Cheap flights from Chicago to Los Angeles (CHI - LAX)

The best prices from Chicago to Los Angeles are usually found in August or July, booked 14 days in advance, depart on a Wednesday or Tuesday and return on a Saturday

How to find the cheapest flight from Chicago to Los Angeles

All the information you need to plan the best CHI to LAX flight in 2022: compare Chicago to Los Angeles flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Los Angeles.

CHI - LAX

Price

$102 - $291

LAX

Temperature

57.2 - 73.4 °F

LAX

Precipitation

0 - 3.4 inches

Popular in

December

High demand for flights, 38% potential price rise

Cheapest in

August

Best time to find cheap flights, 43% potential price drop

Round-trip from

$102

From Chicago (CHI) to Los Angeles

One-way from

$24

One-way flight from Chicago (CHI) to Los Angeles

What is the cheapest day to fly round-trip from Chicago to Los Angeles?

Saturday flights are generally found to be more expensive for flights from Chicago to Los Angeles. This shouldn’t discourage you from searching, as you can still find great deals by being flexible with your options. Use our search form to find deals on tickets to Los Angeles.

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

Travelers have found it’s best to book a flight 14 days in advance to save up to 3% 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 14 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 Chicago to Los Angeles 1-2 weeks in advance for as low as $165, or $173 for flights within the next 24 hours.

What is the cheapest month to fly from Chicago to Los Angeles?

Our data shows that August tends to be the cheapest month to fly to Los Angeles from Chicago. Users have commonly found prices around $179 for the month, but tickets can be as low as $49. Due to multiple factors, prepare for potentially higher prices in December.

When is the cheapest time to fly from Chicago to Los Angeles (CHI - LAX)?

When flying from Chicago to Los Angeles, the time of day you fly usually plays a role in the price. Save by searching for a flight in the evening, which can drop the price by up to 12% versus a flight in the morning.

Cheap flights from Chicago to Los Angeles in January, February 2022

The best prices found for CHI to LAX flights for January, February
Feb 8 - Feb 16
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

LAX

Los Angeles

Nonstop

4h 23m
LAX

Los Angeles

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Nonstop

3h 52m
$53

Spirit Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/18/22

Feb 8 - Feb 9
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

LAX

Los Angeles

Nonstop

4h 23m
LAX

Los Angeles

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Nonstop

4h 05m
$56

Spirit Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/15/22

Feb 2 - Feb 9
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

LAX

Los Angeles

Nonstop

4h 28m
LAX

Los Angeles

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Nonstop

4h 05m
$57

Spirit Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/18/22

Chicago to Los Angeles 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Los Angeles from Chicago found for this year
Feb 8 - Feb 16
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

LAX

Los Angeles

Nonstop

4h 23m
LAX

Los Angeles

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Nonstop

3h 52m
$53

Spirit Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/18/22

Feb 8 - Feb 9
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

LAX

Los Angeles

Nonstop

4h 23m
LAX

Los Angeles

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Nonstop

4h 05m
$56

Spirit Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/15/22

Feb 2 - Feb 9
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

LAX

Los Angeles

Nonstop

4h 28m
LAX

Los Angeles

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Nonstop

4h 05m
$57

Spirit Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/18/22

Non-stop flights to Los Angeles from Chicago

Save time with Chicago to Los Angeles direct flight deals
Feb 8 - Feb 16
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

LAX

Los Angeles

Nonstop

4h 23m
LAX

Los Angeles

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Nonstop

3h 52m
$53

Spirit Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/18/22

Feb 8 - Feb 9
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

LAX

Los Angeles

Nonstop

4h 23m
LAX

Los Angeles

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Nonstop

4h 05m
$56

Spirit Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/15/22

Feb 2 - Feb 9
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

LAX

Los Angeles

Nonstop

4h 28m
LAX

Los Angeles

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Nonstop

4h 05m
$57

Spirit Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/18/22

Last minute flights from Chicago to Los Angeles

Late deals on return flights to Los Angeles from Chicago, departing today and this week
Jan 24 - Feb 1
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

LAX

Los Angeles

Nonstop

4h 27m
LAX

Los Angeles

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Nonstop

4h 05m
$59

Spirit Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/15/22

Jan 24 - Jan 31
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

LAX

Los Angeles

Nonstop

4h 27m
LAX

Los Angeles

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Nonstop

4h 06m
$60

Spirit Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/15/22

Jan 24 - Jan 27
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

LAX

Los Angeles

Nonstop

4h 25m
LAX

Los Angeles

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

Nonstop

4h 06m
$69

Spirit Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/16/22

One-way flights to Los Angeles from Chicago

The cheapest one-way flights from Chicago to Los Angeles
Feb 8
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

LAX

Los Angeles

Nonstop

4h 23m
$24

Spirit Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/15/22

Feb 16
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

LAX

Los Angeles

Nonstop

4h 22m
$25

Spirit Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/16/22

Feb 8
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

LAX

Los Angeles

Nonstop

4h 23m
$26

Spirit Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 1/16/22

Related info for your journey

Useful info, stats and facts about Chicago to Los Angeles flights.

