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The cheapest times to fly from SMF to SNA are

  • January 1st to March 4th
  • August 6th to March 4th (except the weeks of November 19th, November 26th, December 17th, and December 24th)

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 SMF to SNA is late January. Prices can be as high as $713 for Sunday flights during mid June, or as low as $144 for Saturday flights around late January.

 

When to Fly to Santa Ana

Flying from Sacramento, CA (SMF) to Santa Ana, CA (SNA) will usually cost between $179 to $494 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January with an average ticket price of $224. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid June, with an average price of $444. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $221 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $296 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SMF to SNA flight.

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

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SMF to SNA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SMF to SNA flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Sacramento. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.46, which is a bit above average.

 

Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Saturday 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 $169 (42%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Saturday and returning a week later will cost an average of $227. Return trip prices are from the SNA to SMF flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

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Return Trip Prices by Day

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Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from SMF to SNA can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 43 minutes may 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 a nonstop flight from SMF to SNA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: San Diego International Airport (SAN) in San Diego, CA

  • 76 miles (122 km) away from SNA
  • Usually 59.90% less expensive than SNA
  • Nonstop flights available

See SMF to SAN flights

Destination alternative #2: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, CA

  • 36 miles (58 km) away from SNA
  • Usually 49.41% less expensive than SNA
  • Nonstop flights available

See SMF to LAX flights

Destination alternative #3: Long Beach Airport (LGB) in Long Beach, CA

  • 19 miles (31 km) away from SNA
  • Usually 38.07% less expensive than SNA
  • Nonstop flights available

See SMF to LGB flights

Destination alternative #4: Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) in Palm Springs, CA

  • 79 miles (127 km) away from SNA
  • Usually 2.54% less expensive than SNA
  • Nonstop flights available

See SMF to PSP flights

 

Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from SMF to SNA? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 7 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, Emirates, Frontier, Southwest, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from John Wayne-Orange County Airport to Sacramento International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 404 miles or 650 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from SMF to SNA?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SMF to SNA flight is about 1 hour 43 minutes.

How many flights go between Sacramento, CA and Santa Ana, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 70 available flights from SMF to SNA.

 

Airport Location Info

 

Departing Airport

Origination codeSMF
Origination airport nameSacramento International Airport
CitySacramento, CA
Countrythe United States
Latitude38.7
Longitude-121.6

Return Airport

Destination codeSNA
Destination airport nameJohn Wayne-Orange County Airport
CitySanta Ana, CA
Countrythe United States
Latitude33.7
Longitude-117.9

 

Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from SMF to SNA tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 24% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 18% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave SNA heading for SMF about 4 minutes late. This does not significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Santa Ana, CA is about 3 minutes early. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • Southwest: 4 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting

 

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