Cheap flights from Santa Barbara (SBA) to Chicago (CHI) from $109

This is the cheapest one-way flight price found by a Cheapflights user in the last 72 hours by searching for a flight departing on 9/10. Fares are subject to change and may not be available on all flights or dates of travel. Click the price to replicate the search for this deal.
SBA — CHI
Jun 16 — Jun 231

Cheap flight deals from Santa Barbara to Chicago

Discover tips and strategies to find the most affordable flight options for your journey from Santa Barbara (SBA) to Chicago (CHI). Learn about various techniques such as flexible date searches, comparing prices across and setting up price alerts. Use these methods to find the cheapest flights available for your travel needs. Data last updated June 11, 2024.

Popular in

January

Cheapest in

February

Average price

$511

Round-trip from

$222
High demand for flights, 42% potential price rise
Best time to find cheap flights, 26% potential price drop
Average for round-trip flights in June 2024
From Santa Barbara to Chicago (CHI)

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 48%.

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

To save up to 71% on this flight, we recommend booking at least 60 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 $319 1-2 weeks out and tickets from $507 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 March. For low rates, January can be a great choice for travel to Chicago. Flights to Chicago from Santa Barbara in January are about $313 on average during January, but can be found for as low as $135.

What is the cheapest time of day to fly from SBA to CHI?

It’s optimal to fly from Santa Barbara to Chicago in the afternoon. By choosing this option you can save up to 8% on the cost of your flight, compared to a flight at noon.

Cheap Santa Barbara to Chicago flights in June & July 2024

Find cheap flight options from Santa Barbara to Chicago specifically for the months of June and July 2024. Explore affordable fares based on user searches. Over the last 7 days, Cheapflights users made 3,117,830 searches. Prices were last updated on June 11, 2024.
Scroll through some of the best deals on flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago in 2024. If these deals don't appeal to you, be sure to come back soon for more options.
Tue 7/94:11 pmSBA - ORD
1 stop6h 12mAmerican Airlines
Tue 7/236:00 amORD - SBA
1 stop7h 27mAmerican Airlines
Deal found 6/10$318
Wed 7/176:38 pmSBA - ORD
1 stop8h 51mAmerican Airlines
Tue 7/236:00 amORD - SBA
1 stop7h 27mAmerican Airlines
Deal found 6/10$346
Sat 7/134:11 pmSBA - ORD
1 stop6h 12mAmerican Airlines
Sat 8/35:36 pmORD - SBA
1 stop6h 46mAmerican Airlines
Deal found 6/10$356
Fri 7/196:38 pmSBA - ORD
1 stop8h 51mAmerican Airlines
Tue 7/236:00 amORD - SBA
1 stop7h 27mAmerican Airlines
Deal found 6/10$366
Tue 7/97:35 amSBA - ORD
1 stop9h 10mDelta
Fri 7/129:00 amORD - SBA
2 stops14h 00mDelta
Deal found 6/10$371
Wed 7/246:00 amSBA - ORD
2 stops11h 37mDelta
Thu 8/110:20 amORD - SBA
2 stops12h 40mDelta
Deal found 6/11$386
Mon 7/11:15 pmSBA - ORD
1 stop6h 29mDelta
Tue 7/97:30 pmORD - SBA
1 stop6h 13mDelta
Deal found 6/11$392
Thu 7/251:12 pmSBA - ORD
1 stop8h 47mUnited Airlines
Mon 7/296:05 amORD - SBA
1 stop8h 05mUnited Airlines
Deal found 6/11$394
Mon 7/11:15 pmSBA - ORD
1 stop6h 29mDelta
Tue 7/96:05 amORD - SBA
2 stops8h 49mDelta
Deal found 6/11$397

