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The cheapest times to fly from PHX to SBA are

  • August 13th to November 18th
  • December 3rd to March 4th (except the week of December 10th)

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 PHX to SBA is late December. Prices can be as high as $527 for Friday flights during early March, or as low as $210 for Tuesday flights around late December.

 

When to Fly to Santa Barbara

Flying from Phoenix, AZ (PHX) to Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) will usually cost between $227 to $330 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late December with an average ticket price of $221. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early March, with an average price of $322. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $101 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $243 can be considered a good price for a round-trip PHX to SBA flight.

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

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PHX to SBA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the PHX to SBA flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Phoenix. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.33, which is in the normal range for a flight.

 

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 out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $21 (8%) 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 $238. Return trip prices are from the SBA to PHX flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

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Return Trip Prices by Day

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Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from PHX to SBA can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 48 minutes may 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 a nonstop flight from PHX to SBA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, CA

  • 88 miles (142 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 31.89% less expensive than SBA
  • Nonstop flights available

See PHX to LAX flights

Destination alternative #2: Bob Hope Airport (BUR) in Burbank, CA

  • 86 miles (138 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 20.58% less expensive than SBA
  • Nonstop flights available

See PHX to BUR flights

Destination alternative #3: Ontario International Airport (ONT) in Ontario, CA

  • 130 miles (209 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 19.34% less expensive than SBA
  • Nonstop flights available

See PHX to ONT flights

Destination alternative #4: Long Beach Airport (LGB) in Long Beach, CA

  • 105 miles (169 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 6.79% less expensive than SBA
  • Nonstop flights available

See PHX to LGB flights

Destination alternative #5: Meadows Field Airport (BFL) in Bakersfield, CA

  • 83 miles (134 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 1.44% less expensive than SBA
  • Nonstop flights available

See PHX to BFL flights

 

Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from PHX to SBA? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 7 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Contour Airlines, Delta, Frontier, Sun Country Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Santa Barbara Municipal Airport to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 454 miles or 731 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from PHX to SBA?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop PHX to SBA flight is about 1 hour 48 minutes.

How many flights go between Phoenix, AZ and Santa Barbara, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 51 available flights from PHX to SBA.

 

Airport Location Info

 

Departing Airport

Origination codePHX
Origination airport namePhoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
CityPhoenix, AZ
Countrythe United States
Latitude33.4
Longitude-112

Return Airport

Destination codeSBA
Destination airport nameSanta Barbara Municipal Airport
CitySanta Barbara, CA
Countrythe United States
Latitude34.4
Longitude-119.8

 

Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from PHX to SBA tend to depart late far less frequently than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 15% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 33% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave SBA heading for PHX about 5 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Santa Barbara, CA is about 1 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • American: 3 minutes early
  • SkyWest: 2 minutes early
  • Mesa: 9 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting

 

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