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Flights from San Francisco to Chicago, United States Last modified: Sep 28, 2016 2:37 AM

San Francisco to Chicago Last modified: Sep 28, 2016 2:37 AM

We've scanned 26,771,905,517 round trip itineraries and found the cheapest flights from San Francisco to Chicago. Frontier & American frequently offer the best deals on San Francisco to Chicago flights, or select your preferred carrier below to see the cheapest days to fly.

Frontier
SFOCHI
Tue 10/4
nonstop
CHISFO
Tue 10/18
nonstop
$117
Select
Frontier
SFOCHI
Tue 10/18
nonstop
CHISFO
Wed 11/2
nonstop
$117
Select
Frontier
SFOCHI
Tue 10/18
nonstop
CHISFO
Tue 10/25
nonstop
$117
Select
Frontier
SFOCHI
Tue 10/25
nonstop
CHISFO
Wed 11/2
nonstop
$117
Select
Frontier
SFOCHI
Tue 10/25
nonstop
CHISFO
Tue 11/1
nonstop
$117
Select
American
SFOCHI
Wed 10/19
nonstop
CHISFO
Wed 10/26
nonstop
$127
Select
United
SFOCHI
Tue 10/11
nonstop
CHISFO
Wed 10/19
nonstop
$187
Select
United
SFOCHI
Tue 10/11
nonstop
CHISFO
Tue 10/25
nonstop
$187
Select
United
SFOCHI
Wed 10/12
nonstop
CHISFO
Wed 10/26
nonstop
$187
Select
United
SFOCHI
Wed 10/12
nonstop
CHISFO
Wed 10/19
nonstop
$187
Select
United
SFOCHI
Sat 10/15
nonstop
CHISFO
Wed 10/19
nonstop
$187
Select
Virgin America
SFOCHI
Sat 10/22
nonstop
CHISFO
Thu 10/27
nonstop
$196
Select
Virgin America
SFOCHI
Thu 10/27
nonstop
CHISFO
Mon 10/31
nonstop
$196
Select
Alaska
SFOCHI
Tue 10/11
1 stop
CHISFO
Tue 10/18
1 stop
$240
Select
Alaska
SFOCHI
Tue 10/11
1 stop
CHISFO
Tue 10/25
1 stop
$240
Select
Alaska
SFOCHI
Tue 10/11
1 stop
CHISFO
Thu 10/27
1 stop
$240
Select
Alaska
SFOCHI
Tue 10/11
1 stop
CHISFO
Mon 10/31
1 stop
$240
Select
Alaska
SFOCHI
Wed 10/12
1 stop
CHISFO
Tue 10/18
1 stop
$240
Select
JetBlue
SFOCHI
Tue 11/8
1 stop
CHISFO
Wed 11/16
1 stop
$376
Select

How Much is a Flight from San Francisco to Chicago?

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 $124.

Where To Buy Cheap Flights from San Francisco to Chicago?

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 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 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 San Francisco to Chicago?

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

Non Stop versus Connecting
Advanced PurchaseNon StopConnecting
< 7 days $117 $215
7-14 days $157 $219
14-21 days $117 $171
21-30 days $117 $171
30-60 days $117 $175
60-90 days $117 $171
90+ days $127 $205

Cheapest Day To Fly from San Francisco to Chicago

We've examined 26,779,839,826 itinerary searches that we've seen for departures in the next 90 days and found that the cheapest day to fly from San Francisco to Chicago is Tuesday. See the chart below to compare prices for other days of the week.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
$127 $117 $117 $127 $126 $122 $127

Compare Flight Prices from San Francisco to Chicago by Month

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 San Francisco to Chicago flights.

Month Origin Destination Carrier Depart Date Return Date Stops Price
September San Francisco Chicago American 9/30/16 10/5/16 1 $254
October San Francisco Chicago Frontier 10/4/16 10/18/16 0 $117
November San Francisco Chicago Frontier 11/1/16 11/1/16 0 $117
December San Francisco Chicago Frontier 12/6/16 12/13/16 0 $117
January San Francisco Chicago Frontier 1/7/17 1/10/17 0 $127
February San Francisco Chicago Frontier 2/7/17 2/14/17 0 $127
March San Francisco Chicago American 3/2/17 3/6/17 0 $259
April San Francisco Chicago Virgin America 4/19/17 4/26/17 1 $362

Cheap Last Minute Flights from San Francisco to Chicago

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

Next 30 Days

SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
25 26 27 28 29 30 1
$260
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
$260 $219
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
$219 $157
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
$157 $187
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
$187 $127
30 31 1 2 3 4 5
$127

Connecting Flights vs Direct Flights from San Francisco to Chicago

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 San Francisco to Chicago is $242.

