The cheapest times to fly from LGA to SMA are

  • January 1st to March 25th (except the weeks of February 12th and February 26th)
  • November 19th to December 16th (except the week of 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 LGA to SMA is mid March. Prices can be as high as $6240 for Thursday flights during mid December, or as low as $4282 for Sunday flights around mid March.


When to Fly to Santa Maria Island

Flying from New York, NY (LGA) to Santa Maria (SMA) will usually cost between $4282 to $5105 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid March with an average ticket price of $4282. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $5350. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1068 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $4286 can be considered a good price for a round-trip LGA to SMA flight.

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

LGA to SMA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the LGA to SMA flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from New York. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $1.02, which is above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Sunday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SMA, and Wednesday the cheapest day to fly back into LGA. Thursdays 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 $738 (14%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Sunday and returning a week later will cost an average of $4450. Return trip prices are from the SMA to LGA 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 LGA 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 5 hour 40 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 LGA to SMA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL) in Ponta Delgada

  • 61 miles (98 km) away from SMA
  • Usually 71.35% less expensive than SMA
  • 1-layover flights available

See LGA to PDL flights


Flight Hacking LGA 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 LGA to SMA — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Lisbon (LGA > LIS > SMA)

  • Price for both tickets: $722
  • Average savings: $3564 (83.15%)

See LGA to LIS flights

Hack #2: Madrid (LGA > MAD > SMA)

  • Price for both tickets: $734
  • Average savings: $3553 (82.89%)

See LGA to MAD flights

Hack #3: Porto (LGA > OPO > SMA)

  • Price for both tickets: $787
  • Average savings: $3500 (81.65%)

See LGA to OPO flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from LGA to SMA? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 6 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, American, Azores Airlines, Delta, Tap Air Portugal, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Santa Maria Airport to LaGuardia Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2599 miles or 4183 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from LGA to SMA?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop LGA to SMA flight is about 5 hour 40 minutes.

How many flights go between New York, NY and Santa Maria?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 32 available flights from LGA to SMA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code LGA
Origination airport name LaGuardia Airport
City New York, NY
Country the United States
Latitude 40.8
Longitude -73.9

Return Airport

Destination code SMA
Destination airport name Santa Maria Airport
City Santa Maria
Country Portugal
Latitude 37
Longitude -25.2


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