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Flights to California in 2021

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inDecemberHigh demand for flights, 24% potential price rise
Cheapest inMarchBest time to find cheap flights, 6% potential price drop
Average price$933Average for round-trip flights in October 2021
Round-trip from$1,163From Sydney Kingsford Smith to California
One-way from$13One-way flight from Sydney Kingsford Smith (SYD) to California

Cheap flights to California in October, November 2021

The best prices found for LAX flights for October, November
23 Nov - 1 Dec
$1,215pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Fiji Airways
 
1 STOP
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Fiji Airways
 
1 STOP
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
25 Nov - 13 Dec
$1,233pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
15 Nov - 29 Jan
$1,235pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Fiji Airways
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Fiji Airways
 
1 STOP
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith

California 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to California found for this year
11 Dec - 22 Jan
$1,196pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple airlines
   
2 STOPS
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
28 Dec - 15 Jan
$1,201pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Fiji Airways
 
1 STOP
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Fiji Airways
 
1 STOP
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
7 Dec - 11 Jan
$1,204pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Fiji Airways
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Fiji Airways
 
1 STOP
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith

Last minute flights to California

Late deals on return flights to California, departing today and this week
26 Oct - 2 Nov
$1,275pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
United Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
28 Oct - 5 Nov
$1,279pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
United Airlines
Direct
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
United Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
31 Oct - 5 Nov
$1,288pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
United Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith

COVID Restrictions

View COVID Travel Restrictions for California

Can I fly to California from USA right now?

Information is based on travel restrictions for travel to California within the United States

Most visitors from USA need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter California.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from USA must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours before departing to California.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from USA are not required to quarantine after entering California.

Can I fly back to USA from California?

Returning to USA from California

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from California must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to USA.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from California are not required to quarantine after entering USA.

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Cheapest prices for California flights by month

The cheapest ticket to California found for each month in 2021 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.
January
$880
February
$847
March
$847
April
$924
May
$889
June
$915
July
$945
August
$917
September
$931
October
$900
November
$912
December
$1,264
Currently, the cheapest month for flights to California is March. The most expensive month for flights is December. The cheapest prices are shown above but prices will vary according to departure times, airlines, class and how early you book.

When is the best time to fly to California?

Average Los Angeles flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2021 and 2022 by month.
SYD - LAX
Price
$847 - $1,854
LAX
Temperature
20 - 32 °C
LAX
Precipitation
0 - 123 mm
October is typically the best time to fly to California, but there are other times where great deals are available. If weather is an important factor for you when considering when to fly to California, the warmest period tends to be August, with the wettest being February.

When is the best time to book a flight to California?

Booking 61 days in advance of your planned departure date is, on average, the best time to get cheap flights to California. The general trend is that the closer you book to the departure date, the more expensive your flight will be.

Which day is cheapest to fly to California?

The cheapest flights to California are usually found when departing on a Tuesday. The departure day with the highest cost at present is Sunday.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to California?

To get the best value, try booking a flight at midday when visiting California. Generally the prices will increase for flights in the evening as these tend to have higher demand.

Best Time to Fly to California

When to fly to California depends on where in California you’re going. The state’s climate varies dramatically, so if you’re looking for cheap trips to California, it’s best to choose a city first and search flights during the off-season.

Peak Season:

The peak season for California vacations is the summer. Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Napa Valley greet summertime travellers with warm weather and dry days.

 

Off Season:

Winter is the low season for LA, Anaheim, San Francisco, and wine country. However, winter in San Francisco is when the ballet and opera seasons are in full swing. Wine country is also fun to visit in fall, when the wineries are in production, and spring, when the flowers are in bloom.

 

When you should take a flight to California

 

Know this before booking California flights: If America is the land of opportunity, California is the state of chance. California showed great prospect as far as back as the 1800s, when a settler struck gold at Sutter’s Mill and California quickly became the land of wealth. The effects of the California Gold Rush were monumental and today, the coastal state continues to welcome visitors booking airline tickets to California for a greater opportunity, or for just plain fun.

Fly to California for a chance to experience some of the West Coasts’ most famous streets. The rich and luxurious charter their own California flights to Beverly Hills and shop the swank stores along Rodeo Drive. In Hollywood, see the Mann Chinese Theater and be on the lookout for celebrity A-listers.  Gold stars grace the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard, marking the achievements of Hollywood’s greatest artists.

For the outdoor traveller going to California, open parks and hiking trails at Big Sur, Sequoia National Park and Yosemite National Park are a nature-lover’s dream come true. Wine connoisseurs fly to California’s Sonoma and Napa Valley regions. Visitors would be remiss if they didn’t visit one of California’s beautiful beaches in Malibu or Santa Monica before boarding the California flight home.

People travelling to California are bound to be busy during their visit and the options for activities are endless. However, in the land of opportunity, what better state to take a chance in?

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California climate

Due to its topographical extremes California’s weather depends on where you are. Along the coast, the climate is mostly mild. Los Angeles is high desert, and the low humidity keeps the city comfortable year-round. About 45km south of LA, Anaheim can go up into the high 20’s or low 30’s in the summer, with cool evenings. Anaheim winters are mild with little rain. San Francisco is foggy with cool winds. Summer temperatures occasionally go above 21 degrees Celsius; autumn tends to have clear skies and temperatures in the mid-20’s. Winter rarely goes below freezing. Sacramento’s summer days can reach 37 degrees Celsius, but then drop as much as 4degrees at night. The rainy season runs from late fall into spring, and winters are cold and foggy.

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Getting around California

Driving is the best way to cover short distances in California, or if you enjoy long drives, for covering the entire state. If you’re booking flights to California and then planning on driving the state, make sure to carry a map as not all road signs indicate a direction, just town or city names. If you’re headed into the mountains, make sure to get antifreeze and tire chains.

Many freeways have carpool lanes called “diamond” lanes or high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the regulations regarding the use of these lanes as some of them are monitored even during non-rush hour and fines are over $270.

California has over 15 airports, and given the number of small and large commercial carriers, flights in California are fairly easy.

For a scenic trip along the coast, Amtrak’s Coast Starlight has double-decker Superliners, gourmet dining car, accommodation from first class to coach, and entertainment and games.

 

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