Flights from Chicago to San Francisco, United States

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Chicago to San Francisco Last modified: Jan 22, 2024 9:21 -05:00

We've scanned 115,678,683 round trip itineraries and found the cheapest flights to San Francisco. Frontier & American frequently offer the best deals to San Francisco flights, or select your preferred carrier below to see the cheapest days to fly.

Frontier
CHISFO
Sat 4/27
1 stop
SFOCHI
Sun 4/28
1 stop
$122
American
CHISFO
Tue 2/13
nonstop
SFOCHI
Wed 2/14
nonstop
$177
Alaska
CHISFO
Sat 2/10
nonstop
SFOCHI
Tue 2/13
nonstop
$217
Major Airlines
CHISFO
Sat 2/3
1 stop
SFOCHI
Tue 2/6
1 stop
$236
United
CHISFO
Sat 2/10
nonstop
SFOCHI
Mon 2/12
nonstop
$237
Multiple Airlines
CHISFO
Fri 12/29
nonstop
SFOCHI
Wed 1/3
nonstop
$335

How Much is a Flight from Chicago to San Francisco?

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 $166.

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 think 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?

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 $238 $219
7-14 days $177 $170
14-21 days $177 $170
21-30 days $177 $170
30-60 days $177 $170
60-90 days $177 $149
90+ days $128 $147

Cheapest Day To Fly from Chicago to San Francisco

We've examined 231,357,366 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
$165$149$170$170$170 $170

Cheap Last Minute Flights from Chicago to San Francisco

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
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
$299
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
$299 $170
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
$170 $177
28 29 30 31 1 2 3
$177 $177
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
$177 $177
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
$177

Connecting Flights vs Direct Flights from Chicago to San Francisco

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 $181.

The average price for direct flights from Chicago to San Francisco is $279.

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 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 01:30 15:30
United 12 12 12 12 12 10 11 02:00 16:10

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

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 $98.

The average price for round trip flights from Chicago to San Francisco is $176.

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 39 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 116 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 69% of the non-stop flights between Chicago and San Francisco.

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.

Farecompare Research Tools

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