The cheapest times to fly from CNS to ORD are

  • January 22nd to March 25th
  • April 23rd to June 24th (except the week of May 7th)
  • August 13th to September 9th (except the week of August 27th)
  • October 15th to November 18th

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 CNS to ORD is early November. Prices can be as high as $4272 for Saturday flights during early January, or as low as $881 for Tuesday flights around early November.


When to Fly to Chicago

Flying from Cairns (CNS) to Chicago, IL (ORD) will usually cost between $1159 to $2070 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early November with an average ticket price of $1177. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early January, with an average price of $2242. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1065 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1324 can be considered a good price for a round-trip CNS to ORD flight.

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

CNS to ORD Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the CNS to ORD flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs about as much as the average flight leaving from Cairns. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.09, 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 Cairns. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $250 (14%) 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 $1310. Return trip prices are from the ORD to CNS 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 CNS to ORD can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 16 hour 54 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking CNS 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 CNS to ORD — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Sydney (CNS > SYD > ORD)

  • Price for both tickets: $1148
  • Average savings: $176 (13.3%)

See CNS to BNE flights

Hack #2: Brisbane (CNS > BNE > ORD)

  • Price for both tickets: $1209
  • Average savings: $115 (8.65%)

See CNS to SYD flights

Hack #3: Los Angeles, CA (CNS > LAX > ORD)

  • Price for both tickets: $1222
  • Average savings: $102 (7.71%)

See CNS to LAX flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 14 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air New Zealand, American, Cathay Pacific, Delta, Fiji Airways, Finnair, Hainan, JAL, Qantas, SAS, Singapore Airlines, United, Virgin Australia, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 8843 miles or 14231 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop CNS to ORD flight is about 16 hour 54 minutes.

How many flights go between Cairns and Chicago, IL?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 14 available flights from CNS to ORD.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code CNS
Origination airport name Cairns International Airport
City Cairns
Country Australia
Latitude -16.9
Longitude 145.8

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


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