The cheapest times to fly from SNA to BRD are

  • January 1st to February 25th
  • May 7th to June 10th
  • August 20th to November 18th (except the weeks of August 27th and October 8th)

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 SNA to BRD is early to mid January. Prices can be as high as $970 for Sunday flights during mid to late November, or as low as $334 for Tuesday flights around early to mid January.


When to Fly to Brainerd

Flying from Santa Ana, CA (SNA) to Brainerd, MN (BRD) will usually cost between $356 to $804 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid January with an average ticket price of $402. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid to late November, with an average price of $703. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $301 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $501 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SNA to BRD flight.

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

SNA to BRD Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SNA to BRD flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Santa Ana. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.2, which is 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 out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $283 (40%) 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 $419. Return trip prices are from the BRD to SNA 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 SNA to BRD can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 3 hour 43 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 SNA to BRD while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport (MSP) in Minneapolis, MN

  • 114 miles (183 km) away from BRD
  • Usually 28.74% less expensive than BRD
  • Nonstop flights available

See SNA to MSP flights

Destination alternative #2: Hector International Airport (FAR) in Fargo, ND

  • 132 miles (212 km) away from BRD
  • Usually 11.08% less expensive than BRD
  • 1-layover flights available

See SNA to FAR flights

Destination alternative #3: Duluth International Airport (DLH) in Duluth, MN

  • 97 miles (156 km) away from BRD
  • Usually 10.28% less expensive than BRD
  • 1-layover flights available

See SNA to DLH flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 3 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport to John Wayne-Orange County Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1523 miles or 2451 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SNA to BRD flight is about 3 hour 43 minutes.

How many flights go between Santa Ana, CA and Brainerd, MN?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 21 available flights from SNA to BRD.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code SNA
Origination airport name John Wayne-Orange County Airport
City Santa Ana, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 33.7
Longitude -117.9

Return Airport

Destination code BRD
Destination airport name Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport
City Brainerd, MN
Country the United States
Latitude 46.4
Longitude -94.1


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