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

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

How to find the cheapest flight from
Chicago (CHI) to Los Angeles (LAX)

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
Rainfall
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

Average price

$147

Average for round-trip flights in May 2022

Round-trip from

$102

From Chicago (CHI) to Los Angeles

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
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.

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.

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 17% versus a flight in the morning.

Cheap flights from Chicago to Los Angeles in May, June 2022

The best prices found for CHI to LAX flights for May, June
1 Jun - 7 Jun
$237pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
4 Jun - 4 Jun
$242pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
2 Jun - 7 Jun
$248pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl

Chicago to Los Angeles 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Los Angeles from Chicago found for this year
24 Aug - 24 Aug
$202pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
23 Aug - 31 Aug
$206pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
16 Aug - 22 Aug
$212pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl

Non-stop flights to Los Angeles from Chicago

Save time with Chicago to Los Angeles direct flight deals
23 Aug - 31 Aug
$206pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
16 Aug - 22 Aug
$212pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
16 Aug - 22 Aug
$213pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl

Last minute flights from Chicago to Los Angeles

Late deals on round-trip flights to Los Angeles from Chicago, departing today and this week
29 May - 7 Jun
$257pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
28 May - 3 Jun
$268pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
28 May - 3 Jun
$270pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl

One-way flights to Los Angeles from Chicago

The cheapest one-way flights from Chicago to Los Angeles
4:12 pm - 7:18 pm
Allegiant Air
2 Stops
29h 06m
MDW - LAX
Allegiant Air
$136
Gotogate
1:30 pm - 2:20 pm
Multiple Airlines
2 Stops
26h 50m
ORD - LAX
Multiple Airlines
$139
Gotogate
3:30 pm - 1:23 pm
Sun Country Air
1 Stop
23h 53m
ORD - LAX
Sun Country Air
$141
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Flight FAQs

From Chicago to Los Angeles

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 89 inbound flights from Chicago per day from 10 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 $300 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Chicago to Los Angeles for under $300. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Spirit Airlines for just $202, but on average you can expect to pay $232.

Are there nonstop flights from Chicago to Los Angeles for under $300 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has at least 20 direct flights from Chicago to Los Angeles under $300. A good price for a nonstop flight from Chicago to Los Angeles is less than $240.

Are there last-minute flights available from Chicago to Los Angeles for under $300?

There are currently 20+ open flights from Chicago to Los Angeles within the next 7 days for less than $300.

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

You can find nonstop flights on the following days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

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

On average 35 flights depart from Chicago to Los Angeles per day.
Early Morning (Midnight to 6am) - 3% of flight departures
Morning (6am - Noon) - 11% of flight departures
Afternoon (Noon - 6pm) - 34% of flight departures
Evening (6pm - Midnight) - 51% of flight departures

How long is the flight from Chicago to Los Angeles?

A quick flight from Chicago to Los Angeles can take about 13h 25m. Spirit Airlines provides one of the quickest options available for as low as $202. Airlines will cover a distance of 1750 mi.

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

According to our current data, Spirit Airlines ($202), offers the cheapest pricing from Chicago to Los Angeles.

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

The cheapest airline one-way is Spirit Airlines, with whom users have recently found tickets for as low as $100. However, be on the lookout for offers from Sun Country Air and Allegiant Air, as they are both options that can get you from Chicago to Los Angeles for a low price.

What are the cheapest flights from Chicago to Los Angeles?

While on average a flight from Chicago to Los Angeles is generally $754, our data shows the cheapest flight currently is $116. When looking at the most popular route, (Chicago O'Hare Intl - Los Angeles), you can expect to pay $206 for that flight.

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

Consider Air China (87%), ANA (86%) or Azul (84%) when booking your flight. These represent the most reliable airlines when flying from Chicago to Los Angeles.

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.

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.

How busy are the airports in Chicago and Los Angeles?

