The cheapest times to fly from ORD to BRD are

  • May 14th to June 10th
  • September 17th to March 11th (except the weeks of November 19th, December 17th, and December 24th)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from ORD to BRD is mid May. Prices can be as high as $699 for Sunday flights during early August, or as low as $226 for Tuesday flights around mid May.


When to Fly to Brainerd

Flying from Chicago, IL (ORD) to Brainerd, MN (BRD) will usually cost between $246 to $522 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid May with an average ticket price of $273. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early August, with an average price of $469. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $195 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $331 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ORD to BRD flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the ORD to BRD route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

ORD to BRD Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ORD to BRD flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Chicago. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.47, which is a bit above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $97 (24%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $298. Return trip prices are from the BRD to ORD flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from ORD to BRD can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 46 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from ORD to BRD while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport (MSP) in Minneapolis, MN

  • 114 miles (183 km) away from BRD
  • Usually 41.09% less expensive than BRD
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to MSP flights

Destination alternative #2: Duluth International Airport (DLH) in Duluth, MN

  • 97 miles (156 km) away from BRD
  • Usually 17.82% less expensive than BRD
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to DLH flights

Destination alternative #3: Range Regional Airport (HIB) in Hibbing, MN

  • 91 miles (146 km) away from BRD
  • Usually 3.63% less expensive than BRD
  • 1-layover flights available

See ORD to HIB flights

Destination alternative #4: Hector International Airport (FAR) in Fargo, ND

  • 132 miles (212 km) away from BRD
  • Usually 2.72% less expensive than BRD
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to FAR flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from ORD to BRD? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 2 major airlines flying this route most often: Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 434 miles or 698 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from ORD to BRD?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ORD to BRD flight is about 1 hour 46 minutes.

How many flights go between Chicago, IL and Brainerd, MN?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 22 available flights from ORD to BRD.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeORD
Origination airport nameChicago O’Hare International Airport
CityChicago, IL
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeBRD
Destination airport nameBrainerd Lakes Regional Airport
CityBrainerd, MN
Countrythe United States


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