Cheap flights from Chicago (CHI) to California (CA)

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How to find the cheapest flight from
Chicago (CHI) to California

All the information you need to plan the best CHI to LAX flight in 2021: compare Chicago to California flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in California.
How far in advance should I book a flight from Chicago to California?

Travelers have found it’s best to book a flight 17 days in advance to save up to 20% compared to booking the same week of travel. As your travel date approaches, the cost of this flight route may potentially increase. While opting to book 17 days out may not be an option for all, there are still additional ways to secure a deal in the near future. You might find a flight from Chicago to California 1-2 weeks in advance for as low as $75, or $95 for flights within the next 24 hours.

What is the cheapest month to fly from Chicago to California?

April can be a great time to fly to California from Chicago with a flight ticket averaging about $86. Cheapflights users have found deals in the month of April for as cheap as $43. The most expensive prices can be found in the month of December.

Cheap flights from Chicago to California in July, August 2021

The best prices found for CHI to California flights for July, August
22 Jul - 25 Jul
$39pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
5 Aug - 13 Aug
$42pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
22 Jul - 24 Jul
$44pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl

Chicago to California 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to California from Chicago found for this year
22 Jul - 25 Jul
$39pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
5 Aug - 13 Aug
$42pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
22 Jul - 24 Jul
$44pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl

Non-stop flights to California from Chicago

Save time with Chicago to California direct flight deals
5 Aug - 13 Aug
$48pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
30 Jul - 31 Jul
$53pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
12 Aug - 14 Aug
$55pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl

Last minute flights from Chicago to California

Late deals on round-trip flights to California from Chicago, departing today and this week
30 Jul - 31 Jul
$53pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
30 Jul - 1 Aug
$59pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
30 Jul - 31 Jul
$60pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl

One-way flights to California from Chicago

The cheapest one-way flights from Chicago to California
5:29 pm - 7:59 pm
Spirit Airlines
Nonstop
4h 30m
ORD - LAX
Spirit Airlines
$27
CheapTickets.com
5:29 pm - 7:59 pm
Spirit Airlines
Nonstop
4h 30m
ORD - LAX
Spirit Airlines
$32
Expedia
4:50 am - 4:29 pm
Spirit Airlines
1 Stop
13h 39m
ORD - SAN
Spirit Airlines
$34
JustFly

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Flight FAQs

From Chicago to California

Are flight prices decreasing from Chicago to California due to COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

At this time, Cheapflights has noticed price decreases for many domestic flights due to COVID-19. Travel is not necessarily recommended at this time, and flights may be prone to cancellation: please check with local authorities in both Chicago and California for travel alerts, and be sure to review the airline's cancellation policy and travel advisories before booking. For more information, please view our post on what to know about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and travel.

What safety measures are being taken by airlines flying from Chicago to California to control the spread of COVID-19?

New policies can now be found on Alaska Airlines to help keep travelers safe while flying. Airline carriers are regularly disinfecting and sanitizing their aircraft. Masks are provided and are mandatory while on board. Pre-flight testing for symptoms and antibodies, alongside socially distanced seating (for a limited time) will work towards keeping travelers safer while flying from Chicago to California. Policies will vary by airline.

Which airlines flying from Chicago to California have flexible cancellations due to COVID-19?

Due to the rapidly changing circumstances due to COVID-19, airlines like United Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and American Airlines flying from Chicago to California have implemented new flexible cancellation policies.

Can I find flights from Chicago to California for under $100 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Chicago to California for under $100. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Spirit Airlines for just $42, but on average you can expect to pay $57.

Are there nonstop flights from Chicago to California for under $100 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has at least 20 direct flights from Chicago to California under $100. A good price for a nonstop flight from Chicago to California is less than $93.

Are there last-minute flights available from Chicago to California for under $100?

There are currently 20+ open flights from Chicago to California within the next 7 days for less than $100.

What days are nonstop flights available from Chicago to California?

You can find nonstop flights on the following days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday.

What are the most popular airlines that fly from Chicago to California?

When booking a flight from Chicago to California, you may want to consider flying on Major Airline, American Airlines or Alaska Airlines as they are the most popular for this route.

What are the most popular routes from Chicago to California?

Most travelers choose Chicago O'Hare Intl - Los Angeles, Chicago O'Hare Intl - San Francisco or Chicago O'Hare Intl - San Diego when deciding on the best route from Chicago to California.

What are the cheapest Flights from Chicago to California?

Looking for the cheapest flight from Chicago to California? While on average our users pay $584, our data indicates the cheapest price to be $57. The most popular route (Chicago O'Hare Intl - Los Angeles), is priced around $98.

What are the most reliable airlines from Chicago to California?

Consider Japan Airlines (96%), SAS (86%) or Asiana Airlines (85%) when booking your flight. These represent the most reliable airlines when flying from Chicago to California.

How long is the flight from Chicago to California?

A quick flight from Chicago to California can take about 4h 24m. Spirit Airlines provides one of the quickest options available for as low as $100. Generally, flights for this route are nonstop.

What is the cheapest airline to fly from Chicago to California round-trip?

Spirit Airlines, at $42, was found to be the cheapest airline from Chicago to California..

What are the cheapest airlines to fly from Chicago to California one-way?

One-way options have recently been found by users for as low as $27 on Spirit Airlines.

COVID Restrictions

View COVID Travel Restrictions for California (CA)

Can I fly to California from Chicago right now?

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

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

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

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

Can I fly back to Chicago from California?

Returning to Chicago from California

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

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

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Destination points for flights from Chicago to California

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Destination information for California

Things to know before you go - useful duration and weather info for your trip from Chicago to California.
Flight duration
4h 25m

Airports servicing Chicago

Chicago Midway (MDW)
Rockford (RFD)

Airports servicing

Burbank (BUR)
Concord Buchanan Fld (CCR)
Crescent City (CEC)
San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar (CLD)
Fresno (FAT)

Top 8 airlines flying from Chicago to California

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users traveling from Chicago to California choose most often. Cheapest and average prices are based on aggregated data from the past 12 months.
Airline Cheapest Average Flexibility On-time COVID-19 safety
Frontier
$38 $221 No cancel fee 62%
Spirit Airlines
$64 $224 No cancel fee 65%
Sun Country Air
$116 $230 No cancel fee 83%
Alaska Airlines
$91 $290 No cancel fee 75%
American Airlines
$74 $317 No cancel fee 71%
United Airlines
$54 $336 No cancel fee 69%
Delta
$116 $375 No cancel fee N/A
Southwest
$204 $497 No cancel fee 63%
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