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Cheap Flights from Chicago to San Francisco, CA, United States - CHI to SFO Last modified: May 29, 2016 6:57 AM

Popular flights from Chicago to San Francisco Last modified: May 29, 2016 6:57 AM

We’ve got the inside scoop on finding the best time to fly for the best price. Not sure when to travel for your next vacation? Find details below on when-to-fly and when-to-buy.

Alaska Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Aug 24, 2016 Aug 29, 2016 $321
American Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Sep 4, 2016 Sep 14, 2016 $281
Sep 7, 2016 Sep 14, 2016 $281
Frontier Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Aug 23, 2016 Aug 30, 2016 $205
United Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Jun 8, 2016 Jun 10, 2016 $217
Virgin America
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Aug 23, 2016 Aug 30, 2016 $281
Sep 7, 2016 Sep 14, 2016 $281
Sep 26, 2016 Oct 1, 2016 $281

How Much Does it Cost to Fly from Chicago to San Francisco (CHI to SFO)?

We have collected flight cost data from across the web for travel from Chicago to San Francisco, and have found the average flight price for this trip to be $237.

When Can I Buy the Cheapest Flight from Chicago to San Francisco (CHI to SFO)?

Airlines can adjust prices for plane tickets from Chicago to San Francisco based on the day and time that you decide to book your flight. We have collected data from all airlines, and have discovered that the best days to book flights are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Read our article to find more information about the best time to buy airline tickets.

How far in advance should you book flights from Chicago to San Francisco

The chart below shows up-to-date information regarding how far in advance a flight from Chicago to San Francisco should be booked.

Non Stop versus 1-Stop
Advanced PurchaseNon StopOne Stop
< 7 days $297 $320
7-14 days $217 $307
14-21 days $262 $347
21-30 days $258 $306
30-60 days $238 $306
60-90 days $205 $226
90+ days $208 $226

Cheapest Day To Fly from Chicago to San Francisco

The chart below shows up-to-date information regarding the cheapest days to fly from Chicago to San Francisco.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
$272 $205 $217 $253 $248 $226 $238

Lowest Fares Chart By Month from Chicago to San Francisco

The chart below shows the lowest fare by month when flying from Chicago to San Francisco.

Month Origin Destination Carrier Depart Date Return Date Stops Price
May Chicago San Francisco United 5/31/16 6/5/16 0 $397
June Chicago San Francisco United 6/8/16 6/10/16 0 $217
July Chicago San Francisco Frontier 7/12/16 7/19/16 0 $238
August Chicago San Francisco Frontier 8/23/16 8/30/16 0 $205
September Chicago San Francisco Frontier 9/6/16 9/13/16 0 $208
October Chicago San Francisco Frontier 10/4/16 10/18/16 0 $208
November Chicago San Francisco American 11/11/16 11/14/16 0 $286
December Chicago San Francisco American 12/1/16 12/5/16 0 $287

Cheapest Weekend Non-Stop Flights for the Next 30 Days from Chicago to San Francisco

If you're ready to take a trip in the next 30 days and want to fly on the weekend, you might be wondering which weekend is the cheapest to fly. The chart below shows up-to-date data regarding weekend flight prices from Chicago to San Francisco.

Next 30 Days

SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
$297
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
$297 $272
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
$272 $262
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
$262 $287
26 27 28 29 30 1 2
$287 $268
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
$268
TIPSave $20 by flying into Oakland instead of San Francisco from Chicago

Non-Stop vs Connecting Flights from Chicago to San Francisco (CHI to SFO)

Your Chicago to San Francisco flight can be significantly cheaper by choosing a multi-stop airline ticket. Although these connecting flights sacrifice some convenience, on average, travelers save 20%-60% when they choose to fly multi-stop versus a direct flight.

The average price for connecting flights from Chicago to San Francisco is $291.

The average price for non-stop flights from Chicago to San Francisco is $278.

The chart below shows up to date information regarding non-stop flights from Chicago to San Francisco.

