Cheap flights from Houston to Chicago (IAH - CHI)

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The best prices from Houston to Chicago are usually found in August or July, booked 60 days in advance, depart on a Tuesday or Saturday and return on a Wednesday

How to find the cheapest flight from
Houston (IAH) to Chicago (CHI)

All the information you need to plan the best IAH to CHI flight in 2022: compare Houston to Chicago flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Chicago.
IAH - CHI
Price
$79 - $169
CHI
Temperature
23 - 73.4 °F
CHI
Rainfall
1.7 - 4.9 inches

Popular in

December

High demand for flights, 23% potential price rise

Cheapest in

August

Best time to find cheap flights, 39% potential price drop

Average price

$117

Average for round-trip flights in May 2022

Round-trip from

$79

From Houston to Chicago (CHI)

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
What is the cheapest day to fly round-trip from Houston to Chicago?

Travelers have found that booking a Monday departure is the best way to save up to 29% on the cost of booking your flights compared to booking on days of the week where this route is of high demand.

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

Flights from Houston to Chicago lean towards being more expensive in December. Prices are generally better when you fly from Houston to Chicago in August, with the cheapest ticket starting at $48.

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

To save up to 15% on this flight, we recommend booking at least 61 days prior to travel. The price may fluctuate and will likely increase closer to your departure date. Users on Cheapflights have found tickets from Houston to Chicago from $135 1-2 weeks out and tickets from $154 for flights departing within the next 72 hours.

When is the cheapest time to fly from Houston to Chicago (IAH - CHI)?

When flying from Houston to Chicago, the time of day you fly usually plays a role in the price. Save by searching for a flight in the evening, which can drop the price by up to 33% versus a flight at noon.

Cheap flights from Houston to Chicago in May, June 2022

The best prices found for IAH to CHI flights for May, June
7 Jun - 11 Jun
$145pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
7 Jun - 11 Jun
$163pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
10 Jun - 11 Jun
$166pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl

Houston to Chicago 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Chicago from Houston found for this year
17 Aug - 23 Aug
$127pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
17 Aug - 23 Aug
$130pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
17 Aug - 23 Aug
$138pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl

Non-stop flights to Chicago from Houston

Save time with Houston to Chicago direct flight deals
17 Aug - 23 Aug
$127pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
17 Aug - 23 Aug
$130pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
17 Aug - 23 Aug
$138pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl

Last minute flights from Houston to Chicago

Late deals on round-trip flights to Chicago from Houston, departing today and this week
3 Jun - 18 Jun
$237pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Multiple Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
United Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
3 Jun - 6 Jun
$244pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
3 Jun - 17 Jun
$249pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
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IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl

One-way flights to Chicago from Houston

The cheapest one-way flights from Houston to Chicago
1:00 am - 3:49 am
United Airlines
Nonstop
2h 49m
IAH - ORD
United Airlines
$109
United
1:59 pm - 7:52 pm
American Airlines
1 Stop
5h 53m
IAH - ORD
American Airlines
9:40 am - 5:07 pm
Delta
1 Stop
7h 27m
HOU - ORD
Delta
$126
Destinia

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Flight FAQs

From Houston to Chicago

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

Some of our airline partners flying from Houston to Chicago have new flexible policies in place due to COVID-19. United Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and American Airlines are some of the carriers where you may find flexible cancellation policies. You can use our site to filter for airlines like United Airlines with this kind of flexibility.

Can I find flights from Houston to Chicago for under $200 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Houston to Chicago for under $200. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Spirit Airlines for just $127, but on average you can expect to pay $154.

Are there nonstop flights from Houston to Chicago for under $200 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has at least 20 direct flights from Houston to Chicago under $200. A good price for a nonstop flight from Houston to Chicago is less than $154.

Are there last-minute flights available from Houston to Chicago for under $300?

There are currently 20+ open flights from Houston to Chicago within the next 7 days for less than $300.

What days are nonstop flights available from Houston to Chicago?

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

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

Travelers can expect 55 flights from Houston to Chicago on average per day.
Early Morning (Midnight to 6am) - 11% of flight departures
Morning (6am - Noon) - 33% of flight departures
Afternoon (Noon - 6pm) - 36% of flight departures
Evening (6pm - Midnight) - 20% of flight departures

How long is the flight from Houston to Chicago?

For as low as $127, Spirit Airlines can have you in Chicago from Houston in 2h 43m. The distance from Houston to Chicago is about 930 mi. Most flights are nonstop.

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

Spirit Airlines, at $127, was found to be the cheapest airline from Houston to Chicago.. Spirit Airlines is currently priced 2% below the average price you’ll pay for this route.