In the middle of a Chicago winter, it's good to know that dozens of flights are available to connect you to perpetually sunny Los Angeles on any day. If you're traveling to Los Angeles on vacation, you may find yourself wondering where the city actually is, since it feels like a million suburbs stretched end to end, but relax and get into the L.A. vibe. Whether you're headed for the beach, Hollywood or Disneyland, it won't take look for L.A. to win you over. Make it easy when you connect with a nonstop flight direct from Chicago.

How long is the flight from Chicago to Los Angeles?

If you catch a nonstop flight from Chicago to Los Angeles, you can expect to spend about four and a half hours in the air. If your flight includes a stopover, add the time spent changing planes to determine your total flight time.

Which airlines operate flights from Chicago to Los Angeles?

Most of the major U.S. airlines fly between Chicago and Los Angeles. Look for flights with Spirit, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, United, and Southwest Airlines.

How frequent are flights between Chicago and Los Angeles?

Almost three dozen nonstop flights connect Chicago to Los Angeles every day, with hundreds more connections available if you're willing to take the time for a stopover. Flights depart beginning at 6 a.m. and keep going till midnight.

Which airports serve Chicago to Los Angeles?

Most of Chicago's air traffic flows through O'Hare International Airport, the second-busiest airport in the country, but Midway International Airport can also serve as your starting point to get to Los Angeles. In Los Angeles County, you'll find three airports: Los Angeles International Airport, Long Beach Airport and the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank.

Which direct flight route between Chicago and Los Angeles is cheapest?

Flights from Chicago's biggest airport, O'Hare, to the biggest airport in Los Angeles, LAX, tend to be cheaper than other routes. If you can fly late in the day, you may also find some cheaper choices.Whether you're more interested in fine arts performances, sports or world-class shopping, your vacation in Los Angeles delivers it all under a blissfully sunny sky. A trip to the beach is mandatory, whether you choose Santa Monica, Malibu or some other relaxing haven. Drive through the Hollywood Hills and Santa Monica Mountains to marvel at the only city with a mountain range running through its midst, and look for movie stars' homes while you explore. Don't be surprised if you spot more movie starts while shopping on Beverly Hills' famed Rodeo Drive. In the summertime, head to the Hollywood Bowl for concerts under the stars, or marvel at architect Frank Gehry's amazing Walt Disney Concert Hall as you catch a performance by the L.A. Philharmonic.Just an hour or so of soaking up the sun on the beach may start you wondering whether you should move to Los Angeles. Check out our smart search engines to find the cheapest flights to La La Land.

What airport do you fly into for flights to Los Angeles from Chicago?

Most people fly into Los Angeles (LAX) if they book a flight to Los Angeles from Chicago. On average, Los Angeles has 80 inbound flights from Chicago per day from 9 airlines. Los Angeles is conveniently located just 9.4 mi from Los Angeles’s city center.

Which airlines flying from Chicago to Los Angeles have flexible cancellations due to COVID-19?

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

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

Yes, there are multiple flights from Chicago to Los Angeles for under $100. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Spirit Airlines for just $53, but on average you can expect to pay $67.

Are there nonstop flights from Chicago to Los Angeles for under $100 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has at least 20 direct flights from Chicago to Los Angeles under $100. A good price for a nonstop flight from Chicago to Los Angeles is less than $67.

Are there last-minute flights available from Chicago to Los Angeles for under $100?

There are currently 20+ open flights from Chicago to Los Angeles within the next 7 days for less than $100.

What days are nonstop flights available from Chicago to Los Angeles?

You can find nonstop flights on the following days: Wednesday.

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

On average 6 flights depart from Chicago to Los Angeles per day.
Afternoon (Noon - 6pm) - 100% of flight departures

How long is the flight from Chicago to Los Angeles?

A quick flight from Chicago to Los Angeles can take about 4h 23m. Spirit Airlines provides one of the quickest options available for as low as $53. Airlines will cover a distance of 1750 mi. Most flights are nonstop.

What is the cheapest airline to fly from Chicago to Los Angeles round-trip?

