Cheap flights from Chicago (CHI) to Santa Barbara (SBA)

CHI — SBA
Dec 6 — Dec 131

The best prices from Chicago to Santa Barbara are usually found in February or September, booked 37 days in advance, depart on a Wednesday or Tuesday and return on a Wednesday

How to find the cheapest flight from Chicago (CHI) to Santa Barbara (SBA)

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

CHI - SBA

Price

$340 - $606

SBA

Temperature

51.8 - 62.6 °F

SBA

Rainfall

0 - 3.5 inches

Popular inMayHigh demand for flights, 19% potential price rise
Cheapest inFebruaryBest time to find cheap flights, 31% potential price drop
Average price$543Average for round-trip flights in December 2022
Round-trip from$340From Chicago (CHI) to Santa Barbara

What is the cheapest day to fly round-trip from Chicago to Santa Barbara?

It’s generally more expensive to depart on a Tuesday, if you have to leave on this day you can still search on Cheapflights to find great options that meet your needs.

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

Users have found that booking a flight from Chicago to Santa Barbara at least 53 days early can save you up to 43% on average compared to booking a flight this week. If booking 53 days before your flight isn’t an option for you, users have found flights from Chicago to Santa Barbara for as little as $350 when booking for a departure date within the next two weeks. You can also check prices now. Some users have found airline tickets as low as $448 for flights departing within the next 3 days.

What is the cheapest month to fly from Chicago to Santa Barbara?

Our data shows that January tends to be the cheapest month to fly to Santa Barbara from Chicago. Users have commonly found prices around $307 for the month, but tickets can be as low as $97. Due to multiple factors, prepare for potentially higher prices in June.

When is the cheapest time to fly from Chicago to Santa Barbara (CHI - SBA)?

It’s typically best to fly out from Chicago to Santa Barbara at noon. Doing so could potentially save you 18% on the flight price compared to flying in the afternoon, which is usually more expensive.

Cheap flights from Chicago to Santa Barbara in December, January 2022

The best prices found for CHI to SBA flights for December, January
Jan 27 - Feb 1
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

SBA

Santa Barbara

1 stop

21h 29m
SBA

Santa Barbara

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

1 stop

12h 22m
$272

Alaska Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 11/29

Jan 23 - Jan 28
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

SBA

Santa Barbara

1 stop

21h 29m
SBA

Santa Barbara

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

1 stop

12h 22m
$274

Alaska Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 11/29

Jan 21 - Jan 26
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

SBA

Santa Barbara

1 stop

9h 24m
SBA

Santa Barbara

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

2 stops

21h 03m
$282

Multiple Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 11/29

Chicago to Santa Barbara 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Santa Barbara from Chicago found for this year
Dec 15 - Dec 17
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