Nonstop Flight Details from Chicago to San Francisco
CarrierMonTueWedThuFriSatSunEarliest FlightLatest Flight
American 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 07:20 20:20
Frontier 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 08:00 08:00
United 15 17 17 18 18 15 15 06:00 22:50
Virgin America 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 08:00 18:40

Round Trip vs One Way Flights from Chicago to San Francisco (CHI to SFO)

We have found that there is often no price difference between buying a round trip flight versus a one way flight. Increased flexibility is the main benefit when it comes to buying a one way flight from Chicago to San Francisco. However, booking a round trip flight can be a simpler process. You can compare round trip and one way flights by using our flight comparison.

The average price for one way flights from Chicago to San Francisco is $138.

The average price for round trip flights from Chicago to San Francisco is $270.

More Cheap Flights

FlightsAirlineLowest Price
Milwaukee to San Francisco American, Alaska, Frontier, United $244
Indianapolis to San Francisco American, Alaska, Frontier, United $244
Grand Rapids to San Francisco American, Alaska, United $350
Madison to San Francisco American, Alaska, Frontier, United $304
Lansing to San Francisco American, Alaska, United $420
Moline to San Francisco American, Alaska, United $362
Bloomington - Normal to San Francisco American $274
South Bend to San Francisco United $423
Appleton to San Francisco Alaska, United $498
Kalamazoo to San Francisco American, United $354
Peoria to San Francisco American, United $362
Toledo to San Francisco American $466
Green Bay to San Francisco American, Alaska, United $412
Ft Wayne to San Francisco American, Alaska, United $388
Dubuque to San Francisco American $467
Champaign to San Francisco American $487
Chicago to Oakland American, Alaska, Spirit, United $204
Springfield to San Francisco American, United $412
Chicago to Los Angeles American, Alaska, Frontier, Spirit, United, Virgin America $179
Chicago to Las Vegas American, Alaska, Frontier, Spirit, United, Virgin America $118
Chicago to San Jose American, Alaska, United $287
Indianapolis to Oakland American, Alaska, United $422
Chicago to New York American, Alaska, JetBlue, Spirit, United $117
Chicago to Sacramento American, Alaska, United $395
Milwaukee to Oakland American, Alaska, United $418
Madison to Oakland American, Alaska, United $580
Grand Rapids to Oakland American, United $558
Chicago to Phoenix American, Alaska, Frontier, Spirit, United $168
Chicago to Seattle American, Alaska, Frontier, Spirit, United, Virgin America $177
Ft Wayne to Oakland American, Alaska, United $615

Airlines Flying from Chicago to San Francisco (CHI to SFO) Number of flights searched: 306Last modified: May 29, 2016 6:57 AM

Below are the different airlines that fly from Chicago to San Francisco with the average price of their plane tickets. Just remember that different airlines offer different levels of comfort and service, so consider convenience when choosing your airline.

Below is the full flight schedule summary of the next 30 days for flights from Chicago to San Francisco.

Chicago to San Francisco
Airline Connections Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
American - X X X X X X X
American DFW X X X X X X X
Alaska PDX X X X X X X X
Delta ATL X X X X X X X
Frontier - X X X
United - X X X X X X X
United DEN X X X X X X X
Virgin America - X X X X X X X
Virgin America LAX X X X X X X X
Southwest - X X X X X X X
Southwest DEN X X X X X X X

Airports for Your Route

These pages contain information about the major airports in Chicago and San Francisco, so you can feel comfortable knowing how to get around whether you are about to take off or you just landed.

Chicago to San Francisco Flight Questions

Below are some common questions that asked about this flight route:

Question: How long is a direct flight from Chicago to San Francisco?
Answer: The average Chicago to San Francisco flight time is 4 hours and 39 minutes.
Question: How many miles are there between Chicago and San Francisco?
Answer: The distance from Chicago to San Francisco is 1841 miles.
Question: How common are direct flights from Chicago to San Francisco?
Answer: There are 174 direct flights from Chicago to San Francisco.
Question: What is the most popular airline for non-stop flights from Chicago to San Francisco?
Answer: United Airlines provides 59% of the non-stop flights between Chicago and San Francisco.
Question: What are the most popular connecting cities when flying from Chicago to San Francisco?
Answer: Los Angeles, CA
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