Cheap Flights from SFO to RIA: When to Fly from San Francisco to Santa Maria
The cheapest times to fly from SFO to RIA are
January 29th to April 8th (except the weeks of February 12th and February 19th)
April 30th to June 10th
August 13th to November 18th (except the weeks of August 27th and October 15th)
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 RIA is late May to early June. Prices can be as high as $2956 for Sunday flights during late July, or as low as $995 for Tuesday flights around late May to early June.
When to Fly to Santa Maria
Flying from San Francisco, CA (SFO) to Santa Maria (RIA) will usually cost between $1168 to $2122 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late May to early June with an average ticket price of $995. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $2221. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1226 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1553 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SFO to RIA flight.
See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the SFO to RIA route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.
SFO to RIA Flight Prices
Compared to other flights, the SFO to RIA flight is more expensive than the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from San Francisco. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.15, which is far below average.
Flight Prices by Day of the Week
Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to RIA. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly to Santa Maria. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $114 (7%) 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 $1489. Return trip prices are from the RIA to SFO 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 SFO to RIA can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 12 hour 33 minutes may not be realistic.
Flight Hacking SFO to RIA
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 SFO to RIA — but Champion Traveler does!
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