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

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The best prices from Chicago to Santa Barbara are usually found in October or August, booked 33 days in advance, depart on a Wednesday or Saturday and return on a Thursday

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 2021: compare Chicago to Santa Barbara flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Santa Barbara.
CHI - SBA
Price
$288 - $459
SBA
Temperature
51.8 - 62.6 °F
SBA
Precipitation
0 - 3.5 inches

Popular in

December

High demand for flights, 20% potential price rise

Cheapest in

October

Best time to find cheap flights, 22% potential price drop

Average price

$459

Average for round-trip flights in December 2021

Round-trip from

$288

From Chicago (CHI) to Santa Barbara

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 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 14 days early can save you up to 3% on average compared to booking a flight this week. If booking 14 days before your flight isn’t an option for you, users have found flights from Chicago to Santa Barbara for as little as $165 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 $173 for flights departing within the next 3 days.

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

Our data shows that August tends to be the cheapest month to fly to Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara (CHI - SBA)?

It’s typically best to fly out from Chicago to Santa Barbara in the evening. Doing so could potentially save you 28% 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
7 Jan - 10 Jan
$275pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
14 Jan - 17 Jan
$279pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
American Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
7 Jan - 10 Jan
$293pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
   
2 STOPS
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl

Chicago to Santa Barbara 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Santa Barbara from Chicago found for this year
16 Dec - 20 Dec
$455pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
American Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
16 Dec - 20 Dec
$469pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
23 Dec - 28 Dec
$494pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl

Last minute flights from Chicago to Santa Barbara

Late deals on round-trip flights to Santa Barbara from Chicago, departing today and this week
10 Dec - 17 Dec
$530pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
American Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
10 Dec - 17 Dec
$552pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
15 Dec - 20 Dec
$631pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
United Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
   
2 STOPS
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl

One-way flights to Santa Barbara from Chicago

The cheapest one-way flights from Chicago to Santa Barbara
4:30 pm - 6:37 pm
United Airlines
2 Stops
28h 07m
ORD - SBA
United Airlines
$399
United
7:45 am - 4:13 am
American Airlines
2 Stops
22h 28m
ORD - SBA
American Airlines
1:05 am - 1:54 pm
Multiple Airlines
3 Stops
38h 49m
ORD - SBA
Multiple Airlines
$414
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Flight FAQs

From Chicago to Santa Barbara

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 American Airlines for just $265, but on average you can expect to pay $317.

Are there last-minute flights available from Chicago to Santa Barbara for under $600?

There are currently 7+ open flights from Chicago to Santa Barbara within the next 7 days for less than $600.

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

American Airlines, at $265, 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 28% lower than the current average price 3 months from now.

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 $263, our data indicates the cheapest price to be $110. The most popular route (Chicago O'Hare Intl - Santa Barbara), is priced around $265.

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.

COVID Restrictions

View COVID Travel Restrictions for Santa Barbara, CA

Do I need a COVID test to fly to Santa Barbara from Chicago?

Information is based on travel restrictions for travel to Santa Barbara within the United States

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

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 Santa Barbara.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Chicago are not required to quarantine after entering Santa Barbara.

Do I need a test to fly back to Chicago from Santa Barbara?

Returning to Chicago from Santa Barbara

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

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Santa Barbara are not required to quarantine after entering Chicago.

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Alternative routes for Chicago to Santa Barbara

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

Destination information for Santa Barbara

Things to know before you go - useful duration and weather info for your trip from Chicago to Santa Barbara.
Average temperature for December in Santa Barbara
66.2 °F
Avg rainfall for December in Santa Barbara
1.1 ″

Airports servicing Chicago

Midway (MDW)
Rockford (RFD)

Airports servicing Santa Barbara

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.
Airline Cheapest Average Flexibility On-time COVID-19 safety
Frontier
$159 $268 No cancel fee 62%
United Airlines
$191 $428 No cancel fee 69%
American Airlines
$200 $406 No cancel fee 71%

Hourly flight availability from Chicago to Santa Barbara

See what time of day planes typically take off from Chicago towards Santa Barbara.
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 72% of CHI to SBA departures
Morning 6 AM to noon 28% of CHI to SBA departures
Afternoon Noon to 6 PM 0% of CHI to SBA departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 0% of CHI to SBA departures
Midnight
6 AM
Noon
6 PM
Weekly flight availability
from Chicago to Santa Barbara
See how many times per day planes take to the skies headed from Chicago to Santa Barbara.
Sunday
1 daily flight
Monday
1 daily flight
Tuesday
1 daily flight
Wednesday
1 daily flight
Thursday
1 daily flight
Friday
1 daily flight
Saturday
0 flights
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