The cheapest times to fly from SBA to MAA are

  • January 15th to July 15th (except the week of April 2nd)

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 MAA is late January and early February. Prices can be as high as $2373 for Sunday flights during late December, or as low as $954 for Tuesday flights around late January and early February.


When to Fly to Chennai

Flying from Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) to Chennai (MAA) will usually cost between $1027 to $1958 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January and early February with an average ticket price of $1096. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $2132. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1036 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1360 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SBA to MAA flight.

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

SBA to MAA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SBA to MAA flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Santa Barbara. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.09, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to MAA, and Monday the cheapest day to fly back into SBA. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly to Chennai, and Saturdays are the most expensive days to return to Santa Barbara. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $162 (11%) 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 $1288. Return trip prices are from the MAA 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 MAA can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 17 hour 1 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking SBA to MAA

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 SBA to MAA — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Singapore (SBA > SIN > MAA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1067
  • Average savings: $293 (21.54%)

See SBA to SIN flights

Hack #2: London (SBA > LHR > MAA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1091
  • Average savings: $270 (19.82%)

See SBA to LHR flights

Hack #3: Hong Kong (SBA > HKG > MAA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1177
  • Average savings: $184 (13.49%)

See SBA to HKG flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 10 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air India, American, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta, Fiji Airways, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Chennai International Airport to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 8905 miles or 14331 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SBA to MAA flight is about 17 hour 1 minutes.

How many flights go between Santa Barbara, CA and Chennai?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 16 available flights from SBA to MAA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

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

Return Airport

Destination codeMAA
Destination airport nameChennai International Airport


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