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Route Information for Flights from New York to Los Angeles

Origin Airport IATA Code NYC
Destination Airport IATA Code QLA
Distance 2468 mi
Direct Flight Airlines JAL, Icelandair, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, EL AL, Qantas, Korean Air, Brussels Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Gulf Air, American Airlines, KLM, Qatar Airways, Air Europa, Air France, Emirates, Aeromexico, Royal Air Maroc, Etihad Airways, LATAM Airlines Ecuador, JetBlue Airways, LATAM Airlines, Alitalia, Hawaiian Airlines, Air Tahiti Nui, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways
Earliest Flight Arrival 1:01PM UTC
Latest Flight Arrival 4:19AM UTC

Escape the bright lights of the Big Apple for the beaches of LA with flights from New York to Los Angeles. Use Orbitz to plan your west coast adventure and find a choice of great deals on flights for your trip.

Popular Routes from New York to Los Angeles

Most of the flights that link New York and Los Angeles depart from John F. Kennedy International and land at LAX. One of the most popular routes in the US, this transcontinental flight carries hundreds of thousands of passengers every year.

Airlines offering direct flights from New York to LA include Alaska, American, Delta and JetBlue.

An alternative route for passengers flying to California is Newark to LAX. Although not quite as busy as JFK – LAX, this route still offers a great choice of daily flights and competitive airfares. Most of the flights that link Newark with Los Angeles are operated by United Airlines.

The Flight from New York to Los Angeles

New York to Los Angeles is one of the busiest passenger air routes in the world, and the most popular in the US. Every year, over four million people fly from the Big Apple to the City of Angels, with flights departing both JFK and Newark incredibly regularly throughout the day.

On average, planes take just over six hours to fly from New York to Los Angeles. The return leg of the journey is even quicker, with some planes able to complete the 2,500-mile trip in less than five hours.

Both premium carriers and budget airlines operate flights from New York to LA. This gives you a great choice of airfares and departure times when booking your trip.

Most planes that fly the route cruise at an altitude of 35,000 feet. This puts you well above the clouds and means you’ll be able to enjoy fantastic views of the landscapes below.

If the weather is clear as you travel across the US, you may well be able to spot fields, mountains, lakes and other prominent geographical features. If you’re lucky enough to get a window seat, you’ll also get a close of view of LA as you come into land.

From LAX, you can fly to a huge number of destinations across the US and around the world. If you’re staying in LA, you can continue your journey by taxi, bus or private shuttle after touching down in the city.

Relax, enjoy the flight and save your energy for exploring the attractions of Los Angeles.

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Flights from New York to Los Angeles - Frequently Asked Questions

Am I able to catch a flight from New York to Los Angeles now?

If you're baffled about quarantine requirements and travel restrictions when catching a flight from New York to Los Angeles, check out our Covid-19 Travel Advisor.

Are there non-stop flights from New York to Los Angeles?

Yes, there are 6 airlines that jet nonstop from John F. Kennedy Intl. Airport (JFK) to Los Angeles, CA Airport (LAX-Los Angeles Intl.). Find exactly what you need with one of these top-rated carriers:

  • Delta
  • American Airlines
  • JetBlue
  • United Airlines
  • LATAM Airlines Ecuador
What is the shortest flight from New York to Los Angeles?

The fastest flight from LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to LAX is 6 hours and 24 minutes. Bring something extra to help pass the time, like a magazine or a portable board game.

What airlines fly from New York to Los Angeles most frequently?

We've come up with a list of the airlines that offer the most flights from JFK Airport to LAX. See which one suits your travel plans: Delta - (DL) with 212 flights every month American Airlines - (AA) with 191 flights every month JetBlue - (B6) with 169 flights every month United Airlines - (UA) with 52 flights every month LATAM Airlines Ecuador - (XL) with 30 flights every month Alaska Airlines - (AS) with 26 flights every month

If I am not able to travel due to COVID-19, can I cancel my flight to Los Angeles?

We get that traveling right now has its challenges, so it's good to know that many reservations booked through us are able to be cancelled or changed. If your travel plans to Los Angeles have been affected by COVID-19, a lot of airlines are making things easier by offering credits to use at a later date. Just sign in to your account and you'll quickly see what options are available. Our Customer Service Portal is the place to go for more information.

Are there flights to Los Angeles with flexible change policies?

In most cases you'll have the option to reschedule your flight to Los Angeles without a change fee. All you have to do then is pay the difference between the old flight and the new one. Look for the "no change fees" filter and book with confidence.

What is the cheapest day of the week to fly?

Consider flying out early in the week to save on your airfare. Orbitz data from 2020 shows that Monday is the cheapest day to depart, followed by Tuesday. Saturday showed the highest average ticket prices likely because many travelers prefer to start their vacation on a weekend.

What is the cheapest month to fly?

We won't keep you guessing, according to Orbitz data the cheapest month to fly is August. Perfect for those who need a weekend getaway, or just a break from it all before the weather changes. Be aware that the most expensive time to fly is the height of summer, with ticket prices peaking in the month of June.

How can I save money on flights?

To really save big on your next vacation, think outside the box. Select two different airlines or fare types for your return trip and you'll generally get a much better deal. Those who tried this on Orbitz in 2020 saved up to 45% on their airfares. Get mixing and matching today!

*According to flight demand on from January to December 2020. Savings are subject to change based on departure location, date and destination.

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Other conditions: Schedules, fares and rules are subject to change without notice. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights/dates or in all markets. Lower fares may be available. Fares will not be honored retroactively or in exchange for any wholly/partially unused ticket. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Fare rules are provided for the selected itinerary before booking.