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Cheap flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago (SBA - CHI)

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The best prices from Santa Barbara to Chicago are usually found in October or November, booked 60 days in advance, depart on a Thursday or Tuesday and return on a Wednesday

How to find the cheapest flight from
Santa Barbara (SBA) to Chicago (CHI)

SBA - CHI
Price
$303 - $518
CHI
Temperature
33.8 - 84.2 °F
CHI
Rainfall
0.7 - 4.3 inches

Popular in

March

High demand for flights, 27% potential price rise

Cheapest in

October

Best time to find cheap flights, 20% potential price drop

Round-trip from

$303

From Santa Barbara to Chicago

One-way from

$209

One-way flight from Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara to Chicago?

Leaving on a Wednesday is a viable option for saving on travel. Heavily demanded days of the week can typically drive up the prices you see. Booking your travel for a less competitive day can save up to 70% on the overall cost on flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago.

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

To save on the cost of your flight from Santa Barbara to Chicago, book at least 20 days before your planned departure. Booking around this time can save you about 10% on the cost of this flight compared to booking a flight leaving this week. We have found prices from $137 if you need a flight within two weeks. For flights within the next 72 hours, you can find tickets from as low as $157.

What is the cheapest month to fly from Santa Barbara to Chicago?

The best pricing can be found in the month of April. Prices to Chicago from Santa Barbara average $135. You can even find prices in April for less than $135, as users have found deals to Chicago from as low as $33. The month of December appears to be one of the more expensive times to travel to Chicago from Santa Barbara. Flying in the targeted month can save you up to 49%.

When is the cheapest time to fly from Santa Barbara to Chicago (SBA - CHI)?

A simple way to save on the total cost of your ticket is to fly from Santa Barbara to Chicago in the evening. If you’re flexible enough to do this you can expect to save up to 26% on your trip compared to booking a flight in the morning.

Cheap flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago in January, February 2021

16 Feb - 23 Feb
$260pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
SBA
Santa Barbara
16 Feb - 23 Feb
$264pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
American Airlines
   
2 STOPS
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
SBA
Santa Barbara
15 Feb - 22 Feb
$267pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
SBA
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara to Chicago 2021 flight deals

4 Mar - 8 Mar
$245pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
SBA
Santa Barbara
4 Mar - 8 Mar
$257pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara
16 Feb - 23 Feb
$260pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
SBA
Santa Barbara

Non-stop flights to Chicago from Santa Barbara

4 Mar - 8 Mar
$257pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara
4 Mar - 8 Mar
$339pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara
30 Jun - 17 Jul
$356pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara

One-way flights to Chicago from Santa Barbara

9:25 am - 6:42 pm
Alaska Airlines
1 Stop
7h 17m
SBA - ORD
Alaska Airlines
$209
CheapFlights
2:00 am - 1:45 pm
American Airlines
2 Stops
9h 45m
SBA - ORD
American Airlines
2:43 am - 8:05 pm
United Airlines
3 Stops
15h 22m
SBA - ORD
United Airlines
$293
United

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Flight FAQs

From Santa Barbara to Chicago

Are flight prices decreasing from Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara to Chicago to control the spread of COVID-19?

Delta is one of the many airlines that have implemented additional safety measures to control the spread of COVID-19. New policies for travelers booking flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago include masks being provided and required on board, daily cleaning and sanitization, use of HEPA filters, pre-flight testing for antibodies and symptoms, and socially distanced seating (for a limited time). Keep in mind that policies will vary by airline.

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

Due to the rapidly changing circumstances due to COVID-19, airlines like United Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta flying from Santa Barbara to Chicago have implemented new flexible cancellation policies.

Can I find flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago for under $300 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago for under $300. The cheapest flight booked recently is on United Airlines for just $245, but on average you can expect to pay $303.

Are there nonstop flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago for under $300 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has at least 3 direct flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago under $300. A good price for a nonstop flight from Santa Barbara to Chicago is less than $317.

What days are nonstop flights available from Santa Barbara to Chicago?

You can find nonstop flights on the following days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday.

Is Santa Barbara weather warmer or cooler than Chicago?

Our data indicates that the weather will be 84 °F on average in the month of July. The temperature in Chicago is typically hotter than in Santa Barbara. If you're traveling when the temperature is at its warmest, push to plan early, as flight price and availability will have an impact on your travels. For the best results, search for flights well in advance or after peak season.

How long is the flight from Santa Barbara to Chicago?

For as low as $257, United Airlines can have you in Chicago from Santa Barbara in 4h. When browsing for deals, the options you’ll see will be for both nonstop flights and flights with stops.

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

Flying on United Airlines is currently your cheapest option to Chicago, with prices starting at $245. Another option worth looking into is American Airlines, starting at $260 round trip. Users have found that United Airlines is 35% cheaper than the other options available to this destination.

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

$157 is the cheapest one-way deal found within the past few days, from American Airlines. You may also be able to find cheap deals on Alaska Airlines and United Airlines, with prices starting from $176 and $207, respectively.

Alternative routes for Santa Barbara to Chicago

Destination information for Chicago

Flight duration
4h 22m
Average temperature for January in Chicago
33.8 °F
Avg rainfall for January in Chicago
0.7 ″

Airports servicing Santa Barbara

Airports servicing Chicago

Chicago Midway (MDW)
Rockford (RFD)

Top 4 airlines flying from Santa Barbara to Chicago

Airline Cheapest Average Flexibility On-time COVID-19 safety
Frontier
$100 $256 No cancel fee 62%
Delta
$127 $300 No cancel fee N/A
American Airlines
$184 $412 No cancel fee 71%
United Airlines
$214 $427 No cancel fee 69%
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