Santa Barbara to Chicago 2024 flight deals

Discover exclusive flight deals for travel between Santa Barbara and Chicago in 2024. Find excellent offers based on user searches. Over the last 7 days, Cheapflights users made 3,117,830 searches. Data last updated June 11, 2024.
Scroll through some of the best deals on flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago in 2024. If these deals don't appeal to you, be sure to come back soon for more options.
Tue 8/135:30 amSBA - ORD
1 stop8h 09mAmerican Airlines
Sat 8/1711:34 amORD - SBA
1 stop8h 40mAmerican Airlines
Deal found 6/10$218
Tue 8/1312:23 pmSBA - ORD
1 stop6h 37mAmerican Airlines
Sat 8/175:00 amORD - SBA
2 stops9h 33mAmerican Airlines
Deal found 6/10$223
Thu 9/1912:26 pmSBA - ORD
1 stop7h 00mAmerican Airlines
Sun 9/228:20 amORD - SBA
1 stop9h 13mAmerican Airlines
Deal found 6/11$302
Tue 8/137:35 amSBA - ORD
2 stops11h 22mDelta
Sat 8/179:55 amORD - SBA
2 stops13h 05mDelta
Deal found 6/11$317
Tue 8/136:33 amSBA - ORD
2 stops12h 27mAmerican Airlines
Sat 8/1711:05 amORD - SBA
2 stops9h 09mAmerican Airlines
Deal found 6/10$318
Tue 8/271:18 pmSBA - ORD
1 stop6h 44mAmerican Airlines
Sat 8/3111:34 amORD - SBA
1 stop8h 40mAmerican Airlines
Deal found 6/9$322
Tue 8/272:00 pmSBA - ORD
1 stop7h 05mUnited Airlines
Sat 8/312:00 pmORD - SBA
Nonstop11h 59mUnited Airlines
Deal found 6/9$323
Fri 9/275:15 amSBA - ORD
1 stop15h 38mUnited Airlines
Mon 9/303:55 pmORD - SBA
2 stops10h 02mUnited Airlines
Deal found 6/11$325
Tue 8/276:33 amSBA - ORD
2 stops8h 56mAmerican Airlines
Sat 8/312:15 pmORD - SBA
1 stop5h 59mAmerican Airlines
Deal found 6/9$327

Santa Barbara to Chicago flights leaving soon

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Thu 6/205:15 amSBA - ORD
1 stop16h 44mUnited Airlines
Sun 6/235:04 amORD - SBA
1 stop18h 14mUnited Airlines
Deal found 6/10$801
Thu 6/205:50 amSBA - ORD
2 stops15h 05mUnited Airlines
Sun 6/235:04 amORD - SBA
1 stop18h 14mUnited Airlines
Deal found 6/10$806
Thu 6/201:10 pmSBA - ORD
2 stops8h 31mAmerican Airlines
Sun 6/235:00 amORD - SBA
2 stops9h 35mAmerican Airlines
Deal found 6/10$861

One-way flights to Chicago from Santa Barbara

Search for one-way flight options from Santa Barbara to Chicago. Find affordable one-way fares based on user searches. Compare prices and availability to plan your one-way journey according to your preferred dates and budget. Over the last 7 days, Cheapflights users made 3,117,830 searches. Data last updated June 11, 2024.
Take a look at some of the best available options we've come across on one-way flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago. For those needing a return trip from Santa Barbara, there is a search form available above.
Tue 9/1012:26 pmSBA - ORD
1 stop7h 00mAmerican Airlines
Deal found 6/11$109
Tue 9/106:28 amSBA - ORD
3 stops14h 29mUnited Airlines
Deal found 6/11$119
Tue 9/107:25 amSBA - ORD
2 stops11h 31mDelta
Deal found 6/11$123
Sat 9/146:23 amSBA - ORD
2 stops11h 18mAmerican Airlines
Deal found 6/10$159
Thu 8/16:38 pmSBA - ORD
1 stop8h 51mAmerican Airlines
Deal found 6/9$183
Sun 8/46:38 pmSBA - ORD
1 stop8h 51mAmerican Airlines
Deal found 6/10$193
Wed 7/36:39 pmSBA - ORD
1 stop8h 45mAmerican Airlines
Deal found 6/10$218
Thu 8/16:38 pmSBA - ORD
2 stops12h 19mAmerican Airlines
Deal found 6/9$228
Sun 7/711:59 pmSBA - ORD
1 stop8h 06mAmerican Airlines
Deal found 6/10$233

Find flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago within your budget

Customize your flight search to find flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago that fit within your specific budget. Explore options based on user searches and filter the results based on your desired price range. Find flights that match your budget for a cost-effective journey. Over the last 7 days, Cheapflights users made 3,117,830 searches. Data last updated June 11, 2024.

