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Cheap Flights from San Francisco to Chicago, IL, United States - SFO to CHI Last modified: May 30, 2016 1:48 PM

Popular flights from San Francisco to Chicago Last modified: May 30, 2016 1:48 PM

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
Jul 12, 2016 Jul 17, 2016 $326
American Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Sep 24, 2016 Oct 1, 2016 $281
Frontier Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Jun 7, 2016 Jun 9, 2016 $176
JetBlue Airways
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Aug 8, 2016 Aug 19, 2016 $659
United Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Aug 2, 2016 Aug 9, 2016 $229
Virgin America
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Sep 20, 2016 Sep 26, 2016 $281
Sep 24, 2016 Oct 1, 2016 $281

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

We have collected flight cost data from across the web for travel from San Francisco to Chicago, and have found the average flight price for this trip to be $235.

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

Airlines can adjust prices for plane tickets from San Francisco to Chicago 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 San Francisco to Chicago

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

Non Stop versus 1-Stop
Advanced PurchaseNon StopOne Stop
< 7 days $243 $298
7-14 days $176 $272
14-21 days $268 $330
21-30 days $258 $302
30-60 days $238 $302
60-90 days $208 $203
90+ days $208 $226

Cheapest Day To Fly from San Francisco to Chicago

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

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
$263 $176 $203 $238 $248 $256 $256

Lowest Fares Chart By Month from San Francisco to Chicago

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

Month Origin Destination Carrier Depart Date Return Date Stops Price
May San Francisco Chicago American 5/31/16 6/5/16 0 $429
June San Francisco Chicago Frontier 6/7/16 6/9/16 0 $176
July San Francisco Chicago Frontier 7/5/16 7/12/16 0 $238
August San Francisco Chicago Frontier 8/17/16 8/18/16 1 $203
September San Francisco Chicago Frontier 9/6/16 9/13/16 0 $208
October San Francisco Chicago Frontier 10/4/16 10/11/16 0 $208
November San Francisco Chicago American 11/11/16 11/15/16 0 $286
December San Francisco Chicago American 12/9/16 12/13/16 0 $292

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

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 San Francisco to Chicago.

Next 30 Days

SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
$297
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
$297 $248
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
$248 $317
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
$317 $263
26 27 28 29 30 1 2
$263 $388
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
$388

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

Your San Francisco to Chicago 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 San Francisco to Chicago is $361.

The average price for non-stop flights from San Francisco to Chicago is $286.

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

Nonstop Flight Details from San Francisco to Chicago
CarrierMonTueWedThuFriSatSunEarliest FlightLatest Flight
American 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 05:00 23:59
Frontier 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 09:30 09:30
United 15 15 15 16 18 15 15 00:10 23:40
Virgin America 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 07:10 16:00

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

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 San Francisco to Chicago. 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 San Francisco to Chicago is $156.

The average price for round trip flights from San Francisco to Chicago is $345.

San Francisco to Chicago Flight Questions

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

Question: How long is a direct flight from San Francisco to Chicago?
Answer: The average San Francisco to Chicago flight time is 4 hours and 13 minutes.
Question: How many miles are there between San Francisco and Chicago?
Answer: The distance from San Francisco to Chicago is 1841 miles.
Question: How common are direct flights from San Francisco to Chicago?
Answer: There are 175 direct flights from San Francisco to Chicago.
Question: What is the most popular airline for non-stop flights from San Francisco to Chicago?
Answer: United Airlines provides 60% of the non-stop flights between San Francisco and Chicago.
Question: What are the most popular connecting cities when flying from San Francisco to Chicago?
Answer: Denver, CO

Airlines Flying from San Francisco to Chicago (SFO to CHI) Number of flights searched: 300Last modified: May 30, 2016 1:48 PM

Below are the different airlines that fly from San Francisco to Chicago 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 San Francisco to Chicago.

San Francisco to Chicago
Airline Connections Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
American - X X X X X X X
American PHX 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
Frontier DEN 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 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 San Francisco and Chicago, so you can feel comfortable knowing how to get around whether you are about to take off or you just landed.

Cheap Domestic Flights from San Francisco - SFO

FlightsAirlineLowest Price
San Francisco to New York American, Alaska, JetBlue, Frontier, Sun Country, United, Virgin America $338
San Francisco to Atlanta American, Alaska, Frontier, United $208
San Francisco to Milwaukee American, Alaska, Frontier, United $278
San Francisco to Detroit American, Alaska, Frontier, United $199
San Francisco to Indianapolis American, Alaska, Frontier, United $244
San Francisco to Dallas - Ft Worth American, Alaska, Frontier, United, Virgin America $208
San Francisco to Minneapolis - St Paul American, Alaska, Frontier, Sun Country, United $241
San Francisco to Los Angeles American, Alaska, United, Virgin America $132
San Francisco to Madison American, Alaska, Frontier, United $335
San Francisco to St Louis American, Alaska, JetBlue, United $325
San Francisco to Denver American, Alaska, Frontier, United, Virgin America $138

Cheap International Flights from San Francisco - SFO

FlightsAirlineLowest Price
San Francisco to Toronto American, Air Canada, Alaska, JetBlue, Frontier, Sun Country, United, Virgin America, WestJet $369

Cheap Domestic Flights to Chicago - CHI

FlightsAirlineLowest Price
Oakland to Chicago American, Alaska, JetBlue, Spirit, United $204
Sacramento to Chicago American, Alaska, JetBlue, United $411
San Jose to Chicago American, Alaska, JetBlue, United $231
Fresno to Chicago American, Alaska, United $274
Reno to Chicago American, Alaska, United $361
Monterey to Chicago American, Alaska, United $412
San Luis Obispo to Chicago American, United $412
Modesto to ChicagoCheck Dates
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Redding to Chicago Alaska, United Check Dates
Santa Rosa to Chicago American, Alaska $618
Sacramento to Milwaukee American, Alaska, United $390
San Jose to Milwaukee American, Alaska, United $410
San Jose to New York American, Alaska, JetBlue, United $324
Oakland to Milwaukee American, Alaska, United $396
Oakland to New York American, Alaska, JetBlue, Spirit, United $369
Sacramento to Atlanta American, Alaska, United $199
Sacramento to New York American, Alaska, JetBlue, United $320
Cheap Flights from San Francisco to Chicago, IL, United States, from $176 Round trip from SFO to CHI