The cheapest times to fly from LAX to SWA are

  • January 22nd to April 1st (except the week of February 5th)
  • August 13th 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 SWA is early September. Prices can be as high as $2244 for Friday flights during late July, or as low as $360 for Tuesday flights around early September.


When to Fly to Shantou

Flying from Los Angeles, CA (LAX) to Shantou (SWA) will usually cost between $460 to $1359 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early September with an average ticket price of $485. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $1516. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1031 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $890 can be considered a good price for a round-trip LAX to SWA flight.

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

LAX to SWA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the LAX to SWA flight is cheaper than 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 $0.08, 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. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly to Shantou, and Saturdays are the most expensive days to return to Los Angeles. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $101 (11%) 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 $833. Return trip prices are from the SWA 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 SWA can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 13 hour 42 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 SWA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Gaoqi Airport (XMN) in Xiamen

  • 116 miles (187 km) away from SWA
  • Usually 26.48% less expensive than SWA
  • Nonstop flights available

See LAX to XMN flights

Destination alternative #2: Jinjiang Airport (JJN) in Zuanzhou Fujian

  • 149 miles (240 km) away from SWA
  • Usually 2.87% less expensive than SWA
  • 1-layover flights available

See LAX to JJN flights


Flight Hacking LAX to SWA

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 SWA — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Manila (LAX > MNL > SWA)

  • Price for both tickets: $837
  • Average savings: $53 (5.96%)

See LAX to MNL flights

Hack #2: Kuala Lumpur (LAX > KUL > SWA)

  • Price for both tickets: $846
  • Average savings: $44 (4.95%)

See LAX to KUL flights

Hack #3: Shanghai (LAX > PVG > SWA)

  • Price for both tickets: $855
  • Average savings: $35 (3.93%)

See LAX to PVG flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 24 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air China, Alaska, American, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, EVA Air, Hainan, JAL, Lufthansa, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen, Sichuan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, United, WestJet, Xiamen, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 7066 miles or 11372 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop LAX to SWA flight is about 13 hour 42 minutes.

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 77 available flights from LAX to SWA.


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 SWA
Destination airport name Waisha Airport
City Shantou
Country China
Latitude 23.4
Longitude 116.8


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