The cheapest times to fly from SFO to MBS are

  • January 1st to February 25th (except the week of February 12th)
  • April 23rd to May 6th
  • August 6th 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 SFO to MBS is mid to late September. Prices can be as high as $939 for Sunday flights during early to mid May, or as low as $388 for Tuesday flights around mid to late September.


When to Fly to Saginaw

Flying from San Francisco, CA (SFO) to Saginaw/Bay City/Midland, MI (MBS) will usually cost between $398 to $613 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid to late September with an average ticket price of $412. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid May, with an average price of $600. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $187 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $472 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SFO to MBS flight.

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

SFO to MBS Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SFO to MBS flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from San Francisco. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.14, which is far 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 $134 (24%) 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 $416. Return trip prices are from the MBS to SFO 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 SFO to MBS 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 38 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 SFO to MBS while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport (DTW) in Detroit, MI

  • 98 miles (158 km) away from MBS
  • Usually 14.41% less expensive than MBS
  • Nonstop flights available

See SFO to DTW flights

Destination alternative #2: Toledo Express Airport (TOL) in Toledo, OH

  • 135 miles (217 km) away from MBS
  • Usually 11.76% less expensive than MBS
  • 1-layover flights available

See SFO to TOL flights

Destination alternative #3: Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (AZO) in Kalamazoo, MI

  • 117 miles (188 km) away from MBS
  • Usually 10.81% less expensive than MBS
  • 1-layover flights available

See SFO to AZO flights

Destination alternative #4: Bishop International Airport (FNT) in Flint, MI

  • 43 miles (69 km) away from MBS
  • Usually 9.11% less expensive than MBS
  • 1-layover flights available

See SFO to FNT flights

Destination alternative #5: Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) in Traverse City, MI

  • 112 miles (180 km) away from MBS
  • Usually 9.85% less expensive than MBS
  • 1-layover flights available

See SFO to TVC flights

Destination alternative #6: Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) in Grand Rapids, MI

  • 86 miles (138 km) away from MBS
  • Usually 7.94% less expensive than MBS
  • 1-layover flights available

See SFO to GRR flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from SFO to MBS? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

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

How far away is it from MBS International Airport to San Francisco International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2032 miles or 3270 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from SFO to MBS?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SFO to MBS flight is about 4 hour 38 minutes.

How many flights go between San Francisco, CA and Saginaw/Bay City/Midland, MI?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 72 available flights from SFO to MBS.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeSFO
Origination airport nameSan Francisco International Airport
CitySan Francisco, CA
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeMBS
Destination airport nameMBS International Airport
CitySaginaw/Bay City/Midland, MI
Countrythe United States


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