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California to Chicago (CHI)

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

Users have found that booking a flight from California to Chicago at least 20 days early can save you up to 48% on average compared to booking a flight this week. If booking 20 days before your flight isn’t an option for you, users have found flights from California to Chicago for as little as $213 when booking for a departure date within the next two weeks. You can also check prices now. Some users have found airline tickets as low as $293 for flights departing within the next 3 days.

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

The best pricing can be found in the month of August. Prices to Chicago from California average $182. You can even find prices in August for less than $182, as users have found deals to Chicago from as low as $64. The month of December appears to be one of the more expensive times to travel to Chicago from California. Flying in the targeted month can save you up to 34%.

Cheap flights from California to Chicago in December, January 2021

The best prices found for California to CHI flights for December, January
6 Jan - 9 Jan
$38pp
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
6 Jan - 13 Jan
$39pp
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
8 Jan - 22 Jan
$40pp
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles

California to Chicago 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Chicago from California found for this year
10 Dec - 14 Dec
$40pp
SAN
San Diego
Multiple Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SAN
San Diego
7 Dec - 14 Dec
$44pp
LAX
Los Angeles
Multiple Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Frontier
 
1 STOP
LAX
Los Angeles
17 Dec - 13 Jan
$45pp
LAX
Los Angeles
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles

Non-stop flights to Chicago from California

Save time with California to Chicago direct flight deals
6 Jan - 9 Jan
$38pp
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
6 Jan - 13 Jan
$39pp
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
8 Jan - 22 Jan
$40pp
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles

Last minute flights from California to Chicago

Late deals on round-trip flights to Chicago from California, departing today and this week
10 Dec - 14 Dec
$40pp
SAN
San Diego
Multiple Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SAN
San Diego
10 Dec - 14 Dec
$44pp
LAX
Los Angeles
Multiple Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Frontier
 
1 STOP
LAX
Los Angeles
13 Dec - 20 Dec
$48pp
SAN
San Diego
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
SAN
San Diego

One-way flights to Chicago from California

The cheapest one-way flights from California to Chicago
9:24 am - 3:18 pm
Spirit Airlines
Nonstop
3h 54m
LAX - ORD
Spirit Airlines
$18
mytrip.com
6:26 am - 12:20 pm
Spirit Airlines
Nonstop
3h 54m
LAX - ORD
Spirit Airlines
$20
Travel2Be
5:22 am - 10:58 am
Spirit Airlines
Nonstop
3h 36m
SAN - ORD
Spirit Airlines
$23
mytrip.com

Related info for your journey

Useful info, stats and facts about California to Chicago flights.

Flight FAQs

From California to Chicago

Are flight prices decreasing from California to Chicago 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 California and Chicago 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 California to Chicago to control the spread of COVID-19?

New policies can now be found on Alaska Airlines and Delta to help keep travelers safe while flying. Some of the new policies that have been implemented to accommodate travelers flying from California to Chicago are improved sanitation, HEPA filters, mask requirements, social distance seating (for a limited time), and pre-flight testing for antibodies and symptoms. Policies will vary by airline.

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

United Airlines, American Airlines, and Spirit Airlines are some of the carriers that may have flexible cancellation policies. You can use our site to filter for other airlines that may also have this kind of flexibility.

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

Yes, there are multiple flights from California to Chicago for under $100. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Spirit Airlines for just $38, but on average you can expect to pay $47.

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

Cheapflights has at least 20 direct flights from California to Chicago under $100. A good price for a nonstop flight from California to Chicago is less than $50.

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

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

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

Consider Major Airline, American Airlines or Alaska Airlines when booking your flight. These represent the most popular airlines when flying from California to Chicago.

What are the most popular routes from California to Chicago?

The most popular flight routes from California to Chicago are Los Angeles - Chicago O'Hare Intl, San Francisco - Chicago O'Hare Intl and San Diego - Chicago O'Hare Intl.

What are the cheapest Flights from California to Chicago?

Looking for the cheapest flight from California to Chicago? While on average our users pay $281, our data indicates the cheapest price to be $114. The most popular route (Los Angeles - Chicago O'Hare Intl), is priced around $40.

How long is the flight from California to Chicago?

Airlines like Spirit Airlines and United Airlines fly from California to Chicago in about 3h 36m. The time it takes to get you to your destination is usually consistent. Most flights are nonstop.

What are the cheapest airlines flying from California to Chicago round-trip?

Spirit Airlines, at $38, was found to be the cheapest airline from California to Chicago. An alternate airline flying to your destination would be Frontier.

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

To fly one-way, consider booking your trip with Frontier, which is currently one of the cheapest options available, starting at $15. Frontier is not the only option available. At the moment, Spirit Airlines is another option, for $18.

Arrival points for flights from California to Chicago

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Destination information for Chicago

Things to know before you go. Useful info for your trip from California to Chicago
Flight duration
4h 05m
Average temperature for December in Chicago
37.4 °F
Avg rainfall for December in Chicago
1.2 ″

Airports servicing

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

Airports servicing Chicago

Chicago-O'Hare Intl (ORD)
Rockford (RFD)

Top 8 airlines from California to Chicago

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users traveling from California to Chicago 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
Sun Country Air
$114 $200 N/A 83%
Frontier
$94 $216 No cancel fee 62%
Spirit Airlines
$72 $260 No cancel fee 65%
Alaska Airlines
$91 $318 No cancel fee 75%
American Airlines
$87 $348 No cancel fee 71%
United Airlines
$86 $361 No cancel fee 69%
Delta
$122 $392 No cancel fee N/A
Southwest
$272 $565 No cancel fee 63%
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