The cheapest times to fly from BHM to SNA are

  • January 1st to February 4th
  • April 23rd to June 10th (except the week of May 21st)
  • July 9th to October 7th (except the weeks of July 23rd and July 30th)
  • October 22nd to November 4th

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 BHM to SNA is early to mid July. Prices can be as high as $795 for Sunday flights during early March, or as low as $318 for Tuesday flights around early to mid July.


When to Fly to Santa Ana

Flying from Birmingham, AL (BHM) to Santa Ana, CA (SNA) will usually cost between $323 to $623 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid July with an average ticket price of $382. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early March, with an average price of $592. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $210 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $417 can be considered a good price for a round-trip BHM to SNA flight.

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

BHM to SNA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the BHM to SNA flight is much cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Birmingham. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.15, 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 $148 (29%) 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 $354. Return trip prices are from the SNA to BHM 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 BHM to SNA can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 4 hour 11 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 BHM to SNA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, CA

  • 36 miles (58 km) away from SNA
  • Usually 9.00% less expensive than SNA
  • 1-layover flights available

See BHM to LAX flights

Destination alternative #2: Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) in Palm Springs, CA

  • 79 miles (127 km) away from SNA
  • Usually 1.68% less expensive than SNA
  • 1-layover flights available

See BHM to PSP flights

Destination alternative #3: San Diego International Airport (SAN) in San Diego, CA

  • 76 miles (122 km) away from SNA
  • Usually 0.36% less expensive than SNA
  • 1-layover flights available

See BHM to SAN flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from BHM to SNA? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 6 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from John Wayne-Orange County Airport to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1783 miles or 2869 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from BHM to SNA?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop BHM to SNA flight is about 4 hour 11 minutes.

How many flights go between Birmingham, AL and Santa Ana, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 75 available flights from BHM to SNA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code BHM
Origination airport name Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
City Birmingham, AL
Country the United States
Latitude 33.6
Longitude -86.8

Return Airport

Destination code SNA
Destination airport name John Wayne-Orange County Airport
City Santa Ana, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 33.7
Longitude -117.9


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