O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) are the two main airports serving flights to Los Angeles from Chicago. You will find direct, one- and two-stop flights to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from either airport. ORD is the busier of the two airports, and it offers the most direct flights from Chicago to Los Angeles. However, you will also find a couple of direct flights to Los Angeles from MDW offered by budget carriers such as Southwest Airlines. MDW is much closer to downtown Chicago compared to ORD, so if you want easier access to the airport, it would be the better option.

Which airlines fly directly from Chicago to Los Angeles?

Spirit Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines are the main airlines that provide direct flights from Chicago to Los Angeles. These flights are available any time of the day at both airports in Chicago. The earliest flight is usually offered by American Airlines and the latest by United Airlines. Direct flights from Chicago to Los Angeles take about four hours and 30 minutes. American Airlines and United Airlines are the two main players offering direct flights to Los Angeles from Chicago, with at least five daily trips. Most flights are from ORD, while only Southwest Airlines offers direct flights from MDW to LAX.

What are the stopover options between Chicago and Los Angeles?

One- and two-stop flights are also available from Chicago to Los Angeles. American Airlines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and Delta are the main airlines offering these connecting flights to Los Angeles from Chicago. Most American Airlines flights have a layover in Phoenix, while those offered by Delta stop in Atlanta. United Airlines’ flights stop in Denver, while Spirit Airlines’ flights have most layovers in Dallas. Other popular layover cities are Las Vegas, Miami, and Charlotte. Most of these flights add anywhere between one to three hours to the overall flight time, and they are more expensive than direct flights.

Do I need a passport or visa to fly from Chicago to Los Angeles?

US citizens will not need a passport or visa to fly to Los Angeles from Chicago. However, you will need a valid form of photo ID to take this trip. A valid form of ID is usually a government-issued document bearing your photo and name. As listed by TSA, some valid forms of ID include passports, driver’s licenses, permanent resident cards, border crossing cards, military IDs, and state-issued photo IDs. Kids below 18 don’t need an ID if they’re traveling with an adult with a valid ID. However, it is recommended to carry some form of ID, like a school ID card.

COVID Restrictions

View COVID Travel Restrictions for Los Angeles, CA

Do I need a COVID test to fly to Los Angeles from Chicago?

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 1 day for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 1 day for Antigen (quick-test) before departing to Los Angeles.

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

Do I need a test to 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 1 day for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 1 day for Antigen (quick-test) before departing to Chicago.

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

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Alternative routes for Chicago to Los Angeles

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

Destination information for Los Angeles

Things to know before you go - useful duration and weather info for your trip from Chicago to Los Angeles.
Flight duration from Chicago to LAX
4h 13m
Average temperature for May in Los Angeles
78.8 °F
Avg rainfall for May in Los Angeles
0.2 ″

Airports servicing Chicago

Midway (MDW)
Rockford (RFD)

Airports servicing Los Angeles

Top 7 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.
Airline Cheapest Average Flexibility On-time COVID-19 safety
Juneyao Airlines
$11 $21 No cancel fee 66%

We couldn't confirm the COVID-19 safety measures taken by Juneyao Airlines. Please check directly on their website for additional information.

Spirit Airlines
$66 $239 No cancel fee 65%
United Airlines
$97 $288 No cancel fee 69%
American Airlines
$98 $364 No cancel fee 71%
Delta
$107 $317 No cancel fee N/A
Alaska Airlines
$110 $287 No cancel fee 75%
Frontier
$124 $217 No cancel fee 62%

Hourly flight availability from Chicago to Los Angeles

See what time of day planes typically take off from Chicago towards Los Angeles.
Morning 6 AM to noon 41% of CHI to LAX departures
Afternoon Noon to 6 PM 36% of CHI to LAX departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 21% of CHI to LAX departures
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 2% of CHI to LAX departures
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.
Sunday
86 daily flights
Monday
96 daily flights
Tuesday
93 daily flights
Wednesday
103 daily flights
Thursday
90 daily flights
Friday
94 daily flights
Saturday
66 daily flights
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