The average price for direct flights from San Francisco to Chicago is $189.

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

Weekly Direct Flights from San Francisco to Chicago - By Carrier
CarrierMonTueWedThuFriSatSunEarliest FlightLatest Flight
American 7 7 7 7 7 6 7 05:00 23:59
Frontier 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 09:15 09:15
United 14 14 15 15 14 12 14 00:15 23:20
Virgin America 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 07:10 16:15
Southwest 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 06:25 14:05

One Way Flights vs Round Trip Flights from San Francisco to Chicago

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 $168.

The average price for round trip flights from San Francisco to Chicago is $210.

San Francisco to Chicago Flight Questions

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

Question: How long is the flight from San Francisco to Chicago?
Answer: The average San Francisco to Chicago flight time is 4 hours and 12 minutes.
Question: How far is Chicago from San Francisco?
Answer: The distance from San Francisco to Chicago is 1,841 miles (2,962 kilometers).
Question: How common are direct flights from San Francisco to Chicago?
Answer: There are 187 direct flights from San Francisco to Chicago.
Question: What are the most popular San Francisco airlines for direct flights from San Francisco to Chicago?
Answer: United Airlines provides 51% 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: Los Angeles, CA

Airlines in San Francisco flying to Chicago Last modified: Sep 28, 2016 2:37 AMNumber of routes searched: 486Number of itineraries searched: 2,361,036

Wondering which airlines fly out of San Francisco to Chicago? We've gathered the average price of San Francisco airlines with flights to Chicago. 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.

San Francisco to Chicago
Airline Connections Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
American -
American DFW
American LAX
Frontier DEN
Delta DTW
Delta CVG
United LAS
American CLT
United IAH
United EWR
American PHL
United IAD
JetBlue BOS
United LGA
JetBlue FLL
Alaska SAN
Alaska SNA

San Francisco to Chicago Airports

These are the major commercial airports we're currently monitoring in San Francisco and Chicago. 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 Domestic Flights from San Francisco - SFO

FlightsAirlineLowest Price
Flights from San Francisco to New York American, Alaska, JetBlue, Delta, Frontier, Sun Country, United, Virgin America $267
Flights from San Francisco to Atlanta American, Alaska, Delta, Frontier, United $207
Flights from San Francisco to Milwaukee American, Alaska, Delta, Frontier, United $286
Flights from San Francisco to Detroit American, Alaska, Delta, Frontier, United $272
Flights from San Francisco to Indianapolis American, Alaska, Delta, Frontier, United $284
Flights from San Francisco to Dallas - Ft Worth American, Alaska, Delta, Frontier, United, Virgin America $200
Flights from San Francisco to Minneapolis - St Paul American, Alaska, Delta, Frontier, Sun Country, United $197
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles American, Alaska, Delta, United, Virgin America $107
Flights from San Francisco to Madison American, Alaska, Delta, Frontier, United $310
Flights from San Francisco to St Louis American, Alaska, Delta, Frontier, United $284
Flights from San Francisco to Denver American, Alaska, Delta, Frontier, United, Virgin America $141

Cheap International Flights from San Francisco - SFO

FlightsAirlineLowest Price
Flights from San Francisco to Toronto American, Air Canada, AeroMexico, Alaska, Copa, Delta, United, WestJet $328

Cheap Domestic Flights to Chicago - CHI

FlightsAirlineLowest Price
Flights from Oakland to Chicago American, Alaska, JetBlue, Spirit $176
Flights from Sacramento to Chicago American, Alaska, JetBlue, United $264
Flights from San Jose to Chicago American, Alaska, JetBlue, Delta, United $217
Flights from Fresno to Chicago American, Alaska, Delta, United $290
Flights from Reno to Chicago American, Alaska, Delta, United $284
Flights from Monterey to Chicago American, Alaska, United $354
Flights from San Luis Obispo to Chicago American, Alaska, United $351
Flights from Modesto to ChicagoCheck Dates
Flights from Chico to ChicagoCheck Dates
Flights from Redding to Chicago Alaska, United $563
Flights from Santa Rosa to Chicago American, Alaska, Delta $516
Flights from Sacramento to Milwaukee American, Alaska, Delta, United $364
Flights from San Jose to Milwaukee American, Alaska, Delta, United $314
Flights from San Jose to New York Alaska, JetBlue, Delta $277
Flights from Oakland to Milwaukee American, Alaska, Delta $314
Flights from Oakland to New York American, Alaska, JetBlue, Delta, Spirit $277
Flights from Sacramento to Atlanta American, Alaska, Delta, United $369
Flights from Sacramento to New York American, Alaska, JetBlue, Delta, United $258
Cheap Flights from San Francisco to Chicago