The cheapest times to fly from SBA to FSM are

  • January 1st to February 25th
  • April 2nd to May 13th (except the weeks of April 9th and April 30th)
  • July 16th to August 5th
  • October 29th to November 18th

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 SBA to FSM is late January. Prices can be as high as $995 for Sunday flights during mid December, or as low as $318 for Tuesday flights around late January.


When to Fly to Fort Smith

Flying from Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) to Fort Smith, AR (FSM) will usually cost between $323 to $681 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 $328. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $639. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $311 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $518 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SBA to FSM flight.

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

SBA to FSM Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SBA to FSM flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Santa Barbara. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.22, 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 $155 (26%) 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 $431. Return trip prices are from the FSM to SBA 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 SBA to FSM can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 3 hour 35 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 SBA to FSM while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Tulsa International Airport (TUL) in Tulsa, OK

  • 104 miles (167 km) away from FSM
  • Usually 23.55% less expensive than FSM
  • 1-layover flights available

See SBA to TUL flights

Destination alternative #2: Joplin Regional Airport (JLN) in Joplin, MO

  • 126 miles (203 km) away from FSM
  • Usually 19.88% less expensive than FSM
  • 1-layover flights available

See SBA to JLN flights

Destination alternative #3: Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) in Fayetteville, AR

  • 65 miles (105 km) away from FSM
  • Usually 13.32% less expensive than FSM
  • 1-layover flights available

See SBA to XNA flights

Destination alternative #4: Bill and Hillary Clinton Nat Adams Field Airport (LIT) in Little Rock, AR

  • 128 miles (206 km) away from FSM
  • Usually 8.69% less expensive than FSM
  • 1-layover flights available

See SBA to LIT flights

Destination alternative #5: Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF) in Springfield, MO

  • 143 miles (230 km) away from FSM
  • Usually 0.97% less expensive than FSM
  • 1-layover flights available

See SBA to SGF flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 3 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Fort Smith Regional Airport to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1441 miles or 2319 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SBA to FSM flight is about 3 hour 35 minutes.

How many flights go between Santa Barbara, CA and Fort Smith, AR?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 17 available flights from SBA to FSM.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeSBA
Origination airport nameSanta Barbara Municipal Airport
CitySanta Barbara, CA
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeFSM
Destination airport nameFort Smith Regional Airport
CityFort Smith, AR
Countrythe United States


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