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)

All the information you need to plan the best SBA to CHI flight in 2021: compare Santa Barbara to Chicago flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Chicago.
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

$202

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 21% on your trip compared to booking a flight in the afternoon.

Cheap flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago in May, June 2021

The best prices found for SBA to CHI flights for May, June
4 Jun - 9 Jun
$203pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
SBA
Santa Barbara
4 Jun - 9 Jun
$243pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
American Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SBA
Santa Barbara
21 May - 25 May
$299pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
American 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

Cheap flights to Chicago from Santa Barbara found for this year
4 Jun - 9 Jun
$203pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
SBA
Santa Barbara
17 Jul - 24 Jul
$230pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
American Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
SBA
Santa Barbara
16 Sep - 20 Sep
$233pp
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

Save time with Santa Barbara to Chicago direct flight deals
26 Oct - 27 Oct
$295pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara
14 Sep - 16 Sep
$315pp
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 Sep - 20 Sep
$335pp
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
26 May - 5 Jun
$371pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
American Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara
26 May - 5 Jun
$380pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
SBA
Santa Barbara
26 May - 5 Jun
$384pp
SBA
Santa Barbara
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
American Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SBA
Santa Barbara

One-way flights to Chicago from Santa Barbara

The cheapest one-way flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago
6:50 am - 7:53 pm
American Airlines
2 Stops
11h 03m
SBA - ORD
American Airlines
2:15 pm - 7:42 pm
Multiple Airlines
3 Stops
27h 27m
SBA - ORD
Multiple Airlines
$214
Kiwi.com
12:30 pm - 7:09 pm
United Airlines
1 Stop
28h 39m
SBA - ORD
United Airlines
$217
United

Related info for your journey

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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.

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.

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 4 different airlines.

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 American Airlines for just $203, but on average you can expect to pay $266.

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 $452.

Are there last-minute flights available from Santa Barbara to Chicago for under $400?

There are currently 19+ open flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago within the next 7 days for less than $400.

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

You can find nonstop flights on the following days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 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 $295, United Airlines can have you in Chicago from Santa Barbara in 4h 20m. Most flights are nonstop.

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

Flying on American Airlines is currently your cheapest option to Chicago, with prices starting at $203. Another option worth looking into is United Airlines, starting at $295 round trip. Users have found that American Airlines is 46% cheaper than the other options available to this destination.

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

$107 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 $119 and $158, respectively.

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
4h 32m
Average temperature for May in Chicago
71.6 °F
Avg rainfall for May in Chicago
4.3 ″

Airports servicing Santa Barbara

Airports servicing Chicago

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
$184 $412 No cancel fee 71%
United Airlines
$214 $427 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
2 daily flights
Monday
1 daily flight
Tuesday
0 flights
Wednesday
0 flights
Thursday
1 daily flight
Friday
1 daily flight
Saturday
1 daily flight
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