The cheapest times to fly from SNA to SHA are

  • January 8th to January 28th
  • February 26th to March 11th
  • April 2nd to April 22nd
  • August 13th to December 9th

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 SHA is late August to early September. Prices can be as high as $2300 for Sunday flights during late June, or as low as $540 for Tuesday flights around late August to early September.


When to Fly to Shanghai

Flying from Santa Ana, CA (SNA) to Shanghai (SHA) will usually cost between $595 to $1729 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late August to early September with an average ticket price of $595. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late June, with an average price of $1727. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1132 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $985 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SNA to SHA flight.

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

SNA to SHA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SNA to SHA flight is priced close to the average and costs about as much as the average flight leaving from Santa Ana. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.09, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SHA, and Wednesday the cheapest day to fly back into SNA. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly to Shanghai, and Thursdays are the most expensive days to return to Santa Ana. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $548 (20%) 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 $992. Return trip prices are from the SHA 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 SHA can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 12 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 SHA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Pudong Airport (PVG) in Shanghai

  • 27 miles (43 km) away from SHA
  • Usually 31.95% less expensive than SHA
  • 1-layover flights available

See SNA to PVG flights


Flight Hacking SNA to SHA

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 SNA to SHA — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: San Jose, CA (SNA > SJC > SHA)

  • Price for both tickets: $864
  • Average savings: $121 (12.29%)

See SNA to SJC flights

Hack #2: Seattle, WA (SNA > SEA > SHA)

  • Price for both tickets: $891
  • Average savings: $94 (9.5%)

See SNA to SEA flights

Hack #3: Las Vegas, NV (SNA > LAS > SHA)

  • Price for both tickets: $892
  • Average savings: $93 (9.4%)

See SNA to LAS flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 18 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Alaska, American, ANA, Asiana, Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific, China Southern, Delta, Finnair, Hainan, JAL, Korean Air, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen, United, WestJet, Xiamen, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 6523 miles or 10498 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SNA to SHA flight is about 12 hour 43 minutes.

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 64 available flights from SNA to SHA.


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 SHA
Destination airport name Hongqiao International Airport
City Shanghai
Country China
Latitude 31.2
Longitude 121.3


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