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 April, booked 28 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 2021: compare Houston to Chicago flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Chicago.
IAH - CHI
Price
$74 - $188
CHI
Temperature
33.8 - 84.2 °F
CHI
Rainfall
0.7 - 4.3 inches

Popular in

June

High demand for flights, 28% potential price rise

Cheapest in

August

Best time to find cheap flights, 45% potential price drop

Average price

$188

Average for round-trip flights in June 2021

Round-trip from

$74

From Houston to Chicago

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?

Users have found that flying from Houston to Chicago on a Saturday typically leans towards higher prices. However, this doesn’t mean you still can’t find a deal. Flexibility with other aspects of your flight can still land a great price for your trip.

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

Users have found that booking a flight from Houston to Chicago at least 20 days early can save you up to 10% 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 Houston to Chicago for as little as $137 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 $157 for flights departing within the next 3 days.

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

April is one of the best times of the year to fly to Chicago from Houston. Prices for April average $135 per person but you can even find prices for as low as $33. The most expensive prices can be found in the month of December. Opting for a April flight can save you 49% on your journey compared to booking in April

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 34% versus a flight at noon.

Cheap flights from Houston to Chicago in June, July 2021

The best prices found for IAH to CHI flights for June, July
8 Jul - 20 Jul
$108pp
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
13 Jul - 27 Jul
$112pp
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
6 Jul - 20 Jul
$113pp
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 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Chicago from Houston found for this year
11 Sep - 21 Sep
$80pp
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
11 Sep - 14 Sep
$81pp
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 Aug - 10 Aug
$92pp
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
11 Sep - 21 Sep
$80pp
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
11 Sep - 14 Sep
$81pp
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 Aug - 10 Aug
$92pp
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
24 Jun - 29 Jun
$161pp
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
24 Jun - 12 Jul
$163pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
28 Jun - 4 Jul
$164pp
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
IAH
Houston George Bush Intcntl

One-way flights to Chicago from Houston

The cheapest one-way flights from Houston to Chicago
3:52 pm - 8:50 pm
American Airlines
1 Stop
4h 58m
IAH - ORD
American Airlines
1:43 am - 9:11 am
Delta
1 Stop
7h 28m
IAH - ORD
Delta
$89
Delta
12:19 pm - 12:20 pm
Multiple Airlines
1 Stop
24h 01m
IAH - ORD
Multiple Airlines
$92
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Related info for your journey

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Flight FAQs

From Houston to Chicago

Are flight prices decreasing from Houston 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 Houston 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.

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

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

What airport do you fly from for flights from Houston to Chicago?

If you book a flight to Chicago from Houston, you will be flying from George Bush Intcntl, which is the city’s only airport. Houston George Bush Intcntl (IAH) is located 15.9 mi from the center of Houston. There are 39 flights from George Bush Intcntl to Chicago per day from 6 different airlines.

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

Yes, there are multiple flights from Houston to Chicago for under $100. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Spirit Airlines for just $80, but on average you can expect to pay $111.

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

Cheapflights has at least 20 direct flights from Houston to Chicago under $100. A good price for a nonstop flight from Houston to Chicago is less than $111.

Are there last-minute flights available from Houston to Chicago for under $200?

There are currently 20+ open flights from Houston to Chicago within the next 7 days for less than $200.

What days are nonstop flights available from Houston to Chicago?

Nonstop flights are available for this route on the following days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday.

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

On average 19 flights depart from Houston George Bush Intcntl to Chicago per day.
Early Morning (Midnight to 6am) - 11% of flight departures
Morning (6am - Noon) - 79% of flight departures
Afternoon (Noon - 6pm) - 11% of flight departures

Is Houston weather warmer or cooler than Chicago?

You can imagine temperatures to be in the 86 °F range in August. The weather in Chicago is generally colder than Houston's. As flight availability is subject to become more limited as peak season approaches it is ideal to book in a timely manner.

How long is the flight from Houston to Chicago?

There are many flights that can get you from Houston to Chicago in 2h 37m. Fly via Spirit Airlines to get the fastest option. Houston and Chicago are separated by a distance of 930 mi. Most flights are nonstop.

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

Cheapflights users have booked flights from Houston to Chicago round-trip from $80. Spirit Airlines is currently priced 40% below the average price you’ll pay for this route.

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

To fly one-way, consider booking your trip with Spirit Airlines, which is currently one of the cheapest options available, starting at $40. American Airlines flights start at $79 while deals on Delta start at $89 one-way.

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
2h 48m
Average temperature for June in Chicago
78.8 °F
Avg rainfall for June in Chicago
3.4 ″

Airports servicing Houston

Airports servicing Chicago

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
Spirit Airlines
$57 $167 No cancel fee 65%
Frontier
$83 $184 No cancel fee 62%
American Airlines
$48 $207 No cancel fee 71%
United Airlines
$48 $260 No cancel fee 69%
Delta
$87 $277 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 51% of IAH to CHI departures
Afternoon Noon to 6 PM 37% of IAH to CHI departures
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 8% of IAH to CHI departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 4% of IAH to CHI departures
Midnight
6 AM
Noon
6 PM
Weekly flight availability
from Houston to Chicago
See how many times per day planes take to the skies headed from Houston to Chicago.
Sunday
21 daily flights
Monday
38 daily flights
Tuesday
41 daily flights
Wednesday
51 daily flights
Thursday
48 daily flights
Friday
53 daily flights
Saturday
25 daily flights
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