The cheapest times to fly from SJC to CAE are

  • January 1st to February 25th (except the week of February 12th)
  • April 16th to May 6th
  • August 6th to November 18th
  • early December

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 SJC to CAE is early September. Prices can be as high as $978 for Sunday flights during mid to late November, or as low as $346 for Wednesday flights around early September.


When to Fly to Columbia

Flying from San Jose, CA (SJC) to Columbia, SC (CAE) will usually cost between $346 to $671 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early September with an average ticket price of $365. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid to late November, with an average price of $663. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $298 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $416 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SJC to CAE flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the SJC to CAE route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

SJC to CAE Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SJC to CAE flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from San Jose. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.11, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday 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 $173 (32%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $377. Return trip prices are from the CAE to SJC flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from SJC to CAE can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 5 hour 6 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from SJC to CAE while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Charleston AFB/International Airport (CHS) in Charleston, SC

  • 95 miles (153 km) away from CAE
  • Usually 2.88% less expensive than CAE
  • 1-layover flights available

See SJC to CHS flights

Destination alternative #2: Augusta Regional at Bush Field Airport (AGS) in Augusta, GA

  • 63 miles (101 km) away from CAE
  • Usually 0.96% less expensive than CAE
  • 1-layover flights available

See SJC to AGS flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from SJC to CAE? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 4 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Columbia Metropolitan Airport to Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2285 miles or 3677 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from SJC to CAE?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SJC to CAE flight is about 5 hour 6 minutes.

How many flights go between San Jose, CA and Columbia, SC?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 72 available flights from SJC to CAE.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code SJC
Origination airport name Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport
City San Jose, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 37.4
Longitude -121.9

Return Airport

Destination code CAE
Destination airport name Columbia Metropolitan Airport
City Columbia, SC
Country the United States
Latitude 33.9
Longitude -81.1


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