real-world flight time for a nonstop JFK to LAX flight is about 5 hour 26 minutes.
How many flights go between New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA?
It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 77 available flights from JFK to LAX.
Airport Location Info
|Origination airport name||John F. Kennedy International Airport|
|City||New York, NY|
|Country||the United States|
|Destination airport name||Los Angeles International Airport|
|City||Los Angeles, CA|
|Country||the United States|
Late and Early Flight Data
Flights from JFK to LAX tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 26% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 23% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave LAX heading for JFK about 19 minutes late. This does not significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Los Angeles, CA is about 2 minutes early. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:
- Delta: 28 minutes late
- American: 15 minutes late
- JetBlue: 15 minutes late
- Alaska: 15 minutes late
- Some airlines not reporting
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