Cheap flights from Houston to Chicago (HOU - 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 (HOU) to Chicago (CHI)

All the information you need to plan the best HOU to CHI flight in 2021: compare Houston to Chicago flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Chicago.
HO1 - CHI
Price
$79 - $169
CHI
Temperature
23 - 73.4 °F
CHI
Precipitation
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

Round-trip from

$79

From Houston to Chicago (CHI)

One-way from

$49

One-way flight 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 month to fly from Houston to Chicago?

The best pricing can be found in the month of August. Prices to Chicago from Houston average $130. You can even find prices in August for less than $130, as users have found deals to Chicago from as low as $48. The month of December appears to be one of the more expensive times to travel to Chicago from Houston. Flying in the targeted month can save you up to 29%.

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

Thursday flights are found to be more expensive to fly from Houston to Chicago. This shouldn’t discourage you from searching, as you can still find great deals by being flexible with your options. Use our search form to find deals on tickets to Chicago.

When is the cheapest time to fly from Houston to Chicago (HO1 - CHI)?

It’s typically best to fly out from Houston to Chicago in the evening. Doing so could potentially save you 33% on the flight price compared to flying at noon, which is usually more expensive.

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

Travelers have found it’s best to book a flight 61 days in advance to save up to 15% 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 61 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 Houston to Chicago 1-2 weeks in advance for as low as $135, or $154 for flights within the next 24 hours.

Cheap flights from Houston to Chicago in October, November 2021

The best prices found for HOU to CHI flights for October, November
4 Nov - 8 Nov
$55pp
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 Nov - 13 Nov
$56pp
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
5 Nov - 8 Nov
$57pp
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
4 Nov - 8 Nov
$55pp
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 Nov - 13 Nov
$56pp
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
5 Nov - 8 Nov
$57pp
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
4 Nov - 8 Nov
$55pp
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 Nov - 13 Nov
$56pp
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
5 Nov - 8 Nov
$57pp
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
4 Nov - 8 Nov
$55pp
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
1 Nov - 6 Nov
$68pp
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
4 Nov - 30 Nov
$71pp
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

One-way flights to Chicago from Houston

The cheapest one-way flights from Houston to Chicago
4:53 pm - 7:25 pm
United Airlines
Nonstop
2h 32m
IAH - ORD
United Airlines
$49
United
1:20 pm - 4:03 pm
American Airlines
Nonstop
2h 43m
IAH - ORD
American Airlines
1:24 pm - 7:42 am
Frontier
1 Stop
18h 18m
IAH - ORD
Frontier
$67
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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. Spirit Airlines, United 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 Spirit Airlines with this kind of flexibility.

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 $55, but on average you can expect to pay $71.

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 $74.

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

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

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

Spirit Airlines, at $55, was found to be the cheapest airline from Houston to Chicago. An alternate airline flying to your destination would be United Airlines. Spirit Airlines is currently priced 57% 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 $27. Users have also found prices from $49 and $64 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 $48. On average you can expect to pay $248. The most popular route, (Houston Hobby - Chicago O'Hare Intl), can usually be booked for $58.

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 popular routes from Houston to Chicago?

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

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 72 hours 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 72 hours 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 42m
Average temperature for October in Chicago
64.4 °F
Avg rainfall for October in Chicago
2.6 ″

Airports servicing Houston

George Bush Intcntl (IAH)

Airports servicing Chicago

Midway (MDW)
Rockford (RFD)

Top 6 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
American Airlines
$48 $276 No cancel fee 71%
United Airlines
$48 $282 No cancel fee 69%
Spirit Airlines
$56 $192 No cancel fee 65%
Frontier
$83 $184 No cancel fee 62%
Delta
$87 $271 No cancel fee N/A
Southwest
$134 $346 No cancel fee 63%

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 55% of HOU to CHI departures
Afternoon Noon to 6 PM 32% of HOU to CHI departures
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 8% of HOU to CHI departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 5% of HOU 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
15 daily flights
Monday
12 daily flights
Tuesday
9 daily flights
Wednesday
9 daily flights
Thursday
12 daily flights
Friday
12 daily flights
Saturday
13 daily flights
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