The cheapest times to fly from LAX to SMA are
- January 1st to February 4th
- late February and early March
- October 22nd to December 16th (except the weeks of November 5th and November 26th)
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 SMA is early to mid December. Prices can be as high as $10100 for Sunday flights during early October, or as low as $5082 for Wednesday flights around early to mid December.
When to Fly to Santa Maria Island
Flying from Los Angeles, CA (LAX) to Santa Maria (SMA) will usually cost between $5660 to $9027 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid December with an average ticket price of $6139. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early October, with an average price of $10100. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $3961 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $7569 can be considered a good price for a round-trip LAX to SMA flight.
See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the LAX to SMA route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.
Compared to other flights, the LAX to SMA flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Los Angeles. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.94, which is above average.
Flight Prices by Day of the Week
Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly to Santa Maria Island, and Saturdays are the most expensive days to return to Los Angeles. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $1729 (17%) on this flight.
Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $6923. Return trip prices are from the SMA to LAX 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 LAX to SMA can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 10 hour 1 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 LAX to SMA while comparing.
- 61 miles (98 km) away from SMA
- Usually 79.56% less expensive than SMA
- 1-layover flights available
Flight Hacking LAX to SMA
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 SMA — but Champion Traveler does!
- Price for both tickets: $843
- Average savings: $6727 (88.87%)
- Price for both tickets: $880
- Average savings: $6690 (88.38%)
- Price for both tickets: $928
- Average savings: $6641 (87.74%)
Flight Questions Answered
Still have questions about flying from LAX to SMA? We’ve got answers.
Which airlines fly this route?
You can find 7 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, American, Azores Airlines, Delta, Tap Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.
How far away is it from Santa Maria Airport to Los Angeles International Airport?
The distance between the two airports is roughly 5018 miles or 8076 kilometers.
How long does it take to fly from LAX to SMA?
The real-world flight time for a nonstop LAX to SMA flight is about 10 hour 1 minutes.
How many flights go between Los Angeles, CA and Santa Maria?
It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 29 available flights from LAX to SMA.
Airport Location Info
|Origination airport name||Los Angeles International Airport|
|City||Los Angeles, CA|
|Country||the United States|
|Destination airport name||Santa Maria Airport|
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