The cheapest times to fly from PHX to SNA are

  • August 6th to February 25th (except the weeks of October 8th, November 19th, and 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 PHX to SNA is late January. Prices can be as high as $1063 for Friday flights during late July, or as low as $200 for Saturday flights around late January.


When to Fly to Santa Ana

Flying from Phoenix, AZ (PHX) to Santa Ana, CA (SNA) will usually cost between $224 to $495 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 $228. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $523. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $295 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $255 can be considered a good price for a round-trip PHX to SNA flight.

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

PHX to SNA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the PHX to SNA 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 $0.47, which is a bit above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Saturday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SNA, and Wednesday the cheapest day to fly back into PHX. 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 $42 (14%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Saturday and returning a week later will cost an average of $269. Return trip prices are from the SNA to PHX 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 PHX to SNA can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 35 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 SNA while comparing.

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

  • 36 miles (58 km) away from SNA
  • Usually 34.97% less expensive than SNA
  • Nonstop flights available

See PHX to LAX flights

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

  • 46 miles (74 km) away from SNA
  • Usually 24.17% less expensive than SNA
  • Nonstop flights available

See PHX to BUR flights

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

  • 30 miles (48 km) away from SNA
  • Usually 22.99% less expensive than SNA
  • Nonstop flights available

See PHX to ONT flights

Destination alternative #4: Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) in Palm Springs, CA

  • 79 miles (127 km) away from SNA
  • Usually 17.68% less expensive than SNA
  • Nonstop flights available

See PHX to PSP flights

Destination alternative #5: Long Beach Airport (LGB) in Long Beach, CA

  • 19 miles (31 km) away from SNA
  • Usually 11.00% less expensive than SNA
  • Nonstop flights available

See PHX to LGB flights

Destination alternative #6: San Diego International Airport (SAN) in San Diego, CA

  • 76 miles (122 km) away from SNA
  • Usually 16.11% less expensive than SNA
  • Nonstop flights available

See PHX to SAN flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

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

How far away is it from John Wayne-Orange County Airport to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 338 miles or 544 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop PHX to SNA flight is about 1 hour 35 minutes.

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 65 available flights from PHX to SNA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codePHX
Origination airport namePhoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
CityPhoenix, AZ
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeSNA
Destination airport nameJohn Wayne-Orange County Airport
CitySanta Ana, CA
Countrythe United States


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from PHX to SNA tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 28% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 16% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave SNA heading for PHX about 7 minutes late. This does not significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Santa Ana, CA is about 1 minutes early. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • Southwest: 6 minutes late
  • American: 8 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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