The cheapest times to fly from PHW to SFO are

  • January 15th to March 25th
  • April 16th to June 17th
  • July 2nd to July 15th

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 PHW to SFO is late January. Prices can be as high as $3474 for Friday flights during early January, or as low as $1327 for Tuesday flights around late January.


When to Fly to San Francisco

Flying from Phalaborwa (PHW) to San Francisco, CA (SFO) will usually cost between $1345 to $2158 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January with an average ticket price of $1369. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early January, with an average price of $2600. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1231 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1510 can be considered a good price for a round-trip PHW to SFO flight.

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

PHW to SFO Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the PHW to SFO flight is more expensive than the average and costs about as much as the average flight leaving from Phalaborwa. 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 fly to SFO, and Monday the cheapest day to fly back into PHW. Fridays 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 $233 (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 $1483. Return trip prices are from the SFO to PHW 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 PHW to SFO can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 20 hour 5 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 PHW to SFO while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in San Jose, CA

  • 30 miles (48 km) away from SFO
  • Usually 2.52% less expensive than SFO
  • 2-layover flights available

See PHW to SJC flights


Flight Hacking PHW to SFO

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 PHW to SFO — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Johannesburg (PHW > JNB > SFO)

  • Price for both tickets: $1305
  • Average savings: $206 (13.61%)

See PHW to JFK flights

Hack #2: New York, NY (PHW > JFK > SFO)

  • Price for both tickets: $1309
  • Average savings: $202 (13.34%)

See PHW to JNB flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from PHW to SFO? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 13 major airlines flying this route most often: Air France, Alaska, American, British Airways, Delta, JetBlue, KLM, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, South African, SWISS, United, Virgin Atlantic, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from San Francisco International Airport to Kruger Park Gateway Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 10611 miles or 17077 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from PHW to SFO?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop PHW to SFO flight is about 20 hour 5 minutes.

How many flights go between Phalaborwa and San Francisco, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 12 available flights from PHW to SFO.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code PHW
Origination airport name Kruger Park Gateway Airport
City Phalaborwa
Country South Africa
Latitude -23.9
Longitude 31.2

Return Airport

Destination code SFO
Destination airport name San Francisco International Airport
City San Francisco, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 37.6
Longitude -122.4


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