The cheapest times to fly from SJO to FAI are

  • January 8th to February 25th
  • April 16th 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 SJO to FAI is mid to late September. Prices can be as high as $2149 for Sunday flights during early to mid December, or as low as $519 for Tuesday flights around mid to late September.


When to Fly to Fairbanks

Flying from San Jose (SJO) to Fairbanks, AK (FAI) will usually cost between $525 to $1564 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 $533. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid December, with an average price of $1773. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1239 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $968 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SJO to FAI flight.

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

SJO to FAI Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SJO to FAI flight is priced close to the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from San José. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.12, 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 to Fairbanks, and Fridays are the most expensive days to return to San José. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $288 (25%) 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 $847. Return trip prices are from the FAI to SJO 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 SJO to FAI can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 9 hour 41 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking SJO to FAI

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 SJO to FAI — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Las Vegas, NV (SJO > LAS > FAI)

  • Price for both tickets: $828
  • Average savings: $140 (14.47%)

See SJO to SEA flights

Hack #2: Seattle, WA (SJO > SEA > FAI)

  • Price for both tickets: $848
  • Average savings: $120 (12.4%)

See SJO to LAS flights

Hack #3: Los Angeles, CA (SJO > LAX > FAI)

  • Price for both tickets: $859
  • Average savings: $109 (11.27%)

See SJO to LAX flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from SJO to FAI? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 5 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, COPA, Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Fairbanks International Airport to Juan Santamaria International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 4831 miles or 7775 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from SJO to FAI?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SJO to FAI flight is about 9 hour 41 minutes.

How many flights go between San Jose and Fairbanks, AK?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 23 available flights from SJO to FAI.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeSJO
Origination airport nameJuan Santamaria International Airport
CitySan Jose
CountryCosta Rica

Return Airport

Destination codeFAI
Destination airport nameFairbanks International Airport
CityFairbanks, AK
Countrythe United States


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