The cheapest times to fly from ABQ to ORD are

  • August 6th to February 18th (except the weeks of December 10th and December 17th)

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 ABQ to ORD is mid to late September. Prices can be as high as $879 for Sunday flights during early to mid March, or as low as $277 for Tuesday flights around mid to late September.


When to Fly to Chicago

Flying from Albuquerque, NM (ABQ) to Chicago, IL (ORD) will usually cost between $286 to $516 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid to late September with an average ticket price of $320. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid March, with an average price of $549. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $229 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $402 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ABQ to ORD flight.

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

ABQ to ORD Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ABQ to ORD flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Albuquerque. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.22, which is below 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 $53 (12%) 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 $386. Return trip prices are from the ORD to ABQ 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 ABQ to ORD can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 2 hour 59 minutes may 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 a nonstop flight from ABQ to ORD while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Dane County Regional-Truax Field Airport (MSN) in Madison, WI

  • 108 miles (174 km) away from ORD
  • Usually 15.30% less expensive than ORD
  • 1-layover flights available

See ABQ to MSN flights

Destination alternative #2: Quad City International Airport (MLI) in Moline, IL

  • 139 miles (224 km) away from ORD
  • Usually 8.40% less expensive than ORD
  • 1-layover flights available

See ABQ to MLI flights

Destination alternative #3: General Downing – Peoria International Airport (PIA) in Peoria, IL

  • 130 miles (209 km) away from ORD
  • Usually 8.21% less expensive than ORD
  • 1-layover flights available

See ABQ to PIA flights

Destination alternative #4: General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) in Milwaukee, WI

  • 67 miles (108 km) away from ORD
  • Usually 7.09% less expensive than ORD
  • 1-layover flights available

See ABQ to MKE flights

Destination alternative #5: Dubuque Regional Airport (DBQ) in Dubuque, IA

  • 146 miles (235 km) away from ORD
  • Usually 8.21% less expensive than ORD
  • 1-layover flights available

See ABQ to DBQ flights

Destination alternative #6: University of Illinois/Willard Airport (CMI) in Champaign/Urbana, IL

  • 135 miles (217 km) away from ORD
  • Usually 5.97% less expensive than ORD
  • 1-layover flights available

See ABQ to CMI flights


Flight Hacking ABQ to ORD

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 ABQ to ORD — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Los Angeles, CA (ABQ > LAX > ORD)

  • Price for both tickets: $386
  • Average savings: $16 (3.98%)

See ABQ to LAX flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 7 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Qantas, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Albuquerque International Sunport Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1116 miles or 1796 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ABQ to ORD flight is about 2 hour 59 minutes.

How many flights go between Albuquerque, NM and Chicago, IL?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 74 available flights from ABQ to ORD.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code ABQ
Origination airport name Albuquerque International Sunport Airport
City Albuquerque, NM
Country the United States
Latitude 35
Longitude -106.6

Return Airport

Destination code ORD
Destination airport name Chicago O’Hare International Airport
City Chicago, IL
Country the United States
Latitude 42
Longitude -87.9


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from ABQ to ORD tend to depart later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 31% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 24% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave ORD heading for ABQ about 18 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Chicago, IL is about 14 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • American: 20 minutes late
  • SkyWest: 18 minutes late
  • Republic: 3 minutes early
  • Some airlines not reporting


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