SBA

Santa Barbara

1 stop

7h 31m
SBA

Santa Barbara

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

1 stop

9h 31m
$372

American Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 12/1

Dec 16 - Dec 18
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

SBA

Santa Barbara

1 stop

28h 21m
SBA

Santa Barbara

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

1 stop

6h 34m
$394

Multiple Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 12/1

Dec 15 - Dec 17
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

SBA

Santa Barbara

2 stops

27h 49m
SBA

Santa Barbara

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

1 stop

9h 31m
$399

Multiple Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 12/1

Cheap United Airlines flights from Chicago to Santa Barbara

Jan 26 - Jan 30
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

SBA

Santa Barbara

1 stop

21h 24m
SBA

Santa Barbara

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

1 stop

8h 53m
$284

United Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 11/30

Feb 15 - Mar 1
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

SBA

Santa Barbara

2 stops

17h 01m
SBA

Santa Barbara

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

2 stops

12h 48m
$294

United Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 12/1

Jan 27 - Jan 29
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

SBA

Santa Barbara

1 stop

10h 09m
SBA

Santa Barbara

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

1 stop

20h 32m
$298

United Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 11/30

Cheap Alaska Airlines flights from Chicago to Santa Barbara

Feb 7 - Feb 11
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

SBA

Santa Barbara

1 stop

9h 24m
SBA

Santa Barbara

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

1 stop

12h 22m
$264

Alaska Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 11/29

Feb 8 - Feb 18
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

SBA

Santa Barbara

1 stop

9h 24m
SBA

Santa Barbara

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

1 stop

18h 55m
$265

Alaska Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 11/29

Jan 27 - Feb 1
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

SBA

Santa Barbara

1 stop

21h 29m
SBA

Santa Barbara

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

1 stop

12h 22m
$272

Alaska Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 11/29

Last minute flights from Chicago to Santa Barbara

Late deals on return flights to Santa Barbara from Chicago, departing today and this week
Dec 7 - Dec 17
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

SBA

Santa Barbara

2 stops

12h 16m
SBA

Santa Barbara

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

1 stop

5h 40m
$443

Multiple Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 11/28

Dec 11 - Dec 17
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

SBA

Santa Barbara

1 stop

7h 53m
SBA

Santa Barbara

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

1 stop

5h 40m
$518

American Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 11/29

Dec 11 - Dec 18
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

SBA

Santa Barbara

1 stop

14h 59m
SBA

Santa Barbara

ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

2 stops

20h 08m
$520

United Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 11/29

One-way flights to Santa Barbara from Chicago

The cheapest one-way flights from Chicago to Santa Barbara
Jan 20
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

SBA

Santa Barbara

2 stops

27h 40m
$137

Multiple Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 12/1

Jan 20
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

SBA

Santa Barbara

1 stop

21h 29m
$139

Alaska Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 12/1

Feb 5
ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl

SBA

Santa Barbara

2 stops

17h 37m
$152

United Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 11/29

Related info for your journey

Useful info, stats and facts about Chicago to Santa Barbara flights.

What airport do you fly into for flights to Santa Barbara from Chicago?

For a flight from Chicago to Santa Barbara, you will be flying into Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara (SBA) is just 8.0 mi from the center of the city. Santa Barbara is the only Santa Barbara airport and it handles 0 inbound flights from Chicago per day. 4 airlines have flights to Santa Barbara from Chicago on a regular basis.

Which airlines flying from Chicago to Santa Barbara have flexible cancellations due to COVID-19?

United Airlines, American Airlines, and Frontier are some of the carriers that may have flexible cancellation policies. You can use our site to filter for other airlines that may also have this kind of flexibility.

Can I find flights from Chicago to Santa Barbara for under $300 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Chicago to Santa Barbara for under $300. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Alaska Airlines for just $264, but on average you can expect to pay $287.

Are there last-minute flights available from Chicago to Santa Barbara for under $500?

There are currently 8+ open flights from Chicago to Santa Barbara within the next 7 days for less than $500.

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

Alaska Airlines, at $264, was found to be the cheapest airline from Chicago to Santa Barbara. An alternate airline flying to your destination would be United Airlines. These flights start at 46% lower than the current average price 3 months from now.

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

To fly one-way, consider booking your trip with Alaska Airlines, which is currently one of the cheapest options available, starting at $139. United Airlines flights start at $152 while deals on American Airlines start at $227 one-way.

What are the most popular airlines that fly from Chicago to Santa Barbara?

The most popular airlines flying from Chicago to Santa Barbara are American Airlines, Delta and Frontier. Something to consider prior to booking your flight.

What are the cheapest flights from Chicago to Santa Barbara?

Looking for the cheapest flight from Chicago to Santa Barbara? While on average our users pay $658, our data indicates the cheapest price to be $381. The most popular route (Chicago O'Hare Intl - Santa Barbara), is priced around $275.

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Top 3 airlines flying from Chicago to Santa Barbara

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users traveling from Chicago to Santa Barbara choose most often. Cheapest and average prices are based on aggregated data from the past 12 months.
AirlineCheapestAverageFlexibilityOn-timeCOVID-19 safety
FrontierCheapest$159Average$268FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-time62%COVID-19 safety
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American AirlinesCheapest$294Average$528FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-time71%COVID-19 safety
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United AirlinesCheapest$295Average$478FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-time69%COVID-19 safety
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