The cheapest times to fly from DCA to SNA are
- January 1st to March 4th
- August 6th to November 18th
- December 3rd to December 16th
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 SNA is mid to late September. Prices can be as high as $1041 for Sunday flights during late July, or as low as $297 for Tuesday flights around mid to late September.
When to Fly to Santa Ana
Flying from Washington, DC (DCA) to Santa Ana, CA (SNA) will usually cost between $324 to $629 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid to late September with an average ticket price of $331. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $598. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $267 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $387 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DCA to SNA flight.
See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the DCA to SNA route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.
Compared to other flights, the DCA to SNA flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Washington. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.11, 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 $180 (33%) 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 $361. Return trip prices are from the SNA to DCA 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 DCA 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 5 hour 5 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 SNA while comparing.
- 36 miles (58 km) away from SNA
- Usually 16.30% less expensive than SNA
- Nonstop flights available
- 46 miles (74 km) away from SNA
- Usually 5.56% less expensive than SNA
- 1-layover flights available
Flight Questions Answered
Still have questions about flying from DCA 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 Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport?
The distance between the two airports is roughly 2283 miles or 3674 kilometers.
How long does it take to fly from DCA to SNA?
The real-world flight time for a nonstop DCA to SNA flight is about 5 hour 5 minutes.
How many flights go between Washington, DC and Santa Ana, CA?
It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 93 available flights from DCA to SNA.
Airport Location Info
|Origination airport name||Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport|
|Country||the United States|
|Destination airport name||John Wayne-Orange County Airport|
|City||Santa Ana, CA|
|Country||the United States|
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