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Flights from Chicago to San Francisco, United States Last modified: Dec 8, 2016 1:07 -05:00

Chicago to San Francisco Last modified: Dec 8, 2016 1:07 -05:00Prices shown were found by travelers like you over the past 30 days

We've scanned 28,606,896,885 round trip itineraries and found the cheapest flights from Chicago to San Francisco. United & Frontier frequently offer the best deals on Chicago to San Francisco flights, or select your preferred carrier below to see the cheapest days to fly.

United
CHISFO
Tue 1/10
nonstop
SFOCHI
Tue 1/17
nonstop
$131
Frontier
CHISFO
Mon 1/9
nonstop
SFOCHI
Wed 1/11
nonstop
$132
American
CHISFO
Wed 3/1
nonstop
SFOCHI
Mon 3/6
nonstop
$142
Virgin America
CHISFO
Tue 1/17
nonstop
SFOCHI
Tue 1/24
nonstop
$189
Alaska
CHISFO
Wed 2/8
1 stop
SFOCHI
Sat 2/11
1 stop
$246

How Much is a Flight from Chicago to San Francisco? Prices shown were found by travelers like you over the past 30 days

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 $137.

Where To Buy Cheap Flights from Chicago to San Francisco?

The best way to find a great deal on airfare is to search multiple sites. When you run a search on FareCompare, we search multiple sites and fare sources all at once so you don't have to - which is why we thinking FareCompare is the best place to find cheap tickets. Airlines can adjust prices for 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 found that Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays are often the best days to book flights. If you'd like to learn more, read our article about the best time to buy airline tickets.

How far in advance should I book tickets from Chicago to San Francisco? Prices shown were found by travelers like you over the past 30 days

The chart below shows up-to-date information regarding how far in advance to book your flight from Chicago to San Francisco.

Non Stop versus Connecting
Advanced PurchaseNon StopConnecting
< 7 days $141 $343
7-14 days $151 $268
14-21 days $374 $370
21-30 days $235 $240
30-60 days $131 $170
60-90 days $131 $170
90+ days $162 $205

Cheapest Day To Fly from Chicago to San Francisco Prices shown were found by travelers like you over the past 30 days

We've examined 28,615,420,584 itinerary searches that we've seen for departures in the next 90 days and found that the cheapest day to fly from Chicago to San Francisco is Tuesday. See the chart below to compare prices for other days of the week.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
$132 $131 $131 $141 $141 $141 $140

Compare Flight Prices from Chicago to San Francisco by Month Prices shown were found by travelers like you over the past 30 days

Low priced flights are most commonly available by purchasing between one and three months in advance. International or holiday flights may need to be purchased even further in advance. The chart below shows the cheapest flight prices by month for Chicago to San Francisco flights.

Month Origin Destination Carrier Depart Date Return Date Stops Price
December Chicago San Francisco United 12/14/16 12/25/16 0 $141
January Chicago San Francisco United 1/10/17 1/17/17 0 $131
February Chicago San Francisco United 2/1/17 2/7/17 0 $131
March Chicago San Francisco American 3/1/17 3/6/17 0 $142
April Chicago San Francisco Frontier 4/5/17 4/11/17 1 $205
May Chicago San Francisco United 5/2/17 5/9/17 2 $350
June Chicago San Francisco United 6/4/17 6/18/17 0 $390
July Chicago San Francisco United 7/15/17 7/23/17 0 $373

Cheap Last Minute Flights from Chicago to San Francisco Prices shown were found by travelers like you over the past 30 days

Looking for cheap last minute flights or a weekend getaway? We've got you covered with weekend flight deals from Chicago to San Francisco. The chart below shows the best last minute deals and cheap flights this weekend we could find.

Next 30 Days

SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
$356
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
$356 $406
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
$406 $471
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
$471 $236
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
$236 $141
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
$141

Connecting Flights vs Direct Flights from Chicago to San Francisco Prices shown were found by travelers like you over the past 30 days

Flights between some cities may be significantly cheaper if you choose 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 $305.

The average price for direct flights from Chicago to San Francisco is $299.

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

Weekly Direct Flights from Chicago to San Francisco - By Carrier
CarrierMonTueWedThuFriSatSunEarliest FlightLatest Flight
American 6 5 5 5 6 5 6 07:15 20:15
Frontier 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 20:45 20:45
United 16 15 13 14 11 8 12 06:00 22:40
Virgin America 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 08:00 16:35
Southwest 5 7 7 5 5 2 2 08:15 20:20

One Way Flights vs Round Trip Flights from Chicago to San Francisco Prices shown were found by travelers like you over the past 30 days

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 $203.

The average price for round trip flights from Chicago to San Francisco is $274.

Chicago to San Francisco Flight Questions

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

Question: How long is the flight from Chicago to San Francisco?
Answer: The average Chicago to San Francisco flight time is 4 hours and 45 minutes.
Question: How far is San Francisco from Chicago?
Answer: The distance from Chicago to San Francisco is 1,841 miles (2,962 kilometers).
Question: How common are direct flights from Chicago to San Francisco?
Answer: There are 155 direct flights from Chicago to San Francisco.
Question: What are the most popular Chicago airlines for direct flights from Chicago to San Francisco?
Answer: United Airlines provides 52% 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

Airlines in Chicago flying to San Francisco Last modified: Dec 8, 2016 1:07 -05:00Number of routes searched: 448Number of itineraries searched: 2,333,402

Wondering which airlines fly out of Chicago to San Francisco? We've gathered the average price of Chicago airlines with flights to San Francisco. Different airlines offer different levels of comfort and service, so consider convenience when choosing your airline.

Below is the full flight schedule summary showing which days of the week individual carriers offer flights for the next 30 days.

Chicago to San Francisco
Airline Connections Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
American -
Alaska -
Frontier -
United -
Virgin America -
American IAH
American MCI
American PHX
American PIT
Alaska PDX
Alaska SEA
Alaska SAN
Alaska SNA
JetBlue JFK
JetBlue BOS
JetBlue FLL
Delta ATL
Delta DTW
Delta MSP
Delta SLC
Delta CVG
Frontier DEN
United ABQ
United ASE
United ATL
United AUS
Virgin America LAX

Chicago to San Francisco Airports

These are the major commercial airports we're currently monitoring in Chicago and San Francisco. If your route includes a city with multiple airports, you may be able to find substantial savings by choosing an alternate airport.

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Cheap Flights from Chicago to San Francisco