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Cheap flights from Chicago to San Francisco International (CHI - SFO)

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The best prices from Chicago to San Francisco International are usually found in February or January, booked 38 days in advance, depart on a Saturday or Wednesday and return on a Tuesday

How to find the cheapest flight from
Chicago (CHI) to San Francisco International (SFO)

CHI - SFO
Price
$236 - $321
Popular in July High demand for flights, 11% potential price rise
Cheapest in February Best time to find cheap flights, 18% potential price drop
Round-trip from $236 From Chicago to San Francisco International
One-way from $121 One-way flight from Chicago to San Francisco International
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 Chicago to San Francisco International?

Travelers have found that booking a Friday departure is the best way to save up to 14% on the cost of booking your flights compared to booking on days of the week where this route is of high demand.

How far in advance should I book a flight from Chicago to San Francisco International?

When searching for a good deal, it’s best to be prepared for potential fluctuations in price. We recommend booking at least 44 days in advance, which can save you up to 20% on flights from Chicago to San Francisco International compared to booking the week you need them. Waiting 44 days out may not be for everyone, so we have options available for flights within the next two weeks, with the lowest price starting at $117. For sooner than that we have options available in the next 3 days from $137.

What is the cheapest month to fly from Chicago to San Francisco International?

February is one of the best times of the year to fly to San Francisco International from Chicago. Prices for February average $121 per person but you can even find prices for as low as $61. The most expensive prices can be found in the month of April. Opting for a February flight can save you 8% on your journey compared to booking in February

Cheap flights from Chicago to San Francisco International in July, August 2020

The best prices found for CHI to SFO flights for July, August
8 Jul - 11 Jul
$197pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
American Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
14 Jul - 21 Jul
$198pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
11 Jul - 18 Jul
$200pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl

Chicago to San Francisco International 2020 flight deals

Cheap flights to San Francisco International from Chicago found for this year
22 Aug - 26 Aug
$189pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
5 Oct - 9 Oct
$190pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
13 Oct - 20 Oct
$192pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Alaska Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl

Non-stop flights to San Francisco International from Chicago

Save time with Chicago to San Francisco International direct flight deals
11 Jul - 14 Jul
$197pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
5 Oct - 10 Oct
$201pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
22 Jul - 29 Jul
$216pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl

Last minute flights from Chicago to San Francisco International

Late deals on round-trip flights to San Francisco International from Chicago, departing today and this week
28 Jun - 20 Jul
$230pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
28 Jun - 6 Jul
$235pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
28 Jun - 5 Jul
$244pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Sun Country Air
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl

One-way flights to San Francisco International from Chicago

The cheapest one-way flights from Chicago to San Francisco International
1:20 pm - 12:57 pm
Sun Country Air
1 Stop
25h 37m
ORD - SFO
Sun Country Air
5:16 am - 10:53 am
Delta
1 Stop
7h 37m
ORD - SFO
Delta
$123
Delta
4:38 pm - 4:05 am
Multiple Airlines
1 Stop
13h 27m
ORD - SFO
Multiple Airlines
$128
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Related info for your journey

Useful info, stats and facts about Chicago to San Francisco International flights.

Flight FAQs

From Chicago to San Francisco International

Are flight prices decreasing from Chicago to San Francisco 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 Chicago and San Francisco 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.

Can I find flights from Chicago to San Francisco International for under $200 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Chicago to San Francisco International for under $200. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Multiple Airlines for just $189, but on average you can expect to pay $202.

Are there nonstop flights from Chicago to San Francisco International for under $200 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has at least 20 direct flights from Chicago to San Francisco International under $200. A good price for a nonstop flight from Chicago to San Francisco International is less than $242.

Are there last-minute flights available from Chicago to San Francisco International for under $300?

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

What days are nonstop flights available from Chicago to San Francisco?

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

How popular is this flight route?

This flight path from Chicago to San Francisco was viewed by 307 users in the past month. Keep an eye out for changes in search interest prior to high and low season.

What is the cheapest airline for this route?

While looking for the best option consider United Parcel Service, Inc., our data currently shows that they have the cheapest flight available for the flight path. When traveling from Chicago to San Francisco, generally 15 flights depart for this route daily.

How long does the flight from Chicago to San Francisco International take?

Your journey will take you approximately 5 hours. Your flight will cover a distance of about 1,150 miles.

How many flights depart from Chicago to San Francisco International on average per day?

On average, you can expect to see 11 flights from Chicago to San Francisco a day.
Morning (6am - Noon) - 36% of flight departures
Evening (6pm - Midnight) - 64% of flight departures

Is Chicago weather warmer or cooler than San Francisco?

We forecast the temperature to be around the 84 °F's in July, on average. The temperature in San Francisco is generally colder than in Chicago. Book flights in a timely manner in correlation to your departure date.

Alternative routes for Chicago to San Francisco International

Destination information for San Francisco International

Things to know before you go. Useful info for your trip from Chicago to San Francisco International
Flight duration
4h 22m

Airports servicing Chicago

Chicago Midway (MDW)
Rockford (RFD)

Airports servicing San Francisco

Hourly flight availability from Chicago to San Francisco International

Afternoon Noon to 6 PM 45% of CHI to SFO departures
Morning 6 AM to noon 36% of CHI to SFO departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 18% of CHI to SFO departures
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 1% of CHI to SFO departures
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Weekly flight availability
from Chicago to San Francisco International
Sunday
33 daily flights
Monday
40 daily flights
Tuesday
27 daily flights
Wednesday
30 daily flights
Thursday
36 daily flights
Friday
42 daily flights
Saturday
34 daily flights