The cheapest times to fly from DCA to SMA are

  • January 8th to February 4th
  • February 19th to April 1st (except the weeks of March 12th and March 19th)
  • November 12th to December 16th (except the week of November 26th)

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 SMA is late March. Prices can be as high as $6923 for Saturday flights during late August to early September, or as low as $4834 for Wednesday flights around late March.


When to Fly to Santa Maria Island

Flying from Washington, DC (DCA) to Santa Maria (SMA) will usually cost between $4834 to $6043 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late March with an average ticket price of $4834. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late August to early September, with an average price of $6043. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1209 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $4835 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DCA to SMA flight.

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

DCA to SMA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DCA to SMA 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 $1.08, which is above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Saturdays 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 $549 (10%) 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 $4955. Return trip prices are from the SMA to DCA 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 DCA to SMA can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 6 hour 0 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 DCA to SMA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL) in Ponta Delgada

  • 61 miles (98 km) away from SMA
  • Usually 70.82% less expensive than SMA
  • 1-layover flights available

See DCA to PDL flights


Flight Hacking DCA to SMA

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 SMA — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Lisbon (DCA > LIS > SMA)

  • Price for both tickets: $860
  • Average savings: $3976 (82.22%)

See DCA to LIS flights

Hack #2: Boston, MA (DCA > BOS > SMA)

  • Price for both tickets: $910
  • Average savings: $3925 (81.18%)

See DCA to BOS flights

Hack #3: Toronto (DCA > YYZ > SMA)

  • Price for both tickets: $989
  • Average savings: $3847 (79.56%)

See DCA to YYZ flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 6 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, American, Azores Airlines, Delta, Tap Air Portugal, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2791 miles or 4492 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DCA to SMA flight is about 6 hour 0 minutes.

How many flights go between Washington, DC and Santa Maria?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 32 available flights from DCA to SMA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code DCA
Origination airport name Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
City Washington, DC
Country the United States
Latitude 38.9
Longitude -77

Return Airport

Destination code SMA
Destination airport name Santa Maria Airport
City Santa Maria
Country Portugal
Latitude 37
Longitude -25.2


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