The cheapest times to fly from SNA to SWA are

  • January 1st to March 25th
  • April 23rd to May 6th
  • August 27th to September 30th (except the week of September 17th)
  • October 15th 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 SWA is late October to early November. Prices can be as high as $2526 for Saturday flights during early August, or as low as $866 for Tuesday flights around late October to early November.


When to Fly to Shantou

Flying from Santa Ana, CA (SNA) to Shantou (SWA) will usually cost between $1123 to $2045 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late October to early November with an average ticket price of $1064. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early August, with an average price of $2067. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1004 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1482 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SNA to SWA flight.

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

SNA to SWA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SNA to SWA flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Santa Ana. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.13, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SWA, and Wednesday the cheapest day to fly back into SNA. Saturdays 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 $222 (14%) 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 $1421. Return trip prices are from the SWA 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 SWA can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 13 hour 46 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 SWA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Gaoqi Airport (XMN) in Xiamen

  • 116 miles (187 km) away from SWA
  • Usually 11.00% less expensive than SWA
  • 2-layover flights available

See SNA to XMN flights

Destination alternative #2: Jinjiang Airport (JJN) in Zuanzhou Fujian

  • 149 miles (240 km) away from SWA
  • Usually 8.88% less expensive than SWA
  • 2-layover flights available

See SNA to JJN flights


Flight Hacking SNA to SWA

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 SWA — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Shanghai (SNA > PVG > SWA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1001
  • Average savings: $481 (32.43%)

See SNA to PVG flights

Hack #2: Manila (SNA > MNL > SWA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1048
  • Average savings: $434 (29.29%)

See SNA to MNL flights

Hack #3: Bangkok (SNA > BKK > SWA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1119
  • Average savings: $363 (24.47%)

See SNA to BKK flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 6 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, China Southern, Delta, Hainan, Shanghai Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 7101 miles or 11428 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SNA to SWA flight is about 13 hour 46 minutes.

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 15 available flights from SNA to SWA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeSNA
Origination airport nameJohn Wayne-Orange County Airport
CitySanta Ana, CA
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeSWA
Destination airport nameWaisha Airport


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