The cheapest times to fly from LAX to BKI are

  • February 12th to April 22nd
  • August 20th to December 9th

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 LAX to BKI is late October. Prices can be as high as $1994 for Saturday flights during late January, or as low as $637 for Tuesday flights around late October.


When to Fly to Kota Kinabalu

Flying from Los Angeles, CA (LAX) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI) will usually cost between $652 to $1453 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late October with an average ticket price of $668. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late January, with an average price of $1445. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $776 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $946 can be considered a good price for a round-trip LAX to BKI flight.

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

LAX to BKI Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the LAX to BKI flight is priced close to the average and costs about as much as the average flight leaving from Los Angeles. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.07, 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. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to Kota Kinabalu, and Sundays are the most expensive days to return to Los Angeles. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $115 (10%) 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 $952. Return trip prices are from the BKI to LAX 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 LAX to BKI can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 15 hour 17 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking LAX to BKI

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 LAX to BKI — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Hong Kong (LAX > HKG > BKI)

  • Price for both tickets: $716
  • Average savings: $230 (24.27%)

See LAX to HKG flights

Hack #2: Manila (LAX > MNL > BKI)

  • Price for both tickets: $754
  • Average savings: $192 (20.31%)

See LAX to MNL flights

Hack #3: Kuala Lumpur (LAX > KUL > BKI)

  • Price for both tickets: $761
  • Average savings: $185 (19.51%)

See LAX to KUL flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from LAX to BKI? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 25 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Alaska, American, ANA, Asiana, Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Emirates, EVA Air, Hainan, JAL, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qatar Airways, Shanghai Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, United, WestJet, Xiamen, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Kota Kinabalu International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 7941 miles or 12780 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from LAX to BKI?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop LAX to BKI flight is about 15 hour 17 minutes.

How many flights go between Los Angeles, CA and Kota Kinabalu?

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


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code LAX
Origination airport name Los Angeles International Airport
City Los Angeles, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 33.9
Longitude -118.4

Return Airport

Destination code BKI
Destination airport name Kota Kinabalu International Airport
City Kota Kinabalu
Country Malaysia
Latitude 5.9
Longitude 116


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