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

Popular flights from Chicago to San Francisco

If your flight days are flexible and you looking for a good deal, our charts on cheap flights provide some insight regarding affordable flight options for your next big adventure.

Alaska Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Mar 15, 2016 Mar 22, 2016 $229
Mar 29, 2016 Apr 5, 2016 $229
American Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Mar 7, 2016 Mar 14, 2016 $177
Frontier Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Mar 6, 2016 Mar 15, 2016 $182
JetBlue Airways
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Feb 29, 2016 Mar 7, 2016 $203
United Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
May 3, 2016 May 10, 2016 $124
Virgin America
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Feb 29, 2016 Mar 3, 2016 $200
Mar 3, 2016 Mar 6, 2016 $200

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 $151.

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 $212 $195
7-14 days $152 $193
14-21 days $132 $194
21-30 days $177 $204
30-60 days $127 $220
60-90 days $124 $220
90+ days $187 $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
$132 $124 $127 $152 $152 $188 $182

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
February Chicago San Francisco United 2/29/16 3/2/16 0 $132
March Chicago San Francisco American 3/7/16 3/14/16 0 $177
April Chicago San Francisco United 4/5/16 4/12/16 0 $127
May Chicago San Francisco United 5/3/16 5/10/16 0 $124
June Chicago San Francisco Frontier 6/2/16 6/7/16 0 $238
July Chicago San Francisco Frontier 7/12/16 7/26/16 0 $215
August Chicago San Francisco Frontier 8/4/16 8/11/16 1 $278
September Chicago San Francisco Alaska 9/22/16 9/26/16 2 $272

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
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
$207
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
$207 $202
28 29 1 2 3 4 5
$202 $200
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
$200 $184
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
$184 $237
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
$237

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 $268.

The average price for non-stop flights from Chicago to San Francisco is $193.

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 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 07:20 20:30
Frontier 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 07:00 07:00
United 13 12 13 13 13 7 13 06:00 22:22
Virgin America 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 16:25 16:25

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 $108.

The average price for round trip flights from Chicago to San Francisco is $238.

More Cheap Flights

FlightsAirlineLowest Price
Milwaukee to San Francisco American, Alaska, Frontier, United $244
Indianapolis to San Francisco American, Alaska, Frontier, United $238
Grand Rapids to San Francisco American, Alaska, United $359
Madison to San Francisco American, Alaska, Frontier, United $218
Lansing to San Francisco Alaska, United $401
Moline to San Francisco American, Alaska, United $342
Bloomington - Normal to San Francisco American $362
South Bend to San Francisco United $362
Appleton to San Francisco Alaska, United $452
Kalamazoo to San Francisco American, United $452
Peoria to San Francisco American, United $352
Toledo to San Francisco American $370
Green Bay to San Francisco American, Alaska, United $461
Ft Wayne to San Francisco American, United $372
Dubuque to San Francisco American $375
Champaign to San Francisco American, United $465
Chicago to Oakland American, Alaska, Spirit, United $147
Springfield to San Francisco American, United $356
Chicago to Los Angeles American, Alaska, Frontier, Spirit, United, Virgin America $103
Chicago to Las Vegas American, Alaska, Frontier, Spirit, United, Virgin America $124
Chicago to San Jose American, Alaska, United $213
Indianapolis to Oakland American, United $340
Chicago to New York American, JetBlue, Spirit, United $78
Chicago to Sacramento American, Alaska, United $249
Milwaukee to Oakland American, Alaska, United $327
Madison to Oakland American, Alaska, United $507
Grand Rapids to Oakland American, United $484
Chicago to Phoenix American, Alaska, Frontier, Spirit, United $81
Chicago to Seattle American, Alaska, Frontier, Spirit, United, Virgin America $208
Ft Wayne to Oakland American, United $608

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 DFW X X X X X X X
Alaska PDX X X X X X X X
Delta MSP X X X X X X X
Frontier - X X X X 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
Southwest - X X X X X X X
Southwest LAX 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 42 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 133 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 63% 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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