The cheapest times to fly from SAN to APN are

  • January 1st to February 25th
  • April 16th to June 10th (except the week of May 14th)
  • October 15th to December 16th (except the weeks of 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 SAN to APN is early December. Prices can be as high as $1064 for Sunday flights during mid December, or as low as $338 for Tuesday flights around early December.


When to Fly to Alpena

Flying from San Diego, CA (SAN) to Alpena, MI (APN) will usually cost between $378 to $889 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early December with an average ticket price of $434. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $822. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $387 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $635 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SAN to APN flight.

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

SAN to APN Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SAN to APN flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from San Diego. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.2, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Sundays 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 $264 (35%) 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 $472. Return trip prices are from the APN to SAN 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 SAN to APN can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 4 hour 33 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 SAN to APN while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Bishop International Airport (FNT) in Flint, MI

  • 146 miles (235 km) away from APN
  • Usually 32.68% less expensive than APN
  • 1-layover flights available

See SAN to FNT flights

Destination alternative #2: Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) in Traverse City, MI

  • 102 miles (164 km) away from APN
  • Usually 32.60% less expensive than APN
  • 1-layover flights available

See SAN to TVC flights

Destination alternative #3: MBS International Airport (MBS) in Saginaw/Bay City/Midland, MI

  • 110 miles (177 km) away from APN
  • Usually 27.87% less expensive than APN
  • 1-layover flights available

See SAN to MBS flights

Destination alternative #4: Chippewa County International Airport (CIU) in Sault Ste. Marie, MI

  • 92 miles (148 km) away from APN
  • Usually 18.58% less expensive than APN
  • 1-layover flights available

See SAN to CIU flights


Flight Hacking SAN to APN

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 SAN to APN — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Detroit, MI (SAN > DTW > APN)

  • Price for both tickets: $578
  • Average savings: $58 (9.06%)

See SAN to DTW flights

Hack #2: Milwaukee, WI (SAN > MKE > APN)

  • Price for both tickets: $600
  • Average savings: $35 (5.51%)

See SAN to MKE flights

Hack #3: Chicago, IL (SAN > ORD > APN)

  • Price for both tickets: $620
  • Average savings: $16 (2.44%)

See SAN to ORD flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from SAN to APN? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

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

How far away is it from Alpena County Regional Airport to San Diego International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1980 miles or 3186 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from SAN to APN?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SAN to APN flight is about 4 hour 33 minutes.

How many flights go between San Diego, CA and Alpena, MI?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 21 available flights from SAN to APN.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeSAN
Origination airport nameSan Diego International Airport
CitySan Diego, CA
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeAPN
Destination airport nameAlpena County Regional Airport
CityAlpena, MI
Countrythe United States


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