The cheapest times to fly from REC to SNA are

  • January 15th to April 1st (except the week of February 19th)
  • April 16th to May 6th (except the week of April 23rd)
  • May 21st to June 3rd
  • October 15th to December 9th

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 REC to SNA is early to mid March. Prices can be as high as $4342 for Saturday flights during late December, or as low as $1439 for Tuesday flights around early to mid March.


When to Fly to Santa Ana

Flying from Recife (REC) to Santa Ana, CA (SNA) will usually cost between $1439 to $3004 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid March with an average ticket price of $1537. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $2960. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1423 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $2224 can be considered a good price for a round-trip REC to SNA flight.

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

REC to SNA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the REC to SNA flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Recife. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.23, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Saturdays 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 $576 (23%) 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 $1754. Return trip prices are from the SNA to REC 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 REC to SNA can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 12 hour 1 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 REC to SNA while comparing.

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

  • 36 miles (58 km) away from SNA
  • Usually 41.82% less expensive than SNA
  • 1-layover flights available

See REC to LAX flights


Flight Hacking REC to SNA

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 REC to SNA — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Miami, FL (REC > MIA > SNA)

  • Price for both tickets: $910
  • Average savings: $1314 (59.08%)

See REC to MCO flights

Hack #2: Orlando, FL (REC > MCO > SNA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1044
  • Average savings: $1180 (53.06%)

See REC to MIA flights

Hack #3: Manaus (REC > MAO > SNA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1200
  • Average savings: $1025 (46.07%)

See REC to MAO flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

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

How far away is it from John Wayne-Orange County Airport to Guararapes Gilberto Freyre International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 6127 miles or 9860 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop REC to SNA flight is about 12 hour 1 minutes.

How many flights go between Recife and Santa Ana, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 18 available flights from REC to SNA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code REC
Origination airport name Guararapes Gilberto Freyre International Airport
City Recife
Country Brazil
Latitude -8.1
Longitude -34.9

Return Airport

Destination code SNA
Destination airport name John Wayne-Orange County Airport
City Santa Ana, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 33.7
Longitude -117.9


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