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Cheap Flights from Chicago to San Francisco, CA, United States - CHI to SFO

Popular flights from Chicago to San Francisco

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
Jun 2, 2016 Jun 7, 2016 $243
American Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
May 6, 2016 May 9, 2016 $217
May 6, 2016 May 10, 2016 $217
May 6, 2016 May 11, 2016 $217
May 6, 2016 May 15, 2016 $217
May 7, 2016 May 10, 2016 $217
Frontier Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Aug 23, 2016 Sep 6, 2016 $209
United Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
May 4, 2016 May 10, 2016 $216
Virgin America
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Jun 2, 2016 Jun 7, 2016 $225

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 $225.

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 $216 $265
7-14 days $217 $245
14-21 days $262 $231
21-30 days $227 $235
30-60 days $213 $225
60-90 days $309 $338
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
$247 $225 $216 $213 $217 $217 $243

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 5/4/16 5/10/16 0 $216
June Chicago San Francisco Frontier 6/2/16 6/7/16 0 $213
July Chicago San Francisco Frontier 7/3/16 7/10/16 0 $309
August Chicago San Francisco Frontier 8/23/16 9/6/16 0 $209
September Chicago San Francisco Frontier 9/13/16 9/20/16 0 $208
October Chicago San Francisco Frontier 10/4/16 10/11/16 0 $208
November Chicago San Francisco Virgin America 11/8/16 11/10/16 0 $287
December Chicago San Francisco Virgin America 12/1/16 12/4/16 0 $297

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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
$217
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
$217 $237
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
$237 $262
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
$262 $268
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
$268 $213
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
$213

TIPSave $34 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 $255.

The average price for non-stop flights from Chicago to San Francisco is $248.

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 9 9 9 8 8 8 9 07:20 20:16
Frontier 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 08:11 08:11
United 14 14 14 14 14 8 8 06:00 22:48
Virgin America 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 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 $120.

The average price for round trip flights from Chicago to San Francisco is $224.

More Cheap Flights

FlightsAirlineLowest Price
Milwaukee to San Francisco American, Alaska, Frontier, United $248
Indianapolis to San Francisco American, Alaska, Frontier, United $248
Grand Rapids to San Francisco American, Alaska, United $308
Madison to San Francisco American, Alaska, Frontier, United $264
Lansing to San Francisco Alaska, United $378
Moline to San Francisco American, Alaska, United $303
Bloomington - Normal to San Francisco American $384
South Bend to San Francisco United $422
Appleton to San Francisco Alaska, United $482
Kalamazoo to San Francisco American, United $398
Peoria to San Francisco American, United $322
Toledo to San Francisco American $449
Green Bay to San Francisco American, Alaska, United $432
Ft Wayne to San Francisco American, Alaska, United $342
Dubuque to San Francisco American $380
Champaign to San Francisco American $380
Chicago to Oakland American, Alaska, Spirit, United $182
Springfield to San Francisco American, United $467
Chicago to Los Angeles American, Alaska, Frontier, Spirit, United, Virgin America $149
Chicago to Las Vegas American, Alaska, Frontier, Spirit, United, Virgin America $97
Chicago to San Jose American, Alaska, United $239
Indianapolis to Oakland American, Alaska, United $438
Chicago to New York American, Alaska, JetBlue, Spirit, United $97
Chicago to Sacramento American, Alaska, United $228
Milwaukee to Oakland American, Alaska, United $424
Madison to Oakland American, Alaska, United $530
Grand Rapids to Oakland American, Alaska, United $620
Chicago to Phoenix American, Alaska, Frontier, Spirit, United $177
Chicago to Seattle American, Alaska, Frontier, Spirit, United, Virgin America $196
Ft Wayne to Oakland American, Alaska, United $597

Airlines Flying from Chicago to San Francisco (CHI to SFO)

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 LAX X X X X X X X
Alaska PDX X X X X X X X
Delta DTW 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 STL 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 41 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 153 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 56% 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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