The cheapest times to fly from LAX to FAT are

  • January 1st to February 4th (except the week of January 15th)
  • May 21st to July 15th
  • August 13th to November 18th

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 FAT is late October. Prices can be as high as $621 for Sunday flights during early to mid May, or as low as $288 for Tuesday flights around late October.


When to Fly to Fresno

Flying from Los Angeles, CA (LAX) to Fresno, CA (FAT) will usually cost between $296 to $396 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 $307. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid May, with an average price of $429. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $122 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $354 can be considered a good price for a round-trip LAX to FAT flight.

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

LAX to FAT Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the LAX to FAT flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Los Angeles. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $1.05, which is above 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 $26 (7%) 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 $344. Return trip prices are from the FAT 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 FAT can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 21 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 LAX to FAT while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Merced Regional/Macready Field Airport (MCE) in Merced, CA

  • 56 miles (90 km) away from FAT
  • Usually 43.99% less expensive than FAT
  • Nonstop flights available

See LAX to MCE flights

Destination alternative #2: Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in San Jose, CA

  • 128 miles (206 km) away from FAT
  • Usually 69.59% less expensive than FAT
  • Nonstop flights available

See LAX to SJC flights

Destination alternative #3: Stockton Metropolitan Airport (SCK) in Stockton, CA

  • 114 miles (183 km) away from FAT
  • Usually 42.01% less expensive than FAT
  • Nonstop flights available

See LAX to SCK flights

Destination alternative #4: Mammoth Lakes Airport (MMH) in Mammoth Lakes, CA

  • 76 miles (122 km) away from FAT
  • Usually 27.30% less expensive than FAT
  • Nonstop flights available

See LAX to MMH flights

Destination alternative #5: Meadows Field Airport (BFL) in Bakersfield, CA

  • 100 miles (161 km) away from FAT
  • Usually 11.74% less expensive than FAT
  • 1-layover flights available

See LAX to BFL flights

Destination alternative #6: Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) in Monterey, CA

  • 118 miles (190 km) away from FAT
  • Usually 8.06% less expensive than FAT
  • Nonstop flights available

See LAX to MRY flights


Flight Hacking LAX to FAT

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 FAT — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Las Vegas, NV (LAX > LAS > FAT)

  • Price for both tickets: $329
  • Average savings: $25 (6.93%)

See LAX to LAS flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 6 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, Emirates, Frontier, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Fresno Yosemite International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 209 miles or 336 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop LAX to FAT flight is about 1 hour 21 minutes.

How many flights go between Los Angeles, CA and Fresno, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 64 available flights from LAX to FAT.


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 FAT
Destination airport name Fresno Yosemite International Airport
City Fresno, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 36.8
Longitude -119.7


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from LAX to FAT tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 25% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 42% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave FAT heading for LAX about 13 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Fresno, CA is about 10 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • SkyWest: 13 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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