The cheapest times to fly from DFW to SNA are

  • August 6th to November 18th
  • December 3rd to February 25th (except the week of December 24th)

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 DFW to SNA is mid to late August. Prices can be as high as $1356 for Friday flights during late July, or as low as $290 for Tuesday flights around mid to late August.


When to Fly to Santa Ana

Flying from Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (DFW) to Santa Ana, CA (SNA) will usually cost between $306 to $606 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid to late August with an average ticket price of $339. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $743. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $404 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $398 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DFW to SNA flight.

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

DFW to SNA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DFW to SNA flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Dallas. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.21, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly to Santa Ana, and Sundays are the most expensive days to return to Dallas. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $79 (17%) 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 $382. Return trip prices are from the SNA to DFW 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 DFW to SNA can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 3 hour 9 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 DFW to SNA while comparing.

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

  • 36 miles (58 km) away from SNA
  • Usually 47.61% less expensive than SNA
  • Nonstop flights available

See DFW to LAX flights

Destination alternative #2: San Diego International Airport (SAN) in San Diego, CA

  • 76 miles (122 km) away from SNA
  • Usually 40.83% less expensive than SNA
  • Nonstop flights available

See DFW to SAN flights

Destination alternative #3: Meadows Field Airport (BFL) in Bakersfield, CA

  • 139 miles (224 km) away from SNA
  • Usually 33.92% less expensive than SNA
  • Nonstop flights available

See DFW to BFL flights

Destination alternative #4: Bob Hope Airport (BUR) in Burbank, CA

  • 46 miles (74 km) away from SNA
  • Usually 25.25% less expensive than SNA
  • Nonstop flights available

See DFW to BUR flights

Destination alternative #5: Ontario International Airport (ONT) in Ontario, CA

  • 30 miles (48 km) away from SNA
  • Usually 19.97% less expensive than SNA
  • Nonstop flights available

See DFW to ONT flights

Destination alternative #6: Long Beach Airport (LGB) in Long Beach, CA

  • 19 miles (31 km) away from SNA
  • Usually 18.34% less expensive than SNA
  • 1-layover flights available

See DFW to LGB flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 5 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from John Wayne-Orange County Airport to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1202 miles or 1934 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DFW to SNA flight is about 3 hour 9 minutes.

How many flights go between Dallas/Fort Worth, TX and Santa Ana, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 61 available flights from DFW to SNA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code DFW
Origination airport name Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
City Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
Country the United States
Latitude 32.9
Longitude -97

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


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from DFW to SNA tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 26% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 4% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave SNA heading for DFW about 8 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Santa Ana, CA is about 2 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • American: 8 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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