Fly from

Any airport

Fly to

Any airport

Budget

$218 - $382

Route

Depart

Return

Price

Santa BarbaraChicago O'Hare Intl

SBA - ORD

SBAORD

Santa Barbara

Tue 8/13

1 stop8h 09m

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Sat 8/17

1 stop8h 40m

$218

Santa BarbaraChicago O'Hare Intl

SBA - ORD

SBAORD

Santa Barbara

Tue 8/13

1 stop6h 37m

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Sat 8/17

2 stops9h 33m

$223

Santa BarbaraChicago O'Hare Intl

SBA - ORD

SBAORD

Santa Barbara

Thu 9/19

1 stop7h 00m

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Sun 9/22

1 stop9h 13m

$302

Santa BarbaraChicago O'Hare Intl

SBA - ORD

SBAORD

Santa Barbara

Tue 8/13

2 stops11h 22m

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Sat 8/17

2 stops13h 05m

$317

Santa BarbaraChicago O'Hare Intl

SBA - ORD

SBAORD

Santa Barbara

Tue 8/27

1 stop7h 05m

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Sat 8/31

Nonstop11h 59m

$323

Santa BarbaraChicago O'Hare Intl

SBA - ORD

SBAORD

Santa Barbara

Fri 9/27

1 stop15h 38m

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Mon 9/30

2 stops10h 02m

$325

Santa BarbaraChicago O'Hare Intl

SBA - ORD

SBAORD

Santa Barbara

Tue 8/27

3 stops14h 29m

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Sat 8/31

1 stop9h 54m

$332

Santa BarbaraChicago O'Hare Intl

SBA - ORD

SBAORD

Santa Barbara

Thu 8/22

1 stop5h 45m

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Mon 8/26

1 stop7h 19m

$358

Santa BarbaraChicago O'Hare Intl

SBA - ORD

SBAORD

Santa Barbara

Fri 9/27

2 stops16h 28m

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Mon 9/30

2 stops31h 47m

$382

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Deals found on 6/10

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

Use this chart to determine the cheapest time to fly round-trip from Santa Barbara to Chicago. Price data was last updated on June 9, 2024.
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Travelers seeking maximum savings on their Santa Barbara to Chicago flight should consider departing on Monday evenings when fares are most often at their lowest. Monday mornings flights should be avoided if possible as fares are typically the most expensive at this time.
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Temperature and rainfall in Chicago by month

Plan your trip to Chicago by taking into account the average temperature and rainfall totals by month.

CHI

Temperature

23 - 73.4 °F

If weather is an important factor for your trip to Chicago, use this chart to help with planning. For those seeking warmer temperatures, July is the ideal time of year to visit, when temperatures reach an average of 73.4 F. Travelers looking to avoid the cold should look outside of January, when temperatures are typically at their lowest (around 23.0 F).

Reviews of airlines servicing Chicago

Get insights into the airlines that provide service to Chicago. Read reviews, discover amenities, and learn about the overall travel experience offered by airlines. Use this information to make informed decisions when choosing an airline for your flight to Chicago. Reviews last updated June 11, 2024.
See what other customers who have flown with Delta, Alaska Airlines and American Airlines from Santa Barbara to Chicago have to say. You can also see how each airline stacks up in terms of entertainment options, comfort, food, crew/service, and boarding process.
8.1
Very good
9,267 reviews

Overall

8.1

Boarding

8.2

Crew

8.6

Entertainment

7.3

Food

7.3

Comfort

7.9

Reviews

1 / 10

Paid a lot for our exit row seats and they weren’t that roomy.

8.1
Very good
9,267 reviews
8.1
Very good
9,267 reviews

Overall

8.1

Boarding

8.2

Crew

8.6

Entertainment

7.3

Food

7.3

Comfort

7.9

Reviews

1 / 10

Paid a lot for our exit row seats and they weren’t that roomy.

