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

August is one of the best times of the year to fly to California from Chicago. Prices for August average $179 per person but you can even find prices for as low as $49. The most expensive prices can be found in the month of December. Opting for a August flight can save you 62% on your journey compared to booking in August

When is the cheapest time to fly from Chicago to California (CHI - CA)?

When flying from Chicago to California, the time of day you decide to fly out makes little to no difference towards the overall price you’ll pay on tickets.

How far in advance should I book a flight from Chicago to California?

Find a great deal and save up to 3% by booking at least 14 days prior to your desired departure date, rather than waiting until the week of travel. According to our data, there are a number of flights available from Chicago to California within the next two weeks, with the cheapest ticket starting at $165.

Cheap flights from Chicago to California in October, November 2021

The best prices found for CHI to California flights for October, November
3 Nov - 9 Nov
$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
2 Nov - 6 Nov
$54pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
2 Nov - 4 Nov
$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

Chicago to California 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to California from Chicago found for this year
3 Nov - 9 Nov
$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
2 Nov - 6 Nov
$54pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
2 Nov - 4 Nov
$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

Non-stop flights to California from Chicago

Save time with Chicago to California direct flight deals
3 Nov - 9 Nov
$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
2 Nov - 6 Nov
$54pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
2 Nov - 4 Nov
$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
26 Oct - 27 Oct
$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
26 Oct - 2 Nov
$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
30 Oct - 4 Nov
$58pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-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
8:35 am - 11:12 am
Spirit Airlines
Nonstop
4h 37m
ORD - LAX
Spirit Airlines
$22
mytrip.com
3:30 pm - 6:07 pm
Spirit Airlines
Nonstop
4h 37m
ORD - LAX
Spirit Airlines
$25
Gotogate
3:02 pm - 5:40 pm
Spirit Airlines
Nonstop
4h 38m
ORD - LAX
Spirit Airlines
$26
mytrip.com

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Flight FAQs

From Chicago to California

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 $53, but on average you can expect to pay $62.

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 $63.

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?

Nonstop flights can be found on the following days: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

How many flights depart from Chicago to California on average per day?

37 flight departures from Chicago to California per day on average.
Morning (6am - Noon) - 38% of flight departures
Afternoon (Noon - 6pm) - 14% of flight departures
Evening (6pm - Midnight) - 49% of flight departures

How long is the flight from Chicago to California?

Departing from Chicago to California will take you 4h 29m. There are 1750 mi between Chicago and California. All flights are typically nonstop.

What are the cheapest flights from Chicago to California?

On average you can expect to pay $584 for a flight from Chicago to California. The cheapest flight overall is $56 while the most popular route, (Chicago O'Hare Intl - Los Angeles) is currently priced at $53.

What are the most popular routes from Chicago to California?

The most popular route from Chicago to California is Chicago O'Hare Intl - Los Angeles. You may also consider Chicago O'Hare Intl - San Francisco or Chicago O'Hare Intl - San Diego.

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

Major Airline, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines are the most popular airlines when flying from Chicago to California.

What are the most reliable airlines from Chicago to California?

No one likes to see their flight delayed. When booking a flight from Chicago to California consider choosing Fiji Airways (100%), Air China (100%) or Azul (95%) as they are the most reliable in getting you off to your destination on time.

How long is the flight from Chicago to California?

The flight time from Chicago to California varies a bit depending on which city you fly into, but on most trips, expect a flight time of around four hours.

Which airlines operate flights from Chicago to California?

American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United and Virgin America all have flights available from Chicago to one or more cities in California.

How frequent are flights between Chicago and California?

Chicago to California is a popular route with dozens of flights every day. Quite a few of those are direct flights, and there are also many with stops available.

Which airports serve Chicago to California?

Chicago's primary airport is O'Hare International Airport, but there are also flights to California at its other airport, O'Hare International Airport. California has airports in quite a few of its major cities, with Los Angeles International Airport being the busiest. It's followed by San Francisco International Airport, San Diego International Airport and Oakland International Airport. Which direct flight route between Chicago and California is cheapest? There's no single route between Chicago and California that's consistently the cheapest, as it depends on the airline deals available. Since O'Hare International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport are the two options with the most flights available, that route sometimes has the cheapest routes. The best way to book your flight is to first figure out which part of California you want to visit and then look for deals to that area. Most travelers visit California either to check out one of its cities or focus on one of its theme parks, such as Disneyland in Anaheim or Universal Studios in Los Angeles. If you go during the summer, make sure you spend an afternoon at one of the state's many beautiful beaches, which include Coronado in San Diego and El Matador in Malibu. Since California is known for having delicious fresh fruits and vegetables, you may also want to stop by a farmers market while you're there. There's always plenty to do when you go on a California vacation. Use our smart search engine to find yourself the cheapest flights from Chicago to California.

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COVID Restrictions

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Do I need a COVID test to fly to California from Chicago?

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.

Do I need a test to 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 from Chicago to California
4h 15m

Airports servicing 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%
United Airlines
$54 $336 No cancel fee 69%
Spirit Airlines
$64 $224 No cancel fee 65%
American Airlines
$74 $317 No cancel fee 71%
Alaska Airlines
$91 $290 No cancel fee 75%
Delta
$116 $375 No cancel fee N/A
Sun Country Air
$116 $230 No cancel fee 83%
Southwest
$204 $497 No cancel fee 63%
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