The cheapest times to fly from SHA to MDW are

  • January 29th to April 22nd
  • August 27th to September 23rd
  • October 8th to December 31st (except the weeks of December 3rd and December 10th)

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 SHA to MDW is early to mid February. Prices can be as high as $2064 for Saturday flights during early August, or as low as $857 for Tuesday flights around early to mid February.


When to Fly to Chicago

Flying from Shanghai (SHA) to Chicago, IL (MDW) will usually cost between $894 to $1810 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid February with an average ticket price of $896. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early August, with an average price of $1856. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $960 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1094 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SHA to MDW flight.

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

SHA to MDW Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SHA to MDW flight is priced close to the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Shanghai. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.1, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to Chicago, and Fridays are the most expensive days to return to Shanghai. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $167 (13%) 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 $1138. Return trip prices are from the MDW to SHA 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 SHA to MDW can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 13 hour 42 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 SHA to MDW while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) in Chicago, IL

  • 15 miles (24 km) away from MDW
  • Usually 15.50% less expensive than MDW
  • 1-layover flights available

See SHA to ORD flights


Flight Hacking SHA to MDW

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from SHA to MDW — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Los Angeles, CA (SHA > LAX > MDW)

  • Price for both tickets: $935
  • Average savings: $159 (14.49%)

See SHA to SFO flights

Hack #2: San Francisco, CA (SHA > SFO > MDW)

  • Price for both tickets: $982
  • Average savings: $112 (10.2%)

See SHA to LAX flights

Hack #3: Moscow (SHA > SVO > MDW)

  • Price for both tickets: $988
  • Average savings: $106 (9.65%)

See SHA to SVO flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from SHA to MDW? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 8 major airlines flying this route most often: ANA, Asiana, China Southern, Delta, Hainan, KLM, Shandong, Shanghai Airlines, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Chicago Midway International Airport to Hongqiao International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 7064 miles or 11368 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from SHA to MDW?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SHA to MDW flight is about 13 hour 42 minutes.

How many flights go between Shanghai and Chicago, IL?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 37 available flights from SHA to MDW.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code SHA
Origination airport name Hongqiao International Airport
City Shanghai
Country China
Latitude 31.2
Longitude 121.3

Return Airport

Destination code MDW
Destination airport name Chicago Midway International Airport
City Chicago, IL
Country the United States
Latitude 41.8
Longitude -87.8


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