Cheap flights from Chicago to Washington (CHI - WAS)

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The best prices from Chicago to Washington are usually found in July or August, booked 13 days in advance, depart on a Saturday or Wednesday and return on a Saturday

How to find the cheapest flight from
Chicago (CHI) to Washington (WAS)

All the information you need to plan the best CHI to WAS flight in 2021: compare Chicago to Washington flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Washington.
CHI - WAS
Price
$156 - $256
WAS
Temperature
48.2 - 89.6 °F
WAS
Precipitation
2.4 - 4.2 inches

Popular in

November

High demand for flights, 14% potential price rise

Cheapest in

July

Best time to find cheap flights, 29% potential price drop

Round-trip from

$156

From Chicago to Washington

One-way from

$58

One-way flight from Chicago to Washington

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 Washington?

Flights from Chicago to Washington are found to be more expensive on Saturday. 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 Washington.

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

To save on the cost of your flight from Chicago to Washington, book at least 14 days before your planned departure. Booking around this time can save you about 9% on the cost of this flight compared to booking a flight leaving this week. We have found prices from $196 if you need a flight within two weeks. For flights within the next 72 hours, you can find tickets from as low as $227.

What is the cheapest month to fly from Chicago to Washington?

Flights from Chicago to Washington lean towards being more expensive in November. Prices are generally better when you fly from Chicago to Washington in July, with the cheapest ticket starting at $74.

When is the cheapest time to fly from Chicago to Washington (CHI - WAS)?

When flying from Chicago to Washington, 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 32% versus a flight at noon.

Cheap flights from Chicago to Washington in September, October 2021

The best prices found for CHI to WAS flights for September, October
28 Sep - 29 Sep
$61pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
5 Oct - 6 Oct
$62pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
2 Oct - 2 Oct
$63pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl

Chicago to Washington 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Washington from Chicago found for this year
28 Sep - 29 Sep
$61pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
2 Nov - 6 Nov
$62pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
2 Oct - 2 Oct
$63pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl

Non-stop flights to Washington from Chicago

Save time with Chicago to Washington direct flight deals
7 Oct - 8 Oct
$140pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Major Airline
Non-Stop
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Major Airline
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
21 Oct - 23 Oct
$140pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Major Airline
Non-Stop
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
Major Airline
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
8 Oct - 12 Oct
$144pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Major Airline
Non-Stop
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Major Airline
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl

Last minute flights from Chicago to Washington

Late deals on round-trip flights to Washington from Chicago, departing today and this week
26 Sep - 2 Oct
$69pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
22 Sep - 2 Oct
$74pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
23 Sep - 9 Nov
$78pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Spirit Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl

One-way flights to Washington from Chicago

The cheapest one-way flights from Chicago to Washington
2:00 am - 6:30 am
Frontier
1 Stop
27h 30m
ORD - IAD
Frontier
$58
Kiwi.com
3:10 pm - 6:30 am
Multiple Airlines
1 Stop
14h 20m
ORD - IAD
Multiple Airlines
3:45 am - 7:45 pm
Spirit Airlines
2 Stops
15h 00m
ORD - BWI
Spirit Airlines
$63
Gotogate

Related info for your journey

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Flight FAQs

From Chicago to Washington

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

United Airlines, American Airlines, and Spirit Airlines 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.

Are flight prices decreasing from Chicago to Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington for under $100 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Chicago to Washington for under $100. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Spirit Airlines for just $61, but on average you can expect to pay $73.

Are there nonstop flights from Chicago to Washington for under $200 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has at least 20 direct flights from Chicago to Washington under $200. A good price for a nonstop flight from Chicago to Washington is less than $163.

Are there last-minute flights available from Chicago to Washington for under $100?

There are currently 20+ open flights from Chicago to Washington within the next 7 days for less than $100.

What days are nonstop flights available from Chicago to Washington?

Nonstop flights can be found on the following days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

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

27 flight departures from Chicago to Washington per day on average.
Early Morning (Midnight to 6am) - 19% of flight departures
Morning (6am - Noon) - 22% of flight departures
Evening (6pm - Midnight) - 59% of flight departures

How long is the flight from Chicago to Washington?

For as low as $61, Spirit Airlines can have you in Washington from Chicago in 7h 27m. The distance from Chicago to Washington is about 590 mi.

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

Currently priced at $61, Spirit Airlines will fly you from Chicago to Washington and back. In addition to Spirit Airlines, many other airlines offer competitively priced options for your trip. You may be able to fly from Chicago to Washington for 72% less than the average price by searching for this airline.

COVID Restrictions

View COVID Travel Restrictions for Washington, DC

Do I need a COVID test to fly to Washington from Chicago?

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

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

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 Washington.

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

Do I need a test to fly back to Chicago from Washington?

Returning to Chicago from Washington

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Washington must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours before departing to Chicago.

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

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Destination information for Washington

Things to know before you go - useful duration and weather info for your trip from Chicago to Washington.
Flight duration from Chicago to Washington
2h 02m
Average temperature for September in Washington
82.4 °F
Avg rainfall for September in Washington
4.2 ″

Airports servicing Chicago

Midway (MDW)
Rockford (RFD)

Airports servicing Washington

Reagan-National (DCA)

Top 5 airlines flying from Chicago to Washington

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users traveling from Chicago to Washington 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
Spirit Airlines
$60 $171 No cancel fee 65%
JetBlue
$100 $223 No cancel fee 62%
American Airlines
$43 $323 No cancel fee 71%
United Airlines
$153 $354 No cancel fee 69%
Delta
$90 $355 No cancel fee N/A

Hourly flight availability from Chicago to Washington

See what time of day planes typically take off from Chicago towards Washington.
Afternoon Noon to 6 PM 40% of CHI to WAS departures
Morning 6 AM to noon 37% of CHI to WAS departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 19% of CHI to WAS departures
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 4% of CHI to WAS departures
Midnight
6 AM
Noon
6 PM
Weekly flight availability
from Chicago to Washington
See how many times per day planes take to the skies headed from Chicago to Washington.
Sunday
47 daily flights
Monday
58 daily flights
Tuesday
55 daily flights
Wednesday
66 daily flights
Thursday
66 daily flights
Friday
57 daily flights
Saturday
27 daily flights
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