Cheap flights from Washington to Chicago (WAS - CHI)

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The best prices from Washington to Chicago are usually found in August or July, booked 1 days in advance, depart on a Saturday or Tuesday and return on a Saturday

How to find the cheapest flight from
Washington (WAS) to Chicago (CHI)

All the information you need to plan the best WAS to CHI flight in 2021: compare Washington to Chicago flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Chicago.
WAS - CHI
Price
$157 - $269
CHI
Temperature
33.8 - 84.2 °F
CHI
Rainfall
0.7 - 4.3 inches

Popular in

November

High demand for flights, 16% potential price rise

Cheapest in

August

Best time to find cheap flights, 30% potential price drop

Round-trip from

$157

From Washington to Chicago

One-way from

$78

One-way flight from Washington 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 Washington to Chicago?

Flying to your destination on a Thursday can be more expensive, but this shouldn’t discourage you from finding affordable options to get to Chicago. Check prices with Cheapflights to find a great deal for your trip.

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

Travelers have found it’s best to book a flight 20 days in advance to save up to 10% 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 20 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 Washington to Chicago 1-2 weeks in advance for as low as $137, or $157 for flights within the next 24 hours.

What is the cheapest month to fly from Washington to Chicago?

April can be a great time to fly to Chicago from Washington with a flight ticket averaging about $135. Cheapflights users have found deals in the month of April for as cheap as $33. The most expensive prices can be found in the month of December.

When is the cheapest time to fly from Washington to Chicago (WAS - CHI)?

A simple way to save on the total cost of your ticket is to fly from Washington to Chicago in the evening. If you’re flexible enough to do this you can expect to save up to 29% on your trip compared to booking a flight at noon.

Cheap flights from Washington to Chicago in July, August 2021

The best prices found for WAS to CHI flights for July, August
28 Aug - 30 Aug
$90pp
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
26 Aug - 30 Aug
$96pp
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
27 Aug - 5 Sep
$101pp
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington

Washington to Chicago 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Chicago from Washington found for this year
28 Aug - 30 Aug
$90pp
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
26 Aug - 30 Aug
$96pp
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
9 Sep - 12 Sep
$101pp
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington

Non-stop flights to Chicago from Washington

Save time with Washington to Chicago direct flight deals
29 Sep - 13 Oct
$140pp
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
Major Airline
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Major Airline
Non-Stop
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
18 Sep - 18 Sep
$152pp
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
United Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
United Airlines
Non-Stop
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
14 Sep - 15 Sep
$157pp
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
American Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
American Airlines
Non-Stop
BWI
Baltimore/Washington

Last minute flights from Washington to Chicago

Late deals on round-trip flights to Chicago from Washington, departing today and this week
3 Aug - 11 Aug
$134pp
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
3 Aug - 7 Aug
$149pp
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
5 Aug - 28 Aug
$155pp
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington

One-way flights to Chicago from Washington

The cheapest one-way flights from Washington to Chicago
5:23 am - 4:06 am
Allegiant Air
1 Stop
23h 43m
BWI - MDW
Allegiant Air
$78
Gotogate
2:17 am - 8:14 am
American Airlines
1 Stop
6h 57m
BWI - ORD
American Airlines
1:30 pm - 5:49 pm
Major Airline
1 Stop
5h 19m
IAD - ORD
Major Airline
$87
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Flight FAQs

From Washington to Chicago

Are flight prices decreasing from Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington 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 Spirit Airlines flying from Washington to Chicago have implemented new flexible cancellation policies.

Can I find flights from Washington to Chicago for under $100 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Washington to Chicago for under $100. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Spirit Airlines for just $88, but on average you can expect to pay $109.

Are there nonstop flights from Washington to Chicago for under $200 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has at least 20 direct flights from Washington to Chicago under $200. A good price for a nonstop flight from Washington to Chicago is less than $175.

Are there last-minute flights available from Washington to Chicago for under $200?

There are currently 20+ open flights from Washington to Chicago within the next 7 days for less than $200.

What days are nonstop flights available from Washington to Chicago?

Days when nonstop flights are available for this flight are: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday.

How many flights depart from Washington to Chicago on average per day?

On average, you can expect to see 21 flights from Washington to Chicago a day.
Early Morning (Midnight to 6am) - 14% of flight departures
Morning (6am - Noon) - 38% of flight departures
Afternoon (Noon - 6pm) - 5% of flight departures
Evening (6pm - Midnight) - 43% of flight departures

Is Washington weather warmer or cooler than Chicago?

You can imagine temperatures to be in the 90 °F range in July. The weather in Chicago is generally colder than Washington's. As flight availability is subject to become more limited as peak season approaches it is ideal to book in a timely manner.

How long is the flight from Washington to Chicago?

Airlines like United Airlines, American Airlines, and Major Airline fly from Washington to Chicago in about 1h 59m. The time it takes to get you to your destination is usually consistent. The distance between Washington and Chicago is about 590 mi. Generally, flights for this route are nonstop.

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

Our cheapest airline available from Washington to Chicago is Spirit Airlines. Our recent data shows that you can find tickets from as low as $88 on this airline. An additional option worth looking into is American Airlines, starting at $120. Users have found that Spirit Airlines is 60% cheaper than the other options available to this destination.

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

One-way options have recently been found by users for as low as $51 on Spirit Airlines. Other airlines that offer cheap prices include Allegiant Air from $72 and United Airlines from $79 one-way.

COVID Restrictions

View COVID Travel Restrictions for Chicago, IL

Can I fly to Chicago from Washington right now?

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

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

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Washington must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours before departing to Chicago.

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

Can I fly back to Washington from Chicago?

Returning to Washington 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 Washington.

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

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Destination information for Chicago

Things to know before you go - useful duration and weather info for your trip from Washington to Chicago.
Flight duration
2h 07m
Average temperature for July in Chicago
84.2 °F
Avg rainfall for July in Chicago
3.7 ″

Airports servicing Washington

Reagan National (DCA)

Airports servicing Chicago

Chicago Midway (MDW)
Rockford (RFD)

Top 6 airlines flying from Washington to Chicago

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users traveling from Washington 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
Spirit Airlines
$78 $190 No cancel fee 65%
JetBlue
$112 $285 No cancel fee 62%
American Airlines
$86 $311 No cancel fee 71%
Delta
$87 $357 No cancel fee N/A
United Airlines
$75 $370 No cancel fee 69%
Southwest
$272 $510 No cancel fee 63%

Hourly flight availability from Washington to Chicago

See what time of day planes typically take off from Washington towards Chicago.
Afternoon Noon to 6 PM 48% of WAS to CHI departures
Morning 6 AM to noon 31% of WAS to CHI departures
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 11% of WAS to CHI departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 10% of WAS to CHI departures
Midnight
6 AM
Noon
6 PM
Weekly flight availability
from Washington to Chicago
See how many times per day planes take to the skies headed from Washington to Chicago.
Sunday
48 daily flights
Monday
61 daily flights
Tuesday
56 daily flights
Wednesday
49 daily flights
Thursday
56 daily flights
Friday
62 daily flights
Saturday
53 daily flights
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