The cheapest times to fly from SEA to IPL are

  • January 8th to February 4th (except the week of January 15th)
  • August 6th to November 4th

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 SEA to IPL is late October. Prices can be as high as $773 for Sunday flights during late December, or as low as $280 for Tuesday flights around late October.


When to Fly to El Centro

Flying from Seattle, WA (SEA) to El Centro, CA (IPL) will usually cost between $280 to $498 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late October with an average ticket price of $303. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $494. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $191 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $339 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SEA to IPL flight.

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

SEA to IPL Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SEA to IPL flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Seattle. 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 fly to IPL. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly to El Centro. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $34 (9%) 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 $317. Return trip prices are from the IPL to SEA flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from SEA to IPL can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 2 hour 54 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 SEA to IPL while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: San Diego International Airport (SAN) in San Diego, CA

  • 94 miles (151 km) away from IPL
  • Usually 47.79% less expensive than IPL
  • Nonstop flights available

See SEA to SAN flights

Destination alternative #2: John Wayne-Orange County Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana, CA

  • 144 miles (232 km) away from IPL
  • Usually 41.74% less expensive than IPL
  • Nonstop flights available

See SEA to SNA flights

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

  • 144 miles (232 km) away from IPL
  • Usually 38.94% less expensive than IPL
  • Nonstop flights available

See SEA to ONT flights

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

  • 87 miles (140 km) away from IPL
  • Usually 32.74% less expensive than IPL
  • Nonstop flights available

See SEA to PSP flights

Destination alternative #5: Yuma MCAS/Yuma International Airport (YUM) in Yuma, AZ

  • 58 miles (93 km) away from IPL
  • Usually 23.60% less expensive than IPL
  • 1-layover flights available

See SEA to YUM flights


Flight Hacking SEA to IPL

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 SEA to IPL — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Los Angeles, CA (SEA > LAX > IPL)

  • Price for both tickets: $304
  • Average savings: $35 (10.32%)

See SEA to LAX flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from SEA to IPL? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 2 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, Mokulele Airlines, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Imperial County Airport to Seattle/Tacoma International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1069 miles or 1720 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from SEA to IPL?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SEA to IPL flight is about 2 hour 54 minutes.

How many flights go between Seattle, WA and El Centro, CA?

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


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeSEA
Origination airport nameSeattle/Tacoma International Airport
CitySeattle, WA
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeIPL
Destination airport nameImperial County Airport
CityEl Centro, CA
Countrythe United States


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