The cheapest times to fly from DCA to SDK are

  • February 5th to February 25th
  • March 26th to July 22nd (except the week of April 23rd)
  • October 15th to December 16th (except the week of November 19th)

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 DCA to SDK is mid November. Prices can be as high as $16000 for Sunday flights during early to mid March, or as low as $1359 for Monday flights around mid November.


When to Fly to Sandakan

Flying from Washington, DC (DCA) to Sandakan (SDK) will usually cost between $1410 to $14300 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid November with an average ticket price of $1423. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid March, with an average price of $14800. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $13377 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $6445 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DCA to SDK flight.

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

DCA to SDK Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DCA to SDK flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Washington. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.44, which is a bit above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Monday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SDK. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly to Sandakan. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $3244 (41%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Monday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1455. Return trip prices are from the SDK to DCA flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from DCA to SDK can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 17 hour 32 minutes may 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 a nonstop flight from DCA to SDK while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) in Kota Kinabalu

  • 138 miles (222 km) away from SDK
  • Usually 77.84% less expensive than SDK
  • 2-layover flights available

See DCA to BKI flights


Flight Hacking DCA to SDK

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from DCA to SDK — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Kuala Lumpur (DCA > KUL > SDK)

  • Price for both tickets: $1182
  • Average savings: $5263 (81.66%)

See DCA to KUL flights

Hack #2: New York, NY (DCA > JFK > SDK)

  • Price for both tickets: $1339
  • Average savings: $5106 (79.22%)

See DCA to JFK flights

Hack #3: Kota Kinabalu (DCA > BKI > SDK)

  • Price for both tickets: $1475
  • Average savings: $4971 (77.12%)

See DCA to BKI flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from DCA to SDK? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 2 major airlines flying this route most often: Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Sandakan Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 9195 miles or 14798 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from DCA to SDK?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DCA to SDK flight is about 17 hour 32 minutes.

How many flights go between Washington, DC and Sandakan?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 23 available flights from DCA to SDK.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeDCA
Origination airport nameRonald Reagan Washington National Airport
CityWashington, DC
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeSDK
Destination airport nameSandakan Airport


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