8.0
Very good
10,277 reviews
8.1
Very good
9,267 reviews

Overall

8.1

Boarding

8.2

Crew

8.6

Entertainment

7.3

Food

7.3

Comfort

7.9

Reviews

1 / 10

Paid a lot for our exit row seats and they weren’t that roomy.

7.4
Good
10,629 reviews
8.1
Very good
9,267 reviews

Overall

8.1

Boarding

8.2

Crew

8.6

Entertainment

7.3

Food

7.3

Comfort

7.9

Reviews

1 / 10

Paid a lot for our exit row seats and they weren’t that roomy.

7.3
Good
14,129 reviews
8.1
Very good
9,267 reviews

Overall

8.1

Boarding

8.2

Crew

8.6

Entertainment

7.3

Food

7.3

Comfort

7.9

Reviews

1 / 10

Paid a lot for our exit row seats and they weren’t that roomy.

Related info for your journey

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  • 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 2 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 $218, but on average you can expect to pay $334.

  • Are there last-minute flights available from Santa Barbara to Chicago for under $900?

    There are currently 3+ open flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago within the next 7 days for less than $900.

  • 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 $218. Additional round-trip tickets that might be worth considering are offered by Delta and United Airlines, with the lowest prices starting at $317 and $323, respectively. You may be able to fly from Santa Barbara to Chicago for 62% 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 American Airlines ($109), United Airlines ($119), and Delta ($123).

  • What does SBA to ORD mean?

    These are just IATA (International Air Transport Association) codes. They are used in aviation to identify and differentiate airports. That’s why a Santa Barbara Airport to Chicago O'Hare Intl Airport flight would often be abbreviated as a SBA to ORD flight. Ready for more IATA code knowledge? These are related airports for your current travel destination: Chicago Midway Airport (MDW), Chicago Greater Rockford Airport (RFD).

  • Can I find deals for flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago that include extra baggage allowance?

    The amount of baggage you can bring on your Santa Barbara to Chicago flight depends on the airline and the type of fare you've chosen. After entering your flight details, you'll be able to view the specific baggage policies for each deal in the search results. Keep in mind that certain deals may offer additional baggage allowance.

  • Can I find deals on flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago with specific airlines?

    Yes, Cheapflights allows you to browse and filter Santa Barbara to Chicago flight deals by airline. After entering your origin and destination, use the available filters to view flights offered by airlines.

  • Can I find deals for flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago that include hotel bookings?

    Yes. In addition to deals on Santa Barbara to Chicago flights, Cheapflights offers vacation packages that include both flights and hotel.

  • How can I find direct flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago?

    After entering your origin and destination, apply the non-stop filter on the search result page to find direct flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago.

  • Can I find deals for business class flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago?

    Yes. Cheapflights offers flight deals from Santa Barbara to Chicago by cabin class. In addition to browsing deals, you can also filter by cabin class on the search results page after making a search.

  • Can I find deals for flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago that allow pets onboard?

    Many airlines flying from Santa Barbara to Chicago offer the option to travel with pets. After selecting a flight deal, you can find more information about the airline's pet policy on their official website or by contacting the airline directly. Please note that additional fees and restrictions may apply.

  • Can I find deals on last-minute flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago?

    Yes, you can often find last-minute deals on Santa Barbara to Chicago flights on Cheapflights. However, these deals can vary and may not always be available. We recommend checking back frequently or signing up for price alerts for the most up-to-date deals.

  • How recently were the Santa Barbara to Chicago flight deals updated?

    The Santa Barbara to Chicago flight deals you see on this page were last updated on 6/11.

  • What is the cheapest month to book a flight from Santa Barbara to Chicago?

    Currently, February is the cheapest month in which you can book a flight from Santa Barbara to Chicago (average of $244). Flying from Santa Barbara to Chicago in July is currently the most expensive (average of $324). There are several factors that can impact the price of a flight, so comparing airlines, departure airports and flight times can provide users with more options.

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Top 2 airlines flying from Santa Barbara to Chicago

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AirlineCheapestAverageFlexibilityOn-time
United AirlinesCheapest$331Average$492FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-time69%
American AirlinesCheapest$375Average$484FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-time71%

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