According to our current data, Spirit Airlines ($53), offers the cheapest pricing from Chicago to Los Angeles. Users have found that Spirit Airlines is 70% cheaper than the other options available to this destination.

What are the most popular airlines that fly from Chicago to Los Angeles?

Before booking your flight from Chicago to Los Angeles check out the most popular airlines for this route: Major Airline, American Airlines or Alaska Airlines.

What are the most reliable airlines from Chicago to Los Angeles?

Consider Air China (90%), British Airways (85%) or Iberia (83%) when booking your flight. These represent the most reliable airlines when flying from Chicago to Los Angeles.

What are the cheapest flights from Chicago to Los Angeles?

While on average a flight from Chicago to Los Angeles is generally $501, our data shows the cheapest flight currently is $17. When looking at the most popular route, (Chicago O'Hare Intl - Los Angeles), you can expect to pay $53 for that flight.

What are the most eco-friendly airlines from Chicago to Los Angeles?

Today, perhaps more than ever before, passengers are searching for sustainable travel options. When the time comes to book your next flight from Chicago to Los Angeles there are a number of eco-friendly airline carriers to choose from including Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, and American Airlines. United Airlines, for example, works closely with its partners on the ground to reduce jet fuel usage and waste in an effort to lower its emissions. Likewise, Spirit Airlines has invested in a newer fleet of aircraft which are lighter and more fuel efficient. Additionally, Spirit works with its passengers by offering incentives to travel lighter, thereby reducing the amount of fuel needed for flights, such as to Los Angeles from Chicago. American Airlines is another eco-friendly carrier which has instituted recycling policies and efforts to reduce carbon emissions. When you choose to fly with any of these airlines, you can rest assured that the environmental impact of your journey will be minimal.

How can I fly more sustainably from Chicago to Los Angeles?

There are several ways to implement sustainable travel practices into your personal habits. For example, it’s always a good idea to carpool or use public transportation to and from the airport in order to reduce emissions on the ground. It’s also helpful to pack as lightly as possible so as to reduce the amount of jet fuel needed for your flight. While you're in the air, try to select straw-free beverage options to reduce plastic waste. Of course before, during, or even after your flight it's also a good practice to donate to reforestation organizations working to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, such as those emitted by aircraft.

Can I fly to Los Angeles from Chicago right now?

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

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

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Chicago must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 24 hours before departing to Los Angeles.

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

Can I fly back to Chicago from Los Angeles?

Returning to Chicago from Los Angeles

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Los Angeles must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 24 hours before departing to Chicago.

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

Alternative routes for Chicago to Los Angeles

See prices for flight routes from nearby airports that may be better suited for you.

Top 8 airlines flying from Chicago to Los Angeles

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles choose most often. Cheapest and average prices are based on aggregated data from the past 12 months.
AirlineCheapestAverageFlexibilityOn-timeCOVID-19 safety
Frontier
Cheapest$38
Average$188
FlexibilityNo cancel fee
On-time62%
COVID-19 safety
United Airlines
Cheapest$54
Average$248
FlexibilityNo cancel fee
On-time69%
COVID-19 safety
Spirit Airlines
Cheapest$69
Average$201
FlexibilityNo cancel fee
On-time65%
COVID-19 safety
American Airlines
Cheapest$74
Average$245
FlexibilityNo cancel fee
On-time71%
COVID-19 safety
Alaska Airlines
Cheapest$91
Average$197
FlexibilityNo cancel fee
On-time75%
COVID-19 safety
Sun Country Air
Cheapest$116
Average$203
FlexibilityNo cancel fee
On-time83%
COVID-19 safety
Delta
Cheapest$122
Average$316
FlexibilityNo cancel fee
On-timeN/A
COVID-19 safety
Southwest
Cheapest$284
Average$474
FlexibilityNo cancel fee
On-time63%
COVID-19 safety

Hourly flight availability from Chicago to Los Angeles

See what time of day planes typically take off from Chicago to Los Angeles
1%of flight departuresEarly morningMidnight to 6 am
38%of flight departuresMorning6 am to noon
57%of flight departuresAfternoonNoon to 6 pm
4%of flight departuresEvening6 pm to midnight
Midnight
6 AM
Noon
6 PM

Weekly flight availability from Chicago to Los Angeles

See how many times per day planes take to the skies headed from Chicago to Los Angeles
Sunday97daily flights
Monday90daily flights
Tuesday69daily flights
Wednesday75daily flights
Thursday77daily flights
Friday99daily flights
Saturday56daily flights