The cheapest times to fly from LAX to PHL are

  • August 6th to November 18th
  • December 24th to March 4th

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 PHL is late October. Prices can be as high as $1036 for Sunday flights during early to mid May, or as low as $266 for Tuesday flights around late October.


When to Fly to Philadelphia

Flying from Los Angeles, CA (LAX) to Philadelphia, PA (PHL) will usually cost between $279 to $453 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 $280. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid May, with an average price of $498. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $218 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $342 can be considered a good price for a round-trip LAX to PHL flight.

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

LAX to PHL Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the LAX to PHL 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 $0.09, 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 $49 (13%) 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 $330. Return trip prices are from the PHL 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 PHL can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 5 hour 18 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 PHL while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) in Baltimore, MD

  • 90 miles (145 km) away from PHL
  • Usually 16.96% less expensive than PHL
  • Nonstop flights available

See LAX to BWI flights

Destination alternative #2: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York, NY

  • 94 miles (151 km) away from PHL
  • Usually 13.74% less expensive than PHL
  • Nonstop flights available

See LAX to JFK flights

Destination alternative #3: LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in New York, NY

  • 95 miles (153 km) away from PHL
  • Usually 11.99% less expensive than PHL
  • 1-layover flights available

See LAX to LGA flights

Destination alternative #4: Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in Newark, NJ

  • 80 miles (129 km) away from PHL
  • Usually 11.40% less expensive than PHL
  • Nonstop flights available

See LAX to EWR flights

Destination alternative #5: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Washington, DC

  • 135 miles (217 km) away from PHL
  • Usually 9.21% less expensive than PHL
  • Nonstop flights available

See LAX to IAD flights

Destination alternative #6: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in Washington, DC

  • 119 miles (192 km) away from PHL
  • Usually 5.56% less expensive than PHL
  • Nonstop flights available

See LAX to DCA flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 12 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, Emirates, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Qatar Airways, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2396 miles or 3856 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop LAX to PHL flight is about 5 hour 18 minutes.

How many flights go between Los Angeles, CA and Philadelphia, PA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 103 available flights from LAX to PHL.


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 PHL
Destination airport name Philadelphia International Airport
City Philadelphia, PA
Country the United States
Latitude 39.9
Longitude -75.2


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from LAX to PHL tend to depart much later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 42% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 6% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave PHL heading for LAX about 32 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Philadelphia, PA is about 29 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • American: 31 minutes late
  • Alaska: 26 minutes late
  • Spirit: 47 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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