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 January or February, booked 60 days in advance, depart on a Wednesday or Tuesday and return on a Tuesday

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

All the information you need to plan the best SBA to CHI flight in 2022: compare Santa Barbara to Chicago flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Chicago.
SBA - CHI
Price
$322 - $807
CHI
Temperature
23 - 73.4 °F
CHI
Rainfall
1.7 - 4.9 inches

Popular in

May

High demand for flights, 39% potential price rise

Cheapest in

January

Best time to find cheap flights, 34% potential price drop

Round-trip from

$322

From Santa Barbara to Chicago (CHI)

One-way from

$232

One-way flight from Santa Barbara to Chicago (CHI)

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
How far in advance should I book a flight from Santa Barbara to Chicago?

To save up to 25% on this flight, we recommend booking at least 53 days prior to travel. The price may fluctuate and will likely increase closer to your departure date. Users on Cheapflights have found tickets from Santa Barbara to Chicago from $271 1-2 weeks out and tickets from $295 for flights departing within the next 72 hours.

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

Due to multiple factors, expect to potentially pay more when booking in May. For low rates, February can be a great choice for travel to Chicago. Flights to Chicago from Santa Barbara in February are about $252 on average during February, but can be found for as low as $85.

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

It’s optimal to fly from Santa Barbara to Chicago in the afternoon. By choosing this option you can save up to 17% on the cost of your flight, compared to a flight in the morning.

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

Tuesday is generally a great day to depart. Flying on this day could help you save up to 21%.

Cheap flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago in June, July 2022

The best prices found for SBA to CHI flights for June, July
20 Jul - 25 Jul
$346pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara
22 Jul - 5 Aug
$350pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara
15 Jul - 25 Jul
$354pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara to Chicago 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Chicago from Santa Barbara found for this year
26 Aug - 29 Aug
$268pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara
8 Sep - 13 Sep
$286pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
SBA
Santa Barbara
26 Aug - 29 Aug
$307pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
SBA
Santa Barbara

Non-stop flights to Chicago from Santa Barbara

Save time with Santa Barbara to Chicago direct flight deals
26 Aug - 29 Aug
$268pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara
26 Aug - 28 Aug
$309pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara
20 Jul - 25 Jul
$346pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara

Last minute flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago

Late deals on round-trip flights to Chicago from Santa Barbara, departing today and this week
6 Jul - 10 Jul
$469pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara
6 Jul - 10 Jul
$478pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara
5 Jul - 18 Jul
$491pp
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

The cheapest one-way flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago
3:10 pm - 1:45 am
Alaska Airlines
1 Stop
8h 35m
SBA - ORD
Alaska Airlines
9:01 am - 7:10 pm
American Airlines
2 Stops
8h 09m
SBA - ORD
American Airlines
4:50 pm - 1:14 am
United Airlines
1 Stop
6h 24m
SBA - ORD
United Airlines
$276
United

Related info for your journey

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Flight FAQs

From Santa Barbara to Chicago

What airport do you fly from for flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago?

If you book a flight to Chicago from Santa Barbara, you will be flying from Santa Barbara, which is the city’s only airport. Santa Barbara (SBA) is located 8.0 mi from the center of Santa Barbara. There are 0 flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago per day from 5 different airlines.

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 $268, but on average you can expect to pay $346.

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

Cheapflights has at least 20 direct flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago under $300. A good price for a nonstop flight from Santa Barbara to Chicago is less than $400.

Are there last-minute flights available from Santa Barbara to Chicago for under $500?

There are currently 20+ open flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago within the next 7 days for less than $500.

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 $268. Another option worth looking into is American Airlines, starting at $340 round trip. You may be able to fly from Santa Barbara to Chicago for 45% less than the average price by searching for these airlines.

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

The cheapest airlines for a one-way flight from Santa Barbara to Chicago are United Airlines ($143), American Airlines ($227), and Alaska Airlines ($232).

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

Consider American Airlines, Delta or Frontier when booking your flight. These represent the most popular airlines when flying from Santa Barbara to Chicago.

What are the cheapest flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago?

On average you can expect to pay $850 for a flight from Santa Barbara to Chicago. The cheapest flight overall is $163 while the most popular route, (Santa Barbara - Chicago O'Hare Intl) is currently priced at $268.

COVID Restrictions

View COVID Travel Restrictions for Chicago, IL

Do I need a COVID test to fly to Chicago from Santa Barbara?

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

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

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Santa Barbara are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering Chicago.

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

Do I need a test to fly back to Santa Barbara from Chicago?

Returning to Santa Barbara from Chicago

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Chicago are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering Santa Barbara.

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

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Alternative routes for Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara to Chicago.
Flight duration from SBA to Chicago
4h 26m
Average temperature for June in Chicago
78.8 °F
Avg rainfall for June in Chicago
3.4 ″

Airports servicing Santa Barbara

Airports servicing Chicago

Midway (MDW)
Rockford (RFD)

Top 4 airlines flying from Santa Barbara to Chicago

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users traveling from Santa Barbara 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
Frontier
$100 $256 No cancel fee 62%
Delta
$127 $300 No cancel fee N/A
American Airlines
$294 $468 No cancel fee 71%
United Airlines
$295 $461 No cancel fee 69%

Hourly flight availability from Santa Barbara to Chicago

See what time of day planes typically take off from Santa Barbara towards Chicago.
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Weekly flight availability
from Santa Barbara to Chicago
See how many times per day planes take to the skies headed from Santa Barbara to Chicago.
Sunday
1 daily flight
Monday
1 daily flight
Tuesday
1 daily flight
Wednesday
1 daily flight
Thursday
1 daily flight
Friday
1 daily flight
Saturday
0 flights
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