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 Wednesday or Tuesday 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 2021: 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

$22

One-way flight 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.
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.

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.

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 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.

Cheap flights from Chicago to Los Angeles in October, November 2021

The best prices found for CHI to LAX flights for October, November
3 Nov - 9 Nov
$53pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
10 Nov - 17 Nov
$54pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
26 Oct - 2 Nov
$55pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl

Chicago to Los Angeles 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Los Angeles from Chicago found for this year
3 Nov - 9 Nov
$53pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
10 Nov - 17 Nov
$54pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
26 Oct - 2 Nov
$55pp
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
3 Nov - 9 Nov
$53pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
10 Nov - 17 Nov
$54pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
2 Nov - 4 Nov
$55pp
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
26 Oct - 27 Oct
$53pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
26 Oct - 4 Nov
$54pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
26 Oct - 2 Nov
$55pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-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
8:35 am - 11:12 am
Spirit Airlines
Nonstop
4h 37m
ORD - LAX
Spirit Airlines
$22
mytrip.com
3:30 pm - 6:07 pm
Spirit Airlines
Nonstop
4h 37m
ORD - LAX
Spirit Airlines
$25
Gotogate
3:19 pm - 5:57 pm
Spirit Airlines
Nonstop
4h 38m
ORD - LAX
Spirit Airlines
$26
Gotogate

Related info for your journey

Useful info, stats and facts about <span class="emphasized">Chicago</span> to <span class="emphasized">Los Angeles</span> flights.

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 78 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 $63.

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 $65.

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: Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

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

On average 28 flights depart from Chicago to Los Angeles per day.
Morning (6am - Noon) - 43% of flight departures
Afternoon (Noon - 6pm) - 18% of flight departures
Evening (6pm - Midnight) - 39% 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 29m. 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 cheapest flights from Chicago to Los Angeles?

While on average a flight from Chicago to Los Angeles is generally $584, our data shows the cheapest flight currently is $56. 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 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 Fiji Airways (100%), Air China (100%) or Azul (95%) when booking your flight. These represent the most reliable airlines when flying from Chicago to Los Angeles.

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.

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.

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 72 hours 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 72 hours 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 15m
Average temperature for October in Los Angeles
78.8 °F
Avg rainfall for October in Los Angeles
1.2 ″

Airports servicing Chicago

Midway (MDW)
Rockford (RFD)

Airports servicing Los Angeles

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.
Airline Cheapest Average Flexibility On-time COVID-19 safety
Frontier
$38 $188 No cancel fee 62%
United Airlines
$54 $248 No cancel fee 69%
Spirit Airlines
$69 $201 No cancel fee 65%
American Airlines
$74 $245 No cancel fee 71%
Alaska Airlines
$91 $197 No cancel fee 75%
Sun Country Air
$116 $203 No cancel fee 83%
Delta
$122 $316 No cancel fee N/A
Southwest
$284 $474 No cancel fee 63%

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 34% of CHI to LAX departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 34% of CHI to LAX departures
Afternoon Noon to 6 PM 28% of CHI to LAX departures
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 4% 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
70 daily flights
Monday
94 daily flights
Tuesday
91 daily flights
Wednesday
84 daily flights
Thursday
79 daily flights
Friday
76 daily flights
Saturday
55 daily flights
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