The cheapest times to fly from SMA to LAX are

  • January 8th to February 4th
  • February 26th to April 1st (except the weeks of March 5th, March 12th, and March 19th)
  • October 29th to November 11th

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 LAX is late March. Prices can be as high as $7838 for Saturday flights during early February, or as low as $4417 for Wednesday flights around late March.


When to Fly to Los Angeles

Flying from Santa Maria (SMA) to Los Angeles, CA (LAX) will usually cost between $5211 to $7261 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late March with an average ticket price of $5211. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early February, with an average price of $6983. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1772 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $5948 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SMA to LAX flight.

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

SMA to LAX Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SMA to LAX 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 $0.74, which is above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to Los Angeles, and Sundays are the most expensive days to return to Santa Maria Island. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $1729 (17%) 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 $5813. Return trip prices are from the LAX 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 LAX can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 10 hour 1 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking SMA to LAX

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 LAX — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Lisbon (SMA > LIS > LAX)

  • Price for both tickets: $735
  • Average savings: $5213 (87.64%)

See SMA to OPO flights

Hack #2: Porto (SMA > OPO > LAX)

  • Price for both tickets: $857
  • Average savings: $5091 (85.59%)

See SMA to LIS flights

Hack #3: Copenhagen (SMA > CPH > LAX)

  • Price for both tickets: $873
  • Average savings: $5075 (85.33%)

See SMA to CPH flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 6 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, American, Azores Airlines, Delta, Tap Air Portugal, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Los Angeles International Airport to Santa Maria Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 5018 miles or 8076 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SMA to LAX flight is about 10 hour 1 minutes.

How many flights go between Santa Maria and Los Angeles, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 32 available flights from SMA to LAX.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code SMA
Origination airport name Santa Maria Airport
City Santa Maria
Country Portugal
Latitude 37
Longitude -25.2

Return Airport

Destination code LAX
Destination airport name Los Angeles International Airport
City Los Angeles, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 33.9
Longitude -118.4


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