The cheapest times to fly from CHA to SHA are

  • January 1st to April 29th (except the week of January 15th)
  • September 3rd to September 16th
  • October 8th to December 9th (except the week of October 15th)

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 CHA to SHA is late October to early November. Prices can be as high as $4393 for Saturday flights during late December, or as low as $996 for Wednesday flights around late October to early November.


When to Fly to Shanghai

Flying from Chattanooga, TN (CHA) to Shanghai (SHA) will usually cost between $998 to $2161 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late October to early November with an average ticket price of $1025. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $2602. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1576 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1353 can be considered a good price for a round-trip CHA to SHA flight.

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

CHA to SHA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the CHA to SHA flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Chattanooga. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.11, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SHA, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into CHA. Saturdays 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 $363 (21%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1358. Return trip prices are from the SHA to CHA 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 CHA to SHA can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 14 hour 34 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 CHA to SHA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Pudong Airport (PVG) in Shanghai

  • 27 miles (43 km) away from SHA
  • Usually 30.65% less expensive than SHA
  • 1-layover flights available

See CHA to PVG flights


Flight Hacking CHA to SHA

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 CHA to SHA — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Boston, MA (CHA > BOS > SHA)

  • Price for both tickets: $985
  • Average savings: $368 (27.21%)

See CHA to BOS flights

Hack #2: New York, NY (CHA > JFK > SHA)

  • Price for both tickets: $999
  • Average savings: $354 (26.14%)

See CHA to JFK flights

Hack #3: Los Angeles, CA (CHA > LAX > SHA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1017
  • Average savings: $336 (24.81%)

See CHA to LAX flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 14 major airlines flying this route most often: American, ANA, Asiana, Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific, China Southern, Delta, Hainan, JAL, Korean Air, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen, United, Xiamen, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Hongqiao International Airport to Lovell Field Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 7545 miles or 12142 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop CHA to SHA flight is about 14 hour 34 minutes.

How many flights go between Chattanooga, TN and Shanghai?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 20 available flights from CHA to SHA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeCHA
Origination airport nameLovell Field Airport
CityChattanooga, TN
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeSHA
Destination airport nameHongqiao International Airport


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