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

For one-way options, check prices for Spirit Airlines. According to our data, you can fly for as low as $65. Users have also found prices from $109 and $117 on United Airlines and American Airlines, respectively.

What are the cheapest flights from Houston to Chicago?

The cheapest flight price from Houston to Chicago is $91. On average you can expect to pay $288. The most popular route, (Houston Hobby - Chicago Midway), can usually be booked for $236.

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

Before booking your flight from Houston to Chicago check out the most popular airlines for this route: Major Airline, American Airlines or Delta.

What are the most reliable airlines from Houston to Chicago?

Consider Japan Airlines (92%), Aer Lingus (90%) or Qatar Airways (88%) when booking your flight. These represent the most reliable airlines when flying from Houston to Chicago.

What are the most popular routes from Houston to Chicago?

The most popular flight routes from Houston to Chicago are Houston Hobby - Chicago Midway, Houston George Bush Intcntl - Chicago O'Hare Intl and Houston Hobby - Chicago O'Hare Intl.

What airports serve Houston to Chicago flights?

You have choices when you’re flying from Houston to Chicago. You can fly out of either George Bush Intercontinental Airport or William P. Hobby Airport in Houston. You can fly into either Chicago O’Hare or Chicago Midway. You should be able to find a flight that fits your needs and your budget with ease with so many options.You can land at Chicago O’Hare that’s on the northwest side of the city. It’s 14 miles from the busy Loop business sector. This is Chicago’s busiest airport. It serves flights that go to Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America. It’s the sixth busiest airport in the world.Your other option is to land at Chicago Midway. This was once the city’s main airport until O’Hare came on the scene. The airport is still quite busy, serving more than 22 million passengers in 2018. The majority of the traffic coming through this airport is provided by Southwest Airlines.

Which airlines fly directly from Houston to Chicago?

You can book flights on Spirit Airlines, United, and American Airlines that are non-stop between these two cities. These are all between George Bush and O’Hare. You can fly from Hobby in Houston to Midway in Chicago direct on Southwest. The flights run about 2h 20m.

What are the stopover options between Houston to Chicago?

You’ll find a number of stopovers on this route. You can have stops in Atlanta, Orlando, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Minneapolis, Cleveland, or Denver. There’s a range of stopover times but they’re typically around an hour and not more than a couple of hours.Southwest has some other options between Hobby and Midway. They make stops in St. Louis, New Orleans, Orlando, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Nashville, Jacksonville, Austin, and a few others. Most of their stopovers are under an hour.

Do I need a passport or visa to fly from Houston to Chicago?

You don’t need a passport or a visa to fly this route. This is a purely domestic flight that requires only a form of ID.

COVID Restrictions

View COVID Travel Restrictions for Chicago, IL

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

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

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

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Houston must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 1 day for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 1 day for Antigen (quick-test) before departing to Chicago.

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

Do I need a test to fly back to Houston from Chicago?

Returning to Houston from Chicago

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Chicago must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 1 day for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 1 day for Antigen (quick-test) before departing to Houston.

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

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Alternative routes for Houston to Chicago

See prices for flight routes from nearby airports that may be better suited for you.

Destination information for Chicago

Things to know before you go - useful duration and weather info for your trip from Houston to Chicago.
Flight duration from Houston to Chicago
2h 46m
Average temperature for May in Chicago
71.6 °F
Avg rainfall for May in Chicago
4.3 ″

Airports servicing Houston

Airports servicing Chicago

Midway (MDW)
Rockford (RFD)

Top 5 airlines flying from Houston to Chicago

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users traveling from Houston 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
Juneyao Airlines
$16 $23 No cancel fee 66%

We couldn't confirm the COVID-19 safety measures taken by Juneyao Airlines. Please check directly on their website for additional information.

Spirit Airlines
$42 $173 No cancel fee 65%
American Airlines
$78 $248 No cancel fee 71%
United Airlines
$78 $203 No cancel fee 69%
Delta
$174 $444 No cancel fee N/A

Hourly flight availability from Houston to Chicago

See what time of day planes typically take off from Houston towards Chicago.
Morning 6 AM to noon 42% of IAH to CHI departures
Afternoon Noon to 6 PM 26% of IAH to CHI departures
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 23% of IAH to CHI departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 9% of IAH to CHI departures
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Weekly flight availability
from Houston to Chicago
See how many times per day planes take to the skies headed from Houston to Chicago.
Sunday
10 daily flights
Monday
10 daily flights
Tuesday
10 daily flights
Wednesday
10 daily flights
Thursday
10 daily flights
Friday
10 daily flights
Saturday
0 flights
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