The cheapest times to fly from MCE to LAX are

  • July 16th to December 23rd

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 MCE to LAX is mid December. Prices can be as high as $230 for Sunday flights during late December, or as low as $198 for Wednesday flights around mid December.


When to Fly to Los Angeles

Flying from Merced, CA (MCE) to Los Angeles, CA (LAX) will usually cost between $198 to $230 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid December with an average ticket price of $198. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $203. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $5 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $230 can be considered a good price for a round-trip MCE to LAX flight.

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

MCE to LAX Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the MCE to LAX flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Merced. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.55, 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 Los Angeles, and Wednesdays are the most expensive days to return to Merced. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $1 (1%) 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 $198. Return trip prices are from the LAX to MCE 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 MCE to LAX can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 27 minutes may be realistic.


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 4 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Boutique Air, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Los Angeles International Airport to Merced Regional/Macready Field Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 259 miles or 417 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop MCE to LAX flight is about 1 hour 27 minutes.

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 3 available flights from MCE to LAX.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeMCE
Origination airport nameMerced Regional/Macready Field Airport
CityMerced, CA
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeLAX
Destination airport nameLos Angeles International Airport
CityLos Angeles, CA
Countrythe United States


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