The cheapest times to fly from SMA to CLT are

  • January 8th to February 4th
  • February 26th to March 25th
  • November 19th to December 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 SMA to CLT is mid March. Prices can be as high as $5854 for Thursday flights during mid December, or as low as $4107 for Wednesday flights around mid March.


When to Fly to Charlotte

Flying from Santa Maria (SMA) to Charlotte, NC (CLT) will usually cost between $4107 to $4902 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid March with an average ticket price of $4107. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $5005. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $898 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $4203 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SMA to CLT flight.

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

SMA to CLT Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SMA to CLT flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Santa Maria Island. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.85, which is above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to CLT, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into SMA. Thursdays 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 $1840 (27%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $4241. Return trip prices are from the CLT to SMA 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 SMA to CLT can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 6 hour 30 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 SMA to CLT while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) in Raleigh/Durham, NC

  • 130 miles (209 km) away from CLT
  • Usually 5.78% less expensive than CLT
  • 2-layover flights available

See SMA to RDU flights


Flight Hacking SMA to CLT

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 SMA to CLT — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Boston, MA (SMA > BOS > CLT)

  • Price for both tickets: $898
  • Average savings: $3305 (78.63%)

See SMA to DUB flights

Hack #2: Dublin (SMA > DUB > CLT)

  • Price for both tickets: $958
  • Average savings: $3245 (77.21%)

See SMA to BOS flights

Hack #3: Stockholm (SMA > ARN > CLT)

  • Price for both tickets: $1053
  • Average savings: $3151 (74.96%)

See SMA to ARN flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from SMA to CLT? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 7 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, American, Azores Airlines, Delta, Tap Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Santa Maria Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 3070 miles or 4941 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from SMA to CLT?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SMA to CLT flight is about 6 hour 30 minutes.

How many flights go between Santa Maria and Charlotte, NC?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 29 available flights from SMA to CLT.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeSMA
Origination airport nameSanta Maria Airport
CitySanta Maria

Return Airport

Destination codeCLT
Destination airport nameCharlotte Douglas International Airport
CityCharlotte, NC
Countrythe United States


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